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Friday, November 12, 2010

Where the hell was THIS last month, numbnuts?

This mysteriously appears now on his website. Guess his retarded tea bag weblackey is back in Jim DeMint's powder room.

Rural Alaska

Joe Miller, will be a U.S. Senator for all Alaskans. Alaska’s rural needs are critical to the long-term success of the state. As your U.S. Senator, he will ensure that you have a true advocate in Washington, D.C. committed to work toward a resolution of subsistence issues, ensure that the Indian Health Service’s needs are met, and to promoting economic policies that will grow and sustain entrepreneurial opportunities in rural Alaska.
He will work to improve the quality of educational opportunities for all Alaskans by supporting policies that put parents and local educators in the driver’s seat.
Violent crime and suicide rates in rural Alaska lead the nation and are unacceptable. Physical assault, sexual assault, crimes against our children, and domestic violence must change now because they are destroying our families.
Law enforcement capabilities and the rural judicial system infrastructure fall short, and there is plenty of room for improvements to be made.
As a former judge, I understand the inadequacies of Alaska’s rural justice system and the need for a stronger rural judicial system that better serves all residents.
High energy costs throughout rural Alaska have crippled the economy in our rural communities. It is appalling that in 2010, Alaskans still face significant transportation and communication inadequacies that inhibit sustainable growth and prosperity. The Denali Commission has created opportunities for many rural communities and is a critical piece of the puzzle, but other solutions need to be considered as well. In order to propel Alaska to success in the future, we must understand the proper role of the federal government. We need to protect local control and not relinquish our rights and responsibilities to bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Joe will fight for your rights and priorities, and together we will shape the future of Alaska and increase opportunity for all.
The future of Alaska’s economic engine resides in rural Alaska. We are a state rich with resources and capable of responsibly developing those resources. As federal monies begin to decline, we must have a sustainable economic infrastructure in place. And we must continue to build economic opportunity for Alaskans so families in rural Alaska can thrive.
The complexity of the subsistence conflict in Alaska deserves serious attention. We must offer real solutions that address the pressing issues faced by rural Alaskans. We must look at the subsistence option that has the greatest benefit for all Alaskans. I recognize that Alaska Natives have aboriginal ties to the land, but we also have Alaskan citizens who are non-natives who have similar needs and who must be included in any discussion regarding solutions. Frustration with the lack of finding a solution to our subsistence problem does not justify inviting the federal government to take control over management of Alaska’s fish and game resources. Alaska must maintain control of its own resources.
Three Alaska Native Regional Corporations are already leading the way towards reform of the 8(a) program by proposing changes of their own rather than waiting for Congress to act. Section 8(a) under the Small Business Act (SBA) is broken and needs to be repaired. It was intended to foster business ownership for “individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged.” The program is also designed to “promote the competitive viability” of these firms by “providing contract, technical, and management assistance.” But awarding “no bid” contracts is simply wrong, whether the recipient is Native or non-Native. Instead, 8(a) contracts should be about promoting quality work, competitiveness and opportunities. Rather than awarding no bid contracts that fail to provide incentives to increase competitiveness, reform of 8(a) should be refocused on its stated mission to provide training, education and infrastructure support. Reform of 8(a) does not mean eliminating a program that has provided many deserving opportunities for Alaska Natives. It does mean empowering Alaska Natives to compete for federal contracts in their own right.
The future of rural Alaska depends on improved educational opportunities. Together we must focus on learning and preparing our youth to lead this great state towards a better tomorrow. We must work for the repeal of “No Child Left Behind” so that Alaskans can determine how to address the needs of Alaska’s diverse cultural, linguistic and geographic uniqueness. Alaskans should decide when and how to allocate educational resources, not some D.C. bureaucrat looking through the lens of a one-size-fits-all mandate.
The Indian Health Service is a federal obligation that has been forced to provide services to Alaska Natives with an inadequate funding model that does not account for population growth, medical inflation, required pay raises and other built-in costs. Adequate Funding of the Indian Health Service is paramount to improving services and meeting the basic needs of Alaska Natives. The IHS has maintained a flat funding level for years while inflation, cost of service, and population growth have been on the rise. ObamaCare is bad for the Indian Health Service. It will add millions to an already strained medical system and will divert focus and funding away from the IHS. ObamaCare must be repealed.

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