Sarah Palin: The Real Dope (pun intended)

Now that McCain has selected Palin as his running mate it’s important to get out the real dope on her before she becomes one heart beat away from the Oval Office.

First of all take a look at her impressive resume from when she was a candidate for Governor of Alaska.*(see note)  What should come to your attention is that she has never held a real job (outside of government).  She has always been taken care of by her parents or her husband.  She did some volunteer work and was elected mayor of a second class Alaska city.  Not much more than a bedroom community of Anchorage.  Even in that little fiefdom of hers, there were grumbling about her abuse of the office and misusing public resources for her personal gain.

So why would Alaskans elect such an obviously inexperienced, uneducated and ill-prepared candidate to be Governor you ask?  It was a perfect storm of sorts that swept her into office, she didn’t even get the support of the majority of Alaskans.

In 2006 the corruption scandal was just getting public.  It seemed like everyone (particularly Republicans) were either under investigation or under suspicion.  The incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski had the lowest approval rating of any politician in the state.  It would have been a major upset if he won the Republican primary.  The ongoing battle with Exxon over the financial settlement for the devastating oil spill in 1989 along with a lack of progress of development of Alaska’s Natural Gas resources left Alaska looking for a fresh face untainted by the Oil Companies.  The previous administration had negotiated a deal with the natural gas lease holders “behind closed doors”.  A deal that many felt gave too much to the lease holders without requiring commitments from them to build the gas line.  Those suspicions were confirmed with the conviction of Murkowski Chief of Staff Jim Clark.   So Palin ran on the platform of “open and transparent” government and ethics.  Even though throughout the campaign Palin showed a total lack of understanding of the issues, the media basically gave her a free ride.  The more other candidates challenged her, the more sympathy she received from the voters.  Anyone that was against Palin was characterized as being either in the pocket of “Big Oil” or accused of being a misogynist.  Her “shucks, golly gee whiz” persona led to the highest approval rating of any Governor in the country.  Alaskans were enamored with the small town girl who made the big time.

However there are cracks in the facade Palin presented to Alaskan voters .  She is currently under investigation by the legislature for abuse of power involving the firing of her appointed Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.   She’s backing away from her pledge of open and transparent government by saying that the public isn’t entitled to see emails concerning public business.   She’s facing an ethics complaint from a former State employee.  She has shown poor judgment by selecting a new Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety that had been reprimanded for sexual harassment in his previous position.  He was forced to resign after two weeks in the position, but received $10,000.00 in severance pay.  She is also well known for her favoritism and cronyism.  During her campaign for Governor, Palin said to Alaskans “hold me accountable“, and yet no matter what happens in her administration she is never responsible, it’s always someone or something to blame, but never her.

Let me also dispel the myth that Palin is a fiscal conservative.  Under her administration the operating budget has grown 23%.  She gained some national press by cutting capital projects that would have put Alaskans to work on much needed community improvement.  Looking at the cuts however shows she favored her home district or used the budget to punish or reward certain districts or legislators.  While she is cutting community projects, she’s giving 500 million dollars to a Canadian firm to start a gas line to Canada but with no requirement to actually build the gas line.  A gas line that will benefit and produce more jobs and industry to Canada than to Alaskans and the remainder of the US.  Then to buy off Alaskans she appropriates an additional $1200 dollars to every Alaskan man, woman and child in addition the annual Permanent Fund Dividend.

She is however, a social conservative, which is most likely why McCain chose her.  She will appeal to the radical far right Christian fundamentalists that believe the government should have the ability to coerce individuals to treat their bodies according to their closed minded dogma.

The national media should do a much better job of exposing Palin as nothing more than a small town hockey Mom that is in way over her head.  The American people should do a better job getting past the phony “golly gee” facade Palin presents.  She’s an empty vessel that will shatter when pressed for the hard answers if the media and voters do their jobs.

*Note: The Palin for Governor site that was hosted at http://www.palinforgovernor.com/ was taken down as I was writing this post.  This is typical of Palin, the Murkowski documents regarding his gas line proposal was taken down when people started comparing her AGIA with the Murkowski proposal.  This is more of what is apparently meant by her empty promise of “open and transparent” Government.
Update: Here is a 12/23/2006 archive of http://www.palinforgovernor.com/aboutSarah.html

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  • N.W.

