If you ever wonder why Idaho continues on the downward slide into crony capitalism and government by lobbyists, please consider the following quote from Idaho State Senator, Marv Hagedorn (R-Meridian), to justify his support of House Bill 181 (HB181).
“Romero and I were both assigned to handle H181 on the floor out of Committee. The bill was originated by the Naturopathic Medical Physicians lobby, our jobs after assignment is to sell it on the floor. DeVries has un-friended me because I provide him corrected information vs. his worldview… I would ask that you help correct that” (Emphasis mine).
The above quote was sent to a friend of mine, who thought I would like to know what a sitting Idaho State Senator had to say about me. Never mind the fact that Sen. Hagedorn and I were never friends on Facebook and that I am not in the habit of “unfriending” legislators regardless of whether we agree or disagree on a particular issue. Sen. Hagedorn believes that us peasants need our “world views” corrected by those, like himself, who have aspired to an advanced stage of enlightenment. In reality, what Sen Hagedorn thinks of me is irrelevant. It’s what Idahoans think of him that matters.
Apparently, by his own admission, Sen. Hagedorn views himself as a servant of lobbyists, not his constituents.
HB181 was a naturopathic medical licensing bill that could have potentially put scores of naturopathic (alternative) medical practitioners out of business. The bill would have put allopathic (standard MDs, surgeons, etc.) medical practitioners in charge of a review board that was to regulate naturopathic medicine.
Anyone under the care of a naturopath has placed themselves there most likely because they have decided to try a more “natural” form of medicine and/or they have tried standard medical procedures and were not helped by them. They also know that the AMA and other organizations of allopathic physicians do not look favorably on naturopathic practitioners. Regardless of one’s personal views on naturopathic medicine, this would have been the fox guarding the hen house and a perfect example of special interests using the strong arm of government to eliminate their competition.
Senator Hagedorn is upset with me for two reasons: 1) I helped to successfully defeat HB181 and 2) I called him out on his dismal 2015 Freedom Index score (IFF -36 not final). Sen. Hagedorn apparently believes that his “job” is to “sell” bills to other legislators, regardless of their merit and whether or not they represent the best interests of his constituents. He is not alone.
Whether or not you view naturopathic medicine as valuable and whether or not you believe that government should license everything under the sun, the idea that a few select, “influential” people or lobbyists can dictate to the people’s representatives should be anathema to a free people.
Sen. Hagedorn’s remark typifies the arrogance and contempt the Idaho Legislature feels for the people and it does not matter one bit which party is in charge.
At the grassroots level, Idahoans are a conservative bunch. This is reflected in a Legislature that is 80 percent Republican. The problem is that many conservatives are too trusting of the Republican brand and we wind up with legislators like Sen. Shawn Keough (R-Sandpoint, IFF -50), Sen. Dean Cameron (R-Rupert, IFF -61) and Sen. Marv Hagedorn (R-Meridian, IFF -36). When you compare their scores with those of infamous liberal Democrats like Rep. Paulette Jordan (D-Plummer, IFF -59) and Sen. Dan “Mail-Fraud” Schmidt (D-Moscow, IFF -66) one wonders just what the differences really are.
If Idahoans want to maintain their freedom and their way of life, they had better wake up. “Conservative” and “Republican” aren’t necessarily synonymous. Aside from a few, the Idaho Legislature is in need of a serious house cleaning.