I fear the real agenda both here in Alaska's administration and in the Bush White House is to pauperize America's middle class.
Underfunding public education and needed road repairs in lieu of increased residential utility rates and new road construction (for natural resource exploitation, of course!) foreshadows the dawning of a new kind of fairness in Alaska. Also, at the federal level, those ridiculous tax cuts favoring the wealthiest 5 percent of the country - passed by the "lock-stepping" majority in Congress - are ruining state coffers ergo public schools, emergency and first-responder readiness, transportation infrastructure, and the security of our seniors and disabled. They say "justice belongs to the victor." The majority doesn't consider the country to bemuddledin that much civil strife already, do they? It sure does appear as though they're engaged in some kind of civil war. It surely seems - in the words of G.W. - the Republican agenda has "brought it on." Moreover, these economically dysfunctional rebates are only paralleled in an attack on taxpayers by an $87 billion Iraqi reconstruction supplement!
Senator Dorgan of North Dakota is proposing the most logical solution to the reconstruction cost (though I think G.W. ought to pay for it out of his own family's wealth; I'm sure they could afford it!): Why not have the Iraqi oil proceeds pay back loans from the World Bank or some other U.N. lender over the next 10 or 20 years? Furthermore, getting Iraqi oil online will do more to secure a U.S. "energy independence" (what a travesty, it's more like a "degrading dependence" on the world's depleting fossil fuel supply) than any ANWR drilling could ever do.
The simple fact that oil entering the market has no patriotism to its country of origin (oil is fungible!), acknowledges that it's not of any consequence where the oil originates when it comes to insuring our country's continued (in)dependence. Does anyone think Halliburton, Exxon, Chevron, Conoco-Philips, etc., have allegiance to the U.S. consumer? These corporations simply follow the moneyto their bottom line. Capitalistic success has not the human ethics or moral values that determine the "quality of life" for real people.
Regretfully, if this "agenda" is allowed fruition, the majority of us will have as much quality in our lives as indentured peasants of 16th century.
John S. Sonin