||Letters to the Editor
WE NEED MORE FROM OUR RESOURES & POLITICIANS
By FREEDOM WRITER
October 8, 2002
In reference to Ray Metcalfe's article ("Get The Most Out Of Our
Resources To Close The Fiscal Gap", 9-26-02), in the new ANCHORAGE
CHRONICLE, I support his proposal that's been endorsed by 4 of
Alaska's 6 political parties.
- FACT #1: The Alaska State Constitution mandates that the natural resources
belong to the people, "...for maximum use...for maximum benefit..." (Article
- FACT #2: Elected & appointed political officials to state government office
swear to uphold the constitution (Art. XII, Sec. 5).
- FACT #3: The major oil companies who own the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
are not Alaska-owned businesses.
- FACT #4: Those same oil companies contribute to both Republican & Democratic
Party candidates (See APOC Disclosure Reports).
- FACT #5: Those same candidates who receive contributions from the oil
companies have never, to my knowledge, returned any of those contributions,
(See APOC Reports).
- FACT #6: Those same elected politicians consider & vote on public policy
matters, taxation rates, & other regulatory concerns over the pipeline
- FACT #7: The budget of state government keeps growing each year, regardless
of how many line items are "set aside off-budget" by either the
Administration or Legislature to give the appearance of a balanced
budget or smaller state government.
ANALYSIS: Many critics would say that Metcalfe's plan smacks of
"Socialism". They may be right, but that is how the state constitution is
written regarding our natural resources. When the Founding Fathers &
Mothers wrote the constitution, they remembered the history of Alaska up to
that point. They remembered the precedents of outside interests raping &
pillaging the fur, fish, & minerals & taking them en masse to their other
countries. The founders realized that, with Alaska's small population base
& large quantities of various resources, the only way for the new state to
become self-sufficient was to have those resources collectively owned,
developed, & distributed "in-house" by Alaskans, or the new state would
continue to be dependent upon Washington DC or exploited by outside
interests. Yet many of the state politicians have continued to allow OUR
RESOURCES to be explored, extracted, & economically controlled
by outside interests. Foreign fishing fleets, multinational corporations ,
dominating federal constrictures,& extreme radical environmentalists
have more influence & lobbying power than the average Alaskan citizen.
Those outside interests reap the benefits of their economic & political
largesse while financing the campaigns of those same politicians who are
supposed to represent the Alaskan people & Alaskan interests. Many of those
political leaders have created this so-called FISCAL GAP, not you or I.
Now they want to impose new taxes while they have squandered, through a
growing state government, much of the wealth generated by our meager royalty
& taxation rates as most of those resources have forever left Alaska or are
endangered to be forever "locked up" from our present & future developmental
use. In the meantime, those political leaders keep raising their pay &
benefits, & those of the bureaucrats & state employees, while they expect us
in the PRIVATE SECTOR to pay for them. Yet we see essential services being
curtailed. That appears to be a STRIKE or a WORK SLOWDOWN. Why should our
QUALITY OF LIFE suffer just to maintain that of those in power? There is no
need to tax individuals here when there is a Permanent Fund Corporation with
billions of dollars & many natural resources still UNTAPPED all around us.
WE NEED TO STOP GIVING AWAY OUR RESOURCES. We need our political leaders to
WORK FOR US, for a change, not for outside interests or for more government.
Do you want to continue to suck on the federal tit, compliments of Sen.
Stevens, while we compromise away our sovereign rights & future economic
self-sufficiency? I don't. Why give away our tax dollars with one hand &
then beg for some of it back with the other? JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY! I
would not normally propose a state-run enterprise when the private sector
should do it, but if those contracted businesses won't develop & process our
resources OUR WAY in Alaska, then LET'S DO IT OURSELVES. We may have to
conclude with a good compromise fiscal plan as also proposed by James
Borsetti in this issue #23 of FREEDOM WRITER, but I say we first GO WITH
LEGAL PRINCIPLE & PRACTICAL COMMON SENSE & develop our resources within
Alaska by Alaskans & for Alaskans . There is nothing wrong with
collectively & cooperatively working together to fix our financial foothold
for the future, at least temporarily. Then maybe one day we all can become
laissez faire libertarians, but we must first get our economic house in
order. I support Metcalfe's plan, NOT BECAUSE IT IS SOCIALISM, BUT BECAUSE
IT IS CONSTITUTIONAL.
- CONCLUSION #1: Many of the elected politicians in Alaska are NOT upholding
their OATH OF OFFICE when they give away our resources or don't fully
develop our resources as mandated by the constitution.
- CONCLUSION #2: Those same elected politicians who refuse to consider other
economic & public policy alternatives to the status quo while they cry
"fiscal gap" (WHICH THEY CREATED!) & threaten to "impose new
income and/or sales taxes" on us small businesses & working people without
slowing the growth of state government SHOULD STEP ASIDE, lest the voters
MAKE THEM GO!
- CONCLUSION #3: Rather than acting as Agents of Outside Interests (a distant
federal government, or multinational corporations, or extreme
environmentalists), our state officials should be acting as Agents for
Alaskans instead, if Alaska is ever to become the independent
self-sufficient sovereign state that the writers of Alaska's
Constitution intended Alaska to be.
We need a new Governor & Administration & Legislature.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Portions of this commentary were published in the new
ANCHORAGE CHRONICLE on October 10, 2002).
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