So, get this. The State of Alaska has decided to give out another $1200 to every man, woman and child in Alaska to help with the high cost of energy. Well, that is almost true. The Senate, at the last moment, attached this 'help' to the Permanent Fund Dividend ("PFD"). So most people in Alaska will be getting $3200 or more this fall. Each. That is almost $2 billion dollars dumped into an economy of 675,000 people. At once. Fine. Here is my problem: once again, my family is not eligible. I can live without the money for myself and J. I can understand the argument regarding non-citizens not getting the PFD. But what pisses me off is that my kids don't get it. Kadee is a US citizen and has lived in Alaska almost her whole life. Alyssa was born in Alaska and has lived here her whole life. But, screw 'em. Their parents are not citizens so they don't get it. There is a big difference between the PFD (which is designed to help settle Alaska) and the government helping citizens with the incredibly high cost of energy here. It seems like pretty basic Equal Protection analysis to me. Not sure if I'm going to sue yet. Not sure it is worth the grief. But many Alaskans, including those who need the help the most, will not get the check because it is attached to the PFD. Many who don't need it will spend it on ATV's and beer. Which I don't have a problem with. What I do care about is the way the government has chosen to hand out this money. I know one family who will get $16,000. My family will get $0. But for our citizenship, we would get almost $13,000. Today, I am no fan of Alaska. At all. There are many others who will not get this help. I can only hope that a lawsuit ensues.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Geez, it is not your kids fault you are not American. Do you have to be an American before you can be an Alaskan?
Anonymous said…
I grew up with one foot in Ontario and one in Minnesota. When I was not able to get dual citizenship I went American. Most people do not realize how much difference there is between Canada and the US. If your ideas fit better in Canada you should live there. (Unless you are just here for the money)The tone of your writing suggests this.
I`m sure you know that as much as 30% of Canada’s economy is underground because of its socialistic policies.
True Alaskans live to resist this.
Anon #1: For the purposes of the PFD you have to be a citizen or a permanent resident as defined in Andrade v. State. Anon #2. I am here for the money and I agree with MANY of the ideas of America and Alaska (just waiting for Bush to leave). I do resist socialistic policies. BUT if the State is swimming in money due to high energy costs and chooses to give some of that back to the people who pay the cost, then make it even. Give it out fairly or not at all. My girls ARE Alaskans and they are denied the same benefits based on their parents citizenship. That is wrong.
Alaskan Madman said…
Sue 'em. I need that quill from the US Supreme Court.....

Besides - you would be helping other similarly situated individuals, if any....
fdr said…
It does seem unfair to me. Your daughters ARE Alaskans by any stretch of the definition.
operator101 said…
Sue 'em. And I hate lawyers (self-hatred is a powerful contradiction) but this seems like total bull.

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