In case you haven’t hear or read, there is quite a lot of chatter concerning $150,000 being spent to outfit the Palin family.
There is a good reason for the chatter. It’s because $150,000 is a lot of money- especially to a nation in a recession where jobless claims are at 478,000, above what economists say is the ‘recession’ mark of 400,000, foreclosures are up 71% from a year ago (over 300,000 in August), and billions of dollars have been spent by the government to bail out companies- including banks- because it’s the best alternative.
What could possibly be a good reason to justify spending $150,000 on clothing in 6 weeks to outfit a political candidate and her family?
Campbell Brown from CNN wrote a commentary justifying the expense, here is an excerpt ;
My issue? There is an incredible double-standard here, and we are ignoring a very simple reality.
Women are judged based on their appearance far, far more than men. That is a statement of fact.
There was plenty of talk and plenty written about Sen. Hillary Clinton’s looks, hair and pantsuits.
Compare that with the attention given to Sen. Barack Obama’s $1,500 suits or Sen. John McCain’s $520 Ferragamo shoes. There is no comparison.
Women get scrutinized based on appearance far more than men. And look, I speak from experience here. When I wear a bad outfit on the air, I get viewer e-mail complaining about it. A lot of e-mail. Seriously.
Campbell Brown thinks all of the chatter is because Sarah Palin is a female.
Campbell says that when she is wearing an outfit on air that a viewer does not like, she hears about it through viewer e-mail.
I like Campbell Brown. I’ve watched her show and I am glad to see an intelligent woman on TV being treated with respect. Really, I do not care about what she is wearing or what she looks like. I have never really noticed this because I am paying attention to what she is presenting.
However, Campbell Brown is not running for an elected office. What she wears on TV is between her, CNN, and whoever she deals with for clothing.
Sarah Palin is an elected official and wants to be the Vice President of a nation being slammed with financial crisis.
Here are some more things that Sarah Palin has spent not her money on.
- AP: Since she took state office in late 2006, the governor and her family have spent more than $13,000 in taxpayer funds to attend at least 10 religious events and meetings with Christian pastors, including Franklin Graham, the son of evangelical preacher Billy Graham, records show.
- Palin organized a campaign, funded with $400K in state money, to defeat Measure 2; using the tired old BS that the rest of the lower-48 don’t “understand rural Alaska.” Exiled Online. This measure had something to do with wolf hunting I am told.
- AP: GOP vice presidential candidate’s use of $21,012 in state money was used to pay for her three daughters’ flights.The AP reported that often the children were not invited to the events the governor attended, but she brought them anyway and charged the government.
- After Palin won the Wasilla mayor’s office — after scorching the “tax and spend mentality” of her incumbent opponent. But Carney, Palin’s estranged former mentor, and others in city hall were astounded when they found out about a lavish expenditure of Palin’s own after her 1996 election. According to Carney, the newly elected mayor spent more than $50,000 in city funds to redecorate her office, without the council’s authorization.
The issue of spending $150,000 has nothing to do with Sarah Palin being a female. It has to do with spending such a ridiculous amount of money, during a time of economic crisis, to fund the wardrobe of a political candidate and her family. Heck,who knows how much more will be spent trying to pass off an image to suffering Americans who shop at Sears.