Palin and McCain’s “Real” America is Getting a Little Surreal

The Conservative Mind at Work in “real” America

Palin Charged State for Children’s Travel

The Associated Press reports that Gov. Sarah Palin has amended Alaska travel disclosure forms to note that her children were performing state business when they were brought on trips, even to those in which they were not invited.

That amount includes over $21 thousand for her daughter’s travel expenses and sometimes included their hotel stays. I could almost sympatize since she does have a family and having them with her probably helps deal with the stress of being on the road and under such intense public scrutiny. “Performing state business”, that’s another matter. A claim that wouldn’t go oover too well with the IRS should the average American family try to justify as a deductible expense. No wonder Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin looks every bit as stylish as her NBC doppelganger Tina Fey

“The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August,” reports The Politico.

Add the travel claims in with shopping that included stops at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus and the average American wage earner is wondering about what Palin thniks the “real” America is. The public does have some expectations about the appearance of presidential canidates, but probably cannot help but wonder if they couldn’t have taken her to a mdeium priced department store and gotten her a perfectly nice campaign wardrobe for 10 percent of that 150 grand. In genuinely sad contrast is Palins’ attitude abot a program for special needs kids in Colorado

Amendment 51 provides thousands of children and adults with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Mental Retardation with critically needed care, through a modest, phased-in sales tax of 2/10 of 1%.

In her speech at the Republican National Convention just this past September Palin said,

“To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters,” she said. “I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.’’

So what does Palin think of this very modest increase in sales tax, a measure supported by the Republican First lady of Colorado,

“There’s got to be an alternative to raising taxes….It’s a matter of prioritizing the dollars that are already there in government. What I did as governor in Alaska is prioritize for a great increase in funding for students with special needs up there and I think Colorado can do that also.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean increasing taxes to meet those needs. It’s all a matter of prioritization.”

The tax supporters have already pointed out that the $186 million needed for the special needs program isn’t just laying around.

Republican Marxism – the collective is the wealthy. The assets of American workers are directed upwards as the majority of the tax burden for the infrastructure that makes corporate wealth possible, is shifted to the middle-class.

McCain’s “Socialism” Charge

John McCain , Sarah Palin , and various surrogates have revived the 1950s socialist epithet as a way of dismissing Obama’s argument for greater economic fairness. The irony, of course, is stunning when this kind of rhetoric elides into the massive Wall Street bailout, most likely eventuating in partial public ownership of private corporations. McCain flew back in time to vote for this.

[   ]…Every time tax policy is tailored to give incentives to expand home ownership, encourage employer-sponsored health plans, or reduce capital gains taxes to stimulate job creation, or when government adopts plans build highways or bridges to nowhere, fund medical research, regulate or not regulate derivatives and credit swaps, it engages in inherently — often deliberate — acts of redistribution.

[  ]…Economist Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary and past president of Harvard University, says that in the last 29 years, those earning the top one percent of income have gained about $600 billion. Those in bottom 80 percent have lost about $600 billion.

In some ways we already live in a socialists state. A Republican nanny state that rewards those with plenty of econmic advantages and tells those with less advantages to work harder, someday you’ll get here too. Its incredible that we have multi-genrational millionaires that swear they have earned every penny. Their false pride just will not let them acknowledge Adam Smith axiom that no wealth/capital is possible without labor. Its troubling that people like Joe the Plumber thinks progressive taxation is the enemy – he wouldn’t have an education or a job without it. This is the link to the stats on the picture,

The report also compares the growth in average CEO pay – which was $11.8 million in 2004 – to the growth in the minimum wage. Had the minimum wage risen as fast as CEO compensation since 1990, the researchers calculated, it would now be $23.03 an hour instead of just $5.15. And the average production worker would be making $110,126 a year instead of $27,460.

Working productivity has gone up and from what we’ve been told since we were old enough to walk that should mean that wages have gone up for those wrokers, but in real dollars the working class like Joe is losing money, not because Democrats have been picking on people making 40 grand a year, but because our economy is skewed toward rewarding wealth, not work. In 2006, Oil: Exxon Chairman’s $400 Million Parachute

Exxon is giving Lee Raymond one of the most generous retirement packages in history, nearly $400 million, including pension, stock options and other perks, such as a $1 million consulting deal, two years of home security, personal security, a car and driver, and use of a corporate jet for professional purposes.

This got some media buzz for about a week and faded from the public’s memory. Was 2007 any better, Exxon CEO’s compensation increased in 2007

Tillerson was paid a base salary of $1.75 million last year, up from $1.5 million in 2006, and his bonus rose to $3.36 million from $2.8 million, the proxy showed.

The executive, who heads up the world’s largest corporation by market capitalization, also received $5.7 million in stock awards consisting mostly of restricted shares, up from $4.2 million in 2006.
The 56-year-old Tillerson succeeded Lee Raymond as Exxon Mobil’s CEO on Jan. 1, 2006.

Neither Tillerson or Raymond poseess any special knwledge or skills that are worth that kind of money. They’re not neurosurgeons, gifted physicists, teachers that work for thirty years educating thousands of America children and they’re not soldiers putting their lives on the line for a war a frat boy elitest lied us into. Other then being intimately familiar with spreadsheets they, like most of Americas CEOs rely on the expertise of others. In the oil business its geologists, transportation specialists and teams of other people with special skills and training that make their wealth possible.

Rep. Murtha called them rednecks, Mccain calls them his base, McCain Calls Western PA “Most” Patriotic, God-Loving Part Of The Country

McCain: “And you know, I couldn’t agree with them more.”

“I couldn’t disagree with you.”

“I couldn’t agree with you more than the fact that Western Pennsylvania is the most patriotic, most God-loving, most patriotic part of America… this is a great part of the country.”

Forget about McCain blowing the line…

Somehow the most patriotic and most devout people in America ended up in Western Pennsylvania. McBush does realize he’s saying that his adopted home state of Arizona and Palin’s Alaska would then be less patriotic and less devout. I suspect that someone is wrapped a little too tight. Rather then running for president, McCain should start making retirement plans from politics all together.