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Limit distraction, focus on state, federal finances

Posted: January 17, 2013 - 4:07pm  |  Updated: January 18, 2013 - 9:15am

Right now our nation and state face similar dilemmas — spending needs to be drastically tightened and those budgets need to be sharply scrutinized.

America’s debt is out of control as we keep raising the debt ceiling without significant cuts to spending. Have we reached $20 trillion in debt yet? It’ll be here sooner than you know.

A recently released report on Alaska’s finances — which are often tied too close for comfort to the price of oil — should be a big wake-up call. The state would face a budget deficit of $920 million if spending next year matches this year. Alaska is anticipating a $410 million hole in this budget year despite the fact our lawmakers anticipated a surplus of $490 million.

Say what?

For too long this state and nation have been living with eyes wide shut on our financial problems.

In Alaska it is masked by high oil prices. In Washington, D.C. it is masked by every partisan debate that never gets solved.

But now, instead of focusing on these issues and making real progress, we are finding lots of things to distract us, namely this issue of gun control.

On the federal level, we expect much posturing and fighting over President Obama’s suggestions for curbing gun violence in America. While much of his plan can be done by executive order, other parts — like banning military assault style weapons — need Congressional action.

So both sides will come out with attacks on each other, the president and congress and all that will ultimately serve to distract from the nation’s most crippling ailment — the debt — when all that’s needed is a reading of the second amendment and the rights it guarantees.

On the state level we have seen the immediate distraction federal consideration of gun control has caused as well. Nikiski’s Mike Chenault has introduced a bill to bar enforcement of new gun laws in the state.

Even Chenault doubts the bill would be constitutional, yet we will have to endure the rhetoric from both parties while more important issues this state faces could sit on the back burner.

It is time to get a grip on this state’s finances and its budget. That starts by focusing on the issues that would help revenue — oil production and a gas pipeline — and curb spending. We hope the Legislature is not distracted by the federal debate on gun control.

To that end, we hope Washington, D.C. and Alaska’s Congressional delegation can focus on the financial issues and move on big measures to cut spending and reduce the debt.

The more issues we quarrel about, the more we make excuses for inaction on the nation’s greatest burden of all.

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radiokenai 01/19/13 - 02:55 pm
Are you Kidding or What?

I bet if Baracky was trampling on the 1st Amendment and censoring your freedom of speech, you wouldn't give a crap about our Nations Debt right now would you Mr. Clarion????

1. Why is the Mr. Clarion so interested in the Nations Debt now?

2. Why didn't Mr. Clarion run multiple articles on the Tax & Spend Policy of Baracky Obama instead of focusing on endorsing a moron who wants to be king?

3. Could it be that the Mr. Clarions Staff who wrote this article trying to pull a Red Herring on it's readers? (Hey, looky at the problem over here and don't focus on Baracky's policies of trampling on your 2nd amendment rights over there!)

Maybe the Second Amendment means NOTHING to Mr. Clarion, but to our Forefathers and MOST Alaskans, it was VERY important!

How easily you forget Mr. Clarion: If it wasn't for people protecting our 2nd amendment, Mr, Clarion would not be allowed to exercise his 1st Amendment! DUH!

The people are well aware of our debt crisis, but those (and you know who you are) don't give a darn. All those idiots voted for is the dream of a free paycheck at the cost of our Constitutional Rights as Americans.

I won't chase your Red Herring Mr. Clarion. If you want to take the stance of baracky and minimize the importance of our Constitution, that is your right. Go ahead and hammer your arms into plowshares. But know this, the writer of this column should feel disgraced that you are trying to minimize the importance of what baracky is trying to do! WHERE WAS YOUR VOICE ON OUR NATIONAL DEBT AT ELECTION TIME? WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU NOW, WHEN YOU SHOWED SO LITTLE INTEREST IN IT BACK THEN????

Where is the honor in deception? If you were not trying to deceive the readers, then why didn't you post your name...after all, it is YOUR PAPER???

Go ahead Baracky, drive this country into debt (because once the Liberal Idiots who voted for your STOP getting their checks, then they will wake up and smell the coffee!)

Lets focus on the issue at hand people! The desecration of our second amendment rights from a President and Communist Legislature in Washington who forgot what it is like to be AMERICAN!

