Sunday, August 13, 2006
Politics in the Oil Patch of Alaska
This is a rant, disregard if your not aware of the politics and tax issues facing Alaska. How convenient that before the vote on raising taxes against the oil companies, that BP would stop the flow of oil from Prudhoe. With their lack of foresight in taking care of corroding pipes for 14 years it would bubble to surface right at the most critical time in the vote. How convenient that this should happen when they have the highest oil prices and profits in years. Am I the only one who thinks this was a political ploy. If it smells like crude, taste like crude, feels like crude, I'm betting it's crap. Of course, everyone is now thinking about the money there is to be made fixing the problem. The Unions, big business (VECO), and oil workers of course are all straining at the bit for the short time money that will flow into their coffers and check books. Everyone of them is forgetting the long term affects that the Murkowski Plan will have on the state by giving the oil companies these huge tax breaks. Short sighted decisions will come back to haunt us. After the vote in the State Senate and House, I've come to one conclusion. We have the best politicians money can buy. They should all be sent packing at the next election. I'm for not voting for a single incumbent running for office in the next election. Mark my words, the electorate of Alaska won't do that. The good old boys rule the day. Who is going to pay, we all are at the pump, and no amount of gas coming down the purposed future gas line will help defray our extreme high cost of living we have to deal with. Just like the promise of the oil line. It's all hype, rhetoric and illusions for average Alaskans.