A bridge too far – for Sarah Palin 3

 Jim Demint writes in the Wall Street Journal:

My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin’s leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.

Let’s compare.

Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state’s history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska’s budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."

Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor’s center in Louisiana.

Mrs. Palin cut Alaska’s federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska’s decades-long earmark addiction.

Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.

Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation’s budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.

When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys’ club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark.

Read the whole thing here.

 

Posted under Commentary by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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  • chris

    What you don’t mention is that Alaska gets far more special federal funding than any other state per capita, even under Sarah Palin. She may have cut some projects but Alaska is still the king of pork barrel spending.

  • Jillian Becker

    America is fighting a war against the dark force of Islam, in Iraq and Afghanistan. The enemy is just about defeated in Iraq, where a tyrant was overthrown and democracy has been launched, thanks to America (with some help from its allies, mainly Britain). Today, the anniversary of 9/11 which launched the war, Americans can look back over seven years of being protected from a similar attack. The steps President Bush has taken have worked. Some Islamic states have been deterred from even attempting to develop WMD, for instance Libya. Others still constitute a threat, chiefly Iran. The war is not over, but the world once again owes a debt to America for fighting it.
    The truly unjustifiable war was President Clinton’s intervention in ex-Yugoslavia. No American interests of any kind were involved there.

  • War in Middle East

    Are they really oil wars?

    Okay, how exactly does the Iraq war benefit America?