For her part, Sarah Palin, who has lately taken to calling Obama “Barack the Wealth Spreader,” seems to be something of a suspect character herself. She is, at the very least, a fellow-traveller of what might be called socialism with an Alaskan face. 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.
Collectively owning the resources? Sharing the wealth? WTF? The state of California has a lot of resources, like oil and gold and lumber and bottled water and Arnold Schwarzenegger films, but I don’t feel entitled to an annual check because of that. Perhaps that is because I believe in freedom, and am not a Communist like Sarah Palin, who probably pals around with Hugo Chavez and Norwegians.
(I have no idea who made this, as I received it in an e-mail, but props to whoever did)