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As an independent I find it interesting that Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Giantforte were just fine with funding the government and providing $1.3 billion for border security a few weeks ago, but when Hannity and Limbaugh told Trump to change directions, Daines and Gianforte also changed directions. This clearly shows that these two politicians put party ahead of Montana and country.

Most Montanans agree that the government should not be closed, and that a 1,900-mile wall (that Mexico is not going to pay for) is not the most cost-effective means to achieve border security. We need flexibility — a variety of techniques: barriers, drones, infrared technology, increased border patrol — all strategically focused. Daines and Giantforte apparently would follow Trump over a cliff, rather than use their own brains to help solve our nation’s problems.

Maybe we need a law that whenever politicians allow a government shutdown to happen, all members of Congress, the president, and all members of the White House staff would immediately have all of their assets frozen. No access to checking or savings accounts, ATMs, credit cards, investments, loans, etc. Then maybe politicians would think twice about putting party ahead of country, and using our government agencies as their pawns. How do you feel getting on a plane knowing that the TSA agents are not getting paid?

Orville Bach

Bozeman

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