Friday, September 5, 2008

Palin, Earmarks and the Bridge to Nowhere

Palin loved pork before she hated it with John McCain
Alaska receives the largest amount of government pork from Washington, when pressed to reduce earmark requests (from Bush no less), Palin reduced the amount of government money Alaska begs for by a whopping two percent. Let's hear it for the reformer...

From AP:
"John McCain touts Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a force in the his battle against earmarks and entrenched power brokers, but under her leadership the state this year asked for almost $300 per person in requests for pet projects from one of McCain's top adversaries: indicted Sen. Ted Stevens.

That's more than any other state received, per person, from Congress for the current budget year, and runs counter to the reformer image that Palin and the McCain campaign are pushing. Other states got just $34 worth of local projects per person this year, on average, according to Citizens Against Government Waste, a Washington-based watchdog group.

Palin actually reduced the state government's requests for special projects this year to 31 earmarks totaling $198 million, about $295 person, in the wake of President Bush's demand for a cutback in earmarks."

Palin Supported The Bridge To Nowhere
During her unveiling as McCain’s running mate, Palin claimed that she said, “Thanks, but no thanks” to federal funding for the Bridge to Nowhere. But in her 2006 campaign for governor, Palin repeatedly expressed support for the bridge project.

This link is to an article published in the Anchorage Daily News in 2006, which consisted of a questionnaire and answers for the then-prospective candidates for Governor in Alaska.
"5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?
Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now - while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."

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