to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Idaho’s Republican Party is sinking down the same idealogical hole
as its national party, the same hole from which U.S. Rep. Arlen Spector
rescued himself by donning a life jacket labeled “Democrat,” and about
which conservative commentator David Brooks bemoans, “This hole is growing
In Idaho, the sinking is happening right now in the Idaho Legislature,
where right-wing representatives have blockaded progress by refusing to
compromise with Gov. Otter and the Senate on fuel tax and license fee raises.
But these aren’t the point. While the blockade is touted as “no more
taxes during a recession,” examination reveals that the representatives’
posturing is pure power play (which you and I are funding @ $30,000 per
The current fight is an extension of one begun last June at the IRP
convention. There, the far-right contingent set up their first blockade
— to reject Otter’s pick for chairperson, Kirk Sullivan, in favor of further-to-the-right
Norm Semanko. This fight for supremacy continues right now under a rubric
of taxes and fees.
What can we do? Pay the bill. When a legislature is as lopsidedly one-sided
as ours, rational people on neither side can influence the blindheaded
idealogues digging the hole.
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