Palin Hype, Don't be Fooled...

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Palin Hype, Don't be Fooled...

Post by hawkiye on Tue 16 Sep 2008, 6:22 pm

Here is something I sent to my sister who has been swayed by the Palin hype

While she may be the best in the race at this point she is not all she is cracked up to be. That fact that she is running with and supporting John McCain is also very telling of which there is an interesting perspective here (it's not all negative but kind of sums up my feelings):

The Bottom line is she is the VP so will have little influence in executive decisions that do not go along with the status quo. But most of all the election of either McCain or Obama will continue to advance the destructive policies that have trashed our economy, stolen our liberties, and waged perpetual war around the globe under false pretenses. There is no significant difference between the two tickets. And unfortunately it looks like it is going to take some crisis to wake up enough people to this fact if at all. And we are on the verge of a major crisis. The U.S. Comptroller General ( head accountant of the USA) is sounding the alarm but few are listening, watch this video of him and wake up if you haven't already:

Voting for the McCain/Palin ticket because you like Palin (and she is likable) is still voting for the evil of the two lessors which is what has gotten us to where we are today; at the edge of the cliff. She will change nothing.

Palin's record shows she supported bridge project

FAIRBORN Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate got huge applause here Friday when she said she'd fought abuse of federal budget earmarks and "told Congress 'thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere.'"

But a look at the record shows that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's version isn't exactly how things happened.

"It's just incorrect," said Tony Knowles, the Democratic governor of Alaska from 1994-2002, whom Palin defeated in 2006.

Palin supported the bridge project while campaigning for governor in 2006. But she canceled it last September, saying Alaska didn't have the money to pay for it. The federal funding was instead used for other Alaska roadway projects, said Roger Wetherell, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

"She knew and she knows today that the state got every single cent," said Bob Weinstein, a Democrat and mayor of Ketchikan, the island town that would have benefited from the bridge.

Palin also supported federal earmarks as mayor of Wasilla between 1996-2002, hiring a lobbying firm to get nearly $27 million in earmarked federal funds, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a non-partisan budget watchdog group.

McCain spokesman Paul Lindsey said Palin was "forced to work within the system to obtain funding for her growing city." Wasilla has grown from 5,469 people in 2000 to 9,780 in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Palin, he said, has a record of fighting wasteful spending and ordering state officials to cut back on federal earmarks.

In her Nutter Center speech on Friday, Palin mischaracterized the bridge project as an earmark. By the time she canceled the project, Congress had stripped the 2005 federal highway bill of a requirement that $223 million of Alaska's allocation be used for the bridge between the town of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island and Gravina Island.

Fiscal conservatives, including McCain, derided the original earmark obtained by U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, as an example of wasteful government spending.

Weinstein said Palin knows the bridge is not "to nowhere" and she told island residents when she was campaigning for governor that the moniker was "a derogatory term."

The state is studying alternative access options and is using a separate federal earmark to build the $25 million Gravina Highway, which leads to the shoreline where the bridge would have been built. Knowles dubs it "the road to nowhere."

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