RE: A Warning to Alaskans
By Samuel Bergeron
May 01, 2006
Future Oil lobbyist and current big oil sycophant, Vic Kohring,
is exactly what is wrong with the legislature today. They've
been brainwashed, A.K.A. Lobbied by the big wig oil lobbyists
to defend the interests of huge multinational oil companies,
not the people they represent.
These giant companies are very close to pulling off the biggest
legal heist in US history. They want you and me to believe that
by us signing away our interest in our oil and gas for far less
than what it's worth, this meets the best interest test for the
good people of Alaska; it doesn't. They want the Governor and
Legislature to circumvent due process and sunshine laws; I don't.
I want a full and detailed explanation of what oil and gas is
taxed at world-wide and a full and detailed explanation of how
this deal in its entirety is a good deal for all Alaskans, not
just the servile flatterers and future and current (Ben Stevens)
big oil lobbyists that now serve as our elected representatives.
Leadership is about a vision for the future. It's not about fancy
ads produced by the oil lobby so we can merrily sign our future
away for , or less, than what it's worth. It's about a combined
vision shared by informed Alaskans who have access to the information
needed to make a decision based on facts, not political hyperbole.
You and I don't make business decisions based on feel good ads
in our personal lives. Why should we leave out all the relevant
issues to make this business decision? Why is Frank Murkowski
and the majority trying to push this tax proposal thru without
the benefit of informing the public of all the details? (The
short answer must be because a full public disclosure wouldn't
pass public muster.) Leadership is also about trust. Does the
closed process the Governor and Legislature have engaged cause
you to trust or doubt their motives and mission? I can only express
extreme doubt and frustration in the unwillingness of our political
leaders to inform all Alaskans to the whole picture of this deal
and how it meets the best interest test for the owners of this
Ultimately, this decision should be ratified by all the voters
of Alaska. The legislature should not take it upon itself to
make decisions of this magnitude. The final say should be with
you and me.
I'm S.B. and I say no to BP as far as this deal goes.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Samuel Bergeron is a local business man and a life long
Alaskan. Sam is a General Construction contractor (Bergeron Construction)
and majority owner in True North Development Company LLC and
is busy raising a family.
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