I was delighted to receive my voter identification card that has me registered as “non-partisan.” I am officially out of the nonsense that is the Alaska GOP and their rank and file. I no longer have to be bullied, or lectured about who I can support, and whose group Christmas party I can attend, and etc. I’ve been unleashed and feeling empowered. However, perplexed as to how Alaska evolved into such a bickering bunch. I’ve been a registered republican my entire adult life, and I’ve always supported candidates who I believed were best for the state of Alaska regardless of party.
Alaska politics never used to be this way, and this state used to be filled with folks from all sides of the political spectrum who had mutual respect for each other’s beliefs, values, and opinions. It is unfortunate that Alaskans have gotten so off track. This state was built on the backs of those who were able to work across party lines for the next generation of Alaskans, and the future of our state. It wasn’t about being “conservative,” or “liberal.”
It is definitely campaign season, and the war of words, and the labeling of candidates as “conservative” and “liberal” has begun. All I ask is that when candidates ask for your dollars, your support, and your vote that you ask them “what is the plan?” The reason a plan is important is that on July 27, 2012, I spent the day at the Legislative Information Office (LIO), and touched base with legislators.
My LIO visit resulted in me learning how bad things are about to get. The state of Alaska in FY 2013 (7/1/12-6/30/13) will be deficit spending, and the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) will be operating below 500,000 barrels per day with no new projects in the queue, and no new revenue coming in. Not to add to your worry, we will more than likely be importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to keep the lights and heat on in southcentral in 2014 which will double or triple your utility bills. Not a bright forecast for years to come. Fortunately, we have many opportunities before us, and the time is now to embrace them fully.
Alaska does not have the time for conservative and liberal bickering. Alaskans from all sides of the political aisle need to unite behind a common goal, and it will take leadership by Governor Sean Parnell, and legislators who are focused on the future of our state. There is so much opportunity on the horizon that I can taste it, and let us rally to leave Alaska better than we found it. The citizens of Alaska no longer get a free pass. You must take responsibility, get involved, understand the issues, and seek a prosperous future for my children, and the next generation of Alaskans because they deserve grownups in the room.
I am a forward thinker, and a big dreamer, and not a gal who enjoys being stuck in the past when there are opportunities, and adventures around the corner. How about we all put down our swords, and let us commit to moving Alaska forward, and celebrate the opportunities before us?