Idaho Governor on Corruption, Personal Responsibility and Government Bailouts

“…we’ve forgotten who we as politicians are. We are supposed to be the servants under the constitutional direction that we get, of the people. And then we forget what government — as a result of forgetting our position in this magnificent system that we have, if we haven’t destroyed it completely, that we forget what the government is supposed to be, what is the proper role of government.”
– Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter

While it may seem that allies are few and far between on Capitol Hill, the ideal of liberty and the law of the Constitution receive substantially more respect at the state level. Take, for example, Governor “Butch” Otter of Idaho. Governor Otter is a libertarian-minded conservative who values individual freedom, states’ rights and the Constitution. In an interview with political commentator and radio/television personality Glenn Beck, Gov. Otter listed several state governors that support the Constitution and the cause of freedom, among them Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah, Gov. Jim Gibbons of Nevada, Gov. Jim Nussle of Iowa, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, and Gov. Mark Green in Wisconsin.

In the interview, Governor Otter also expresses regret that Washington politicians no longer value individual liberty and personal responsibility, instead opting for a government that panders to special interests at the expense of the welfare of Americans as a whole. Unlike these politicians, Gov. Otter is wholeheartedly opposed to the bailout of the American automobile manufacturers. He shows a rare bit of economic common sense when he recognizes that many jobs will, indeed, be lost if these companies are not bailed out, but resources will be modified, the jobs will be recreated, and the economy will be better off in the long run.

Read the full interview here.

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