July 27, 2012 3:53 p.m. • 0 comments
I’m back in
Idaho having attended meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in . And I’m most struck by a minute-long diatribe directed at me that took place in front of the Great America Hotel in that delightful city’s downtown. I was heading into the hotel to attend ALEC’s meetings, and a sign-wielding protester, whose face was hidden behind a blue bandanna, began following and hurling F-bombs at me in rapid succession. I’ll spare you the details. But, essentially, the protester accused ALEC, its supporters and people like me of working in unison to harm women, children, the elderly, puppies and butterflies. At the time, I wasn’t terribly introspective about the encounter. Later, though, I wondered about his thought process. Do this protester and his friends truly believe that free market advocates are uncaring, selfish people? That we’re unmoved by the plight of the hungry, the homeless and disadvantaged? That in a truly free market economy, we’d be quite content to see wide swaths of Americans enduring an abundance of human suffering?/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More to come. Salt Lake City
The Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) is a non-partisan educational research institute and government watchdog dedicated to improving the lives of Idahoans. IFF advocates for free market solutions, private property rights, individual responsibility and transparent, limited government. IFF develops and distributes original research and data with the goal of restoring our state and nation as beacons of opportunity and prosperity.
Dear Governor Otter:
I’m writing this letter to encourage you to continue your opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It is our belief that the state has not fully exhausted its legislative and legal remedies, and we believe there are opportunities ahead—but only if states continue their opposition to the creation of a federally-compliant state health insurance exchange and expansion of Medicaid.
At some point in the near future,
will regret having expanded Medicaid. Once instituted, an entitlement program is nearly impossible to end. Idaho
Yours for Freedom,
Do this protester and his friends truly believe that free market advocates are uncaring, selfish people? That we’re unmoved by the plight of the hungry, the homeless and disadvantaged? That in a truly free market economy, we’d be quite content to see wide swaths of Americans enduring an abundance of human suffering?/