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Governor Palin: NYT, There You Go Again

Via Governor Palin’s Facebook:

The New York Times just can’t seem to get much of anything right lately. No wonder they’re facing economic and reputation woes. Their article today falsely reporting on my record as governor is full of spin, and I shall call them out on it.

Regardless of the recent political posturing, ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share) is a success for all stakeholders who want more domestic energy supplies for our great country. The Alaskan people (who collectively own the natural resources, via our state constitution), the resource producers who bid on the right to develop our oil and gas, and consumers all benefit under ACES. It incentivizes production and development. It works.

Amazingly, to the uninformed (or to those who really don’t want to incentivize oil exploration in America) ACES is spun to sound like an oil windfall profits tax and its progressivity is made to sound excessive. In reality, it was born of a need to have a tax structure that did three things:

1. It could not be created under a cloud of political corruption and self-dealing like the former Alaska administration and legislature’s PPT oil valuation structure. That’s a critical fact that is now frequently overlooked years later. Remember the legislators and oil industry players who went to jail because of bribes leading to votes in favor of the former administration’s PPT, which was unfairly tilted in favor of the resource producers against the resource owners (i.e., the people of Alaska)? Have we conveniently forgotten the fact that a corrupt process brought forth PPT, and I and others set out to change it by cleaning up the corruption?

2. It had to align the interests of Alaskans and the oil producers through exploration and production credits in partnership so that they benefit proportionally from commercialization of Alaska’s sovereign resources. This is very different from a government overtaxing personal or corporate income in which the government has no ownership stake in whatever it is that is being taxed.

3. It had to use a progressivity system that protects the producers from commercial strain when oil prices are low, otherwise the producers would seek development opportunities elsewhere. ACES does incentivize industry, but beware that Big Oil will always do what it does best for its shareholders: it will look out for its bottom line and always claim that it needs even more tax breaks. More power to them for trying, but resource owners deserve A CLEAR and EQUITABLE SHARE (ACES) of the value of their commonly-owned oil and gas.

ACES accomplished all three. The current criticism of this fair valuation makes no real sense. As an article at Big Government notes:

“The number of oil companies filing with the Alaska Department of Revenue has doubled indicating that competition has indeed increased. Alaska has the second most business friendly tax set-up — up two spots since the passage of ACES. Additionally, a report from Governor Parnell’s Department of Revenue indicated that 2009 yielded a record high in oil jobs. Even more recently, the newest employment numbers from Alaska show that oil job numbers were higher in January 2011 than in January 2010, indicating that jobs are growing at the seasonal level. Parnell argues that state revenues are in jeopardy, but it is estimated that his proposal would reduce revenues by $100-200 million.

Most importantly, Alaska enjoys a $12 billion surplus thanks to ACES and the sound fiscal policies of my administration. I put billions of dollars aside in savings accounts (though I could have easily spent those billions and made a lot of friends with big-spending legislators on both sides of the aisle), and I continued to veto excess spending and Obama stimulus funds, and chopped earmarks by 86% – much to the chagrin of liberal legislators who were used as “sources” in the article. It’s kind of amusing to see state legislators claim credit for the surplus when they didn’t vote for ACES, and they cried to high heaven when I vetoed their wasteful spending on their special interest projects.

Of course, I could have made a lot more friends in Juneau if I had spent the surplus. But I chose to put billions in savings for a rainy day and return a portion to the people of Alaska. (It was their money after all.) I paid down hundreds of millions of dollars into our under-funded state pension plans, then set aside another billion for forward-funding education. I fought the union’s demands for more benefits, engaged in hiring freezes, and cut frivolous state expenditures – again, much to the chagrin of those who spend other people’s money recklessly. That’s sound fiscal policy. I’m proud of it, and Alaska is stronger today because of it.

Now, if others would like to claim credit for it, that is fine. As Ronald Reagan used to remind us: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” Amen!

But let’s not pretend that ACES wasn’t a key factor in the surplus, and let’s not pretend that it hasn’t been a success.

As for AGIA, our long-awaited natural gas pipeline project is moving along according to plan. A huge partnership was developed with Exxon and TransCanada when I put the project out for competitive bids, instead of using behind-closed-door schemes that would have screwed the public. Alaska will help America become energy independent, despite anti-energy politicos claiming AGIA won’t work. It’s already got the 50-year dream off the dime and in the works. See, competition works. So does a transparent process.

– Sarah Palin

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  • Rogue2012andbeyond

    Gov. Palin all the best in India. As usual you have to set the LSM straight.

