I find it sad that Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., refuses to stand up against President Barack Obama's new budget. In order for them to raise the debt ceiling, the Democrats need to find the money to do so. It's ironic that the tax hikes Tester wants is about the same amount needed to implement the president's budget.

Instead of looking internally, and working hard to make meaningful budget cuts, Tester is saddling the American taxpayer with $2 trillion in new taxes. It is time for the people of Montana to call Tester and ask him to stand up for us, and work toward balancing the budget. We cannot afford two more years of his support of the Obama administration.

Lilya McAlister, Stevensville

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