This morning the Idaho Press Tribune has an opinion on Ron Crane’s, Treasurer of the State of Idaho, imbecilic defense of why he uses the State gas card for his personal vehicle.
Apparently the first question is: “How is Mr. Crane paying for his daily commute between Nampa & Boise” because the IPT writes, “Another question that should be answered: Can you use a state credit card to fuel your personal vehicle?” This isn’t to deride the IPT – is that a serious question? How many of us expect our employer to pay our way when getting to & from work? Evidently Mr. Crane thinks so. I work from home & pay for internet service in order to connect to the hospital’s servers and database although a portion can be declared on my taxes as a business expense.
“We shouldn’t be paying for the local commute of any politician other than perhaps the Governor. Crane is in a position to have legally been the watch dog over such issues …. He is in a position of public trust, he is the watch dog over such issues...”
[That to me is one of two defining issues. “He is the watch dog over such issues..”]
Now as pointed out by the Idaho Press Tribune, the real issue as they see it:
But the real issue here is whether Idaho taxpayers should be expected to pay for his trips to and from work. If the rest of us are expected to foot that bill ourselves, shouldn’t the same be expected of the state treasurer?
That’s not the real issue. Why? Here’s where the ‘two defining issues’ come in with their ‘issue’ simply providing a way out for Mr. Crane to apparently plead stupidity.
.1) Gov’t service: Ron Crane has leeched off the gov’t for a long enough time. He was a state representative for a number of years and following that was elected as state treasurer, and is undoubtedly quite aware of what’s allowed and/or disallowed. During his tenure as a representative is where Mr. Crane would have been educated on those allowable expenses as they related to his office.
Prior to his election as Treasurer in 1998, Mr. Crane served 16 years in the Idaho House of Representatives. While there, he chaired the House State Affairs Committee for 4 years and the Business Committee for 7 years.
2) Business ownership: Since 1979, Mr. Crane has operated his own small business. It’s touted on the state website as “one of the oldest and largest alarm companies in Idaho.” Again – as a business owner, Mr. Crane would know what’s allowable as a business expense for state & federal tax purposes.
Now, just another two things. I’m truly sick of those who boast their Christian-ness as though that places them several notches above the rest of us especially when it comes to decision-making, living an exemplary life, and other bullshit. Mr. Crane’s biography on the state website highlights his graduation from Nampa Christian High School, later graduating from college with an associate’s degree, going on to receive “an honorary doctorate from Ohio Christian University in 2008.” His biography also relays he is “a founding member of the Lifeline Crisis Pregnancy Center, and serves on the board of trustees for Nampa Christian Schools.” Mr. Crane’s actions don’t even rise to meet up with his own standards. What a role model.
Secondly, as the commenter mentioned above “he is the watch dog over such issues.” I’d venture Mr. Crane KNOWS exactly what’s allowed and/or disallowed and simply is fabricating any response he can to find a way to skirt the obvious. He did know and chose to ignore it. Or … Mr. Crane truly is a fucking doofus and didn’t know and with that is flat-out unqualified at the most basic level for this position.
Either way, Mr. Crane needs to explain himself – then, resign.