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C & L:

This is an issue that needs to be asked of Gov. Mooseknuckle:  Would she have line-item vetoed this funding knowing what she knows now? 

From Crooks & Liars via The Washington Post:

ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation — “SP” — Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers”

Sarah you give a good speech but I need to know where you stand on the issues???

As a parent of a child with special needs my jaw dropped when I heard Sarah Palin pander to Special Needs parents, in a desperate attempt to secure more women voters.

To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”

This might have been more palatable if you hadn’t cut Special Education by 62% in Alaska.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/07_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf  Budget before Palin’s Cuts.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf 2009

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

 

I commend Sarah Palin for her ability to juggle work and family and don’t think that should disqualify her as a candidate for Vice President.  However, I do take offense when she panders to Special Needs for political gain.  Sarah Palin has never had to call an insurance company and listen to the rhetoric that denies her special needs child coverage.  I think Hillary Rosen said it best when she said.

‘McCain and Palin get their health insurance paid for by the government (hers in Alaska and his in Washington). Yet they oppose giving the nearly 46 million uninsured Americans the same access to affordable health care.”

Last night I heard Sarah Palin give an amazing speech geared at rallying her base, but what it lacked for me, personally, was substance.