In recent interviews, Sarah Palin said:
“NPR, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, all those kind of frivolous things that government shouldn’t be in the business of funding with tax dollars — those should all be on the chopping block as we talk about the $14-trillion debt that we’re going to hand to our kids and our grandkids.”
Mind you, debt reduction would scarcely be affected by defunding the federal arts agency, which currently operates on a $161-million annual budget. That $161 million is a very small drop in the bucket in terms of reducing the multi-trillion dollar deficit. Also, the arts and humanities programs are those that teach our children to think “out of the box,” to think creatively and to learn to find new ways of connecting ideas to come up with new solutions in life. What frivolity!
One thing she didn’t mention about her home state of Alaska – which she is constantly proud of declaring runs a state surplus – Alaska gets $1.84 for every $1 it sends to Washington D.C. in tax revenue. In other words, Alaska is a welfare state running on the subsidy of the federal government. This is in addition to the fact that Alaska has a special fund that rewards it’s citizens annually based on oil profits the state makes. Wow – and they STILL need federal dollars. BUT, they run a surplus. Amazing, isn’t it?
Sarah Palin also, while in India, participated in a Q and A session with India Today Editor-in-Chief and Session Chairman Aroon Puriein which she declared she and John McCain didn’t win in 2008 because – and I quote – “I wasn’t the top of the ticket!”
Well, finally. She finally said what we’ve all known she’s been thinking. She finally threw John McCain under that 2008 Republican bus. I’m guessing she figured she was so far away in India, that no one would know she said it.
Ah, Sarah. The gift that truly keeps giving.