View Full Version : Palin and her E-mails
September 18th, 2008, 01:12 AM
September 18th, 2008, 08:39 PM
Now, to be clear, the more I learn about Palin, the less I like her. She seems like an incurious, power abusing nepotist. But the emails I just can't get worked up about. When it comes to this Alaskan law, it's about not redirecting public funds to partisan activities. I just don't see where the cost is in the email. I mean, put a price tag on it for me. They would have provided the account for her regardless, and I'm sure she additionally used it for the business of her office, so it's already paid for. It won't cost more, the more messages she sends. She could have used that yahoo or a gmail account for nothing. Using the office copier for campaign fliers, using the city phone to make long distance calls to donors are the sort of things you could point to and say, yes, this cost the city X$ in public funds that were diverted to her campaign. And I find that to be an ethical issue even if the monetary amounts are small. But email? Whatever. Tell me more about how she hires a high school buddy to run a committee making decisions about a communist dairy enterprise in order to have it make the decisions she wants, so that she might funnel the better part of a million tax dollars into a failing proposition, until her new committee comes to the same finding as the first, lol.
September 18th, 2008, 08:55 PM
September 18th, 2008, 09:31 PM
However, she is also in trouble for using the yahoo email. her password was popcorn, hehe. anyhow, she used her private email to discuss issues that involved the Alaskan government which is another no no.
Now, see, I think using a goofy yahoo account for official email much more of a lapse in judgment. I get what you're saying about the ethics involved in the email, but I just don't feel it violates the spirit of the state law which is about public funds. You've moved away from that to talk about the professional ethics of using the trappings of office to solicit donations. Now I can potentially see a problem in that too, except those emails cited weren't donation solicitations. They talked politics, and they promoted her positions, but you know what? Her then position was as mayor - I don't think it mattered that her email reflected that. Ethically, I mean, lol. So I don't disagree on the principles, I just don't feel this rose to the level of tripping them.
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