To the editor: Is democracy as described by our forefathers destined to fail in our now modern 21st century? We elected President Donald Trump, a known habitual liar, to our highest office, and now, here in Alaska, we allowed our state government to be bought by the Koch brothers. There will always be con men, liars and unscrupulous people who try to take undue advantage of our society. Lately it seems that there are more than normal, and they are winning. How else can you explain the denigration of the Republican Party and the loss of personal protections by the U.S. Supreme Court? I am referring to the recent upholding of gerrymandering and the giving of person status to corporations.
Ninety percent of our recent national disasters are attributed to global warming, but we do nothing. Every economic crisis we have experienced in the last several decades is directly attributable to corporate greed, and yet we as taxpayers have bailed them out by taking on more national debt. None of the perpetrators went to jail.
Papers continually report how well our economy is doing, but, based on the continual rise of the national debt, we are living on our national credit cards. This will only exacerbate the next downturn and, when it happens, both parties will blame the other.
We no longer seem to function as a society of “one for all and all for one” and are now working on the principal of survival of the fittest, wealthiest, privileged and greediest. I am pessimistic about a turnaround, but the next election will be an indicator.
In Alaska, the only way forward out of this veto mess and our way to a balanced budget is as follows:
• Override all vetoes.
• Raise the Alaska fuel tax by 20 cents.
• Reinstate the school tax at $50 annually.
• Reinstate the income tax.
• Pay the full dividend but only after the above is implemented.
• Revisit Alaska’s extraction tax structure with emphasis on increasing revenue.
Alaska can no longer afford all of the carpetbaggers who take but never give back, especially out-of-state workers, corporations and businesses.