Friday, July 24, 2009

Kick the bums out

I may offend some Democrats and I may offend some Republicans. But, since I am neither Democrat nor Republican, l will be offending myself twice as much.

Can you believe that the Democrats and the Republicans passed a huge stimulus bill without even reading it? That is the height of arrogance and of ignorance and is a slap in the face to our population. That is equivalent to a Democrat or a Republican going through a red light because they did not care to take the time to read the driver's manual.

Where is the outrage of the Democrats and the Republicans? On top of that, the unread bill included many earmarks, which Obama had said he would veto. Of course, many governments plan and endorse giveaways, some of them illegal. Take, for example, the Idaho Legislature encouraging Micron, giving that company millions of dollars, only to have them spend the money and then lay off thousands of employees. I do not condemn Micron, but I do condemn the Idaho Legislature. They fell into the same trap as the city of Ketchum officials. At one time, the city attempted to form a business incubator, a ridiculous idea that would have lead them down the same path. Just think, if the city of Ketchum had formed such a body, the number of unemployed would be double or triple of what it is now. Of course, the city of Ketchum (and Sun Valley) continues to illegally fund the chamber of commerce. And, rather than letting business take care of itself, the City Council and Mayor are bending over backwards to encourage the building of four or five hotels. Shades of the incubator and nothing more than a subsidy. Kick the bums out!

Jake Jacoby

Sun Valley

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