Sen. Stevens' bait and switch

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2005

During the recent election, Alaskans were repeatedly told that unless Alaska maintained its all-Republican delegation, Sen. Ted Stevens would be unable to deliver the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the generous federal appropriations to which Alaskans have become accustomed.

Ted got his wish and how. Republicans increased their majorities in both the House and Senate and still control the White House. And yet now the message from Sen. Stevens is of greatly diminished expectations.

First he says don't expect the same level of pork ("Stevens foresees less federal spending in the future for Alaska," Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Dec. 27) mainly due to the record deficits the current Republican administration has racked up.

And now Ted is lowering expectations on ANWR ("Stevens less upbeat on ANWR," Anchorage Daily News, Jan. 8) because of continued opposition from moderate Republicans as well as Democrats.

Stevens' post-election conversion to candor should prompt cries of "bait and switch" from voters who swallowed his election-year rhetoric.

Bob King


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