Thursday, September 4, 2008

John McCain's VP Selection

Can we please speak like adults, John McCain's decision to pick Gov. Sarah Palin was a desperate attempt by Republicans to appease the Hillary Clinton supporters. But in reality, the only thing McCain and the Republicans managed to accomplish was to insult the Hillary Clinton supporters intelligence, and pretty much every woman in America.

Listening to Sarah Palin’s speech Wednesday night, while delivered eloquently, it became obvious to me the woman was just intent on spewing out a bunch of lies about Barack Obama; and about herself. Before I get to the spewing of lies, I got a few questions for the Republicans. I agree with Obama when he said, children should be off limits; evidently the Republicans disagree unless it’s one of their own. The right wing Republican pundits are defining the few media outlets who ventured into mentioning Bristol Palin’s pregnancy as demons straight from hell. They go on to say, this is a personal matter between her and her family, and the media shouldn’t be asking questions about it. My question is this, why is it that Bristol Palin’s teen pregnancy is off limits, and Jamie Lynn Spears, the younger sister of Britney Spears is fair game for all to scrutinize? I recently heard a Republican pundit on Fox News ask the question, why should Gov. Sarah Palin be held responsible for something her seventeen year old daughter did. So I guess this person is saying, if my teen child is responsible for destroying his property, I shouldn't be held responsible for it. My question to this person, why should Barack Obama be held responsible for something his sixty plus year old Pastor said? I cringe to even think about what the response will be.

Back to the lies we heard in Gov. Sarah Palin's speech, here are just a few. Gov. Palin said, “I have protected taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending, and ended abuses of earmark spending. I told Congress no thanks for the Bridge to Nowhere.” This is the bridge Gov. Palin was for until she was against it. But after being against the bridge before she was for it, Gov. Palin accepted the money for the bridge that she was for before she was against it. Wow!!! What a tongue twister.

According to Jim Kuhnhenn a writer for the Associated Press, during Gov. Palin’s rein as Mayor of Wasilla, she hired lobbyists and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. Gov. Palin’s two years as Governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. Doesn’t sound like taxpayer protection to me.

Here is the most colossal lie of all, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said, “Sarah Palin got more votes running for Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for President of the United States. According to the Associated Press, Sarah Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 Mayor’s election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race; for a total of 1,525 votes. After dropping out of the 2008 primaries, Joe Biden ended up with 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia. I’m not a math major, but even trying to compare 1,525 votes to 76,165 votes is more than a lie.

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