Count every vote 14 November, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Action Item, Election 2008.
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Democrats call for counting every vote even when they have to divine the voter’s intent as in FL 2000 or pull them out of a trunk as in MN. Yet, they seem to have little interest in insuring that the 31st district vote is right. The Democrats are silent even though the odds are in their favor. The Dept. of Elections found that in some districts in Kent County the absentee ballot was not counted accurately because of a design flaw which threw off the scanner. A hand count in the 29th district changed the result of the election.
The 31st district race is about a couple hundred votes apart and there are nearly 800 absentee ballots. The GOP asked for a recount. It should be given because their is a mathematical possibility of changing the result and combined with a proven problem with the count. It would not take unreasonable manpower nor time. It could be done in an hour with staff and volunteers watching from both parties.
I think the end result would be the same, but until it is done I don’t know that it will be the same. Senator Connie Mack won because he had a disproportionate victory in absentee ballots some years ago. It happens.
I am fine with winning or losing, but I am not fine with not having confidence in the actual count. There is no reason to avoid counting the ballots. It will take less time and expense than going to court. More importantly, it will insure the public does not lose confidence in there vote counting. It also raises federal voting rights questions, it is a minority district and potentially votes are being diluted.
Kent County Department of Elections, please count every vote. Don’t hide behind technicalities.
Local Response to National Economic Uncertainty 23 September, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Action Item, Economic Policy, Election 2008, Kent county, Local.
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For Immediate Release
Contact: David Anderson
ANDERSON DECLARES JOBS AND ECONOMY TOP ISSUE IN LEVY COURT RACE—
NATIONAL SITUATION DEMANDS A MORE PROACTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
At Thursday’s Kent County Federation’s of Republican Women’s meeting, David Anderson candidate for Levy Court will promote a jobs and prosperity agenda for Kent County.
David Anderson believes now is the time to make jobs and the economy a top priority of Kent County Government. Levy Court 3rd District. The current Levy Court is investing $73,000 in economic development. 2008 was $74,000. The 2007 investment was $1,600,000 in grants, land acquisition, and expenditures. A previous year was approximately $900,000. $700,000 was transferred from Economic Development to open space preservation.
The following is a synopsis of Mr. Anderson’s proposal– A Prosperity Agenda!
We need to be pro-business in order to be pro-jobs. I would like to see our industrial-commercial areas become enterprise zones and international trade zones. We need to work with the chamber of commerce (CDCC) to take advantage of grants available to businesses which export overseas. With the Internet and parcel post services, it is an easy proposition for more businesses than we think. There are more than 360 federal economic development programs. Let’s have a contest with the colleges to see who can come with the best way to tap them.
I would also like us to take advantage of alternative energy and science grants. I would also like to see a tax credit to any business anywhere in the county which expands. The new expansion portion should be exempt from higher taxes for three years. I would love to see start ups get a one year tax holiday. These ideas won’t cost us money but could bring us a real return.
We can also publish all of the available support programs for local and start up businesses. Every non profit, institution or agency should be known through the county website and a booklet.
Instead of wasting money on lawsuits because we don’t follow state laws, lets build our economy.
My recommendation is to draft an incentive which piggybacks on a program like the SBA small business loan program that requires a business plan. It has a track record of being effective and not abused. For example, proposed legislation might be that if one starts or expands a business in Kent County and one qualified for a small business loan through the SBA program then the County will provide seed money grant each year for three years as long as your location remains Kent County, etc. The amount of seed money could be a percentage of wages paid to encourage job creation, a percentage of taxable income generated by the business, both, or taxpayer’s choice each year. This would inspire all types of business entities: sole-proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and LLCs.
I specifically note applicants must qualify for a SBA loan – not have received a SBA loan – because if a person doesn’t need to finance their business start-up/expansion they should not be ineligible. Other similar incentives may be available to entice larger businesses to the area by working with the State Economic Development Office.
What are we doing now? We hired a professional firm which came up with some good ideas. We shelved the study and cut the economic development budget to its lowest level in years. When we need jobs the most, we made that the lowest priority.
The meeting is sponsored by Kent County Republican Woman’s club. David Anderson will be one of the guest speakers at the monthly luncheon on September 25th at Maple Dale Country Club Dover. The luncheon starts at 11:30.
Mr. Anderson will gladly accommodate any press questions afterward or arrange interviews with any media unable to attend..
One Week Later 16 September, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, State.
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How does the political landscape look a week after the primaries?
