To the editor: I get a laugh from all of the Chicken Littles running around screaming that the sky is falling. It’s the nature of government-dependent souls to identify the problem as not enough funding, when in basic terms it is more outgo than income. Of course, everyone wants their pet bailiwick protected, and if cuts need to be made, why, of course, cut someone else but not their esteemed part of the budget.
It’s simple. We are spending way too much compared to what’s coming in. Gov. Mike Dunleavy is absolutely correct in drastic budget cuts. If nothing else, it’s a wake-up call to our legislators who have become very adept at sweeping the problem under the rug as we all watch our reserve disappear. No more. I commend our governor for his courage in addressing the problem head on in an easy to understand manner and waking up those whose heads are stuck in the sand to the reality of our fiscal imbalance.
No new taxes. Just less spending. Much less spending. It’s instructive to watch the current circus where part of the Legislature is convening in Juneau and part in Wasilla. What could be more dysfunctional than that? It was the governor who called the special session and it was his prerogative to specify the location. The Juneau faction missed the boat there.