Yesterday, our friends at the non-profit Tax Foundation noted that Sarah Palin’s show, the inventively titled “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”, received $1.2 million in subsidies from the state. Mark Robyn opined:
The show spent $3.6 million on production in the state, meaning that Alaskan taxpayers covered a third of the cost of the show. The show will apparently not have a second season. We would be curious to know how government subsidies for reality TV fit into Palin’s broader view on the proper role of government. Alaska’s film tax credit was signed into law in 2008 by then governor, Sarah Palin.
Palin, for those of you who don’t have quaint folksy nightmares because of her, likes to position herself as a small-government conservative.
Grizzly Mama roared Palin issued a biting response to the media chatter about her seemingly self-serving hypocrisy. She told the Daily Caller’s Chris Moody:
“Any suggestion that I somehow did something wrong by signing this legislation is ludicrous. The accusation hinges on the notion that I signed the legislation into law knowing that it would personally benefit me. That’s absurd,” Palin said. “Obviously I had no intention of benefiting from it when I signed it into law in 2008 because I had no idea I would be involved in a documentary series years later.”
That seems to be wildly and willfully misleading. The accusation isn’t that she nefariously planned to benefit herself in the future; it’s that as governor she signed a law which doesn’t make economic sense, grows the scope and influence of government, and needlessly injects government into private markets. That’s inconsistent with her image. She goes on:
It’s also a false accusation to suggest that signing this bipartisan bill somehow goes against my position on the proper role of government,” she said. “I’ve said many times that government can play an appropriate role in incentivizing business, creating infrastructure, and leveling the playing field to foster competition so the market picks winners and losers, instead of bureaucrats burdening businesses and picking winners and losers.
If picking winners and losers isn’t the role of government (and I would agree it is not), how is government toying with the type and availability of cable-tv shows different? The Tax Foundation has much more on the screwy, and screwed-up economics of film credits.
Please, can we wake up from the nightmare of Palin’s fame and political viability?
Thanks to Warming Glow for the great Palin GIF.