July 8th 2009
here did Time magazine go to find such a nasty picture of Arnold and such a smug one of Sarah? Probably not too far because their photographers are trained to shoot uncomplimentary shots of Republicans and wonderful shots of Dems.
But I digress.
The new Time is using these two photos over a lead story on its Web homepage titled, After California, which states are in the most peril? Given Palin’s proximity to that headline, you’d guess Alaska would be right up there, right?
No you wouldn’t; you’re smarter than that. And you’re right. Alaska is mentioned, but it’s fleeting as a summer breeze in Nome.
Two of the worst-off states by that [revenue shortfall] count are Alaska and Nevada. Each of them will need to spend 30% more than what state tax officers think they’ll be collecting. And neither has a state income tax, relying on oil and tourism taxes, respectively, for most of their revenues.
While the Left has been quick to pounce on this, the fact is the state is projecting a $1.25 billion shortfall because of volatility in oil prices – decidedly downward volatility – but has reserves of $6.8 billion, so unlike California, it won’t be sending out any IOUs any time soon. Plus, she’s doing her part to manage it, recommending cuts of $268.6 million, an additional $17 million in reductions to state departments’ budgets, and has implemented a salary freeze.
And the Time article goes on to say Nevada, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and Washington all have problems at least as bad and in some cases much worse. (Especially those states with Dem govs.)
Yet there she is, pictured with Arnold. It’s obvious the anti-Palin media bias is alive and well. (And it’s also obvious that editors will put readership about fairness any day. Would you be inclined to read a story with David Patterson’s or Jim Douglas’ mug on it?)
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