I told Congress, 'Thanks, but no thanks,' on that bridge to nowhere.Unsurprisingly, this is flatly not true. Instead, she only voiced opposition when it was clearly a political loser and she was looking to higher office. The best quote proving this is the first, but others follow:
5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?or:
Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now--while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist. Anchorage Daily News October 22, 2006
She cited the widespread negative attention focused on the Gravina Island crossing project. 'We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative,' Palin said." Ketchikan Daily News 9/28/06or:
People across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because they’ve been under these misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,' said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan area’s potential for expansion and growth. Ketchikan Daily News 8/8/06One of the keys to understanding this is that line about getting the bridge done while their "Congressional delegation is strong." In other words, let's get this under the radar before we lose our majority in the coming midterms. Furthermore, the Alaska Republican delegation in particular is corrupt to the bone - perhaps the most corrupt Republicans that haven't been thrown in prison yet.
So, she was for the bridge when she thought Ted Stevens and Don Young, bribed Republican politicians that they are, could get them the cool $250 million without drawing attention. It was only when the Democrats shined the light on them that she flipped and tried to pretend that she had said "thanks, but no thanks."
She flat out lied in her first speech. The introduction to the nation of this political unknown! Talk about a hail mary.