Tuesday, September 09, 2008

With Her Ilk It's Usually The Sexual Peccadillos

Well, there is some of that too. But Palin's sense of entitlement while presenting the image of a penny pincher is coming under the microscope.

Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home - Taxpayers Also Funded Family's Travel

"ANCHORAGE, Sept. 8 -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.
The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife. (...)
The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show."

To be fair Alaska is a huge state and there always has been a controversy regarding Juneau being the capital, seeing that it's a small, landlocked city down on the panhandle.

However the spokesflacks spin this though, just a little more scrutiny reveals that Palin's touted image as a fiscal crusader is a crock of shit, a cultivated public relations facade. It seems she'll gleefully take advantage of her position to fudge descriptions of state perks, state travel laws and who is doing exactly what while claiming state business. Like combining her Jeebus irrationalism with her duties as a governor:

"...many of the hundreds of invitations Palin receives include requests for her to bring her family, placing the definition of "state business" with the party extending the invitation. One such invitation came in October 2007, when Willow flew to Juneau to join the Palin family on a tour of the Hub Juneau Christian Teen Center, where Palin and her family worship when they are in Juneau. The state gave the center $25,000, according to a May 2008 memo."

Little things about this campaign that add up. Like the "plane sold on Ebay" story for instance.


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