Some newspapers and political commentators are busy sizing up the 2011 legislative session. Their consensus: "It was the worst legislative in history." I guess they didn't get the big government solutions they were hoping for. In reality, this was one of the best legislative sessions in recent memory, one that will have long-term benefits for Idahoans. Idaho lawmakers should be thanked for balancing the budget without raising taxes, for putting students first in our education system and for beginning to turn the tide on entitlement spending.
Don't get me wrong, I really wish the Legislature had done more -- actually eliminate a state agency, tackle pension reform and fix numerous other problems caused by their predecessors' embracement of statism. I'll detail those issues another time. But for now, my 2011 legislative highlight reel runneth over. The Legislature:
No legislative session will ever be perfect. By their nature, people aren't perfect, so it stands to reason we also don't elect perfect people to office. That's an unshakable truism. Still, because the statists didn't get what they wanted, they'll twist history and hope you'll really buy the notion that these imperfect legislators gave us "the worst legislative session ever." If that's really the case, I'm looking forward to an even worse 2012 session.