posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 01:14 PM
The idea of an "Earmark" is supposed to consist of wasteful spending brought about just to appease those within a Representative's Home
District. However, every single Representative has to do SOMETHING for their Constituents in order to payback the very fact that they elected them. An
"Earmark" again, is something which is unnecessary, and frivolous. From most of what I have seen, Palin increased the Rail infrastructure between
Wasilla and neighboring towns, she put forth funding to upgrade the Dispatch Center in Wasilla, and she even funded a Community Center to help
Juveniles once they become discharged from the local Detention Facility. The "enormous" Price Tag is due to the sheer fact that Alaska is still a
Frontier with an Infrastructure in the Making, and thus the cost of everything is a Denali Summit higher than anything in the Lower 48.
To even hear you complain about Alaskans getting money, and an improved infrastructure is ridiculous. Go try and live up there. You still have entire
Villages, Towns, and Communities with absolutely no Plumbing, unreliable Electricity at best, and spotty Television reception if Any. We are talking
about a State where you need a Bush Plane just to make it to a Hospital in most areas, and a long-drive does not consist of any rest-stops, and most
certainly not a nice McDonald's or Starbucks. A vast Majority of living in Alaska is sustenance based, with plenty of residents still relying on
snares and guns to catch meals. For all of the Modern living in Anchorage, Juneau, and much of Fairbanks, you still have an entire State full of
People getting by and making do with what only many in the Lower 48 could ever imagine.