Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Medium And The Message

Anne Kilkenny wrote an email that was heard around the world. She was able to get her message out to millions for virtually nothing. How much money has the computer savvy John McCain spent trying to get his message out?

From An e-mail to friends from Wasilla becomes Internet hit by S.J. Komarnitsky:

In the letter, she lauds the former mayor as smart, hard working and savvy. But she says, far from being a fiscal conservative, Palin left Wasilla in debt, was intolerant of "divergent opinions" and "has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help."

Much of what Kilkenny states has been pointed out by others in news stories. Palin, on the national pulpit, has lauded herself as a fiscal conservative who cut government budgets. But as mayor and governor she presided over growing budgets. Some of her information has received less attention.

As mayor, as Kilkenny notes, Palin benefited enormously from a sales tax passed by the previous mayor, John Stein, who she defeated in a bitter campaign in which she derided him as a "good ole boy." That sales tax, passed to fund the police force, left the city flush with so much cash Palin was able to cut property taxes and still have revenues increase.
Except for the first sentence, this description is very similar to the accomplishments of a certain sitting president. Do we want more of the same?

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