Friday, 17 June 2011

Sarah Palin, liar liar, busy liar

There's an interesting article on Alaska Dispatch about Sarah Palin and Sudan:

As early as 2006, Reps. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, and Les Gara, D-Anchorage, prodded Palin to restructure the permanent fund to divest in Darfur.

"If this genocide were occurring somewhere on the American continent, or someplace in Europe," said Lynn in a 2006 letter to Palin, "would we invest Alaska's money with corporations that do business with the perpetrators? I don't think so. Genocide is genocide, whether in Darfur, Africa, or anyplace else." Gara added to the letter: "Given the thousands of good companies we can invest in, taking a moral stand against the unconscionable won't cost the Permanent Fund a dime."

Over the next two years, Lynn, Gara and others consistently lobbied Palin to support legislation to divest from Darfur, but the administration did not change course until two weeks before the end of the legislative session in 2008, which was too late for a bill to be passed, Gara said at the time and reiterated in a recent email.

But Palin, in a '08 vice presidential debate with Joe Biden, implied that she had advocated the state divest from Sudan from the moment she found out. "When I and others in the Legislature found out that we had some millions of dollars [of Permanent Fund investments] in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars," Palin said.

There. The amazing CEO of Alaska took a very long time to find out about the investments in Sudan despite having received letters about it for nearly two years, then acted too late for any measures to be implemented in the 2008 legislative session. She lied during the vice presidential debate, taking credit for something not due to her because she spent her busy days sitting on her hands about it.

Sheesh, she must have been terribly busy writing phony letters to newspapers, calling people names, arranging her children's travels on the state dime and drinking coffee: All the the real priorities of a busy governor, CEO extraordinaire...