Palin unwittingly criticizes her running mate's policies...again

United States
October 31, 2008 10:13am CST
Palin should really check that her running mate doesn't have a well-established policy of doing EXACTLY what she criticizes Obama of doing--it just makes it more obvious that there is no coherence or functioning line of communication there. *** "Sarah Palin campaigned in Erie, Pennsylvania, yesterday and blasted Democrats for allegedly wanting to cut funding from the Pentagon budget. "We're fighting two wars, with a force strength in need of rebuilding, not in being gutted," Palin said. "And they [Democrats] think it's the perfect time to radically reduce defense spending? What are they thinking?" Yes, what kind of monster would decide, in the midst of two wars, to cut defense spending? Why, to hear Palin tell it, you'd have to be some kind of nut to even think about reducing Pentagon funding right now. With this in mind, it's probably an inconvenient time to point out that John McCain has promised to reduce defense spending. He told ABC News in April: "I'm cutting billions and billions out of defense spending which are not earmarks. The $400 million ship that they had to scrap, it was supposed to cost $140 billion. The $30 billion I believe it is, add-on for a system in the Army that's gone up $30 billion and we still haven't got any result from it. The $50 million contract to some buddy of Air Force generals. I mean, there's so many billions out there just in defense."" -- http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_10/015452.php
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• United States
31 Oct 08
You are missing the points on what was said. When McCain spoke of reductions in defense spending, he was referring to reforming the way that defense contracts are handled and managed. He wants to hold private contractors responsible for not hitting promised budget marks (i.e. the famous $400 toilet seats of the 1980s). He believes that you can save billions by restructuring the way military contracts are awarded. He does not propose any reduction in actual force expenditures. Obama's proposals include outright reductions in force expenditures for the military. These are the reductions that Palin was referring to. The two are not comparable at all. I would think there could be a legit discussion of military force size and mission without trying to muddy the waters with this type of issue. I believe that the U.S. needs to maintain an amazingly strong military to fight what I believe to be the inevitable conflicts over energy resources and the ongoing war with radical Islam. Other people do not see this need. These are arguments that can honestly be perceived by both sides. I am unsure why the media spotlight shines so brightly on Palin while everyone ignores the constant blunders of Biden. He is constantly coming in with different numbers then Obama on the income level for their proposed "tax cuts" for the poor and middle class. Why no criticism about them not being on the same page? I guarantee that Biden's recent comments about Obama being tested by a crisis early on in his admin. with Obama having to make choices that people will not support was not run by Obama before being spoken. If you do not like Palin because she is a conservative woman, go after her for that. There are enough big issues in this election like the Iraq war, taxes, and energy policy. Challenge her positions on these things and worry a little less about how often she and McCain use the exact same phrases.
• United States
31 Oct 08
If a Republican suggests it, it's called "reform". If a Democrat suggests the same thing, it's called "socialism". Go figure.
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@jend80 (2068)
31 Oct 08
like you said - it's 0k when a Republican does it
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
31 Oct 08
Do you think those two have ever spoken more than hello to each other? She seems totally off page with her running mate. I may not be a believer but, god help us all if they are elected.
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
31 Oct 08
Especially since they'd probably make "Joe the Plumber" "Joe the Secretary of State"! Annie
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
31 Oct 08
LMAO! I'm betting since they are so stuck on stupid that they probably would!
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
31 Oct 08
I don't think they've ever really talked either! I heard the latest poll shows 59% don't think she's qualified for V.P. and I also heard over 1/3 of the voters believe the V.P. choice is important when they decide who to vote for. I really don't know if she knows what she's doing when she makes these gaffes or if she's truly clueless. I also saw how she gave a shout-out to the Phillies in Erie...any Pennsylvanian knows that's NOT a good idea. Remember how John Kerry got blasted for asking for Swiss cheese on his Philly cheesesteak? This is really much bigger. Annie
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