Idaho Politician Running for Hypocrite of the Year
Greg Collett, a loser Idaho tea party politician, hates the evil collectivist tentacles of government, but that hasn’t stopped him from utilizing medicaid for his 10 children.
Collett’s use of the government services he would like to destroy has produced some fast online notoriety. Of course those on the left have labeled him a raging hypocrite, but Collett’s peers are also disgusted with his hypocrisy.
Collett, twice a candidate for the Idaho Legislature in Canyon County, isn’t surprised he’s been excoriated on left-wing websites including Gawker, BuzzFlash, Daily Kos and Americans Against the Tea Party.
But he’s also heard criticism from those who share his anti-government views for having taxpayers foot medical bills for eight adopted and two biological children, ages 4 to 17.
In contrast, Collett and his wife, Kelly, say they will pay the fine rather than buy insurance for themselves under the Affordable Care Act.
“I attracted all the attention of all the people who hate Republicans and the tea party,” said Collett, a 41-year-old freelance software developer and University of Idaho alum. “I’ve also attracted the attention of a lot of people in the liberty movement that don’t want to see anybody on welfare.”
Things got so bad, Collett said, he had to clean up his Facebook account and remove contact information from his campaign website. “The level of hatred is just absolutely incredible,” he said. “Messages on my website, emails, I’ve even had phone calls. It’s been pretty intense.”
In an effort to address the haters, Collett wrote up a delicious, 2,900 word response that contains some amazing material, like this:
Let me set the record straight. Yes, I participate in government programs of which I adamantly oppose. Many of them, actually. Am I a hypocrite for participating in programs that I oppose? If it was that simple, and if participation demonstrated support, then of course. But, my reason for participation in government programs often is not directly related to that issue in and of itself, and it certainly does not demonstrate support. For instance, I participate in government programs in order to stay out of the courts, or jail, so that I can take care of my family; other things I do to avoid fines or for other financial reasons; and some are simply because it is the only practical choice. With each situation, I have to evaluate the consequences of participating or not participating.
By way of example, here are a few government programs and policies that I oppose because they do not conform to the proper role of government, yet I participate in them: I am against marriage licenses, but I still got one to get married; I am against the foster care program, but I became a foster parent; I am against property taxes, but I own property and pay the tax; I am against federal ownership of land by the Forest Service and BLM, but I use the land for hiking, backpacking, camping, and fishing; I am against national parks, but I visit them; I am against driver’s licenses, vehicle registration, license plates, and mandated liability insurance, but I comply with all of them to drive; I am against public funding of transportation systems, but I still use them; I am against building permits, fees, and inspections, but I get them as needed; I am against public libraries, but my family uses them; I am against public schools, but I occasionally use their facilities; I am against occupational licensing, but I use the services of individuals and companies that comply with those requirements; I am against USDA inspections, but I still use products that carry their label; I am against the Uniform Commercial Code and designated legal business entities such as corporations, but I use the services of such entities and have set up several of them for myself; I am against the current structure of our judicial system and courts, but I still use them; I am against the 17th Amendment, but I still cast my vote for Senators; and the list could go on and on.
What would Greg Collett do if he gets his ideological way and destroys the evil collectivist government programs he directly benefits from? What fills the void, post-destruction?
Greg Collett doesn’t have any answers, because he’s just a useful idiot dancing for the billionaire funders keeping the Tea Party alive.