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A thought on Sarah Palin…

Posted in Politics in the US on 1 November 2008 by Maggie

…and then you will not hear me talk about her again.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have no U.S. party affiliation.  I have watched, read, and commented strictly on what I see and hear.  I research those things I find intriguing, and the run-up to Sarah Palin’s speech last night was no exception.

I heard the speech.

My first thought was, “What a snarky, classless bitch.”

I watched it on You Tube two more times. I read the transcript.  I still say, “What a snarky, classless bitch.” 

And, of course, I have other thoughts on the matter.  I have loads of them from the speech itself, but a few have been bothering me since she was announced as McCain’s pick last Saturday. 

I don’t care that her daughter is unmarried and pregnant – or that this daughter is going to get married and keep the baby.  I don’t care that Mrs. Palin has five kids who need her at the end of a regular workday and she’s just accepted the prospect of a 12-15+ hour work day, instead. I am not the least bit “taken in” by her having a child with Downs Syndrome.  I don’t care that she is a walking contradiction. Many people are walking contradictions – religious, political and moral preferences notwithstanding.

Except…

What this means to me is that she is not in any way deeply and personally committed to anything of substance in regard to the operation of the United States government and foreign policy – or to U.S. citizens, in general.  I want people running the country in which I live who are deeply and personally committed to those things I believe are important.  She doesn’t even come close.

She said the following:

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. 

She should know. She’s one of them.

It started when she became mayor, and she encouraged the Town of Wasilla to hire a lobbyist so that the town could get its own earmarks approved, thereby bringing in sorely needed funds.  Wasilla’s budget is $14 million.  Thanks to earmarks, it has $26 million.

She claims she took the state of Alaska and fiscally turned it around, not only clearing their deficit, but giving them surplus…

…on the back of the Bridge to Nowhere bill.  She promoted the bill heavily while she was campaigning for the governorship and then did a complete 180 when she became governor and said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” while eagerly awaiting the $230 million in earmarks the state would receive out of its passage.

But Mrs. Palin claims to support McCain’s position and says, “We don’t do earmarks.” 

Sure she does.  It’s just that right now it is not politically in her best interests to promote that concept.  That’s quite a trick, talking out of both sides of her mouth like that.

Mrs. Palin also knows how to use her position to take care of her family.  She almost had time to arrange for her sister’s ex-husband to get fired from his job before she accepted the invitation to run for Vice President.  I can almost hear the conversation with her sister:  “Look, I can do more for you from Washington.  Hang in there.”

She said:  To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.  I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

Sure.  This is why the funding for special needs children in the Alaska school system for FY 2007, 2008 and the upcoming 2009 school terms was changed and remain underfunded.  This is a matter of public record. 

Yes, the military youth academy operated by Alaska’s National Guard was under “special schools” in 2007, but even after splitting this off, the special needs area is hampered by drastic budget limitations.  Special needs instructors are begging for funding.  Yet the military academy operated under the National Guard will receive double the budget increase at a little over $600,000 going into FY2009 that special needs schools will be receiving at $340,000.  In fact the budget for the military school for 2009 is telling at $6,082,100 compared to the budget for special schools set at $3,156,000.  Even Mt. Edgecomb Boarding School has a bigger budget, well over $7 million.

So much for being an “advocate”.  Maybe she’s planning on more of those earmarks she doesn’t “do”.

She said:  I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities.

Community organisers don’t have actual responsibilities?  I’ll remember she said that.  Apparently that means community organisers don’t take the work that they do as seriously as she takes hers with her “actual” responsibilities.  The next time I am asked to fulfill “actual” responsibilities for the next major organisation who asks for my assistance, I’ll be sure to make it clear that I can’t do that.  Sarah Palin said community organisers don’t have “actual” responsibilities.

Whether or not I hold any belief in any of the things she supports or pretends to support doesn’t matter.

I will say this, though:

I grew up in a little town of 6,000, where my family had a long history as city fathers and where city leadership came to them for insight and advice for decades.  I spent 10 years as the wife of a man who was the mayor of a little town, population almost 500, and to this day, 17 years later, he is still on the city council.  I live now in a small town of 250, and I know which families really run that area.  You can’t tell me I don’t know what you’re up to, Mrs. Palin.  I most certainly do.

I’m voting Republican

Posted in Politics in the US with tags , , , on 15 June 2008 by Maggie

…and if you truly believe that, there’s property in the Sudan with your name on it….

 

If you don’t register to vote, this will happen, people.  Many thanks to the very brilliant Charlie Steak.