Taxpayers Get Bilked For Sarah Palin’s Diva Bus Tour Perks

Jun 07 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants to know just how much taxpayer money was spent providing Sarah Palin with private tours, early admission, and special escorts at National Park Service run public attractions.

Here is the full letter:

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Rep. Blumenauer wondered if the same perks that the Palins got were available to an average American family. More importantly, he wondered how much Sarah Palin’s traveling road show cost federal taxpayers. He requested that the National Park Service provide an explanation of their policies towards the use of taxpayer funds for publicity events. He also wants an accounting of how much was spent giving Sarah Palin the celebrity treatment.

As a private citizen Sarah Palin is allowed to visit any public place that she wants, but the taxpayers should not be responsible for her escort and security any more than they would be for any other citizen. Why are taxpayers footing the bill for Palin to get the VIP treatment? After all, she was supposed to be on a “family vacation.” In these tough economic times America can’t afford to make the transplanted Cactus Queen feel like a VIP.

Sarah Palin is a millionaire many times over. She can afford her own escorts and security. I know that she believes that because she is a celebrity she doesn’t have to stand in line like the rest of us, but taxpayers should not be picking up the tab for her decision to use historic locations as a backdrop for her publicity tour.

What kind of fiscal conservative makes the federal government spend more tax payer money to pamper her? Sarah Palin’s record of huge spending in Alaska blows the notion that she is a fiscal conservative to smithereens, so the idea that Sarah Palin even knows what a budget is, much less how to adhere to one is laughable. If Palin wants to reduce the size of government, she could start by not requiring our tax dollars pay for her diva act.

Sarah Palin mooched off of the people of Alaska, and now she is taken her act national. Sarah Palin’s brand of fiscal conservatism makes George W. Bush look like Ron Paul.

Sarah Palin is a big spending publicity generating machine, and every American taxpayer is getting stuck with the bill.

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