Knitting a Safety Net

Very good post from Jason in CounterColumn about the financial pressures that must have been a factor in Sarah Palin’s resignation. It’s very plausible that she resigned because she needed to maximize her income.

Sarah Palin and her husband have five children and one grandchild. All of them, with the possible exception of Track, who’s in the Army, are going to need a lot of help. Bristol’s a teenage mom who’s baby-daddy is useless. Levi’s parents aren’t going to be much help. The burden of bringing up that child is going to fall mostly on the Palin family, and Bristol herself has exremely limited means. Piper is six or seven. Just starting school. her expensive teenage years ahead of her, and she’ll need a college fund. Bristol may need some help finishing her education.

Now Sarah Palin has an opportunity that may not come again. An opportunity to ensure that Trig will have a trust fund to support him when he is grown and his parents are old.

I’m in a business where I see the cost of services vs the paychecks of those who provide them, and even hardworking rich people with inheritances can’t cover such costs out of pocket.

It would be amazing if Sarah Palin said she was resigning to make money because there’s not much safety net left except what she knits herself. Since Reagan, Republicans have been cutting and privatizing the services that provide housing and income for poor people with disabilities, calling them ‘entitlements’.

Has Palin’s life-experience and pit-bull grit made her a mavericky advocate for children damn the political consequences? Nope.

From the Anchorage Daily News…
One out of 10 children in Alaska has no health insurance, according to a new report by a national organization for health care consumers.

The analysis by Families USA concluded that the ranks of uninsured Alaskans include about 19,000 children — 9.9 percent of all residents in Alaska under 18 years of age.

Nationwide there are 8.6 million children without health insurance. Families USA officials predict that number will grow as the economic downturn continues and more Americans struggle to find private health insurance.

“As state budgets become increasingly precarious due to the looming recession, this is exactly the time that states need an increase in funding” for child health care programs, said Ron Pollock, director of Families USA.

Only 19 states have a higher rate of uninsured children than Alaska, the report noted. Alaska ranked No. 20th nationwide.
The state with the highest rate of uninsured children was Texas, where one in five children (20.5 percent) live outside the safety net. The state with the lowest rate was Iowa, at 5.2 percent.

So maybe Sarah Palin is bailing out in order to knit a safety net for her family rather than staying on as Governor and working for all the children in her state. I never thought she was stupid. She’ll do okay. Alaskans, on the other hand, need a Governor who will care more about their state than about being a celebrity.

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