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Gov Kempthorne is not our “CEO”
up, gather ‘round, listen up, girl friends. The left Liberal Idaho
Statesman (Karl Marx-Boise) and Governor Kempthorne (RINO-Boise) are busy
arguing about who should pay for Where’s Waldo’s? (Gov K’s)
Ya-yess. What a
brilliant philosophical discussion on the Statesman’s editorial page. And a
fine rebuttal by Where’s Waldo?
Warming up in corner
number 1, the Statesman erroneously portrays Governor Kempthorne as Idaho’s
“CEO.” Then the IS says that you, the taxpayer, should pay for “CEO”
Kempthorne’s expenses through a state slush fund (a “CEO” expense account),
you know, like when Enron’s CEO Kenny Lay took everybody out to a wild-ass
dinner before their financials imploded like Boise’s University Place.
Bouncing up and down in
corner number 2, Gov K claims (on the same editorial page), hell no, dudes,
we shouldn’t burden the taxpayers with my excessive expenditures for
chocolates to redecorate billionaire Simplot’s old mansion (now my new
Governor’s residence) for my daughter’s wedding last weekend. I should use
campaign bribes (donations) to pay for boxes of Godiva chocolates (is that
babe really naked on that horse?), “trade mission” trips to Tokyo, and
dinners with Micron, Albertson’s, and Tamarack just before I pass corporate
welfare legislation for my dinner buddies.
Unfortunately, both the
IS and Gov K have put forth a false premise: namely, that Gov K is Idaho’s
“CEO” instead of a PUBLIC SERVANT, and that the economy of Idaho should be
structured as a fascist economy. Remember, fascism is defined as an
economic structure in which the government sets economic rules for all
companies. The only difference between fascism and socialism is that under
fascism the state simply sets the economic rules while under socialism the
state sets the economic rules AND physically takes over (nationalizes) all
companies and tries to run them (always unsuccessfully for economic reasons
we will not get into now).
But it is not the
constitutional function of the Governor of Idaho to play the state’s “CEO”
or economic dictator. The Governor does not need a “CEO” expense account
because he has no business traveling all over hell and back. (That’s why we
call him Where’s Waldo?) Idaho is not a free market company
operating as a profit or loss entity. Kempthorne does not have to “sell”
Idaho to anybody. Idaho is a government. Governments should not be
involved in economics. Governments are granted the power of force (by the
people) to protect individual rights, not to form corporate or blue-collar
So it is a moot point
whether Gov K’s excessive expenditures should be paid for by a taxpayer
“CEO” slush fund OR by Gov K’s political contributions, aka bribes. These
expenses should not be paid for by either method. The argument between the
Idaho Statesman and Gov K rests on the same false premises and, therefore,
their pretended debate is actually an agreement by the Statesman and
Kempthorne that Idaho is a fascist state and their only disagreement is how
best to rip off the taxpayer: directly through a CEO slush fund or through
corporate welfare campaign contributions. Neither is acceptable.
The real issues are:
(1) Idaho is not a fascist economy, and (2) Gov K should not receive
reimbursements either from a taxpayer slush fund OR from campaign
contributions because he should not be incurring those type of expenses.
The Gov’s function is one of checks-and-balances to protect
individual freedom in a free market by exercising his Executive veto power
over abuses or excesses of another branch of government: the Legislature.
Other than that, he should just keep his nose clean and stay home. Smell
the roses. Visit the grand children.
So far, Gov Kempthorne
has scored a big fat “F” on protecting individual rights and Idaho’s free
market. The Gov’s performance is just a cut above, or maybe below
(after the University Place fiasco hits the court room in January 2007, or
federal criminal indictments next year) Ohio’s Gov Bob Taft who was recently
indicted by an Ethics Committee for expending campaign contributions with
corporate golfing buddies.
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