The state that she governs has no income or sales tax. Instead, it imposes huge levies on the oil companies that lease its oil fields. The proceeds finance the government’s activities and enable it to issue a four-figure annual check to every man, woman, and child in the state. One of the reasons Palin has been a popular governor is that she added an extra twelve hundred dollars to this year’s check, bringing the per-person total to $3,269. A few weeks before she was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that “we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.” Perhaps there is some meaningful distinction between spreading the wealth and sharing it (“collectively,” no less), but finding it would require the analytic skills of Karl the Marxist.What's next up: "Joe the Arseclown Plumber turns out to trade plumbing skills for goods?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Obamanos Socialistas! Or: don't throw stones at glass white houses
After recently watching our Comrade Finn's movie, La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo, I asked people if they felt Sen. Obama was even remotely socialist compared to the preachings of the Maoist prisoners quoting Marx. The answer was pretty apparent. He's about as socialist as W. is conservative. Now comes this little tidbit about Gov. Palin, from Hendrik Hertzberg's New Yorker commentary about McCain and Palin's failed attempt to convince people that Obama is a socialist (via Mark F. of Boing Boing):