Sarah Palin's Assault On The Truth

It's astounding when the media does its job and even more astounding when it's The AP that does it but credit where credit is due, they have a fact check of the speeches last night and Sarah Palin in particular turns out to be just an out and out liar.

Just a few of her doozies:

PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

PALIN: "There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform -- not even in the state senate."

THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama's plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain's plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.

He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

The article was posted last night but got a second lease on life today as the number one featured story on the Yahoo home page. Yahoo is generous, saying "Sarah Palin and her fellow RNC speakers weren't completely truthful at times" but the message is clear: she's a freakin liar.

Now, while neither The AP nor Yahoo comes right out and uses the "L" word, it's great to see the Obama campaign once again not shying away from it. In an e-mail to supporters, David Plouffe writes:

I wasn't planning on sending you something tonight. But if you saw what I saw from the Republican convention, you know that it demands a response.

I saw John McCain's attack squad of negative, cynical politicians. They lied about Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and they attacked you for being a part of this campaign. [...]

It's now clear that John McCain's campaign has decided that desperate lies and personal attacks -- on Barack Obama and on you -- are the only way they can earn a third term for the Bush policies that McCain has supported more than 90 percent of the time.

Notice that he refrains from using the term in relation to Palin specifically but the implication is clear.

Update [2008-9-4 13:49:46 by Todd Beeton]:And as if on cue:

The fired Alaskan official, whose dismissal has become the subject of a state senate committee's investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin, has told ABC News that she has not been entirely truthful on the matter.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Walt Monegan, the former Alaskan Public Safety Commissioner, said he was dismissed because he refused to fire the Governor's former brother-in-law, a state trooper. [...]

Monegan says he believes that the Governor has not told the truth about what happened.

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, RNCC, Sarah Palin (all tags)



What Palin Proves

is that women politicians can lie as enthusiastically as any man can.

by boadicea 2008-09-04 09:53AM | 0 recs
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also that troopers Union is filing an ethics complaint against her.

its funny to watch conservatives watch everything in this last week and say with a straight face they are winning,

holy crap how bad must they have been on McCain 2 weeks ago if they think this is winning?

eventually they will realize that the American people didn't forget this issues this year like in 2004, and once they stop dancing they will see that the American people have REAL questions for her, and I doubt they want us to know the answers.

and yeah insult community organizers some more, it will help us with the GOTV operations in November, they already launched a site demanding an apology! /

by TruthMatters 2008-09-04 09:53AM | 0 recs
Is Lying a Christian virtue?

I don't know. Gets confusing what's really "christian" when you see the actions of these "christians".

by Pravin 2008-09-04 09:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Lying a Christian virtue?

As a matter of fact, it is. It was Thomas of Aquainus (I think) who promoted the idea of pious fraud. In his view lying for Jesus was justified because it saved souls. That's how repugs think and it's consistent with Christianity. Apologies for offending Christians here but facts are facts.

by abraxas 2008-09-04 09:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Lying a Christian virtue?

Brings to mind the Jefferson Bible.

Thomas Jefferson considered much of the new testament of the Bible to be lies. He described these as "so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture". He described the "roguery of others of His disciples", and called them a "band of dupes and impostors" describing (the Apostle) Paul as the "first corruptor of the doctrines of Jesus", and wrote of "palpable interpolations and falsifications". He also described the Book of Revelation to be "merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams". While living in the White House, Jefferson began to make his own condensed version of the Gospels, omitting Jesus' virgin birth, miracles, divinity, and resurrection, primarily leaving only Jesus' moral philosophy, of which he approved. This compilation was published after his death and became known as the Jefferson Bible.

by fogiv 2008-09-04 10:16AM | 0 recs
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It's sad. But I don't think Jefferson would get elected in these times.

by Pravin 2008-09-04 11:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Lying a Christian virtue?

Dobson would call him a cafeteria Christian and the religious right would send around emails claiming that he attended a Wiccan school as a child.

by thatpurplestuff 2008-09-04 12:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Is Lying a Christian virtue?

Understood. But kindly remember everything done in the name of Christianity and by Christians does not constitute Christianity.
Slavery. Not Christian.
The Crusades. Hardly Christian.
St. Thomas Acquinas ? Dangerously close to un- Christian.

