About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

Full name and email address of writer withheld at writers request. However original can be seen in the comments section of this article:
http://www.washingtonindependent.com/367 1/the-reform-candidate

Dear friends,

So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the
last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . .

Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in
common: their gender and their good looks. :)

You have my permission to forward this to your friends/email contacts
with my name and email address attached, but please do not post it on
any websites, as there are too many kooks out there . . .

Thanks,
Anne

ABOUT SARAH PALIN

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
initiaitive 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 unconsitutional).
*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, last name redacted
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.

Tags: mayor, Sarah Palin, VP, Wasilla (all tags)

Comments

29 Comments

Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

Tips and Recs for just the facts, which are damning enough

by jsfox 2008-09-02 08:49AM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

According the Coast To Coast AM, Palin fired her own chef, while stating, "we don't need a chef. My family can cook their own food."

by Check077 2008-09-02 10:59AM | 0 recs
Good Piece BUT

the author's name appears in the body, contrary to the request at the top, so you may want to edit that out.

by JJE 2008-09-02 08:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Good Piece BUT

Thanks for the catch. Done.

by jsfox 2008-09-02 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

Does anyone know what books she wanted removed from the libary?

Are we talking Harry Potter type of objection, cause of witchcraft?

That is probably good info to have, we can give up on trying to convince the Republic Base about Palin, they are positively orgasmic.

But, if we can paint her as just another Right Wing religous nut in a attractive package, that can hurt her with independents.

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-02 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

Time Mag has tried to talk to the Liberian, but so far she's not responded.

However, I agree what books did she tried to have removed would be a bit telling.

Frankly anybody who tries to get books banned scares the hell out of me.

by jsfox 2008-09-02 09:05AM | 0 recs
The more I hear

the more I agree with the tag line, "More of the Same." She fits rights in with the Bush/Cheney mentality, even moreso than McCain.

by Lolis 2008-09-02 08:59AM | 0 recs
Re: The more I hear

We should refer to them as McCainlin.

by venician 2008-09-02 10:06AM | 0 recs
She sounds like

george bush!

by kevin22262 2008-09-02 10:11AM | 0 recs
This matches a pattern

and Anne does turn up in Alaska in just the context she states, so I believe this is 100% authentic.

The entire narrative of this matches the bits and pieces that have been coming together over the past few days.  The McCain team missed all these details because the super-secret vetting process involved only talking to Palin and a tiny number of her loyalists, who not surprisingly supported her own personal perspective.

Interesting, indeed.

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-09-02 10:14AM | 0 recs
by kevin22262 2008-09-02 10:15AM | 0 recs
Can a mod REMOVE THIS LINK

The linked post reproduces her entire letter, including identifying information AND HER DESIRE NOT TO HAVE HER LETTER POSTED ON ANY WEBSITES!!!

by Taylor26 2008-09-02 11:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Can a mod REMOVE THIS LINK

I removed her name and all identifying links. Her request was if posted please remove and I did so.

by jsfox 2008-09-02 11:22AM | 0 recs
Someone already boffoed that

in the comment that started all of this, and I think she is spending a lot of time discussing it since.

I'm going to call her back in a few minutes and get the scoop.

by chrisblask 2008-09-02 02:12PM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

Wow, I had no idea that Cruella de Ville was running for VP!  But then, to make that true, all that's required is to give her the Hillary-bitch treatment:

Take everything this woman ever said, did, or may have thought and attribute it to whatever negative motive will make her look the bitchiest, most insincere, most ambitious.  Never assume that there are shades of gray.  The world is filled with people who wear white hats and black hats.  Remember that people who wear black hats have no redeeming qualities, their mother hates them, and they've never done anything good for small animals (also, they have no friends, only syncophantic sidekicks).

And just in time for this election's melodrama storyline, we have our black-hatted villianness!  Go Democrats!

by lizpolaris 2008-09-02 10:58AM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

To my troll-rater:

Does it not seem just a wee bit suspicious that the author of the 'article' in this diary describes herself as an enemy of Sarah Palin?  Gee, I wonder why she has nothing good to say about her?  Hmm, that's odd.  Certainly, we should take everything as gospel truthiness from someone's enemy - makes sense to me.

by lizpolaris 2008-09-02 11:40AM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

"Does it not seem just a wee bit suspicious that the author of the 'article' in this diary describes herself as an enemy of Sarah Palin?"

Nowhere does the author of the article describe herself as an enemy of Sarah Palin. Gee, I wonder why you can't discuss what she wrote without misrepresenting and flat out making stuff up? Can't you read what she actually wrote and comment on that?

by Mystylplx 2008-09-02 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

Anne describes herself this way:
"...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."

Anne feels as if this public figure hates her - in particular - and is out to 'cost her..in the future.'  Good description of an enemy.

Anne states she personally is a target who is 'vulnerable' to ... something.  Seems to me she could be making more out of her position in little Wasilla to gain 15 mins of fame.  Maybe a bit paranoid, to boot.

