Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Money For Nothing

Governor Sarah Palin on the newest "work from home" scheme (via the AP):

During her first two years in office, Palin charged the state almost $18,000 for meal allowances while living in Wasilla and commuting 40 miles to her office in Anchorage. But McAllister said Palin spent $100,000 less than Murkowski spent living in the governor's mansion in Juneau, the state capital, during his last two years in office.

In simpler language, "I'm less worse than the last guy!"

A member of the Sane Party sees it–well, sanely:

Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, said the governor's staff was comparing "the $17,000 apple to the $100,000 orange ... Yes, $17,000 is less than $100,000 but $17,000 is a lot higher than zero. And if she's going to work out of her home in Wasilla, the choice is between zero and $17,000 and not $17,000 and $100,000."

It doesn't seem outrageous to expect someone with the high fiscal conservative standards Gov. Palin has to refuse to bill the Alaska taxpayer, especially considering she could have brown bagged it.

But that's how we mythical little guys roll in the land of reality.

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