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?