"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

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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