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Here are some thoughts on budget numbers by a woman and Governor, I really admire and you might as well CVC:

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In a Thursday morning conference call for reporters organized by the Democratic National Committee, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius pushed back against the idea that Republicans have cornered the market on small-town American values.

"I live in the American heartland, and have been a governor [here] for six years," she said. "I don't know any mayor in any small town in Kansas -- and we have a lot of mayors of small towns -- who hires a lobbyist and goes after earmarks the way Sarah Palin did." On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that, as mayor of Wasilla, Palin secured more than $27 million in federal earmarks for a town with only 6,700 residents.

In her speech, Palin made a not-so-subtle pitch to snatch the sympathies of small-town voters -- touting her own experience as a mayor, and contrasting her self-professed values with those of Barack Obama. "I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening," Palin said, referring to remarks Obama made at a San Francisco fundraiser earlier this year.

Sebelius would have none of it. "What I hear from these folks in the heartland, is that people want to know how they're going to afford health care ... whether they're going to keep their jobs [and manage] the cost of gas and groceries," Sebelius said. "Again last night, what we heard were partisan attacks and no real solutions. ... I work with a Republican legislature every day. And I know what people expect us to do ... is to roll up your sleeves and get the job done."

"There's a disconnect between the way she positions herself as a small-town mayor ... and an inside Washington strategy," Sebelius added. "The kind of persona she is putting forward is very enticing, but I don't think it matches with either her positions."

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hammered a similar theme to Sebelius, saying that Palin "had a real problem with the truth last night" and adding that "even her hometown newspaper said she stretched the truth." (a reference to Thursday's Anchorage Daily News headline: "Some Of Palin's Remarks Stretch The Truth.")

Schultz also suggested that Palin had simply done a good job of robotically delivering an address she had little hand in crafting herself. "Whenever I have had to give significant speeches, I've spent a lot of time with the people assisting me in drafting remarks, adding my own voice," Schultz said. "Last night, I only heard Sarah Palin's voice [through] negative partisan attacks, with no substance or vision of where she thinks the country should go."

On Palin's effort to position herself and McCain as reformers, Schultz asked, "Where is the beef? Where is the evidence? Sarah Palin is not a reformer, she is under investigation in her home state for the abuse of power in trying to get a state trooper fired... If her best example of being a reformer was trying to sell a plane on E-Bay, that is not my definition of reform."

Shultz also questioned Palin's readiness to lead. "To say that her experience as a mayor of a town of 7,000 people ... makes her qualified to have her hands on the pillar of American foreign policy, if God forbid anything happens to John McCain, to suggest that is frightening," she said. "What kind of experience does Sarah Palin have to sit across the table from negotiators of the dangerous countries of this world?"

Obama adviser Robert Gibbs stepped in to rebut a few points of fact from Palin's speech. Specifically, he cited her reference to family members who own a small service station, saying they were precisely the kind of Americans who would receive "three times the tax relief" under Obama's tax plan. Gibbs also noted that Palin "picked up the worn-out playbook of Joe Lieberman," by claiming that Obama cannot point to any substantive legislative accomplishments. Even some of John McCain's surrogates know, Gibbs said, that the ethics and lobbying reforms in 2007, "the toughest since the scandal of Watergate," were passed due to Obama's work across party lines.

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Some more info regarding Palin's and others err faulty assertions from last night. From the Pueblo Chieftain.

Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention

By JIM KUHNHENN
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth.

Some examples:

PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

PALIN: "There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate." THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama's plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain's plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.

He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

MCCAIN: "She's been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America's energy supply ... She's responsible for 20 percent of the nation's energy supply. I'm entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America," he said in an interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson.

THE FACTS: McCain's phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she's no more "responsible" for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state — by population.

MCCAIN: "She's the commander of the Alaska National Guard. ... She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities," he said on ABC.

THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under "federal status," which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska's national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.

FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."

THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor's election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.

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Man, SoCo, you're really unhinged about Sarah Palin -- to include a personal dig about my "mindset."

Maybe you missed the part about her putting through a deal to build the largest infrastrucure in history -- a $40 billion gas pipeline. Maybe you missed all that about energy independence. Maybe you missed the comments about American jobs.

It has been my experience that you're really hitting home when the libs start screaming and going into hysterics. Governor Palin has them confused and worried, and they're desparately trying to use their tired old pigeonhole tactics to make some sort of derogatory label stick to her. Won't work -- America won't stand for it. All it does is make libs look like a bunch of nasty, pessimistic, self-centered, whiners who can do nothing but blame Bush and spin wild conspiracy theories -- in other words, they condemn themselves by their own behavior.

