Monday, March 8, 2010

The Palin Hustle

Yes, I think when it comes to Sarah Palin, the word "hustle" is apt:
Medicine Hat News reports on a speech Sarah Palin gave in Calgary (tickets as low as $150), where a folksy monologue took a shocking turn — an admission about how her family received health care.
We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn’t that ironic.

Palin, born in Idaho, lived in Wasilla, Alaska for most of her life. The nearest city in Canada, Whitehorse, is a 15 hour drive away. Anchorage is only 45 minutes away. I definitely want to hear more about this.


Let's also remember that as governor of Alaska, Palin accepted free health, dental and veterinary care for remote Alaskan villages courtesy of Uncle Sam and U.S taxpayers, called "Operation Arctic Care." While I won't question that decision--these villages are some of the poorest in the nation and are in desperate need of assistance--I do think it's a tad hypocritical to criticize "government giveaways" on the one hand, while taking the same on the other.

And as for this healthcare thing, well, she can just take a big steaming cup of STFU next time she wants to open her yap about "socialized medicine" and "death panels."