Government PR Offers Economic Bright Spot

Rather than offer any “GUARDIAN prose,” we will just share what a reader sent Thursday on the actions of Idaho’s Land Board. This type of spending in the face of budget cuts and economic tough times is why our citizens feel so betrayed by those who rule us.

I’ve been thinking about this since yesterday, and I’m finally so aggravated that I thought I’d drop you this note.

I’m sure that you read that the land board approved the bronze plaques to go on land board owned buildings at their meeting this week. It is reported that a figure of $85k was approved for this. For how many buildings? Less than 20 as I recall. Do the math on that one. Admittedly, I haven’t been in the market to buy bronze plaques for buildings lately, but that seems a little spendy (per building) to me.

Details from The IDAHO REPORTER.

Secondly, I don’t recall that this went out for bid. In all fairness, I’m sure they didn’t have to. I would expect they know their own rules about what does and doesn’t have to.

And I’m sure it was awarded on merit, and had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that who it went to just happened to be Butch’s PR guy for his election campaign.

For a guy who trumpets frugality in government like a broken record, he sure looks out for his friends, doesn’t he?

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  1. To the pharoahs of the Idaho Land Board who would deign to spend $85,000 to proclaim ownership instead of using the money for the purpose for which it is intended, I offer these words of old:

    By Percy Bysshe Shelley

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

    A bronze plaque on Affordable Self-Storage? Come on, Land Board, get real. You’ve been given another mandate by Idaho voters to work on the economy and jobs. Please do it right! PR is not the way to solve our problems, nor are conflicts of interest whether declared or not. Ditch this effort and keep the money in the fund.



  2. Idaho is a feudal, corrupt state. We like it. We like Republicans. We like what is ours.

  3. Very eloquent KTA! More simply, I hope the plaques say, “We will own any type of property, or business, we feel like and you common people can stick it where the sun don’t shine”!!! This approaches a level of arrogance that is insane!!

  4. One of these newly elected politico types better jump on this and FIX IT! this is NOT a good way to live up to promises made… Conservatives better get “conserving”!!!

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