stackemhigh wrote:Again, there is absolutely nothing sexist about the term "going to the mattresses."
stackemhigh wrote:Sarah Palin is absolutely an idiot and quite frankly a complete fraud. She began serving Wasilla as Mayor when it had less than $2 million in debt and left it with well of $20 million in debt. Isn't that in complete contradiction to what she currently stands for?
This got me interested and I did some quick homework.
How do you define what she stands for? Doing what the people want or doing what she wants?http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/sep/09/chain-email/numbers-right-context-missing/
Current Mayor Diane M. Keller, who served on the City Council when Palin was mayor, said just presenting those raw figures is misleading.
Yes, she said, Wasilla's budgets increased and tax receipts went up under Palin's reign, but much of that was due to the growth of the city during those six years.
Yes, she said, the sales tax rate went from 2 percent to 2.5 percent under Palin, but that was approved via voter referendum, with the extra proceeds earmarked specifically to pay off that sports complex. CBS News reported that the referendum on the sports complex passed by just 20 votes.
Due to the economic growth in the community, Keller said, Wasilla is going to be able to stop charging that extra .5 percent sales tax two years earlier than anticipated.
The property tax rate was reduced under Palin from 2 mills to .5 mills (it was later eliminated under Keller).
Voters also okayed the bond issue to pay for road improvements, Keller noted.
"The people in our community wanted road improvements," Keller said. "The taxpayers voted on it. Same thing with the sports complex. It's up to us to do what the people are asking for."
It seems like the community wanted to borrow that money and they could afford to borrow that money. They via voter referendum approved the borrowing and the tax hike to pay for it. What is fiscally unsound about that?
What principle does that violate?
It worked too. The bonds will be paid off two years ahead of schedule. Nothing fraudulent in what she did that I can see. The town wanted it. They could afford it. So they made it happen. That sounds like how it's supposed to work.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.