What put this all into Cloud Cuckoo Land is that no state ‘spreads the wealth’ more than Alaska. Thanks to the Alaska Permanent Fund, every resident of Alaska gets a cut of the royalties on resources. Palin doubled the payment to residents this year.
This is possible because, in Alaska, the state owns the mineral rights. In every other US state, the land owner owns everything under the surface.
This is what the interminable softwood lumber fights between the US and Canada are about. In Canada, like Alaska, resource rights are held by the Crown yet the US Government has fought a twenty-year legal battle against Canada for ‘subsidising’ the price of lumber. It argues that resources should be owned privately.
Comrade Palin, and her people, obviously believe in the communal ownership of land. Republicans of the world, unite!