Palin Family Values

How do Republicans define welfare?

Palin stopped short of labeling Obama a socialist Tuesday, although she and others have previously called his tax policies socialist.

“I’m not going to call him a socialist, but as ‘Joe the Plumber’ has said, it looks like socialism to him,” she said of Joe “the plumber” Wurzelbacher.

The GOP ticket and their supporters have invoked Joe the Plumber numerous times ever since the Ohio man confronted Obama about his tax policy in an impromptu campaign moment.

Palin said Wurzelbacher is representative of “Jane the engineer and Molly the dental hygienist and Chuck the teacher.”

That’s sweet. Nancy the nurse is feeling a little condescended to, when millionaires start denouncing elites and trying to get us to worry about taxing people who make more than $250,000 a year. The Governor of Alaska is doing pretty well, worth about $1.2 million, but she still bills the taxpayer for time with the kids

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.
In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters’ 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls.

And this was a pretty splashy hotel room…

In October 2007, Palin brought daughter Bristol along on a trip to New York for a women’s leadership conference. Plane tickets from Anchorage to La Guardia Airport for $1,385.11 were billed to the state, records show, and mother and daughter shared a room for four nights at the $707.29-per-night Essex House hotel, which overlooks Central Park.
The event’s organizers said Palin asked if she could bring her daughter.

I’ll bet Sarah Palin didn’t even bring back any of those little soaps for the Alaskans. Really, if she wanted her kids to come along she should have paid for the plane tickets herself.

You can’t know what it’s like to be tempted if you’ve never been there. But if you want to make a reputation as a reformer you have to keep it clean. Otherwise you won’t withstand scrutiny, anymore than ‘Joe’ the ‘plumber’.

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15 responses

  1. I transferred to RI from Illinois on my government job in 1984.The regulations allowed me to receive per diem for a certain period of time for myself and my family-it included lodging and meals.I was alone the first month and the second month I flew out and brought them back.The per diem was for while you could find housing.I had to sell at a loss in Illinois.Anyway a supervisor(now deceased)asked me when I submitted my expenses why I was only claiming about half of what was allowed on meals.I just told him that was all we spent.He said-always claim the max,no one cares.If we had spent the max,we’d have all weighed about 500 lbs.We had rented an efficience so we mostly cooked our own stuff.This may sound corny,but I had no intention of wasting taxpayer money that I had no legitimate claim for.
    Politicians are mostly pigs at the trough-it matters not at all what party or what “wing”they belong to.

  2. she also charged for time spent in her own home in Alaska. I was once working in a place where there were ‘opportunities’ and I was shocked at how easy it was to be tempted. but this is the politician who had her chief of police charging for the rape exam so as not to ‘burden the taxpayer’, the anti-pork, anti-earmark budget cutter, and it looks like she pushed her chance to get freebies pretty far. Ted Stevens is in court right now over a vibrating massage chair that he didn’t own but ‘kept in his house’. evidence is that he sat in it.

  3. Palin Family Values…

    Charging Alaska for ‘time with the family’ in a luxury hotel. While Ted Stevens is grilled about petty graft, is Sarah Palin sweating? When you run as a pork-cutting reformer you have to walk the walk….

  4. Ghost of Christmas Future

    According to today’s Projo, RI’s unemployment is up to 8.8%. The highest in the country. Isn’t this state legislature dominated by democrats. Let’s stop slinging the fool’s gold and for once vote for the individual, not their party affiliation. Time for change both nationally and locally.

  5. that was Donald Carcieri’s campaign pitch, and look what we’ve got.

  6. Ghost of Christmas Future

    yes Nancy, and the same old faces spending our money in both the house and senate

  7. I have always voted for the particular candidate.As an example I liked Claudine Schneider as a Representative-she ran against Claiborne Pell,who was honest and cared about the people he represented,so why throw him out?Granted he was a little liberal for me,and she was more to my way of thinking,but I felt he had provided good public service and should stay.
    And thanks in no small part to Ms.Schneider,Patrick Kennedy became a permanent disgrace to RI.

  8. And the beauty is, now she’s had the Republican National Committee taking her shopping…to the tune of $150,000.

    That’s RNC. As in, money donated by other people. Sarah Palin has been spent about twice what the median family makes in a year in something short of two months.

    On clothes. For her, and her family. Oh, and her hair and make-up, of course.

    That’s $150,000. At places like Barneys, and Nieman-Marcus. You know, the sort of places that “real Americans” shop.

    Nope. Nothing elitist about Sarah Palin.

  9. How does one spend $150,000 on clothes?I spent about $150 on clothes last year and you can tell.

  10. If I had been a Republican campaign donor I’d want my money back. Sarah Palin still has not given real interviews with real questions, and she still has not released any health records. She’s not done testifying in her ethics investigation. But she looks great.

  11. How much did Obama’s stadium event cost?

    How much did Jack Reed take from Wachovia?

    How much does Barney Franks new ad cost?

    Oh, thats right, we don`t care about that stuff.

    At least Ms Palin clothes ,materiel things that they are, will be sold after the election.

  12. Nancy,

    Real interviews?
    Whom would you like to see interview her?

  13. Jim, what candidate didn’t rent stadiums or buy ads? I saw Sarah Palin give her acceptance speech in one,and McCain is running ads. If Jack Reed is taking bribes then let’s hear the specifics. Taxpayers didn’t buy $150,00 worth of clothes, Republican donors did, so it’s not my problem. And used clothes are a great investment, I’ve heard.
    As far as interviews, I’d like to see her on the major networks, some major newspapers and some Sunday morning talk shows. She’s not even talking to the Anchorage Daily News now.

  14. Nancy-I don’t think the word “brine” is necessarily applicable to Reed and the others.One has to commit an illegal act for pay to be guilty of receiving a bribe,and there is no smoking gun.
    What Reed,Schumer,Dodd,Bunning,Bennett,and Frank did was take a gratuity masquerading as a campaign donation(strange that Reed needs it when he is virtually unopposed)and they therefore may be influenced in some way by the money infusion.It is just plain wrong to take money for one’s campaign from groups under the purview of the committee the politician sits on.

  15. I meant “bribe”-they aren’t tying out to be members of the Pickle Academy.:))

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