Sarah Palin and Metals, Mining and Steelworkers

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Yesterday, we covered a silly story on Sarah Palin’s titanium glasses. And yes, we received numerous links and pingbacks for that post which is sort of interesting because the subject matter is well, not really that interesting. Of course neither is Britney Spear’s dress she wore at the VMA Awards last night but alas, that story ranked 6 on CNN today.

We’ll leave the “Who is Sarah Palin” articles for the professionals and stick with stories relating to our mission here at MetalMiner, providing global sourcing and trading intelligence for global metals markets. So where does Gov Palin stand on metals issues? We’ll let you decide but there are two stories that we will weigh in on. The first relates to a ballot initiative called Measure 4. “Measure 4 would ban large metal mines from discharging harmful amounts of toxic chemicals into salmon streams or drinking water supplies,” according to this recent Anchorage Daily News article. Had it passed, it may have shut down the entire mining project. According to what I have read, there is a law prohibiting governors from taking sides on any ballot initiative. And Palin not only stood against the ban (not a particularly pro-environmental move to say the least) but she declared so publicly invoking some make-believe “personal privilege”. Don’t get me started on personal privilege. Let’s just hope she didn’t take any “privilege” lessons from the governor of my home state…

The second story relates to a letter sent by the The United Steelworkers (USW) Women of Steel to Senator John McCain regarding his pick of Sarah Palin as his VP. The letter stated, “Unfortunately, you chose the wrong woman for the wrong job. Governor Palin is a working mother whose achievements should be respected – but due respect for a budding political career doesn’t mean she is ready to be vice president – a heart beat away from the presidency. Nor does it change the fact that she’s not the best candidate to improve the lives of women and working families in this country.”

I’d like to just comment on this “working family, working women” stuff. Why is it that only blue collar workers can be called “working Americans?” Is there some Wikipedia definition of work that I am unaware of in which only a blue collar worker is in fact a worker and everybody else must be a trust fund baby? Good thing my nerves are made of steel. Pun intended.

–Lisa Reisman

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