Thursday, September 04, 2008
Palin's speech gets RAVE REVIEWS! And there is no denying that anyone that watched saw that she is beautiful, intelligent and well spoken. There were a few pesky problems with facts but that seems to be a common thread. That said I thought I would post/clarify a few that stood out to me.
Palin: "To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House."
I am guessing Sarah Palin must have changed her mind on this one recently? As she actually slashed funding for schools for special needs kids by 62%. Budgets: 2007, 2008, 2009.
Palin: "I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere. If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves."
Congress' requirement that funds be earmarked for "the bridge" were removed before Sarah Palin became governor. She was therefore in no position to tell Congress anything about the bridge. However, during her campaign, she said she supported funding for "the bridge". "Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?- Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now--while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist." - Anchorage Dialy News.
By the way she later accepted the, no longer earmarked, money and used it for other infrastructure projects.
Palin: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business - like millions of others who run small businesses. How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up?"
How much does Heather and her husband make? if they bring home less than $250,000, their taxes will not go up. In fact most Americans will pay less in taxes under Obama's plan than under McCain's.
Palin: "But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate."
Here you can read a rundown of Obama's accomplishments in the Senate. They include the Lugar-Obama bill and an ethics reform package that the Washington Post called "the strongest ethics legislation to emerge from Congress yet." Oh and like being a community organizer I was not not aware that writing memoirs was something to be ashamed of. Hum. Either way, Obama has written only one "memoir" it is McCain that has written a minimum of two.
Palin: "America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it."
Obama plans to develop a lot more energy than McCain does. Plus, Obama hasn't skipped the last eight votes on renewable energy.