03 February 2009

Sarah Palin: Welfare Queen

For a political party seeking to re-brand itself as one of fiscal responsibility, Sarah Palin is fast becoming a serious embarrassment. She must have taken a page from the Nadya Suleman playbook (the crazy woman who juiced herself up with fertility drugs to crank 8 little tax burdens in California), because she traveled to DC this weekend to grovel at the feet of The Obama to get in on the stimulus pie. Jazz Shaw at The Moderate Voice weighs in:

As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin quickly mastered the art of working the spigot on federal funds, allowing cash to flow into her town. As Governor she wasted no time in setting records, making Alaska the highest per capita feeder at the federal pork trough. She seemed to undergo an amazing reformation during her vice presidential bid into some sort of mavickery pork buster, but now that she is - at least temporarily - out of the national races, it’s probably not surprising that she’s back in town with her hand out.
There's also a strange backstory to the governor everyone loves to criticize, as Ken Layne already notes. She blew off the Republican leadership for something called the Alfalfa Dinner that was hosted by Obama. It's some Southern society wingding to honor Robert E. Lee, who led a bunch of rabblerousers 150+ years ago but was squashed by the glorious Army of the republic. Why the President would continue this odd tradition is beyond me, but the irony was not lost on him:
"Many you are aware that this dinner began almost one hundred years ago as a way to celebrate the birthday of General Robert E. Lee. If he were here with us tonight, the general would be 202 years old. And very confused,” Obama said.
Alaska is already the porkiest state in the union, so the pride Palin takes in being the head of a "fiercely independent state" makes for easy scrutiny. Other governors are jumping on the bandwagon to fleece the federal taxpayers for more loot, and you can expect others to follow suit. Politicians tend to stay in power by providing freebies to their constituents so that voters come to depend on government largesse and become afraid to vote the bums out of office. You'd think there would be more hesitancy in a time of massive budget deficits to slow down this sort of corrupt behavior, but it appears to be ramping up.

7 comments:

Ms. Kiyum said...

For the sake of political correctness, I'm sure they don't mention General Lee at the party, lest someone get offended.

J. said...

Traitor! Sarah Palin is teh Best! 55 percent of Repubs think she is the future of the Party! You need to take another look at your Faux News talking points, sir!

I fully support her candidacy as Repub pres for 2012. I pray every night that she and Joe the Plumber are picked as the next candidates...

olgreydog7 said...

Hang on now, that's per capita spending. Which, is pretty standard to use, but let's take a look at the population density of Alaska. Alaska, who has a bigger land mass than Texas (#2 most populace) ranks in at #47 among states in population. Hell, according to wikipedia, they have about 100,000 more people than DC. In a state that damn big with that few people, the numbers get really scewed. Plus, the weather up there makes things cost twice as much. Statistics can be made to show damn near whatever you want. You should know this.

Anonymous said...

It is like every politician has their hand out, bec. we keep talking billions for this and billions for that. You might as well get your billions.

I still say -- where the holy potato is this money coming from?

Kath

Nixon said...

Kath,

China and rich sheikh investors in the Gulf I think.

J,

Whatever. We all know you are the guy pictured on the left here, haha.

Shea said...

Alaska is a great place. The most free state in the union. People should leave Sarah alone. She was just taking advantage of an opportunity to better herself, while being used by the McCain campaign for their benefit. They thought all the hillary voters would just jump on board and vote for McCain because she was a smart, pretty, woman, who was a good govenor of her state.

Shea said...

and let me add, it's cold in Alaska 6 months out of the year.