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February 02, 2009

Gov.Palin Expresses Concerns on Economic "Stimulus" While in D.C.

Governor Expresses Concerns on Economic Stimulus While in D.C.

Gov.State Alaska

Governor Sarah Palin this weekend met with business, economic and political leaders in the nation’s capital to discuss problems she sees for Alaska with the pending economic stimulus package in Congress.

"Alaska and other states need to be treated fairly,” Governor Palin said. “Much of the stimulus plan we've seen focuses on spending for government programs that would be a burden on states to continue funding, and doesn't focus enough on spending that actually does put people back to work and stimulate the economy. Working with our D.C. staff, I took advantage of the opportunity to speak with Democrats and Republicans to voice my concerns. I appreciate their time and assistance in paying attention to our state."

Governor Palin discussed troubling elements in the stimulus package including provisions that punish Alaska for forward-funding education, the mass transit funding formula that will limit Alaska opportunities but will pour money into other states, and the "shovel-ready" criteria for projects that northern climates might not be able to accommodate consistently due to the shortened construction season.

The governor continues to express concerns first identified in a Jan. 7 letter to the Alaska congressional delegation about the overall level of spending and the hugely increased deficit our nation is growing. Under the legislation, the U.S. would continue sending money to OPEC nations even as it continues to borrow and miss opportunities to develop domestic supplies of energy.

"Worst of all, the stimulus package rewards states for not planning when it comes to prioritizing for things like education, as Alaska has planned ahead by forward-funding 21 percent of our General Fund dollars for this very important priority,” said Palin. “It appears only those states that did not plan ahead with education will benefit. States like Alaska should not be punished for being responsible; yet that's what the plan means for Alaska right now.”

The governor has asked the nation’s leaders to look at these issues to ensure fairness in the stimulus package and that the package does not harm the long-term fiscal health of the nation. Contrary to some news reports, she looks forward to continuing to work with Alaska’s congressional delegation to accomplish the state’s goals.

Wild Thing's comment.......

I am so glad Sarah put this out for all to see. Several of the media outlets have been saying Sarah agreed with the stimulus bull. She was voted on and hired in Alaska to do a job and she has been doing a wonderful job. Alaska is her priority as it should be. Some in the media have also been saying she is thinking too small and only about Alaska. How stupid is that, she is the Gov. of Alaska and when she decides to run for a different office like maybe President then she will speak on bigger terms.

Sarah is concerned about the package, she is in no way in favor of it, just the opposite. She is for FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY and she is right. Why should people who are responsible have to be punished for those who are not. She is 100 percent right.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 2, 2009 05:55 AM


At least Sarah is thinking which is more than I can say about our Congressmen and Senators and President and News Media!!!! I doubt seriously if the Pres, Reps, and news media all put together would equal half the intelligence that Sarah has!!!!!!! I hope she stays strong through all of this and proves to this country what she is really made of!!!!

Posted by: John at February 2, 2009 08:13 AM

Will newly elected GOP Chairman Michael Steele support Sarah or let the RINOS and MCCAINIACS destroy her? This is what 'Sarah in 2012' is all about! - Sarah Is Stimulating Big Time!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at February 2, 2009 09:45 AM

Doesn't matter how they spin this it is still a payola package for loyal mind numbed demos who suported the Usurper in the general election. Sarah Palin knows this and doesn't want to play by these restrictive, overbearing rules which would restrict her ability to govern effectively.

Posted by: Mark at February 2, 2009 09:50 AM

Sarah recognizes and points out typical liberal dogma, which is to punish the those who practice responsibility. At the same time liberals introduce multitudes of programs for the irresponsible, programs that help keep them dependent on "gummint".

Sarah Palin recognizes how important it is for America to become energy independent. To keep that energy money here in America. We can do it, but not with Dems and RINO's making policy. Maybe Sarah will be a presidential candidate in 2012. I sure hope so.

Posted by: TomR at February 2, 2009 10:49 AM

Caught like Geitner in willful tax arrears Daschle will now pay the 'overlooked' taxes, is that somehow a different pay for play scheme? Keep telling it like it is Sarah.

Thanks Chrissie.

Posted by: Jack at February 2, 2009 01:10 PM

John, I do too, it has to be really hard for her. I pray for her everyday.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 2, 2009 07:10 PM

Darth, I hope and pray they back her, they better. We will take names if they don't.


"Sarah Is Stimulating Big Time"

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 2, 2009 07:13 PM

Mark, your right, she see's what this is. It really is shocking all the things in that (non)stimulus monster.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 2, 2009 07:15 PM

Tom, I hope so so much too. They have GOT to listen to her, we have GOT to drill, this is just so stupid not to. I never knew there were so many totally stupid people in power as I have with this drilling thing. There are no excuses not to. None.

It would bring tons of jobs, help the economy, end the problem of kissing up to the Muslim counrties for oil and even Canada too where we get oil. So many things.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 2, 2009 07:20 PM

Jack, yes your right, I have never liked Daschle, I will never forget what he was like during the Clinton regime.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 2, 2009 07:23 PM