Ross Douthat writes in his new NY Times blog:
Rod Dreher has one of the smarter reactions I’ve seen to “Going Rogue”: He zeroes in on the tension between Sarah Palin’s account of her experiences fighting crony capitalism in Alaska — where she saw firsthand “how badly Exxon screwed over the people of Alaska in the Exxon Valdez incident, and how the cozy relationship between Alaska’s government and the oil industry worked against the interests of ordinary hardworking people” — and the “business good, liberals bad” boilerplate (complete with a dig at Karl Marx) that she employs when it comes time to talk about national policy.
Ross should have also pointed out that Alaska has really high taxes on the oil companies, and it uses the tax revenue to give a check each year to the people. I actually approve of this, it fits in with the inheritance dividend I’ve previously advocated for. But transfer payments such as this are certainly not traditionally considered to be libertarian or free market.
But Ross never really seems to go far enough with any of his columns or blog posts.
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Of course, it should be pointed out that Palin would never be smart enough to think of a brilliant policy like the inheritance dividend by herself. Or even smart enough to come up with the oil dividends.
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And while we are talking about Palin, how about her belief in creationism:
Elsewhere in this volume she talks about creationism, saying she “didn’t believe in the theory that human beings — thinking, loving beings — originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea” or from “monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees.”
Mitt Romney would never say such at thing, despite the fact that he’s an underwear-wearing Mormon. Mitt is smart.