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Palin a risky choice for the McCain ticket


Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"It was a reckless decision."

"It looks like a hail-Mary pass."

"It's a weird choice."

"It does nothing for the ticket."

These are a few comments I have heard about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential running mate. No one has said to me, "Wow, I really like his choice," a comment I heard often when Joe Biden was chosen as Barack Obama's running mate. Many believe Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty would have been a safer and better choice than governor Palin.

Well, John McCain is a gambler. And he tried to hit the Trifecta with his selection of Palin, the governor of Alaska. He was hoping for a win, win, win.

Firstly, McCain wanted someone who would please the conservative base of the Republican party. Palin is a conservative Christian who is pro-life and a member of the National Rifle Association who hunts moose and caribou.

When she ran for Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska in 1996, Palin reportedly ran on a pro-life campaign. Such are her religious right bonafides.

While this may thrill conservative Republicans, it does nothing to inspire independents and voters at large, who think that Palin's selection was made to placate the extreme right of the party. It was said that McCain could've expected a floor fight at the Republican convention in St. Paul had he named a pro-choice candidate like Senator Joe Lieberman.

The second win McCain was hoping for in a running mate was someone who was seen as a reformer - a maverick like himself.

McCain wants to sell the American public on the idea that a McCain-Palin victory would lead to reform of Washington.

At first blush, Palin appears to fit the hype. She ran for governor of Alaska as an anti-corruption candidate unseating those in her own party along the way. She has spoken out against federal earmarks.

But it appears that in the past Palin worked hard to get federal handouts when she was mayor of the town of Wasilla, going so far as to hire a lobbyist with links to indicted Republican senator Ted Stevens. From 2000 to 2003, the town of 7,000 people received $11.9 million in earmarks as well as $15 million in federal funds for regional transportation.

It is also true that when she was initially elected governor, Palin supported the controversial $223 million "Bridge to Nowhere," linking Ketchikan to an island with an airport and 50 residents.

Controversy is also surrounding Pa .....
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Voting is both a privilege and an obligation - be informed

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Thomas Jefferson said, "Information is the currency of democracy."

And in an E-mail essay on Winston Churchill's 1947 comment that "Democracy is not perfect, but it's better than any of the other methods that have been tried so far," the co ..... 
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Shame on Edwards, shame on us

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

John Edwards got busted by the National Enquirer. It's rather a sad thing that news sources are getting their leads from such an empty publication but I've suspected as much when watching the network news and seen headlines in papers as large as the ..... 
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Our civic duty requires informed decisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
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In the August 11, 2008, edition of this newspaper there were three commentary pieces that had me thinking for quite some time after I had read them.

In the first, former Congressman Lee Hamilton asks us to pay attention to what politicians ..... 
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Independents will elect the next president

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
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"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest poli ..... 
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When it comes to oil, are they stupid or just lying to you?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The economy is in the basement and, to top it off, energy prices are at all time highs causing increases across the board for all goods and services. This is the worst of all worlds; high prices, stagnant job creation, and low wages.

High en ..... 
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A Christian looks at war

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I begin my examination of war by looking at Jesus' words from the Bible. A sampling from the gospels provides these quotes (from The New Revised Standard Version):

"Love your enemies; pray for (them)... ." Matt ..... 
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Musings from the lawn chair

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
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I don't like my federal government - the Administration, Congress, the whole shooting match - they just don't seem to share my values. The larger the resources available to them to play with, the less I trust them with how they'll use them. Three tr ..... 
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Word Play

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
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Words are fun. Words are powerful. I love them. I wish I could roll around in a field of them and chew the sweetest and stomp on the ugly ones. I'm no linguist, plain old Midwest English is the best I can handle and I have been accused of sounding l ..... 
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