On the Republican side, it is pretty straight forward. Republicans feel under siege and are anxious to break out. The primary showed it. The primaries brought to the fore people the party most trusted to move its standard forward. In Sussex, it was bold colors not pale pastels. In the 4th Senate in New Castle County, the party turned to a person most associated with reforming the image of the party. Statewide, it backed the convention and went with a trusted, proven vote getter. Rank and file Republicans are determined to put their best foot forward. They believe the state has been grossly mismanaged and want to be the ones to get it right.
The Democrats are more complicated in some ways, yet one simple theme was clear. Democrats want to break from an establishment which failed them. Gordon represented the old ways and went down. A last minute challenge to the sitting county president drew a significant number of votes. The establishment favorite for insurance commissioner didn’t make it. Former Independent party standard bearer Karen Hartley Nagle won handily in the Congressional primary despite being out advertised by her opponents.
The big news was the governor’s race. Jack Markell took on the current administration and won. I had predicted that 25% or lower turnout would be a Carney victory; a higher turnout would be favor Markell. I also predicted record turnout. Markell won with three strengths, an economic plan that inspired the faith of primary voters, his rejection of current school testing, and a call for universal health care. Markell was a curious mixture of hard left and centrist positions. The right mix for primary voters.
Judge Lee’s non-participation in the forums has left him at a deficit. I hear voters feeling like they know Markell better. Judge Lee can change that with a new focus on the fall campaign. The flip side is that people are still ready to focus on him, which they may not have done if they felt like they knew him. The Bill Lee team has made a gamble only time will tell if it pays off.
What we know about the Markell plan is that it avoids answering the pressing problems facing the state. He avoids budget solutions. He avoids any talk of reforming the empty transportation trust fund. It has a lot of specifics except in cost projections. The opening line of the fall campaign that we can’t afford Jack’s book, may be the determining factor.
Jack Markell has not been a factor in calling for spending reform in the lastest budget crisis even when he was running against the administration. His plans call for more spending without the mention of off sets except in education. With less than 2 months, Markell may not be able to maneuver to the fiscal center. He is open to being labeled a tax and spend liberal not generally successful in DLC Delaware. The question is will it stick?
The game of good cop Markell and bad cop Minner could be a gambit to deal with this fact. The idea that a party loyalist like Minner would just be so hurt in public stretches belief. It may have been true that night, but it strikes me more as political posturing today.
What a night! 9 September, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, State.
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Jack Markell won and faces Republican Bill Lee who also won. The pace of change has quickened a bit in Delaware. With the budget crunch, Mr. Markell will face the inevitable question–how are you going to pay for it? Tonight it is time for him to celebrate. There is tomorrow for questions.
Governor: MARKELL v. LEE
Lt. Governor: DENN v. COPELAND
Ins. Commissioner: WELDIN STEWART v. BRADY
Congress: HARTLEY NAGLE v. CASTLE
US Senate: BIDEN v. O’DONNELL
McCain/Palin The Foreign Press has it again 5 September, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Sarah Palin.
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“Sarah Palin: It’s Go West Toward the Future of Conservatism” is the London Times insightful analysis. It shows that change is happening in both parties. That is likely the most important shift of the last week politically. The GOP has shifted back to the west philosophically from the South and Northeast. The Bush era which started 20 years ago is now in eclipse.
Democrats think that Mr McCain, with the social conservative Mrs Palin, will launch an old-fashioned culture war at them, using her appealing manner to drive a populist assault on the familiar Republican issues of God, guns and gays.
Perhaps this Manichean interpretation will prove true. But I suspect that it misses the real appeal of the Republican team. The opportunity for McCain-Palin is not reaction, but reform – a reform rooted in a distant conservatism that could be due for a comeback
Hailing from Arizona and Alaska, the Republican ticket has a chance to rekindle a western conservatism different from the old Yankee paternalist sort or the Bible Belt version. They like their guns out there (some still kill their own food) and they are pro-life and deeply pro-America, of course. But at a time of grave challenges, the themes of economic freedom and opportunity, the resistance to the idea that government holds all the answers, could resonate with voters.
This is an election, as the Democrats have realised all along, about an America on the cusp of change. With the moose-hunting, establishment-taunting Mrs Palin at his side, Mr McCain might represent a bigger change than the one that his opponents are offering.
Foreign Press–Palin Stunning will be President one day 4 September, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Sarah Palin.
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This speech has turned the election upside down. It was simply stunning.
Democrats and their Lefty media backers had been sneering that she was a small town nobody, a hick from the Alaskan sticks put into a job way beyond an inexperienced woman.
