Meet Sarah Palin Welfare Queen

Michael Kinsley has written a brilliant column on Sarah Palin which guts any argument about whether she is a fiscal conservative.  Moreover, Kinsley has provided a roadmap by which Obama and Biden can attack her credentials as a reformer while avoiding bogus charges of sexism.  I would strongly suggest you stop reading this post and read Kinsley's column in its entirety here.  Some excerpts:

Sarah Palin thinks she is a better American than you because she comes from a small town, and a superior human being because she isn't a journalist and has never lived in Washington and likes to watch her kids play hockey. Although Palin praised John McCain in her acceptance speech as a man who puts the good of his country ahead of partisan politics, McCain pretty much proved the opposite with his selection of a running mate whose main asset is her ability to reignite the culture wars. So maybe Governor Palin does represent everything that is good and fine about America, as she herself maintains. But spare us, please, any talk about how she is a tough fiscal conservative.

Next up…Alaskans are doing pretty well:

Alaska residents each get a yearly check for about $2,000 from oil revenues, plus an additional $1,200 pushed through by Palin last year to take advantage of rising oil prices. Any sympathy the governor of Alaska expresses for folks in the lower 48 who are suffering from high gas prices or can't afford to heat their homes is strictly crocodile tears.

So Palin thinks it's Ok for the oil companies to gouge Americans in the lower 48 states, as long as she can return a windfall profits tax to Alaskans only.  Now I know what she means by Alaska First.  Furthermore:

As if it couldn't support itself, Alaska also ranks No. 1, year after year, in money it sucks in from Washington. In 2005 (the most recent figures), according to the Tax Foundation, Alaska ranked 18th in federal taxes paid per resident ($5,434) but first in federal spending received per resident ($13,950). Its ratio of federal spending received to federal taxes paid ranks third among the 50 states, and in the absolute amount it receives from Washington over and above the amount it sends to Washington, Alaska ranks No. 1. 

Here is a copy of the Tax Foundation Report.  North Carolina is ranked 27th in the amount of federal funding we receive vs. federal taxes paid.  Most of the key battleground states are in the lower half: Colorado (41), Michigan (37), Florida (34), Ohio (31), Pennsylvania (28).  Do you think the residents of those states (even the ones who live in small towns!) know that they pay higher prices for Alaskan oil so Governor Palin can keep the residents of her welfare state on the dole?

Kinsley concludes:

Why is a windfall-profits tax good for Alaska but not for the U.S.? Well, it's obvious, isn't it? People in Alaska are better than people in the rest of the U.S. They're more American. Although there are small towns and farms and high school hockey teams in the lower 48, there are fewer down here, per capita, than in Alaska. And there are many more journalists and pollsters and city dwellers and other undesirables who might benefit if every American had the same right to leech off the government as do the good citizens of Sarah Palin's Alaska.

Sarah Palin is alot of things: Welfare Queen and Pork Queen come to mind.  What she isn't is fiscally conservative, a reformer, mavericky, or truthful.

But she is from a small town and John McCain was a POW.


  1. IBXer

    September 10, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Lol, you guys want to accuse her of not serving in government long enough to be qualified to be VP but then want to blame her for Alaska’s decade old fiscal policies… nice.

    ***grasping at straws***

  2. sturner

    September 10, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Mostly I want to blame her for lying about her record and lying about Barack Obama.

    Go here to read about Palin vs. Reality:


    Why doesn’t Palin have an unrestricted press conference…today…to clear up any misunderstandings about her record or her statements? Why is she hiding?

  3. Kate

    September 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I want to blame her for being a clone of Phyllis Schlafly!

  4. Curmilus Dancy II

    September 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    This whole Sarah Palin thing is a joke. I have a problem with her having a small child with downs syndrome and a child (17 yrs. old) who will have a grand baby soon and she is not taking all of that in consideration. The 2nd problem I have is she attacked Obama instead of just talking about herself. From what I have read just about everything she has said is totally opposite of how she told it. I know it is her story and she can tell it like she want to however she should understand that it is public documents.

    I watched the RNC and that party celebrated her and that is what they suppose to had done. Heck they were representing their party and she is running on their ticket so what else was they suppose to do other than support her.

    I do not fear McCain Palin because I trust that the good Democrats will all vote for Obama and we will be victorious in November.

    Visit me on the web @ http://www.thepoliticalagitator.com

  5. Bill

    September 11, 2008 at 12:57 am

    I think the welfare queen angle is a really good one. You have to of course attribute the term to Ronald Reagen and then call her a welfare queen.

    I would also tie her personal and vendetta style politics as Bush style politics.

  6. IBXer

    September 11, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Palin killed the bridge to nowhere while Obama and Biden both voted in support of it instead of rebuilding the Interstate 10 Twin Spans Bridge between New Orleans and St. Tammany’s Parish after Hurricane Katrina…

    Obama and Biden voted to defend pork rather than to help the people of New Orleans.

    ““We have the largest natural catastrophe we have ever seen in our history,” Coburn said on the Senate floor on October 20, 2005. “It is time we reassess the priorities we utilize in this body as we think about our obligations at home.”

    Coburn’s amendment failed 15-82. Obama and Biden were among the “nays.” They and 80 other senators preferred to protect the earmarking tradition than to assist Katrina’s tempest-tossed citizens.

    Obama and Biden put pork first and people second. While the residents of New Orleans and southern Louisiana endured perhaps their greatest challenge since the Civil War, Obama and Biden both turned their backs on these embattled Americans.”

    If you are interested in knowing the truth, check it out http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=Yzk1MWE2ZDg5OGE3ZGYyMTY3ZGEyZTIzMTk0MjVhZWQ=

  7. sturner

    September 11, 2008 at 9:05 am

    No go IBXer…
    Palin lied about the bridge…Congress had already said forget it before Palin said no thanks. Even the WSJ agrees.

    As long as we are discussing fake outrage over lipstick and pigs, I think the “Palin as Pork Queen” story has legs. It has the added benefit of being true. Go here for the facts:


    Or if we want a local angle, we should call her “Ten Pence Palin”

    For those of you who don’t know…”Ten Pence” is the “25-Foot, Two-Ton Mascot Pig” which our friends at the local chapter of the Americans for the Prosperous recently trundled around North Carolina on an illegal trailer. Apparently, “Ten Pence” likes to “Squeal Against High Taxes and Pork Barrel Spending.” If AFP had any credibility they would make Ten Pence a bronze statue on the lawn of the Governor’s mansion in Juneau.

    For info and a picture of Ten Pence go here:


    …and ask Dallas Woodhouse if the Obama campaign can rent Ten Pence for Palin campaign events.

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