Friday, August 29, 2008

(GOP Veep Hopeful Sarah Palin, with husband Todd.)

FEC Files: In 2004 Gov Palin's
Occupation Was 'Housewife'


Like her political resume, GOP vice presidential pick Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a thin Federal Election Commission file.

In June 2004 she donated $328 to the Alaskan Republican Party, and in July 2004 she made a $300 donation to U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miller, who didn't become senator.

The FEC file for the first donation shows Palin listed her occupation as "housewife," and the FEC record for the other contribution lists her job a "homemaker."

I happen to think having either housewife or homemaker on one's resume is a plus, for a political candidate, but I stop short of saying that's reason enough to vote for someone.

The reason why I'm pointing out Palin's two FEC contributions is because the American voter needs as much information as possible, especially on paper, about the woman who may come to occupy Number One Observatory Circle, the home of the vice president, and is first in line to become president if McCain wins and dies in office.

Speaking as a Green Party/independent voter, I just don't see Palin's trajectory on the political going from housewife, to city councilor and mayor of Wasila, Alaska, then governor of the Last Frontier State, before progressing to nation's second-highest office. Her slim record and list of accomplishments, seem quite pale to me, when compared to Joe Biden, but that may not mean much to millions of voters.

We'll see how successful she is as a national candidate come November, in the meantime, it's a breakthrough in American politics to have a former housewife running on the 2008 GOP ticket.

Here are her two FEC files. Click on the images to enlarge them:




5 comments:

Elizabeth said...

McCain is very smart to add a housewife to the ticket, but she's against women's and queers' rights: "I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between and man and a woman."

papertiger said...

How much is abortion a woman's right? Aren't most abortions due to money considerations, and in those unhappy circumstances isn't the abortion decision usually foisted on the woman by the man or family with the excuse that "he", "she", or "we", can't afford a baby?
How many rich women get abortions?
What does that say really about a woman's "choice"?
Wouldn't it be more accurate to say women (most often of limited means) get abortions because they have run out of choices?

BTW Governor Palin was faced with the Alaska legislature sending a bill to her desk forbiding state benefits (health, pensions, what have you) to the spouse of gay couples, and she vetoed it.
Not because she approves of the gay lifestyle, but because she could see no way that such a discrinatory bill would be constitutional.

GaryC said...

I'm not sure that you have the trajectory correct.

Sarah Palin was, in sequence:

- a housewife,
- then a member of the city council (for 4 years, 1992-1996),
- then mayor (for six years, 1996-2002),
- then a candidate for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Alaska, coming in second, 2% behind the winner, (2002)
- then Chairman and Ethics Supervisor of the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (for about a year and a half, 2003 - 2004),
- then a whistle-blower (who forced the state Attorney General and the chairman of the state Republican Party to resign from the Commission, with the later paying a record fine for ethics violations),
- then a housewife, again, for two years (2004 - 2006),
- then the Governor of Alaska (2006 - present).

The two donations from 2004 are from the period after she had been on the city council and mayor of Wassila, and on the commission.

By the way, Wassila is definitely a small town, but it is now the 4th largest in the state and has been growing at 8.7% per year since the Census in 2000. Sarah Palin was mayor from 1996 to 2002.

erikwm said...

I need to correct papertiger's comment above. Palin did not veto the aforementioned bill because she thought it was "discriminatory" and thus, unconstitutional. She vetoed it because the Alaskan Supreme Court had ALREADY ruled not providing benefits WAS unconstitutional and that the legislature had to write legislation allowing such benefits. Instead, the legislature decided to blow off the Supreme Court and pass a bill barring a state commission from enforcing the ruling. But doing so created a constitutional crisis, as the legislature was usurping it's power by directly defying the Alaskan Supreme Court. Thus, Palin vetoed the bill to avoid a constitutional crisis. She then endorsed a constitutional amendment to bar such benefits. That amendment will be voted on by the voters this fall.

Barry G. Wick said...

Palin is reported to have said that if the Pledge of Allegiance was good enough for the founding fathers, it was good enough for her. Hmmmmm, and remember that George Washington's AIR FORCE ONE is at the National Air and Space Museum along with his red telephone with the wooden teeth marks on the mouthpiece.