Saturday, September 06, 2008

Details, Details
I was wondering this evening whether anybody was going to bother to point out a seeming contradiction from this week's Republican convention: John McCain's one real enthusiastic domestic policy point was his condemnation of pork-laden spending bills ("earmarks"), yet he just chose as his running mate the governor of the state where pork is considered something close to a birthright.

Well, someone did:

"I know the governor of Alaska has been saying she's change, and that's great," Obama said. "She's a skillful politician. But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up."

McCain has vowed to wipe out earmarks, which are targeted funding for specific projects that lawmakers put into spending bills. As governor, Palin originally supported earmarks for a controversial $398 million Alaska project dubbed the "bridge to nowhere." But she dropped her support after the state's likely share of the cost rose. She hung onto $27 million to build the approach road to the bridge.

Under Palin's leadership, Alaska this year asked for almost $300 per person in requests for pet projects from one of McCain's top adversaries: indicted Sen. Ted Stevens. That's more than any other state received, per person, from Congress for the current budget year. Other states got just $34 worth of local projects per person this year, on average, according to Citizens Against Government Waste, a Washington-based watchdog group.The state government's earmark requests to Congress in her first year in office exceeded $550 million, more than $800 per resident.

Emphasis mine. I wonder if anyone will ask Palin whether she'd like to give that money back, or would promise not to ask for it in next year's budget... oh, right: she's not allowed to talk to the press (or is it vice-versa?). I guess the next best thing would be to ask McCain if he thinks Alaska--a state where the economy is booming, thanks to oil revenues--is taking unfair advantage of taxpayers in the other forty-nine states, and if he would pledge to cut their cherished earmarks should he win next year.

You can't make this stuff up. It's like they assume nobody's even going to use any logic. Or Google.

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