If Christ did it, then it's Christian.
*If it's in the 10 commandments, then it's Christian. *

*If it's in the Bible, it probably is Christian. *

Anything else?

by xodus1914 2008-09-04 12:17PM | 0 recs
If you're going to lie that blatantly... probably shouldn't piss off the press right before doing it.

by thezzyzx 2008-09-04 10:03AM | 0 recs
Biden's strong points.

As a lifelong Democrat, I'm concerned when I see progressive blogs turn to the politics of personal destruction. Rather than worry about Governor Palin, shouldn't we be talking about how Senator Biden's 36 years of experience makes him the ideal VP?

by hwc 2008-09-04 10:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's strong points.

You have to address lies when they are about the candidates that you are trying to make look good.

by proseandpromise 2008-09-04 10:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's strong points.

its not 2004 people need to stop with the we can be better then them

thats what the 2004 campaign was about, and we saw just truly low the GOP will go to win, no we won't win by ignoring them, McCain was told to pick her by the right and never vetted her, this is what is going on now, there may be outliers here and there, but for the most part.

she is being vetted by the media.

the blogs are defining her, we aren't going to let them get away with lying to set up the narrative.

is anything the blogs saying untrue?

did she not conduct loyalty firings?
is she not under investigation?
did she not go after earmarks?

what the right wants us to do is not vette

by TruthMatters 2008-09-04 10:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Biden's strong points.

I only take issue with your first line, I dont think this is about sinking down to their level, it is just fact checking, so even though I know you are responding to the original poster's framing, its best to not even accept the self loathing framing of this investigation by this alleged democrat

by KLRinLA 2008-09-04 11:19AM | 0 recs
You are full of it....

"As a lifelong Democrat, I'm concerned when I see progressive blogs turn to the politics of personal destruction."

Then, explain THIS POS! 54/627

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-04 10:27AM | 0 recs
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If these are the only discrepancies Mr. Beeton can come up with, then he has nothing. Sarah is a strong woman with whom almost every woman in this country can identify in one way or another. And, she is a true woman, as opposed to Hillary. I find it interesting that people like Barbra Streisand and Jamie Lee Curtis are commenting on Sarah. The privileged rich, with the free time and money to campaign and tell the rest of us what is good for us can only say that John McCain pulled a fast one by bringing Sarah on board. They are going to need a lot more to beat that ticket. The McCain-Palin ticket is a perfect balance for America - who will keep us a Republic as opposed to becoming socialist.

by momcoburn 2008-09-04 10:33AM | 0 recs
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" And, she is a true woman, as opposed to Hillary."

Hey, did you lose you way to your home site?

Here, let me help you

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-04 10:45AM | 0 recs
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The privileged rich, with the free time and money to campaign and tell the rest of us what is good for us

I forget, is it the sixth house or the seventh house that moves one from merely rich to "privileged" rich?

by vadasz 2008-09-04 11:31AM | 0 recs
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Your concept of nothing is breathtaking.
But let me add to the list.

Left he her town 20+ million in debt when she came into office with a nice budget surplus. So much for being different than the present crop in the White House

Is a fan of banning books and trying to fire people who don't agree.
(hmm now that I think of it you probably agree with this)

Tax cutter - instituted  a very regressive tax in Wasilla when she was mayor. And as Governor what taxes could she cut? There is no income tax in Alaska nor a state sales tax.

As to your comment about Senator Clinton, not even worthy of a response.

And if this is the perfect balance for America then as went Rome so we shall go.

You are now free to go collect your McCain Points

by jsfox 2008-09-04 11:46AM | 0 recs
Run on sentence Nazi coming through.

"...when it's The AP that does it but credit where credit is due, they have a fact check..."


"...when it's the AP that does it but credit where credit is due.  They have a fact check..."

by OVAH 2008-09-04 10:40AM | 0 recs
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We've got to come up with more than this.

by Cal in California 2008-09-04 10:55AM | 0 recs
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Concerned much Cal?

You have been since you arrived.

Time to get your spine up, or start giving up?

Me, this makes me want to fight HARDER.

I'm not willing to live in Sarah Palin's America.

So, no time to panic, and I think you need to realize, Senator Clinton doesn't want her OR her daughter living in Sarah Palin's America either.

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-04 11:06AM | 0 recs
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I cry McTroll. No comments before last week, and pretty much all of them disparaging to Obama and praising Palin.

