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Thu., Jan. 23, 2014, 8:46 a.m.

Trib: Beware Of Quack Bedke

Idaho's middle class has a bad case of the economic jitters. Call in Dr. Scott Bedke. There's just one rather glaring problem. Dr. Bedke is a quack. Only a quack would come up with Bedke's plan to bleed the middle class more - in order to ease the burdens of the rich. Bedke, an Oakley Republican, is speaker of the Idaho House - one of the most powerful jobs in state government. So what he says goes. And Tuesday, here's what he said: Stick moderate-income Idahoans with a sales tax boost. Then lower individual and corporate income tax rates. Idaho is one of the few states that subjects the necessities of life to its sales tax. That became an embarrassment for a GOP political establishment that in 2006 eliminated the property tax corporations and well-to-do homeowners paid to support schools. They then shifted the burden of school support on to a sales tax increase, which falls disproportionately upon lower-income families and renters/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: So what do you call it when Idaho lawmakers seek to rob the poor to give to the rich? Otterism?

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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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