What an awful statement. Palin defended the government’s $700 billion rescue plan. She defended the surge in Iraq, where her own son is now serving. She defended sending more troops to Afghanistan. And yet, at the same time, she declared that Americans who pay their fair share of taxes to support all those government-led endeavors should not be considered patriotic.
I only wish she had been asked: “Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn’t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects — printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?” That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.
I could understand where Palin is coming from if she were a Libertarian who believed that a tiny government could be funded through lotteries and revenue streams other than income taxes. But she is not a Libertarian. Palin supports big government and big government programs. Whatever you think of those programs, you can't fund them with magical thinking.
Palin's airhead take on taxes and spending might have something to do with being an Alaskan. Alaskans pay no state sales or income taxes. Instead, Alaskan state government is funded entirely by mineral revenues--a luxury not available to anyone besides Alaskans and those living in Islamic oil sheikdoms or under the government of Hugo Chavez.
Not only do Alaskans get free state government, every Alaskan receives a yearly dividend check from the Alaska Permanent Fund--a growing pile of oil money controlled by the state. The fund is now worth 40 billion dollars--a sum approaching Sixty Thousand Dollars for every Alaskan or FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS for a family of 7 like the Palin family. And they don't pay a penny of their own money into that account. Wouldn't you just love it if your state could set up a savings account like that for you?
What does this mean in everyday terms for Alaskans. In 2008, every Alaskan received a record breaking dividend check of $3,269. That's a whopping 22,888 DOLLARS for a family the size of Sarah Palin's family, courtesy of you, me and everyone else who is paying for sky high gasoline during these scary economic times.
And while no economist believes that new oil drilling will lower the price of gasoline by more than a few pennies, Alaskans like Palin strongly favor new drilling because it will further stuff their bulging, no taxpaying, welfare-collecting pockets with cash and benefits funded by you and me. And as if that isn't enough, Alaska has for years been one of the nation's top recipients per capita of federal tax money. People in the lower 48 have shoveled cash back into to Alaskan coffers at a rate far exceeding what Alaskans pay in federal taxes.
No wonder Palin thinks you can fund wars without paying taxes. In her magical world, government can pour benefits and gifts all over citizens who don't pay any taxes. She seems content to believe that all of this money materializes out of thin air, while ignoring the fact that one way or another, someone will end up paying the bllls. Palin calls this world where other people pay your bills conservatism. The rest of America calls it welfare.