Rick Rydell of the 'limited government ilk' gets state job

Rick Rydell, who brags that he is “one of the God-given greatest conservative minds of our time,” is of the “limited government ilk,” as his radio followers in Anchorage know.

Until now.

Rydell, whose real name is Richard Green, likes Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s ideas for limited state government and cheers the prospect of shrinkage. Right-size government, here we come.

“I’ve always said that you can’t cut government until you have a governor who is set to cut government and now we seem to,” Rydell said on his radio show Dec. 4.

“For those of independent thought and limited-government mindset, I see a better Alaska ahead,” he said.

On that same day he said, “I really like the choice of Doug Vincent-Lang for commissioner of fish and game

A little more than a week later, Green/Rydell did his part to make Alaska better by publicly accepting a job under Vicent-Lang at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The department press release said Green/Rydell will “work closely with the state’s hunters and fishers to improve communication and build trust” with Alaskans.

“Fish and game in Alaska has always been my passion,” Green/Rydell was quoted as saying in the press release. “I’m thrilled to work under Gov. Dunleavy and Commissioner Vincent-Lang to work to restore trust in the department, build communication and serve the public.”

A year ago, Rep. Don Young boosted Green/Rydell as a candidate to lead the Environmental Protection Agency in the Western U.S. “In summary, this man has done more to defend the State of Alaska and our western brothers and sisters against the overreach of the federal government and especially the EPA for more years than I can count,” Young wrote to former EPA director Scott Pruitt.

Before becoming a government employee, Green/Rydell espoused all sorts of ideas about how to cut the number of government employees and expenses. Limit state spending to the essentials, he would say.

Two weeks ago, he told his listeners that the state could save $50 million on health care costs for rural Alaskans, “if you just cut the trips from rural Alaska to Anchorage where people never saw a provider,” which is the kind of thing right-wing radio philosophers proclaim as if they had real evidence instead of an opinion.

“We’ve got enough parks, we’ve got enough trails. Enough already,” he told a caller. “It’s not the government’s job to enable a bunch of do-gooders who want to have a park to steal money from me so they can have it.”

Green/Rydell also said on Dec. 4 that he he hoped “that the Republicans in the Legislature hear what I’m about to say because I think this is important.”

“We of the limited government ilk, we of the center to right. And I’m talking half the spectrum, right, half the spectrum of politics. We picked Gov. Mike Dunleavy for a reason. We picked a majority of Republicans in the House for a reason. And we picked a majority of Republicans in the Senate for a reason,” he said.

The reason is to reduce the size of government, according to Green/Rydell.

He said the bipartisan House of the last two years came about because Republicans had become too complacent and didn’t push hard enough for individual liberty and limited government.

“It’s easy to go down and not do the hard work, and that is cut, cut expenditures,” he said. “And the reason why that’s easy is because there are always people that are attached to each and every one of those dollars they spend.”

“So every time you go to cut, you’re looking at taking something away from somebody. And every time you make that move to take something away from somebody, it angers people and they give you a call. And it’s easy to cave in to those calls,” he said.

He said that 95 percent of the calls to legislators are from people who oppose cuts or say, “Please give money. Please spend. Please don’t cut this. Please give me money.”

“Those of us that look at government as a necessary evil, those of us that accept that government has to be there, but we want it minimized as much as we can, we’re not gonna call because you’re not threatening about taking something away from us,” said the soon-to-be bureaucrat.

“When you get to the point where the government is taking more from you to harm your life to help someone else, you’re stepping closer and closer into Marxism,” he warned.

Ignore those people trying to save their jobs, he advised Republicans.

And then he marched right into the big government life. Pay no attention to that man behind the microphone.

As to how much Green/Rydell will be paid in his new position, the information should have been included with the press release, but it was withheld.

The department communications director suggested I file a formal freedom of information request, which I did, though that should not have been necessary. Later Monday, however, the department provided the information that Green/Rydell will earn $86,928 a year.

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