    PALIN 2012!!!! PALIN 2012!!!! PALIN 2012!!!! PALIN 2012!!!! PALIN 2012!!!! PALIN 2012!!!!

    • quidam65

      Glad to see you’ve backed off on the processed sugar. /sarc

  • Nancy6

    Please, please, please, can’t she be our President, based solely on the fact that she can travel to other countries and put a boot in the nads of the media, all at the same time?
    Doing two things at once is so unconventional, compared to The One At A Time.

    • blueniner

      I like the visual, a pointed stilleto to the nads of the media, but thats just me,LOL.

  • Emily Baxter

    WHITNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOV. PALIN USED YOUR ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO WORK FOR PALIN–LIKE, NOW!!

    • Nancy6


      • MarkRNY

        Always said that Whitney (the Pipsqueak) should be on The Guv’s staff. She’ll have to deal with DC, for 8 years, but she can take it. 2nd term, Emily can join her! She can show "The kid" the ropes.

        Great FB Sarah. These swine are ready to go down. They rank alongside Marvel Comics (although I like Marvel Comics).

        "Sarah’s WHIIINEING again!", they all whine in unison, in their whiney voices as they attack her whineley, with their whiney faces.

        • Emily Baxter

          I’m in journalism class right now! Maybe Whitney and I will work beside each other someday :)

          • MarkRNY

            Got your eye on that corner WH office huh?? Wait till Whitney finds out!

            I’m glad you’re taking journalism Miss Emily. You’re a terrific writer–and the good guys have to take it back!…and you can throw in Latin! When O’Reilly has you on for an interview, speak Latin. He has a hard enough time with English–and don’t let him interrupt!

            • Emily Baxter

              LOL LOL LOL! :D I sure can’t wait to meet you guys soon! ;)

            • tingale12

              How bout pig Latin? BOReilly’s head will explode. That’s my native language

            • larrygeary

              She can be ambassador to Latin America.

          • wodiej

            Emily, you go girl. It’s all worth it. been there, don’t that. :)

  • Emily Baxter

    I will miss you Whitney when you go to work for Gov. Palin :) Don’t deny it–you have to someday. Ahem, Gov. Palin–hint, hint, hint!! ;)

    • TexasRayGunner

      ( Make that President Palin! )

      • Emily Baxter

        Point taken! :D So, that means screaming "I LOVE PRESIDENT PALIN!" on campus. Oh boy, this will be fun. :)

  • HerneTheHunter

    I was so waiting for this! NewYork Times? A waste of good office space and paper.

  • WiseOwl2

    Yes sir…Boom taste her nightstick, again!! (chuckling)


    • Guest

      Yes sir… that’s one of her many, many quailties, to be able to say… Boom taste my lightstick, with a smile on her face!

      Please Mrs. Palin, you have an army ready, willing,& able to walk through fire for you, Please Run!

  • Jimbini

    To those people who think that ACES and the Alaskan peoples’ share of energy profits is socialism- you are dead wrong. Under socialism, the state would own the resources and get their share of revenues directly, to use as they please and give whatever portion they want (if any) to the people. That’s how Obama’s wealth redistribution works. ACES is more like a royalty trust, similar to trusts spun off by oil companies to their shareholders, with a royalty payment directly to the shareholders- in this case the Alaskan people.

    • Sapwolf

      Thank you for the clarification. It is a royalty or sale of an asset of the people. It is not really a tax from an accounting perspective.

    • JeannieBinVA

      The other thing I really like is her explaining the equitable tax structure and that of course the oil companies will try to get out of paying their fair share — but that doesn’t mean Gov. Parnell should give in to them when it will shortchange the people and state of Alaska.

      It’s a shame she can’t be both president AND governor of Alaska — but I’ll settle for president!

  • GrmaTX

    I am glad the Governor cares enough to speak up when the press gets things wrong/makes things up. I don’t often read what other sources write about her because of their snarkiness and out right distortions (which is another word for lies). Unfortunately, many people get their information about her solely from sources that oppose her politically and personally. I appreciate her more and more for what she is willing to go through for the sake of the country and the people who want to see the country be honorable again.

    • Harrison Woodard

      Couldn’t have said it better!!

    • ernst1776

      I agree about Sarah speaking up and challenging these bogus stories. That was GWB’s biggest problem in not speaking out. His 2nd term might not have sucked as much as it did.
      These liberals think they can ‘hit and run’ on conservatives and move on to the next story.

