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Palin’s Public Service was Forged in Wasilla

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Having a beauty queen for a mayor may sound odd, but in the town of Wasilla, Alaska Sarah Palin was just one of many colorful residents that inhabit Wasilla, Alaska.  While having a popula of 8,000 the Palin administration had a number of difficult situations to deal with.  Palin describes herself as an accidental politician who only reluctantly got into politics after incumbent Mayor Vincouer refused to put in a stop sign despite promising to do so 5 years before.

It was Palin who saw a health care crisis in town and managed to land a doctor from the lower 48 to take care of the town’s sick and injured.  Though ultimately unsuccessful, Palin spearheaded an effort to convince a group of Japanese businessmen to build a golf resort in Wasilla.  This gave her both experience with foreigners and business experience.

Palin believes in the power of the press and it was under her leadership that citizens were able to save the town’s newspaper–The Wasilla News and World Telegram.  She also worked closely with the town’s largest employer Minnfield Communications so she knows a thing or two about business.

While liberals may talk down her experience as mayor, it is clear that Sarah Palin learned a lot during her time as mayor and it is that experience thatwill make her a great Vice-President.

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Written by thatsrightnate

August 30, 2008 at 8:36 am

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  1. I’m very exciited, and couldn’t be happier that McCain chose Palin!

    http://loomisnews.wordpress.com/2008/08/31/i-heart-sarah-palin/

    loomisnews

    September 1, 2008 at 10:54 am

  2. My first reading of that title “Palin’s Public Service was Forged in Wasilla” made me do a double take. Two ways you can read that…

    zac

    September 9, 2008 at 3:10 am

  3. I can only see one way.

    thatsrightnate

    September 9, 2008 at 5:35 am

  4. I think the liberals are trying to troll you, Nate. Maybe there’s some sort of French way of reading it.

    Aramael

    September 9, 2008 at 10:30 am

  5. If there’s one thing I won’t put up with here its Trolls.

    thatsrightnate

    September 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm

  6. Let’s not forget that Wasilla is a podunk town in the middle of nowhere, right up there with Andy Griffith’s fictional ‘Mayberry’. And let’s not forget that even in a town this small Sarah Palin fired numerous town officials because they essentially didn’t agree with her. That even included an attempt to fire the librarian for not book banning, books that Palin described as “…morally and socially objectionable”, yet it’s okay for her unwed teenage christian daughter to get knocked up. Doesn’t one see a slight problem here? I’d call her a sociopathic authoritarian, a dominant ‘b*tch’, a ‘control freak’, the one who wears the pants in the family, one who’s motto in life is “My way or the highway”. America doesn’t need a self-serviing creep like this. I wish Palin would just stay where she belongs, in Alaska.

    Per

    September 9, 2008 at 4:59 pm

  7. First, Wasilla isn’t a podunk town. They had their own lobbyist for Pete’s sake. That’s pretty major league to me. The folks in Washington DC thought so or they wouldn’t have given them all that money. Secondly, this is a courageous woman who has risen up the political ladder while still raising five amazing children. You should not bring her family up in this debate. I think as a mother and a governor she deserves that respect.

    thatsrightnate

    September 9, 2008 at 5:17 pm

  8. Per, as a podunk citizen of the town of Wasilla, I’ll happily assume you won’t be moving here soon. Your facts are erroneous….Sarah never attempted to ban books, she asked the librarian to clarify her policy regarding the banning of books, as that topic was under scrutiny at the time. And that, my friend, is the true fact, and comes from someone who was here when that was taking place. As a person who has watched Sarah implement her ideas in my home town of Wasilla as well as through-out my state, I wish we were going to be able to keep Sarah “where she belongs” as you so idiotically put it….but not to keep her out of your way, but because we are truly going to regret losing her as our Governor. We celebrate our 50th anniversary as a United State this year, and yet you act as if we aren’t a part of your country. We are most certainly not in the middle of nowhere, you might be surprised to find out that we have an education system here and many of us are well educated, we work hard for a living, and I would imagine share many of the same hopes and dreams as our neighbors in the lower 48 and Hawaii do. We rejoice in life’s wonders and have great sorrows to bear. Many of us live here because we prefer the small town atmosphere for raising our children. Many of us are frontier types because that is part of our history here, and we are surrounded by a vast and wonderful frontier. We don’t criticize those who chose a different life for themselves and their families than what we choose, but ask to be given the same respect. It is hard for me to understand where all the anger is coming from towards Sarah; I feel it must stem from frustration at the fact that she has electrified the repulican party, and there aren’t many legitimate negative arguments to use against her . I wish to take a stand and defend Sarah against your attack; she is most certainly not a “sociopath-ic authoritarian, a dominant ‘b*tch’, a ‘control freak’, the one who wears the pants in the family, one who’s motto in life is “My way or the highway”,” as you so cleverly phrased it, nor is she a “self-serving creep.” She is simply another human being, and I shudder at the depth of your anger.

