By Susan Steffen-Kraft
My mother was a wise woman. She told me that if she could not trust me with the little things then how could she trust me with the big things! She had a point. When I told Senator Larry Craig this in a town hall meeting years ago he was not a happy camper. I decided to make my trip to the meeting to ask a question of Mr. Craig. One which in the end proved that unless they have the questions ahead of time politicians may have trouble answering. It really was not a big question or even a complicated one. But he thought so!
"Mr. Craig, I received 5 of your pamphlets in the mail at the same address. One to Mr. Kraft, one to Mrs. Kraft, one to the Kraft family, one to the Resident of this Address, and one to Mr. and Mrs. Kraft! Now, since they were all duplicates and considering that paper made from trees is being wasted and I the taxpayer, am footing the bill for your budget, and the postoffice of the U.S. is paying the wages for the post man to deliver said items! Do I really need 6 duplicates of your information? And how do you explain this? That if all the Senators were doing this across the country then multiply that money many times over and just look at the cost to taxpayers and why are you contributing to this nonsense!"
The good Senator stood there for a moment trying to gather his thoughts or was it his wits? I figured he was looking for a way out as in hoping for the floor to open up and swallow him or he was wishing for a shot of whisky! Neither were forthcoming so he proceeded to answer me. "Well, I really do not know how that happened, we are pretty busy and I am not in my office to check on these things all the time, so I will have to see why my staffers did not catch this!" Notice he was passing the buck and or blame!
So I took it even further, I informed him that if he could not keep track of a little thing like this then how was I to trust him with big things like the economy, world and foreign affairs, taxes and in general domestic affairs. He had no answer except that he would try and check this out. I got a huge round of applause. I had stumped the Mr. Craig. Not intentionally of course but by asking a simple question. And you too can do that with little easy questions they are not expecting. A soft ball lob out of Left Field! It will give you an outlook as to if the Little Things matter to them and if they are paying attention!
When I left the meeting I stood on the street corner (get your mind out of the gutter, lol) ! It was a red light and my car was parked across the street. Mr Craig and his limousine came to a halt for the red light. He looked out the window and saw me. The expression on his face, priceless! He waved then ducked way down in his seat so I could not see him. I am sure he was praying that he would never see me again.
"Let me be clear: I am not gay and never have been," said Craig, who has aligned himself with conservative groups who oppose gay rights. This from the toe-tapping Senator from Idaho. Do you think I believe him. No, and in part because he could not take care of the little things!
"In pleading guilty, I overreacted in Minneapolis, because of the stress of the Idaho Statesman's investigation and the rumors it has fueled around Idaho," he said. "Again, that overreaction was a mistake, and I apologize for my misjudgment."
Right Senator Craig and that is why you are an ex-Senator! U made a mistake, a big one! You were a Rino and should have been on my bad boy Rino list!
I rest my case and tell you here and now.....my mother was correct!