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Paul Jenkins

Any rational person must marvel at the Democrats' Kafkaesque fetish for returning to Alaska's failed, economy-busting oil tax and their odd predilection for turning good news into sour milk.

Their battle cry? "If it is good for Alaska, it stinks for us," and they seem willing to leave no stone unturned, no spitball unlobbed, in their quixotic quest to wreak as much havoc as possible -- and lay the blame at the feet of evil Republicans.

They appear unsatisfied with making fools of themselves, stooping to just about anything to return this state to Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share oil tax, and, worse, they turn to dragging innocents into the fray to say things embarrassingly untrue...

Paul Jenkins

Watching Alaska Sen. Mark Begich dance to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's tinny and McCarthyesque tune is disheartening. While Begich once proclaimed -- to anyone who would listen -- he was his own man, those days are long past.

These days, he is Harry Reid's man, and Reid is a guy who could not care less about Alaska. He has bigger fish to fry.

Grasping at straws to keep the Senate Democrats' boat from crashing onto the rocks in November, Reid unabashedly is shelving Rush Limbaugh as the face of conservatism and, instead, is smearing the libertarian brothers Koch, Charles and David, as the Democrats' election boogeymen...

Paul Jenkins

The funniest thing happened the other day, the kind of thing that might make you wonder what the fight over raising the minimum wage is really about. If you think it is about the welfare of those struggling at the bottom of the economic heap, you are wrong.

Alaska's minimum wage ballot initiative is about politics and money, part of a Democratic scheme hatched in Washington, D.C., as President Barack Obama scratches for a strategy -- any strategy -- to get his party off the tracks before November's train wreck.

The tip-off was when the boss of the state's largest labor organization, a guy who supports the August primary ballot measure to raise the minimum wage, balked after a legislator indicated a willingness to boost the rate before then...

Paul Jenkins

In the early 1990s, as Alaskans were fighting for their Second Amendment rights to carry concealed weapons -- that pesky "bear arms" part the left never wants to talk about -- there was bitter opposition from the usual suspects. Our betters stridently warned of impending mayhem.

You morons will shoot yer eyes out, they said. You are untrained, they said, and untrustworthy and violent. They predicted gunfights after fender-benders, people shooting each other over parking places, and outright slaughter. "High Noon" at the grocery store. "3:10 to Yuma" at the dry cleaners...

Paul Jenkins

The federal government's hypocrisy when it comes to the life-or-death question of building a short, gravel track in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to connect the fishing village of King Cove to the all-weather runway at nearby Cold Bay is laughable.

When Interior Secretary Sally Jewell decided to protect the birds in the Alaska Peninsula refuge from the rare passage of a vehicle bumping down a proposed emergency-use-only, one-lane road, she must have forgotten -- forgotten about the refuge's fall waterfowl hunting and the hundreds, if not thousands, of hunters it draws like a giant, quacking magnet each year. Or their guns. Or their boats. Or their guides...

Paul Jenkins

For a guy who likes to sing with the chorus railing about federal overreach in Alaska, Sen. Mark Begich is an unabashed buttinski, cherry-picking state issues to weigh in on, while dodging others.

He chided state lawmakers last week, for instance, that they dare not allow Alaskans to vote on repealing state constitutional language that prohibits public money from supporting private or religious education.

Public money for public schools, Begich said: "Period."...

Paul Jenkins

This is going to be an absolutely insane year, politically, and Alaska could have a very different face next year.

In coming months, we are going to suffer through a critical, zillion-dollar U.S. Senate race -- which at its core is about Barack Obama -- and another for Alaska's lone and long-locked-up congressional seat. There is a race for governor and lieutenant governor (Is it true there is a new Sobriety Party candidate?) and a slew of House and Senate candidates who will have to kill puppies to pique media attention...

Paul Jenkins

Here is a headline that pries the manhole cover off that dark, scary hole where the left goes to scrape up whatever passes nowadays for its thinking: "State Democratic leaders call for oil tax cut repeal, more for public schools."

"Wow!" I thought. Here is a bit of oxymoronic whimsy to brighten the day. These guys must have found a way to wring blood out of a turnip -- repeal oil tax reform and get more money for schools. Alas, they were fibbing -- again.

When it comes to money and oil in Alaska, everybody who can read knows we are facing a math problem, not a political problem; that repealing oil tax reform guarantees less money for education and schools -- and everything else. A repeal means a return to the bad old days: less oil, less revenue, less of everything...

Paul Jenkins

Sen. Lisa Murkowski ticks off some Alaskans. Too moderate; too reasonable; too measured, they say. Let's face it, her no-fireworks, middle-of-the-road politics have all the pizzazz of a Sean Parnell speech. She offers few surprises to anybody except Joe Miller, who has a Bronze Star.

It is, therefore, refreshing to see her get a little cranky, though it may be bad news for el presidenté and his forked-tongue minions. Some observers say Murkowski is frustrated; that she realizes there is no working with some of these people; that she finally understands this administration could not care less about Alaska...

Paul Jenkins

As the debate heats up about Senate Joint Resolution 9, the threshold question we should be asking is this: Can we do a better job of teaching our children and getting parents more involved in the education system, or are we satisfied with what we have now?

If we can do better, if we want to throw off the inertia of years of doctrinaire bureaucracy and unresponsive officialdom, and inject competition, now is the time and SJR 9 is the way. Those invested in the status quo say no, it is risky; more money and less interference are the answers...

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