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French will restore Alaska

Posted: September 5, 2013 - 8:25am

I remember 1973 and the debate over the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. At that time, one of the concerns I had was the political impact of Big Oil on Alaska’s governance. Would the International Corporations treat Alaska like a colony?

We now have four decades of history to answer that query. Few would question the benefits of oil development and the royalty and tax money that has paid for much of the State’s infrastructure, government operations, and permanent fund savings account. The industry has brought jobs, opportunity, and in some respects, positive community involvement.

On the negative side, we have also seen the Amerada Hess case, in which the oil corporations purposefully shirked on their taxes; the abuse of ELF (economic limit factor), the tax break for oil companies; the Corrupt Bastards Club — the 2007-2009 bribery of state officials; and the most recent: the use of unconstitutional redistricting to elect oil company employees and friendly legislators to award themselves a huge tax cut.

We expect companies to act in their self-interest. We should even expect them to lobby hard for special treatment, but we should not put up with companies infiltrating key government positions by undermining democratic institutions and by heavy handed political spending.

We need to re-affirm our sovereignty. Alaska needs a cooperative but guarded approach in its relationships with the oil industry. Hollis French, as a member of the Senate bi-partisan coalition, has shown that he can right the Ship-of-State. Support Hollis French for Governor.

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bob99507
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bob99507 09/05/13 - 06:44 pm
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I think to say that the oil

I think to say that the oil money has paid for much of the State’s infrastructure, government operations is a little misleading the word that should be there is all

jjwhite
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jjwhite 09/05/13 - 06:58 pm
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French kiss!

I worked with Hollis French on the north slope in the oil field, and I must say he was very pro oil, pro oil company to the extent of being a butt kisser, to hear his rhetoric now is laughable.

JohnPeterZenger
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JohnPeterZenger 09/05/13 - 09:29 pm
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The 'oil money' has indeed

The 'oil money' has indeed paid for quite a bit, the relevant bit in such a statement is simply that the 'oil money' was, and is generated off of resources solely owned by the people of this state.

In other words, we've paid our own way using our own resources. We don't 'owe' the oil companies, we tax them and we should continue to tax them appropriately and keep a close eye on them because history shows they've tried to gouge us and shortchange us at every turn.

Corporate oil has profited handsomely off of what we own. That doesn't mean we should make them a gift of what resources we have left, even if that's what their paid lackeys tell you. Enough of conceding to those who would or would have us bled dry at our own expense.

Hollis French always speaks plainly of real world objective realities, and as a representative of the people of this state, he acts accordingly, by which I mean he's always acted in the best interests of the people he represents.

The oil companies and their shills clearly don't like French, and some of the oil minions are clearly afraid of the threat French poses to their wish to impose an alternate reality on the subject of oil taxes.

Oil money is without doubt behind the corruption and the malfeasance we've seen in state government. Oil money drives the gerrymandering, and the other fraud being perpetrated on the people of this state currently.

We could use more people like French working for our best interests.

We could use a whole lot less of people like Parnell, Chenault, Hawker, Micciche, Meyer, Kelly, Fairclough, Geissel, McGuire and the rest of the posers who plainly work for the best interests of their corporate masters.

It's coming up on election time, time to remove those who don't represent your best interests first and foremost. Time to get the oil business out of running our state government.

Corporate oil doesn't care about what's in your best interests, corporate oil only wants to acquire for themselves what is yours.

We should jump at the chance to clean up the rest of the oil stain.

number3
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number3 09/06/13 - 11:12 am
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Tax Rates

I'm not certain that confiscatory tax rates are the best method of reasuring that we still have a way of extracting the oil and marketing it.

JohnPeterZenger
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JohnPeterZenger 09/06/13 - 11:58 am
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Odd that.

No one has suggested the implementation of 'confiscatory tax rates'.

Nor, throughout Alaska's history, have any 'confiscatory' tax rates ever been applied.

Inventing imaginary fears is an odd way to approach actual objective realities.

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spwright 09/06/13 - 03:03 pm
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Our Elected Representative 9/6/13

Fri. 9/6/13 Our Very Own Elected Representive Kurt Olson is without a single doubt the Biggest Brown Noser on the entire Planet. Make the time to view the video of this Elected Officail Kissing the *** of the Exxon Corporation Representative during a hearing on Senate Bill 21 in Juneau.
Physical Video Proof recorded by Gavel to Gavel.
You will be Shocked by the level of Brown Nosing happening at that hearing . He can,t weasel out of this one. It's a recorded Fact. SPW"Airborne"

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Norseman 09/06/13 - 07:15 pm
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You are spot on spw, I

You are spot on spw, I watched it too. If the exxon corp rep had made sudden turn, ol kurt wouldv'e had a broken neck.

number3
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number3 09/07/13 - 08:18 am
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Tax Rates

At what percentage of gross income would you say that tax rates become confiscatory? Perhaps we only have a difference of percentage.

bob99507
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bob99507 09/07/13 - 03:12 pm
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nosemsman you are

nosemsman you are anti-progress but your hand is out for the p f d

bob99507
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bob99507 09/07/13 - 03:27 pm
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If the people of Alaska own

If the people of Alaska own the minerals I want mine set aside from the rest of the people of Alaska

KenaiKardinal88
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KenaiKardinal88 09/07/13 - 07:36 pm
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Another Liberal Democrat Running For Governor

Hollis French is absolutely one of the worst legislators in all of Juneau. A liberal Democrat from Anchorage, who's totally ignorant of the energy industry is not a good choice for Alaska.

