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  • http://www.crosscut.com/politics-government/17341 [crosscut.com]

    Despite talking about cutting taxes, fiscal responsibility, small government and fighting corruption, her career has been exactly the opposite of that.

    • Despite talking about cutting taxes, fiscal responsibility, small government and fighting corruption, her career has been exactly the opposite of that.

      Incorrect on all counts.

      • There is a content free assertion. Which of the following statements are wrong?

        1. When she became mayor of Wasilla, the budget was balanced.
        2. When she left, the city was in debt. (Fiscally responsible?)
        3. One of her first actions as mayor was to fire various people (eg the police chief and library director) and hire her own friends. The reason she gave wasn't competence, it was because they were "not fully supporting her efforts to govern". ie not endorsing her as mayor. (This kind of political manipulation s
        • There is a content free assertion.

          Yes, exactly. You gave a content-free assertion, so I responded in kind.

          When she left, the city was in debt. (Fiscally responsible?)

          All the debt was for specific infrastructure purposes, was favored by the people, and was budgeted for in advance. This is quite responsible, yes.

          One of her first actions as mayor was to fire various people (eg the police chief and library director) and hire her own friends. The reason she gave wasn't competence, it was because they were "not fully supporting her efforts to govern". ie not endorsing her as mayor. (This kind of political manipulation should be abhorrent exactly because it leads to corruption.)

          Utter tripe. If she can't work with them effectively to accomplish her goals, hell yes, she should fire them, and the sooner the better.

          Under her, Wasilla hired a lobbyist to try to get more in federal earmarks. It received them to the tune of $23 million. (She says she's against earmarks?)

          Earmarks are not a problem at all. I couldn't care less. What matters is WHAT is being earmarked.

          This was despite raising taxes substantially. (Didn't she say she was for cutting taxes?)

          You already addressed this exact point above: taxes were

          • Do you believe she is qualified to be Vice President?

            If so, please can you give *specific* examples of where her experience as governor and mayor would be relevant to handling facets of this country's foreign policy.

            One quick note: I absolutely couldn't care less about Barack Obama or Joe Biden. I'm not interested in their record in the slightest. I'm asking specifically what you think qualifies Palin to represent this country on the world stage.

            • Do you believe she is qualified to be Vice President?

              Absolutely.

              If so, please can you give *specific* examples of where her experience as governor and mayor would be relevant to handling facets of this country's foreign policy.

              One quick note: I absolutely couldn't care less about Barack Obama or Joe Biden. I'm not interested in their record in the slightest.

              Bullshit. If you don't care about the answer for the same question about Obama, then why should I believe that you give a damn about the answer for Palin?

              I'm asking specifically what you think qualifies Palin to represent this country on the world stage.

              If you're unwilling to answer the same question of Obama, then you're just being a dick.