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It is amazing that these Republican candidates for president, the CEO of the federal government, spend so much time denigrating the outfit they hope to lead. Think about a hypothetical job interview for a big company. I doubt these guys would spend any time telling the board of directors how much they hate the company and dislike what the company does. This is the same Republican Party that sat on its hands for three years, not putting forward any legislation that helps create jobs or improve the economy. If the president takes a Republican idea and says, "Let's go with it," they say, "No, no, no!" Their sad game plan is obvious — let no Democrat get credit for anything positive for the American people.

Now in Montana, a job-creating proposal worked out by the local timber industry, conservationists and hunters is killed by our own congressman, Denny Rehberg. Sen. Jon Tester had the guts to pick up these thoughtful, locally developed ideas and push for legislation that would make things happen for Montanans. Rehberg killed the bill in the House of Representatives. His reasons are poppycock. His real goal: don't let Tester get credit for anything, particularly anything good for Montana. Our dear country is in peril, and we see this breathtaking self-serving behavior.

Mike Penfold

Billings

 

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