Montana GOP Governor Hopeful Says People Should Work At Age 600 Like Noah In The Bible

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Montana billionaire Greg Gianforte has not officially declared his candidacy to run for Governor, but it is an open secret that Republicans have pegged him as their preferred candidate to unseat Democratic Governor Steve Bullock. Republicans are excited because Gianforte has almost unlimited financial resources and because they believe they can tout his financial success as a selling point. However, the GOP may have to reconsider their choice after audio surfaced with Gianforte implying that Social Security should be abolished and that people should be forced to work until they die.

In a February 3rd speech at Montana Bible College, Gianforte argued that the concept of retirement is not biblical. Gianforte told the audience:

There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today. Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere.”

The example I think of is Noah. How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.

Montana Bible College has since removed the audio of Gianforte’s speech from their web page, but Samantha Lachman at Huffington Post preserved a 47 second audio clip capturing his remarks.

Republicans may continue to stand behind the eccentric right-wing billionaire since they seem to think anyone who has a lot of money is somehow uniquely virtuous and therefore qualified to hold political office. Nevertheless, its hard to imagine that Gianforte can survive his comments attacking social security recipients as lazy loafers, in a state where retirees make up a significant portion of the electorate and a key voting bloc that Republicans must carry decisively to win statewide races.

While Montana Republicans like to portray themselves as “live and let live” libertarian types, their continued embrace of Gianforte’s religious extremism calls into question the party’s commitment to reason and liberty. Gianforte’s Foundation is a major financial backer for the creationist museum in Glendive, Montana that argues that the earth is just 6,000 years old and that dinosaurs and humans walked the earth at the same time.

Gianforte also lobbied vociferously against a non-discrimination ordinance in Bozeman, Montana in 2014. Fortunately, the city passed the ordinance to protect LGBT residents from discrimination over Gianforte’s objections.

In a red-leaning state like Montana, Republicans always have an opportunity to win races no matter how awful their candidates are. However, telling workers they should never be allowed to retire and that they should never collect the benefits they earned from a lifetime of labor, will be a tough sell even in a red state. Greg Gianforte thinks Noah was still working construction and herding dinosaurs at the ripe old age of 600, but if he wants to raise the retirement age to 601 before people can be eligible to collect earned benefits, I doubt he will find many supporters to back his ludicrous point of view.

48 Replies to “Montana GOP Governor Hopeful Says People Should Work At Age 600 Like Noah In The Bible”

  1. Noah? 600 years old without healthcare? Work to your death?

    You know, it’s moments like this where one feels the urge to sit back, take stock of everything in life, take a nice deep breath, and shout:

    “OH, FOR F*CKS SAKE!!!!!”

  2. He can’t be that fucking stupid, so maybe he’s just evil. Or mentally ill. Or both.

    Bet HE’s not planning to work till he drops.

  3. the faux evangelical pseudo-christian belief that somehow god has chosen and blessed the rich because they’re deserving is the new mantra that seems to have derived from the old reasoning that Kings rule because of the Divine Right from god…

    I thought that was why we fought the Revolutionary War and declared independence…

    foolish me

  4. If Keith was still on MSNBC, they would have to give him two hours a night to react to all the insanity. And I’d watch!!

  5. Wait till the white rednecks of Montana run out of unemployment benefits and food stamps. All this guy’s money won’t protect him from being shot, stabbed, or torn limb from limb.

  6. Gianforte is also ,anti-public education, anti-Union and anti-Separation of Church and state. He is a AFP/Koch award winner. He is part of a radical religious “Christian” cult. He helped the AFP/Koch candidate win a US Senate seat through fear and smear tactics and lies about her and her family. Gianforte is evil. God help Montana if he wins.

  7. Keith would need 24/7/365 to react to all the current insanity because it keeps coming 24/7/365 without letup.

  8. THE STUPID!!! IT BURNS!!!!!

    I really hope the people in Montana reject this moron outright. This level of stupidity should not be rewarded with elected office.

  9. I have an idea. When he is about to check out, put his incredibly stupid ass on life support, say for at least for 600 years or until his fortune is totally depleated. This will help to keep many others employed for years. The thumpers will love this being pro-life and all. A win win!

  10. He knows nothing. Deuteronomy and other passages require that the community cares for its elders, widows, orphans, etc. This is NOT optional. It was embedded in colonial American law, and he’s managed to ignore that fact. Those in need had the right of the welfare of the town where they were born – that also was not optional.

    Cherry picking the Bible to disparage LGBT people gives you, maybe, 4 verses. Over 2000 direct that the community care for those in need. Not charity – a RIGHT in justice.

    Another phony heard from.

  11. I know a lot of really stupid people, but I can’t believe that even a Teabilly Republican could be this idiotic. He must have been joking….oh, right. He’s a Republican.. He wasn’t joking. He really is that stupid.

  12. I give pause to those who are Billionaires seeking Government employment to better America. We all know he is just like us and can bleed and die just like us. This poor man has no clue what its like to be human. He doesn’t even understand the Bible. Thank you God for helping me feel human.

