Saturday, January 3, 2009

Another Palin Power Play?

You may have realized over the course of the past several months that Palin has a perverse relationship with the truth and tends to stretch personal and political parameters in her favor.

Dan Fagan, in a commentary at the Anchorage Daily News, asks this pertinent question: "Have you noticed how our governor seems to have convinced herself only some of the rules apply to her?"

He's referring to the fact that Palin's daughter's boyfriend, Levi Johnston, is working as an electrical apprentice on the North Slope.

Levi has not completed his high school education. Palin, pissed at media coverage which indicated Levi is a high school drop-out, put out a statement claiming that he is not a high school drop-out as he is "continuing his online high school work in addition to working as an electrical apprentice on the North Slope."

Problem No 1. How did Levi get into the apprentice program? As Fagan notes, according to federal regulations, all apprentice folks must have a high a high school diploma.

Problem No 2. How did Levi jump to the head of the line? Fagan writes that "Rebecca Logan, executive director of Associated Builders and Contractors, an organization that also has an electrical workers apprentice program, says waiting lists always accompany apprenticeship programs. Her organization's electrical apprentice program, one of only three in the state, has a waiting list of 100 people."

Problem No 3. Did Palin pull some strings and skirt the rules to get Levi "favored person" status?

Palin tends to pull lots of strings which work to her benefit, like charging the state to fly her family around the country, and charging the state to work at home when she has a perfectly good office in Juneau, and using her office to pursue a personal vendetta against an ex-brother-in-law.

Dan Fagan's entire article is here.

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