Sarah Palin on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
The villager's plight had come to statewide attention in January through a letter by Nick Tucker of Emmonak to various Alaskan media sites. For a month, Sarah tried to ignore the emergency. Her small government vision apparently did not allow for state aid to people who were on the verge of freezing or starving to death. Only when she arranged for help from a private source--in this case, Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical Christian organization directed by Reverend Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham--did she involve herself.
A: We see an adequate level of funding for faith-based initiatives today.
Q: What, specifically, would you do to help make rural Alaska sustain itself economically?
A: I support a municipal revenue sharing so local areas can prioritize their own needs. The state needs to establish a rural energy plan. Commercial fishing is a mainstay for many villages, and I oppose actions that cut off Alaskans from our fisheries.
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