Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sarah Palin, You Cost How Much?

I never thought I'd come to this, but I have to say it: I'm proud of Sarah Palin. Now, don't worry, that morsel of pride is immediately suffocated by the monsoon of vitriol I hold against her. But where does this pride stem from?

Since the McCain campaign never had any morals to begin with, it comes as no surprise that they were taking voters' money and using it to doll-up Sarah Palin.

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September. The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

The cash expenditures immediately raised questions among campaign finance experts about their legality under the Federal Election Commission's long-standing advisory opinions on using campaign cash to purchase items for personal use.

And this is the man who is supposed to cut spending and balance the budget? That's like saying, "Spending $100 on lunch is saving since you didn't spend it on dinner". Unless he switches from Neiman-Marcus to Payless, I doubt he doesn't even have a clue how to spell 'budget'.

But, in lieu of all of this chicanery, what makes me really proud is that the McCain spent $75,000 of their people's tax Minneapolis! You see, in the good state of Minnesota, there is no sales tax on clothing. So after taking the voters money and spending it on important campaign matters--jackets--the campaign decided they didn't want to bother with having to pay back into the system. Why, that'd cost us even more of the tax payers money! And paying taxes is un-American! So they ran right downtown to Minneapolis, hunkered up a big shopping trolley full of clothes, and carted it back to campaign headquarters. Success!

Oh, by the way, I'm pretty sure all of that was illegal. But at least they did it in Minneapolis! For today, Sarah, you're a winner. But on November 4th it won't be what they call you!