Wow, apparently Butch Otter thinks that using taxpayer money to climb out of the economic hole that his party (and fellow rich folk) helped get us into is akin to feeding an addiction. From an article in today's Statesman on whether Idaho will accept funds from the federal stimulus package: "'If you are just going to give us money that is going into our general fund, you might as well keep it. That's like giving alcohol to an alcoholic,' said Jon Hanian, spokesman for Gov. Butch Otter." Huh? So jobs, health care and finaicial assistance are drugs?
Guess nobody in HIS family is facing a layoff, mountains of medical bills, or foreclosure.
New rule: governors must take (and pass) a basic economics class before running for election.
New rule: elected officials must not embarass their home states.
New rule: first, do no harm.
Seriously, in a state plagued with wacky politicians and backward policies, this is a new level of backward.
Please, people, we'll be seeing this stimulus package not long after the new congress convenes in January. We don't have time to dawdle. Write the governor, your legislators, your congress members, your newspapers. We can't afford to lose this money. It may be our only lifeline.