Montana-made solutions can fix Washington, D.C.

2014-06-03T00:00:00Z Montana-made solutions can fix Washington, D.C.By ELSIE ARNTZEN The Billings Gazette
June 03, 2014 12:00 am  • 

At this point in the primary election, we’ve all had our fill of the seemingly endless political television commercials, radio ads, and yard signs. There are so many candidates out there vying for your attention and your vote that it’s difficult to determine who will best represent your values in Congress.

I have a simple solution for all the voters who are trying to see through the election year rhetoric: Look at the candidates’ voting records and past performance.

I’m proud of my service in the Montana Legislature, where I represented a South Billings district for the past 10 years. During my time in Helena, I championed common-sense, conservative legislation to make our state a better place to work, live, and raise our families. My decade of service resulted in a 100 percent rating from the Chamber of Commerce, as well as a “Champion of Business” award for my efforts on behalf of Montana’s small businesses.

In addition to working to create a better economy for our state, I also fought for legislation that preserves and protects our Second Amendment rights. I’m the only candidate in this race with an A+ from the Montana Shooting Sports Association and an A from the National Rifle Association.

As a Montanan who was born and raised right here in Billings, I know first-hand how important it is to fight for the Second Amendment, as well as access to our public lands here in Montana. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama and his administration have declared a War on the West, threatening our right to bear arms, our right to access public lands, and our overall way of life here in Montana.

Yet it isn’t just the president’s war on the West that is causing problems for our state. With a struggling economy, a $17-trillion debt, the federal government’s repeated intrusions into citizens’ privacy, and gridlock that prevents progress on so many issues, we all know Washington is broken.

As a public school teacher for the past two decades, I have seen a lot of red ink on papers, but nothing compares to the red ink in our nation’s budget. Year after year trillion dollar deficits and a president with no plan to stop the out of control spending. My husband Steven and I were blessed with our fourth grandchild in January.

Piper came into our family with a full head of hair, unconditional love and support, and a $54,000 bill owed to our federal government as her share of our $17 trillion debt. I think we can all agree that is wrong.

I got into this congressional race to fight on behalf of Piper and our future generations. We cannot leave them with a crippling debt because Washington politicians were unable to stop the out-of-control spending. We need to send a proven, conservative leader to D.C. to advocate for Montana-made solutions. Our Republican Party needs to elect a leader who not only represents our shared values, but also someone who can bridge the divides between various factions of our party. Ultimately, we need to select a conservative unifier who can win the general election.

I’m Elsie Arntzen, a Montana-made conservative with a proven, consistent record. I would be honored to have your vote in the GOP Congressional primary election.

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