Socialism defined

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?

5 Responses to Socialism defined

  1. John London April 17, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Socialism defined:

    A Socialist is a Communist in training diapers.

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  2. Quincy April 17, 2019 at 10:30 am

    This blog is correct in asserting that the Permanent Fund should not have been established because free money is never a good thing. I work at a retail store and the way I see the customers spend their money right during dividend weekend in October is truly appalling. That being said, we have the PFD, the voters jealously guard it, and the Repulican party is the biggest defender of it, that is reality. I think spreading it over 12 sounds like a really good idea. I also live in Micciche’s district and this is the stupidity and eletism we have to deal with. He also st lost in the primary, I voted against him in the primary, and we do not need his stupidity in office.

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    • John London April 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      It is not free money! IT is oil royalty payments because Alaskans have no rights to sub-surface oil and minerals like other states citizens do.

      We get a pittance, and take it good and hard!

      There needs to be a 5 year waiting period for new applicants.

      That will solve many problems of the PFD royalty stock holding payout.

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  3. Bill Hutchison April 18, 2019 at 8:21 am

    In training for getting the words “Let George do it.” right.

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  4. Morrigan April 18, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    With respect, what’s a bad idea is not knowing, or sharing, with public-school alumnae the differences between “free money” and “dividend”.

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