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Press: Hart Should Step Aside For Now

But Rep. Hart has become increasingly ensnared in a web of his own making. A member of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, Hart is paying dearly for first, his defiance of the tax structure, and second, his negligence in appropriately addressing the first shortcoming. In the stories pouring out of newspapers about Hart's tax liabilities and snail's pace in remedying them, one essential element is missing: remorse. Nowhere does one sense that Hart is sorry he's let down the tens of thousands of diligent taxpaying citizens he represents - many of whom don't like the tax structure any more than he does - or the 1.6 million Idahoans who are smeared by his reluctance to share the American burden while living the American dream/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Mike Patrick goes on to opine that Hart should take a leave of absence from the Idaho Legislature until he pays his tax debt to the IRS and state of Idaho in full. Is that the right remedy for this situation?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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