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Monday, November 1, 2010

Alaska: A Vote For Murkowski Is Vote For China

By Patrick Read
Washington DC
The US National Debt is currently $13.7 Trillion (here), and is 93% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The CBO reports that by 2015 our debt will reach 102% of GDP (here). This fact puts in play, and makes crucial, every single Senatorial Election - especially in Alaska - where a RINO and a true Conservative are doing battle.  

The nation's ever rising rate of expense means two things: interest rates are sure to soar thus impacting employment even more (as supplies cost more, businesses will have less to invest in new hires). It also means that Communist China will all but literally own America by way of her debt & the US must find a way to repay it (Benjamen Francklin's quote - "those who would trade security for liberty deserve neither" - rings a bell).
Given the need for a full rebound  & proper free-market economic recovery, it is clear that the 2010 Mid-Term Elections are the most important elections in 2 Generations. Never before has the US faced this type insolvency, where not only banks and every other US institution needs a bailout, but so do entire States (like California, Illinois & New York). 
At what point will the US stop whistling past the graveyard and bring back conservative fiscal discipline? There has to be an end to careless spending—so much so that our very revenue is now literally owned by China.
For starters, Americans have to demand that bailouts, meant to benefit union after union & results in “no new employment at all,” must come to an end. There is an all but lonely court system just waiting for the chance to renegotiate selfish union contracts that hold America’s Private Business hostage. It’s time we let them do their job and earn their pay check.   
But if the likes of the US Senate candidate from Alaska, Lisa Murkowski, has her way—the spending will not stop, the recovery will not ensue, the growth of government will never reverse and she will spend another 20 years flip-flopping about on the Senate floor like a fish in need of environmental protection!  Lisa Murkowski’s clearly only casts her vote on issues that catches herself political favor and to spite a stunning lack of integrity, she displays less & less moral fiber and strong character—which is needed to face the issues on the “American People’s Table.”
Her voting record is pathetic, but only when she is there to vote at all. Lisa Murkowski has missed 28 votes (HERE) in the past year alone. She has not even cast a vote in the last 15 sessions. Why? She was out breaking her word given during her concession speech to the Republican Primary victor & campaigning for her self-ordained write-in candidacy instead of representing her constituents.
While she asks for her constituents and special interest to donate to HER campaign, Murkowski has NOT bothered to donate one dime on behalf of her own political career (here). Like father, like daughter.  Joe Miller is the only US Senate candidate from Alaska to have donated his own money to his own campaign (here). He put his own money where his mouth is to the tune of $93,000.00. Both McAdams and Murkowski simply took from the people without giving to their own camps at all.  
Most would consider a bill regarding Tax Law Amendments to be important. But Lisa Murkowski is not everyone. She was a “No Vote” (here).  When it came to establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission, once again, Murkowski was a “No Vote” (here).
It gets better—last June Murkowski voted NO on demanding the Treasury to issue a report of the risk of Foreign Countries holding US Debt (here). It’s called CYA or a very deep denial of the facts. And when it rains, it "pours!"
Alaska knows all too well that the ever growing Federal Government’s power over their land is part of what’s holding this nation back from engaging in REAL economic reform. As the nation’s second largest producer of oil, they know that petroleum is the lifeblood of the US economy and is a cheap & efficient energy. Given cheaper oil prices; there would be savings on overhead, savings on shipping, cheaper prices for goods and services, and all of this would spark our country’s re-employment efforts and drive our economy as competitive on the international stage once again.
Instead, what the nation sees  are representatives like Scott McAdams trying to sell us on less efficient renewable energy which is “properly governed and controlled by the Federal Government” and not the private market (here). While some cry that we’ve hit peak oil, Alaskans know it’s only because the Federal Government has NOT opened up more than 2% of our own Natural Resources to fossil fuel production (here). Note the lack of movement in the Colorado Rockies, which is oil-shale rich.
Yet Lisa Murkowski promotes renewable energy which is 40% less efficient than petroleum. In 2007 (here), Murkowski voted for the government to enforce production levels—not of free-market demand, but government demand—of the more expensive renewable bio-fuel to 36 Billion gallons produced per year by 2022. The Left hopes renewable energy will replace fossil fuel, and if it doesn’t they want to enforce Cap and Trade; which is also on the agenda before 2012.
One would think that Lisa Murkowski would be all-in on blocking and/or defeating Cap & Trade block—right? Not so.
Lisa Murkowski was a “NO VOTE” on Cap and Trade (here). For someone who claims to be against Cap & Trade, this vote should have been cast—especially since the tally was so close and the issue is so important to Alaska and America.  
The Feds control our land and they refuse to let each state use its land how they see fit. Alaskans know this to be true because every representative from Ted Stevens forward has been trying to open up ANWR to drilling. They also know that California—who will seek a bailout from all the other states—is barred from drilling off shores as well.
And there is Lisa Murkowski voting to give the Federal Government control over even more land rights in states not her own (here)! What consequence could giving the Federal Government more control over our land have on this nation? Ask any Alaskan native and they’ll tell you—the consequences are dire.
She voted NO for the Defense Authorization Bill while the Country (not her) is at war (here). But she did vote to have Battlefield Commanders Testify before Congress (here) despite the lessons learned from Vietnam—keep DC off of the battlefield. She voted NO in Congress’ Expression of Support for the Men & Women in the US Armed Forces (here).
  • Murkowski has voted 6 out of the last 7 times with Obama, Pelosi and Reid.
She voted to give Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—who are the main-cause of the sub-prime crash—even more Alaskan Tax Revenue, to the tune of $160,000,000,000.00 ($160B) (here) and they now need another $203,000,000,000.00 for a total of $363 Billion (here). Bloomberg reports it could cost the US (including Alaska) up to $1 TRILLION (here). Murkowski voted to give even more Federal Assistance to those facing foreclosure—which is what caused the crash to begin with (here).
Despite the loud and clear objection of 70% of the American People’s opposition to TARP—Lisa Murkowski voted for it & spent Alaskan Tax Revenues funding $750,0000,000,000.00 ($750B) on bailing out Bankers.  Murkowski (here) ought to realize that TARP might have worked if the RETURNING interest meant to pay down the debt was NOT re-spent at the discretion of the current administration.  
Despite her denial and to the objection of 70% of the American People, mere months after their opposition to TARP, Lisa Murkowski voted for Obama’s Omnibus spending—costing Alaska’s Tax Payers $400,000,000.00 ($400B) (here) of Revenue.

