to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
The Idaho delegation of Senator Risch, Senator Crapo, and Representative
Labrador made a principle stance against financial insanity and said enough
is enough. Insanity, as described by the late Albert Einstein, is doing
the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Currently, our federal government is borrowing forty-two cents of every
dollar we are spending and our national debt now matches our gross domestic
output. If we ran our households in this fashion, we would be bankrupt.
The United States of America is about leaving something for the next generation
to build on. The American dream that our children and grandchildren will
have it better than we did. Our delegation’s vote is a vote to insure that
the legacy left to us by generations past is carried forward. We cannot
and should not saddle future generations with our debt; doing so ensures
a forfeit of personal responsibility and sets the legacy we are leaving
on a crash course toward a never-ending dependency on the government.
America needs to be put back to work and it is the private sector that
makes this economic engine roar to life. Today, America enjoys the highest
standard of living and the cleanest environment in the world. Sadly, current
government intrusions with high taxes, out of control spending and intrusive
regulations are curtailing this engine. We have proven we can protect the
environment and produce from our lands. However, radical environmental
extremists are hell bent on curtailing economic activity and destroying
the independent spirit that is the foundation of the American Dream.
Take a look at Montana, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona--wild fires destroy
essential wildlife habitat and our national treasures go up in smoke all
in the name of caring for the environment.
Entire forests burn and not one mention from Al Gore and his climate
change buddies about harmful greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere.
This represents the left’s total hypocrisy and irresponsibility to future
This will come to Idaho soon enough. Just fly over Red River
to Challis up to Salmon Idaho and on into Hamilton, Darby and Missoula,
Montana and what you will see is an ecological disaster waiting to happen.
The potential for this fire to rage will make the Big Burn look like a
matchstick and yet the Earth Liberation Front, Friends of the Clearwater,
Defenders of Wildlife and many other environmental groups look the other
way at this coming disaster. Their actions are destroying the West and
the dreams of many Americans. It does not have to be this way.
Put America back to work, lower our taxes, stop out of control spending
and remove burdensome regulations. Attempting to regulate dust on farms
is like regulating mosquitos in a swamp. It is just plain lunacy. We need
to have practical, common sense regulations, which protect our environment
and at the same time allow us to utilize the land to our benefit. Our public
lands should be a land of many uses. And while we are at it, these lands
should be returned to state ownership to be managed locally by the people
who live here and have a truly vested interest to utilize and care for
the land. Without the human experience, there is no relevance for nature’s
Thank you to the Idaho delegation and your vote to protect American
exceptionalism and the American dream. Thank you for your efforts to come
up with a lasting solution--as challenging as that may be--rather than
simply affixing a new SRS ‘band-aid’ with only enough adhesive to last
for a year. Your courage will go unrecognized by the political left of
the world, but not by those of us who know and appreciate Idaho’s amazing
Idaho County Commissioner District III
Idaho County Commissioner District II, Chairman
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