Community Perspective

Dunleavy is the man for these times

We’re going broke. Spending is unsustainable. The past administration wrongfully took what wasn’t theirs and, with the help of those in the Legislature, spent beyond what was fiscally responsible.

Finally, a governor comes along that wants to rectify our dire situation. He just told us we had “cancer,” which wasn’t a surprise to many of us who can see the financial forecast, like Brad Keithley of Alaskans for Sustainable Budgets, who appears regularly on the “Michael Dukes Show.”

Instead of swallowing a bitter pill, socialists are calling for placebos or, worse yet, poison. Spending like we’ve always done won’t fix the problem. In fact, it’s been projected that unless we change course, we’ve got 12 years at the most. How will jobs in Alaska fare? Ed King has an analysis.

We’ve needed men like Dunleavy for decades to step up, do the adult thing and say “no.” Cuts have to be made for the good of Alaska. Here’s a man who won’t kowtow to special interests to the detriment of the whole, nor will he say, “all bets are off.” He will keep his promises.

It’s the people’s money. When we gave up our mineral rights it was in exchange for a share in all the wealth of all of Alaska. That means I own a share in Nome, Prudhoe Bay, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Valdez, etc. That’s why we get a dividend. It’s the law because it’s the people’s money — our share in this humongous corporation known as the great state of Alaska. It’s our paycheck. To demand that someone give up their paycheck is outright theft. No business owner would come to their partner and say, “I budgeted too much on advertising, so we’re going to take it from your share of the profits.” No way. Smart business owners budget based on what they have, not what they project earnings to be. If you speculate on the future, there’s no difference between that and gambling. Only that they’re gambling with other people’s money so the sting isn’t felt at all.

We should all be on board, but some just don’t want to face reality. It’s like telling your family that because funds are short and there’s not much work to be had that you need to cook rice and beans until you can afford something else. And instead of complying, all the children scream and cry for steak dinners and cookies. You tell them, “We can’t afford steak right now. If we scrimp and save and look for more work, one day we’ll be able to afford steak again.”

My kids get it. My 11-year-old asked me why when mobs don’t get their way they throw tantrums like little children. Seeing men in costumes chaining themselves to public buildings and others shouting without reason shocked him extremely. He had expected better of his elders, and I agree. I told him he’s wise beyond his years and that I expected him to always behave himself even when disagreeing with authority.

I went and testified recently at the Legislative Information Office. I looked around and realized that I was one of just a few who hadn’t been paid to show up and testify. Only special interest groups, nonprofits, unions and the university have that kind of money.

How’s your legislator measuring up? Check out their scorecard at alaskapolicyforum.org. A lot, just like the Alaska education system, are failing. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Legislature, take note. Those meeting in Juneau are breaking the law. The governor is the one who called the special session and as such can set the agenda. This shameful behavior hasn’t been witnessed for quite some time anywhere. I’m sure we’re making history where my kids’ kids will learn about the infamy of this Legislature’s actions.

We’ve got the most powerful governor in all the U.S. It’s always surprising when legislators don’t want to play nice, but the way they treated our new governor, the people’s governor, is beyond the pale. They won’t get very far with it, and I expect this lawsuit of the writ of mandamus with former Rep. Al Vezey will make them do their jobs.

Kudos to the administration and specifically for hiring Donna Arduin, the director of the Office of Management and Budget. In a civil society, it’s expected that we follow the rule of law. Don’t like it? Then change it lawfully.

I, for one, am glad there’s a new sheriff in town.

Christine Robbins lives in Fairbanks.

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