When legislators set out to “fix” something they often redefine reality for the rest of us
Take the Senate Judiciary Committee efforts, for instance, as it adopted a measure that would turn the annual Permanent Fund dividend into quarterly checks so recipients would spend more of it in Alaska.
During the discussion, state Office of Management and Budget Director Mike Barnhill asked Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, about the possibility of monthly payments, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Micciche replied no, because monthly payments would be akin to a universal basic income, “which is an extremely leftist model and one I have a very difficult time supporting.”
So, if we get this right, 12 payments of free money every year is the definition of socialism, but four payments of free money – or even one payment of free money – is not? We are left to wonder exactly where the line might be – five, six, nine payments?
How many payments before it is a bad idea?