Posts tagged ‘Anne Applebaum’

November 11, 2010

Alaska’s Socialism and other Ironies within the Republican Party

by Vince

Anne Applebaum explains:

For decades, Alaskans have lived off federal welfare. Taxpayers’ money subsidizes everything from Alaska’s roads and bridges to itsmyriad programs for Native Americans. Federal funding accounts forĀ one-third of Alaskan jobs.

Here are some of my collective thoughts.

Is it possible for a candidate to overtly loath the very thing that keeps her home state chugging along?

Lisa Murkowski, the amazing write-in Senator in Alaska, flaunts her statist-ran Alaska while Joe Miller wanted to “take back America” with mere scant plans as to how. Murkowski won, pushing forth this question: will Murkowski be the type of candidate to promote spending cuts or is Alaska better off with a Joe Miller type of vague radicalism?

Furthermore, Applebaum reveals the odd paradox in how the votes were shelled out for Repubs:

“…so many Republicans – and so many Americans – don’t practice what they preach. They want lower taxes, higher defense spending, more Social Security and, yes, balanced budgets. They want the government to leave them alone, but at the same time they aren’t averse to the odd federal subsidy. They like the way Miller talks, but, in the end, will they vote for Murkowski?”

How much of the Republican party agenda is too sacred to touch? Time continues to reveal that to us.

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