The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Comprehensive Plan and Anchorage 2020 is included in our book, "2020: Our Common Destiny." We used the plan as an example of what kinds of things are embedded in local rebuilding community plans in Alaska, as opposed to Seattle plans which we studied, fought and ran away from when we moved home in 2004.
After I read Palin's mission statment online when she was running for governor, I emailed her staff and asked them to please explain what she meant by her core philosophy being her desire to promote the common good. They never responded.
Last month I read a copy of one of her state of the state addresses where she promised to provide jobs and train all Alaskans, because we were "born to work."
Here's a perfect example of a communitarian council formed to promote the common good:
"On September 14, 2007, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin signed Administrative Order 238, establishing the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet. The sub-cabinet will consolidate the state's knowledge of climate change in order to recommend policies and measures to guide the state's mitigation and adaptation efforts. It includes the commissioners of the Departments of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Natural Resources; Fish and Game; Transportation and Public Facilities; and Environmental Conservation (Chair). The Administrative Order also directs the group to consult with the president of the University of Alaska and explore ways to promote development of renewable energy sources such as geothermal, wind, hydroelectric, and tidal resources. Governor also signed a letter adding Alaska as an observer to the Western Climate Initiative." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/29/sarah-palin-on-the-enviro_n_122382.html
"Recommending policies and measures" sounds so benign, doesn't it? What if this article was more clear about the sub-cabinet's objective, and said their purpose is to guide the state into supranational communitarian integration? What is the purpose for an agency in every city in the U.S. called Community and Economic Development? Why would developers be on a sub-cabinet determining how to adapt Alaska state constitutional law to become subordinate to global climate change law? Hmmm.
Sarah Palin is the key to understanding why there is ultimately ZERO difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. We will have a global communitarian government no matter who we vote for. The changes that happened to Wasilla under Palin's leadership are ALL communitarian in nature. We hear about it all the time from people who still live there. New regulations restrict dog mushing trails, new cops cite people for junk storage and "noise"... this is called a "local" solution but come on people, it's almost an EXACT replica of Seattle and everywhere else. Who taught Palin to mouth global communitarian platitudes, and why don't our people think it's odd when a politican says they promise to provide jobs and training?
The focus will be one her beauty and inexperience. Is anyone even remotely interested in knowing her philosophy? Was Hegel cute?
The environmentalists hate her for her connection to Big Oil (she wants to open ANWR) and one I read said she's done less than Bush to curb climate change. Our state boasts a fair share of change agents on all sides of every issue. Here's an Alaskan fly fisherman who supported the Clean Water Act, an initiative shot down at the polls after a statewide education campaign led by people who wanted voters to consider the far-reaching implications of the proposed law. It works so well when the dialectical choice is between shutting down all resources to everyone or allowing international developers control of state resources. Either way, the people who want the right to own an independant mine are the losers. When I lived in Fairbanks in 1976 there were about 3500 private gold mines in the area. A few years ago, after 3 decades of new mining regulations, it was down to less than 500. http://tspey.wordpress.com/
Added Sept 4:
For a good overview of how to build a communitarian city, got to the City of Wasilla Economic Development page.
We are committed to achieving an unparalleled quality of life* for the people of Wasilla, Alaska by building prosperity, fostering opportunity, and unleashing the "can do" spirit in our community. http://www.cityofwasilla.com/index.aspx?page=64
* The term "quality of life" was the topic of the Vassar Sociology class where my thesis and this blog were introduced as reading materials. "Quality of life" is a communitarian term that means something different for everyone. When it's used in conjunction with community and economic development, it means the new development includes revising the government structure, incorporating community policing, and the city assuming enlarged or revised powers to direct and control private property. COPS (of which Wasilla has almost more than Valdez) work with city planners to train city employees in inside home inspections. City inspectors are trained to gather all kinds of data on citizens which is turned over to the COPS. All federal community COPS have access to the DOJ-COPS COMPASS database. Their interest in private citizens can lead to health and safety interventions, arrests, or the ultimate goal, abatements.
Here's a "Foreign Policy Snapshot of McCain's VP" by the Center for U.S. Global Engangement: http://www.usglobalengagement.org/ForeignPolicySnapshotofMcCainsVP/tabid/3064/Default.aspx