      Thanks Sarah Palin for leveling the playing field.
      Palin 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Guest

        Blame Rove for GWB’s silence. That’s the same silence the Rovians, unmagnificent bastards, want to impose on the Gov.

  • HerneTheHunter

    You know there are times in life when you pick a fight and immediately you realize that you’ve just made the biggest mistake of your life. This is one of those times for the New York Times. Picking a fight with the Guv’ on Energy policy? Oil and Gas? Really? on ACES? AGIA? Really? Really? Really?

    • Jasmine Clark

      "You know there are times in life when you pick a fight and immediately you realize that you’ve just made the biggest mistake of your life."

      the kid who was thrown to the ground by casey the punisher…

    • Cathy

      They thought they could get away with it because she is out of country – stupid, stupid!!

  • John B. Hefmier

    Once again, Sarah tells it like it is.

    • John B. Hefmier

      Also, my congratulations to you, Whitney, on the article, and for the Governor referring to it!!!

  • tomlyn

    It’s about time someone went after the NewYork Times for their false reporting.

  • imagineJL

    She is in India with the jetlag, she supposedly spent more then 5 hours traveling to visit the Taj today and at 4 o’ clock in the morning she writes a long detailed post after reading the NYT ???? hmmm….

    • Nancy6

      I know, why would she read the NYT?!:)
      She does the work that C4Pers won’t do!:)

    • John B. Hefmier

      And where are you getting your information???

    • section9

      And how do you know she hasn’t gotten over the jetlag by now, oh peddler of memes?

      She was responsible for a whole heck of a lot of this legislation. It’s not as if she doesn’t know about it.

      And yes, she knows how to write.

      • Guest

        And Scott Parnell is trying to undo it. Thus we see the benefit of having someone who shares ones political philosophy all the way.

    • Sapwolf

      That’s common when you have jetlag. Your body thinks it is mid-day and so you can’t sleep so you end up doing stuff while you don’t feel tired.

      Like when I traveled to Ireland and Switzerland, the day there is over but you feel like it is not over.

    • John_Frank

      And your point is what concern troll (ImagineJL)?

      How do you know she has jet lag? Don’t you know that you get jet lag when you go back in time, not forward?

      • Guest

        You get jet lagged when you travel, full stop. It’s about time and space.

    • Dan C

      imagineJL..I am on to your game, so watch it. I can spot you a a mile away. You did it earlier today too.

    • Guest

      She’s an Energizer bunny, is what.

  • Karen_Allen

    My favorite line:
    "…and I shall call them out on it."

    @Karen_Allen If the media thought @SarahPalinUSA would be easy pickins far away in India, they thought wrong. -> #palin #nyt

    AND Congrats, Whit!

    • blueniner

      Are you the same Karen Allen that was an actress in the 80s and 90s? Just wondering.

      • Karen_Allen

        Blueniner. I always knew some day you’d come walking back through my door.

        ;) Nope, I’m just me.

  • RefudiateGOPe

    Geeze, she posted this at about 4:30 a.m., India time. Her biological clock will surely be tested on this trip.

    • Guest

      9 AM EST is coming!!!

    • larrygeary

      Remember that RAM assists the Guv with some of these FB posts. The voice is definitely Sarah, but RAM has the ability to do research and check facts while the Guv is in the air. I imagine they collaborated and produced this as a team.

  • nile.09.29.2008

    This is just a preview of Sarah discrediting leftist old-guard new publications and media outlets during her Presidential campaign!
    Go Sarah 2012!

    • blueniner

      I can still hear Sarah calling out the media," Will you try and get it right"? I forget where she said it, it was a speech last year somewhere.

  • lorenzini

    Don’t ya just love it

  • exodus2011


    Proof that Gov Palin is still armed (with LOTUS, and possibly BOTUS?) and dangerous, even though she is not currently on US soil …. *__*

    LOTUS = Laptop of the United States

    BOTUS = Blackberry of the United States

    and for the math-lovers out there …..





  • section9

    Well, that was nice.

    On like Donkey Kong.

    It’s important to hit back when a major paper like the Times takes liberties. Even when you’re in India.


    • Guest

      Major paper?!?!? The Old Gray Whore. Let’s call the NYT what she really is.

  • gunsmithkat

    She picks her targets with extreme prejudice. Poor buggers, never knew what hit them.

  • VADMCollingwood

    Hey New York Toot, grab your helmet. Incoming!

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