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.”
Thatâ€™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 â€“ 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.
Iâ€™ll bet Sarah Palin didnâ€™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 canâ€™t know what itâ€™s like to be tempted if youâ€™ve never been there. But if you want to make a reputation as a reformer you have to keep it clean. Otherwise you wonâ€™t withstand scrutiny, anymore than â€˜Joeâ€™ the â€˜plumberâ€™.