John McCain stated yesterday on The View that Governor Sarah Palin, his choice for vice president, has never accepted any federal funds earmarked for pork projects for either her city or state.
Here is a list of the earmark funds Governor Palin has sought and received so far for fiscal year 2008 alone - $155 million dollars. For fiscal year 2009 Palin has requested funds for 52 earmarks that add up to $256 million.
Even when hit with the evidence to show she has actively sought and received earmark funds for pork barrel projects for her state, Palin herself continues to insist that she has not. According to USA Today, she also continues to rail against
"the abuse of earmarks," saying it is "un-American" and "undemocratic" and vowing the practice will stop under a McCain-Palin administration.
In addition to her continued lying about earmarks, Governor Palin was found to have lied about her claim that she visited Iraq :
WASILLA, Alaska -- Aides to Gov. Sarah Palin are scrambling to explain details of her only trip outside North America -- which, according to a new report, did not include Iraq, as the McCain-Palin campaign had initially claimed.
Palin made an official visit to see Alaskan troops in Kuwait in July of 2007. There, she made a stop at a border crossing with Iraq, but did not actually visit the country, according to a new report in the Boston Globe.
Earlier, McCain aides had said that Palin visited Iraq, and expressed indignation at questions about her slim foreign travel.
The campaign also said she had been to Ireland; that turned out to have been a refueling stop.
In other lying news, Bloomberg reports that the McCain campaign has been lying about crowd estimates at campaign stops and McClatchy News reports that the McCain campaign has released a deceptive ad for Spanish TV that claims Senator Obama killed immigration reform when both McCain and Obama voted the same side on the issue.
The Obama campaign has responded to the Palin/McCain pattern of lies with the following statement:
"The McCain campaign said Governor Palin opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, but now we know she supported it. They said she didn't seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but today we learned that she only stopped at the border. Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn't lying about?"
Andrew Sullivan focuses on the lie John McCain himself issued on The View yesterday about Governor Palin and earmarks and writes:
It has now been a day since McCain lied this explicitly in public. And he hasn't yet retracted his lie. This AP piece is dated as of this afternoon. Why not?
Because if he has to retract this lie, he will have to retract his multiple other lies? While the media demands that Obama respond to things he never said and never meant, McCain is not even asked to retract a bald-faced, massive, obvious, refutable lie.
In the last month, McCain has become the biggest liar in the modern history of presidential politics. He makes Bill Clinton look like George Washington.
John McCain and Sarah Palin - pathological liars who just can't help themselves.
Maybe it's time for the press to stop being so polite and just call them what they are?
When John McCain and Sarah Palin make s&*t up, they're not engaging in "distortions," MSMers - they're telling "lies."
And the people telling 'em are, all together now - "liars."
UPDATE: The NY Times has an article in tomorrow's edition that describes Sarah Palin's governing style this way:
An examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics — she sometimes calls local opponents “haters” — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image.
Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.
Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.
Rick Steiner, a University of Alaska professor, sought the e-mail messages of state scientists who had examined the effect of global warming on polar bears. (Ms. Palin said the scientists had found no ill effects, and she has sued the federal government to block the listing of the bears as endangered.) An administration official told Mr. Steiner that it would cost $468,784 to process his request.
When Mr. Steiner finally obtained the e-mail messages — through a federal records request — he discovered that state scientists had in fact agreed that the bears were in danger, records show.
“Their secrecy is off the charts,” Mr. Steiner said.
Just what we need after eight years of George Bush and Dick Cheney - an incompetent, vindictive evangelical with a penchant for secrecy, cronyism and placing loyalty above merit when making appointments.
Wanna elect the woman who hired her high school pal for a position at the top of the State Division of Agriculture because she had a "childhood love of cows"?
Then vote McCain/Palin.