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September 18, 2008

OBAMA'S IDEAS ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO STEAL.... Now there's a proposal for transparency that everyone can agree with.

Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she "put the government checkbook online" in Alaska. On Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington.

"We're going to do a few new things also," she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. "For instance, as Alaska's governor, I put the government's checkbook online so that people can see where their money's going. We'll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We're going to bring that back to D.C."

What a good idea. Why didn't someone think of that before?

Oh wait, someone did. His name is Barack Obama.

In 2006 and 2007, Obama teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to pass the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, also known as "Google for Government." The act created a free, searchable web site -- USASpending.gov -- that discloses to the public all federal grants, contracts, loans and insurance payments.

In June of this year, Obama and Coburn introduced new Senate legislation to expand the information available online to include details on earmarks, competitive bidding, criminal activities, audit disputes and other government information.

According to Sarah Palin, one of Obama's ideas from 2006 qualifies as one of the "new things" she'll do in 2009.

I guess her Federal Government 101 cram sessions aren't going very well.

Steve Benen 3:59 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (31)

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Enough is Enough , Thats Change we can believe in....hey wait a minute????? Nuff Said

Posted by: John R on September 18, 2008 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, but Palin's website will be so much folksier and chirpy and such!

Posted by: CT on September 18, 2008 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

If she's being briefed by McCain, then we shouldn't be surprised. McCain doesn't know how to use Google, much less Google for Government. It's not plagiarism...it's ignorance.

Posted by: Diogenes on September 18, 2008 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, we all knew that Barack HUSSEIN Obama character was "uppity," but who knew he was shifty enough to be able to LEAP FORWARD IN TIME, steal a great idea that a WHITE WOMAN had, then go back to 2006 and claim it as his own?

Man, I knew there was something about that guy I couldn't trust. Now, NOW, I know...

Posted by: slappy magoo on September 18, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

I've noted it before, and I think it is relevant to mention again - McCain's campaign strategy is specifically to glom onto all of Obama's positions because Obama's positions are the ones Americans can make sense of, and then just on the eve of the election, remind us all who is the white candidate! Yes, the Republican brand is this dastardly! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on September 18, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

They can start by releasing her taxes as well as Cindy's.

OT: Obama quote from a couple minutes ago:
He (McCain) doesn't know whether he is Barry Goldwater or Dennis Kucinich." Ouch!

Posted by: Danp on September 18, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Obama just preemptively stole Palin's idea, who got it straight from God (1 Kings 9:15). There would be an exception for the executive branch (2 Kings 22:7). And she knows a neighbor kid from Wasilla that could crank out a web page for it, too.

Posted by: AJB on September 18, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

And the hits just keep on comin'......

Posted by: BullCity on September 18, 2008 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Do you want to know the difference between Obama's Google for Government website and Palin's online checkbook? Lipstick.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on September 18, 2008 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

I love that it's also an example of something Obama "crossed the aisle" on. Way to bring that to public attention, Sarah.

Posted by: Emily on September 18, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

The difference, of course, is that her website will have lipstick.

Posted by: Keith on September 18, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: Orwell on September 18, 2008 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

They can start by releasing her taxes as well as Cindy's.
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Damn right. Hammer this home. Release those tax records. You can talk the 'transparency' talk, but can you walk the walk?
Oh, and while you are being so 'transparent', Sarah Moosolini, how about starting off by actually cooperating with those investigators up north who, I think, have a few questions for you.

Posted by: on September 18, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder why Sarah Palin brings up such an insignificant issue in her stump speech. We know it's not very important because Obama has never crossed the aisle to work with Republicans on anything important.

Posted by: danimal on September 18, 2008 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if Palin's online checkbook includes the money Alaska paid her to eat at home. Palin is actively working with the RNC to kill Troopergate, uses her personal email for questionable government business, and won't, you know, answer any substantive questions about her ability to do the job she's running for*. And she's got the nerve to talk about transparency?

Oh, she's transparent all right. Anyone with even the smallest brain stem and most meager light receptors can see right through her.

* If you were interviewing a job applicant, and you asked her what her qualifications for the job were, and her only answer was "my readiness," and she didn't blink, you'd think she was on meth or something.

Posted by: chrenson on September 18, 2008 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

I guess her Federal Government 101 cram sessions aren't going very well.

I could tell that when she boasted how ready she was.

I could tell that when her aides looked concerned when she fielded a question from the press.

I could tell that when the McCain campaign has been keeping her so much under wraps.

The picture that's emerging is that, for whatever reason, in the weeks -- weeks! -- since her nomination, Palin is proving to be unteachable.

That's sure to boost her appeal to blockheads like "Orwell," but ordinary voters must blanch in horror at the thought of Caribou Barbie being a feeble heartbeat from the Presidency.