Believe me, you will not be hearing that again.
Palin turned out to be an electrifying mix of intelligence, passion, energy, optimism and plain speaking.
Full of self-assurance and aggression, she popped Barack’s balloon big-time.
From the moment she walked on stage in this cavernous bear pit, bandbox smart in cream jacket, trim black skirt and black heels, she proved that John McCain knew exactly what he was doing when he picked her as running mate.
For an unpopular party divided over Iraq and struggling to compete with Obama’s Messianic glamour, the choice of Palin looks absolutely inspired.
Main Street America will have loved her performance.
And it was seen by 30million voters – the greatest number ever to watch a candidate for the much-derided VP post.
She is popular with voters for the very reason America’s snooty political establishment despises her: She isn’t one of the Washington gang.
She’s a moose-hunting mum of five with a sledge-load of problems behind her own front door that workaday Americans can relate to.
A child with special needs. A daughter of 17 pregnant. A constant juggle between family and career.
As she said, her family has had its ups and downs like any other.
Last night her first task was to introduce herself and her family to an American public incredulous that the unknown Alaska governor could within weeks be a heartbeat away from being their commander in chief.
Compared to the journeyman career politicians dominating both parties here she seemed fresh, natural, one of us and not one of them.
She spoke to America as one mum to another. She cracked good jokes.
What’s the difference between a hockey mum and a pit bull?, she asked.
Answer: One wears lipstick.
What will have scared the enemy camp most is the devastating series of prime-time punches she landed on the jutting Obama jaw.
Showing steel beneath her magnolia jacket, she slaughtered his lack of experience, his vanity, his emptiness beneath the windy waffle.
It was the most powerful demolition of the Democrat hero I have heard in two weeks on the US election trail.
It concluded that America is likely to have its first woman President in 2012 with a Clinton Palin showdown and the reporter put his money on Palin. No bets here, I hope so.
Palin Awesome–The Next Reagan? 4 September, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Sarah Palin.
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Republicans have been asking where is the next Reagan for a year. The answer seems to be, she was in Alaska.
It is amazing how much like Reagan she is. The same strengths and weaknesses in many ways. Reagan’s family was criticized. He too was a sportscaster. He was a passionate spokesperson for traditional virtues as is she. They are both incorruptible and any scandal their enemies trump up are actions rooted in achieving good. They both did tax shifting but overall cut them. Both are reformers challenging a corrupt establishment. Both came out of middle America and were shaped by the frontier states. Both can communicate with the people like few in his/her generation. They are both colorful, outdoors folks. They are both adored by fellow Republicans. Both upset powerful incumbent governors. Both were drafted for national office after two years as Governor. Both adored their spouses. Both received the scorn of the national media.
It is not bad company to keep. Yes, I liked the speech. Governor Palin is as good as Senator Obama.
Dick Morris on Sarah Palin 3 September, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Sarah Palin.
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Even if I’m wrong, dropping her now would doom him in November. If McCain lets baseless, sexist smears set his course, he’d turn all the good Palin has already done for him, and should do in the weeks ahead, into a negative – demoralizing the GOP base and losing independents.
Understand: Palin is under attack because she was such a good choice.
Remember the Democrats’ central charge on McCain – “He’s a Bush clone.” By choosing Palin, something George Bush would never have done, McCain showed how really different he is.
The old ground rule for picking a running mate was to help the ticket carry a particular state. But Bill Clinton changed the rules when he tapped Al Gore in 1992. Clinton likely would’ve carried Tennessee anyway, but the choice of Gore emphasized the most important feature of Clinton’s candidacy: He was from a new generation and represented a new outlook.
And so Sarah Palin reinforces the most important aspect of the McCain candidacy: Despite 30 years in Washington, he’s an outsider and a dedicated foe of corruption and conflict of interest in government. He’s the one who stands up against pork, earmarks and lobbyists and backs campaign-finance reform
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What has Sarah Palin Accomplished–her 2008 State of the State 3 September, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Revolutionary Reform, Sarah Palin.
Lieutenant Governor, members of the 25th Alaska State Legislature and all Alaskans, thank you for this opportunity to speak before you tonight. To our Commissioners, thank you for being here and for serving for all the right reasons. Todd and our girls, Bristol, Willow, and Piper, and our son Track who is proudly serving in the U.S. Army, thank you for your service. Let us pay tribute to all our men and women in uniform, and their families, and those who’ve previously served our great nation. Their fight for freedom allows us to assemble tonight – with liberty and security! Because of their sacrifices we are free to do our jobs here. And we thank them.