And on the substance: what, lying about her record, claiming to be a reformer when she's not, claiming to be fiscally responsible when she's not, claiming to be an advocate for special needs kids when she's not, claiming foreign policy experience based on geographic proximity and "command" of units she has no actual control over, repeated blatant abuse of authority and cronyism, highly questionable political associations, none of that's an issue for you?

Oh, wait, you're a McTroll. Of course all of those things are fine.

by Texas Gray Wolf 2008-09-04 11:48AM | 0 recs
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McCain/Palin: Bridge to Nowhere

I would like to see the fallout in polling numbers and if she is moving the needle it is time to bring out the heavy artillery. (Hillary and Bill). I would have Hill and Bill follow her around. Every campaign stop she has, send in Hill and Bill right after.

The media drooling over this speech and comparing it to Obama in 04 is absurd.  SHE READ FROM A TELEPROMPTER A SPEECH LARGELY WRITTEN FOR SOMEONE ELSE BY SOMEONE ELSE. Barack spoke about his life story and meaning and tied it to America's story.

Are the talking heads really saying that what she had to say last night, (the substance of it and the instrinsic meaning and the structure of how the speech was built and why) reflects America's story?  A superstar is born, indeed.

by Iago 2008-09-04 10:55AM | 0 recs
Men and women of the left, be not afraid!

I am not afriad of this Sarah Palin.  Certainly, we should not underestimate her skills as a fiery speaker and demagogue, nor the novelty and vigor of her selection, nor the desperate thirst of her party for something to be excited about, nor the calculated and vicious cynicism of the Rovian machine.  But all that being said, she is a sop to the far right and an empress with no clothes, a paper tigress.  Her speech was angry but devoid of substance.  In Roveland, when you have nothing to say, scream "babykillers" and scream it loud.  I think it is hilarious that she and Mccain are trying to sell themselves as mavericks who will reform EVERYTHING in Washington -- except taxes, health care, the environment, education, the Supreme Court, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia -- but other than that, look out, here comes some mavericky reform all over the place.  She is a radical extremist on social issues, and a cynical hypocrite on issues of corruption and ethics.  The country is tired of Bush, and she is more Bush than Bush.  Once the lights go down in St Paul and the nation gets a chance to really think about her in the oval office, I am confident that this will be a catastrophe for the right.

by snowback 2008-09-04 11:03AM | 0 recs
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Here's what I want to know:

- Does Sarah Palin want Alaska to secede from the US as a sovereign nation?

- If, heaven forbid, she is elected VP, will Russia invade Alaska like Georgia and takeover its rule so she can become another Cheney-esque oil industrialist?

by PD1769 2008-09-04 11:17AM | 0 recs
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In all seriousness, I would like to see a reporter get close enough to her to ask two things:

1.  Did she attend the AIP convention in 1994 or 2000?  Originally the answer to this was yes and now it seems to be no.  The AIP itself is bad enough but the lie/coverup would be worse.

2.  What books was she trying to have removed from the Wasilla library and why?

by snowback 2008-09-04 11:44AM | 0 recs
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I think it's pretty wrong that everyone attacked Michelle Obama's patriotism for a misheard comment, but no one attacks Sarah Palin's husband, "The First Dude", who actually was a registered member of the AIP for something like 7 years. Her husband wanted to secede from the union and we question Michelle Obama's patriotism?!?!

by cecilybecily 2008-09-04 11:58AM | 0 recs
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Heck, they will just explain, it's kind of a social club?

You know, like those guys down south, who wear the stars and bars, and have pictures of Jefferson Davis and love the civil war...

Yeah, nothing slightly sick about those rednecks either......

Seriously, I am dying for them to dig into the AIP...

A far north successionist group? If they are anything like the Idaho black-Helicopter New World Order crowd, there is some nasty streaks of anti-semitism in there I'm betting...

Should play well in Florida?

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-04 12:37PM | 0 recs
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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. And this is the party who has the monopoly on patriotism? Give me a break! And give them a dictionary, because clearly they do not understand the meaning of the word.

by cecilybecily 2008-09-05 08:03AM | 0 recs
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No matter how cynical I get, it's just never enough to keep up.

Lily Tomlin

by Shaun Appleby 2008-09-04 01:50PM | 0 recs


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