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megimoo
09-14-2008, 08:52 PM
Alaska, the 'Welfare State'Says CNN'S Fiercely Partisan Paul Begala and Michael Kinsley .

Alaska "is essentially a welfare state taking money from the federal government," the fiercely partisan Paul Begala fumed on CNN.

Michael Kinsley, writing in Time, accuses the "good citizens of Sarah Palin's Alaska" of "leech[ing] off the government."

It's true that Alaska consistently ranks in the top three states which receive more federal dollars than they pay, and has often been the top state.

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"There are some good reasons for the federal government to spend money in Alaska anyway: it supports 21,000 troops there, it has obligations to indigenous Alaskans and it owns (and must look after) some 60% of Alaska's land."

Yes, according to the US Census Bureau, 19 percent of Alaska residents are American Indians, (American Indians comprise only 1.5 percent of the population), while "Alaska Natives accounted for over 50 percent of the population in nearly all of the boroughs and census areas (county equivalents) in northern and western Alaska."So..... ahem.... Mr. Begala? Mr. Kinsley? You have a problem with that?

Another state that consistently ranks in the top third of federal largesse is Virginia, home to the economically depressed Appalachian region. But we don't suppose we would have heard about that if Barack Obama had selected Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as his running mate.'

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And how much does the federal gov rake in because of Alaskan oil and gas? Let's see, they tax the income of the oil companies and again put a tax on the products. Searching on the internet I've seen reference to federal taxes on production and when it's leased land there are royalties (HERE). So Alaska being a ''welfare state'' is a myth. The gov gets plenty of money from the state and reinvestsit largely on ITS land and the indigenous peoples.

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In addition, Alaska is a mother lode of mineral and other natural resources. It was purchased at a bargain rate and has more than returned on its investment.
Democrats are liars. Always remember that.

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Here, let me give you a bigger shovel to dig with......

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Demon-rats only love welfare when they can use it to keep groups enslaved to them.

Otherwise, it's a dirty word...

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Every state in the union is on welfare begala. let's list democratic controlled cities with the most welfare. u have a screw loose.And Michael, as asked the other day, are you still around?


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Kinda like New Orleans, huh?

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There aren't too many Alaskans that chose to live there for the weather, or the bargain prices. They may love it now, but they had to be lured there by something. If not for the extra benefits, you wouldn't have enough people there to justify building even the basic infrastructure they have.


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Shut up, Forehead.

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Let's see if the leftist puppet rag the Anchorage Daily News has the guts to defend Alaska.


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The oil and gas trust has been around probably at least 30 years; Sarah Palin had nothing to do with starting it. I have known both family and friends who lived and worked very hard in Alaska. Make fun of them at your own peril.

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Just keep talking, lefties!! You'll get John McCain elected for us! Thanks!!

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It's Alaska's fault.

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Meanwhile, the south side of Chicago continues to lead the nation in ... what was that again? Oh, yeah. Welfare, gangs, and thuggery.


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Governor Palin constantly states that she wants Alaska to conribute more to the lower 48 by opening ANWAR, among other things.

Mr. Begala--as Yogi Berra once opined, "you could look it up".

I'd like to ask Mr. Begala about his position on opening ANWAR, but I think I know what his knee-jerk reaction would be.

All he needs are some Charles Gibson glasses.

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Don't forget about the seafood and timber provided by Alaska.

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Don't let it bother your forehead, Paul. It amuses me that Begala grouses about the federal government having to "look after" most of the land in Alaska, 64% of which is federally owned. The feds own 37% of all the land in the fifty states, and they do a horrible job looking after it. If it were privately owned, it would be cared for much better than by the Uncle Fed's bureaucrats who refuse to build roads or firebreaks on much federal land, and we watch hundreds of thousands of acres burn each year. I'd bet that the land owned or tree farmed by Weyerhauser or Georgia Pacific is in much better shape than nearby government owned land, to say nothing of the land being more productive. Other than the national parks, every acre of American land ought to be in the hands of American citizens. It's a maxim: you take better care of your own than you neighbor or the government does. Begala is one stupid fellow. Unbending socialist ideology can strip away brain cells as effectively as huffing glue or paint.

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So now the leftoids are attacking an entire state and it's citizens. Their arrogance knows no bounds or any measure for that matter! I never thought that Karl Rove had so much influence in the democrat party that he could force them to work for the Republicans like they've been doing. WE appreciate it lefties, we really do!

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Hey if it's such a burden I'll take it off the Federal Government's hands for more than what they paid for the thing. That's a standing offer.

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Why does anybody care what the Asshat Begala says? He was and is a Clinton sycophant and demoRat hack. His opinion and $4.25 will get you a coffee at Starbucks. Big Deal!
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Michael Kinsley (born March 9, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan)

is an American political journalist, commentator television host and liberal pundit. Primarily active in print media as both a writer and editor, he also became known to television audiences as a co-host on Crossfire. Kinsley has been a notable participant in the mainstream media's development of online content.

Personal life

Kinsley was born to a very wealthy Jewish family and attended the prestigious Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, then graduated from Harvard University in 1972. At Harvard, Kinsley served as vice president of the University's daily newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, then returned to Harvard for law school. While still a third-year law student, he began working at The New Republic and was allowed to finish his Harvard Juris Doctor degree via courses at the evening program at The George Washington University Law School.
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Paul Begala (born 12 May 1961) in New Jersey

is a political consultant, a commentator, and a former advisor to President Bill Clinton. He gained national prominence as half of the political consulting team Carville and Begala. Until June 2005, Begala was a co-host of CNN's political debate program, Crossfire. He is Research Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. Currently he is teaching at the University of Georgia School of Law as a Sanders Political Leadership Scholar.

Biography

Begala was born in New Jersey and raised in Missouri City, Texas. He graduated from John Foster Dulles High School (Sugar Land, Texas) in Stafford, Texas. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught briefly before going to work for Bill Clinton. While at the University of Texas, Begala was a candidate for student government president. However, he finished second to a write-in campaign for Hank the Hallucination, an invisible monster character from the campus comic strip "Eyebeam". Following his loss, Begala wrote a tongue-in-cheek complaint for the Daily Texan, arguing "I cannot help but feel Hank's platform is illusory at best .... I must say that the candidate himself lacks substance." Begala was declared the human winner, following a ruling that imaginary characters could not hold the position.

Paul Begala, along with partner James Carville, helped then-governor of Arkansas Clinton win the 1992 presidential election. After working on Clinton's campaign, Begala served as a consultant to the President. As an aide to the President, Begala helped defend the Clinton-Gore agenda and served as a public spokesperson.