Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Why Sarah Palin is an abysmal veep choice and what that says about John McCain

I was worried ya'll would get it twisted. When I posted Heart's passionate essay about sexist coverage of Sarah Palin, I was concerned that some folks would see it as an endorsement of the Republican vice presidential candidate. It was not. Sarah Palin is an abysmal choice for vice president of the United States and the decision to pick her is proof that John McCain lacks the judgement to be the leader of this country. Here are some reasons why:

Sarah Palin's resume is as thin as tissue paper. From Slate:
It seems like just yesterday that the Republican Party was complaining about Barack Obama's lack of foreign-policy "experience." As a matter of fact, as I write (on Friday, Aug. 29) it actually was just yesterday. Even now, the Republican National Committee's main anti-Obama Web site has the witty address http://www.notready08.com/. The contrast in experience, especially foreign-policy experience, between McCain and Obama was supposed to be the central focus of McCain's campaign.

But that's so five minutes ago, before Sarah Palin. Already, conservative pundits
are coming up with creative explanations for McCain's choice of a vice-presidential running mate with essentially no foreign-policy experience. First prize so far goes to Michael Barone, who notes on the U.S. News & World Report blog that "Alaska is the only state with a border with Russia. And it is the only state with territory, in the Aleutian Islands, occupied by the enemy in World War II." I think we need to know what Sarah Palin has done, in her year and change as governor of Alaska, to protect the freedom of the Aleutian Islands before deciding how many foreign-policy-experience credits she deserves on their account.

The official response to the question of experience emerged within hours and is only slightly more plausible: She may not have foreign policy experience, but—unlike Obama, Joe Biden, or even John McCain—she has had executive experience. Why, before her stint as governor of Alaska, population 670,000, she was mayor of a town of 9,000. Remember when the Republicans mocked ill Clinton for being governor of a "small state"? That would be Arkansas, population 2.8 million. As it happens, 670,000 is the population of metropolitan Little Rock. Read more...
Sarah Palin is unvetted. From The New York Times:
At the least, Republicans close to the campaign said it was increasingly apparent that Ms. Palin had been selected as Mr. McCain’s running mate with more haste than McCain advisers initially described.

Up until midweek last week, some 48 to 72 hours before Mr. McCain introduced Ms. Palin at a Friday rally in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. McCain was still holding out the hope that he could choose a good friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, a Republican close to the campaign said. Mr. McCain had also been interested in another favorite, former Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania.

But both men favor abortion rights, anathema to the Christian conservatives who make up a crucial base of the Republican Party. As word leaked out that Mr. McCain was seriously considering the men, the campaign was bombarded by outrage from influential conservatives who predicted an explosive floor fight at the convention and vowed rejection of Mr. Ridge or Mr. Lieberman by the delegates.

Perhaps more important, several Republicans said, Mr. McCain was getting advice that if he did not do something to shake up the race, his campaign would be stuck on a potentially losing trajectory.

With time running out — and as Mr. McCain discarded two safer choices, Gov. Tim
Pawlenty
of Minnesota and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, as too predictable — he turned to Ms. Palin. He had his first face-to-face interview with her on Thursday and offered her the job moments later. Advisers to Mr. Pawlenty and another of the finalists on Mr. McCain’s list described an intensive vetting process for those candidates that lasted one to two months.

“They didn’t seriously consider her until four or five days from the time she was picked, before she was asked, maybe the Thursday or Friday before,” said a Republican close to the campaign. “This was really kind of rushed at the end, because John didn’t get what he wanted. He wanted to do Joe or Ridge.” Read more...
When our country is mired in war, Sarah Palin seems to have little foreign relations knowledge or judgement, and worse, shares George Bush's religious view of the Iraq conflict: From Think Progress:

In an August 14 interview with Time Magazine, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), now Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate, suggested that McCain had not shared his plan for Iraq with her. Palin, who has not been to Iraq, said she does not know “what the plan is to ever end the war.” She later said its “tough” to “talk about the plan for the war” because her son will be deployed to Iraq this September. “Let’s make sure we have a plan here,” she said. Palin then added, “respecting McCain’s position on that too though.” Read more...
And from UPI:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Likely Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told her church congregation that the Iraq war was part of God's plan, a videotape revealed. A 14-minute video of a speech the Alaska governor delivered in
June to the Wasilla, Alaska, Assembly of God Church and posted Tuesday on the Huffington Post Web site showed her saying the United States' involvement in Iraq is "a task that is from God."

