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Fri., March 8, 2013, 3:57 p.m.

Risch & Friends

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, accompanied by a handful of stuff elephants, addresses the North Idaho Pachyderm Club this morning in Coeur d'Alene. (Duane Rasmussen photo for Huckleberries Online)

Risch told SReporter Scott Maben the following:

  • On the sequester cuts: “It is going to have some effect, there’s no question about it. It’s always difficult to give up something you’ve had. How much effect is it going to have on the economy? I’d say the jury’s out on that. I would suspect not much. The economy is not the government. The economy is us, the American people.”
  • On where he’d prefer to cut: “There are all kinds of places where the federal government could save money, . Take a couple of the really obvious ones, and the first one is Medicaid. If you want to save money, turn Medicaid over to the states.”
  • On the prospects of bipartisan compromise on debt reduction: “Here’s why that’s not going to happen: When you talk about compromising to spend less in D.C., they look at you like you’ve got three heads. Their answer is we don’t do that here.”
  • On the low approval rating of Congress: “In fact, they probably should be lower. Number one, it’s the result of the polarization of the country, which is reflected in the polarization of the representatives people send to Congress. On the one side you have people who believe in a limited and much leaner federal government, and on the other side you have people who want to expand government to do more help for Americans. It’s not surprising that people are at odds.”


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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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