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John Livingston

Rent Seeking just another form of Corruption

I have received many e-mails and read the posts on articles I have written regarding my charges of corruption in Idaho Politics. Corruption doesn’t have to be illegal, but the longer it is allowed to occur, the less transparency there is in government, and the more likely it is to become illegal. Conservatives need to […]

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John Livingston

Faith and Families

My wife is a great debater. She was on several debate teams in high school, and I have been told she was formidable then, and I can attest to the fact that she is formidable in debate today. She always seems to have the facts in hand. She never asserts more than she can prove. […]

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John Livingston

It’s Your Choice Faith, Family & Freedom or Benevolent Corruption

Mr. Bundy has an almost impossible task before him in trying to become Governor. He cannot pull off this campaign by himself. The media will continue to create a narrative about who he is and what he stands for that will have to be addressed throughout the campaign. Until I got to meet and talk […]

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John Livingston

Vainglory

I learned a new word today. VAINGLORY. It was used by Karl Rove in describing Beto O’Rourke’s opportunistic use of the Uvalde shootings to further his own campaign for Governor of Texas. Here is one definition: “Extravagant pride or boastfulness; tendency to exalt oneself or one’s own performances unduly; inflated and pretentious vanity; vain pomp […]

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Bob's Words of Wisdom

Guns are not the Problem

Every time we have one of these shootings everyone points their finger at the gun and not the person who pulled the trigger. We don’t have a gun problem we have a people problem and no one wants to admit that we have failed at helping those who have mental instabilities. I would be happy […]

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2022 NW Liberty Symposium

The 2022 NW Liberty Symposium will take place on June 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). 623 S. University Blvd.Nampa, ID 83686 This year’s symposium will include presentations from Dr. Ron Paul, Former Congressman, and Tina Griffin, the “Counter Culture Mom”. You can read more about the event in the flyer below.

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Opinions / Op-eds

Op-Ed: Smoke and Mirrors, Idaho’s “Little” Surplus

Over the last few months Idahoans have been receiving checks in the mail or deposited into their bank accounts from the Idaho Tax Commission along with a letter from Governor Brad Little claiming that, “The economy of Idaho continues to blow past projections, and we are leading the country in economic prosperity. We achieved historic […]

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John Livingston

Family and Freedom Gratitude and Thanksgiving

I read with deep respect the Memorial Day Post from the Ammon Bundy campaign about the life and passing of Lt. Lincoln Bundy who died during the Normandy invasion after having been shot down in his P-51 Mustang and captured and taken to a German concentration camp where he was finally executed. The story was […]

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John Livingston

Our Medicaid System is Riddled with Fraud and Deceit

Where are the grown-ups? Where are our leaders? In 2020, early in the Covid Political Pandemic, Congress increased the Federal Governments Medicaid “match”. As one of the conditions for receiving these extra monies, States cannot disenroll Medicaid beneficiaries who become ineligible. Only those that die, leave a State or request to be disenrolled are dropped […]

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John Livingston

Time for Some Common Sense

“I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the telephone directory than by the Harvard University faculty,” William Buckley famously said. It looks as if his worst fear is being realized. Or by Congress or by many of our State legislators and Governors—especially in Blue States and inner cities. Is Idaho a “Blue […]

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John Livingston

Why We Can’t Afford Healthcare

The day I retired I was honored to receive a phone call from Governor Otter asking me to serve on the new Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Board. I was not in favor of the Exchange, but I saw an opportunity moving forward to possibly “privatize the exchange” and put it in the hands of health […]

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A Memorial Day Thank You

Happy Memorial Day! The Staff of the Gem State Patriot would like to thank all of the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces. It is their dedication to duty that makes our country so exceptional with all of our freedoms. We are going through some tough times currently but […]

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