Please, print and post this list of corrupted Idaho politicians. Although Idahoans think that most republicans are good, there are republicans who are not as conservative as their campaign literature. These politicians claim to be champions of conservatives and some even claim tea-party credentials. But, when these men tell you they are not on your side, and they sometimes slip up, do you believe them? Yes! You should always believe a man when he tells you who he really is, especially by who he officially associates with. Obama would tell you not to judge him on his fundraising parties in domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers’, home. But, if you don’t, you’re awfully naive and overly generous with your good opinion.
It’s a strange behavior among voters, the tendency to be overly gracious on election day. That’s where the primary comes in handy. Voters can always pick more-conservative candidates in the primary. But, let’s get back to the hunt for Republicans In Name Only (RINOs).
The following politicians are maneuvering behind the scenes with Mitt Romney. They are cavorting with a presidential candidate who invented a socialist healthcare system that is bankrupting Massachusetts. They are playing the political game: classic quid pro quo. They support Romney, and they expect favors down the road.
By supporting a big-government, East-coast, child of a politician, these Idaho politicians are selling themselves and your future. This should be on their campaign literature: “I will sell myself, my virtue, my vote to lobbyists and power-obsessed politicians in exchange for money and influence.”
This is fancy talk for, “If he looks like a duck and quacks like a duck but is wearing camoflague and carrying a shotgun, he’s not a duck. And, if you’re a duck you should watch your backside!”
Let’s get back to naming names. Idaho’s Speaker of the House, Lawrence Denney, quacks like a conservative. He’s supposedly better than any recent speaker. But when you’re comparing credentials with liberal Mike Simpson, almost anyone looks conservative. But, what’s the truth about Denney? Idaho has had the opportunity to be a leader in State’s Rights legislation and failed more than not. This soft-spoken “leader” could have led a movement to help save Idaho and America. But, he didn’t.
Many political reformists like to blame the liberal Republicans in the State Senate for Idaho’s woes, but maybe there’s an increasingly evident lack of backbone in House leadership. The biggest indicator of corruption in the House is that three of four house republican leaders are Romney supporters. The following short-list of House leaders don’t just give Mitt Romney moral support and high-fives, they are on his steering committee: House Speaker Lawrence Denney, Ken Roberts and Scott Bedke. I’ve had my doubts about these men, because of failed opportunities to fight for Idaho’s sovereignty. But, I was gracious with my good opinion, thinking that good leadership involved a negative attitude and indifference to conservative legislation. How silly I was!
But, now back to the original irony. Let’s compare the steering-committee list for the Idaho House and the Idaho Senate. There are just as many Republican leaders steering Romney in the House as are steering him in the Senate. The “conservative” lineup of the house looks just like the “liberal” State Senate. Brent Hill, Bart Davis, Chuck Winder had a chance to be the conservative ones for a change. Chuck Winder is especially disappointing. He is supposed to be a christian man. And, no christian should support a man who instituted government health insurance mandates. The first two senators are from liberal Mike Simpson’s neighborhood, eastern Idaho. I am waiting for the day when that part of the state sends a real conservative to Boise.
This equivalency between the house and senate should not surprise voters however. All men are corruptible. Thomas Jefferson recommended that the Tree of Liberty be frequently refreshed with the removal of corrupted politicians. They need to be removed. Here longsuffering and grace are not appropriate. With your leaders you should not be as gracious as you are with your children. This is true, if only because your leaders are supposed to be grown-up.
The only house leader not on this list of infamy is Mike Moyle. Although Moyle has taken a pro-debt stance on Garvee bonding to overbuild Idaho’s roads and fatten the illegal-alien-prone road building companies, he is a genial man who says he is a Ron Paul supporter. Maybe Moyle would be a better choice for the top spot in the House of Representatives. Maybe…
Three cheers for Raul Labrador, who also decided to forego the socialist healthcare proponent. Raul earns another term for good behavior. His vacillation on the debt ceiling and bizarre position on amending the constitution with a “balanced budget” provision is concerning. But, at least he is not so arrogant as to support Mitt Romney.
Honorable mention goes to John McGee, who is not on Romney’s steering committee, luckily for Romney. A drunken Senator, like McGee, would probably just drive the Romney campaign into a ditch. McGee is attached to the hip with Butch Otter. So, by extension it is probably safe to infer that McGee would be on the Romney gravy train, if he could. Despite the shameful absence of McGee at the RINO table, the RINO fest will go on. Despite the unfortunate political disconnect, Romney has one thing in common with the recently urine-covered, state legislator. Romney has just as much chance of winning the jackpot in 2012, as flip-flop-free McGee does in finding paradise via a celestial family bacchanalia. That thought begs the question: Who wears flip flops to a golf tournament anyway? What really happened the night of Senator McGee’s drunk-driving, car-stealing incident?
Oh, and I do not like two-faced Jim Risch either. He is a typical, self-aggrandizing politician. His ego is so big that he makes Otter and Meme McGee put together look humble. God save Idaho, if Risch ever becomes governor again. We’ll see more than a 1% sales tax increase, maybe 1% per year next time. The Risch definition of conservative makes liberals mad, because it infringes on their territory. His continuous, statist belief that private property can be taken to protect government property reveals his government-first mentality. I was hoping that his bad attitude would be a plague to Obama and Pelosi, but his recent vote to extend the debt ceiling and his stories about how we need more debt to solve the debt problem show that he only wants Idahoans to believe he has a spine. He has none, except when it comes to eliminating property rights and saying the budget answer is higher taxes. France put Napoleon in prison, Idaho should treat its napoleons the same way. The teenie weenie strong man is not the right bromide for Idaho’s bad regulation and statist tendencies.
Did I forget anyone? Even if I did, I need to rest my hand. There’s just too much to write. I’ll probably never get to it all.
Members of Mitt Romney’s Statewide Steering Committee:
Butch Otter, Co-chairman
Jim Risch, Co-chairman
U.S. Representative Mike Simpson
Lieutenant Governor Brad Little
Secretary of State Ben Ysursa
Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Luna
State Controller Donna Jones
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden
Senate Pro Tempore Brent Hill
Speaker of the House Lawerence Denney
Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder
House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke
House Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts