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Old 09-16-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Is Alaska a socialist country? Its state government spends 3x the national average per citizen, even though its population density ranks near the bottom.

Budget $9 Billion for 670,000 residents = $13,342 per resident

And under Palin's control, spending rose by 25%.

For comparison:

Michigan: $44 Billion for 10 Million residents = $4470/resident
North Carolina: $57 Billion for 9 Million residents = $6330/resident
Indiana: $15 Billion for 6 Million residents = $2500/resident

Even "liberal" Vermont: $4.0 Billion for 623,000 residents = $6600/resident
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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Is Alaska a socialist country? Its state government spends 3x the national average per citizen, even though its population density ranks near the bottom.

Budget $9 Billion for 670,000 residents = $13,342 per resident

And under Palin's control, spending rose by 25%.

For comparison:

Michigan: $44 Billion for 10 Million residents = $4470/resident
North Carolina: $57 Billion for 9 Million residents = $6330/resident
Indiana: $15 Billion for 6 Million residents = $2500/resident

Even "liberal" Vermont: $4.0 Billion for 623,000 residents = $6600/resident
What's amazing to me is that Vermont is not that much smaller than Alaska in residents yet people tout her as running one of the "largest states".
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:35 AM
 
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Is Alaska a socialist country? Its state government spends 3x the national average per citizen, even though its population density ranks near the bottom.

Budget $9 Billion for 670,000 residents = $13,342 per resident

And under Palin's control, spending rose by 25%.

For comparison:

Michigan: $44 Billion for 10 Million residents = $4470/resident
North Carolina: $57 Billion for 9 Million residents = $6330/resident
Indiana: $15 Billion for 6 Million residents = $2500/resident

Even "liberal" Vermont: $4.0 Billion for 623,000 residents = $6600/resident
Everything is harder in Alaska, and more expensive. Don't you watch the Discovery Channel?
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Everything is harder in Alaska, and more expensive. Don't you watch the Discovery Channel?
Alaska's cost of living is only slightly higher than the U.S. average (not 3x higher).

http://www.labor.state.ak.us/research/col/col.pdf
(page 6 compares it Alaskan cities to other U.S. cities)

Most Alaskans live in Anchorage, which has a metro area of about 350,000 people (about the same as Corpus Christi, Hickory NC, or Davenport, IA) The density of the rest of the state is about 1 resident/square mile. What does all that money go to?

PBS - Harriman: An Alaskan Gazette

My question is: Who is the Socialist amongst the Presidential/VP candidates?
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Of course the liberal Republicans want everyone to believe the Democrats are socialists. So far they support welfare, socialism and practice liberal spending. Are we missing something here? Has the Party completely switched it's mantra under the public's nose?
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