Sarah Palin's Alaskonomics

Viewpoint: The candidate says she's a tough fiscal reformer. But Alaska leads the nation in leeching off Washington

Illustration by Brian Stauffer for TIME

Sarah Palin thinks she is a better American than you because she comes from a small town, and a superior human being because she isn't a journalist and has never lived in Washington and likes to watch her kids play hockey. Although Palin praised John McCain in her acceptance speech as a man who puts the good of his country ahead of partisan politics, McCain pretty much proved the opposite with his selection of a running mate whose main asset is her ability to reignite the culture wars. So maybe Governor Palin does represent everything that is good and...