Government in Idaho is not “balanced.” We talk about balance in life; eating a balanced diet; maintaining our balance as we age. Why are we not as concerned about “balance” in the political arena?
When 80 percent of Idaho is represented by only one political party, we lose the full measure of due diligence, open dialogue and critical thinking that brings a balanced perspective to issues.
Despite Idaho’s poor rankings in critical areas (education, health care, human rights, a livable wage, contract oversights, etc.), the same legislators are continually re-elected; many running unopposed in their districts. The conclusion is inescapable. Idaho ranks low in so many areas because of two decades of electing and re-electing the same people representing only one political party’s priorities.
Republicans hold office in 27 of the 35 legislative districts, and we are continually subjected to governance by extreme ideological beliefs. There simply must be more to governing than “keeping government small” so it can’t do anything (except for the well-connected).
All of us deserve the best governing body there is. We pay for it, we deserve it — we’re not getting it. Vote for balance during the next election.
Linda Simmons, Boise