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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spoiled BRATS


Alaska Stuff: Honestly, with the economic show-down here in the 49er with tumbling dice oil prices, it appears the best advice from the “Spoiled BRATS”, is spend more! OK, maybe place insane blame on the air quality, as up in Fairbanks things seem to be out of “udder” control. Keep milking! But ever since the air started to cause breathing problems and reasonableness dereliction, well it keeps going downhill! It all started not so long ago when the Fairbanks mayor received a library book fine – some measly $37 bucks for a long overdue book. According to sources, “Stupidity for Dummies 101”. And instead of just paying up, he decided it was his privileged “perk” as mayor to fight the damn thing. Yes, and to date it has cost the “property owing tax payers” in access of $7000. Which means a Return-On-Investment of “Negative 18919”, a Guinness World Record! Look no righteous minded competent individual would stoop this low, unless something was causing mid-air-crisis dementia – got to be the air! That wasted loot could have purchased some blankets for the homeless, instead of letting them die frozen stiff! But Congressmen Don Young has found a solution for the “Homeless”. See, in Alaska we have tried to eradicate the wolf population through “pup” asleep in the den poisoning to “Sons of Guns” perverted aerial assaults. Yet the “Big Bad” moose eaters keep coming back for more. So, relocate the wolves to Fairbanks, to dine on the down and out! According to the Big Bad Bastard - the KKK subsidiary in kind not kind to the homeless or wetbacks - “I’d like to introduce wolves in your district...then you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.” But wait there's more “Spoiled BRAT” stupidity in the “Golden Heart”! When one observes the proceedings filed before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska from those so affected by poor air quality – and judgment – found today in and around Fairbanks, maybe the governor should declare a heath risk emergency – hey maybe we can then swindle some more “Hurricane” relief loot from Uncle Sam! Look, the RCA is a very formidable “oversight” agency, and maintains the peace & quiet between high paid utility CEOs and the consumers, the rate payers that get ripped off constantly by the rats. What little you know about how the “coop” cooperates only to chastise the “consumer”. And the RCA tries its best to be unlike the rest, but that takes dedication and money. Have any idea how much those lawyers working for the numerous Alaskan “utilities” are making, as “regulatory oversight” has become a pot-of-gold! So in efforts to “Stand OUR Ground” against excessive library fines, the RCA charges each utility under its jurisdiction a “FEE”, based on many different obstacles. If an electric utility, that entity pays a “Regulatory Cost Charge” based on generated power – and that adds a few cents to your bill. For a water-waster, how much crap it consumes defines that charge – which again adds a few cents to your bill. Telephone, an oversight charge based on “traffic”, so that the RCA has money to work with as most of the complications that come before the “Commission” are legal in nature - so this agency has many private attorneys and expert witnesses on retainer. The consumers are “Double-Dipped”, as we pay on both ends of the “spectrum”. Look, if honesty were to prevail at the “Top”, there would be no need for the “oversight” and all the lawyers on both sides of the isle could be demoted – which means that “Utility” bill would be about 1/5th less! OK, for those in Fairbanks, a cost savings of about $2000 – which means that “Twitter” would be “FREE”! Look, the lawyers have found yet another “Hen-house” to raid – the “Consumer”! So the RCA must be prepared and that costs a boatload, as too not have such, well the consumers would bleed to death and “blood out of a turnip” would prevail. COOP? “For the People”, what a joke! So the yearly calculation for that “Cost Charge” is based on previous years litigation, the time required to adjudicate consumer justice and any short-falls. Now the shortfalls are spread across the board, and in the end we find a very thoughtful process wherein everybody does benefit. Except, when “Bullies” or a perceived “Bully” enters the picture. So, in come the “Spoiled BRATS” to spoil what was for awhile a very good piece of government at work that “worked”! Praytell we can't have that, so let's sabotage! And the worst offender is the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Interior Gas Utility Racket – basically one in the same cast of idiots, including the free-wheeling book fine mayor. These entities – which are controlled by long time Fairbankians that have succumbed to irrational thinking because of too much inhalation and annihilation by PM20, together constantly bombarding the RCA with “frivolous” complaints not even fit for used toilet paper! See, the “Borough of BRATS” doesn't pay a damn penny for such RCA oversight, as the “Borough” is not a regulated utility and the gas outfit doesn't make any money because its “Truck'n Dream” was hijacked by common sense! No gas sold, no charge by the RCA! But the “BRATS” have nothing better to do then cause misery upon a “regulatory” body that has more important things to do! So “ALL Alaskans” pay for this “Spoiled BRAT” shenanigans, in our electric bills, in our sewer bills, in our damn “Twitter” bills, even if you live way far and away from the 7th most polluted city in the nation! So one would think that some respect, some decency would prevail, especially when times are about to get tough in the “Lost Frontier”, instead of this continuous madness. So we waste like there is no tomorrow, and that has become a reality – the “No Tomorrow” future! Alaska is pretty much “Broke”, and worse off then Detroit. Why? The oil is almost gone and the gas is going nowhere and we have failed miserably at creating a sustainable jobs infrastructure! But not to worry, as “doom & gloom” is no longer an incumbents worst nightmare. So, let's raid the “Reserve”, instead of practicing fiscal responsibility. Look, Bill Walker can't do it all. Start with the coops, why in hell are the CEOs bringing home so much “bacon”? Like said before, they have a meaningless job because the lawyers are in control – this figure head does nothing but sign away the “coops” wealth. And the RCA should start rejecting “frivolous” complaints, especially by the “Borough BRATS”, or else charge the citizens of Fairbanks for the time “wasted”! If we started to look closer at what we are spending in respect to what we get in return, maybe we could find a way out of this “economic” mess. But NO, as the poor air quality is mixing up clear thinking. Yes, Juneau is about to perform an act of defiance that would make the Bush Rat very upset – it is going to start raiding the “Sacred Green-House”. Yes, money “Reserved”, well the “Spoiled BRATS” from Fairbanks are in control down there in Juneau, and want to keep spending like there is no tomorrow. See, that PFD “welfare” needs to be ended, and we should start to bite the bullet, and realize if we start a sales tax now, it won't hurt as bad if there is a “No Action” plan - except robbing that piggy bank. See, it makes a politician very un-popular to, well do what is sensible, and that means cutting costs and at the same time look at reasonable ways and means to shore up the infrastructure for creating jobs that do not require a “handout”. Like charging “Miners” what we are rightfully owed. Right now, the “Mining Tax” should be the same as the oil royalty tax. Instead of a pathetic 7%, raise it up to 16.5%. And take away the damn “Royalty Relief”, that is allowed for the “Independent” oil producers. In fact, cut the overall “Royalty Rate, for all miming, timber and anything deemed a resource to 10%. That would allow increases in the TAPS that may be enough to offset the deficit the state is facing today. But any legislation that could stall an economic recession, it should have been planned a long time ago. But that “Reserve” has always been the politicians “Emergency Plan”! Look, we have been lucky for nearly 40-years - with no sales tax and a yearly welfare check. So, isn't it time that maybe we give a little back? Yes, the solution is easy! Now I give credit to Dermatitis Cole of the Snooze-Miner, for trying to history lesson what went wrong with Alaska – nobody's listening! It is very simple, and it was due to “high on the hog” living. Let's face the facts. When 2-million barrels of oil was heading down that 8th wonder pipeline, it meant the state was garnishing...well to place it in perspective, when oil was $100, it meant the same income when the production had dropped off by 75%! And Juneau didn't see a problem with their spending habits? Anyway, what I am getting at is this. There is plenty of wasteful spending still today, a penny here and a penny there, it all adds up when it is accountable. But, there has to be something wrong with those living in Fairbanks, from that air pollution. See, the “High Paid” University of Alaska president is now complaining about a medical condition that is “head-hurting”, as he made a comment that the university needs money to build a new power plant because the plant built 50-years ago is “Failing”? Look, a stones throw away are “military” power plants built in the 50s, which means many years older then Gamble's problem, still generating steam for heat and electricity for lights? OK, power plants don't “FAIL”! If a plant sustains a “Catastrophic Failure”, it's due other problems – like piss-poor management! Just another “frivolous” attempt to keep spending money – as many are starting to eye that “Reserve” as the legislature seems interested in it also. In ending, there is something in the air getting in the way of a “vision forward” and those down in Juneau that have learned this game of deception from the Fairbanks lawmaking lawbreakers, what do you think the Bush Rat would do? Pay his overdue book fine without a challenge!

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