Wayne Hoffman, the chief bottle washer of the so-called Idaho Freedom Foundation, announced on December 3 that he was considering the horrific fate that would befall Idaho colleges and universities for allegedly failing to follow program instructions. of IFF studies. On December 7 (the day of infamy) last year, Hoffman decreed that there would be “hell to pay” if schools didn’t stop playing with social justice. Now he says he’s trying to figure out “what’s worse than ‘hell to pay'” because that’s the punishment he wants his captive lawmakers to hit on schools in the 2022 legislative session.
Some people might think that Hoffman is a little arrogant, full of himself, to think that he and IFF are in control of the colleges and universities in Idaho. Well, the IFF’s many lawmakers are hopping around at all its orders, so even though neither Hoffman nor IFF were elected by the voters, they control much of what happens in the Legislature. One question that arises is why does Boise State have an IFF-related tenured professor in their faculty who spits out misogynism, if the school is truly an incubator for social justice?
But, while it is doubtful that colleges would engage in unwelcome social justice practices, it is not clear that this would constitute a mortal sin. After all, most major religions are attached to the concept of social justice, possibly because the Old and New Testaments are full of commandments for achieving social justice. For example, Psalm 82: 3-4 commands: âStand up for the poor and the orphans; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Maybe Hoffman should fight organized religion.
Hoffman has been busy because in a speech the same day at Coeur d’Alene he suggested that the Idaho legislature could eliminate Idaho’s Medicaid, “food stamps” and other “aid programs. social â. He said residents of Idaho could cross the state border for medical, food and other assistance in Spokane. The YouTube video showed that Hoffman and his inspired IFF crowd greatly appreciated his remarks. I don’t know how they would conform to the written word of the Creator. Hoffman’s video is available on:
However, Freedom Foundation board member Doyle Beck would certainly agree with Hoffman. In a Dec. 1 opinion piece, Beck proclaimed that the IFF is leading the fight against social programs, which likely means the kind of programs Hoffman was talking about. Keep in mind that Idaho voters backed Medicaid expansion with a 60.6% vote in 2018. The IFF strongly opposed the Medicaid expansion and continued unsuccessfully to eliminate it. Hoffman suggested the death of the whole program.
Beck says the IFF wants to cut socialist programs. Would that include Social Security, Medicare, Federal Farm Aid, Veterans Aid, Disaster Recovery, SBA programs, and hundreds of other programs? Virtually every person and business in America receives some kind of help from the federal government.
Interestingly, the IFF and the majority of its board members accumulated over $ 2,000,000 in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan funds a little over the past few years. a year. IFF got almost $ 130,000, while Beck’s companies got just over $ 168,000. Lawyer, congressional candidate and medical debt collector Bryan Smith raised just over $ 205,000 for his law firm and debt collection business. Apparently, socialism only exists when the other guy gets help from the government.
After pondering Hoffman’s puzzling question about what is worse than “hell to pay,” the answer is clear: She continues to be governed by laws written by captive IFF lawmakers. It’s time to cleanse the Idaho home of disruptive lawmakers who revere at the IFF altar and ignore their duty to act responsibly in the best interests of their constituents.
Jim Jones is the former attorney general of Idaho and former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Idaho. Its previous columns can be found at https://JJCommonTater.com.