If I had a dime for every time I read an Ayn Rand book, I’d have enough money to make a payphone call – in the 1970s. Payphones, for those who are too young to remember, were phones that you put coins into. Coins, for those who are too young…ah, never mind. Google it.

There’s a reason I didn’t get into Ayn Rand. Her work is too ideological and I’m a pragmatist. I like functionality. Rand liked purity.

Speaking of purity, Kansas’ Gov. Sam Brownback took a functioning state and injected a heavy dose of ideological purity into it. By slashing taxes and expecting to make up lost revenue through an explosion of growth in the private sector, he created an Ayn Rand utopia.

Not really. Actually he bankrupted the state, which resulted in a credit downgrade and a $648 million budget shortfall. From the latest reports I heard, most Kansans are fleeing to refugee camps on the Oklahoma boarder.

Yet Kansans are so ideological, they still reelected Brownback to a second term as governor. Just a side note, the Kansas motto is “To the stars with difficulties.” More accurately, it should be “To bankruptcy through unforced errors.”

Idaho has its share of unforced errors too. Gay rights is one of them. For nearly a decade, advocates for updating the Idaho Human Rights Act to include the LGBT community have pushed for a full committee hearing. This week they got it by a 6-1 vote.

The lone “nay” vote was Rep. Brent Crane, who explained that he promised the voters in his district that he would oppose all issues gay. “I think I got 74 percent of the vote in my legislative district based on this being one of my campaign platforms,” he told the Spokesman-Review.

Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa)
Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa)

The problem is he’s wrong. Yes he won by 74 percent, but he ran unopposed. What’s more, a recent survey shows that 67 percent of Idahoans support civil rights for gays – that includes voters in Nampa, Crane’s home district.

Anybody who believes 67 percent of Idahoans want something while 74 percent of them do not is either waist deep in ideology or really bad at math.

It reminds me of an old saying: There are only three kinds of people in this world, those who are good at math and those who aren’t.

Now I’m off to read a good book.