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Posted by Hanson (+485) 21 days ago
Trump and his cronies are again calling for the privatization of the United States Postal Service and selling off our public lands.

Our postal system, including Montana’s rural system, is imperiled. In 2005 the USPS was debt-free. The lame-duck Republican-led Congress at the end of 2006 passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. This ‘regulation’ forced the USPS to pre-fund future health benefits for the next 75 years by putting aside billions of dollars to pay benefits for employees not even hired. This made it financially impossible to continue business as usual. The Republican solution to the problem they created is to privatize the USPS. Montanans should give this threat serious consideration. Rural, non-profitable, post offices would be eliminated, severely impacting Montana and causing rural communities to disappear.

The other Republican threat is to our public lands and earned safety nets. Their ‘tax cut’ last year has caused a spike in the deficit by nearly a trillion dollars. This spike is of a continuing nature which means there are no funds available to address our serious infrastructure problems. The Republican solution-sell off our public lands and go after Social Security and Medicare to make up for the trillions of dollars given away to the corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Gianforte and Rosendale have assured us they will rubber stamp anything Trump wants. If this is what you want vote for them or, you can do what I will do to put this country and Montana onto a firm economic footing, vote for Kathleen Williams and Senator Tester.
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Posted by tom regan (+565) 20 days ago
Hanson, thank you for your post. The public land issue is as close as I get to a single issue voter. Our national forests, BLM land, wilderness areas, national monuments, and national parks are an amazing legacy. Visionaries like Teddy Roosevelt, Stephen Mather, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Bob Marshall, and many others understood that these lands need to be protected for future generations.

I have seen no evidence that the Republican party has any interest in maintaining our public lands legacy. From the Bears Ears Monument reversal to the Horse Creek conservation easement and everything in between, Republicans are attacking public land protections.

"In a civilization which requires most lives to be passed amid inordinate dissonance, pressure and intrusion, the chance of retiring now and then to the quietude and privacy of sylvan haunts becomes for some people a psychic necessity."
Bob Marshall

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
Teddy Roosevelt
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