    When Palin was Mayor of Wasilla, her “Christian” friends didn’t have to pay fees that would normally be charged. It’s too bad that fear and intimidation keeps them quiet.

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  • Gnoodles

    And let’s try this one more time… Here’s the link to the http://www.palinforgovernor.com site via the Internet Wayback Machine: http://tinyurl.com/6ay5sc

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  • chuck

    To bad Google has a wayback machine that archives websites and there’s nothing you can do to erase it.

    http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

    ENJOY!!

  • aufman

    Palin will be the trump card that will cost Obama the election and hand it to McCain on a silver platter. Palin is GOD’s CHOSEN ONE because GOD HERSELF see to it that a woman will become VP and later President long before an African American becomes president. Palin will fulfill GOD’s word and will because GOD herself said so.

    McCain will croak and Palin will inevitably be THE 1st woman president. Even Hillary will not be able to win against Palin in 2012. GOD will see to it that it happens.

  • http://allalaskans.com/members/admin/ admin

    aufman, since you seem to have a direct connection to god herself, could you ask her why she hates New Orleans so much? I really love that city.

  • mrjenkins

    There should be a way to publish the e-mail or IP address of the author of the post immediately above, who goes by the name of “aufman”. Ignorant rhetoric from such a tragically uneducated psychopath is not only threatening America, but the human race as a whole. I would be glad to pay money to locate you and teach you a real lesson.

    -Lester Jenkins

  • http://online-business-woman.com Roxanne

    Wow, aufman’s response above is living proof of WHY this country CANNOT vote this woman into office! Go Obama. I was going to vote McCain before this idiotic choice, but now there’s NOTHING that will stop me from voting Obama, even if my vote means nothing in my state.

  • http://www.danido.com Dani

    a) I really hope that Aufman has some sort of mental illness to explain that distorted point of view. All of that except ‘God herself’ was whacked. But I like the ‘herself’ bit. Nice touch.

    b) I’ll be posting a link to this in the Knitters for Obama group I belong to. Just warning you, you’ll be getting some blog hits.

    Love you.

  • hpny knits

    thank you for this brilliant analysis.

    but a right wing, corrupt, empty vassal is just what the Republican machine needed. just like GW Bush.

  • David Gerard

    She’s actually a reincarnation of Dan Quayle.

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  • Sid

    Says a lot about the American education system, if some ‘dope’ can get into a place of high power,what a nasty piece of writing, just goes to show how scared some are about a woman becoming a VP.

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  • http://allalaskans.com/members/emperor/ emperor

    Sid – Please elaborate on what you find ‘nasty’. This is politics. This is a candidate to be one heart beat away from being the leader of the free world. The fact she is a woman has nothing to do with my opinion of her, or her total lack of education, experience, or the leadership qualities required for the job at hand.

  • oldermaybewiser

    Anyone consider that aufman’s comments may be satiric in nature?

  • oldermaybewiser

    If I owned stock in a business whose chief executive proposed to bring in anyone with S. Palin’s experience and credentials as his #2, I would sell! Oh wait! I’ve been selling dollars and buying hard assets for the last 5 years because the current CEO has so damaged the economic soundness of the company

  • dmac

    ABOUT SARAH PALIN

    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.

    She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the
    most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think
    she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit
    smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe”.

    It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can
    keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a
    secret from her children and parents for seven months.

    She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s
    syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here;
    Trig is her baby.

    She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked
    out at the gym.

    She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just
    “puts things out there” and if they prove to be
    popular, then she takes credit.

    Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP
    and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind
    of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule
    and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can
    fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in
    summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing
    their major source of income. Nor has her life-style
    ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.

    Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

    She’s smart.

    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
    initiative 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 unconstitutional) .

    *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. If you
    google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find
    references to my participation in local government,
    education, and PTA/parent organizations.

    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.

  • woodsprite53058

    Thank you, Anne Kilkenny. I, too, try to be informed but am so at the mercy of the press. This may have been a one sided personal thought about Palin but it is very appreciated. I too was a definite McCain voter until I started to see too many in consistencies in Palin. I dont want her as our next VP and absolutely not as our Pres. Thank you.

  • Jesus

    Sorry about the last comment. Here is the link to the about Sarah Page.
    http://tinyurl.com/6jnv8q

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  • mcwald20

    palin is a real dope and will show this every day.
    talk away lady.

  • mcwald20

    palin is a real dope and will show this every day.
    talk away lady.