Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Sorry, more politics but did you know...

Obama was said to consider Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as a possible running mate. Tim Kaine became the governor of Virginia on the same day that Sarah Palin became Governor of Alaska. No one questioned his experience, Obama only decided on Biden to help cover his own lack of experience! The media never once questioned if Tim Kaine would be too inexperienced to be the VP. I cry foul!!! How big is the state of Virginia? What kind of reform did Tim Kaine perform during his time in office? Governors have always been seen as a good balance to Senators on a Presidential ticket because they have executive experience. Tim Kaine was a Governor and a Mayor. His experience is very much the same as Sarah Palins. During Tim Kaines time in office he banned smoking from public buildings and required 6Th graders to get Hep vaccinations. When news of the Virginia Tech massacre broke, Kaine canceled a trade mission to Japan and India to attend to the situation. During Sarah Palins time in office she publicly challenged Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about the ongoing federal investigation into his financial dealings. Palin has strongly promoted oil and natural gas resource development in Alaska, including in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), where such development has been the subject of a national debate. She also helped pass a tax increase on oil company profits. Palin has followed through on plans to create a new sub-cabinet group of advisers to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska. Palin presented the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) as the new legal vehicle for building a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope. In response to high oil and gas prices, and the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards. She also proposed providing grants to electrical utilities so that they would reduce customers' rates. She subsequently dropped the debit card proposal, and in its place she proposed to send Alaskans $1,200 directly, paid for from the windfall surplus the state is getting because of the high oil prices. Shortly after becoming governor, Palin canceled a contract for the construction of an 11-mile (18 km) gravel road outside Juneau to a mine. This reversed a decision made in the closing days of the Murkowski Administration. She also followed through on a campaign promise to sell the Westwind II jet purchased (on a state government credit account) by the Murkowski administration. In August 2007, the jet was sold on eBay for $2.1 million. In June 2007, Palin signed into law a $6.6 billion operating budget—the largest in Alaska's history. At the same time, she used her veto power to make the second-largest cuts of the construction budget in state history. The $237 million in cuts represented over 300 local projects, and reduced the construction budget to nearly $1.6 billion. There is actually more...but look at this. Tim Kaines majore accomplishment in office was a smoking ban! This information is off their Wikipedia pages. He really was by nearly every news group on the short list to be Obamas VP. He was on the top 3 possible VP's for Obama.

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