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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.

June 26, 2015

It took the left a week or so to crank up the outrage machine to a fever pitch following the church shooting in South Carolina last week. Target this time around, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, otherwise known as the Stars and Bars or the Confederate Flag. Completely forgotten have been both the dead and wounded.

It took the left a week or so to crank up the outrage machine to a fever pitch following the church shooting in South Carolina last week. Target this time around, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, otherwise known as the Stars and Bars or the Confederate Flag. Completely forgotten have been both the dead and wounded.

February 13, 2015

I always find it interesting to look at the foundation documents justifying any expansion of state power, authority and welfare. The Healthy Alaska Plan for Medicaid makes some very interesting reading and raises many questions.

The Walker administration Friday, February 6 floated their first justification for Medicaid expansion here in Alaska. The announcement was accompanied by a pair of documents, one by a consultant and one by the State. You can find the documents here. http://dhss.alaska.gov/HealthyAlaska/Documents/Evergreen_Medicaid_Expans...

January 28, 2015

With his action over the weekend on ANWR, President Obama announced that he has morphed from lame duck into troll, with Alaska as his first target. My experience with trolls is that he wants the appropriate thundering response from Alaskans and its elected leadership, while he moves on to the next target.

The Wiki defines an Internet Troll as:

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.

December 31, 2014

Governor Bill Walker issued an administrative order Friday, December 26, 2014 directing all state agencies to stop non-obligated spending on the following six projects: the Ambler Road, Juneau Access Road, Watana Dam, Kodiak Launch Project, Knik Arm Crossing, and the Alaska Stand-Alone Pipeline Project.

December 24, 2014

There is a 200 mile proposed road in Alaska starting near Fairbanks and stretching west and north to give access to a mining district in the region. It is called the Ambler Road and is in the midst of route selection. There are few roads in that part of the state.

There is a 200 mile proposed road in Alaska starting near Fairbanks and stretching west and north to give access to a mining district in the region. It is called the Ambler Road and is in the midst of route selection. There are few roads in that part of the state. http://www.ambleraccess.org/projects/ambler/index.html

December 19, 2014

One of the refrains we hear from the Walker-ites and on the talk shows these days is that the fiscal crunch puts “everything on the table.” I would submit that everything is most certainly not on the table, as decisions by the new Walker administration will be driven by their worldview and prejudices just like those before they came into town.

With the crash in the per barrel price of oil to the $60/bbl range, we here in Alaska are faced with the latest round of fiscal crises. That level is about half the per barrel forecast that former Governor Parnell’s budget was based upon.

October 23, 2014

Democrat candidate Bill Walker had himself a most interesting week this last one. Not only did he take mutually exclusive positions on budget cutting, but he covered up his own campaign incompetence with some good old Messenger Shooting.

Democrat candidate Bill Walker had himself a most interesting week this last one. Not only did he take mutually exclusive positions on budget cutting, but he covered up his own campaign incompetence with some good old Messenger Shooting.

First the budget festivities.

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.

July 18, 2014

If any of us needed another reminder that the US Senate is being led by a bunch of clueless demagogues comes a failed vote to overturn the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby opinion.

If any of us needed another reminder that the US Senate is being led by a bunch of clueless demagogues comes a failed vote to overturn the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby opinion.

June 28, 2014

The Center for Immigration Studies released a report on immigration since the year 2000 late this week. The basic conclusions of the report, created using government supplied data, finds that over the last 14 years, there has been no increase in the number of Native Americans holding a job while 5.7 million immigrants hold new jobs over that period.

A pair of stories hit the Internet tubes this week about immigration. Individually, each would be sufficiently infuriating. Taken together, they paint an awful picture of a completely out of control administration, a cynical attempt to create new democrat voters, and an equally spineless congress.

April 13, 2014

The proposed Obama budget continues its assault on military members and retirees started a year ago during the Sequester, when for the first time in memory they targeted users and employees of the military commissary system for their special brand of loving care.

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

– Samuel Johnson, April 7, 1775.

This is one of the great historic quotes, particularly applicable during the political campaign season.

March 28, 2014

The Alaska Volcano Observatory exists to warn commercial aviation of volcanic ash clouds encountered in flight.  FAA funding of it was cut in the anti-earmark wars of 2008.  What has been done to restore this basic public safety function?

Other than Hawaii, Alaska is the most volcanically active state in the union. There are over 130 volcanoes and volcanic fields that have been active in the last two million years. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) monitors some 34 active volcanoes in Alaska on a real time basis. https://www.avo.alaska.edu/

March 2, 2014

A fundamental structural change in our inter-governmental system to better balance the powers of the states and the federal government and resolve disagreements with methods short of violence.

An alternate way to resolve constitutional disputes.

In Part 15, I suggested a way for states to assert constitutional violations in a manner that does not radically change our governmental structure. In the current column, I will suggest a way for the states to challenge the constitutionally of federal statutes by creating a new inter-state body. 

February 25, 2014

The 20th century saw a significant degradation in an individual’s right to his property under both outright condemnation and under regulation. The Supreme Court has failed to stop this gradual destruction of our most fundamental right, although in recent decades the seem to be making an attempt to reduce the severity of this form of governmental theft.

What is private property?

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 17, 2014

91 million voting eligible Americans chose not to participate in 2012.  If conservatives can figure out how to turn them out and do it several times in a row, we can turn the path of this nation around.

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 7, 2014

ARWC is proud to present our 2014 Annual Lincoln Day Dinner - "Champagne & Campaign." Enjoy appetizers, dinner & champagne, and join in the live and silent auctions.

Join us February 1st at The Bridge Restaurant (221 West Ship Creek Avenue) beginning at 6:30 PM.
 

ARWC is proud to present our 2014 Annual Lincoln Day Dinner - "Champagne & Campaign." Enjoy appetizers, dinner & champagne, and join in the live and silent auctions.

Our guest speaker this year is Lily Stevens Becker of the Ted Stevens Foundation which aims to encourage public service and promote the legacy of Senator Stevens.

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 29, 2013

As ObamaCare forces hundreds of thousands onto Medicaid, it also makes their property subject for liens and repayment in full.  Is this a conscious assault on property rights by the left?

As the Hounds of Hades come after Governor Parnell over his very reasonable refusal to accept yet another Obama administration and democrat “trust me” to reimburse the state for three years should he agree to expand Medicaid, I start wondering why the orchestrated campaign is being waged here in Alaska.