Friday, September 12, 2008

President Sarah Palin?

You be the judge! Did Sen. McCain make a responsible decision in naming Gov. Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate?

Sen. McCain is 72 years old. If elected, he'll be the oldest president ever elected to his first term. Pres. Reagan was 69 when he took office.

Sen. McCain has had 4 bouts with melanoma - a potentially fatal form of skin cancer. Melanoma was found on his left shoulder in 1993; on his left arm in 2000; AGAIN in August 2000 on his left temple causing a surgery that left a long scar running down the back of his neck for fear that it had spread to a key lymph note; and on his nose in 2002.

Sen. McCain has served our nation with honor. However, his selection of Gov. Palin as a V.P. candidate may be an exception. Competing to be the next president is a very consuming process. Has Sen. McCain been succumbed by his ambition? From America's perspective, is McCain winning Sen. Clinton's former female supporters more important than having a good backup for an aging President with 4 bouts with melanoma?

Here are "President Palin's" qualifications*.

Sarah Palin served two terms (1992 to 1996) as a council member of Wasilla, a small town of about 5000 persons, in Alaska. She won two terms as the mayor of Wasilla (1996 to 2002). She lost an election for Lt. Governor in 2002. She has served as the Governor of Alaska for less than 2 years.

She has no national security and no foreign policy experience. Her brief experience as a governor is strikingly different from those of other governors.

While other governors struggle with tight budgets or even budget deficits, Gov. Palin had the luxury of dealing with a $5 billion budget surplus --Alaska being an oil exporting state. Hence, she doesn't even have the minimum training of a normal governor -- how to build a budget in these days of decreasing resources.

Pass the word. Let America know about our potential "President Palin" before we choose.

S. B. Woo** Member, Executive Comm., 80-20 PAC, Inc.

* Does Obama also lack qualification?
That could be argued in earlier days. However, he has proven himself through numerous debates and the winning of the toughest primary within memory beating an experienced and extremely tough opponent in Sen. Clinton. How many questons on national security has President Palin answered during debates much less proving herself in the test by fire of the "real politic?"

**Was lecturing at Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China. Be back tomorrow to help Obama win so that we can cash in on Obama's commitments to us.