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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Feeding at the trough

Evidence of the slipshod vetting job done by the McCain campaign continues to mount.
ANCHORAGE, Sept. 8 -- 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.
Nice work if you can get it.
The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.
Jane Swift's helicopter rides were cheap by comparison.

Nobody, except for conservative columnists and the hate government crowd, begrudge reasonable travel expenses paid to elected officials who live far way from their duties.

But the key here is "live far away from their duties." Being paid to live at home, cook your own meals and pay for your family on your trips is what some might call pushing the envelope on the public trust.

The more time removed from the decision, the more it becomes apparent, protests aside, that John McCain made a rash and uninformed decision to select Palin as his running mate.

Add this to being for The Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it and hiring lobbyists to bring home $27 million in federal pork for Wasilla and you have the image of a standard issue pol -- in lipstick.

McCain went for Palin to shake things up -- and clearly that has worked in the short term.

Hopefully, as more Americans learn just how unqualified this half-term Alaska governor is for the job of No. 2 behind a 72-year-old cancer survivor, things will change.

If not, we stand to go from bad to worse. A McCain with a running mate of presidential stature is one thing. A McCain with a bad Alaska pol is about as scary a thing as I can imagine.

And in hindsight, maybe Palin should never have not have put the state plane on EBay.

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