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Palin for president in 2016? You betcha!

I notice how positive articles about Sarah Palin seem to really get her critics stirring ("Palin for president? Very funny," Nov. 28). Not only does the comments section seem to be overwhelmed, but letters to the editor surface as well.

As a Palin supporter who hopes she runs — and wins — in 2016, let me respond to the usual snark that surfaces.

She's not qualified. Compared to whom? Barack Obama was a junior senator from Illinois before running for president. In Alaska, Ms. Palin accomplished everything she set out to do in two-thirds of the time.

She cut spending even in times of surplus, increased benefits for senior citizens, overhauled education and took on Big Oil. She lobbied hard for ethics reform by teaming up with Democrats. And she earned a 93 percent approval rating — the highest ever for a U.S. governor.

What exactly did Hillary Clinton accomplish as a senator or Bill Clinton do as governor that comes close to that kind of accomplishment and approval?

She's a quitter! Even though Ms. Palin resigned the governorship to prevent a very small group of extremists from further abusing the Alaska Ethics Act, she still accomplished all of the above. When you take an oath to serve, you promise to uphold the Constitution and do right by the people. You don't take an oath to sit around for an allotted amount of time. The Founding Fathers intended our public servants to do their jobs, then go home and live by the laws they created.

But she "quit" to make money! The last estimate of Ms. Palin's worth was about $12 million. Mitt Romney is worth about $250 million, the Clintons are worth $80 million, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is worth about $35 million and Sen. John McCain $40 million. The beat goes on with any long-term, career politicians like the Obamas and the Bushes.

It's clear that if Ms. Palin only wanted to "make money," she could have just run for Congress and spent years there doing nothing.

When you put it all into perspective, it's a real laugh to hear Obama supporters condescend to her. It's an even bigger laugh to hear the establishment actually ponder running another Bush in 2016.

The career politicians have given us $16 trillion in debt to pay back. Maybe it's time for us to focus more on what someone does while serving than on how long they stay — or how rich they get — in government.

Steve Flesher

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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