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Expatriate, funny how you say so much in three short paragraphs while others without naming names use page after page in their ramblings and quotes and say nothing.

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Man, SoCo, you're really unhinged about Sarah Palin -- to include a personal dig about my "mindset."

Maybe you missed the part about her putting through a deal to build the largest infrastrucure in history -- a $40 billion gas pipeline. Maybe you missed all that about energy independence. Maybe you missed the comments about American jobs.

It has been my experience that you're really hitting home when the libs start screaming and going into hysterics. Governor Palin has them confused and worried, and they're desparately trying to use their tired old pigeonhole tactics to make some sort of derogatory label stick to her. Won't work -- America won't stand for it. All it does is make libs look like a bunch of nasty, pessimistic, self-centered, whiners who can do nothing but blame Bush and spin wild conspiracy theories -- in other words, they condemn themselves by their own behavior.

Didn't mean it as a 'dig' rather what I see as true regarding your mind set. Many conservatives like the mom and apple pie, flag waving, jingoistic, approach and as long as the fluff is thick tend to overlook the not so pretty reality lying underneath.

You know show the kid slicking the baby's hair back over and over and many of that mind set's mentality is "golly gee, did you see that, well it must mean their wholesome and pure and god is on their side and well gee if gods on your side satan must be on the other guys side, you know that minority terrorist man who wants to steal our money and give it welfare moms,"

I may be being a little satiric, but, I have read enough conservative blogs to realize many who share your views really do make decisions based on thinking like that. I'm sure her former pastor is prolly telling the congregation to vote for Mccain or their salvation may be in jeopardy about this time.

Anyway, the information I posted above about contradictions regarding her statements last night will be overlooked and you will go on about how she's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I still feel pretty good about Obama's chances and that over the next couple of months this will become more evident.

We shall see. Think

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Expatriate, funny how you say so much in three short paragraphs while others without naming names use page after page in their ramblings and quotes and say nothing.

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My aren't you the sly one. Pretty crafty how you sneak your digs, why I almost didn't notice it. Not. neener!

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Expatriate, funny how you say so much in three short paragraphs while others without naming names use page after page in their ramblings and quotes and say nothing.

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My aren't you the sly one. Pretty crafty how you sneak your digs, why I almost didn't notice it. Not. neener!

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Maybe you missed the part about her putting through a deal to build the largest infrastrucure in history -- a $40 billion gas pipeline. Maybe you missed all that about energy independence. Maybe you missed the comments about American jobs.

Wasn't there some kind of controversy about that pipeline? Didn't she choose to send it through Canada? Sounds like a loss of American jobs.

Still say I'm a little bored. Typical corrupt shill for the Repugs with one hand out to the government coffers and the other saluting the flag, height of hypocracy. Trying to worm out of a deposition on Troopergate too, must be some kind of dirt there, why else refuse to testify on the firing of an employee who serves at the pleasure of the Gov.?

McCain is afraid of Larry King and so cancelled an interview, how long until the soccer mom takes questions from the press? Certainly not such a hard thing to do from such a star player. Can she answer unscripted questions?

One thing to be thankfull for, that was a huge fundraising day for Obama/Biden, something like 7 million for the day. At least he's paying for his own campaign, McCain/Palin are of course living off campaign welfare after tonight.

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Amazing how all attention is focused on Palin. The Repubs love her, the Dems hate her and all look toward her.

What's the name of the two guys running against McCain and Pailin?

Yes, it seems Obama and Biden pale in comparison to Palin.

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Every desparate Democrat comment just gets funnier than before.

Do you even think about what you're posting? Sure -- somebody coached 7 year old Piper Palin to slick her little brother's hair down so it would look adorable. Obviously, the people that came up with that stuff don't understand 7 year olds or understand how kids interact in big families.

The "controversy" over the pipeline was because Palin opened it up for competition, and Conoco Phillips was upset that they didn't get it. It ain't about American jobs, because the pipeline is being built in Alaska, dummy. It's not like it's a car being built in Mexico instead of Detroit. The issue is a major oil company that felt it was entitled, and got miffed because Palin stood up to them and made it be known she wasn't going to just hand it to them.

The alternative was to take the pipeline to Valdez, which would require building liquefication facilities down there (ever been to Valdez?), and purchasing a fleet of ships to transport the liquified gas. Instead, the project ties into the Canadian system and gets gas online cheaper and faster.

McCain afraid of Larry King? Since when has Larry King been a tough interview?

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