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"The fix was in... But
that's OK; This case warranted an inside job." -- Dan Popkey, Idaho
was in when the State Board of Education announced the board of trustees for
the College of Western Idaho on Monday. But that's OK; This case
warranted an inside job."
the five trustees served on the Community College Yes Campaign, which
convinced Ada and Canyon County voters to pay increased property taxes for a
two-year college. The board's connection to this election ought to be
good news for taxpayers."
Idaho Statesman, Op Ed
property tax notices showing big bumps in assessments arrived before the
election, rather than after, this would have never passed."
Jerry Hess, new Community College
trustee and Co-Chair of the Yes Campaign that used Absentee Ballots and a
Special Election to "game" the Community College election in which less than
10% of the eligible voters raised property taxes for 90% of the population.
Boise, ID Whoa,
listen up, girl friends. Here we go again. Another University
Place fiasco, another Boise Watergate in the making.
"The fix was in; but that's OK."
players? Idaho State Board of Education, a rigged "special election"
whose participant(s) go all the way to the Idaho's Secretary of State's
wife, Penny Ysursa on the Yes Campaign for the Community College, the use of
a "special election" cleverly held BEFORE property tax notices were issued,
4 out of 5 Trustees for the new Community College were Co-Chairs or members
of the Yes Campaign that "gamed" the elections with the questionably legal
-- but morally wrong -- use of Absentee Ballots to allow selected voters to
vote from home, and of course the Fourth Branch of Government in Idaho,
Boise's socialist Idaho Statesman newspaper in which both the Opinion
Editors and Commentary journalist Dan Popkey wrote glowing opinions
regarding how wonderful it is to trick the voters, game the trustee
selection process, and do whatever it takes to tax the crap out of Idaho's
citizens in order to get whatever collectivist Welfare State cookie they
want. In short, the Statesman opinion writers have insinuated, if not
stated outright, the moral philosophy of: the ends
justify the means.
have we heard that before? Besides from every collectivist dictator
and statist politician throughout history? Oh, I remember. The
$136 million University Place fiasco -- still ongoing in various lawsuits
right here in Boise, e.g.,Case # CV OC 0405740D -- in which, once again, and
predicted by Deep Throat II in his bestseller book ha-ha
Boise's Watergate: University Place & All The
Governor's Men, if the crooks are not brought to justice in the
Boise Watergate scam, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will continue
to happen over and over and over. Why? Because
"The fix was in; but that's OK."
we are again, Ada -- and now Canyon -- County taxpayers: another
multi-million dollar public education fiasco. The Community College
Watergate. "The fix was in; but that's OK."
It is not
the crooks who first "gamed" the elections and then, second, were
pre-selected as Community College trustees by their buddies on the Board of
Education that I am concerned with -- although the voters should ask
themselves why crooks who "gamed" an election would not carry the same
morality into their jobs as college trustees -- but rather I'm concerned
with the moral philosophy of those who, I think, have a responsibility to
investigate, report, and protect the rights of the individual through
journalistic integrity. Not, "The fix was in;
but that's OK."
Media journalists, especially opinion journalists, have a moral
responsibility to the community comprising their readership. Claiming
that the "fix was in, but that's OK"
based on the flimsy excuse that the trustees chosen were, in Popkey's
opinion, better qualified than the other 95 candidates, misses the point.
The point is the integrity of the process, not the outcome. Same for
the "gamed" elections.
same way, the Statesman's Opinion editors who claimed,
"the [Education] board's connection to this election
ought to be good news for taxpayers," based on their tortured
reasoning that taxpayers who were essentially cheated by the process should
be happy as clams because they can now hold the crooked trustees to their
campaign promise of only $12 tax per $100,000 property tax assessment vs.
the current max of $125 tax per $100,000. Oh I get it. Poland
should have been happy when Hitler invaded them right after signing a Peace
Treaty because now the Poles can catch the Nazis in a Big Lie if the German
Panzer Division bulldozes their country. What sort of twisted logic is
this? Just because you catch somebody in a Big Lie, such as
politicians raising taxes after they claimed they wouldn't, doesn't mean you
can do something about it. Why let it happen in the first place since
recent history does not show tax cuts but rather tax increases and political
ends justifying the means is not what America or Idaho is all about.
We are a nation that prides itself on the process, not the "gamed" outcome
based upon trickery or who knows whom. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
are all about the process, the process of protecting individual rights, not
majority rule and especially not minority rule. Our Founding Fathers
defeated the bankrupt ideas embedded in the ends justifying the means, the Divine
Right of Kings, and implemented a limited republic of self-government to
protect inherent rights of individuals, not, "The
fix was in; but that's OK," or, "the
board's connection to this election ought to be good news for taxpayers."
these words by the Fourth Estate as Boise and the Treasure Valley go forth
with yet another increase in property taxes brought to you by a small
minority who twisted the law, who erected another statist building block, another Boise
Watergate for Big Brother's giant Welfare State:
"The fix was in, but that's OK." -- Deep
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