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ELECTION: Didier bites the hand that feeds him

Letter by Mark Heckert, Puyallup on Sep. 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm | 2 Comments »
September 7, 2012 9:31 am

Clint Didier, a candidate for public lands commissioner, is a staunch conservative, last seen as a tea party-endorsed candidate for Senate in 2010. Based on his past statements, I don’t believe Didier even supports the concept of land in public ownership.

As a “smaller-government advocate,” Didier has campaigned against government subsidies. That’s an interesting position in light of the fact that the farm he owns was created and made possible by one of the largest public works (read socialist) projects in the history of the country, the Columbia Basin Project, which has subsidized the water supply of the entire region for the past 70 years.

In addition, Didier’s farm operation has accepted $290,000 in subsidies in the past 15 years.

I’d really like to know if Didier is campaigning against that bad old government that makes regulations and keeps people from doing what they want or that not-so-bad government that subsidizes farmers, provides water way below cost and sends money?

And, while he’s at it, does he support the concept of public ownership of land as practiced by the Department of Natural Resources, which he is campaigning to direct?

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