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A Message to Alaskans about the Stimulus Veto and the Health Care Town Halls
Yesterday at 7:33pmTomorrow begins an important week for Alaskans.
On Monday, state lawmakers will meet to override my veto of stimulus funds. As Governor, I did my utmost to warn our legislators that accepting stimulus funds will further tie Alaska to the federal government and chip away at Alaska’s right to chart its own course. Enforcing the federal building code requirements, which Governor Parnell and future governors will be forced to adopt in order to accept these energy funds, will eventually cost the state more than it receives. There are clear ropes attached, and Alaskans will soon find themselves tied down by codes which will dictate how we build and renovate homes and businesses. The state has hundreds of millions of dollars already budgeted for conservation, weatherization and renewable energy development. Legislators don’t need to play politics as usual and accept these funds and the ropes that come with them.
Also this week, Alaskans will join Senators Murkowski and Begich in town hall meetings to discuss the current health care legislation. There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.
– Sarah Palin
There has been some consternation among bloggers and such about the Governor calling for civility and calling the White House healthcare proposal one which will institute “death panels.” While true the term is provocative, it is not insulting, nor demeaning. It is an effective rhetorical device to put to a point the possibility of rationing under any Government-run healthcare system. The Governor is looking down the road, as are other Americans, and seeing that what is being proposed now, call it the Government alternative option, could easily transform into a Government-only option.