Thursday, February 09, 2006

Changing Alaska's Image

Governor Frank Murkowski (R-AK) wants to change America's image of Alaska.

He's afraid the lower 49 think of Alaska as a "freeloading frontier." Why would we have that opinion -- after the infamous "bridge to nowhere" and billions more in pork from the recent highway bill?

So the Governor has suggested the state hire a public relations firm to change Alaska's image.

Wonder how long until Alaska's Congressional delegation pay for it with federal dollars?

Alaska already got federal money for a PR film on the state's roads and bridges. And more federal dollars to paint an airliner to promote the state's salmon industry.

But the plan really should only reinforce the freeloading image. The Governor hopes the PR blitz will sway public opinion to support oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And every man, woman, and child already gets a share of Alaska's oil wealth -- a $845.76 check last year.

ANWR reciepts could help buy a lot of votes. (USAToday)

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