Friday, October 31, 2008

Palin's "Socialist" Alaska?


Or, alternate title: (Once Again)Why Throw Stones From a Glass House?

We've already established that if Obama is a socialist so is McCain because both advocate a progressive tax policy, just to varying degrees. (See this blog, post 20)

But what about Palin? Let's look at the following quote:

"And Alaska—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. ... It's to maximize benefits for Alaskans, not an individual company, not some multinational somewhere, but for Alaskans." --Sarah Palin, explaining the windfall profits tax that she imposed on the oil industry in Alaska as a mechanism for ensuring that Alaskans share in the wealth generated by oil companies. New Yorker interview, Sept. 2008

Each citizen in Alaska opens their mail box and gets a check for over $3,000.00 from the government of Alaska, no questions asked, no work done by the Alaskan for the payment. Alaska gets that money from taxing oil companies. Whoops. I think that may be considered spreading the wealth around. Is it socialism? (See this blog, post 20 for a definition of 'socialism') Does it matter? Because if you asked Palin to define socialism she'd probably give a "Couric-type" answer. Lastly, this again demonstrates the erratic/maverick, different day, different attack, a campaign with no clear message or theme. And again, they're throwing stones from glass houses.