You probably know that Bristol Palin, daughter of the former half-term governor of Alaska, made a mint speaking about teenage pregnancy prevention, an area in which she of course is utterly unqualified.
Anyhow, Bristol raked in a cool $262,500 from jetting around the country for The Candies Foundation because she and Levi Johnston didn't bother to use a condom, a consequence of which is now two-year-old son Tripp and a free pass from conservative Republicans who routinely bring fire and brimstone down on unwed moms who don't happen to have Christianist role models as their own moms.
Not to begrudge a 20-year-old unwed teen mother with no education or discernible skills, but when you take a peek at The Candies Foundation books you learn that a mere $35,000 has been disbursed to teen pregnancy health and counseling clinics, or seven times what it payed Bristol, while it spent $165,000 on advertising, including TV spots on "Jersey Shore."
Oh, um . . . it turns out that The Candies Foundation is a foundation in name only and calls itself an "action organization” rather than a grant-making organization, and its three top officers pulled in a combined salary of $12,835,605 last year.
Meanwhile, Bristol was able to plunk down $172,000 in cash for a foreclosed house in Arizona with a patio and big back yard. Yeah, people do that every day; you and I just don't know any of them.
It is precisely because Bristol made so much dough, some of it from "Sort of Dancing With the Stars," and is not some middle-class shlunk struggling to finance a mortgage on an 800 square foot fixer upper bungalow that she will make out like a bandit because of the tax break she will get under Representative Paul Ryan's mega-trillion budget reduction plan.
Oh, and if you are some middle-class shlunk on a tight budget, the Republicans also want to make it hard for you to get contraceptives.
After all, God, Sarah and the GOP want it that way.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
God, Sarah & The GOP Want It This Way
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