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FROM THE LEFT
By David Phillips, Contributing Writer
Sarah Palin does not have the experience to be vice president or president. She refuses to speak to the media, because she cannot answer even the simplest of questions, such as what newspapers or magazines she reads or naming a Supreme Court ruling that she may disagree with besides Roe v. Wade.
Sure Palin can whip a crowd up into a frenzy; she excites the base and McCain rallies now have more people showing up because of her, but when you actually listen to the her words at the rallies you quickly discover that she is a pro at saying nothing.
Sarah Palin is the deer caught in the headlights.
Bio and background
Sarah Louise Heath Palin was born Feb. 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho. She is the third of four children of Sarah Heath, a school secretary, and Charles R. Heath, a science teacher and track coach. She is of English, German and Irish descent. The family moved to Alaska when she was an infant. As a child, she would sometimes go moose hunting with her father before school.
Palin attended Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska, located 44 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. She was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at the school and the point guard and captain of the school’s girls’ basketball team. She earned the nickname “Sarah Barracuda” because of her intense play.
Palin attended several colleges and universities. In 1982, she enrolled at Hawaii Pacific College, but left after her first semester. She transferred to North Idaho Community College, where she spent two semesters as a general studies major. From there, she transferred to the University of Idaho for two semesters. During this time, Palin won the Miss Wasilla Pageant, then finished third in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant, at which she won a college scholarship and the Miss Congeniality award. She then attended the Matanuska-Susitna Community College in Alaska for one term. The next year she returned to the University of Idaho, where she spent three semesters completing her Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism. She graduated in 1987.
In 1988, she worked as a sports reporter for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV in Anchorage, Alaska, and for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman as a sports reporter. (Source: Wikipedia)
Palin was a member of the Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996 and mayor from 1996 to 2002. She was elected governor of Alaska in November 2006.
On Aug. 29, Sen. John McCain announced he had chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate in this year’s presidential election. She is the first woman to run on the Republican presidential ticket and the first Alaskan nominee of either major party.
As mayor of Wasilla, Palin cut property taxes and other small taxes on businesses. But according to the Anchorage Daily Newspaper, the budget of Wasilla, with a population of 5,469 in 2000, apart from capital projects and debt, rose from $3.9 million in 1996 to $5.8 million.
Also as mayor of Wasilla, Palin pushed through a new $15 million, all-purpose sports arena that was paid for with her new sales tax increase.
Part of the land for the sports complex was privately owned, but that did not stop Palin. She broke ground on the site without dealing with the land owner, and the city was sued. The suit cost the city another $1.7 million more than the original $125,000 that was budgeted. Wasilla still is facing budget shortfalls from the case today.
When Palin left office in 2002, Wasilla had racked up close to $20 million in long-term debt, or roughly $3,000 of debt per resident.
As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin successfully pushed a windfall tax on oil company profits, a law that raised taxes on oil profits to 25 percent from 22.5, winning passage in the Alaska Legislature in November 2007. The increase amounted to an estimated $1.6 billion more for the state.
Palin also pushed through a new mega-pipeline that will be built by TransCanada and will bring jobs and more tax dollars to Alaska.
Palin’s dealings with oil corporations have led Sen. McCain to say, “She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America.”
God help us, if that were true.