Out of respect for the greatest country on earth, I would like to talk about what Alaska can do to contribute and help secure these United States.
Addressing you on the first day of a 90-day session shows our administration’s commitment to help this Legislature carry out Alaska’s will. There is a lot of work to do – only about 1,000 days left in our term – so let’s get started.
Along with releasing our budget early, I will lay out my administration’s goals and show how they fit into a clear, positive plan for a strong Alaska.
In our first year, we have seen positive change and restored trust. From ethics reform to AGIA to ACES, let’s keep Alaska moving forward to the promise launched 50 years ago at statehood, founded on hope and trust, and rooted in our Constitution. Together, let’s provide the services that our Constitution requires, constitutional services such as education, public safety, and a solid infrastructure – and let’s do them right. Let’s commit to take responsibility for good stewardship when we’re developing our natural resources. Let’s remember that Alaskans are capable and created to work. So when government provides education and job training, every able-bodied Alaskan is expected to work and not simply rely on government to provide. Let’s take personal responsibility in all areas of life – including health. What we consume and engage in impacts not just our personal health, but our communities too.
Let’s reign in government growth so individual liberty and opportunity can expand. And let’s expect that every region contributes to our economy, to fulfill our promise to be a self-sufficient state made up of the hardest working, most grateful Americans in our nation. It’s in this spirit that I say to my fellow Alaskans – we have such great potential because the state of the state is great, and our potential even greater.
Challenges lie ahead, but let’s look back at the last year and at some accomplishments. In Education, we are shaping a three-year funding plan to finally shift the school debate from perpetual “money talk” to accountability and achievement! We are focusing on foundational skills needed in the “real-world” workplace and in college. In Natural Resources, we’ve opened arms to welcome development – but only responsibly, or not at all. Thanks to those abundant resources we will be able to provide for the urgent needs of our citizens. In Revenue, Alaskans ushered in a new era of stability with ACES, our new oil and gas appraisal system. It will provide protection even when oil prices aren’t as high as they are now. Ronald Reagan warned, “Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.” I agree and that’s why we must save our surplus. My administration is proposing $7 billion dollars into the Permanent Fund, Constitutional Budget Reserve, the Education Fund and PERS/TRS debt relief. In Fish and Game, we are managing our fisheries based on science, not special interests. Alaska’s predator control program is showing results with greater wildlife populations so more Alaskans can hunt and feed their families the world’s healthiest, cleanest protein on God’s green earth. In Environmental Conservation, our Climate Change Sub-Cabinet has begun working on ways to adapt to impacts and we’re implementing the voter-mandated Ocean Rangers program. In Administration, we redesigned technology for government efficiency and transparency, including our nearly-complete online checkbook, showing Alaskans where their money is spent. We’ve strengthened APOC and added a new investigator. In Transportation, we added another $100 million for a total of more than $600 million for roads and airports to allow private sector growth and progress. Our “Transportation Endowment” will build a better, safer infrastructure and eliminate the threat of an increased gas tax at the pump.
In Labor, we’ve seen exciting, innovative efforts to grow private sector partnerships in mentoring programs and vocational-technical curriculums, and we’re training more healthcare providers to meet huge workforce demands. In Health and Social Services, we’re changing the Office of Children’s Services – we’ve so much work to do here. We are improving our assessment process and training to better protect Alaska’s vulnerable children. We returned senior benefits to our deserving elders. In Public Safety and Corrections, after years of positions left vacant, we’ve doubled academy recruits. I’d promised to separate wildlife brown shirts from law enforcement blues – so 96 brown shirts are finally getting to that stream near you. We’re building public trust by demanding the highest standards of those in public safety. We’re implementing realistic plans to deal with overcrowded prisons, including rehabilitation and work requirements for the 95 percent of inmates who will re-enter society instead of just “warehousing” them. In Law, we are getting tough on criminals with tougher, defensible sentences. It was a clean sweep for convictions in the Cold Case Unit. Our Civil Division is managing hundreds of legal battles to protect Alaskans’ interests. I commend Law for last year’s needed, comprehensive ethics bill. In Military and Veterans Affairs, we certified hundreds of territorial guardsmen, so those who served finally receive their benefits. We are proudly supporting our brave Alaska Guard as they provide daily search and rescue in our State, and support the War on Terror.
In Commerce, we beefed up consumer protection with changes in banking and securities.
