Think About It……. February 20, 2013
Many of us in Alaska are extremely pleased with The Alaska Public Forum and that the organizations research and education that will give direction to our Alaskan local and state leaders. Membership is made up of Alaskans interested in supporting their efforts.
Their mission and vision is to conduct timely, relevant and accurate research and provide ‘free market’ Alaskan solutions in the most effective means possible for policymakers in city, borough and state governments.
—–that individual freedom and private property are inextricably linked.
—–that government should be limited, transparent and accountable.
—–that all development should be responsible and sustainable.
——that free markets offer better solutions than government planning.
One of the most refreshing things about the Alaska Policy Forum is the Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy that they support and urge all policymakers at City, Borough and State levels to do the same:
1. Free people are not equal and equal people are not free.
2. What belongs to you, you tend to take care of; what belongs to no one or everyone tends to fall
3. Sound policy requires that we consider long-run effects and all people, not simply short-run effects
and few people.
4. If you encourage something, you will get more of it; if you discourage something, you will get
less of it.
5. Nobody spends someone else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.
6. Government has nothing to give anybody except what it first takes from somebody, and a
government that’s big enough to give you everything is big enough to take away everything you
7. Liberty makes all the difference in the world.
Think about how much time and money you give to politicians and organizations in Alaska. What kind of difference does your gift make? When you give to a candidate who claims to be in line with your values are you happy with the results? Does the behavior of Juneau get any better? When you send out your donations to a national organization that fits your values, are you confident that it will change things in Alaska? Probably not.
If you would like to partner with The Alaska Policy Forum go to alaskapublicforum.org…..
that’s Alaska publicforum.org.
Think About It! JCD 02-20-13