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Sarah Palin is NOT the first woman to be a Vice Presidential Nominee

29 August 2008

With John McCain’s recent decision to have Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee brings up the question, is she the first woman to be on a ballot for vice president?

The answer is no.  Women have been running for vice president since the 1800s.

Marietta Lizzie Bell Stow, of the Equal Rights Party, ran as the running mate of Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood in 1884.

Although there has not been a female vice presidential candidate in a major party for more than 20 years, there have been several in the smaller parties.

To find more information on female vice presidential candidates you can visit this site.  It gives the year, party, country, and in many case some background information on former female candidates.


Sarah Palin is John McCain’s Vice President

29 August 2008

McCain announced that Alaskan governor Sarah Palin will be his vice president.  This may have come as a shock to many, especially since Palin was not on the short list of people McCain was considering for VP.  The question is was this a good choice?

Yesterday, I heard about a poll that pick former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as the person on McCain’s “short list” that would have most benefited him.  Romney would have helped McCain gain at least 1 out of every 5 voters (all over the country as well as across party lines) that were not already committed to McCain.  In addition Romney would have helped McCain almost definitely secure Michigan and many of the Midwestern states.  Romney would also be able to help McCain fill in gaps on economic issues, which McCain admits a lack of expertise.  So why not pick Romney?

McCain obviously felt that Palin would be more beneficial and pull in more voters.  After listening to her speech, she does have many accomplishments including fighting government corruption, having an average family life, and crossing party lines.  Despite these accomplishments, Palin was relatively unheard of before today and will not draw many people in on name recognition.

In her speech Palin acknowledged New York Senator Hillary Clinton and the cracks she made in the “glass ceiling.”  She also reminded people that this week is the anniversary of women receiving the right to vote.  Palin then commented that we can “finish breaking the glass ceiling.”  This makes it seem like Palin was not selected for her credentials (or at least not entirely), but instead because she is a woman who may be able to attract female voters from both parties, especially former Hillary supporters.

Obviously no one will know how this affects McCain in the election, but I truly do NOT believe that Palin was selected merely on credentials.  Beyond having an impressive story and her ability to reach across party lines to work against government problems, I feel that by ignoring certain issues in her speech Palin may lack expertise on issues such as the economy.  I guess the next 2 months and the RNC will tell.

$2.9 Billion Bond Project, Slow Down Gov. Deval Patrick

November 30, 2007

So Deval Patrick has this great $2.9 billion dollar plan to spend money to fix road to fix the MBTA to improve airports.  At least the funding isn’t going to come from taxes.  It’s coming from the casinos that will be getting built.

Now it doesn’t say when exactly these projects are going to start but has anybody seen a flaw yet?  I’m not even sure we know where the casino is being built just that it will be in south eastern Massachusetts.  So say the casino starts getting built tomorrow.  It will most likely take at least a year to build.

I want to know why the immediate concern is fixing the T and the commuter rail lines in Boston with money that we don’t know what date we will start getting or even that we will get $2.9 billion right away to do these projects.

That and is the MBTA, which already has debt problems, the biggest problem that Massachusetts has?  I don’t think so.  I’d rather have the state put casino money into more local police, firefighters and teachers.  These 3 groups of public workers, especially teachers, are underpaid.  The raises that teachers of many school districts get do not even cover the increase of cost of living.  Wouldn’t funding our schools be better, so children get a good education?

Massachusetts shouldn’t be spending $2.9 billion dollars on a projected income that won’t start coming in for at least a year.  Deval Patrick has some high hopes and great project ideas but he should not plan to spend $2.9 billion that he doesn’t have.  I’ll admit some of the project ideas are great but we have much more important things that need fixing or money than a train system which can’t even collect its fees.