By David R. Stancliff
March 22, 2001
have long been famous for misleading the public with their pronouncements
and predictions. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for the
rest of us most of these public officials are not very creative
with their methods of misleading. They tend to find a phrase that
has some value in it and repeat it until we all wonder if they have
traded in their brain for a computer chip.
for instance the attempt to convince us all how well Alaska is doing
economically. We hear unemployment is down. What we don't hear is
how little the current jobs pay. We hear about the dollars brought
in by the Commercial Fishing Industry. We don't see all the state
costs of supporting the industry. We hear of increase in tourism.
We do not hear of the strain and costs on our infrastructure and
services to support all our visitors.
we are hearing about the need for a fiscal plan. What we are not
told is the plan is to keep government healthy. We are told we will
run out of money. We are not told it is government that will run
out of money. We are told that we need revenue. We are not told
that revenue will be in the form of taxes from the people to pay
nation and all the states are feeling an economic downturn. Why
would anyone in their right mind suggest raising taxes at this time?
Alaska is a storehouse of natural resources. Why would anyone suggest
we continue to bet all our cards on oil and fish? Our present lack
of leadership in the Administration not only has placed us in a
more vulnerable economic condition that has seen our individual
wealth slip to all time lows, they continue to suggest that Alaskans
need to give government more money in the form of taxes.
our Governor should not ask what we can do to preserve government,
but how Alaskans can get more revenue into their pockets and get
government out of the resource blockade business. If you are a small
or even intermediate size business, Alaska is not open for you.
Regulations, permits, and inspections await you at every juncture.
If government can not make a significant buck at your expense do
not expect your business to survive long in Alaska.
my 18 years of legislative efforts I have seen how government has
wormed it's way into every viable economic facet of Alaska's economy.
Businesses are afraid to object to the actions of government because
big brother has so infiltrated all levels of commerce that one bureaucratic
enemy in the wrong place can suffocate or shut off essential revenues.
are presently in a economic death spiral with a government fighting
to find revenues and a private sector economy nearly entirely dependent
on government to survive. No wonder we here major corporate interests
and prominent business people urging people to support government
through taxes. Their interests are mutually served if not directly
danger to Alaska in this scenario is an irreversible economic collapse.
Unless we develop other resources and produce and better distribute
private wealth government will be capable of starving what is left
of the free market economy in Alaska and in the end cause a major
implosion of itself.
permanent fund and the earnings have created a sense of security
that has prevented economic panic. Unfortunately it has also lulled
people into a complacency that only leads the state further into
an economic swamp. Only a change of philosophy at the Governor's
level and a firm agenda to develop land and resources through private
ownership can avoid deeper and deeper economic downturns.
the residents of Juneau rejected the PFD raid, it should have been
quite clear that even state employees who depend on revenue realized
that taxing themselves to keep their jobs and grow government is
a bad idea and has but one dismal end. How anyone can think that
the people can be fooled into believing that funding government
is an essential aspect of a healthy economy is beyond me. Only a
socialist would buy such nonsense.
have some tough choices to make about future leaders. If we are
to reverse our economic death spiral we must choose leaders who
will instruct government to assist those who it feeds from. We must
insist that our resources and lands be put into private ownership
and wealth created so that revenues for government services can
be something other than taxes on residents. Finally we must constitutionally
constrain government spending and insist that programs be justified
as essential. All others can be funded at local levels by local
governments based on the economic and social standards within each
Alaska as a patient in the operating room. The people in charge
of the operation decide the patient needs more blood. When the attendants
ask the chief administrator for blood he simply says we have no
blood in our bank. He then suggests that the surgeons just tap into
the patient to provide some blood for the bank so that the patient
can get what he needs. That's about how much sense it makes to suggest
taxing citizens to keep the economy healthy. Of course some people
think you can jump off the floor of a crashing elevator and save
yourself too, but they shouldn't be Governor.
--Proud father of four Alaskans
--A legislative assistant since 1981
--27 year Alaska Resident
--9th generation American
--7 family members fought in Revolution, one with Washington at Brooklyn
--4 family members fought in Civil War, one died in Andersonville
--Numerous family vets in WW I and II.