For years, the Obama administration blamed George Bush whenever things went awry.
It became a standing joke in many circles. My car broke down. Bush did it. My pencil broke. Bush did it.
That is happening now in Anchorage as Mayor Ethan Berkowitz – apparently stung by state lawmakers’ jibes over the city’s handling of its homeless camps problem – blames all the city’s ills on the state rather than reducing the size and scope of local government or accepting responsibility.
The state is being less helpful to cities, of course, because it is running in the red. Cities across the state are having to do with less.
All of that has us wondering: Berkowitz, in his second term, has been mayor for four years. When will the city’s problems land at his doorstep?