Palin gets Atlantic makeover, but did the magazine get it right?
Finally a major publication comes along with a lengthy analysis on the Good Sarah. It’s about time. There were reasons Alaskans adored their Gov. Palin for those few, brief, halcyon months after the VECO-Alaska Legislature corruption investigation and before the Troopergate scandal, and it’s rare to hear anything in the national press about those reasons.
“As governor, Palin demonstrated many of the qualities we expect in our best leaders,” Joshua Green writes in an lengthy profile in June’s The Atlantic magazine.” “She set aside private concerns for the greater good, forgoing a focus on social issues to confront the great problem plaguing Alaska, it’s corrupt oil-and-gas politics. She did this in a way that seems wildly out of character today — by cooperating with Democrats and moderate Republicans to raise taxes on Big Business.”
Yes, yes, she did. But why did she do it and was it ultimately good for Alaska?
Fighting over oil taxes for decades
She picked the biggest, choicest, richest target in Alaska — the oil industry — and went after it. This is not something new for Alaska politicians. Many of them recognize Alaskans live in a love-hate relationship with the oil industry. Forget Green’s nonsense about “corrupt oil-and-gas politics.” Corruption in Alaska politics has been more about public funding — Lew Dischner and North Slope Borough construction; Sen. George Hohman of Bethel and Canadian firefighting planes — than about oil and gas. This state is like the 49 others in that regard. The main role oil-and-gas has played is in providing the wealth to finance the predictable sort of government corruption.