esemerson wrote:josh wrote:esemerson wrote:speaking of reaching... can you say to yourself that you are 100% comfortable with Palin being a heartbeat away from the Oval Office?
After the interview I saw, I am not. No way. There are hundreds of more qualified republicans. In addition to that she is no 'maverick' she is a standard issue republican except for the fact she is fiscally liberal.
Fiscally liberal?? Support please.
from a Wasilla resident
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.
1. She increased spending: liberal,
2. but increased taxes collected even more: conservative
3. She reduced property taxes: conservative.
4. She cut corporate taxes: conservative (I will ignore the editorial about how they benefited "large corporate property owners WAY more than benefited residents)
5. Left it with indebtedness of over $22 million: independent
From my biased count, she is mostly conservative with a liberal spending bias.