sarah-palin-shipma_1209904c.thumbnail.jpgSarah Palin first announced she was turning down 55 percent of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska and would accept only about $514 million of the $930 million headed to the state.

But then she changed her mind and said she was just turning down 31 percent,  since she’s accepting Medicaid funds.

 Stimulus money that Palin is turning down includes:

*$171 million for education including money that would go for programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students

*$28 million state energy program;

$18.5 million weatherization program;

$8.5 million energy conservation program;

$7.2 in public safety program.

She is also turning down money for  air quality grants, emergency food assistance, homeless grants, senior meals, nutrition programs, homeless grants, arts, air quality, justice assistance grants and other programs. Cuz those are all like commie-pinko-socialist Jeebuz hatin’ plots ‘n’ stuff.

But Palin requested allocations for transportation and aviation projects in February estimated at $262.6 million, with more was requested in contingency and other funds, along with the stimulus items she announced today. And Medicaid. Don’t forget the freaking Medicaid, Sarah! Holy Xenu’s tonail, some Republicans actually think she should run for president?

WTF– forgetting Medicaid, issuing some big "I’m rejecting 55% per cent" statement and then coming back all Caribou Maribu:

Math is hard..I like, forgot Medicaid.

With the additional economic stimulus funds requested Thursday, Alaska’s proposed total capital spending is $642.6 million, or 69% percent of the state’s estimated allocation.

Alaska’s Frost Lady explains:

We are not requesting funds intended to just grow government. We are not requesting more money for normal day-to-day operations of government as part of this economic stimulus package. In essence we say no to operating funds for more positions in government…

So, increasing spending for education makes for more government jobs? Like, because teachers are paid by the state? Huh? Later she "clarified": 

Legitimately, I can only certify capital projects that are job-ready. Alaska has seen unprecedented increases in the level of state funding for education because that is our priority. I don’t want to automatically increase federal funding for education program growth, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, at a time when Alaska can’t afford to sustain that increase…Our desire is to foster a discussion about what is true stimulus and what is just more federal interference in Alaskans’ lives through the growth of government.We think stimulus items devoted to government agency growth and program expansion ought to be examined in light of the funding needs already being addressed with our pending budget requests.

 So where’s that stimulus million going? Reports Anchorage Daily News:

More than $175 million in highway funding; $78 million in aviation projects; $68 million for water and sewer projects; $20 million for job training; $39 million for public housing; $128 million for Medicaid reimbursement; and $116 million for a new university research vessel.

 Said Gov GILF::

We need to ensure that these stimulus dollars are used for job opportunities for Alaskans, while preserving the regular operating spending decisions through the normal budget process 

Because teachers aren’t from Alaska? Alaska has no unemployed? What? Huh?

And Anchorage Daily News reports:

Palin said some funds she turned down have federal strings attached: Up to $64 million in energy funds would require the state to mandate a building code change, her office said, while $15 million in unemployment help requires the state to expand eligibility for benefits. Alaska should decide these things, Palin said.

All of which is calculatedly designed to make Palin seem in line with other conservative governors who are rejecting stimulus money and make her look all perfect for 2012. But her brief oversight with Medicaid andthe retrofittng of the stimulus amount, coupled with her continue dropping out of political appearances, make Palin seem scattered, wishy-washy and opportunistic.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.