Sunday, July 5, 2009

Is there socialism in the United States? The closest thing is Sarah Palin's Alaska.

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In the June 5, 2009 article "Sarah Palin's Economics Lesson" on The Atlantic's politics blog, Conor Clarke suggests the closest thing to socialism that we have in the United States is Sarah Palin's Alaska. According to Clarke:
Alaska gets $13,950 per resident from the federal government, more than any other state in the nation. It ranks number one in taxes per resident and number one in spending per resident. It's also number one in pork-barrel spending. Each Alaska resident receives a check for $3,200 a year from state oil revenues -- which Palin bumped up from $2,000 last year. Palin once justified this by saying that the state of Alaska was "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." (Sounds socialist!) Industrious indeed.

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