Did you hear about this? When flying over Alaska, Governor Schwarzenegger tweeted “Over Anchorage, AK. Looking everywhere but can’t see Russia from here. Will keep you updated as search continues.”
Well, Sarah Palin who apparently can’t take a joke, fired back: “Arnold should have landed; I could have explained our multi-billion dollar state surplus & US energy security efforts. What’s he been up to?
When I read about this last week, I just rolled my eyes. It was just Palin being Palin – attacking instead of just shaking her head; grabbing for yet another headline. And, that’s fine.
Until I read this line from Republican Senator Candidate Joe Miller: “40 percent of our economy in Alaska is somewhat derived from the federal government.” How hard is it to have a state surplus when you get 40 percent of your economy from the Federal Government? And, then, I was mad. Alaska gets $1.82 for every dollar they send to the feds. I realize that Alaska is one of those states that requires more federal defense dollars then the rest of us, but it also means that it shouldn’t be all that hard for the governor of Alaska to keep their budget in a surplus. Throw in a $1.5 billion tax increase on oil companies and a budget surplus is almost guaranteed. (The oil company tax increase was a done deal when Palin was governor.)
What Governor Schwarzenegger has been doing is holding his state together by a thread. At least, he didn’t resign from office to go seek out money elsewhere like a certain governor did.