My wish for you: Putting a stop to government pickpockets

I have a confession: I stared at my computer screen off and on for four hours trying to figure out what to say for my last column of the year. I was stuck mainly because I wanted to provide the necessary amount of holiday cheer and optimism for the new year, but three stories settled in my brain in a way that made it difficult: 1. Driving in the rain for some Christmas shopping, I passed a woman standing with an umbrella in one hand and a cardboard sign in the other. “I wouldn’t be out here unless I truly
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Merry Christmas!

The UPS delivery guy just dropped off my online Christmas shopping here at the Idaho Freedom Foundation office in Boise. One of the boxes contained a copy of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” a gift I purchased for my 5-month-old daughter, Hollie. If you’re familiar with the tale, you know Silverstein chronicles a tree who is willing to give all it has—its branches, shade and stump—so a little boy can enjoy a peaceful and comfortable life. So I hope it is with us. As the year draws to a close, we must ask ourselves if we are doing all we
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Cheers for Wayne Hoffman’s proposal

Last week, the Idaho Press-Tribune in Canyon County endorsed a full repeal of the state’s tax on groceries, a plan the Idaho Freedom Foundation pitched earlier this year. Now, the Lewiston Morning Tribune just cheered Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman’s call for state lawmakers to add remote testimony capability to the Capitol in Boise. Here’s the blurb from Marty Trillhaase, the paper’s respected opinion writer: CHEERS … to Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman. Why, he wants to know, does Idaho’s Legislature insist people from communities such as Moscow, Sandpoint, Rexburg or Pocatello brave the expense and risk of
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Idaho Freedom Foundation adds Russ Fulcher to Board of Directors

Boise, Idaho—The Idaho Freedom Foundation announced Monday that former state Sen. Russ Fulcher of Meridian has joined the organization’s board of directors. The board voted unanimously Friday to add Fulcher to the board, IFF Chairman Bob Rathbone said. “We are all impressed with Russ’ dedication to free market principles and his strong desire to continue advancing public policies that improve the lives of Idahoans,” said Rathbone. Fulcher entered the state Senate in 2005. During his tenure, Fulcher served as Senate Majority Caucus Chairman. During his time in elected office, Fulcher led the charge against the creation of an Obamacare insurance
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Resorting to bribery

Cronyism (special handouts for favored businesses) is rampant in Idaho, but its defenders swear that without these practices we wouldn’t be the chosen destination for any new businesses. Why is that? Maybe it’s true and maybe it’s not, but if those trying to lure new businesses here believe that bribes are the only attraction, perhaps there are bigger issues to consider. Consider this little factoid. According to the Tax Foundation’s latest ranking, Idaho’s business tax climate ranks worse than every state with which we share a border. It’s not a small variation, either. Idaho is No. 19 nationally, and our
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