John McCain and Sarah Palin may actually have something in common - besides their blind desire for power and to win at any cost. Both are wealthy people who try to pass themselves off as the everyday man, or "Joe Six Pack" as Palin described herself today during a conservative radio talk show interview.
This morning on Hugh Hewitt's syndicated radio program, Sarah Palin called herself "an everyday working class American," despite the fact that her family's annual income is $250K and she owns five properties, two watercraft, and an airplane. Here's part of Palin's exchange with Hewitt:
Hewitt: Governor, you mentioned the people who are struggling right now. Have you and your husband, Todd, ever faced tough economic times where you had to sit around a kitchen table and make tough choices?
Palin: Oh my goodness, yes, Hugh. I know what Americans are going through. Todd and I, heck, we’re going through that right now even as we speak, which may put me again kind of on the outs of those Washington elite who don’t like the idea of just an everyday working class American running for such an office.
First, lose the Mayberry RFD act unless you're running for town sherrif. The "aw hecks" and "you betchas" make Palin sound unworldly (oh that's right, she is). This isn't a 1950's sitcom, although Palin is turning her candidacy into quite a joke.
The truth is, Palin hardly represents the everyday working man/woman. According to the Washington Times, Sarah and Todd Palin earned a combined income of nearly a quarter-million dollars last year, five times the median household income for Wasilla's 7,000 residents. They own a single-engine plane, two boats, two personal watercraft and a custom-built home sitting on two acres of lake property that was appraised this year at $552,100 - three times the average of other homes in town. They also have a 401(k) retirement account compliments of Todd Palin's years as an engineer with BP, the gigantic oil company. The couple also own four lakeside lots that were appraised this year at $102,700.
State records also show that Todd Palin has a pilot's license, owns a 320-series Piper single-engine airplane, a 22-foot Pacific Skiff fishing boat and a 22-foot homemade aluminum fishing boat. He also owns two Bombardier personal watercraft, valued at about $7,000.
The person Palin most clearly resembles is John McCain, who owns 9 homes/properties and 11 cars. That's not quite fair, McCain is actually worth far more than Palin if you count his wife's estimated $100 million inheritance. Yet McCain-Palin accuse Obama of elitism and pass themselves off as in-touch with the needs of everyday working Americans - and the Party faithful continue to eat it up!