Candidate rebuttal: Palmer pledges to fix Meridian interchange, offers no details

Fixing the Meridian Road interchange is a priority, and Rep. Joe Palmer says he can make the project happen.

In a rebuttal to our Thursday editorial endorsing challenger Richard Dees, Palmer says he has a way to get the plan done — although he offered no details.

Wrote Palmer: "One of the great issues in our district is the need to replace the Meridian Interchange. Of all the candidates involved, I am the only one with a plan to finally replace the interchange without incurring more public debt, and as Transportation Committee chairman I will make it happen!"

Here, in full, is Palmer's rebuttal:

Another term has gone by and another Idaho Statesman endorsement for my opponent. This is something I look forward to every couple years! Meridian is the last conservative stronghold of Ada County and the left will do everything they can to wrest it from the constitutional, family-value driven representation it now enjoys!

I am proud of the service I have rendered in my short time in the Idaho House of Representatives. I am proud of the good legislation I’ve brought forth, and just as proud of the bad legislation I’ve stopped.

In our quintessential neighborhoods, where pro-life and pro-gun liberties are still something sacred, rather than something to be ashamed of, we cherish the opportunities of freedom and self-reliance. We aren’t looking for a handout. We aren’t looking for someone to raise our taxes. We certainly aren’t looking for someone who has spent his career in government.

I’ve always described myself as an “Average Joe,” just a guy with a small business in Meridian. I was raised here, and have raised my kids here. Who better to continue to represent this great city in the Idaho Legislature? One of the great issues in our district is the need to replace the Meridian Interchange. Of all the candidates involved, I am the only one with a plan to finally replace the interchange without incurring more public debt, and as Transportation Committee chairman I will make it happen!

I ask for your continued support with a vote for me, Joe Palmer, on Tuesday.

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Fiscally Unsound Joe

Rep. Palmer's rigid philosophy is costing the taxpayers more money in the long run. The exact right time to make needed infrastructure improvements is during a recession, when bonds can be issued with low interest rates and the costs of labor and materials are low. Waiting until we save up enough money (the only way to do the project without incurring "public debt", unless he plans to give the interstate to a private company that will charge tolls -- something a TEA Partier like Joe would probably suppport) will cost us more money in the long run, because when the economy gets better the costs of construction materials and labor would be higher, and we'd still need to be paying for emergent repairs during that time. It's like saying a person shouldn't take on a mortgage and not buy a house until they've saved up the entire purchase price, while paying rent the whole time, instead of getting the low interest mortgage now when housing costs are low.
The TEA Party philosophy Rep. Palmer represents is best demonstrated by his idiotic "free parking at the Capitol" bill; it sounds like a good idea, but fails completely when confronted by the realities of the real world. He wants constituents to park for free when they talk to their legislators, but utterly fails to realize that all the spots would be taken from 0800-1700 by people who work downtown.

I want someone more than a 'average joe' representing me...

I prefer my legislators to be exceptional in their intelligence, personal affairs and business acu-men. This guy does not sound exceptional on any of those accounts.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart