Sarah Palin: quite the 'maverick'

Sarah Palin's really turning out to be quite the political 'maverick' she's portrayed to be:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR200809...

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I found this portion of the article particularly enlightening...."Gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said Monday that Palin's expenses are not unusual and that, under state policy, the first family could have claimed per diem expenses for each child taken on official business but has not done so. "

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

at least compared to previous Republican governor Frank Murkowski, I guess you could say Palin is a 'maverick.' Still:

"In the past, per diem claims by Alaska state officials have carried political risks. In 1988, the head of the state Commerce Department was pilloried for collecting a per diem charge of $50 while staying in his Anchorage home, according to local news accounts. The commissioner, the late Tony Smith, resigned amid a series of controversies.

"It was quite the little scandal," said Tony Knowles, the Democratic governor from 1994 to 2000. "I gave a direction to all my commissioners if they were ever in their house, whether it was Juneau or elsewhere, they were not to get a per diem because, clearly, it is and it looks like a scam -- you pay yourself to live at home," he said."

"That's not change we can believe in. "

(picture creepy McCain smile & green screen)

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It terrifieds me to think Palin could be a heartbeat away from being president - in charge of the nuclear codes. And it has nothing to do with the fact that she's a woman. McCain could have picked a much more qualified woman than Palin - at least half dozen possiblities, and yet he chose the least qualified, because he assumed women are so gullible they'd vote for him just because Palin is a woman, a mom, she's religious, against abortion, and Alaska's "pretty". Oh, and men like her because she's "hot". I'm embarrassed that so many Americans think those are good reasons to choose a leader.

Her religion & kids are non-issues, or should be non-issues. My only concern about her as far as having kids, is wondering how any mother can go to work 3 days after giving birth, and who's taking care of that baby while she's on the campaign trail? Not like her child is 5 years old - it's a newborn, that should be bonding with his mother. Just my opinion - because as a mom, I can't even imagine wanting to leave my newborn so fast, for so long, unless it was financially crucial.

How did she 'straighten out Alaska's budget"? - hm. Could it be the over 200 million dollars of federal money she got to keep from the bridge to nowhere that never got finished? (paid for by us taxpayers to the tune of about 4 grand per citizen).

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