By DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor
Whenever I see or hear comments from citizens saying, “They are going to do whatever they want no matter what we say,” I cringe.
Throughout my years in school and while serving in the military the mantra was, “we have a government of the people, for the people, by the people.”
Well, sort of, sometimes, maybe.
I have spent more than a decade trying to force the politicos to obey the Idaho Constitution and seek permission from “we the people” to go into debt in excess of a single year’s revenue.
NUMEROUS courts have upheld my arguments, including the highest court in Idaho. The net effect has been to enrich the lawyers in excess of $1 million. The local governments have also created ways to get around those pesky voters with thinly disguised “lease” deals.
Despite major questions about a new library, Boise City is forging ahead hiring consultants, lobbyists, and others while hiding these deals deep on 1,000 page agendas.
Now, citizens are up in arms and got the Idaho House to pass a bill requiring a citizen vote for urban renewal projects to build public structures. The Idaho Senate looks like it will fight the will of the people and even the House of Representatives which has passed the bill.
These are the same folks who refuse to allow Ada County Highway District to tax trucks over 8,000 lbs. They fight a citizen vote to expand medicaid coverage, they work to thwart efforts to petition for initiatives.
Move on up the food chain to Washington and it is no better.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are in trouble being led by people who dislike us, see us as an adversary, and continue to spend our money in a shameful manner.
I would like to say “your vote counts. Contact your representative.”
But I have come to believe they will do whatever they want anyway. Makes me cringe.
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