If you don't like excessive government spending, then you should love the idea of Sarah Palin as your next Vice President. Why do I say this? Well, on Friday, she used her line-item veto pen to shave nearly a quarter of a billion dollars off of the $1.8 billion capital budget passed by the state legislature. (Click here for a video report from KTUU.)
Yes, you read that correctly...a grand total $231,000,000 of big government spending was sent swirling down the proverbial toilet. If you want to know exactly what that looks like, here's a PDF detailing the cuts...it's 19 pages long! The part I like is the "veto reason" column, where a large number of the cuts are marked "not a state responsibility". If you are a fiscal conservative or libertarian, that way of looking at spending should excite you (as it does me).
Now, I know there there are a decent number of Alaskan politicians (notably Democrat Anchorage mayor Mark Begich) who are vocally bashing these cuts. However, an online poll by KTUU TV showed that 78% of respondents thought that the governor either vetoed the correct amount (35%) or didn't veto enough (43%). While this poll is obviously not scientific, I think it shows that Alaskans don't like big-spending government, and that Palin quite frankly let the legislature off easy by vetoing ONLY a quarter-billion (as a plurality of her constituents wanted her to cut more!).
If you haven't already figured it out, one of the primary reasons I like Sarah Palin is that she is willing to take bold and drastic action when she thinks that it is in the best interest of the state - regardless of how many feathers it ruffles. Leaders like that, in the tradition of Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt, are rare in today's America - and that's why I'm pushing so hard to get Sarah Palin elevated to national politics as quickly as possible.
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