Sunday, 17 May 2009
Sarah Palin philosophy
Here are a few things Sarah Palin said during her campaign for governor, from the official campaign website:
PHILOSOPHY IN GOVERNING - I look forward to building a team that will put Alaskans first! I believe in fairness and inclusion and will call on the public to work together for Alaska's common good. I refuse to use divisive tactics that polarize us for political gain. As Mayor of Wasilla, the fastest growing area of Alaska; as President of the Alaska Conference of Mayor; as Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; and as a business owner and mom, I approached issues with a fair, balanced, common sense approach. I love the challenge of hiring and appointing the best people to serve with me and I will bring this positive approach to Alaska as Governor. In building a public service team, my commitment to my home state is to always put Alaskans first and never allow special interests to take advantage of us. I know that government has its place, and it should be limited. My focus is on education, public safety, infrastructure and access to our resources. As manager of our vast public resources, the Governor must act as an effective CEO on behalf of all Alaskans in negotiating the best deals for the state, and I am prepared to tackle that challenge.
Let's look at some of the statements:
I refuse to use divisive tactics that polarize us for political gain.
Troopergate? Appointing a Republican to the Juneau Senate seat? W.A.R.? No, Sarah Palin is not divisive at all...
I love the challenge of hiring and appointing the best people to serve with me and I will bring this positive approach to Alaska as Governor.
We've noticed how much she loves to appoint her cronies to "serve" with her, but wouldn't go as far as saying they're the best people.
My focus is on education...
Why did Sarah Palin try to refuse the stimulus money for education? When cornered into accepting it, she wanted to replace the state education dollars with the federal money, what kind of focus is that?
From the page "About Sarah", one of her quotes:
“Alaskans deserve transparency and accountability from their leaders. It’s a philosophy I will promote as Governor." ~ Sarah Palin
It seems Alaskans didn't look very closely at her years as mayor of Wasilla before voting Sarah Palin into office as governor.
"Transparency" and "accountability" were hallmarks of her style back then.
The building of her house in Lake Lucille was shrouded in transparency: Sarah Palin blocked an effort to require the filing of building permits, so to this day we don't know who built it.
When challenged about spending more than $50,000 in city funds to redecorate her office without the council's authorization, Sarah Palin replied: "I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't."
Documents show that Sarah Palin used city computers in her mayor's office to manage her campaign for lieutenant governor and billed taxpayers for mailings, phone calls and literature.
Sarah Palin hasn't changed at all. She's still as ethically challenged now as she was then. The same goes for being polarizing. She uses whatever soundbites seem appropriate for the occasion.
Since being catapulted into the national scene in the vice presidential campaign, Sarah Palin's every step is being monitored more carefully and all her contradictory statements quickly brought to the attention of the voting public.
Sarah Palin's soundbites are becoming less and less effective as she "progresses" her political agenda. They echo the emptiness of her philosophy in governing...
Maybe the book deal will take her away from Alaska and she'll decide not to run for a second term in 2010. We can only hope Sarah Palin will be very successful as an "author" and dedicate the rest of her life to writing, leaving politics in the hands of better qualified, ethical people.
Sarah Palin for Governor website