Like her father’s Good Old Boy’s Network, Lisa Murkowski had an ethical complaint filed against her too. She was busted taking a political favor in the form of an under-valued house taken from Kenai—the same firm that cost Ted Stevens his position as THE Senator from Alaska. Bob Penney offered her a loan for river front property (here), a real estate scam which would have reportedly made Murkowski up to $170,000,000.00. Obama had the same type deal made him by Tony Rezko—who recently got out of jail.
She only offered to sell the property back after a Washington DC watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against her with the US Senate. To this day, she says there was nothing impure about the scheme (here)—which would beg the question of why she decided to sell it before facing a Senate hearing if there was nothing “impure about it.” The controversy is not unlike Bill & Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the White Water scandal (here) which led to Clinton’s being impeached by the House of Reps in 1998.

Murkowski describes herself as “Roman Catholic,” but cannot be according to our Holy Catechism, which indexes   the Universal Church’s position on every issue (here). Note to Murkowski--it even has a section especially meant for those serving public office!
For her own political expediency—a selfish means to her own selfish-centered political end—Murkowski has flip-flopped on the issue and taken a position against her religion.   

She went from supporting Pro-Abortion 0% of the time in 2006, to supporting Pro-Abortion 75% of the time in 2007 – after the Democrats took control of Congress, Lisa changed her tune (here). Note the now lack of moral conviction when her political power is on the line.  Her reversal to support federal funding of abortion means that she now favors Alaska’s Tax Revenue going to “Country Wide” Chris Dodd’s state, in the form of $100 Million given by the Fed for a new hospital which will perform abortions (here). The sorority girl ought to beware, because not ALL Judeo-Christians sell out their moral convictions so easily, and even more will find the flip-flopping on moral conviction reprehensible.

She put out the call for women to engage in the same practice of sexism that led to Christian suffragettes to protest in the streets. In a stunning reversal of Christian clarity, Murkowski under-minded women’s ability to think for themselves by calling on them to vote, not based on her leadership skill or character, but based on their ovaries (here). She now affirms that she is 100% Pro-Abortion and is all for Alaska’s Tax Revenue being used for abortions carried out nationwide. To prove how progressive she is, Murkowski voted for Same Sex Marriage (here), again, contradicting her religious value.
There is a way to recover from the (man-made) Great Recession but it takes MORAL COURAGE. President Bush showed the way two times by recovering from Clinton’s DotCom recession and  then again with the 9.11 Recession. It involves us taking  the gloves off and moving the Left out of the way - allowing us to produce our own, cost-efficient petroleum so the US can re-enter the international market, drive down energy costs and spark a hiring spree.  Our leaders must make the environment Private Market friendly, and has to put an end to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac once and for all.  The economic crash just experienced ought to make that clear enough--yet Murkowski continually votes to support the two socialist-hybrid Government Subsidized Entities (GSEs).  
Murkowski, who cannot even place a vote against Cap & Trade, cannot be relied on to do the right thing.  She is not even dependable enough to show up to vote, let alone reliable enough to stand up using her moral character and do the right thing. She would rather pander herself and her nation for more political favor.

These are desperate times. While others spend their time whistling past the grave yard, those with common sense clearly understand what is at stake this election cycle. The National Debt is going to reach 102% of our Gross Domestic Product by 2015. Some would like to double down on spending, and like FDR's policies, more spending would only serve to lengthen the economic crisis. The majority  of Americans already know what's needed: a more business  & energy friendly environment, from where prosperity grows. 
But if a candidate, who possesses not even the will power and character needed to even show up to vote, wins a US Senate seat that she didn’t even earn but was bequeathed by her Daddy; this nation is in serious trouble.
Every seat matters in order for us to deter China’s take over and spark a REAL US recovery. Lisa Murkowski is one seat that should be taken from her, but not in the same vain it was given, it should be left up to the people of Alaska! One would think that this time it will be.

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