The moder Republican Party is campaigning hard for a decode or more in the wilderness this election, and I for one say, bring it on.

Posted by: Gregory on September 18, 2008 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

It gets even better:

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/rivals-obama-and-mccain-work-together-behind-scenes-2008-06-04.html

In June 2008, McCain was trying to become a co-sponsor of Obama's bill ONLY AFTER it was worked on by Obama and Coburn -- in essence he followed Obama's lead and signed on at the 11th hour so as not to look bad. So not only is Palin late to the game, her own boss followed Obama's lead on this issue. What awesome reformers they are!

Posted by: Palooza on September 18, 2008 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

I guess her Federal Government 101 cram sessions aren't going very well.

Considering that, as Republicans, they're able to skip the Constitution and the rule of law I'd have though she'd do better. C'mon guys; ask her a Commander in Chief one.

Posted by: Dennis - SGMM on September 18, 2008 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

this is a great issue, but only a useful one if the media gives it any play. Or, if Obama people are really on the ball and run an ad in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin - the places most likely to have picked up Palin's speech today in any detail.

Posted by: zeitgeist on September 18, 2008 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

But John McCain is going to make 'em famous!!

Posted by: DB on September 18, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Divisive and evil attack harpies have been known to display thievery! Now trolls on the other hand...

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on September 18, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

"I guess her Federal Government 101 cram sessions aren't going very well."

Good one, made me spit beer on my monitor!

Posted by: citizen_pain on September 18, 2008 at 6:55 PM | PERMALINK

The picture that's emerging is that, for whatever reason, in the weeks -- weeks! -- since her nomination, Palin is proving to be unteachable. -- Gegory, @ 16:36

Well, the fact that she's unteachable has been, kinda, evident once you saw her academic achievements:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism

6 yrs it took her, to absorb what most people absorb in 4. And I'd like to see what her final grade average was when she finally managed to wring the BA out U of I; they may have given her the piece of paper just to get rid of her.

Posted by: exlibra on September 18, 2008 at 6:56 PM | PERMALINK

Danimal, why on earth would any serious politician in their right mind want to cross the aisle and deal with the henpecked, rubber stamp congressional Republicans?

They marched in lockstep from 2000 to 2006 with Cheney and Bu$h when Republicans held all 3 branches of government, held secret late night votes which excluded democrats, and shoved their misguided policies down the throats of Americans.

When they lost the majority in '06, we saw nothing but childish games and obstructions which prevented any real work from getting done.

And you have the audacity to claim Obama has never "crossed the aisle"?

Why the fuck would he? Jeez. Take your silly little bogus argument elsewhere please.

Posted by: citizen_pain on September 18, 2008 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK

Obama teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn
Why, that sounds positively... bipartisan... At least we now know that the "non-bipartisan" attack from the McCain campaign isn't a lie, but stems from actual ignorance about the things that have gone on in government over the last couple years.

Posted by: Chuck on September 18, 2008 at 7:20 PM | PERMALINK

I think this may be my favorite story of the election. It's just . . . perfect.

Posted by: Leo on September 18, 2008 at 8:31 PM | PERMALINK

You know that even after McCain loses the election in November we won't be done with Ms Sarah. Now that she has a taste for the big political scene she is not going to stay home on the farm. I bet when Stevens goes to jail she will appoint herself to his seat. (If they can do that in AK)

Posted by: mishanti on September 18, 2008 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

citizen_pain -

I think danimal was going for snark. At least that's how I read the comment - she's making it a centerpiece of her stump speech, but Obama's already done it, and he crossed the aisle to do it, but they claim he never crossed the aisle to do anything important, so the centerpiece of her speech must not be about anything important. If the McCain campaign is to be believed, that is.

If it wasn't intended as snark, it's a really dumb comment to make.

Posted by: NonyNony on September 18, 2008 at 10:17 PM | PERMALINK

There's nothing more barf-inducing than watching a clueless moron act like she knows what she's talking about, when it's obvious to everyone there at the scene (and all watching) that she knows nothing.

Can't you just see the rusting ski-doo hulks up on concrete blocks in the front yard of the National Observatory and the nmoose antlers piled in the driveway?????

Posted by: TCinLA on September 19, 2008 at 2:01 AM | PERMALINK

She'll put the government checkbook online. But most business will be paid out of a special private checkbook that she'll fight to keep private from American voters.

Posted by: SteveT on September 19, 2008 at 6:32 AM | PERMALINK

This can't be right, Mr. Benen.

In 2006 and 2007, Obama teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to pass the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act,

I have it on the best authority that Barak Obama has never crossed party lines to pass any legislation of substance, ever.


Well, maybe not the BEST authority...
You'll just have to trust me, him... us.

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on September 19, 2008 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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