Thursday, September 4, 2008

Maybe We Should All Move to Palin’s Alaska

By Robert Scheer

Welcome to the People’s Republic of Alaska, where every resident this year will get a $3,200 payout, thanks in no small measure to the efforts of Sarah Palin, the state’s Republican governor. That’s $22,400 for a family of seven, like Palin’s. Since 1982, the Alaska Permanent Fund, which invests oil revenues from state lands, has paid out a dividend on invested oil loot to everyone who has been in the state for a year. But Palin upped the ante by joining with Democrats and some recalcitrant Republican state legislators to share in oil company windfall profits, further fattening state tax revenue and permitting an additional payout in tax funds to residents.

No wonder she is popular with voters in a state whose residents pay no income or sales taxes but are blessed with state coffers rolling in cash at a time when all other states are suffering. Indeed, when the oil companies pay more taxes to the state of Alaska, they get to write that off against their federal tax obligation, leaving the rest of us to make up the shortfall.

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1 comment:

maximillianmutz said...

I guess that shows she's a smart lady. Alaska has natural resources which the State should be able to capitalize on. That's called "the free market at work."

If residents of other states do not have natural resources, or manufacturing, or an educated work force, or motivated workers, but have a state where most of the electorate expects to have the Government support them from cradle to grave, or "fix"
all the ills of society then they deserve to be controlled by that Government. All those programs people want to be "given" raises taxes. Lower taxes mean more money in the pockets of the people who start businesses, pay their kid's way through college instead of through funding which comes from increased taxes on the backs of the taxpayers. They are the ones who employ workers. They are the hard working, self sufficient, proud individuals who ask for smaller Government, fiscal reponsibility, less corrupt politicians and less Government intrusion into their lives.

Gov't is "force" which is in opposition to the concept of individual liberty, private property rights, rights of inheritance etc. If people want less Gov't intrusion in their lives, less control over their lives and their families, they need to understand the concept of self-determination and accept the responsibilities (self-reliance)that go along with that self-determination.
In other words, with everything the Government gives with it's right hand, it extracts MORE with it's left hand.
Government owns NOTHING other than what it takes from the people, and Gov't does a very, very poor job of what it undertakes.
Those politicians who promise all kinds of programs want votes from the unenlightened masses, who end up slaves at the mercy of their Government.

Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air after watching and listening to the hacks in D.C. who bow to lobbyists.
Most people are sick of "victims" with their hands out because they think they're "entitled," but are too apathetic to try to better this great country by bettering themselves, or even to spend the time to read THE DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE, or THE CONSTITUTION.