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Reasons to be scared of Palin

  1.     Palin Slashed Funding for Teen Moms. Whe 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. (Washington Post)
     2.      Her Views on Sex Education. When she ran for governor of Alaska in 2006, Sarah Palin was asked if she would support abstinence-before-marriage programs over sex education, school clinics and contraceptive distribution. She was firm in her answer: “Explicit sex ed programs will not find my support.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
     3.      Few Mayoral Accomplishments. Before she was elected governor, she was mayor of a tiny Anchorage suburb, where her greatest accomplishment was raising the sales tax to build a hockey rink.
     4.      She Was “For It’ Before She Was “Against It!” As a candidate for governor in 2006, Palin had backed funding the infamous “bridge to nowhere.” After her election, she killed the much-ridiculed project when it became clear the state had other priorities. (LA Times) She then kept federal funds allotted for it after the deal fell through. (CBS News)
     5.      Pork Barrel Spending. Palin hired DC lobbyists to help direct nearly $27 million in pork projects to the town of Wasilla. And today we learn that McCain has actually condemned some of the very earmarks his running mate and her lobbyists secured. (CBS News)
     6.      More Pork Barrel Spending. This year she submitted to Congress a list of Alaska projects worth $197.8 million, including $2 million to research crab productivity in the Bering Sea and $7.4 million to improve runway lighting at eight Alaska airports. A spokesman said she cut the original list of 54 projects to 31. (LA Times)
     7.      Does Not Put “Country First.” She has vocally supported the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that has long pushed for a statewide vote on whether Alaska should secede from those same United States. (LA Times)
     8.      Campaign Contributions Nightmare. She accepted $5,000 in campaign contributions in 2001 from executives of Veco Corp., an Anchorage-based oil-services company, when she was running for lieutenant governor. Veco is at the heart of a federal investigation of alleged political corruption; two executives pleaded guilty last year to bribing state politicians. (
     9.      Another Scandalous Probe. A separate probe, initiated by the Alaska Legislature, is looking into Palin’s dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan in July. Monegan has said he was pressed by members of the governor’s family and administration to fire a state trooper who was involved in a contentious divorce from Palin’s sister. (
     10.      Palin’s Own Crazy Preacher. From the age of 12 and for most of her adult life, Sarah Palin attended the Wasilla Assembly of God. the church’s preacher, Ed Kalinins preached that critics of President Bush will be banished to hell; questioned whether people who voted for Sen. John Kerry in 2004 would be accepted to heaven; charged that the 9/11 terrorist attacks and war in Iraq were part of a war “contending for your faith;” and said that Jesus “operated from that position of war mode.” (The Huffington Post) Speaking to school of ministry graduates gathered at Wasilla Assembly of God on June 8, Palin asked the crowd to pray for the corporate cooperation necessary to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline across Alaska. (Chicago Tribune)
     11.      She’s a Creationist. As a candidate for governor, Palin called for teaching creationism alongside evolution in Alaska’s public schools. She has not made clear whether she accepts the theory of evolution as fact. (Associated Press)
     12.      Does Not Believe Global Warming is Caused by Man. “A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location,” Palin recently told Newsmax, an Internet news site. “I’m not one though who would attribute it to being manmade.” (Associated Press)
     13.      Banning Books. As mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she sought to have 90 books banned from the local library and threatened to fire the librarian. (Time Magazine) Entire list of proposed banned books below (
     14.      Lagniappe!: Details also emerged about the father of Bristol Palin’s child. He is Levi Johnston, 18, a high school ice hockey player. He describes himself on his MySpace page as a “f****** red-neck”. He says that he has a girlfriend but “I don’t want kids”. Last night Levi’s mother said that he was heading for the convention to meet the Palin family. (London Times)

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