Paul Jenkins

As I cogitated about the recent Rasmuson Foundation-financed poll purporting to show Alaskans are in a dither to have the Legislature abandon deep spending cuts and, instead, pile on “revenue enhancements,” I remembered Albert Einstein’s admonition: “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

The Rasmuson Foundation has anted up something like $250 million over the years to make Alaska a better place, but, have no doubt, it needs government to continue spending and plans to invest $2 million more to persuade the public it should do just that...

Paul Jenkins

While the left revs up its propaganda machine to decry the Legislative Council’s correct -- sublimely correct -- decision to sue the pants off Gov. Bill Walker for embracing Barack Obama’s penchant for ignoring constitutional strictures and playing overlord, the rest of us should be thanking our lucky stars.

Perhaps the folks in black robes can pound a stake into the heart of Walker’s misbegotten drive to bankrupt Alaska by expanding Medicaid, a program that eventually will cost billions, just as the state wades through its cash reserves and teeters above a very deep fiscal abyss -- although that is not what they will be asked to do...

Paul Jenkins

After a few years of loitering in courtrooms as a reporter, after being able to see inside a few correctional institutions, to sense the dreary, concrete block sameness and the numbing, noisy claustrophobia, prison, at least for me, is a huge deterrent.

Perhaps the worst would be the loss of control; the tiniest minutiae of your life decided by someone else. You are a number on a list, taking up space, something to be accounted for in a ledger.

What if you were helpless? What would happen if you were mentally ill? What if those responsible for taking care of you were not adequately trained or did not care? What if you were 20-year-old Davon Mosley?...

Paul Jenkins

As Gov. Bill Walker’s campaign promise to expand Medicaid in Alaska without the pesky Legislature’s approval chugs along, it only gets curiouser and curiouser...

Paul Jenkins

Gov. Bill Walker’s dogged effort to unilaterally expand Alaska’s Cadillac-class Medicaid program -- despite the Legislature’s reluctance -- is being peddled to Alaskans with a massive propaganda campaign replete with misleading information and outright fibs.

Worse, he plans to pull it off -- to join 29 other states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid -- while wading in legal quicksand; by pretending he can accept federal money and tell lawmakers to butt out because he simply would be expanding an existing program. It is malarkey. That’s not me saying that; it’s the Supreme Court...

Paul Jenkins

When good sense overcomes the nincompoopery of politically correct cultural cleansing in the name of “diversity,” it is, well, heartening. Take the flag fiasco at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, for instance...

Paul Jenkins

News of the Mad Hatter accord ostensibly aimed at limiting -- or ensuring, depending on your viewpoint -- Tehran’s ability to conjure up a nuke by next Tuesday in return for lifting international oil, weapons and financial sanctions understandably triggered night sweats about oil prices and Alaska’s iffy fiscal situation.

As good Alaskans, we should not concern ourselves that a hostis humani generis, an enemy of all mankind, with bloody decades of coups, hostage-taking and exporting terrorism under its belt, now has access to $150 billion, a phony nuclear facility inspection regimen (Really? 24-day delays before inspections?), and a green light to produce as much nuclear fuel as it wishes after the pact’s 15th year...

Paul Jenkins

Whenever a writer fires off something that can be construed as biting or controversial in a volatile atmosphere, pushback -- some good, some not so good -- should come as no surprise...

Paul Jenkins

A deal is a deal. Remember Democrats and union bosses seeking out television cameras and microphones to plaintively argue that as legislative Republicans wrestling with a $3.5 billion state budget deficit tried to cut state worker pay raises? A deal, they huffed, is a deal.

That was before their guy, Republican-cum-independent-cum-undeclared Gov. Bill Walker, ignored the GOP legislative majority’s wishes as he signed the $9.8 billion operations and capital budgets and capped $700 million in pending oil industry tax credits at $500 million He effectively vetoed $200 million Alaska owes the oil and gas industry, deferring payment until Alaska is good and ready...

Paul Jenkins

The fallout from the murder of nine decent, innocent people by a craven lunatic in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was too predictable.

If you believed the enormity of the horrific tragedy -- its scope matched only by the awe-inspiring love, dignity and compassion of the slain churchgoers’ families -- called for serious soul searching or finding a root cause, you would be sorely disappointed.

America did what America too often does...

Paul Jenkins

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