She is seen saying: "Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending (troops) out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

In the speech, she tells the congregation that building a long-sought, 1,715-mile natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Alberta, Canada, is also part of God's plan.

"I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said. Read more...

Sarah Palin is under investigation for abuse of power while governor. From Politico:
But most of all, Democrats are zeroing in on an ongoing probe into Palin’s role in the firing of the state’s public safety director, who had reportedly refused to sack Palin’s estranged former brother-in-law. Audiotapes released last month reveal that aides to the 44-year-old governor pressured Safety Director Walter Monegan to dismiss Trooper Mike Wooten, after Wooten allegedly threatened Palin’s father during a messy child custody fight with the governor’s sister Molly.

Monegan refused to do so and was fired on July 11 and replaced by an official who had previously been suspended for sexual harassment. Read more...
Sarah Palin nearly bankrupted Wasila, Alaska. From Politico:
Mayoral performance. Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla — that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements. Read more...
Sarah Palin does not believe in a woman's right to choose. (And, but the way, neither does John McCain) From Huffington Post
In November 2006, then gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin declared that she would not support an abortion for her own daughter even if she had been raped.

Granting exceptions only if the mother's life was in danger, Palin said that when it came to her daughter, "I would choose life."

At the time, her daughter was 14 years old. Moreover, Alaska's rape rate was an abysmal 2.2 times above the national average and 25 percent of all rapes resulted in
unwanted pregnancies. But Palin's position was palatable within the state's largely Republican political circles. Read more...
Sarah Palin is no friend to the environment. From Politico.

The environment. As governor, Palin vetoed wind power and clean coal projects, including a 50-megawatt wind farm on Fire Island and a clean coal facility in Healy that had been mired in a dispute between local and state governments. Read more...
Sarah Palin does not believe in adequate sex education. (And neither does John McCain). From MSNBC:

By the way, as has been pointed out, Palin backed abstinence-only education during her 2006 gubernatorial race. In an Eagle Forum Alaska questionnaire, Palin gave this response to the following question:

Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

Palin: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support. Read
more...
Sarah Palin tried to have books banned from the Wasila, Alaska, library. From TIME:
Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor. Read more...
Sarah Palin has other radical rightwing beliefs. From Feministe:

Sarah Palin is a secessionist, or at least is sympathetic enough to the cause that she
belongs to a political group whose mission is to “seek the complete repatriation of the public lands, held by the federal government, to the state and people of Alaska in conformance with Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, of the federal constitution.” I guess the least bad explanation here is that the Alaska Independence Party has some clout in Alaska, and Palin was an ambitious pol willing to put aside her distaste for secession if it would advance her career, but is that really so helpful? That she was willing to partner up with a group that’s fundamentally more radical on secession than the Nation of Islam? That doesn’t worry anyone on the McCain campaign?

There’s a worrying emergence of extremist tendencies in Palin. So far as we know — and we’re only about five days in — she’s been enthusiastic about Pat Buchanan, Steve Forbes, the Alaska Independence Party, and Ron Paul. In other words, she’s allied herself with radical culture warriors, radical conservative economics, radical secessionists, and radical libertarian/isolationists. This is someone who’s pretty comfortable on the fringe of the right wing. Read more...
And justice for all

See...a whole laundry list of reasons why Palin is a disgrace and not one mention of pageant hair or reproductive decisions. We don't need to give Republicans more talking points, because they are already saying any criticism of Palin is sexist.

