Obama seems to believe that the question of experience is off the table now that Gov Sarah Palin has been chosen to be McCain’s VP nominee. By now everyone knows that Palin is a first term Governor from Alaska who was previously Mayor of Wasilla, a town of approximately 10,000 people. But judging experience is more that just years in office, it also includes the level of involvement you had during that time.
Take one specific item as an example of Sarah Palin’s experience in relation to Obama and Biden’s. The operating budget in Illinois is $49 billion. As a state Senator, Obama would have had very little input into the content of the budget itself. Likewise, the operating budget of Delaware is around $3 billion. Joe Biden’s career took him to Washington 36 years ago, where he does little to negotiate the budget for the USA. As a matter of fact his party, including Obama, has yet to pass a budget for this fiscal year, which ends on September 30. The USA is currently operating on a continuing resolution.
Alaska, by contrast, has an operating budget of $60 billion, that is $8 billion more than both Illinois and Delaware combined. While serving the last two years as Governor, Sarah Palin would have overseen the writing and implementation of that $60 billion budget twice. While Governor, Palin also vetoed over 300 spending bills because of waste and cut $1.6 billion from the budget.
Experience still matters in this election. Sen Obama wants us to believe that his inexperience is an asset to this country and will provide fresh ideas. He wants us to cast a vote for him even though he has never overseen something as simple as a state budget ( simple as compared to the budget of the United States). Nor has Sen Obama been able to pass a budget as a US Senator, one of his key responsibilities in that position. Sarah Palin oversaw a budget of $60 billion and cut wasteful spending in Alaska. She even turned down money that Republican Sen Ted Stevens helped earmark in Congress for the “Bridge to Nowhere” project. Experience does matter and while Palin may be new to the nation, her experience as Alaska’s Governor has proven that she is ready and has the resume of change that Obama only talks about.