Tuesday, November 8, I could only think about how happy I was. I could not believe what had happened or how happy I was that it had happened. As you can only guess it was the final numbers, states, votes of the 2016 presidential election that was the source of my elation. I was alone when my daughter […]
Tuesday, November 8, I could only think about how happy I was. I could not believe what had happened or how happy I was that it had happened. As you can only guess it was the final numbers, states, votes of the 2016 presidential election that was the source of my elation. I was alone when my daughter in Anchorage who was following along with me as each Florida county reported in said, “aw gee, I wish there was a election return party I could go to”. About that time, I got a text from the District Chairman that read “Are you coming over?”. I texted back, “Am on my way will be there shortly”. — And I was there to celebrate with other joyous Republicans in the after math of almost the greatest happening since the election of Ronald Regan.
When I awoke on Wednesday November 9, my first thought was to recall how I had felt first thing every morning since this day in 2008. That morning I could not believe who or what had been elected as president. And every day since has been the same way. I relied daily on Matt Drudge to reveal what kind of dog pile had been dropped by the White House from a group of academicians with no consideration for other parts of the world, least of all for the many Americans living outside the beltway, or even whether there were Americans living outside the beltway
This past week has further clarified that election in 2008. All of those days since 2008, I felt all those thing we are hearing from college students and protesters, but I never took signs to the street demanding the electoral college concept be ended or beat up on people who voted for the winner. There were many people around me who could not believe this individual had been elected. Again, there were no protests or supporters beaten around where I live. But I will admit that I was derogatory toward the person elected in 2008, and I refused to acknowledge him as my president. My refusal to recognize him as president was based solely on my determination of his shortcomings. Those shortcomings had nothing to do with the color or his skin.
Each passing week since November 9, 2008, there have been actions on the part of the elite Washington establishment that have been devised solely toward the destruction of this country, and with each week the destructive nature of the “change of 2008” has become more and more evident. The change I wanted to see, if it was going to happen, was not racist, xenophobic, or anything else; it truly was a change to the restoration of traditional family value and patriotic values of our founding fathers.
So I was surprised and disappointed to hear and see acted out the accusations of these current protestors and college students. They talk of feelings of abandonment, homelessness and fear; and at the same time they are unilaterally accepting of dishonesty, corruption and continual deceit by the candidate representing the democratic party.
I am back!! Cannot believe my errant ways! In any case I am back, with a renewed commitment to make this a regular meeting with you.
To get things kicked off, January has had a wonderful start. Just a couple of highlights and then to dive into the meat of the issues;
On January 5, the Monday Update met at Paradisos in Kenai, AK, and had a great meeting discussing issues coming up during 2015, to name a few:
- marijuana, soon to have government regulations for citizen to obey;
- Alaska state budget and the new Governor Walker’s campaign promise to cut the budget by 16%;
- property rights, possible partial repeal of government control of lake and streamside property;
- sales tax, government tactics to continue to charge sales tax on food year around;
- re – election of speaker John Bohner, Tuesday vote by US House of Representative to re-election RINO Boehner;
- KPB assembly people terming out of office, the ongoing effort to have input into the temperament of the KPB assembly.
Many very good topics and many inspired and involved people took part in the discussion.
Joining us was Alaska State House of Representative Speaker Mike Chennault, who was able to give a little insight into some of the above listed topic. It appears a considerable amount of time may be spent by the State Legislature on sifting out the regulations that will government to newly sprouted marijuana industry. We discussed recent legislative efforts in other states around this subject and how that experience will factor into decisions to be made the Alaska State legislature. Perhaps by the middle of February, Alaskans will see results of marijuana legislation, as well as a projected budget by the new governor.
There is expectation that a cut of the budget by 16% will be difficult to accomplish, but Governor Walker is fresh to us from the private sector and undoubtedly has numerous ideas and idea people on how that will get done. This will be interesting to watch, considering the wonderful “at the pump” price of gas we have all enjoyed, actually accomplishing his campaign promise may be more difficult than he imagined.
The group discussion moved on to property rights and the continuing interest in scaling back government’s grab of streamside property. When streamside property right were last considered and enacted into law many different considerations were part of it. Now following the KPB Assembly election in October, 2014, there is likely renewed in the protection of property rights along the streams. This will undoubtedly be an interesting discussion that will evolve over the upcoming month. How that express go: “developing”, perhaps not trending, but at least developing.
The discussion then took up the issue of sales tax on food and the government entitled that can charge sales tax and whether it is done on a season basis. The difference between a General Law city (currently Soldotna) and a Home Rule city (Kenai, Homer and Seward) is a very interesting discussion for those interested local government and who gets to created the law that rule YOU and how that authority is allocated to those governing bodies. This is sort of “into the weeds”, so we can come back to that before the Soldotna special election on February 3, 2014.
Depending on how much awareness is out there on the issue of the US House of Representative, Tuesday, January 6, Speaker John Boehner, thought by many to be of RINO (Republican in Name Only), was up for re-election to the position of Speaker of the House. Well, with the push of many of the country’s conservative voters and interested conservative activists, there were 25 Republican votes again John Boehner and in favor or other career politicians considered to be more conservative and in tune with the will of “we the people”. For those interested the sole representative of the State of Alaska, was in California on a family emergency mission stemming from the death of his 84-year-old brother. So, it follows he was not present to vote for or again John Boehner; however, not sure it matter as our sole representation no longer has much influence or sway in political consideration since ethics issues have relieved him of most of his committee responsibilities.
Moving out some into 2015, now is the time to consider who the people might be to run for KPB assembly in October 2015. There are three geographical areas of the peninsula that will be on the ballot and those are:
- Anchor Point area on the road right before Homer, currently represented by Make Haggerty;
- Kalifornsky Beach area, currently represented by Kelly Wolf;
- Seward area, currently represented by Sue McClure.
I believe that two of these are actually terming out, that would be Anchor Point and Seward; the last, Kalifornsky Beach is standing for re-election. Looking at the past objective of changing the temperament of the KPB assembly to a more conservative thinking group, the next step is to find people of a conservative, (less government, less taxes, less intrusion into private lives) mind-set who are willing to run for election to the KPB Assembly and vote for those principles. It is important to remember that all politics are local; and there have already been votes taken since a push was started to bring more conservative thinking back to the Kenai Peninsula Assembly hat have considerable impact on the lives of each individual. So please talk with friends and acquaintances from the South Peninsula and Seward to find those people to run.