The Hypocrisy of Sarah Palin

She’s at it again!!

First, this PSA that Sarah Palin taped for the 2009 Special Olympics a few weeks ago:

And now the story.

Governor Sarah Palin is shocked- SHOCKED!– at the comments made by President Obama last week on “Tonight With Jay Leno”.

So last Friday she put the President in her sights and unloaded both barrels:

“I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics,” Palin said in a statement. “This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world.”

She added:

“These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special-needs community.

Oh really, Sarah? Well, then let’s hope that your ACTIONS do not reflect how you truly feel about the special-needs community!

More below the fold.Oh, how EASY it is to feign outrage over careless and admittedly stupid words, that were quickly apologized for.

But welcome to the age of media, Failed VicePresidential Candidate, er Governor Palin, where your own words and actions can quickly come around to bite you in the ass.

Like this:

JUNEAU — Gov. Sarah Palin is refusing to accept over 30 percent of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska, including dollars for schools, energy assistance and social services.

The news Thursday drew anger from those who accused Palin of putting her national political aspirations ahead of the state’s interests, and admiration from others who say she has courage to turn down money that would expand government.

Palin is not taking about $288 million of the $930.7 million that Alaska is due in the federal stimulus. Palin said she is accepting the federal stimulus money that would go for construction projects, but not funding directed at government operations.

Palin first told the news media that she’s turning down nearly half the federal stimulus money — but later conceded that does not count the Medicaid money she is accepting. That brings down what she’s refusing to 31 percent of what the state government could get. Local governments and nonprofits could still compete for stimulus grants.

The biggest single chunk of money that Palin is turning down is about $170 million for education, including money that would go for programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students. Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau said she is “shocked and very disappointed” that Palin would reject the schools money. She said it could be used for job preservation, teacher training, and helping kids who need it.

Anchorage Democratic Rep. Les Gara argued that it’s bad governing not to do things he said would improve schools and reduce the unemployment rate for two years just because it might not last forever. Gara suggested that Palin is pandering to voters outside Alaska in order to further her own national political ambitions.

“I’m worried the governor is taking this sort of national political stance, which is that she’s going to be the opposite of Barack Obama on everything,” Gara said.

Acting Anchorage Mayor Matt Claman said he’s disappointed Palin chose to turn down funding that would create jobs and maintain services. “Her rationale is like turning down a gift card because it expires in two years,” Claman said in a written statement.

The DNC immediately took the offensive Thursday and declared Palin a hypocrite, given that she has requested earmarks and that Alaska receives more federal dollars per capita than any other state.

So go ahead, Sarah- play the “Trig Card” and pretend you give a damn about the rest of us in the Special Olympics community.

Some of us know better, and we’ll hold fundraisers in our own communities or donate to SO out of our own pockets, if need be:



* President Obama’s “Special” Moment

* Palin Cut AK Special Olympics Funds Before She Promised To Be A Special Needs Family Advocate

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