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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.

            • vek:

              I thought your comment was from btilly. I responded that way because he is pro-Obama, so obviously, your words coming from him would be dishonest, which is why I responded that way, because I thought you were him. I apologize.

            • So, apology done, I'll answer your question now.

              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.

              Well, of course, she is commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard, and lives right next to Russia, which means she's well aware of some of our serious national security concerns, whether it's Russia's claim of the North Pole, or her National Guard being involved with turning back a Russian military aircraft, or guarding our national missile defense (which, yes, are not under her command, as they are federalized in that role, but it's something

          • No I am not lying [mcclatchydc.com] about Wasilla charging rape victims for medical exams under Palin. In case you doubt, here is confirmation from an article in 2000 [frontiersman.com]. It caused a controversy the caused a state-wide law to be put in place banning the practice.

            On earmarks, I care about two things. First I don't like earmarks in general because they tend to be pretty much pure pork. Secondly I really do care about the hypocrisy. The McCain-Palin ticket is promising to reduce earmarks to the tune of 100 billion per year.

            • No I am not lying [mcclatchydc.com] about Wasilla charging rape victims for medical exams under Palin.

              You were lying when you said it was her policy.

              Secondly I really do care about the hypocrisy.

              Fine, then let's look at all the hypocrisy from Obama, on earmarks, on lobbyists, on the DC gun ban, on campaign finance ... the list is long.

              So, I don't care about earmarks, but if you want to discuss hypocrisy, we can do that ...

              If you're really against federal taxes, then you should also be against federal spending.

              Again: the money ALREADY CAME TO HER STATE. Before she even took office. To blame her for taking money that she didn't take is obviously nonsense. The Bridge to Nowhere debate -- whatever your personal feelings about it -- was prim