Another Transplanted Southerner

Musings from Miz Mel'nie, a Southern Belle living in the Northeast.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sarah Palin: Socialist On Health Care, Too?

On Friday, Sarah Palin said: "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care." (

In a purely Socialist society, all would be cared for, no matter what their productivity level. In a purely Capitalist society, only those that are productive would be necessary and the rest would be deemed to be unnecessary and "disposed of" like so much unwanted trash. So it seems she's promoting Socialism yet again.

In 2007, she increased taxes on oil and gas companies operating in Alaska - up to 25% on profits from North Slope oil - and gave every Alaskan a check for $3,269. (

Do other states do this to industries that do well in their states? Do the credit card companies pay windfall profits taxes that get distributed to the citizens of Delaware? Nope. "Alaska is the only state that shares revenue profits with all of its citizens every Alaskan receives a check once a year for their share of the oil revenues." (sic)( This, of course, is in addition to the taxes oil and gas companies pay already.

In a truly Capitalist society, the oil and gas companies would not pay those excess taxes. Taking from the "rich" (oil and gas companies) and giving to the "poor" (the citizens of Alaska) is pretty much the definition of Socialism.

So, is she a Capitalist or a Socialist? She says she's a Capitalist but her words and deeds point to Socialism. So, what is she? Capitalist or Socialist? Or just a political opportunist who says and does whatever is politically expedient at the time and who actually doesn't know her ass from her elbow? I'll let you decide.



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