If we haven’t already had enough insight to the gun barrel this country is staring down if the McCain/Palin ticket is elected… This tid-bit caught my eye over all the others:
Shortly after taking her seat as mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin, who inherited a $4 million budget surplus, chose to cut the town’s history museum’s annual budget by 16% (yes, Wasilla has a museum). In addition to the budget cut, the Page Museum, whose mission is "to identify, collect, preserve, research, interpret and exhibit the cultural and historical heritage of Wasilla, Knik and Willow Creek areas," was asked to fire one of its three long-time staff members (the youngest of whom was 65). Did I mention the city’s surplus of $4 million? In protest, all three of the museum’s employees resigned.
This decision to cut a museum’s budget during times of prosperity coupled with Palin’s attempt to have the local public library director fired for not banning her list of books sends shivers down my spine. Obviously, Sarah Palin doesn’t seem to think much of the government’s role in promoting culture. In fact, her actions prove she would rather see the preservation and promotion of culture cut.
Imagine what her recommendations would have been if she faced a budget deficit? Come to think of it, this country currently has an enormous budget deficit. If elected, where do you think government funded cultural programs will fall in Palin’s hard-lined priorities? The cutting room floor is my guess.