Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin, petty crook

So apparently John McCain's poorly-vetted running mate Sarah Palin has been charging Alaska taxpayers a per diem for nights she spent at home. The state allows for travel expenses to be billed to the taxpayer, but this is not what the framers of the Alaska constitution had in mind.

If you're traveling on state business, sure, you should be allowed to bill the taxpayers. That part of your job. But there's a term for the money they give you for when you stay home and don't travel. That kind of money is called "salary." Since Palin was already drawing a salary, this per diem for ferrying her family between Juneau and Wasilla is what we call "stealing."

Sarah Palin is a petty crook. If I charged my employer for family trips to my original hometown (which, as it happens, is also 600 miles away from where I live now,) I'd be fired, and rightfully so.

More of that famous conservative "fiscal discipline" we hear so much about. Who but a Republican could charge the American people $60 a night to spend the night in her own bed and still manage to get to sleep?

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At Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 4:49:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool story, except that the entire Alaska state legislature does this regardless of party and has for years. I'm pretty sure the people of Alaska are ok with it since they keep voting down bills which would move the capitol to a more accessible location... Bills which pop up on the ballots here from time to time for exactly this reason. If the people of Alaska are ok with it why do you care? Oh right, anything to make Sarah look bad. You betcha.

At Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 2:38:00 PM EST, Blogger Kurt Kaletka said...

Anonymous, Sarah Palin doesn't need help to make her look bad. All the same, it serves all of us well when we expose the hypocrisy of a major party's vice presidential candidate. Or is it okay to overlook such things if she's your girl?

If the people of Alaska like that corruption, fine. But when she's running for vice president of my own country, then it affects me directly. Think about it.


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