In an interview of Bristol Palin regarding her upcoming “reality” show she explained that her mother approves of the reality show . The reason for the approval, according to Bristol, is that “…she supports me and she knows that I have good judgment so she is definitely in support of it.” Are these the examples of Bristol’s good judgment of which Sarah approves:
1. Lying- Remember in Bristol’s book she explained that she lied to her mother about the night she went camping with Levi.
2. Getting drunk- According to Bristol’s book, Levi “stole” her virginity after she had more than the recommended number of wine coolers for a 16 year old.
3. Getting re-engaged to Levi- It was announced during the 2008 campaign that Levi and Bristol were going to get married. Later Bristol said of Levi that he “cheated on me about as frequently as he sharpened his hockey skates. ” Bristol reported finding a text on Johnston’s cellphone after the birth of Tripp that proved he was cheating on her again. Eighteen months later Bristol reconciled with Levi and became re-engaged. Using her “good judgment” Bristol not only agreed to give Levi a second chance, but she got engaged. Not only did she get engaged, but she sold the story and appeared on the cover of a magazine.
4. Breaking up with Levi Again- Just three weeks after the re-engagement, Levi’s skates needed re-sharpening. Bristol Palin admitted to poor judgment saying that she had been “played again.”
5. Home ownership- Bristol bought a home in Arizona, but only lived there a short time. Then she moved to California, and has now moved back to Alaska. She’s already had to sell the house in Arizona, since she changed her mind about living there.
6. Stability for Tripp in Male figures in his life, and in homes. Bristol moved in with the Massey brothers in California to film a reality show that was never aired. That was after living in another location while making Dancing with the Stars, and after the Arizona home.
7. Trial-Marriage- Bristol has the good judgment not to simply live with her new boyfriend, but to have a “Trial Marriage.” In this way if her “Trial Marriage” ends in a “Trial Divorce” she doesn’t have to hire a “Trial Attorney.”
It seems the only thing that Sarah Palin might consider “good judgment” is taking advantage of the film tax credit she created by signing into law the bill that resulted in millions of dollars in revenue to be paid to companies that employ the Palins for the making of reality television shows. Sarah Palin’s Alaska resulted in the award of the second highest tax credit awarded to any production in 2011. That cost the people of Alaska $1,200,000.00.
Helping Hands Production, the company making the reality show of Bristol, submitted its request for Pre-approval which was received by the Film Tax Office on July 21, 2011. It was approved the next day on July 22, 2011.On July 28, 2011, I reported that I had called and asked Dave Worrell, the head of the film office for the amount to be paid to Helping Hands, since it was not listed on the web site. He responded that the approval was so new that no further information was available. Today almost one year later, and 8 days before the premier of the show, there is still no financial disclosure of the amount that the citizens of Alaska have paid for the making of “Life’s a Tripp.” It seems that the only “good judgment” of Bristol Palin is to have the discretion to let the people of Alaska pay her to star in a television show, and make sure they don’t know how much they are paying her.
The amazing thing is that the film tax credit is not supposed to be awarded to any film that is adverse to the best interest of Alaskans. Alaska leads the nation in unwed teen pregnancy and has seen a 19% increase in recent years. Moreover, before Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska, she cut aid to pregnant Teen Moms.