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Sarah Palin: Let's Define Reform, Shall We?

Category: Sarah Palin
Posted: 09/03/08 06:49, Edited: 09/03/08 06:49

by Dave Mindeman

It is a convoluted message.

The reformer, Sarah Palin, is already a caricature of herself. I'm not talking about pregnancies or family values or investigations or DWI's or abuses of power.

I am talking about policy.

Tonight, the Republican Party will introduce Sarah Palin to the country and they will give us a manufactured image. Bits of the truth distorted to fit a campaign message. The record will be different.

Reformer. This is a governor who has been in office for less than 2 years. The only "establishment" she has taken on is her own, very corrupt, Republican party. To get to where she is today, she had to bring down a sitting Republican governor, Frank Murkowski, in the GOP primary. Murkowski was a US Senator who was elected Governor -- he appointed his daughter Lisa Murkowski to take over his Senate seat. A move so reeking with nepotism that the voters took the power of appointment away from the governor's office. Murkowski's administration was so disliked that he came in third in the GOP primary when he ran for re-election. That was how Sarah Palin came to be the GOP nominee.

She became a reformer because she has become the last GOP person standing in a state party that was led by the likes of Murkowski and Sen. Ted Stevens.

Taking on the Oil Companies. It is ironic that the party that has supported the oil companies for years would promote Palin on this issue. She pushed for taxes on oil company profits which will rake in nearly $10 billion for state coffers next year and lead to a $1200 rebate check for every Alaskan citizen. This is the same party that refuses to discuss any kind of tax on windfall profits at the national level -- saying that taxing corporations is a job killer. Yet, Gov. Palin's resume is padded with this hypocrisy.

Battling Earmarks. The facts about Sarah Palin and the "bridge to nowhere" have pretty much shifted to urban legend. The community that was supposed to be the recipient of this infamous bridge put it this way:

In the city Ketchikan, the planned site of the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere," political leaders of both parties said the claim was false and a betrayal of their community, because she had supported the bridge and the earmark for it secured by Alaska's Congressional delegation during her run for governor.

When the bridge became a political liability, she withdrew her support....realizing the bridge was going to be dropped by Congressional action anyway.

Brave stance.

And her "reform" personna gets nicked by her tenure as mayor of Wasilla, where she procured $27 million in funding (by way of a hired lobbyist) for a town of just over 8,000 people. I am not sure what kind of label they will use as a description, but mine would be heavy on the pork.

The real Sarah Palin is already lost in the fictional one. She falls way short of being a reformer -- a more descriptive term would be a pragmatic fiscal moderate and hard core social conservative.

Alaska, the home of Vesco corrupted politicians, brings us another politician. This one has yet another facade manufactured to meet the expectations of a campaign message.

The reality is that Sarah Palin needed only one vote to get to this position -- the vote of that "old, white haired dude". The rest of it becomes a set of talking points.

There's no reform here. It's just more opportunism.

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