This is in response to "Liberals, unions cause damage to the nation," by Pete Webber, published in the Oct. 8 Juneau Empire.
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First of all, this nation that Webber calls America, the United States, was built by the liberal unions he bashes. The North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization are what, in fact, have sent American jobs over seas.
GM Corp. and the United Auto Workers both negotiated a fair contract. And the Arctic National Wildlife refuge will never be drilled in Webber's lifetime; so he should get over it. But if it is ever drilled, guess who will do the drilling - the liberal union boys who have made Alaska the richest state in the union, that's who.
And as far as Democrats destroying the American economy, that is a joke right? When the Republicans took office, the United States had a budget surplus. The Republicans cut taxes, spent billions upon billions of dollars, some borrowed from nations such as China. By doing so, they put this nation so far in debt that it will take our grandchildren's grandchildren to work our way out of the red and back into the black.
Republicans call Democrats such things as tax-and-spend liberals. Yet I see the Republican party as the no-tax-and-spend party. Which is worse? What have the Republican House and Senate, as well as executive branch, done in the last 10 years to reduce the flow of jobs leaving this country? What have they done about the trade deficit? We should all demand answers instead of pointing partisan fingers.
And as far as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge goes, note the word "national." Alaska has had votes for many years from Sens, Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young. But because of the perception of corruptness in Alaskan politics, and the credibility of the people who represent our vote, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will surely not come up for a vote in the U.S. House and Senate for many years to come.
Besides that isn't that why we have funded the war in Iraq to the tune of $800 billion was to privatize and secure our energy and oil future? And to Webber, I say this: The 9th Circuit court is part of Americas political system and it works. We the people of Alaska are hostages and the hostage takers are the people who represent our vote in Washington, D.C.