Meanwhile, fellow Democrats, Obama and Begich, are destroying states' rights and killing the American Dream with Federal over-reach via ObamaCare.

JohnPeterZenger
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JohnPeterZenger 09/07/13 - 08:13 pm
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The trouble with Hollis

The trouble with Hollis French is that he knows too much about the energy industry and he's especially versed in how they would like to operate in this state.

That's why he scares these oil minions so badly. Hollis French isn't in the pocket of the oil corporations. Hollis isn't about to give them billions of dollars with no performance standards attached.

Neither Obama nor Begich designed the Affordable Care Act, that would have been Republicans that designed that program and if you call that 'over-reach' I guess you'll just have to accept that Republicans are out to destroy states rights and killing the American Dream.

(Whoo boy, ...I'm surprised Armageddon wasn't given any mention.)

beckster
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beckster 09/08/13 - 09:51 am
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Contradictory Statements

French used to work for big oil. So I think he should be prohibited from running as he might be an infiltrator. This whole liberal lawyer thing since he left the slope might be a ruse to get our guard down, and we would put yet another pro-oil governor in office.
Yea I know, 1 in 3 people working in Alaska can attribute their job to the oil industry - directly or indirectly, and these people should be represented and not excluded from public office. And this includes Hollis even though 90% of his paycheck still comes from big oil.

number3
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number3 09/08/13 - 05:53 pm
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Obamacare

I don't think Romney's health care bill approached 1000 pages and gave breaks to unions and legislators. I think you are comparing apples and oranges but that is just my opinion.

JohnPeterZenger
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JohnPeterZenger 09/09/13 - 01:33 am
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The oil minions are still frightened

Directly or 'indirectly'? 1 in 3. Just what do you imagine indirectly means?

There are roughly fourteen thousand jobs directly attributable to oil and gas in Alaska.

That is a high, by the way, a new record, and that's become possible under ACES which, according to wingnut mythology, ACES is a job killer. Got that? Record direct oil and gas employment numbers equals job killer.

Wingnut logic.

Disconnect? You betcha.

But wait. I in 3 jobs directly or 'indirectly' attributable to oil and gas. There are a little more than 350,000 jobs in Alaska. 1 in 3 means there has to be somewhere about 104,000 'jobs' counted as 'indirect'.

Right. Have you ever read up on economic studies and looked into how their authors employ 'multipliers'? How they 'stretch' the numbers attempting to show the largest 'impact' off of the fewest inputs?

Let me just say, they can and do stretch plausibility right back onto itself.

Compared to 350,000 jobs in the state, fourteen thousand starts looking like the number it really is.

(the next logical question would be, how many of those 14,000 are local? Parnell just did away with Alaska hiring preference, how's that for looking out for your best interests?)

What it all boils down to in the end though, is that the oil minions are still frightened by someone like Hollis French who speaks for the best interests of the people of the state as opposed to those who dance to the strings of their puppet masters.

We have record high employment in oil and gas. We do not need to give corporate oil over a billion dollars every year with no performance standard, no guarantee. The oil corporations don't even promise to spend those billions in this state, and Parnell, shrewd duck that he is, is fine with that. (well, sure, he's their man, always has been, always will be, they love them some Parnell)

Hollis French? The oil companies don't like someone who is concerned with protecting the best interests of the state and all the people who live and work here, they just want a patsy like Parnell.

Dump Parnell, repeal the oil giveaway and take care of our own best interests. There's no good reason to roll over and give corporate oil anything and everything they ask for.

number3
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number3 09/12/13 - 05:26 am
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BP investment

I'm certain BP would be equally willing to invest 1 billion dollars in the north slope production in the next five years if Mr. French were in office and once again imposed a confiscatory tax rate on the producers.<\sarcasm>

JohnPeterZenger
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JohnPeterZenger 09/12/13 - 08:44 am
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Misconceptions

Were you under the mistaken impression that was supposed to be witty?

number3
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number3 09/12/13 - 10:11 am
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truth

No just mostly truthful. Especially the sarcasm part.

JohnPeterZenger
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JohnPeterZenger 09/15/13 - 09:32 pm
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That's laughable.

And it's neither at all truthful or sarcastic.

It's mostly myth.

BP's press release promised a billion dollars in 'investment' but it was supposed to happen over 5 years and the billion wasn't all promised to be coming from BP.

That's 200 million a year, not a billion, if you're having trouble following along.

Numbers above 3 aren't troublesome for ya are they? Well, that's not all. It's even less 'truthful' than that one fifth of your 'truth'.

Janet Weiss, president of BP Alaska, told reporters in Anchorage that the additional $200 million per year would be borne by BP and its Prudhoe Bay co-owners: Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips primarily, with Chevron owning a tiny share.

So BP's actual promised 'investment'? Some small portion of that smaller fraction of the mythical and nonexistent billion. Some small portion supposedly forthcoming together with this 'promised' money coming from others that BP doesn't control.

In order to make use of sarcasm, one has to understand not only irony, one has to also know what is or is not truthful.

All you've done is proven you don't know what is truthful and that irony is more of a problematic concept which is utterly foreign to you.

(you're 0 for 4 so far, but I expect you'll keep digging)

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