We pushed every agency hard to deliver results. They delivered by slashing the upward trajectory of budget increases from 14 percent down to 4 percent, despite rising healthcare, retirement, and energy costs. Thank you to our Commissioners and staff for their hard work! Our economy is solid. We have a vigorous investment climate with ACES. For 20 consecutive years, the number of jobs in Alaska has grown and we expect 2,000 more new jobs this year.
We’re trickling down state wealth to communities, through a 50 percent increase in municipal revenue sharing. This can provide local property tax relief and local priorities to be met – like filling potholes and police positions.
I will propose reducing or eliminating burdensome taxes on our citizens like business license fees and the tire tax. After our citizens, our state treasure is our commonly-owned natural resources. Fifty years ago, our Constitution’s founders established lofty goals and ironclad promises to be self-sufficient and self-determined wise use of resources.
A perfect example of our self-determination is our natural gas pipeline vehicle: AGIA. AGIA’s competitive process is built on Alaska’s “must-haves.” Finally we will have an “open access” gasline so new explorers can produce new reserves, providing in-state use of our gas and careers for Alaskans. Without AGIA’s requirements, we’d be leveraged by a small group of companies. We can’t surrender revenue, judicial process and our sovereignty. AGIA works! A respected pipeline construction company, TransCanada, submitted a proposal that meets all of Alaska’s requirements. AGIA cleared the path for our gas to feed hungry local markets and to help secure the country with a safe, stable, and domestic supply of clean energy.
An AGIA license gets the ball rolling on our terms – and opens the door to innovative and strategic partnerships. We are reasonable and open to those partnerships that, at the end of the day, will get that long-awaited gas line built.
With this progress, it is with great confidence that I say our future is bright. Industry knows we want responsible development. Anadarko will drill Alaska’s first-ever gas- targeted wells on the North Slope. Chevron, FEX, Renaissance – many others are exploring. That’s ratification of AGIA’s promise to make investments profitable for industrious explorers. There’s more we can do to help leaseholders, to ramp up development. Our new reservoir study can increase development and we will ensure better, publicly supported project coordination. Besides oil, gas, and mining, we’re advancing tourism, to show the world Alaska’s majesty. We’re supporting our tremendous fisheries – for 150 years they have been the economic and social heart of our coastal communities. They define and sustain us, and I will not let politics interfere with management-for-abundance of our largest private sector employer.
To cultivate timber and agriculture, we’re encouraging responsible, economic efforts to revitalize our once-robust industries. We can and must continue to develop our economy, because we cannot and must not rely so heavily on federal government earmarks. Instead, let us power up and produce for Alaska and America. We can do this – we’re 50 years old now, and it’s time!
Time to take back our collective sense of responsibility and sovereignty. To honor constitutional principles and remind the Federal Government of our right to access and develop. To maximize development for the people of this Great Land. Let’s harness Alaskan ingenuity to deal with the double-edged sword of high oil prices. We will implement solutions to address outrageous energy costs for our citizens. While at the same time saving and investing the revenue generated by the record oil prices.
Let’s not blow it, let’s capitalize. We will fully fund Power Cost Equalization – $28 million to offset costs. We will match $10 million for Denali Commission and Energy Authority conservation programs. But we need a comprehensive approach to long-term energy plans, not just fiscal “shots-in-the-arm.” I’m appointing an Energy Coordinator, to activate a statewide Energy Plan. We’ll use earnings from a $250 million “Renewable Energy Fund” for alternative projects, like hydro, wind, geothermal, and biomass. These projects cannot even flirt with snake-oil science – they will be real, doable, and economic. Alaska’s plan can lead America toward energy security and a cleaner, safer world.
It is our energy development that pays for essential services, like education. Victor Hugo said, “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” It’s a privileged obligation we have to “open education doors.” Every child, of every ability, is to be cherished and loved and taught. Every child provides this world hope. They are the most beautiful ingredient in our sometimes muddied up world. I am committed to our children and their education. Stepping through “the door” is about more than passing a standardized test. We need kids prepared to pass life’s tests – like getting a job and valuing a strong work ethic. Our Three-year Education Plan invests more than a billion dollars each year. We must forward-fund education, letting schools plan ahead. We must stop pink-slipping teachers, and then struggle to recruit and retain them the next year.
