Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Is the honeymoon coming to an end?

With each passing day, another development develops (imagine that) that further deteriorates Gov. Quayle Palin’s staunch support.

No, I’m not talking about her speaking in tongues… or the pathetic news that as Mayor of Wasilla she agreed that the town’s taxpayers shouldn’t be laden with a heavier tax burden so it was decided that the town would charge rape victims for their own forensic tests (stay classy Wasilla!)… but rather a seemingly long track record of lining her own pockets with government money.

During her acceptance speech at snore-a-palooza, Quayle Palin mentioned how she fired the chef at the Governor’s mansion because she knows how to cook and, in the words of Palin spokesperson Meghan Perino Stapleton; “From the start, she's been very uncomfortable with a gourmet chef. It's a luxury she doesn't think Alaskans should be paying for.”

Really? She doesn’t think Alaskans should be paying for a personal chef… interesting.

Perhaps she could explain why she saw fit to bill Alaskan taxpayers for 312 nights that she spent in her own home?

From WaPo; “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.”

Interesting… and if she did indeed fire the chef because she thought it would save her state money, why was the chef re-assigned as a “constituent relations assistant” in the governor's office and later to the state museum before finally landing as the chef for the Legislative Lounge while still getting paid the amount that she made as the chef of the governor’s residence?

To recap; she charged the people of Alaska $16,951 to live in her own house despite her claims that a chef would have been a $45,000 luxury the taxpayers shouldn’t pay for… but then she turned around and gave that woman another position within the government while charging the state to attend “Newsweek's third annual Women and Leadership Conference” where she stayed at a $707 per night hotel.

Uh-huh… explain to me how you’re a maverick and want to weed out corruption and unnecessary spending again Ms. Palin… I could use a good laugh.

And while you’re at it… explain all of this. Explain how this stacks up against your claims of being a different kind of republican….

We’re waiting Ms. Palin… and we want to hear from you, not the campaign.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The honeymoon wont end until the media starts demanding access to Palin, and then, starts asking tough questions. CNN has been particularly lame on all of this.

The implosion of Sarah Palin is going to be one of the biggest political events of the year...wait and see.