Thursday, October 23, 2008

Palin values family, Alaska pays for them

I guess "family values" now includes getting the state to pay for your kids' airfare. What boggles my mind is that Palin's supporters will have no problem justifying this, but would be the first in line to denounce employer- or publicly-funded daycare and vacation time.

I guess helping (i.e., with money) people spend more time with their kids only works when those people are Republican politicians.
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In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls.

As governor, Palin justified having the state pay for the travel of her daughters — Bristol, 17; Willow, 14; and Piper, 7 — by noting on travel forms that the girls had been invited to attend or participate in events on the governor's schedule.

But some organizers of these events said they were surprised when the Palin children showed up uninvited, or said they agreed to a request by the governor to allow the children to attend.

Several other organizers said the children merely accompanied their mother and did not participate. The trips enabled Palin, whose main state office is in the capital of Juneau, to spend more time with her children.

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