Want To Run For President In 2012?

Want To Run For President In 2012?


Then you better reject part of the stimulus package.

At least that’s what Mark Sanford, Bobby Jindal and now Sarah Palin are doing…

JUNEAU — Gov. Sarah Palin is refusing to accept over 30 percent of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska, including dollars for schools, energy assistance and social services. […]

Palin is not taking about $288 million of the $930.7 million that Alaska is due in the federal stimulus. Palin said she is accepting the federal stimulus money that would go for construction projects, but not funding directed at government operations.

What’s curious is that the money she’s turning down is set for education, and Alaska is struggling with very large high school dropout rates. So this is an area where they need some extra help, right?

Well, it seems Palin understands this because I think I see a bit of “wink, wink, nudge, nudge” in the last paragraph here…

The biggest single chunk of money that Palin is turning down is about $170 million for education, including money that would go for programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students. Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau said she is “shocked and very disappointed” that Palin would reject the schools money. She said it could be used for job preservation, teacher training, and helping kids who need it.

Palin said she’s sure that her decision on the education money will draw the most heat, and that she wouldn’t be surprised if the Legislature tries to change it. “It is a matter of discussing with our lawmakers if the expansion there is something we’re willing to pick up the tab for when the federal dollars dry up, when they no longer flow into Alaska,” Palin said.

Yes, Palin is taking a public stand against the money, but if the legislature wants to approve it, well, her hands are tied.


Folks, let’s remember that Palin was for $223 million in “pork” for that “Bridge to Nowhere”, as well as a similar total for another “Nowhere” bridge. So why be okay with nearly half a billion in federal money that would benefit only a tiny percentage of Alaskans and now be against less than a couple hundred million that would benefit the entire state?

I think it’s pretty clear, but I’m cynical that way.

  • http://totallybiasednews.blogspot.com KyleS

    See, the thing is…. Sarah Palin STILL has more executive experience than Barack Obama, and she still will in 2012. In spite of the media-grabbing bottom feeding attacks on her, she is very intelligent person, with a lot of career experience behind her, and her track record in Alaska is VERY good, particularly compared to any one of her predecessors. By 2012 we will see a very polished Palin. (I would also note, I am not a Palin supporter. But I am really sick of seeing her trashed all over the place for having a stance, and standing her ground.)

  • TerenceC

    Can’t we just not talk about this woman anymore? She’s a niche politician in a state that is the largest per-capita receiver of federal dollars. Everything she says is calculated to deceive and ignore reality – providing she trys to think before she speaks. She has no place and no long term future in national politics. She’s a non player from a politically irrelevant state. However, she is part of cabal of untalented republicans who actually think their tired, irrational message still resonates. We are going to hear from a balanced conservative – with actual new ideas in 2012. I don’t think any of us know who that person is at this point. I can promise it won’t be any of the current favorites, and it’s probably someone with little to no national exposure at this point. I think it’s too soon to focus on the next election, we have too many things to get done right now and Palin and her pals add nothing to a positive public discourse.

  • Colonel

    Completely agree with author of the first comment, and I can’t understand why americans are still bearing this woman (even not worthy of this name) You are happy people to have such a president as Obama and his team of clever – minded specialists who will (of course with the help of every ordinary american) really heal this nation, which is truly respected all throughout the world

  • Smooth Jazz

    Palin is the Democrat’s best friend. A poll shows she gets beat by Obama 55 to his 35 in a Presidential matchup. If she wins the nomination, Obama will be a two term President.

    On a sidenote, Palin is an idiot, a hypocrite and a racist.

  • http://sidewaysmencken.blogspot michael reynolds

    I’ve decided to further my own ambitions by rejecting the part of the agenda that involves raising my taxes.

    Me in 2012!

  • mrunpc

    Mr. Gardner has obviously never heard of or dealt with a loan shark and anyone with even an ounce of gray matter realizes that dealing financially (or otherwise) with ANY Democrat (aka: Communist) politician is not only dealing with the ultimate loan shark, but the Devil himself.

  • Alistair

    She may not need the stimulus money but she need some money to pay out her legal fees!


  • AJD

    Palin? Obama? which will make a better president if that’s the question,
    To everyone that is asking this question I have a word of advice. How if we start to judge and pick people on their past achievement and not how great they will be in the future. Talk is cheap . So make your homework before voting. It’s not like you can fire them when ever you want. YOU ARE STUCK WITH YOUR CHOICE FOR FOUR YEARS.

  • Tom Dockery

    The same nonsense was said about Ronald Reagan:pretty boy(girl,in Palin’s case),former sportscaster,Governor of a western state,not too bright,etc.

    Well,how are those Ivies running the economy recently?It looks like it needs an IV.

    Just like her fellow Aquarian Governors(FDR and Reagan)she will be back,probably in 2020.

  • gerryf

    Call me crazy, but IF we didn’t already know Palin and her ambitions, and IF she was working to come up with an alternative to support programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students, I would actually admire her for standing on principal.

    There actually is something to be said for being against unfunded mandates and temporary funding from Washington that will put your state on the hook later on.

    However, we know that Palin is a political opportunist who is making a calculated move while meanwhile not giving a rip about economically disadvantaged and special needs students (She’s proved this in past budgets even after campaigning otherwise).

    Obama’s stimulus package was ill-conceived and there were too many things (the wrong things) inserted into it and some of these programs are examples of that.

    You cannot use special money to fix systemic problems

  • mike wilder

    smooth jazz, you sound like a typical liberal: a damn liar who projects his/her own sick, twisted, obsession with race on people who never give that kind of thing a second thought.

  • Smooth Jazz


    You’re an idiot. You are full of hate and propaganda pumped into you by the likes of Limbaugh and other right wing big mouths. You’re so full of hate that you have no ability to form rational ideas and you have no social skills. You probably live in some trailer park somewhere and have lost your job. I pity you.

  • Billabong

    Smooth Jazz,

    Irony is an interesting component of communication. Don’t you think so?

  • Smooth Jazz

    Bill, I think that people who do not directly state what it is they want to say, are too inept to do so.

  • shane

    ..at the risk of speaking for Billabong, I’m pretty sure he said exactly what he wanted to say and cleverly so.

  • kranky kritter

    The biggest irony to me is that one the smartest people I know when it comes to politics and government insisted that Obama was an “empty suit.”

    Palin, for my money, fits this description to a T. Talk about a blank canvas for conservatives to project their ideals upon. With every day that passes, Palin seems more and more like a carefully crafted show. Al script, no improv. She’s like a band that plays their songs note-for-note the same when they play live.

    What’s still missing, to me, are the real chops. She still comes across to me as quite minor league, not very considered in her views, and well, superficial. She seems to me be very little more than an attractive product being marketed by a host of eager backers.

    Ultimately, I still find her extraordinarily unconvincing, if the goal of her team is to make me think she is a strong leader with considered depth of conviction. She seems to have no ideas that are wholly her own, and does not demonstrate the depth of understanding and conviction that is evident when someone has thought hard and long about things and grasped the details inside and out.

  • Smooth Jazz

    @ shane, If what bill said was clever, you would say that it was clever, not that you’re “pretty sure” it was clever. When someone cannot articulate what they mean, that’s a lack of cleverness.