Patriotism is proud of a country's virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, the greatest, but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.
But Don't Republicans Love "Responsibility?"
Someone needs to ask Wayne Hoffman!
It's 80 pages of purported waste and ineffectual government spending.
It's called the 2011 Idaho Report on Government Waste and it's put out by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit governmental watchdog group. Inside the huge report is page after page of citations, research and advice from experts who say various programs in Idaho's schools, pension programs and urban renewal plans are ineffectual across the state.
Wayne Hoffman is Executive Director of the group.
"I still read it and I get angry," Hoffman said. "I'm sitting here looking at all these expenses tax payers are putting their money into and I'm saying why? Why are we doing this and what can we do?"
(Butch Otter's) State of the State address lacked vision, substantive ideas, and a plan for the future. Here's what puzzles me: Republicans have controlled the Statehouse with large majorities for 16 years. How is that government became so "bloated" on their watch? (emphasis added). And regarding the "proper role of govt.," since when is educating kids, ensuring the public's safety, and protecting our most vulnerable citizens improper?
- Brian Cronin, Idaho House of Representatives, Boise District 19B.
Who has been sailing Idaho's spending ship?
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