  13. Did iron-age cultures measure age by cycles of the moon?

    If so, then someone 600 cycles old would’ve lived 46 years (600 divided by 13).

    Mr. Gianforte, your suggestion to have 46-year-olds collecting social security seems fiscally irresponsible. One might even say it smacks of stone-age reasoning.

  14. I think that Mr. Gianforte knows, like so many other Conservatives, that you can quell a lot of doubt by simply asserting that your position is: Biblical.

    Then quite literally taking something out of context.

    Since most Right wing louts never really read the Bible, they cannot come up with a suitable counter.

  15. If Palin has taught me anything it’s to never underestimate a persons power to be exactly that f***ing stupid.

  16. Another smarmy, right-wing doofus christian with money. What could possibly go wrong?

    Montana, read up on what every other repug governor has done to their state. It ain’t pretty.

  17. Mike, You said, “Thank you God for helping me feel human.” My question is, which god? In my research I have learned of over 1,000 gods that various cultures have worshipped with the same zeal as current evangelicals worship their magical “three in one” version god. As you reject the existence of these other gods for whatever reason, I too reject the existence of your gods for probably the same reasons.

  18. Very creative Francie! I would like to add that keeping the 1% alive once they go into a coma would work for me. Once they do, then, we as a society could prosecute them for their crimes against humanity and put them all in a “ward” that looks like it was built 600 years ago (like maybe something out of the Spanish Inquisition). We could sell tickets to see them (like his museum) for centuries as a reminder of the horrors of their crimes so that future generations should never forget who they were as a part of our history.

    Sleep tight, 1%’ers!

  19. I’m sure this good Christian also gives his 10% tithe (sp) to the church every year. That would be at least 100 million a year, right?

  20. When I was in college, I had an old car which I named Methuselah.

    Seriously, during my working life I had a desk job. My body was in much better shape when I retired than bodies of people who do hard physical labor for a living. Full retirement age should be dropped back to 65 period.

    Un-seriously, here is one the WRNJs will love. Let everybody retire at age 62, have 3 glorious years to enjoy their retirement and deplete their IRA’s, and then line them up against the wall and shoot them for their 65th birthday.

    Think how many problem that would solve.
    Jobs for the unemployed. The Social Security trust fund would be in fine shape as there wouldn’t be anyone over 65 to draw Social Security. Medicare wouldn’t be tapped so hard because the people would be dead at the age they would really start tapping Medicare hard because their bodies are frail.

    You get the idea. It is a win – win for every RWNJ. Maybe it will become part of the GOP/T-bag platform. [WINK]

  21. Yes, in the last four or five years we have watched Replug governors destroy one State at a time, yet please tell me why they get re-elected. Are people really that dumb? Sam Brownback, Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Rick Scott just to mention a few. It is mind boggling–it’s as if people want to suffer.

  22. To answer your question poolgirl- yes. They really are that dumb.

    Having worked and lived in several states including Montana- unfortunately YES.

    There is a reason who so many Montanans like it in the sub-freezing weather out in the middle of the god forsaken bad lands- Ted Kaczynski loved Montana.

    Birds of a feather.

  23. What to make of a constituency that tolerates and abides this nonsense coming from a modern day snake oil salesman? And a billionaire snake oil salesman to boot. Knock, knock, McFlys.

  24. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca
    5 BC – 65 AD
    [WINK]

  25. It’s so sad when a person demagogues on their interpretation of the bible, for the sole purpose of increasing power and wealth. That their isolated views of what may have happened 6,000 years ago is the example for how we should do things in the modern world. I can’t imagine the idiocy that presents these as facts to be used in political science by these graduates.

    I take note of the old Aristotelian truism that objects of different masses by gravity fall at different rates. It was believed to be true for millennia. But in modern times, we know through application that all objects regardless of mass, fall at the same rate with gravity.

  26. SinghX:
    It would be nice if the rich actually got to pay their health bills till the wealth dries out. But, it does not work like that.

    Say your wealth is in a trust.

    You and a manager have some acces to it to spend your allowance, but if you need to prove your wealth, you are technically poor and will qualify for assistance & free care, since the wealth is locked in a trust (or more) for the future rich heirs.

    So the trust does not suffer because of your poor health

  27. …another Teatard/Agent o’ the AntiChrist has pulled his head outta his arse to belch forth his Idiotology…why am I not surprised???

  28. Who is the person who keeps hitting the “no way” button? Don’t be such a chicken, come out of the shadows..”god hates a coward”

  29. Our elected representatives are nullifying our Civil rights. If no Federal government, there is no way to enforce the Federal Constitution. Without enforcement, there are no Constitutional rights that States need to honor.

    American feudalism is here. Buckle up, serfs.

  30. I’d like to know if billionaire Gianforte is hiring those who are 65+. I have not been able to find anyone willing to hire me since I was ‘forcibly’ retired when our company lost its government contract. So… what’s it gonna be? Offer me a job please (web developer, designer, content systems trainer, etc… ) or don’t attack me for being lazy.

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