Missoulian: Tester to tribes: Congress must tend to economy for recovery

PABLO – The only working farmer in the United States Senate compared America’s goal of economic recovery to agriculture Tuesday.

Speaking at the annual Salish Kootenai College Career Fair here, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., told a crowd of nearly 150 people that Congress has difficult decisions to make regarding spending cuts that he said must be made.

“As a farmer, I know you can’t spend more than you have,” Tester said, “and I know you can’t just plant seeds and assume everything will turn out fine, either.”

The soil must be prepared, he said, and crops cared for. It takes long hours and hard work.

“You have to have good equipment, and you have to keep it greased,” Tester went on. “We can cut spending and the debt, but you can’t cut the grease that keeps everything running.”

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