Monday, September 8, 2008

The Welfare State of Wasilla

FiveThirtyEight.com has a graphical representation of "maverick," "reformer" Sarah Palin's home town of Wasilla, which receives 30 times as much federal pork per person as Boise. The rest of Nate Silver's post suggesting a new ad strategy for Obama is also worth reading.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The problem with this line of argument against Sarah Palin is that democrats are not at all credible on the issue themselves. All the sudden we have all these liberal democrats attacking Palin for the welfare state, spending, earmarks.... when theyre some of the biggest offenders themselves. Obama and Biden voted for the Bride to Nowhere now are criticizing Palin for it. It isnt very convincing; its obvious its just politics.

Hrafn said...

The democrats are not running on a platform of anti-pork.

The republicans are. I care more about hypocrisy than I do about the actual pork expenditures, given their size relative to, say, the War on Terrorism or the War on Drugs.

Eric Dondero said...

The leadership of the Libertarian Party of Alaska endorsed Palin for Governor in 2006. She spoke to two LP meetings that year at their invite. Even her Libertarian opponent in the race Billy Toien endorsed her the last 3 days, telling his supporters to "vote for Sarah."

I wonder if the Libertarian Party of Illinois has ever supported Obama? Somehow, I think not.

Hrafn said...

What does the price of tea in China have to do with anything?

The national LP right now seems to have endorsed Bob Bar.

faustus37 said...

That's beautiful. We Idahoans appreciate the nod to the City of Trees.

btw Boise's mayor is Dave Bieter, a Democrat who just happens to be an early Obama supporter.

cstitt said...

Dondero is recycling comments (spamming, some might say). He posted the same thing word for word on the Austrian Economists blog.

http://austrianeconomists.typepad.com/weblog/2008/09/libertarians-fo.html

Is this part of Mccain's pay per comment program or something?