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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

    Palin was the first female and youngest governor to be elected in Alaska, which is tied for the second most powerful governorship in the United States, according to Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina.

    Budgeting and Spending

    Palin cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5% while also reducing federal earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure. She used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in both 2007 and 2008. In 2009, she instituted a temporary hiring freeze, while at the same time reducing spending by more than 33% between FY2009 and FY2010.

    In stark contrast to President Obama and other governors whose fiscal records are dogged by credit downgrades, Palin left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as governor.  Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April 2008. Then in 2010, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA for the first time in the state’s history due to policies enacted by Palin that made the state’s finances more than solvent.  


    Under Palin’s leadership, Alaska was 2nd in job growth, and 3rd in the change in its unemployment rate, compared to the other states. Alaska also saw a record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009, while natural resource and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palin’s tenure.

    In fact, Palin’s record on jobs compared to the country as a whole was stronger than the President’s and other prominent governors’ during their respective tenures

    Business Growth

    Alaska was an opportunity society under Palin. Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax-friendly state to the 3rd most business tax-friendly state during her tenure.

    Palin was a firm believer in tax cuts. In addition to lowering unemployment insurance tax rates, she cut business license fees in half, suspended the state motor fuel tax, and signed legislation, allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses. All of this was consistent with her record as Mayor of Wasilla, where she eliminated small business inventory taxes and cut property tax mill levies every year she was in office.


    Energy issues are Palin’s forte, and her record proves it. In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner. ACES replaced the corruption-tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration, which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the federal indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. Furthermore, ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low, but the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska—were appropriately protected as well to achieve a fair return for their resource.

    Most importantly, ACES led to jobs, increased development, and a huge surplus for Alaska.

    Perhaps Palin’s biggest energy achievement was spearheading the creation of the Alaska natural gas pipeline. After five decades of unsuccessful attempts by Alaskan administrations to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Palin and her team introduced the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May of that year.

    Unlike the behind-closed-doors cronyism of past administrations, Palin’s AGIA legislation was conducted out in the open and made use of a genuine free-market competitive bidding process. Palin’s AGIA placed not only Alaska, but also the nation, further on the path toward energy independence.

    Palin played hardball with the big oil companies in her state. According to the Alaska state constitution, Alaskans are the resource owners in their state; and it was Palin’s duty as their CEO to get the best deal for Alaskans while at the same time partnering with these oil companies for the mutual benefit of all.

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

    Ethics reform was the hallmark of Palin’s governorship. She was swept into office on a reform message in a state with a serious corruption problem. Alaska at the time was undergoing a federal investigation that culminated in the indictment of various corrupt lawmakers. Palin had made a name for herself as an ethics crusader when she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservative Commission and blew the whistle on fellow commissioner and state GOP head Randy Ruedrich for doing party business on state time. This resulted in Ruedrich receiving a $12,000 fine—the largest civil fine for ethics in the state’s history. Alaskans respected the fact that Palin was not afraid of taking on the establishment of her own party.

    As governor, Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation, which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws. In the face of corruption, she continued to take on her own party when it was necessary. She also increased transparency by releasing her oil tax bill to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session, opening up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties, putting the state checkbook online, and not allowing lobbyists in her office.


    Palin forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility, supported increased vocational training and early education funding, opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical schools, and increased overall funding for special needs education by 175% (before she herself became the mother of son with special needs). Believing that the best reform was close to home, Palin wisely also chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education.

    Health Care

    Palin introduced health care transparency legislation that established an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality and cost to help them make better-informed health care decisions. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business-driven, rather than restricted by government, Palin proposed repeal of Certificate of Need—a layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development. She established the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council, reduced Medicaid assessments by 83%, and expanded Alaska’s SeniorCare benefits program for low-income seniors.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, ZH, and good afternoon!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, Brianus.

    • Min Max

      With a record like that, how is it that Americans aren’t overwhelmingly pressing for a Palin Administration?

      That’s the 1 thing that completely baffles me. Even knowing her record, some people would rather have Ryan, Perry, Santorum or worst…Bachmann. I’m sure they’re nice people, but what’s their executive record? Oops…a big fat 0?

      Haven’t they learnt that POTUS isn’t about self discovery or on the job training. You need someone who’s done it before.

  • ZH100

    ‘Always Trust Sarah Palin when it comes to picking candidates…’

    From the article:

    " Sarah outperformed the Republican Party by a bunch. Out of the eight candidates she endorsed, six of them won:

    And the Lesson:

        Always listen to Sarah Palin. Chances are you’ll have better results."

    • ProudAmerican247

      "Always listen to Sarah Palin. Chances are you’ll have better results."

      The RINOS will NEVER listen or take her wise advice… their peril.

