Monday, September 15, 2008

Hunting Palin

Al Hunt says the McCain Campaign is adopting a cynical strategy in bashing the press to protect Sarah Palin and her record from scrutiny.

Scrutiny, Mr. Hunt suggests, such as:

"Her decision to have a Down syndrome child this year and pledge to be an advocate for families with special-needs kids was inspiring for any family with such children. Why then did she veto a bill passed by the Alaska legislature increasing funding for the Special Olympics?"

Maybe because she thought Special Olympics already got enough state funding in Alaska?

Is there any law that requires elected officials to automatically increase funding for a program just because it might be seen to benefit one of their family members?

At least, Hunt characterizes her veto of this budget item as not increasing funding. Others in the media have claimed that she "slashed" and "cut in half" funding for Special Olympics in Alaska. For now I'm having trouble finding out. But it is not uncommon for interested parties to characterize the refusal of a proposed budget increase as a "cut."

Then there is this from the Los Angeles Times:

"In the budget she signed into law earlier this year, Palin approved a dramatic raise in spending on children who have what Alaska officials call “intensive needs,” including children who need nurses full time or cannot breathe without ventilators.

"When Palin took office, the state was spending $27,000 a year on each such child. The budget she signed this year raises funding to $49,000 per child. In three years, the amount will rise to $74,000, roughly equal to the $75,000 a year cost of educating such children."

Anyway, the media will continue to do its job scrutinizing Palin, not matter what the McCain campaign says. It should do so objectively and fairly and -- in the news pages -- with as little spin as possible.


Anonymous randal said...

McCain Campaign is adopting a cynical strategy in bashing the press to protect Sarah Palin and her record from scrutiny.

They must mean EXACTLY the way the Obama camp has gotten the Media to protect their candidate. Of course, when it comes to protecting their Chosen One, the Lib Media willingly complies.

This "historic" election has been great. Not for the possible insertion of the Affirmative Action Candidate but for how it has shined a light on black racism, Liberal apologistism and the biased Liberal Media. And it never would have come about had the Libs not pushed too far and abused their powers, as they always do.

September 15, 2008 at 10:35 AM 
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September 15, 2008 at 11:30 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

"I guess if she inspires more women to have Down Syndrome kids, the program will need even more funding."

Women don't intentionally conceive Down syndrome kids. If Sarah Palin inspires them it will be not to KILL them in utero.

As for Special Olympics "smelling" like "an underfunded program" does any social program smell overfunded to a liberal?

September 15, 2008 at 1:24 PM 
Anonymous r said...

More petty partisan grasping trying to make nothing into something.
PA also bills victims for rape kits.

September 16, 2008 at 1:43 AM 
Anonymous r said...

And our DEMOCRAT governor and DEMOCRAT mayors permit this here.

September 16, 2008 at 11:30 AM 

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