But now, with this revelation that out of the 570 working days (by my finger counting calculation)in those 19 months, Palin was at home drawing a per diem for 312 of them, it's now clear. For more than half that time she was at home with the kids.
Billing the state for "lodging."
Nice work if you can get it.
Reading the NYT today (9/10/08), I see that there is an adjunct office for the governor in Anchorage (which makes a lot of sense--over 40 percent of Alaskans live around there, and it's a long way from Juneau, which also cannot be reached by any land route). So I think it's unfair to surmise she was working from home, but rather commuting to Anchorage on those days in Wissila. That makes it more of a latch key kid situation, which is pretty common. I was one of those kids, although we didn't lock the doors.