  • palin45potus

    Good Morning all

    The world awaits Sarah Palin’s re-emergence from self-imposed silence

    • StandProudNow

       Lol….. understatement of the day :)

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, 45!!

  • ZH100

    Breitbart on Palin understanding that “culture is upstream of politics”

    From the article:

    "Important comments from Andrew Breitbart (may he rest in peace) regarding pop culture and politics and how Sarah Palin understands the connection."

    • indemind

       100… thanks, good one!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, indemind.

  • Kalena

    Everyone with a smart phone needs to download the online radio apps.  The Tune In app is a bit better than iHeartRadio app because it lists all of the various conservative talk show hosts and you can pick what city and time delay that you want to listen to live, and they also have podcasts of past shows.

    So when I forget to turn on the radio when the show begins in my time zone, I can search other city stations and find one that might have that particular host’s show on tape delay.

    The only one that it doesn’t really work for is Rush Limbaugh.  I believe that everyone should subscribe to his 24/7 so you can read his show each day if you need to save time (full transcripts are on his site), or you can download his podcasts each day and multitask while you listen to the show that aired earlier in the day.

    I have found listening to Mark Levin completely rip the GOP establishment very comforting over this past week.  He has been on a roll.  He is as angry as each of us at how the GOP is destroying the conservative brand and how they are completely inept in messaging.

    I am just heartsick at the thought that Obama could flip SCOTUS if any of the conservative judges retire or die before January 2017.  That scares me more than anything he might shove down our throats via executive order or making the wimps in Congress pass something really bad for the country.

    However, most of us recognize the Court really screwed us when they upheld Obamacare and Kelo. 

    I am definitely suffering from post election blues.  How about the rest of y’all?

    • Freempg

      I’ve grown accustomed to expecting the worst, so I’m not taking this election catastrophe as badly as I should.

  • ZH100

    Excellent read!

    ‘Rejecting “Crystal Pepsi” Conservatism and Embracing People and Principle Centered Conservatism’

  • IsraeliCojones
    • StandProudNow

       Great job, Israel!!

    • Freempg

      Priceless: "Hamas leader dies of crushing ennui after cancellation of Anderson Cooper’s talk show and Israeli airstrike, but mostly Israeli airstrike."

      • IsraeliCojones

        It’s a pity that the morons at AOSHQ are so anti-Palin: I would go there for the wit.

      • barracuda43

        May he rest in Hell!

  • ZH100

    Chuck Heath Jr. posted a very beautiful video that shows a timelapse of some Northern Lights. (must see!)

    • c4pfan

      I can’t leave a message there.  Something about needing firefox or explorer 9 or something, but I have no problem posting here.

  • StandProudNow

    Ian, LOVE the picture you used for today’s Open Thread!!

  • stlouisix

    WH: Obama ‘Does Not Believe That Reducing Deficits and Debt Are Values Unto Themselves’

    Obama is a complete unadulterated jackass who understands perfectly well what he’s doing, his excuses to the contrary notwithstanding.  He’s using proven Marxist principles to willfully destroy a free America, i.e., he’s getting away with moral murder due in no small part to his GOPE RINO enablers like Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy et al., who couldn’t care less in refusing to rein him in when they have the power of the purse in the House to do so which makes them traitors to the Republic just like Obama!

    Someone needs to remind the members of the House that were elected in 2010, and who still survive, that they were put there by an angry electorate who didn’t want them to work with the communist masquerading as president, but rather to stop him in his tracks.  In particular, they need to be reminded that the oath that they took was loyalty to a Constitutional Republic, NOT to the Speaker of the House who couldn’t care less about the preservation of a Constitutional Republic in doing nothing while Comrade Obama trashes The Constitution on a daily basis!

    "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same… "

    There is no greater enemy to The Constitution, without which there is NO AMERICA, than the communist in the Oval office, and his enablers, to particularly include the sorry GOPE leadership that needs to be flushed down the political toilet for the good of the country that is drowning in skytocketing debt which is now 17 Trillion and counting, 20 trillion if Obama has his way after his second term, not even taking into account unfunded liabilities that are already off the charts pointing directly to a financial collapse, as understood by the sane!

    The Government Is Bankrupt and Will Destroy the Economy

    "The  unfunded liabilities of the federal government are enormous, dwarfing everything  else.  They arise from promises made to citizens, primarily with respect to Social Security and Medicare.   Government maintains that it has no legal liability to honor these promises and  hence does not recognize them as debt.  For seniors or near-to-be seniors  counting on what they have paid all these years, that attitude is not  comforting.

    "It  is unlikely that these programs will be canceled, although they will eventually  be modified.  Even so, there is likelihood that the promises will not be  kept.

    "Estimates  of the present value of these obligations range from $50 trillion to over $200  trillion, depending upon the actuarial assumptions made."

    Where are the REAL Americans in the House of Representatives who will defend their country from the enemy within who dangerously has been led to believe that his morally bankrupt policies directly counter to the common good will carry the day by cowards in Congress who are afraid to stop him?

