Republican leadership will revitalize the economy

| May 22, 2020 8:34 AM

On the eve of the Treasure State’s most bustling season, Montanans are looking with uncertainty at the road ahead. An additional 15,000 Montanans filed unemployment claims during the week ending on April 25 due to coronavirus-related restrictions. That brought the total of newly unemployed Montanans to nearly 100,000. It sent our unemployment rate per capita soaring.

Fortunately, over the last month, the Trump Administration and our Republican leaders in Congress have helped secure critical economic relief for these hard-working Montanans and our small businesses — even in the face of Democrats’ delays and their attempts to push unrelated, left-wing agenda items at every turn.

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and other congressional Democrats have cast aside American workers by delaying relief legislation not once, but twice — only to use the dire moment as a political opportunity to advance policies like the Green New Deal. Montana simply cannot afford to send another Democrat to Washington, D.C., for him or her just to stand with their party bosses as the pocketbooks of employees and employers all across Montana take a hit. While a U.S. Rep. Kathleen Williams or a U.S. Sen. Steve Bullock would be a big win for Chuck and Nancy, they would be disastrous for our state and ensure that politics, not leadership, define future crises.

The fact of the matter is that the Republican Party has shown up for America’s middle class during this crisis. The Republican Party has fought for the American worker. That’s why, when it comes to our economic security, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have earned the trust of everyday Americans and are in a strong position to safely rebuild our economy once again.

Just as we had a role to play in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, so too do we have a role in helping to return, safely, our economy to its historic strength by voting Republican this November.

When we emerge from this crisis, we will need an efficient government in Helena and Washington, D.C., which can safely accelerate our economic renewal. We will need leaders in the White House, State Capitol building and Congress who defend our economic and political freedoms, not infringe upon them. We will need leaders who support pro-growth policies that stimulate our economy’s growth, not policies that stifle it. We will need leaders that believe in the American people, not just the American government.

That’s why the Republican Party deserves your support.

In Montana, our Republican candidates at the state and federal level will always prioritize a strong economy and job creation. For some, that is the reason they are running — to rein in spending, lower taxes, create more high-paying jobs and protect jobs across all industries. It’s that drive and our Republican leaders’ belief in free market and pro-growth policies that will bring Montana’s economy to levels we’ve never seen.

The choice is clear: smaller government, more freedoms and more prosperity by voting Republican or higher taxes, more government and fewer freedoms by voting Democrat.

I invite you to join us.

The author is chairman of the Montana Republican Party.