These Republican knuckleheads will do anything to keep the public's attention off of the real issues.
hat tip Matthew Yglesias:
When I heard Sarah Palin say at the VP debate that she'd had the Alaska Permanent Fund divest from Sudan to protest the Sudanese government's actions in Darfur, I assumed that she had, in fact, had the Alaska Permanent Fund divest from Sudan. On the one hand, it was a totally plausible story -- a lot of publicly controlled funds have divested. And on the other hand, it would be bizarre to tell such a straightforward lie. And yet lie she did.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fought to protest atrocities in Sudan by dropping assets tied to the country's brutal regime from the state's multi-billion-dollar investment fund, she claimed during Thursday's vice presidential debate.
Not quite, according to a review of the public record - and according to the recollections of a legislator and others who pushed a measure to divest Alaskan holdings in Sudan-linked investments.
"The [Palin] administration killed our bill," said Alaska state representative Les Gara, D-Anchorage. Gara and state Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, co-sponsored a resolution early this year to force the Alaska Permanent Fund - a $40 billion investment fund, a portion of whose dividends are distributed annually to state residents - to divest millions of dollars in holdings tied to the Sudanese government.
In an e-mail later, Gara clarified that he believed opposition from the Palin administration helped kill his bill, but was not solely responsible for its death.
Not only did Palin lie, she was in fact partly or wholly responsible for the failure of the effort she now claims credit for. She's a cheeky monkey donchaknowit youbetcha! McCain and Palin don't care about everyday Americans - they just want to take their tax program for the rich back to Washington and give the wealthy four more years of protection.
It's Time for a Change!
"Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis"
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