    Wasilla Podunk Citizen

    September 19, 2008 at 6:01 pm

  9. By the way, I’m assuming all the info in the original post is supposed to be humorous…it certainly isn’t factual, hey? And the picture, nice, but not Wasilla…..

    Wasilla Podunk Citizen

    September 19, 2008 at 6:09 pm

  10. Unless that’s the old Teelands?

    Wasilla Podunk Citizen

    September 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm

  11. Dear Citizen,

    While I certainly applaud your appreciation for Sarah, you are clearly out of place on this blog. this site is for true conservatives and true Christians. We know that your statement, “we don’t criticize those who chose a different life for themselves and their families than what we choose,” is just a very thinly veiled statement in support of indiscriminate baby-killing. You pro-choicers make me sick. What if your mother had aborted you? YOu’d be singing a different song now. Stick to your daily kos and make the “choice” to let the god-fearing deny choice for “themselves and their families.”

    Steve

    steve

    September 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm

  12. Hey Pod,

    That is in fact the old Teelands. While I have never been to Wasilla, I am looking forward to getting up that way for an aerial wolf hunt come winter when they’re easier to track in the snow.
    We are glad to have you in this country for 50 years and if you do see Todd I wish you would tell him that we would very much like to keep you all in the union. The vast and wonderful frontier sounds great, but isn’t it a little scary having the Russkies so close? Do their soldiers taunt you or mostly just ignore you?
    Thanks for visiting my blog! Any friend of Sarah’s is alright with me.

    thatsrightnate

    September 19, 2008 at 6:32 pm

  13. Be careful because, if you lose Alaska, Brazil will be number 4 in size. In terms of population, though, you’d continue to be number 3 in the world. That’s not too bad!
    Steve, your comment made me remember that communist, G. B. Trudeau,, of Doonesbury fame. Back in the 80s, he was criticizing videos that showed how abortions happen. So he put one very small spot in the middle of a TV screen and called it “Tim”. And he wrote things like “This is an impartial report and we are not taking sides but, before we continue, let’s talk to the murderer herself”, and showed Tim’s mother. When the spot disappears, the narrator says, “Farewell, Tim, you will be remembered”. It was quite funny, although I hope Trudeau died and went to hell, of course!

    Lola

    September 20, 2008 at 7:50 am

  14. Nice try Lola, but your story is false. America is a god-fearing nation and we don’t put dead babies in the “funnies” section of the newspaper. You’ll have to try again to bring us down. I find it quite amusing, however, that you and citizen — obviously both women — take abortion so humorously. This is why we need McCain noew more than ever. No matter which side of the issue he’s taken, he’s always taken the issue of abortion seriously.

    steve

    September 20, 2008 at 8:00 am

  15. “No matter which side of the issue he’s taken, he’s always taken the issue of abortion seriously.”

    I think that’s true of McCain on most issues. His positions may change, but he never does.

    thatsrightnate

    September 20, 2008 at 8:20 am

  16. This is a long letter but I think an important one. When you have time, read it or print it out for bedtime reading. Send it to whom ever you please.

    About Sarah Palin: A Letter From Anne Kilkenny

    What follows is an open letter written by a resident of Wasilla, Alaska named Anne Kilkenny.

    I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

    She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe”.

    It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months. She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby. She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

    She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit. Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans. Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters. She’s smart.

    Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents. During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.

    Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

    The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

    While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once. These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city. As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

    In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s surplus, borrow for needs.

    She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

    While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

    Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

    As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

    She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

    Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

    When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job.

    In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit, exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

    As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

    As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

    She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.

    Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah.

    They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah’s mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

    As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.

    Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar bears as threatened species.

    McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President. There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she. However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.

    CLAIM VS FACT

    •“Hockey mom”: true for a few years
    •“PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
    •“NRA supporter”: absolutely true
    •social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconstitutional).
    •pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
    •“Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
    •“Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
    •political maverick: not at all
    •gutsy: absolutely!
    •open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
    •has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
    •”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
    •fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
    •pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
    •pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
    •pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history.
    •pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.

    WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

    First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you Google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

    Secondly, I’ve always operated in the belief that “Bad things happen when good people stay silent”. Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

    Third, I am just a housewife. I don’t have a job she can bump me out of. I don’t belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that’s life.

    Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.

    Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

    CAVEATS

    I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall–they are swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.

    You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my “about 5,000″, up to 9,000. The day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s.

    higherhopes

    September 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm

  17. Steve, I don’t have to try to bring the US down! The great empire is ending. Americans will never have the same lifestyle again. Who says so? Pat Buchanan! Really. I couldn’t believe it when I read it, but it’s all here:
    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=28616
    And then many of the comments say that this is what happens to nations that don’t respect God. So there.
    About Sarah, all I can say is that Wasilla is pronounced like a verb we have in Brazil: Vacila, which means to hesitate and also to do something wrong. Is this a sign from God (who’s Brazilian) or something?

    Lola

    September 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm

  18. Don’t be foolish, foreign girl. Go to any church in America, or pick up any American Bible. Look at the artwork. It’s very clear that Jesus was Norwegian.

    steve

    September 20, 2008 at 5:26 pm

  19. Okay, Jesus was Norwegian, no doubt about that. But GOD is Brazilian! And you know, he’s the father, so that’s even more important. Patriarchy rules!

    Lola

    September 20, 2008 at 5:58 pm

  20. I thought God was an Englishman. Maybe he emigrated somewhere to escape the terrible weather and bad teeth. But I doubt it was to Brazil, I mean, aren’t your seasons the wrong way around? God would never put up with that.

    Aramael

    September 21, 2008 at 3:07 am

  21. As you should know, Brazil is a large country (it will be bigger than the US when Todd succeeds in separating Alaska), so the weather here depends on the region. Where I live, which is in the south of Brazil, not too far from Uruguay and Argentina, we basically have two seasons: warm and cold. Fortunately, the cold season doesn’t last more than 3 or 4 months top, so we never have to worry about heating and walking on snow. I think God likes that. As for Christmas, we agree that it is weird to have Santas and decoration imitating snow when it’s very hot here. But it’s a small sacrifice we make in exchange for God’s nationality (surely Brazilian).
    I mean, look at semantics! In the US you say “God bless America” and “In God we trust” in the dollar bills, which is a very important place to have the word of God, I agree. In Brazil, we simply say “God is Brazilian”. We wouldn’t be making this stuff up if it weren’t true. But that doesn’t mean that He can’t bless your country in His spare time. God is not selfish.

    Lola

    September 21, 2008 at 7:10 am

  22. Do you people even have Bibles?

    thatsrightnate

    September 21, 2008 at 7:40 am

  23. Of course we have Bibles, but they’re in Portuguese (not Spanish!). We’re the largest Catholic nation in the world, though evangelical Christians are on the rise and are now more than 20%.
    The Pope always makes sure to include Brazil in his holy visits. Any pope. Whenever he wants to talk directly to God (who’s Brazilian), he comes here.

    Lola

    September 21, 2008 at 9:44 am

  24. Ah Catholics–that explains you and Steve.

    thatsrightnate

    September 21, 2008 at 10:11 am

  25. Lola, This story just appeared in the American press. I think it says plenty about Brazilian women and also makes clear that God is not Brazilian.

    A Brazilian newspaper tracked down a woman who claims to be John McCain’s hot Rio mistress whom he wrote about in his memoir, Faith of My Fathers. Maria Gracinda Teixeira de Jesus, now 77, is a former beauty queen who asserts her and McCain bumped their respective uglies back when the senator was far from ugly.
    Although Maria seems a little confused on what adjectives best describe the swarthy naval captain:
    “”He was tasty…He was a lovely person and loved to go out with me. I called him ‘John’ but he was my dear and my coconut dessert.
    Um, yummo? Well, they don’t call him Walnuts because he’s crazy (that is exactly why they call him Walnuts). But wait, there’s more. Just in case you thought people in the 40s just insinuated the organ grinding without taking off their clothes, because shit was classy, here’s Maria again to clarify for you:
    “He was such a good kisser that I had to purchase a book which taught me how to kiss to keep up with him…Of course we had sex…he was not only good at kissing but good at everything.”
    Haha, John McCain’s so good at makeouts the ladies be needing books to keep up. This is priceless. Please confirm McCain. You were a super hottie back in the day.

    steve

    September 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm

  26. You shouldn’t generalize, Steve. I’m a Brazilian woman and I never had sex with McCain! Oh well, now that I know what I’ve been missing…
    God is so Brazilian that He will surely punish this woman who has been spreading lies about a war hero.
    (by the way, I had forgotten you were a Catholic, Steve. Why don’t you come live here in Brazil? The pope visits us often).

    Lola

    September 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm


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