RNC Lies: Evaluating The Pit Bull’s Speech

I have come to the conclusion that anyone believing the Republican Platform lies is either a crazy, brainwashed fool or a maniacally complicit Evil-doer. Anyone who is open minded (or not quite fully taekn over by the reTHUGlican koolaid) and capable of logical thought simply cannot listen to the bullshit and believe it. (And such is the case for the Democratic Party, in case you feel I am partisan).

But in this case, how can any sane person listen or read the speech that Sarah Pit Bull Palin gave and not come away with a feeling or question like, “how can she get by with the blatant lies?”

Lynda and I have been following this lady since she was first heard and I believe that it is evident that this woman is a joke as a leader. So, how is it that so many people could look at what I see and come to a different conclusion? What would make what is evidently a seriously bad move into such a well-received circumstance from the reTHUGlican followers?

How Insane Is John McCain delves into Sarah’s RNC lies with this article:

Republican Convention Lies: Sarah Palin’s Acceptance Speech

The lies were flying fast and furious at the RNC this past week, and a post that catalogued all those lies would probably break the Internet. Instead, I’ll merely start by listing the falsehoods, fudges and straight-up lies in Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech.

McCain, you’re next. Watch out, old fella.

SARAH PALIN

LIE: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities.”

TRUTH: Barack Obama worked as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago after he graduated from college. He received a $13,000 salary, foregoing a more lucrative career. He worked for the Developing Communities Project, which “protected community interests regarding landfills and helped win employment training services, playgrounds, after-school programs, school reforms and other public amenities.” Residents and organizers who knew him at the itme recall Obama’s efforts in glowing terms.

When Sarah Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla, the town had no long-term debt. Instead of investing in local infrastructure needs, Palin raised taxes for the construction of a multi-million dollar indoor sports facility. However, the city began construction before it had received title, which resulted in years of (still ongoing) litigation that cost the city $1.3 million. Palin left Wasilla $20 million in debt, and was nearly recalled.

LIE: “I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment.”

TRUTH: When Palin was mayor of Wasilla, she hired a lobbyist with ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. She also ran Senator Ted Stevens’ 527 political action committee (he is currently indicted for corruption charges), and made a public appearance with him to support him politically.

LIE: “This was the spirit that brought me to the governor’s office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau … when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol’ boys network.”

TRUTH: As previously noted, Palin had close ties to lobbyists in Alaska. Palin also supports drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, a position heavily favored by oil companies, and believes we can drill our way out of the energy crisis (which is not true). To be fair, she did raise taxes on oil companies while governor amid record oil prices.

LIE: “I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law.”

TRUTH: Palin did help pass an ethics reform bill. However, she stands accused of her own ethics violation stemming from the firing of a public safety officer who refused to fire her brother-in-law, a state trooper. She is also accused of improperly accessing the trooper’s personnel file, which could carry criminal charges.

LIE: “That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.”

TRUTH: Palin suggests that she actually sold the jet on eBay, but in truth it never sold on eBay, and was eventually sold at a $300,000 loss to a Palin campaign contributor. Far from being a “luxury jet,” it had mainly been used to transport criminals.

LIE: “I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.”

TRUTH: Palin was actually a major proponent of earmark spending, and in fact, Alaska was the recipient of more earmark spending per capita than any other state in the nation. Palin’s requests for earmarks included $499,000 to assess halibut harvesting.

LIE: “I told the Congress “thanks, but no thanks,” for that Bridge to Nowhere.”

TRUTH: This is such a blatant lie it’s incredible it made it into the speech. Palin repeatedly expressed support on the Bridge to Nowhere, and was even photographed with a satirical t-shirt in support of the project.

LIE: “But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.”

TRUTH: Obama has only written one memoir, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER. His second book, THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, was a campaign book. But guess who has written two memoirs? John McCain! He wrote the memoirs FAITH OF MY FATHERS and WORTH FIGHTING FOR with Mark Salter, as well as his other books WHY COURAGE MATTERS, CHARACTER IS DESTINY, HARD CALL, and more.

It’s also false that Obama did not sponsor any major legislation. He wrote over 110 bills as a Senator, including an important nuclear noproliferation bill and a bill (co-sponsored with John McCain) that established transparency in federal contracts. His bills in the Illinois State Legislature have also been praised.

LIE: “America needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it.”

TRUTH: Obama’s own website calls for investing $150 billion in new clean energy sources.

LIE: “Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights?”

TRUTH: Honestly I don’t know what this even means, but it should be noted that Obama is the only candidate who supports incursions into Pakistan if there is actionable intelligence on Al Qaeda, a position John McCain did not support because he was worried about Pakistani sovereignty (despite claiming that he would pursue Osama Bin Laden to the gates of hell).

LIE: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes … raise payroll taxes … raise investment income taxes … raise the death tax … raise business taxes … and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that’s now opened for business – like millions of others who run small businesses.”

TRUTH: Obama only plans to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and calls for $80 billion in tax breaks to the middle class.

LIE: “Senator McCain’s record of actual achievement and reform helps explain why so many special interests, lobbyists, and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency – from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.”

TRUTH: I’m sure there are some lobbyists who aren’t supporting McCain, but his campaign manager, Rick Davis, is a former lobbyist, and a huge portion of his campaign staff are lobbyists.

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