Back when I was working my first job out of college on the copy desk of a Midwestern newspaper, I earned the chance to attend an amazing editing "boot camp" for minority journalists. One of the things we discussed over the summer-long workshop, besides good news judgement, the AP Stylebook and proper use of white space when laying out a news page, was how to advocate for non-racist news coverage as a journalist of color. Basically: How do you consistently point out bias without being labeled the angry black chick in the newsroom? You do it by having a righteous cause. (My words) That means not just advocating for your own group, while letting injustices against other folks go. For example: Pointing out how crime reporting demonizes black men, while ignoring its impact on Latino men and black women and poor people, etc. That made sense to me. I want to have a righteous cause. You aren't about justice if you aren't about justice for all. (Note: But, let's face it, any black woman with a spine is going to be called angry. See Obama, Michelle.)

So, yeah, the Republicans have unfairly attacked every Democratic candidate since 2000, most especially Barack Obama. And during the Democratic primary, I complained vehemently on this blog about some white feminists' blindness to their own privilege and unwillingness to be as vocal about sexism against Michelle Obama as they were about slights against Hillary Clinton. But I can't control what other folks do. I can only control how I roll. How can I spend months yelling at other women about their blindness and then willfully turn a blind eye to sexism when it doesn't suit me?

And anyway, the wrong person is taking the heat here.

The emperor has no clothes

When you are the traditional face of power, no one questions your ability to lead. Your competence is assumed (especially if you can throw POW on your resume). So, while we're all breathlessly dissecting the ridiculousness that is Sarah Palin, very few people are asking what this says about JOHN MCCAIN'S abilities. He is, after all, the one running for president.

Barack Obama may not be able to say that John McCain puts politics before country, but I can. Sarah Palin is a cynical, political choice. It is a gambit to grab the votes of women that McCain thinks are too stupid to pay attention to issues like equal pay and reproductive rights. (See, when white men vote for white men, they are assumed to be voting on the issues. When black people vote for black people, or women vote for women, we're only voting for people who look like us...or so it goes.)

What does it mean when you choose an anti-choice, book-burning fanatic with regressive views about women as a running mate? It means you either share that person's views or, at the very least, don't find them abhorrent. So, added bonus: tapping Sarah Palin allows the Republicans to bring back all those nasty, divisive wedge issues they have been using to distract Americans while raiding our wallets. To steal a line from Joe Biden: That's not change; that's more of the same.

McCain's PR flunkies call him "maverick." I say, "reckless" is more like it. As his first major decision as a presidential candidate, McCain--y'know the guy who has passed the commander-in-chief threshhold--chose to put an unvetted, inexperienced and incompetent rightwing fanatic in a position of power--a hair's breadth from the Oval Office. Hmmm...it's all very "heckuva job, Brownie." That's not change; that's more of the same.

See, Sarah Palin proves that the experienced, maverick emperor has no clothes. Turns out, the young, black guy with the funny name is the one with the better judgement. And THAT, my friends, is what we should be talking about.

P.S. Or, we could talk about the astonishing hypocrisy of the right wing--hypocrisy I don't care to emulate:

8 comments:

Lady C said...

Sarah Palin cut funding for special-needs children in the state of Alaska. The more that I hear about this woman, the more I know that she does not belong on anybody's ticket as the 2nd in command.

John McCain may literally be on his last leg. Sarah Palin is every right wing-nuts' fantasy. If she and McCain get into the WH, I'm afraid we are going to be in much worse trouble than we have been with Dubya and Cheney. May God have mercy on us all.

Eddie G. Griffin said...

Now we have a fully compiled case on Sarah Palin. She still has to be defeated.

Natasha said...

Tami,

I am not an Obama supporter, but no way, would I support Palin, no way...and while trying to get this info out on the PUMA people [who I thought were pro-Hilary, some of the blogs, I am starting to suspect a very clever and sinister ruse] but nethertheless,

some info From one who worked in the City Council of Wasilla for many, many years came out on a list I belong to, and the fear of retaliation by Palin is so strong, that many are afraid to speak up, according to this person,

but her [Palin] record in Wasilla not only does not look good, it is DOWN RIGHT FASCIST and I do mean FASCIST to the core. On the Politico article they covered some of the mismanagement of funds and censorship in Wasilla, but not in the detail that this report has...

