For all things, there is a season. Perhaps it is time for all those who genuinely care for Alaska, truth and justice to rest from our weary efforts to save what is left and wait for the smoke to clear, the ashes to settle and for all those who are determined, for whatever blind ambition or self-absorbed motivation, to bring it all crashing down, to move on to other locations to continue their destructive ways, as is their wont.
It was not enough that the Democrats would not respect the election process and accept the defeat of their ideas. It was not enough for cowardly Republicans to do the same. It was not good enough for Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who won a mandate, to fulfill his promises, instead choosing capitulation and vacillation.
Instead of getting our spending under control and encouraging increased revenue, we are going to rid ourselves of the cursed Permanent Fund dividend, deplete the Permanent Fund until it’s gone, as we have done with the Constitutional Budget Reserve, increase taxation on our main revenue contributor, oil producers — we tried that already, don’t you remember the result? — until they depart, and, as if that is not enough, we are going to create a lottery! And who, pray tell, will be funding the lottery? It ain’t the wealthy. Our state is being driven off the cliff by self-serving politicians and special-interest groups who lack the capacity to see beyond their collective noses.
So, my friends and neighbors who do love our state and doing what is right, compassionate and just, take heart. Another season is coming, a time to rebuild from the ashes a new Alaska. Perhaps this time we will elect managers who have integrity, honor and humility. Or perhaps the human condition is so screwed up it is not possible.
— Duane Christensen
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