Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Palin Scandal: Corruption We Can Believe In

The Washington Post is breaking news about personal financial corruption by Sarah Palin:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.
Palin's staff claims that since the Governor's official workstation is in Juneau, it's perfectly reasonable that she receive a per diem while she is at home in Wasilla. The Post observes, "Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance." In other words, Palin received a substantial portion of her personal income from her entirely creative, shall we say maverick, interpretations of the per diem rules.

Stealing from the people seems to me a lot like more of the same old kind of politics. So if Obama offers us change we can believe in, does McSame-Failin offer us corruption we can acknowledge?


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