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Why do people hate Sarah Palin so much?

I’ve often seen how people (usually left-leaning) react to anything that has to do with Sarah Palin.  Just the mention of her name evokes a visceral reaction from many that makes me scratch my head.  I’m not  a fan of her, but I don’t see her as being any worse than any other politicians.  The only difference between her and most other politicians is that she actually has a following.  Is that it?

On the Huffington Post, there is an article about how Palin child Willow had a meltdown on Facebook in response to someone criticizing her mom’ s TLC show.  While what she said was enough to have gotten me grounded for life if I had said the same at age 16, it has given Palin detractors another chance to take shots at her and her entire family.  It is as though people are so anxious to hate the other side that they must make it personal.

Calm down, people.  She’s just another politician.

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Earmarks: most states give much more than they get (NYers, ya’ll get hosed!)

People hear about “earmarks” but many aren’t sure what they really are.  In short, an earmark is when a piece of legislation is added to a bill directing money be spent on a specific project.  Members of Congress do it all the time to steer federal money home to their districts to fund different things.  Of course, many will yell about pork until it pertains to their own district.  Then, its not pork, its critical.  Need an infamous case?  Look up the “Bridge to Nowhere” debacle in Alaska.

Brandon Arnold writes a good article in Politico about how most states are getting less in earmarks than they should based on how much tax revenue comes from that state:

You and Your Neighbor’s Pork.

 
The article is good, but his follow-up is even better, with a chart showing how much states pay in taxes and receive in earmarks. New Yorkers are definitely getting the screwjob here:

 
Earmark Donor States.

 
Of course, if all earmarks are banned, we won’t have this problem.