Sarah Palin Brags About Being “Free” In Alaska On Realty Show. Truth: Alaska Is A Welfare State
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” premieres Sunday night, but Palin (pictured with son Trig) celebrates an Alaska that bears little resemblance to the real one. Never mind that she whines about her privacy being invaded while doing a reality show. As Michael Daly in the New York Daily News notes:
Alaska gets $1.84 in federal spending for every dollar it pays in federal taxes.
We in New York get just 79 cents on the dollar.
Which means we subsidize Alaska even as it enjoys a $2 billion-plus budget surplus.
…on top of a budget surplus, Alaska has a special fund drawn from oil profits that doles out dough to every resident annually.
The check this year is $1,281 for each and every person who has resided in Alaska for a year. Those who die or are born in the midst of a year still get the full check.
Palin intones, “I love Alaska. I understand the uniqueness of this land. It’s about family and community.” Yes, and about government subsidies. She adds, “I’d rather be out here being free.” No, she’d rather be out of Alaska, having quit her job as governor to spend more time making money on the mainland.
Daly suggests other tea partiers who could benefit from reality shows.
There could be Sen. Jim DeMint’s South Carolina, which gets $1.35 on the dollar.
There could also be Sen.-elect Rand Paul’s Kentucky, which rakes in $1.51.
Compare those states to two that are in financial crisis and suffer an even worse balance of payments than we do in New York.
California receives only 78 cents on the dollar.
And New Jersey gets just 61 cents, though it does have a hit reality show.
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