POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Sarah Palin thinks she’s a better American than you

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 10, 2008

Michael Kinsley writes in this week’s TIME …

  • Sarah Palin thinks she is a better American than you because she comes from a small town, and a superior human being because she isn’t a journalist and has never lived in Washington and likes to watch her kids play hockey.
  • But spare us, please, any talk about how she is a tough fiscal conservative.
  • Palin has continued to repeat the already exposed lie that she said “No, thanks” to the famous “bridge to nowhere” (McCain’s favorite example of wasteful federal spending). In fact, she said “Yes, please” until the project became a symbol and political albatross.
  • Back to reality. Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident. Its tax burden per resident is 2 1/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double. The trick is that Alaska’s government spends money on its own citizens and taxes the rest of us to pay for it.
  • Alaska ranks No. 1, year after year, in money it sucks in from Washington.

 

read the entire article at …  http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1839724,00.html

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