More business leaders, fewer politicians

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One thing has become obvious during the Trump Presidency: itís better to send a businessman than a politician to do the work of the people. Over the last year and a half, we have seen the effects of reducing regulations that prevented small (and large) businesses to thrive. We have seen the effects of lower taxes both for families and small businesses. We have seen the effects of lower taxes on large corporations investing in their employees with new found cash. We have seen indicators moving in the right directions that have floated all boats across the country. Markets are high, unemployment is low, consumer confidence is high, and the economy is moving in a positive direction. This helps us all.

This is what happens when you send a businessman rather than a politician to D.C.

A few months ago, I was asked about my thoughts about the Presidentís tariffs on aluminum, steel and agricultural products. My response was, ďWe havenít seen the final deal. The President is a deal maker.Ē Yes, there was some trepidation about starting trade wars that could hurt American producers and consumers, but, the deal was still being refined and negotiated.

My initial reaction was that we would see short-term opportunity and economic boosts from expanding domestic production and I had longer term concerns about consumer price pressure, and possible negative pricing effects for our Montana agriculture producers if it did turn into a nasty trade war. (But, I had confidence that the President would negotiate a deal that minimized, if not eliminated this threat.)

As a combat veteran, the other part of this equation that stuck in my mind was what this meant for National Security. If we canít produce food and raw materials domestically, this becomes a serious threat to our national security. We MUST produce our own food and protect our farmers and ranchers who are producing our food for us.

A few days ago, the President tweeted ďChina has agreed to buy massive amounts of additional Farm/Agricultural Products - would be one of the best things to happen to our farmers in many years!Ē The markets reacted positively.

This is good for agriculture. This is good for our Montana farmers and ranchers. This is good for America. This is good for national security. This is what happens when you send a businessman to D.C. rather than more lawyers and career politicians.

Letís continue this trend. Send representatives who have had to negotiate business contracts, make payrolls, run private sector companies, create jobs. Letís bring private sector negotiating skills and business know-how to D.C. We have plenty of lawyers and career politicians in DC. I am asking you to help us reverse that trend and send me, Troy Downing, a job creator and combat veteran to the U.S. Senate to support President Trump.

Troy Downing is a Montana Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

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