Pinocchio in Drag: Sarah Palin’s Latest Lies

 

By Geoffrey Dunn

It's getting harder and harder to keep up with the inimitable Governor of Alaska these days, as she's Twittering and issuing statements on her official State of Alaska web site, (paid for at taxpayers' expense, of course, including a series of posts about hockey games!). She's also blogging (yes, she's a blogger now, too) on both her Facebook page and her SarahPAC web site, the latter of which is being funded by contributors across the country as Ms. Palin continues to maneuver herself, haphazardly as it may be, into a run for the presidency in 2012.

And through it all she continues to delve in a disturbing duplicity, spewing lies and half-truths as she takes potshots at President Barack Obama, the man she accused of "palling around with terrorists" on the campaign trail last year. As the great Italian-American philosopher Yogi Berra once remarked, "It's deja vu all over again."

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Take Palin's most recent pandering to "save face"

 

Palin's argument against the funding was that it "required more 'big brother' government involvement [i.e. federally mandated building codes] than most Alaskans want", a contention refuted by Alaskans on all sides of the political aisle.

"This issue has been researched thoroughly by legislative staff and we couldn't find one string attached to those funds," said Anchorage Republican Rep. Charisse Millett.

In other words, Palin's contention is a lie. And it's a lie not based on the best interests of Alaskans, but on her own political future.

Another Alaska Republican, Anchorage Rep. Mike Hawker, said Palin is wrong about the building codes: "We've researched this thoroughly, and the governor's folks now have received a letter from the (U.S. Department of Energy) basically saying that you don't have to come up with all these building codes."

And from yet another Alaska Republican, Anchorage Senator Lesil McGuire: "When we researched the facts on it, the strings that were discussed were not there."

Palin then taunted the State legislature by noting "lawmakers can always exercise checks and balances by overriding my veto"–knowing that it would take a supermajority of 75 percent in Alaska to override her decision. Time will tell whether Alaska's elected representatives will stand up to Palin on this critical issue. Several lawmakers I spoke to said they are "considering it."

Not to be outdone with her lies regarding the energy stimulus, Palin issued a rather bizarre *press release on her SarahPAC web site. *Palin communicates solely by press release to the Alaskan people, always bizarre.

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