"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Another marker

Toward the bottom of an Idaho Press-Tribune profile article about Wayne Hoffman and the Idaho Freedom Foundation, which he heads, a quote of considerable note. Especially to Idaho state employees, local government workers, and retirees.

The article’s main point was how influential the group has become in the Idaho Legislature, and it surely is. One person quoted suggested it was now more influential than the long-running most-influential lobby organization, the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry. It may be, and if it is, that’s probably in considerable part because its views – libertarian, generally anti-government – are in alignment with those of a lot of Idaho legislators.

Which makes the quote of note. The article noted that Hoffman’s group has “plans to propose changes” to the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho, which handles retirement payments for state employees and many other public workers in the state.

Of PERSI, Hoffman was quoted as saying: “It’s a bad system, it should go away.”

Take it as an indicator. Among the most-conservative of Idaho legislators, the Idaho Education Association isn’t the only organization with a target on its back.

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