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Monday, September 8, 2008

Sarah Palin

I am struggling to understand how Sarah Palin could be considered qualified to be VP of the USA.

With life expectancy in the US at about 78 years, it’s not a stretch to worry about her becoming president if John McCain wins the election. Should that occur, Palin would instantly become leader of the Free World, leader of the G8 and NATO, commander in chief of the most powerful military and navy in the world. Under what standard can she be considered to be qualified for all this?

She was a two-term mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. For heaven's sake, Grimsby, Ontario has a population over three times that of Wasilla's 7,025 population. That's perhaps a qualification to become mayor of Grimsby, but not vice president of the USA.

Palin served as governor of Alaska for less that 21 months. Although Alaska is the largest US state by area, it has a population of only about 670,000—that's about the same as the population of the city of Missisauga, Ontario. That's perhaps enough qualification to become mayor of Toronto, not vice president of the USA.

Alaska's budget is less than 15 billion USD. Ontario's budget is greater than 96 billion CAD. That's not even enough qualification to become premier of Ontario, not vice president of the USA with some possibility of becoming president in less than four years and leader of the Free World, leader of the G8 and NATO and commander in chief of the most powerful military and navy in the world.

Do the Fortune 500 companies recruit their CEOs from the managements of local hardware stores, or from local department stores? Why not, they have “executive” experience. They too have had to make “real” decisions.

Come on! Can political parties and their candidates just ever give us the straight goods?

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