Letter: Limited government

April 27, 2014 

I recently read this statement by Steve Forbes on behalf of the Heritage Foundation:

"Yes, I really do believe a great pro-freedom pro-limited government revolution is coming." I hope he is right.

This quote is in keeping with our Idaho Republican platform, which states, "We believe the unnecessary growth of government has a negative impact on both the conduct of business and our individual lives."

Every time the Idaho Land Board obtains another commercial property, the size of our state government grows and the private sector shrinks.

The Land Board members, Gov. Butch Otter, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, state schools chief Tom Luna, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and Controller Brandon Woolf, justify increasing commercial business holdings by opining that the Idaho Constitution requires them to secure the maximum financial return for the school endowment fund. That is true, but nowhere in our Constitution is the board required to purchase commercial and industrial properties to do that.

It is apparent that the present Land Board members will not participate in what Steve Forbes and the Republican platform describe as a "pro-limited government."

ROBERT FORREY, Nampa

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