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An Alaskan politician corrupted by Big Oil — the wages of petro-socialism

By Joe Romm on October 27, 2008 at 5:01 pm

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Big Oil corrupts — the definitive “Dog Bites Man” story:

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that tainted the 40-year Senate career of Alaska’s political patriarch…. Stevens, 84, was convicted of all the charges he faced of lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor.

The monthlong trial revealed that employees for VECO Corp., an oil services company, transformed Stevens’ modest mountain cabin into a modern, two-story home with wraparound porches, a sauna and a wine cellar.

The Senate’s longest-serving Republican, Stevens said he had no idea he was getting freebies.

Hmm. An Alaskan politician who simply expects the big money boys to buy them tens of thousands of dollars in stuff — where have we heard that before?

What’s funny is that Alaska has built their its economy around petro-dollar socialism, huge handouts from Big Oil. And yet the most famous Alaskan politician has the gall to accuse her opponents of being socialists, saying “now is no time to experiment with socialism.” Now that is projection.

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7 Responses to An Alaskan politician corrupted by Big Oil — the wages of petro-socialism

  1. paulm says:

    Great post!

    Wost kind of socialism – Republican socialism!

  2. Brian D says:

    As one unfamiliar with US electoral law, but with Stevens being convicted, does this mean that he cannot be elected to the Senate in the coming election?

  3. Ronald says:

    Brian D,

    From what I have read is that Stevens can be still elected to the Senate, although some are arguing that he can’t vote as a convicted felon.

    As it is in Alaska, the polls generally showed that Stevens had enough support to win reelection if Stevens was found not guilty. The polls showed if found guilty the other guy would win the election.

  4. Ronald says:

    Alaska’s system of funding state government is socialism and why hasn’t Obama’s Campaign brought this up. They could do that thru Biden partly by going to Wyoming and West Virginia and saying, it’s good enough for a McCain-Palen oil Alaska, why isn’t it good enough these coal states.

  5. Brendan says:

    I assume you’ve read the article
    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1853871,00.html?iid=digg_share

    What is your opinion on the last line “The burden is on scientists to better explain in clear English the dynamics of the climate system, and how to affect it.”

    Seems kind of ridiculous to me, especially given the rest of the article.

    [JR: I'm a Sterman fan and have blogged about his work. I'll try to do something Tuesday on it.]

  6. Jay Alt says:

    Perhaps someone should tell the public that ‘cap-and-trade’ is better described as ‘cap-and-reduce.’

  7. paulm says:

    More plain evidence things are warming up…

    …blooming daffodils fooled into thinking it’s spring
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1079966/Pictured-The-blooming-daffodils-fooled-thinking-spring.html

    Winter has yet to arrive – but for five-year-old Spencer here, it’s already spring.
    Daffodils have been bursting into life at the market garden his grandparents Celia and Roger Haywood run in Bremhill, Wiltshire.
    The couple spotted the bright yellow flowers springing up down the sides of her driveway at the end of last month.
    ….
    ‘They started to appear at the end of last month but now they are in full bloom. Our driveway is about 75 yards long and the daffodils are growing all the way along it.’