In years long gone, our country had many company towns that controlled the local economy. Since the legislators in Juneau have just given away our major source of income, I would propose this:
Let’s give the oil companies a quit claim deed to our state with a covenant that all residents at the time of the signing become wards and must have their welfare provided for. You have to understand that there will be a few wards that will dine at the buffet table, and the rest will get gruel and leftovers.
Since the whole state would be private property, oil companies would control the boundaries and who could enter their state. The infamous “Blue Ticket” would be resurrected. Disgruntled wards would become emancipated.
It would be more profitable for the oil companies, since they would now control all the resources of the state and would no longer be paying for nonproducing consultants.
While we’re at it, let’s all take a moment of silence and pray that the governor, the oil company executives and the lobbyists don’t get carpal tunnel effects from repetitive backslapping.
As a lifelong resident, who has been fairly proud of our state, I lack the words to describe my absolute repugnance at the actions taken by our legislators. This is the best I can do at this time.
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