Another Palin Claim Doesn’t Pan Out

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin seems to be palling around with inaccuracies. The latest bit of bad press for her (and by upwards osmosis Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain) comes from USA Today:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin calls herself a fiscal conservative who wants to “rein in government spending.” She says she “reformed the abuses of earmarks in our state.” Republican John McCain said during the last debate that his running mate has “cut the size of government.”

But Palin didn’t cut the size of government as mayor of Wasilla, and she hasn’t done so as Alaska’s governor, city and state budget records show. Spending in fast-growing Wasilla increased by 55% during her tenure from 1996-2002, records show. In nearly two years as governor, she has presided over a 31% spending hike by a state government that sought earmarks from Washington even as it reaped billions from higher oil prices and Palin-backed tax increases on oil companies.

Bill McAllister, a governor’s office spokesman in Alaska, said the state lived through painful budget cuts in the 1990s when low oil prices restricted revenue. “There’s an element of catch-up here,” he said.

It isn’t helpful when this kind of story surfaces during a campaign’s last weeks since it has a way of surfacing later on — in big, fat quotations in TV campaign ads run by the other side…

2 Comments

  1. Just about everything factual that has popped out of Palin's mouth has turned out to be inaccurate at best and perhaps even manufactured.

    This one feels purposefully misleading to me.

  2. I've stopped being shocked by what comes out of her mouth.

    I remember being drop-jaw blown-over pissed off every time W did something stupid — for about 2 years. After that, he'd start a war, cut funding for whatever, say something stupid, further curtail women's/gays'/minorities' rights, kill a puppy, suspend constitutional rights, and it was like “so what's new? the guy's perfectly mad”. Maybe it's the deep cynicism that's set in after 6 full years of refusing to be shocked by the utter, epic, moral/political/economic/environmental fail that has been our recent past, but it only took me a month or two to stop caring what Palin had to say.

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