This is why we need to change ALL the rules

     Alaskan politicians are so outraged that they have to report lobbyist-bought meals costing more than fifteen ($15) dollars that they are floating the thought of not reporting any meals by lobbyists. Or better yet, raising the ceiling on the dollar amount, so that these bribes disappear. Some of the gems straight from their mouths include Eagle River Republican Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom’s comment: “I mean, sometimes you can’t get an appetizer for $50. 

     Really? Think she is the only one out of touch? Try this bit of sophistry:  “Is a meal unethical? No. Should it be reported? Well, maybe. If you spend $100 bucks on a meal, I think people have a right to know. But if you’re just sitting down to a meal with somebody, what’s the big deal? It’s nothing unethical,” said North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill.

     Nothing unethical? So when Exxon sits you down and buys you a plate of crab legs and a bottle of wine, its all good?  Thank God we can take Jack’s word on that.  These politicians have a bigger sense of entitlement than Tiger Woods! They make Marie Antoinette sound like a close cousin.

     The only one to be commended is Mike Doogan, a true voice in the wilderness.

      The people of Alaska have one of the highest rates of education per capita in the United States. It would be wonderful if we used those smarts to send these royal fools (of whichever party) packing.



  1. LOUDelf said,

    February 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    It’s a double-edged sword. On one hand, any money spent on politicians can be looked upon as bribery. On the other, what’s the difference between a $14 and a $20 meal? The purpose of the meal is more important. If the only way to pry the politician’s ear is buy offering to cover a lunch, than what’s the harm, right? But if it has strings attached, it’s different. I’d say $15 is low, and in some states that’s VERY low.

    But raising the cap only raises the gray area. Why not make EVERY penny reported? This will remove a gray area, and remove one of the stigmas towards politicians.


    • alaskanexile said,

      February 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      Loud elf, you are right on target. “Most money spent on politicians can be looked upon as bribery,” and “Why not make EVERY penny reported?” For any honest politician (yes, i know what i just said:)) this is an opportunity to show how straight they shoot. Report it all.


  2. JFM said,

    March 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Let’s be careful not to confuse education with smarts ;o)


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