Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sarah Palin - Persona Non Grata?

Sarah! Sarah! Where for art tho Sarah? I know one place she isn't. Alaska! The folks up in the winter wonderland state are a bit peeved at their Governor because since she lost in the general election it seems the only time she has spent in the Governors Office was for the publicity photographs of her return to Alaska. Last report I heard was that she is stumping around Georgia campaigning for incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss on the eve of the runoff election there. Alaskans are still asking, "Where is our Governor? There's work that needs to be done!".

According to the Huffington Post the following issues are on the front burner in Alaska right now that the legislature and executive office need to address. They are:

* Oil prices have dropped dramatically to about $45/bbl from the peak of $144/bbl in July, which threatens the state budget.

* Alaskans are paying some of the highest prices for gas in the nation, averaging $2.87 per gallon, while the national average is $1.91.

* The state's oil production continues to decline, due to falling prices and mature fields.

* The global credit crunch and falling natural gas prices threaten the Alaska gas line.

* The State is failing to meet its constitutional obligation to take care of public education as shown by the high drop out rates and the low graduation rates.

* Many Medicare patients cannot find doctors.

* There is continued flight from rural villages.

* Alaska faces the prospect of reduced federal dollars from Washington, D.C.

"Alaskans need our Governor here earning her salary and working on key problems facing Alaska families," said Alaska Democratic Party Chair Patti Higgins. "Alaska's challenges are significant, and there is much that needs to be done right now. Our Governor should remember that her primary job is to work on behalf of the citizens of Alaska, not engage in partisan politics in other states," Higgins said. "Governing is more than creating photo ops. We'd like a commitment that the Governor is working, not just scheduling media appearances."

I do have to agree with this publication because I don't think it's unreasonable to ask the state Governor to be on site, in her state, for state business. Does she think that she WON the election? Maybe she is tired of the 'cold state' thing and she wants to move to D.C. now to prepare for her return in 2028, after all she is the darling of the GOP, and now a Georgia 'peach'. Or WAS the darling of the GOP. Out of sight, out of mind or in her case it may soon be 'OUT OF JOB'! Never forget your roots!

I'd like to thank and acknowledge the Huffington Post for excerpts used in this article.

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