Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Palin Stopped Bridge Obama Voted For

While both Senator Obama and Senator Biden voted for the bridge to nowhere, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was instrumental in stopping the bridge.

Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge

By JIM DEMINT, (R) U.S. Senator
September 10, 2008 Wall Street Journal (Excerpt)

"But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008

“In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.

My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin's leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.

Let's compare.

Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state's history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska's budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."

Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor's center in Louisiana.

Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction.

Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.

Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.

When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark

Mrs. Palin has proven courageous by taking on big spenders in her own party. In March of this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported that, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is aggravated about what he sees as Gov. Sarah Palin's antagonism toward the earmarks he uses to steer federal money to the state."

Mr. Obama had a chance to take on his party when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a sham ethics bill, which was widely criticized by watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste for shielding earmarks from pubic scrutiny. But instead of standing with taxpayers, Mr. Obama voted for the bill. Today, he claims he helped write the bill that failed to clean up Washington.” Wall Street Journal


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At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

This Obama really kills me. He says that he's going to bring "Change". What a joke! He didn't have the brains to pick Hillary for his running mate, a sure win for his presidency, so he picks the old grandstanding alligator mouthed has-been, Joe Biden instead. Ooooooh,--what a winning ticket! That's what I call real "Change!" Sarah Palin got more votes when she ran for mayor of Wasilla Alaska, than Joe Biden received when he ran for president in the last election. Priceless! Obama's "Change" isn't panning out. I think that he had better shoot for "Hope" instead. :)

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous René said...

why didn't you put this on NP? and let the smearing chips fall where they may? C'mon, don't let those punks chase off all the good guys.

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may be true but didn't Palin 1) drop her support AFTER all the bad publicity
and 2) took the money for it anyway?



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