It should have come as no surprise when the Garden City Council ignored the vote of the people and repealed an initiative requiring public approval regarding green belt use.
Consider just these measures which come to mind:
–Boise City refused to put the “Ten Commandments” monument removal on the ballot, despite a huge number of signatures–well in excess of the required amount–calling for a vote. Supreme Court ruled against the city and ultimately citizens sided with the city.
–Term limits. Citizens statewide voted to limit elected office terms, but soon after the law passed, the legislature repealed it. Their action survived a challenge when the Supremes ruled “laws passed by citizens can be repealed just like any other law.”
–1% property tax limit. Like the California prop 13 of the late 70’s, Idaho voters sought to limit property tax to 1% of the assessed value. The legislature declared the law unmanageable and diluted it to the point of being unrecognizable amidst heavy lobbying by local governments.
Meanwhile America as a nation fights the Taliban, works against the Syrian regime, opposes the heavy handed declaration of authority by the Egyptian president, and generally promotes democracy worldwide. Go figure.
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