Originally appeared on my Blogspot website on April 18, 2016.
What Do We Get in Your Version of Compromise, District 23 Candidates:
62% of Idaho is owned by the government. Yep, that scary old entity, the government, a.k.a. “we, the people of the United States of America,” own about 32,000,000 acres of land in the great state of Idaho. For the most part, we are free to enjoy those millions of acres any time we wish.
Hunting, fishing, 1000s of miles of ATV and off-road type roads, rockhounding, hiking, cross-country skiing and back country skiing, bird/wildlife watching and solitude searching is what I see most people doing. Cattle grazing is also a very popular activity too. Just take a short trip out into the public lands around Mountain Home, Idaho and you’ll understand just how popular cows are.
With the 2016 general election coming up, we have an opportunity to change all that. We have an opportunity to turn this place into our very own “Private Idaho” all over again just by staying silent. That’s right folks, five individuals running for two of the three seats in state legislative district 23 have indicated they want control of most and likely, all that land. All 32 million acres of land “we, the people of the United States of America” currently own could be under the control of “we, the people of Idaho.”
One candidate even went so far as to say, “we need to compromise.” With any compromise there must be at least two parties/groups involved, right? I’m a part of that first group that wants the free and fully public lands to stay public … forever. The other group in that compromise she was referring to are called “free-market businesses” that will bring tax dollars into Idaho through mining, logging and I suspect expanded ranching activities. That candidate is Megan Blanksma.
But lets not leave out the names of the other current and wannabe state lawmakers who also want to turn 32,000,000 acres of public land over to “we, the people of only Idaho” to do as Idahoans see fit.
Representative Rich Wills (R) – (lost to Zito in the May 2016 primary election) – Legislative District 23 Rep Position A
- Christy Zito (R) – Challenger – Legislative District 23 Rep Position A
Representative Pete Nielsen (R) – (lost to Blanksma in the May 2016 primary election) – Legislative Dist 23 Rep Position B
Justin M Freeman (R) – (lost to Blanksma in the May 2016 primary election) – Challenger – Legislative Dist 23 Rep Position B
- and the aforementioned … Megan Blanksma (R) – Challenger – Legislative Dist 23 Rep Position B
All of the above candidates suggested or admitted, under their tutelage they’d direct the state to take over lands owned by “we, the people of the United States of America.”
As a conservative candidate, saying you are against big government is a great campaign slogan. In Idaho, if you don’t say you are against big government you can’t be a Republican. All five of the above indicated they are against big government, in varying degrees, during the April 5, and/or April 13, 2016 political forums in Mountain Home, Idaho. I just wonder how they can parse the idea of asking the State of Idaho to take on an additional $32,000,000 acres of public land and still champion the small government mantra?
Creating Their Very Own Private Idaho Is What They Want To Do To Us
I’ve voted mostly Republican for the past 35 years. That all changes this year. Today’s Republican Party no longer represents my values. It’s called “public” land for a reason. Selling that land to the highest bidder is good business for businesses but not for “we, the people of the U.S.A.”
Tell your representatives you want public lands to remain public. If they give you an excuse, ask them if big government is only a good idea if “they” are the big government?
This original post, dated April 18, 2016, first appeared on my Blogspot website and was moved to this website on Sept. 27, 2016. See the original location at: http://timbondy.blogspot.com/2016/04/they-say-compromise-must-on-idahos.html
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Mountain Home, Idaho, US