Et tu, Palin?
Palin initially said she would accept only about two-thirds of the $930 million available to Alaska, but spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said Palin changed her mind after the public weighed in during legislative hearings prior to lawmakers passing bills to seek almost all funding.
Among the stimulus funds Palin has directed her agencies to seek are $264 million for transportation projects, $130 million for Medicaid and $171 for education.
"I thank legislators for their work on the federal economic stimulus package and the public for participating in the process," Palin said in a written statement.
"The Legislature has accepted these stimulus dollars, and my agencies will make appropriate applications for funding. As we move forward, we must continue to exercise fiscal responsibility and prudent planning to develop our resources and build a stronger Alaska, and not assume federal dollars will continue to pay so many of Alaska's bills," Palin said.
This is playing out about as we could expect, and while it's fun to gloat, it's important to also realize the duality required from most state GOP leaders these days. Just like our own legislature, there is a lot of big talk and posturing for ideological purity concerns, but in the end, it's been "so how soon will that check be here?"
This is a lesson in bullshit detection, as well as economic turnaround. Republicans are all talk, no real policy (that works).