The University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs calculates that given her $3 million, three-year contract at Fox News, where she spoke 189,221 words, Sarah Palin earned $15.85 for every one for them.
She said, for instance, "heck," 28 times. Boom. $443.80, right in Sarah's pocket. "Ronald Reagan"? Forty-one times. Bingo. $1299.70. "President Obama"? Ca-Ching! $24,916.20, perhaps the single largest transfer payment to a member of the poorly working class in American history.
Now you might think "You betcha" was a real moneymaker for Palinesque eloquence, but alas she said it only twice. $63.40.
Roger Ailes would have saved a bundle had he only paid me that $47.55 I asked for in personnel-consulting fees, three years ago: "You'll be sorry."