Once we STOP this jerk president from destroying "this once Great Nation", THEN we can deal with the debt. After all, do you really think the Liberal Democrats in power really give a darn about our national debt? Can you say 4 Trillion and Climbing!!!

Our forefathers warned us about a Government we now have in power...

Join the NRA today or become baracks slave tomorrow!

KenaiKardinal88 01/20/13 - 07:21 am
Fiscal Crisis

One of the best editorials written in Alaska. I read the newspapers from Nome to Ketchikan and unfortunately the liberal writers are ignoring this significant issue.

Thank you Clarion staff - too bad the Anchorage Daily News is opposed to your point of view.

radiokenai 01/20/13 - 11:02 am
And we have a sucker....

Just as they planned, seems Kenaikardinal88 is gone fishing for the big Red Herring that Mr. Clarion deceitfully told KK88 was in the water!

Amazes me how gullible some people are!

While you are casting your lines in empty waters, Baracky is taking your right to protect yourself from a pack of hungry wolves who are sneaking up behind you!

But you keep fishing, because some lying fisherman told you there was a monster Red Herring in that water! wonder America is in the state of chaos!

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 01/20/13 - 05:31 pm
If their LIPS are moving

If their lips are moving and they are saying they care and only want to help protect and stop the MADNESS, watch out and hang on, troubles are coming soon.
His lips were moving again this morning, just like 4 years ago and look how far DOWN we have gone in just that 4 years.
Wanna bet on how far we make it into this next 4 years before the bottom hits?

Print Text From Sen. Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

At the time, Senator Obama was urging Congress not to tolerate an increase that would bring the debt ceiling to $9 trillion. Under President Obama, the debt ceiling has been raised to $16.5 trillion. Even without counting most unfunded liabilities, the national debt is now calculated to be nearing $16.6 trillion. It increases about $10 billion per day (each citizen’s share stands at roughly $52K). Thus, Democrats will soon demand that the debt ceiling be raised, lest the sky fall. When they do, they will be asking for a significant boost in a ceiling that is already close to 80 percent higher than the one Barack Obama said was “a sign of leadership failure” 7 years ago.
Obama accused Bush Jr of being UNPATRIOTIC back then, so what does this make the OBAMANATION OF DESOLATION?
Very Hard Times are coming Globally when America crashes economically and brings down all the World with it's crash. This of course will usher CRIES of a Savior, be he Satan or Man, just send someone to deliver us all from this Economic Morass. He's coming folks, hang on and read Revelation 13; for a picture of what we now see clearly of how he will SANCTION everyone & everything for his Dream Govt.
Economic times worse than we could ever imagine, worse than has ever been or ever shall be again when it's done for States, Nations, all the world.
Hopefully OUR State Reps will help us prepare for whats coming for their Good as well as all Alaskans Good.
Get that rice & Beans and Ammo while it's still in stores and HANG ON. Oh, a Bible might help also.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 01/20/13 - 07:24 pm
OH! Thanks Clarion for trying

I personally want to thank the Clarion staff for trying to give WARNINGS of coming troubles for our State, Nation and all the world as we watch helplessly as our Political leaders especially National ones, Democrates mainly dig the Economic hole so deep we can never recover from whats happening to our Nation.
We see nonstop spending and absolute waste thats leading us into a Global state of forced acceptance or else from a Governmental body that will either Sanction everyone into accepting their Rules to live by, or be totally shut off from all forms of Commerce for daily survival of all peoples due to International, Global Sanctions. A Global Beast or World system which controls all commerce.

15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Basically if you don't agree and join this UNION ONE, then you are up the creek without a paddle or any hope of survival for rejecting their demands, SANCTIONS.
Can ya say IRAN, or any others that refuse this Chosen ones dreams? We have not even begun to see control freaks gone wild, compared to whats coming.
Once again a Thank You to the Clarion Staff for printing this WARNING SIGNS of coming troubles State, National and even Globally for all of us. Hopefully many will look, listen and start preparing for those UNION ONE times of Global troubles that NON will be able to escape, not Rich or Poor, Free or Slave shall escape whats coming soon at the END OF THIS AGE.

Thank You!

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