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Edit: What’s The Matter With Idaho?

About a decade ago, author Thomas Frank chronicled how low-income Kansans consistently voted against their own economic self-interests by electing Republicans who looked out for the wealthy. He called his book: “What's the Matter with Kansas?” He might consider applying his analysis to the Gem State. Earlier this week, with the government shut down and a debt ceiling crisis looming, Idahoans were telling the state's congressional delegation to keep it up. The margin was running two to one in favor of fiscal brinkmanship. How can that make sense when the shutdown hurts Idaho more than most places? WalletHub.com, a financial social network, ranked the states in terms of shutdown damage. On the list are the usual suspects — heavy, government-laden economies such as the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. But Idaho comes in ninth/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Did Idahoans fly in the face of their best interests by urging their congressman to vote against the debt ceiling deal?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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