Palinism of the Day: The Bridge to Nowhere

>> Saturday, December 13, 2008

Lie #2: The Bridge to Nowhere

This has to be one of the most egregious things to come out of her mouth.

In her speeches, Sarah Palin routinely and repeatedly uses the phrase: "I told the Congress 'thanks, but no thanks,' for that Bridge to Nowhere." In the McCain-Palin ads, the claim is that she "stopped the Bridge to Nowhere."
However (from Wikipedia since I can't summarize it any better):
In 2006, Palin ran for governor with a "build-the-bridge" plank in her platform,[96] saying she would "not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project [...] into something that's so negative."[97] Palin criticized the use of the word "nowhere" as insulting to local residents[96][98] and urged speedy work on building the infrastructure "while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."[98]

As governor Palin canceled the Gravina Island Bridge [Bridge to Nowhere] in September 2007, saying that Congress had "little interest in spending any more money" due to what she called "inaccurate portrayals of the projects."[99] She opted not to return the $442 million in federal transportation funds.[100] Palin maintained her support for a controversial highway on the bridgeless Gravina Island, committing $25 million in federal funds to the project saying through her spokesperson that it would open territory for development. Alaska state officials said if the money were not used for the road it would have had to have been returned to the federal government.[96]

And yet even when confronted with this lie in an interview, she still continued to perpetuate it.


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