I have sent this over to KOS, I didn't leave the name of the woman who sent her testimony in, because I cannot say whether these allegations are true or not, but they are WORTHY OF INVESTIGATION, and the public has the right to be informed.

Allegations of Palin attempting to force out a Librarian [Politico touched on it briefly] because the librarian of this small community refused to remove books that Palin demanded be removed, it too over 100 people to rally and fight to keep this librarian from being fired, THATS DICTATORSHIP, in the extreme,

NOT only did Palin raise taxes 38% in Wasilla, and left the little working class community in mega debt--which when she came to power there it is reported Wasilla had no debt,

but allegations are that she took monies and borrowed monies to build parking lots and a huge sports complex yet they still have no water-sewage treatment plant in which they desperately needed,

residents paid higher taxes yet big developers Palin catered too, the woman states that Palin is not a Maverick but an extreme fiscal conservative, of course sticking it to the working class and your average citizen.

I think whats important to realize, is that all politicians do this, but there's a big difference in big development in a city compared to a small town with an inadequate infrastructure and that says a lot...if one is willing to sacrifice a small community in which they grew up or near by, What will they do with a state or an entire country?

I am going to submit to you, the letter by this woman, I left out the personal info on Palin because I did not want to go there, there was obvious strong dislike for Palin, I also left out her name, though she did leave it with her email. But to avoid her being harassed I opted to leave it out.

She is afraid of retaliation for coming forward, that to me is very concerning considering the fact that Mayors are public servants, civil servants, NOT DICTATORS,

I am not an Obama supporter, therefore I have no 'agenda' in sharing this other than I feel women have the right, as all voters to be very informed on issues and how those in power manage those issues.

I have been censored on every single PUMA blog for trying to get this through, I thought, women cared about issues, not just cults of personality or gender, etc., I will say, I am very disappointed in those who profess Hilary one day, and turn and support Palin the next, totally ready to sacrifice all that Hilary stood for, but not only that,

they simply refuse to even LOOK at Palin's record, Political record, and that to me is a grave concern. I feel strongly, that Palin and the far right symbolism is very similar to the fascism in Mussolin's Supermother, Hitler and even Stalin's, the propaganda back then and how they were able to manipulate 'women' into supporting those state demands to birth many children, so forth, and to the demise of feminism in those countries, a lot of betrayals to women then,

it reminds me more of Mussolini's propaganda-new woman campaign than the other two but, the signs are all there.

I do not believe Palin is naive or innocent however or just a 'tool' and especially after reading much about her policies and ways of governing...and that is what I focus on,

there is too many examples of brute reckless force, even cutting off supporters, that goes way beyond ambition but most of all, the total reckless regard for the welfare of the citizens of which she was held responsible for, at least in governing. An abuse of power, no doubt.

I apologize for this being so long, but I've been browsing and you do cover the 'issues' and not the going back and forth she said he said and all that...

you don't need to post this entire thing...I will re-post the letter on another comment box to not bog the readers down, but thought I'd pass it on.

Natasha said...

Here it is Tami, the letter sent to the group I belong to, on Sarah Palin [political record only, I deleted all the personal info]

voters need to know...

ABOUT SARAH PALIN--her management of Wasilla, its long, but, if these allegations are true and This is what transpired leaving that Small community in mega debt, censorship, dictatorship, and this is by one who was on the City Council for 20 something years, its Serious, and should be thoroughly investigated. If its true, and reports are coming out that much of it is, imagine, an entire country, and lets not forget, McCain is up in years, she could very well be President, keep that in mind.

I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992.
Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a
first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her
father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first
name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City
Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the
residents of the city. Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000
(at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about
670,000 residents.


During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running
this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed
to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten
herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise
to a recall campaign.


Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6
years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over
33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City
increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002).
She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales
tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited
large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.


The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration
weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed
money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it
with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage
the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said
she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new
library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use
sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property
that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in
litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The
sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge
money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also
supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in
5-7 yrs without any borrowing.


