What Palin Did as Mayor of Wasilla

I’ve been hearing for the last several days about all of Sarah Palin’s various experience.  How much more qualified she is than Barack Obama and Joe Biden and about every other politician on the face of the planet.

Here’s the thing.  I live in a smallish city of 60,000 in Colorado.  Our mayor is not paid and holds another full-time job to pay the bills.  We have a city administrator who does all the day-to-day managing of the city.  So I was searching on the Internet to find the job description for Wasilla’s mayor when I came across this meaty post by a resident of Wasilla who says she has known Palin since 1992 and went to 99% of the City Council meetings when Palin was mayor.

To give you a tidbit from this must read post:

She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers involved!


In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s surplus, borrow for needs.

She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideasor compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

This gives you just a taste of what kind of politician Palin is.  Does this sound like a maverick or fresh face?  To me it sounds way too much like George W. Bush.

Go read this post for yourself – there’s much more you will learn about her executive experience.


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