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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

As Sarah sees it

Sarah Palin, in her speech to the Tea Party convention tonight, criticized the Obama administration for giving civilian suspect rights to would-be airplane bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab rather than treating him as a terror suspect. Funny, though, she never mentioned that would-be airplane bomber Richard Reid was given the exact same rights by the George W. Bush administration just three months after the 9/11 attacks.

Palin also criticized the Obama team for authoritizing last year's bank bailouts. Funny, though, she didn't mention the Bush-authorized bailout in 2008 of insurance giant AIG, which the company responded to by spending a chunk of the federal aid on a ritzy retreat for its executives.

She criticized the Obama-backed federal stimulus program for being laden with spending that benefited pet projects in Democrats' congressional districts. Funny, though, she made no mention of Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama single-handledly holding up Senate confirmation of 70 Obama appointees until he gets federal funding for several pet projects in his home state.

She lauded newly elected Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., during a passage in her speech about the Tea Party's conservative values. Funny, though, she didn't mention that Brown, on his Web site, says abortion is a "decision (that) should ultimately be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor." Hardly a conservative value.

And, of course, she talked about how average Americans are struggling amid the weak economy, having trouble finding or keeping jobs and meeting family financial obligations. Funny, though, she made no mention of the Tea Party convention's $549-per-person attendance fee or the $100,000 she was being paid to deliver the convention's keynote address.

Same old Sarah.



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