The Truth About Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin's credentials as a "reformer" are nothing but spin. She has sided with Big Oil, lobbied to increase pork spending and abused her public power to carry out personal vendettas. Here's a guide to separating myth from fact.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/23140513/the_truth_about_sara...


THE MYTH: "She took the luxury jet that was acquired by her predecessor and sold it on eBay. And made a profit!" — John McCain, at a campaign stop in Wisconsin

THE FACTS: No one bought the jet online. It was eventually sold through an aircraft broker — at a loss to taxpayers of nearly $600,000.


THE MYTH: "I told the Congress 'Thanks, but no thanks' on that Bridge to Nowhere." — Sarah Palin, convention speech

THE FACTS: Supported the infamous pork project in her 2006 run for governor, even after Congress had killed the bridge; derided its opponents as "spinmeisters." Reversed her stance a year later — but kept the money, doling out the $223 million in federal funds to other pork projects throughout the state.


THE MYTH: "We ... championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress." — Sarah Palin, convention speech

THE FACTS: As mayor, employed a lobbyist who also worked for Jack Abramoff to secure $27 million in pork spending for Wasilla — more than $4,000 per resident. In her two years as governor, requested $453 million in earmarks. Alaska ranks first in the nation for pork, raking in seven times the national average.


THE MYTH: "I found ... someone who stopped government from wasting taxpayers' money." — John McCain, introducing Palin

THE FACTS: Signature accomplishment as mayor: building a $15 million hockey arena that plunged the city into debt. Broke ground on the project without finalizing the city's purchase of the land; the resulting fiasco cost Wasilla $1.3 million — roughly $200 per resident.


THE MYTH: "Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems — as if we didn't know that already." — Sarah Palin, convention speech

THE FACTS: "I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can't drill our way out of our problem." — Sarah Palin, July 2008


THE MYTH: "We began a nearly $40 billion natural-gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence." — Sarah Palin, convention speech

THE FACTS: With federal approval years away, not a single section of the pipeline has been laid. State could end up paying the pipeline's contractor $500 million — even if it never breaks ground on the project.


THE MYTH: "She's from a small town with small-town values." — Fred Thompson, convention speech

THE FACTS: Wasilla and the surrounding valley recently named the meth capital of Alaska, with 42 meth labs busted in a single year.


THE MYTH: Palin has "taken on the political establishment in the largest state of the union." — Fred Thompson, convention speech

THE FACTS: Served until 2005 as director of fundraising group associated with indicted senator Ted Stevens.


THE MYTH: "She's fought oil companies." — John McCain, introducing Palin

THE FACTS: Collected $13,000 in campaign contributions from oil and gas lobbyists, including Exxon, BP, Shell and Chevron. BP was a sponsor of her inaugural ball.


THE MYTH: "She's been to Kuwait. She's been over there. She has been with her troops. The National Guard that she commands, who have been over there and had the experience." — John McCain, highlighting Palin's national-security credentials

THE FACTS: Never had a passport before 2007, when she made a brief photo-op trip to visit troops in Germany and Kuwait. Has never been to Iraq, and has not met a single foreign head of state.


THE MYTH: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending." — Sarah Palin, convention speech

THE FACTS: As governor, sought travel reimbursement for 312 nights she spent in her own home.

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Your just wrong. Sarah is a Real Person. And NOBAMA is not going to win. So get over it.

wow

I can't believe a politician is trying to say something they are not. Obama is also not the change agent he claims himself to be.

Rolling Stone, now THERE is an unbiased source. Jan Wenner is an uber-liberal.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Wow the simple fact that you got it from rolling stone makes this completely irrelevant.

Simply pathetic.

Well we are big rock singers, we've got golden fingers
And we're loved everywhere we go
We sing about beauty and we sing about truth
At ten thousand dollars a show
We take all kind of pills to give us all kind of thrills
But the thrill we've never known
Is the thrill that'll get you when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

/ A - / - E / - - / E7 A / - - / - D / E - / A - /

Rolling Stone
    Wanna see my picture on the cover
Rolling Stone
    Wanna buy five copies for my mother Rolling Stone
    Wanna see my smilin' face
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

/ E - / A - / E - / D A /

I've got a freaky old lady name o' Cocaine Katy
Who embroiders on my jeans
I've got my poor old gray-haired Daddy
Drivin' my limousine
Now it's all designed to blow our minds
But our minds won't really be blown
Like the blow that'll get you when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

{Refrain}

We got a lot of little teenage blue-eyed groupies
Who do anything we say
We got a genuine Indian guru
He's teachin' us a better way
We got all the friends that money can buy
So we never have to be alone
And we keep gettin' richer but we can't get our picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

 

He got his picture on the cover but is he ready to lead?

- Just the KAT, thinking out loud again.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

he's my brother, said Sarah Palin's youngest daughter about her brother as she carried him, after their mother gave the baby to the seven year old. Poor baby.....

Are you saying that it is not the part of an older sibling to hold their baby brother or sister. I come from a family with 6 siblings and my parents always encourage us to hold and bond with our baby brother or sister. I contribute their parenting skills with keeping our family close even into adulthood.
Wow...were they wrong?

- Just the KAT, thinking out loud again.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

if you check the facts, lentileater's post is true! sorry to burst you right winger's bubbles!

And where did you find the supporting info?

I only read a few of these, but I'm sure that if I had the time to waste, I could take a snippet here and there (from Obama) and dig until I found something to contradict it. 'Context' is an operative word here. Take a few words or part of a statement from here and combine it with a few words from there and BINGO!

Now, had I have read that these 'facts' were quoted in the National Enquirer, I might tend to believe them! ;-)

And why is anyone dwelling on who held whom? Is it in anyway indicative of how Palin will handle the VP slot if one of her other kids holds the baby? For that matter, (as Kat pointed out), is it indicative of how she is as a mother?

We should be dwelling on her eye glasses....how she decorates her home....what caliber of gun she uses to hunt with.....what brand of soccer balls she buys for her kids....

JEEEZ!

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Further cases of PDS. (Palin Derangement Syndrome)

Very similar to, but not to be confused with, BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome).

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

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