Oct. 29, 2012
To the editor:
Election years can be very amusing. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn’t deny he sent American jobs to China, a country with whom he claims he’ll be really, really tough. He instead tells us investments by his company, Bain Capital, are in a “blind trust.”
Hmm. This apparently means Mitt himself is not responsible for sending U.S. jobs abroad. Wouldn’t you think a CEO sets basic guidelines before turning over day-to-day operations? Wasn’t it Mitt who said he like to fire people?
But then it’s hard to keep track of what Mitt said. He changes positions like a weather vane. Bain Capital typically earns 400 percent profits, so maybe that’s from Chinese workers paid mere pennies a day? At companies with terrible records on worker safety and environmental pollution? Hmm. The rest of us, meanwhile, should support deregulation and union busting (in the name of jobs, of course) and be thrilled with any wage and a rate of 0.01 percent interest on anything. Politicians like Mitt apparently require lots of blind trust.
At the state level, Gov. Sean Parnell stands on the same principle. He tells us Big Oil will deliver jobs if Alaskans fork over $2 billion per year with no promises of future drilling, no local hire rules, no strings attached. We understand blind trust. Legislators who oppose this brilliant plan are called names by Parnell (or “Captain Zero,” as U.S. Rep. Don Young once dubbed him). I say vote for Joe Paskvan, Joe Thomas, Bob Miller, David Guttenberg, Scott Kawasaki, and others who reject blind trust.
Then there’s Rep. Young himself. According to today’s News-Miner, our state deserves a change in federal election rules, since Alaska no longer needs monitoring for practicing racism in voting. But wait. Didn’t Rep. Young oppose using any language but English on Alaska’s ballots (in 1996!) despite translation needs of many Alaska Native voters, who certainly qualify as Alaska’s original citizens? Hmm. Our state is no longer racist?
And dare I mention Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who promised to be nonpartisan but votes a straight Republican party line? Very amusing.