Saturday, August 30, 2008
Sarah Palin What Do You Think???
I am very intrigued by Sarah Palin, McCains appointed running mate but I am not sure about her the women!
Sarah is the Governor of Alaska and a mom of 5 the last baby was born in April (she was 44).
What I know about Sarah:
She is good looking. She won the Miss Wasilla beauty contest, then finished second in the Miss Alaska pageant, at which she won a college scholarship.
Her husband is hot.
Her baby was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome. On April 18, 2008, while in office as governor, Palin gave birth to her second son and fifth child, Trig Paxson Van Palin, who, as prenatal genetic testing had shown, has Down syndrome. She returned to the office three days after giving birth. Her decision to have the baby was applauded by the pro-life community.
Her son is serving in the Army.
Her kids all have strange names (Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig).
She would throw Roe vs. Wade (This is a big one for me, almost a make or break deal).
She has a bachelor of science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho.
She hunts animals(when she was young she and her dad used to go hunt Moose before school).
She was a local sports reporter for a local Anchorage TV station.
She worked as a commercial fisher with her husband.
She is a marathon runner.
Is she a good candidate?
Palin initially expressed support for the Gravina Island Bridge project, commonly known outside the state as the "Bridge to Nowhere." However, once it had become a nationwide symbol of wasteful earmark spending and some federal funding was lost, Palin cancelled the bridge because Alaska's congressional delegation was unable to prevent the state of Alaska from having to pay for part of the bridge's construction. Alaska still kept the federal money,but she stated that Alaska should rely less on federal funding
She puts education, public safety, and transportation would be three cornerstones of her administration.
A poll published by Hays Research on July 28, 2008 showed Palin's approval rating at 80%, while another Ivan Moore poll showed it at 76%. While Alaska's Daily News has her rating at 65%.
Palin frequently had an approval rating above 90% in 2007
n response to high oil and gas prices, and the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards. She also proposed providing grants to electrical utilities so that they would reduce customers' rates. She subsequently dropped the debit card proposal, and in its place she proposed to send Alaskans $1,200 directly, paid for partially by the money given to the state of Alaska that was to be spent on the "Bridge to Nowhere," and eliminate the state sales tax on gasoline.
In August 2008, Palin signed a bill into law giving the state of Alaska authority to award TransCanada Pipelines a license to build and operate the $26-billion-dollar pipeline to transport natural gas from the North Slope to the Lower 48 through Canada.
In 2007, Palin approved a $150 cash incentive for each Alaskan wolf to be killed by hunters in helicopters. She agreed with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to allow Alaska state biologists to hunt wolves from helicopters as part of a "predator control" program which was allowed under a provision in a 35-year-old federal ban on the practice granting 700 permits to the state of Alaska
She has called the global warming theory supported by Kempthrone and most scientists "unreliable", and asserted that human activity has not caused Arctic ice to melt, stating that "I'm not one though who would attribute it [global warming] to being man-made" after she was announced as Senator McCain's presumptive running mate.
In June 2007, Palin signed into law a $6.6 billion operating budget—the largest in Alaska's history. At the same time, she used her veto power to make the second-largest cuts of the construction budget in state history. The $237 million in cuts represented over 300 local projects, and reduced the construction budget to nearly $1.6 billion
June 6, 2007, the Alaska Creamery Board recommended closing Matanuska Maid Dairy, an unprofitable state-owned business, Palin objected, citing concern for the impact on dairy farmers and the fact that the dairy had just received $600,000 in state money. When Palin found out that the Board of Agriculture and Conservation appoints Creamery Board members, she replaced the entire membership of the Board of Agriculture and Conservation. The new board reversed the decision to close the dairy, but later in 2007, with Palin's support, the unprofitable business was put up for sale.
On July 11, 2008, Palin dismissed Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan for not adequately filling state trooper vacancies, and because he "did not turn out to be a team player on budgeting issues." She instead offered him a position as executive director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which he turned down. Her power to fire him is not in dispute, but Monegan alleged that his dismissal may have been an abuse of power tied to his reluctance to fire Palin's former brother-in-law, Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin's sister, Molly McCann. Palin is currently being investigated by an independent investigator hired by the Alaska Legislature to determine whether she abused her power when she fired Monegan.
Palin is pro-life and a prominent member of Feminists for Life, the largest and most visible pro-life feminist organization.
Concerning education, she did not feel higher education was important to support for women. In her opinion a wifes role is home and pregnant.
She opposes same sex marriage.
Palin admits that she used marijuana at a time when the state had legalized possession of small amounts. She says that she did not like it and she does not support legalizing marijuana, concerned about the message it would send to her children
Palin is a life-time member of the National Rifle Association, and is popular among gun rights activists.
Palin hunts, ice fishes, eats mooseburger, rides snowmobiles, has run a marathon, and owns a float plane.
What I think: I am really not sure yet how I feel about this MILF being the VP.
First, McCain is 72 years old and had been diagnosed with Cancer what like 4 times? He is just a broken hip away from Sarah being President.
I also think it is interesting that she is Pro-Life but shoots animals for fun and sport.
Also, she returned to the office 3 days after giving birth to her newest son but who is taking care of the baby? Is he getting early intervention?
I still have a lot of research to do, if you are looking for more, head over to one of those other political blogs who will undoubtedly have a lot more to say than me.