We will enable schools to finally focus on innovation and accountability to see superior results. We’re asking lawmakers to pass a new K-12 funding plan early this year. This is a significant investment that is needed to increase the base student allocation, district cost factors and intensive needs students. It includes $100 million in school construction and deferred maintenance. There is awesome potential to improve education, respect good teachers, and embrace choice for parents. This potential will prime Alaska to compete in a global economy that is so competitive it will blow us away if we are not prepared. Beyond high school, we will boost job training and University options. We are proposing more than $10 million in new funding for apprenticeship programs, expansion of construction, engineering and health care degrees to meet demands. But it must be about more than funds, it must be a change in philosophy. It is time to shift focus, from just dollars and cents to “caliyulriit,” which is Yupik for “people who want to work.” Work for pride in supporting our families, in and out of the home. Work for purpose and for action, and ultimately destiny fulfilled by being fruitful. It’s about results and getting kids excited about their future – whether it is college, trade school or military. The Lieutenant Governor and I are working on a plan to make attending Alaska’s universities and trade schools a reality for more Alaskans through merit scholarships.
Our resources pay for other priorities, too, like transportation and infrastructure. Our budget totals $1.6 billion to invest for these improvements – and there are still many more needs and future Federal Highway Funds are declining. I also propose a $240 million General Obligation Bond for other transportation projects and a crime lab – letting Alaskans vote on these projects, it’s their money.
We’re addressing another big challenge: the availability and cost of health care. I established our Health Care Strategies Council and I appreciate the outstanding volunteers who served. We’ll pursue many of their recommendations, starting with our Health Care Transparency Act, requiring that consumers get better information about prices and quality of their own care. And we will allow competition. Under our present Certificate of Need process, costs and needs don’t drive health care choices – bureaucracy does! Our system is broken and expensive. We propose, as many states have, eliminating the CON, to increase choice and to manage rising costs. Currently nine CON lawsuits are adversely affecting consumers. Alaskans want health care in the hands of doctors, not lobbyists and lawyers. We are considering what other fiscally conservative states have done to incentivize employers to provide medical insurance for employees, based on the free market. But comprehensive reform must include not only government reform, but Alaskans choosing to take more personal responsibility. All Alaskans must do better to be better, and healthier.
Our choices often lead to heart disease, diabetes, underage drinking, drugs, violence, and abuse. Soaring health and public safety costs are sometimes unfairly passed on to others. But more importantly, by ignoring or accepting selfish choices that cause the abuse, children, families and entire communities are destroyed. I visited the child sexual assault clinic at Providence last week with Senators Dyson and French, Representatives Gatto and Fairclough, and others. It was heart wrenching, especially hearing of one village where 85-90 percent of the innocent children there have seen abuse, including horrible sexual abuse. If that tragedy doesn’t open our eyes to the need, nothing will. It is a human’s natural defense mechanism to not want to think about it, but we will, we must. Because a few days after Providence, I was in Bethel, full of hope again, because I saw children so hopeful and blameless and trusting: we will not let them down. With a bright “economic future” on the horizon, kids need sound minds and healthy bodies to prepare for that future. We will do our part as a government to help those who cannot help themselves. We are excited about our Youth Wellness Initiatives combating alcohol, abuse and suicide. And educating kids about healthy eating and physical activities. But government cannot cure all ills. And don’t assume more laws foisted on Alaskans are the only answer – most “bad activity” is already illegal. We have got to make wise, healthy personal choices, including choosing not to ignore child abuse. I’m counting on families, communities and faith-based groups to step up, together, to help passionately here, too.
Proverbs tell us there is no strength without unity. So, Alaska, let us be united to be strong. Let us serve selflessly, and disregard who gets the credit.
We are on the same team, if we have got the same goal. With so much opportunity in Alaska, let’s look at challenges like we do in our own families: save money, spend wisely, and we will secure our tomorrow. Invest in solid foundations like education and deferred maintenance. Pull together, not tear down. Be positive. Respect our treasured past, but look forward now. These are leadership characteristics expected by those who elect us to lead, to serve, to work for Alaskans. What a responsibility we have! To look beyond partisan and geographic differences. To slow government growth, so we don’t tax hard working families and hand future generations a budget they can’t afford. To restore trust in government. To develop our resources responsibly, including a gasline to meet our long-term energy needs. To equip our students for work and help them commit to personal responsibility and good character. United leadership to do the will of the people, with vigor. The Palin/Parnell administration stands ready to work with you to accomplish all this. By doing so we will realize the potential that our honored Native elders and our Constitution’s founding mothers and fathers saw, providentially, years ago. So with 1,055 days to go in our term, we are ready to get to work! God bless you, and all Alaskans. And God Bless America.