While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office
redecorated more than once.


These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.


As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus
in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make
us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed
distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.


In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she
recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she
proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus,
borrow for needs.


She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas
or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her
or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis
of who proposed them.


While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected
City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from
the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied
to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at
out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her
termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian
are on her enemies list to this day.


Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for
Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin
fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as
Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people,
creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally
grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power
to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the
case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below).


As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated"
her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top
cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and
she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an
important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't
fire her sister's ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for
abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts
were made between her staff and family to the person that she later
fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to
replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded
for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her
support.


She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in
help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town
introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council
became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She
abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like
the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.


Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything
publicly about her.


When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got
the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one
of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no
background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job
which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high
salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured
hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission
(who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in
unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly
cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems
in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of
media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter
against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this
man's ethics violations (for which he was fined).


As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from
Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics
and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere"
after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.


As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget
guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing
projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative
action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply
because she was not aware of their importance--but with the unobservant
she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork".


She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party
leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated
them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a
fiscal conservative.


Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah.
They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and
predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories
circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point
guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a
highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran
for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.


As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package
of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to
the beat of her drum.


Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global
warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state
initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from
pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the
state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's
lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears
as threatened species.


McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a
heartbeat away from being President.

There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more
knowledgeable and experienced than she.

However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are
regretting it.



CLAIM VS FACT
."Hockey mom": true for a few years
."PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school,
not since ."NRA supporter": absolutely true .social conservative: mixed.
Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits
to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was
unconsitutional).
.pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to
promote it.
."Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT
declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life
legislation
."Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has
residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska.
No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on
supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city
administrator to run town of about 5,000.
.political maverick: not at all
.gutsy: absolutely!
.open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining
actions.
.has a developed philosophy of public policy: no ."a Greenie": no.
Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected
parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
.fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
.pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city
without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets
to early 20th century standards.
.pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on
residents .pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city
government in Wasilla's history.
.pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't
make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is
pro-labor/pro-union.

WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed
voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting
programs in the schools.

Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen
when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because
few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of.
I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool;
she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me
somehow in the future: that's life.

Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100
or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's
attempt at censorship.

Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to
say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

CAVEATS
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in
spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor)
from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of
Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust
for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for
a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So
I can't verify my numbers.

You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the
population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The
day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the
current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was
5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to
2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.

Tami said...

Natasha,

Thanks, Natasha.

The stuff you're talking about seems consistent with Alaskan news stories about Palin and other info that has emerged since she was announced as the Veep choice. Sometimes I wish we could turn off the talking heads and people could just get the facts about candidates without the skewed analysis. But to your point, there are people on both sides who don't wish to hear facts.

Mocha said...

Gosh, this is the most fact-driven post I've read on the subject and this coming from me on a Sunday when I said I would STOP. READING. IT.

Excellent points, well written, lots of great facts. She really needs to be exposed, of course, but I hope people listen to those facts and make a decision knowing them.

nakedanarchists said...

Of recent, I have become a huge fan of mudflats.wordpress.com
This long-time Alaskan politics blogger has all the dirt--well-vetted! He writes well, sources well, and is irreverently funny. And better-versed than we ever thought we'd want to be on Palin.

Paul Kruger said...

Have women considered the possible negative impact on their futures in Politics if Palin becomes the VP?

She is being exposed as being very much like Bush in at least one very disturbing regard...firing anyone who is not willing to be her "Yes Ma'am".

This is very dangerous if she should become president due to the demise of McCain because she knows virtually nothing about running this country.

If she screws up, and she would, voters will not trust a woman again for many years. This is not a negative sentiment about women in politics...I voted for Hillary in Florida. ( I will support Obama now )

The plain truth is people will place all women in the same league with Sarah if she is elected along with McCain. And a "Sarah" stamp could spell disaster for future women in Politics.

America needs a woman president eventually...but it can never be someone as ill-suited and dangerous as Sarah Palin.

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