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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Palin continues war on pork

"Before vetoes are made again, come tell us why it's so doggone important that we spend the money right now."

-Sarah Palin

Gov. Palin continues to earn her reputation as one of the nation's premiere fiscal conservatives.

This week, the state legislature passed a supplemental budget that loaded with $70 million of spending that the Governor line-item vetoed out of the year's capital budget. Of course, the Governor is threatening a second round of vetoes, but Palin is taking fiscal conservatism a step farther by demanding accountability from the legislators who inserted the projects into the bill. Hence she is calling on legislators to meet with her and explain why their projects (including a batting cage and a gun range) are so "doggone important" that they can't wait for the 2009 capital budget.

"Whether we are talking about a budget that's $70,000 or in this case $70 million," Palin told the Anchorage Daily News, "spending other people's money is a responsibility that I take very seriously."

We need leaders in Washington who recognize that they can't just fritter away the taxpayers' money, and that's why we need Sarah Palin on the ticket this November.

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