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October 9, 2015

I had the unfortunate experience a couple weeks ago to listen to Representative Don Young call in to the Rick Rydell radio show on KENI. While most of the conversation was expected, one of his comments really got my attention. Young promised that the House of Representatives would not be shutting down the government.

I had the unfortunate experience a couple weeks ago to listen to Representative Don Young call in to the Rick Rydell radio show on KENI. While most of the conversation was expected, one of his comments really got my attention. Young promised that the House of Representatives would not be shutting down the government.

January 11, 2015

Perhaps the new budget wars give us here in Alaska the opportunity to start deconstructing the education blob and replacing it with something more responsive to the needs of the parents, students and the working world our children (and ourselves) are having to deal with.

The budget wars have been joined with the new administration gleefully cancelling infrastructure projects regardless of cost and regardless of positive future economic impact.

September 5, 2014

Internal polling for the Mother Ship that is the Mark Begich for US Senate campaign must be showing things that are worrisome to our Boy Senator, as they ran a vicious and untrue ad blasting away at his Republican opponent Dan Sullivan last weekend.

August 10, 2014

Regulatory capture has taken place right now, today when a group of extremely wealthy Americans and their tax exempt foundations end up controlling a government agency – in this case, the EPA.

Regulatory capture takes place when the government regulator / taxation agency or authority becomes part of the industry it is charged with regulating, advancing the interests of the industry rather than the interests of the citizenry at large. The regulator acts as a monopoly owner of the industry which in turn owns and controls it and its actions.

May 17, 2014

What we are seeing out of the VA, is essentially a demonstration of a single payer medical system for veterans, something that has been going on for years inside the British Health Service, Canada’s Medicare, and to a lesser extent here in the US under Medicaid and Medicare. It is the future of all of us under ObamaCare.

Recent allegations of poor medical treatment leading to many deaths of veterans by the Veterans Administration hospital system and subsequent cover-up of bureaucratic malfeasance has generated a lot of public sturm und drang demanding who did what to whom, when, where and why.

January 30, 2014

We are well on the way to a place where the cure (militarized law enforcement and erosion on fundamental constitutional rights) is worse than the disease (drug use), which means we conservatives made a huge mistake supporting this.  The marijuana legalization initiative on the August ballot is a way to start  doing something about it.

A couple weeks ago the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana turned in over 45,000 signatures to put a ballot initiative on the August primary election ballot. Their intent is to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the state level like we currently do tobacco and alcohol. http://regulatemarijuanainalaska.org/

January 30, 2014

Our Congress has gotten so sloppy about keeping within the bounds they were assigned by the Constitution, that it is time to clarify both their duties and those of the Supreme Court.

Are you serious? Are you serious?”

I have had occasion to cringe when I hear sub-literate answers many US senators and representatives give when they’re asked “what is the constitutional justification for a law?” 

January 24, 2014

Our unique constitution divides power between states and a federal government. This division originally left most power with the states, but permitted the new United States to handle those things that could not be managed by the individual states. Over time, this division of power has eroded to the extent that the states are fast becoming vestigal organs on the body politic.

What does sovereignty mean?

Our Constitution does not use the word “sovereign” but instead delegates the powers associated with a sovereign government among the people, the states, or various portions of the federal government.

January 11, 2014

Politician’s stumping for election make promises for which funds do not exist, for which the technology does not exist, or is too expensive. The truly unfortunate part is when they enact these glowing promises for future benefits into law. When the day of reckoning arrives, they are often long gone from the scene. In today’s column, we attempt to hold them accountable.

Promises for the future?

January 1, 2014

More continuously legitimate government is possible by shortening the “lame duck” session that occurs every two years. We also need to move Congressional operations into the electronic age.

Election day

December 24, 2013

The Congressional appropriation process is broken. To promote less wasteful government funding this column attempts to:

  • revitalize the House of Representative’s origin function,
  • eliminate omnibus appropriation bills, and
  • provide for an orderly continuation procedure.
     

Why address the appropriation process?

It often appears that all the forces of government have a bias in favor of higher taxes and higher expenditures. This bias is very apparent in the appropriations process. The process of compromise among the House, Senate, and President often results in taxation and spending higher than any one of the three would chose.

December 7, 2013

The 17th amendment removed an important power of the states in the interest of reducing corruption. Moving that power back to the states while creating a hybrid system that also curtails corruption is the goal of this new amendment.

November 9, 2013

Medicare / Medicaid expansion supports the disaster that calls itself ObamaCare.  Why would any sane Alaskan want to trap themselves or their neighbors in that particular rat hole?

November 3, 2013

One of the ways to remove power from Washington DC is to no longer allow them to turn a brief term as a member of congress into a lifetime appointment.

Term limits of the President

Since 1951 the President of the United States has been limited to two terms by the 22nd Amendment to our Constitution.

No comparable limits restrict the longevity of other federal office holders. In particular members of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senators may continue to serve as long as they are re-elected.

October 25, 2013

Federal judges serve for life. Thus court composition is dependant on who is President and the health and retirement whims of the individual judges. Let’s change that to long, fixed single terms, giving each President a predictable number of appointments.

Term Limits

September 30, 2013

As we look to clean up the existing mess in Washington DC, perhaps it is time to modify the way states participate in proposing amendments to the Constitution they ratified.

Why amend Article 5?

September 17, 2013

In times of crisis, the US normally responds with a series of Constitutional Amendments to address the new problems.  Mark Levin proposes an Article V Constitutional Convention called by the many states to propose amendments that will move power out of Washington DC.

Why amend the Constitution?

Before I propose amendments that I believe strengthen the original intent of our Constitution, let me briefly explain why.

July 7, 2012

Any time a democrat starts talking about stimulus spending, start watching your wallet.

Today’s article is a short excursion into the dismal science and black art of congressional budgeting and why there was not a single stimulus, but multiple passed since 2007 – which account for most of the yearly $1.4 trillion spending deficit.

February 6, 2012

Yet another bad piece of legislation from Hollis French and the "Senate Bipartisan Majority."  This one allocates Alaska's electoral votes based on the national vote total in a presidential election rather than what Alaskans vote for.