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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

How can we miss her when she won't go away?

She's baaaack.

Turn on the TV and there is Sarah Palin, with Bristol and her grandchild, sitting down with Greta van Sustern. (I thought she objected to media attention and questions about the children?)

Then she joins with with other GOP governors (who may have read my blog?) and suggests they won't take the federal stimulus money because of the strings attached. One overnight TV anchor suggested it may all be political since their legislatures can override them them. Ya think?

Then there's the not so welcome scrutiny. A new book. Tax issues over questionable perks (thinks she called Tom Daschle to commiserate?) A harsher spotlight at home than in the days when she shared the Saturday Night Live stage with Tina Fey.
Nearly every move that Palin makes or does not make, acknowledges Joe Balash, one of her closest aides, is analyzed through a new political prism, scrutinized for its effect on a possible 2012 presidential candidacy. "There's nothing we can do to stop it," he said. "People wonder why she's doing something or not doing something."
Well you can start by not putting your daughter and grandchild on Fox.

The decline in oil prices should put Palin in a position more akin to her 49 state counterparts in having to deal with unpleasant budget realities. Let's see how she does at that before we start thinking about the 2012 field.

Of course that's a suggestion that should apply to her as well. Go ahead, don't take the federal cash. There's more for the rest of us -- and a bigger challenge for you in governing.

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Blogger Fever said...

I know that it would please a Massachusetts liberal nothing more than to see a state like Alaska “deal with unpleasant budget realities” but let’s get the facts straight first. Alaska has the most well funded rainy day fund in the country. Unlike, California or Massachusetts, which are facing severe budget shortfalls, Alaska’s budget has been well managed. As a result, the recession, although painful, won’t translate into massive layoffs, a decline in services or increased taxes. Having said that, I would encourage every Governor, whether they supported the stimulus bill or not, should attempt to obtain as much stimulus money as possible. Unfortunately, our elected officials will once again reward failure. And I thought Obama stood for change.

February 19, 2009 9:19 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

You make a huge assumption that Massachusetts has been mismanaged, In fact it has a pretty substantial rainy day fund that is being drawn down judiciously,

Alaska has a massive rainy day fund and has never had to struggle because it has benefited from oil revenues -- what's leftover after state residents get a check. Working without some of that cushion will be a good exercise, make Alaskans feel like they are the same as those of us in the other 49 states.

By the way, I thought the government parceling out money to citizens was sccialism? We certainly do do that here. That's why we are dealing with unpleasant budget realities.

February 19, 2009 6:04 PM  
Blogger Fever said...

“You make a huge assumption that Massachusetts has been mismanaged”

Services are being cut and taxes are being increased, or don’t you read the newspaper?

“By the way, I thought the government parceling out money to citizens was socialism?”

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Alaska doesn’t have an income tax or a sales tax. It’s hard to be a socialist when one gets to keep essentially 100% of what they make.

Regardless of the reasons behind Massachusetts’ failures or Alaska’s success, it seems those Blue state are having a tough time managing their respective budgets. Or haven't you’ve been reading about the mess in California.

February 19, 2009 8:00 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Sorry Fever, but you don't read the paper if you've missed that everyone is cutting services and raisijng taxes because states have to balance their budgets. And thanks for the huge mess created by Republicans in Washington, all the states are in trouble from problems they did not create.

And yes, I know the Democrats ran Congress for the past two years -- except of course for the undemocratic 60-vote filibuster rule.

Glad to know you eat what you kill budget wise too.

February 20, 2009 4:29 AM  

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