August 29th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Alaska Senate hopeful wants land, not cash

 Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller said Sunday he thinks Alaska should take less money from Washington in exchange for land from the federal government.
Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller said Sunday he thinks Alaska should take less money from Washington in exchange for land from the federal government.

(CNN) – Alaska's political leadership has spent decades touting its ability to bring federal dollars back from Washington. But the man who may have unseated incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in last week's primary says forget the cash - he'd rather have real estate.

U.S. government is "going bankrupt," and needs to transfer its responsibilities and power "back to the states and the people," Fairbanks attorney and GOP activist Joe Miller told CBS' "Face the Nation." He said Alaska would take less money from Washington in exchange for land from the federal government, which owns about two-thirds of the state.

"It's our position that as the money is restricted, the lands are transferred. So that's the plan that we want to implement," he said. Alaska would then use its "extraordinary" resource base to create jobs, he said.

Remote, thinly populated Alaska received $1.84 in federal money for every $1 paid in taxes in 2005, the third-highest ratio among U.S. states, according to the Washington-based, non-partisan Tax Foundation.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    He is right about one thing.......the US government has put us on the edge of bankruptcy, and placed the entire country in jeopardy.

    August 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't be fooled people, this guy Miller is dangerous and is only attempting to empower himself and people of Alaska will be at his mercy. Don't be stupid, this is exactly how Saadam H. came into power.

    August 29, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. independent

    Sounds like Todd Palin's Alaska Independence Party. Give us our land. Our land. Who's land?

    He'll soon be talking about susceding from our USA and forming their own United States of Alaska.

    August 29, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Chipster

    Sorry, Joe, but it doesn't work that way. You don't get to confiscate ANWR just because the Federal government gives you fewer Earmarks than you think you deserve. Have a chat with your buddy Sarah about it, she claims to oppose handouts from the government even though she accepted plenty in the past. The Alaska National Wildlife Refuge belongs to all Americans, not to the oil companies in Alaska.

    August 29, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Another "drill baby drill" Republican – surprise. They won't be happy until all our natural resources are used up, and all the land destroyed. Yet in the sky every single day of the year the wind blows and the sun shines. Remarkable.

    And while I'm on the subject of what the Republicans want to ruin, how is it that they can take those taxpayer funded salaries, benefits, and pension plans, yet want to take away or privatize Social Security and Medicare. This is hypocrisy at it's finest, no?

    August 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Chipster

    Per Alaskan lawmakers, the State receives $5.76 from the Federal government for every $1 paid in taxes. So, stop whining like a bunch of sissies about possible reductions in Pork. Pretty large cuts could be made to Alaska's Federal funds before you're to the point of paying more than you receive. ANWR is a national refuge because it needs to be protected from that kind of blatant greed! Without Federal protection, it would already be a barren field of oil wells.

    August 29, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    Oh, oh – this must be a promise to the PALINs from Miller if they ENDORSE him and he gets elected!! Demand the land back from the government so that Alaskan would OWN it ALL and then they would be able to SECEDE from the United States!!!

    Democrats MUST vote in 2010 to keep lunatics like this out of office!!!! Every RepubliCAN'T running is an extremist brought to you by the TEA PARTY!

    August 29, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    What an idiot. Alaska IS bankrupt. Without Federal dollars people couldn't afford to live there. Without Federal programs and funds, a lot of the Native villages would wither and die away.

    Ah well, Sarah will still have her medical paid for since she married somebody with Indian blood. Typical grifters.

    August 29, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Andy

    He also wants to take their social security and medicare both of which he sees as unconstitutional. Cut off the giveaways from the federal government, take away ss and medicare and what's left. A miserable frozen tundra where it's every dog for themselves.

    August 29, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Oil's not Well

    Then Joe Miller's land plan would take those same lands the Feds gave them......make a deal with the Big Oil companies.......give people jobs for 5 years, deplete the oil, ruin the land...then Joe Miller's Alaska would be petitioning the federal government Again for aid for people and land restoration because they had ruined their own ecosystem to fuel the gas hogging cars that the GOP refuses to increase average MPG for!

    Such is the shortmindess of the GOP's plan...bucks today for the rich, then blame someone else tomorrow.

    Ecotourism? Sorry, not in Joe Miller's vocabulary because no big Oil involved.

    August 29, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Rush Goebbels

    Wonder why ExxonMobil would want to buy up land in Alaska?Maybe to turn it into a lake of oil spills,rotting fish and dying animals for their profit.

    August 29, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    If they give you the land, promise you'll take it and secede. You drain more from taxpayers every year than any other state, and have less population than a small city.

    August 29, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. America Shrugged

    I swear that these Anti-Government folks just want to get into our Government so they can do their best to destroy it. Make it incompetent like the current GOP party of NO is doing and have been doing since 2001, so they can run on the platform that government is ineffective.. Why would anyone want to keep voting these folks into our Government? They spend billions each election cycle to run on this platform, people vote them in, and nothing constructive for the average American gets done and then we fickle Americans complain about outsourcing, wall street/bank bailouts, immigration, etc...

    August 29, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Marge

    Sure give him the Wildlife Perserve so he can befoul with oil drilling. And when they get the oil there isn't enough there to pay for the cost of drilling. He is just like the rest of the tea bags and radical republicans get out and give this country to the corporations and they will be satisfied. To heck with the average American.

    August 29, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Marcus

    "We just simply want to get back to basics, restore essentially the constitutional foundation of our country. And that means the federal government becoming less onerous, less involved in basically every item of our lives. What that means is there does have to be some transition." said Joe Miller.

    News for him and you who thinks he's right, it's impossible to do that.
    The involvement in 'basically every item of our lives' is what ENSURES that we don't have to work 10 or more hours per day (Saturday and Sundays included), that we can have trust in what we buy to eat and drink is edible (most of the time since the FDA is not what it used to be...), that we all are equal under the law and any difference of rights is legally and constitutionally justified, and so on...
    The country got bigger and more complex, to return to a country structured like it was 200 years ago is not only NOT the best thing for the people who live in it, but very dangerous regarding the safety of said people.
    It just can't be done.

    August 29, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. flyfysher

    Mr. Miller forgets the other half of his proposition, assuming his proposal were to be made a reality. Alaskans should refund the United States government for Seward's purchase of that state from Russia in today's dollars. Then the folks in the lower 48 and Hawaii can negotiate how much Federal revenue should be redistributed to Alaska. And if Alaskans want no more Federal governance, then they should also reimburse the Federal government in today's dollars for all costs incurred including infrastructure, environmental protection, defense (Attu and Kiska including the lost lives of American soldiers, earthquake recovery (think 1964) and the like.

    August 29, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I other word, he wants to federal govenment to give up one of the owrlds last large pristine holding to a state that favors drilling and killing as its source of income.
    They already are fully subsidized by oil companies, so why should they need more money?
    Higher federal taxes and a uniform tax code for states- both of which include balanced budgets would get us out of the problems we have,
    We as Americans get more form our goervenment for a lot less than coutries considered better run than us.

    August 29, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. NVa Native

    Another self-absorbed right wing whacko with an "I have a scheme" speech.

    August 29, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Hawk1

    He just wants more land so they can lease drilling rights on it. never mind the caribou or the polar bears. they can't get oil money out of them. these republican clowns are some very sick people.

    August 29, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |