Thursday, September 04, 2008
Like Fredo to Michael
Labels: Peggy Noonan
I wonder how much brou ha ha will come of VP candidate's version of "Sarah Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere" which version seems to be a omplete fairytale, not even rinsing to the level of truthiness.
Then will La Noonan excliam, "O my prophetic soul!"
Facts: In November, 2005, congress stripped the specific earmark allocation of federal funds for the Gravina Island and Knik Arm bridges without changing the amount of money allocated for use by Alaska.
Governor Palin had supported the Gravina Island bridge project. She wanted the federal funds and was also willing to allocate state funds. Only in 2007 did she cancel the project, changing her position after congress forced Alaska to use the funds elesewhere.
Palin then stated:
"Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport [than the ferry] but the $398 million is not the answer. Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it's clear that congress has little interest in spending any more money on the bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Much of the public's attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portaryals of the projects here. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened."
This is from a Septemnber 21, 2007 press release from the governor's office, nearly 2 years after congress stripped the earmarks.
She never said, "Thanks but no thanks." She just said "Thanks."
I do not fault her for trying to obtain every dollar she could for her constituents in Wassilla and Alaska.
But to stand up before the world and lie about it is another thing altogether.
"Thanks for the money Congress but after putting my finger in my mouth and then determining which side of it seemed chilly, I cancelled the project.
I know that most of you do not understand that I was merely doing God's will on this, but that's alright, I can probably explain it if you nderstand what I say when I am speaking in tongues."