Palin and the "Bridge
By Barb Lander
September 16, 2008
To the many Ketchikan residents who are loudly aghast at Governor
Palin's remarks concerning the Gravina access project, please
remember that she is a politician.
To paraphrase an old joke: How can you tell when a politician
is lying? Answer: Their lips are moving.
Governor Palin is not the only politician in this presidential
race; just the least experienced. So, in comparison her lies
are easier to detect. Give her a few years (or months, she is
a quick study) and her lies will be on par with those of Obama,
McCain, Biden, and the Clinton's. Her campaign promises when
she visited Ketchikan were not the only lies of the gubernatorial
campaign and they are not the only lies in the presidential campaign.
In defense of politicians-- we are begging them to lie to us;
withholding our vote if we don't get our way. Ketchikan residents;
what are we thinking demanding bridges costing hundreds of millions
of dollars in an area with less than 15,000 residents. That would
be roughly $20,000 for every resident of the Ketchikan area.
It is time to suck it up and start living within our means. Maybe
that means accepting that we choose to live in a remote corner
of our great nation and cannot reasonably expect the same level
of infrastructure that is available in large population centers.
The bridge money isn't the only monies Ketchikan residents are
asking for; we seeking funding for an intertie project, marine
highway subsidies, a library, hospital improvement, other road
projects; education funding and countless other necessities.
If Ketchikan residents are going to demand more than their fair
share of the tax pie they need to be prepared to be targets of
derision by not only politicians but to American taxpayers as
About: "Ketchikan resident
Received September 14, 2008
- Published September 16, 2008
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