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Rugged Individualism and Self-reliance in the Welfare State

Jeff Danziger
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Is this why people say “you’d have to pay me to live in Alaska”?

In addition to being #1 in pork barrel spending, Alaska is the only state that has neither a state sales tax nor any personal income or capital gains taxes. A few weeks ago, Gov. Palin arranged a special $1200 payment to every Alaskan resident. This is in addition to the roughly $2000 each resident already receives from the state. This money comes from taxes on the oil industry in Alaska. Tax and spend?



  1. omegian wrote:

    Hey, I heard the Federal Government, care of the Democratic Congress, wrote some “Economic Stimulus” checks this year. Apparently great minds think alike.

    Friday, September 5, 2008 at 7:33 am | Permalink
  2. iron wrote:

    Um, it was a bipartisan measure, and promoted heavily by Dubya. Why do you try to blame it on the Democrats?

    On a humorous side note, I read somewhere that the after the checks were mailed out, there was a huge increase in the purchase of pornography.

    Here it is:

    Friday, September 5, 2008 at 9:18 am | Permalink
  3. ellenalva wrote:

    Pulled the Stimulus Porn article from the Huffington Post site. The name of the firm, Adult Internet Market Research Company credited with survey just didn’t sound legit.

    This article is from AVN Adult Video Network
    Stimulus Checks For Porn? Guess Again By: Sherri L. Shaulis Posted: 07/09/2008

    Monday, September 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm | Permalink
  4. iron wrote:

    Thanks for the update and correction.

    Friday, September 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

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