This problem of declining public education is not unique to Alaska, but the fact we have invested so much while going so many years without even a meaningful conversation about what we are getting for our considerable investment, is shameful.
My previous article accusing ADF&G and AK DOT&PF of executing the Washington Monument strategy on Alaskans in order to inflict maximum pain on the citizens during the budget wars may have cast the nets a bit too widely.
Where are they democrats when it comes to budget cutting or downsizing the size of the state government? They will tell you they are completely focused on the needs of the citizens, yet they target the Permanent Fund as the ultimate source of free money for endless payoffs to their union and green supporters. How that will make improve anything is beyond me.
The Washington Monument strategy dates back to a threat made by National Parks Service Director in 1969 to close the Grand Canyon and Washington Monuments in response to threatened budget cuts. I first remember it being used in 1981 as a technique to make the Reagan budget cuts as painful as possible. Looks like it is now being used by ADF&G.