Sarah Palin is good at borrowing: as Mayor of her small town, she borrowed $20 million ($3000 per person) that the taxpayers will have to pay back, with interest.
Turns out she also borrows applause lines.
Tonight she is expected to read this line:
I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.
That’s borrowed from National Review Online.
Of course, no one really believes that the words Palin will read are her own, so it’s really her speechwriters (or McCain’s speechwriters working on her speech) who were borrowing in this case.
But other than running up huge amounts of debt, just what are the “actual responsibilities” of a the Mayor Of Wasilla?
* Hiring a corrupt lobbyist to bring in $27 million worth of Federal tax dollars (your tax dollars and mine) for pork-barrel projects.
* Raising tax collections 33%, and expenditures by 38%, cutting property taxes (saving money for corporations) while raising sales taxes (hitting the poor hardest).
* Cutting the museum budget and freezing the library budget while building a new hockey rink.
* Redecorating her own office, twice.
Much more impressive than helping a bunch of laid-off workers, don’t you think?