Can somebody bring in a grain of salt, please?

by lizpolaris 2008-09-02 01:42PM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

I'm your secomd troll-rater, and I'll put in my explanation.  Two:

1)  I looked at your other diaries/comments, and I did not see anything that suggests you are really a Democrat.  All were negative pieces about Obama.

2)  Your statement that all the comments about Sarah Palin were negative was FALSE.  It was no doubt a very negative piece against Palin, and the caveats were provided BY THE AUTHOR.  However, she called her smart, hard working, gutsy, and about 3 or 4 other things that were all positive and in context.

No doubt this person did not like Sarah Palin, but this piece clearly comes across as a rational, hard-hitting commentary that is clearly biased against her, but still attempts to fairly recognize Palin's positives.

You did not fool anybody.

by sasatlanta 2008-09-02 11:58AM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

I might suggest you go research her claims, both positive and negative.

Also I might point out this is not the first  piece I have seen re: her fiscal irresponsibility as mayor. Nor about the librarian or any of the other issues mentioned. It is the first piece where I have seen them all together.

You are now free to go collect your McCain points.

by jsfox 2008-09-02 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

I am your third Troll Rater.

You have no credibility at this site.  

You are neither a Democrat, nor a Progressive.

by Stipes 2008-09-02 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: About Sarah Palin by Wasilla Resident

I'll go for four.

Liz, if there is ONE political view you share with this woman, then why the HELL were you such a strong Senator Clinton fan.

Nope, you are just STILL in Bitter-World, you hate the Democratic Party for what you THINK they did to Senator Clinton, and you are so far gone, you are defending this right-wing nut-case.

Nice.

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-02 12:44PM | 0 recs
from Politico

I am copying this comment that tickled me

*******
8 scandles in 24 hours!

  • The news that Palin once backed the Bridge to Nowhere went national.
  • It emerged that Palin has links to the bizarro Alaska Independence Party, which harbors the goal of seceding from the union that McCain and Palin seek to lead.
  • The news broke that as governor, Palin relied on an earmark system she now opposes. Taken along with the Bridge to Nowhere stuff, this threatens to undercut her reformist image, something that was key to her selection as McCain's Veep candidate.
  • The news broke that Palin's 17-year-old daughter became pregnant out of wedlock at a time when the conservative base had finally started rallying behind McCain's candidacy.
  • Barely moments after McCain advisers put out word that McCain had known of Bristol Palin's pregnancy, the Anchorage Daily News revealed that Palin's own spokesperson hadn't known about it only two days ago.
  • A senior McCain adviser at the Republican convention was forced into the rather embarrassing position of arguing that McCain had known about the pregnancy "last week" -- without saying what day last week he knew about it.
  • It came out that Republican lawyers are up in Alaska vetting Palin -- now, more than 72 hours after it was announced that she'd been picked.
  • Palin lawyered up in relation to the trooper-gate probe in Alaska -- a move that ensures far more serious attention to the story from the major news orgs.

by wellinformed 2008-09-02 11:47AM | 0 recs
Re: from Politico

ok they spelled scandal wrong

by wellinformed 2008-09-02 11:48AM | 0 recs
Re: from Politico

Oh, I thought maybe it was some ceremonial fire stick you light to celebrate the scandals?

You know, one "Scandle" lit for each scandal noted!

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-02 12:47PM | 0 recs
Re: from Politico

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

by venician 2008-09-02 01:59PM | 0 recs
I see my other skeptical comment was troll-rated.

Try this one.  Anne describes herself this way:
"...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."

Anne feels as if this public figure hates her - in particular - and is out to 'cost her..in the future.'  Good description of an enemy.

Anne states she personally is a target who is 'vulnerable' to ... something.  Seems to me she could be making more out of her position in little Wasilla to gain 15 mins of fame.  Maybe a bit paranoid, to boot.

Can somebody bring in a grain of salt, please?

by lizpolaris 2008-09-02 01:44PM | 0 recs
What's odd...

After all of these so-called "facts", the author says Palin is "immensely popular here".  Let's see, she has supposedly bitten every hand that's fed her, and other than being "gutsy" and smart, I'm hard-pressed to find why anyone there would be enamored with her, given what the author has said. It really doesn't wash.  Something's missing.  Good looks only take you so far, so I'm not buying that.  

Obviously this person has their own view of Palin.  I think it's a real stretch to say these things are all "facts", though.  Until corroborated, it's just heresay.

I know that's not what people here want to hear, but hey, I actually care about facts.  There's enough smearing going on in politics (on both sides) to be very skeptical of the latest info coming down the pike.  

by DaTruth 2008-09-02 01:50PM | 0 recs
The Anne in question

who is named elsewhere, shows up in as a witness in Alaskan legislature here, is searchable near Wasilla AK in whitepages, shows up discussing school funding here and in other places.

And I just spoke to her on the phone (on another call, asked to call her back in a few but she did get my email).

Real person, real persepctive.

by chrisblask 2008-09-02 02:04PM | 0 recs

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