Governer Palin to Congress: More earmarks, please!

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    Sarah Palin: More Earmark Hypocrisy | Mother Jones

    On the campaign trail last year, Alaska's Republican governor, Sarah Palin, sold herself as a crusading reformer who despised earmarks--those federal spending projects that Capitol Hill legislators of both parties slip into appropriations bills. Though her claim to have turned down an earmark for the now-infamous Bridge to Nowhere was debunked by assorted media outlets, she kept on insisting that if she were elected vice president, she would lead a charge in Washington against earmarks.

    That was then. The omnibus spending bill that President Barack Obama signed on Wednesday includes earmarks that Palin sought.

    The $410 billion bill has been lambasted by Republicans and a few Democrats for being loaded with nearly 9,000 earmarks covering $7.7 billion in projects. Senator John McCain, Palin's former ticket-mate, has blasted Obama for supporting the earmark-laden legislation. ("So much for the promise of change," an angry McCain howled from the Senate floor.) But earmarks in the bill are quite generous to Palin's state. According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based watchdog group, Alaska will receive more money, per capita, from the bill's earmarks than any other state. (Alaska will pocket $209.71 for each state resident.) One hundred earmarks in the bill, worth a total of $143.9 million, are tagged for Palin's state.

    Asked by Mother Jones about the Alaska earmarks, Bill McAllister, Palin's communications director, pointed to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) as responsible for these provisions. But in an email, he noted that a "few of [the Alaska earmarks] were requested directly" by Palin. But how many? And which ones? McAllister declined to say. Mother Jones also asked McAllister if Palin believes it was appropriate for Murkowski and Young to insert these earmarks into the legislation and whether she will reject any earmarked funds. He did not answer those queries either.
     
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    Old news, we already knew Palin was two faced.
     
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    Obama to Palin -> "Where is, uhh, the dotted line, uhh to sign."

    *After he signed the earmark*

    Obama to public -> "And that's change. I hope..."
     
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    Oblahblah said earmarks are ok, thanks for playing.......
     
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    This has nothing to do with Obama. Try reading the article.
     
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    Kind of like a lot of articles say nothing about Bush, but the standard liberal response is, " it's Bush's fault" .....

    The article is about earmarks, Palin flip flopped on the issue, just like Obama, shocker .....
     
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    sigh

    idiot. pay attention. i'm not blaming anything on bush except what is bush's fault.
     
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    Okie dokie chief, how do you know if the earmarks that Palin wanted were those good earmarks that Obama spoke so affectionately about ?
     
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    I did. Nowhere does it say Palin is asking for more earmarks as your thread title misleads, and you can't even identify how many and/or which ones she did, if any.
     
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    Among the spending projects Palin helped obtain through the earmark process: $500,000 for a youth shelter, $1.9 million for a transportation hub, $900,000 for sewer repairs and $15 million for a rail project, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan watchdog group, Taxpayers for Common Sense.

    These seem a bit more reasonable than some of the ridiculous earmarks that were passed.
     

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