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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Palin's GOP funded shopping spree

I don't think I'd be very happy right now if I was one of the people who donated to John McCain's presidential campaign.

Like most average folks, I work hard for my money and the announcement of $150,000 being spent on clothing, hair styling, makeup and other "campaign accessories" in September after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hopped on the GOP ticket seems, well, idiotic.

Fifteen years ago, McCain was the dude complaining that restrictions on political contributions for personal use were too broad. I guess his tune has changed what with his most successful attempt to date at capturing the spot of commander in chief.

In Palin's defense, our culture places far too much importance on what a person is dressed like or how they look.

I'm sure more people would be screaming about physical appearance rather than qualifications had McCain and the GOP trucked out Martha Wash of the 1980s music group The Weather Girls instead of a former beauty queen.

All someone has to do is look at a magazine rack and they'll see nothing but beautiful people on the covers. I wouldn't be surprised if even the editors at American Woodworker are pressured to sex it up once in a while.

Still, they should be the ones setting the example. But, once again, our supposed leaders are falling prey to the superficial trends and spending money that isn't their own.


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