Otter on economy, foreign trade and the 10th Amendment


Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter got to know the next generation of business leaders on Wednesday when he attended a lunch sponsored by Boise Young Professionals.

Standing before a crowd of more than 200 Boise business people—nearly all in their 20s and 30s—the 66-year-old Otter shared his personal and political background, touted his support for the 10th Amendment and states' rights, and said unemployment is his biggest concern in the current economic climate.

With his right arm still in a sling from recent surgery to repair the damage of a cattle roping injury, Otter waxed on about his political position and espoused the virtues of groups like BYP, which he said lend incredible political power to younger generations.

While many in the audience wanted to know specifics about the economy, the federal stimulus plan and other pressing issues, Otter offered largely generalities about the current national situation. When it came to the recession, he asked how many people remembered the recession in 1982 and 1983, a question which led to silences as most of the audience remembered their grade-school years.

Otter said he continues to have strong hope for the state economy, due in large part to the enterprising work of new and growing businesses like the ones represented before him in the expanses of downtown Boise's Rose Room.

Listen to Otter's own comments and answers by checking out the video links.