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Fiscal responsibility? Elitism?

The McCain/Palin campaign spent $150k of contributor dollars (or was that public financing dollars?) to spruce up Sarah Palin's wardrobe for the campaign.

$150,000. That's "pay off the mortgage" money for folks outside California. It's half our mortgage.

Palin's make-up artist is the highest-paid member of the McCain/Palin campaign staff, coming in at over $22k for the first two weeks of October.

$22,000. That's "replace a crappy old car" money with change left over.

I understand that Palin has to look good for the camera; it wouldn't do for a former beauty queen to repeat Nixon's mistake of 1960. This, though, is irresponsibility on a grand scale (by "little peoples'" standards). It's so far beyond John Edwards' $400 haircuts and Hilary Clinton's $3,000 beautician visits it's not funny, and it's all for less than 8 weeks of the end of the campaign.

Yet some people trust these candidates with their tax money.


Oct. 24th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
But Wait! All of the new wardrobe will be donated to charity after the election is over, no matter who wins. This is some of the justification for spending that amount on her and her family.

To me that means that if she were to be VP, she will have to go and spend it all again to be outfitted for her job. Who's money will that be (she asks rhetorically)?
Oct. 24th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to mention, people whose job centers around fashion (image consultants, stylistas, etc.) say that the money is well spent and was appropriate.

Personally, I think she could have had the clothes custom made for her for less money and the quality would be at least the same or higher.
Oct. 24th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Given that she requested (and GOT!) a per diem for time spent in her own home...well, you to the math.

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