Palin's RNC praise
My personal favorite:
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."
Keep in mind, Alaska has an estimated population of 670,053 and ranked 48th out of 50 states by population. That's a lot of money requested from US taxpayers for a state with a population less than a third of most major US cities. AND: Alaska is already the 6th richest state thanks to a tax on the oil they export to the rest of us!