Far-right voters in Alaska -- those who, for example, voted for Joe Miller in last week's GOP Senate primary -- must be a little embarrassed by their red state's dependence on income taken in taxes from blue states, writes Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Miller. Are these Alaskans seriously ready to cope with the result of Miller's "stop the pork" rhetoric, should the rest of the nation decide to take him up on the offer?
Red-state voters, in the main, depend on blue-state voters to keep them afloat when it comes to federal money. ... This imbalance in the balance sheets constitutes the down-to-dollars facts that underlie part of the story of the expanding American frontier, that people did it all by themselves. Without question, it takes tough types of people to gut it out and cut it in the desert and the mountains and the plains -- but the huge amounts of federal money that went into massive water and reclamation projects, soil and agriculture projects, bridges and highways, built the framework and underpinnings that helped to make the settlement and growth possible. ...
Miller is being laudably consistent with his political policies and priorities when he says this; the question is, will his fellow Alaskans, who have benefited from and even been proud of the big take-home checks from Washington, be able to live on the budget Miller suggests?