    CBO: Fiscal Cliff Will Bring Recession, 9.1 Percent Unemployment in 2013

    It’s nonsense to talk of worries about a comming recession when the real unemployment rate, taking into account all those who out of despair have left the work force and joined the job destroyer Comrade Obama’s all encompassing government dole where every aspect of their lives will be controlled by the tyrant-in-chief, is high double digits heading toward 20% which is a depression if there ever was one!

    Questions About Libya, Syria Could Shake Up Anticipated Cabinet Hearings

    The only foreign policy Obama knows is appeasement to America’s enemies, his friends, by employing notorious America haters in positions of power who will help him carry out his willful destruction of America from within, which is a very dangerous prospect indeed for a world increasingly on the brink due to Obama’s Amerika, unrecognizable to the founding fathers, being no longer the moral beacon that the world can count on to fight for liberty against tyranny because tyranny defines Comrade Obama’s Amerika!

    Israeli PM Warns of ‘Heavy Price’ for Rocket Attacks From Gaza; U.S. Response Unclear

    Sed contra, the US response has been made very clear since Benghazi.  "We leave no one behind" has been replaced with "You’re on your own,"  which is a sobering truth that America’s allies, Obama’s enemies, must now face!

  • c4pfan

    I heard that Patreaus is going to be testifying.  Good!

  • ZH100

    ‘The Presidential Campaigns Didn’t Really Matter’

    From the article: [bold emphasis mine]

    "There is one caveat though: as all of this evidence shows, elections are not won by convincing people to vote for a candidate for whom they are not previously inclined.

    The importance of the campaigns is to get more of their supporters to the polls than the other team.

    To paraphrase one Obama campaign aide, presidential appearances have nothing to do with convincing voters, they are about rallying the troops and keeping supporters passionate so that they actually turn out on Election Day (and bring their friends).

    • AmazedOne1

      Yes, that’s an accurate article. It amplifies and solidifies and provides statistics for things I have said and believed for years.

  • misterlogic0013

     something stirring ………..  stock market down  .. GOP lost  .. OB  going nuts .. power crazy ..

  • Patriot41

    Our country is in one hell of a mess and the deception continues, that’s what.

    • barracuda43

      Don’t worry Patriot. Comrade Obama is at the helm. Everything is under control. Remember he is a economic guru!

  • stlouisix

    Even If Petraeus Began His Affair in Afghanistan, He’s Unlikely to Be Prosecuted, Associate Says

    Well someone damn sure needs to be prosecuted for the justice owed to the families of those who were killed in Benghazi!

  • John_Frank

    Gaza, Judea and Samaria: Prison or Paradise?

    Palestinian propagandists proclaim that living conditions in Gaza, Judea and Samaria are prison like. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • stlouisix

    Oops: Pelosi Forgets She Doesn’t Hold the Gavel Any More

    This liberal hag is proud of destroying our country. She thinks it’s a big joke like the "joker-in-chief" she works for. Sorry, Nancy, but REAL Americans are not about to allow your drones who support your commie crap to force it down their throats, despite your temper tantrums to the contrary!

    • Don

      Since you brought up pelosi, have you seen the Geico commercial about pelosi in a broom factory?? 

  • John_Frank

    Obama II and Israel: The faultlines are starting to show
    The 2012 elections may well prove to be a watershed in Israel-U.S. relations. Israel’s chauvinist turn is increasingly out of sync with America’s values, Netanyahu is no longer a useful ally, and Obama has new global priorities – and a war of choice with Iran is not one of them.

    Ugly, and all the Democrat propagandists can go jump in a lake.

  • technopeasant

    Folks, now that the election is over, I am going to start to focus more on political philsophy and ideology rather than personality. We all know who the one only viable choice is for 2016. I will never waver in my conviction unless Sarah Palin bows out.

    So today I am starting a new "series" of posts in which I will provide a quote and then expand on it to discuss how it relates to politics in general and specifically what we on our side need to do reverse the pattern of only winning the popular vote once in the last six presidential elections.

    So let’s start:

    "He’s terrible." (referring to NY Jets players in the locker room dismissing Tim Tebow’s talents today in the NY Daily News and justifying why Mark Sanchez should remain the starting QB).

    Here are the 10 dynamics of this quote to consider:

    1) I believe in the next 1-4 years this is exactly the same approach Palin’s enemies will use to dismiss her political credentials–anonymous sources supposedly in the know who tell you who Palin really is and create a narrative of lack of talent or lack of success in order to prop up another "chosen candidate by the GOP establishment."

    2) The foundation of the narrative as I alluded to a day or two ago will be based on the novel 1984 in which reality is denied or "blanked-out" (otherwise known as revisionist history) and that what Palin was able to bring about in the 2010 midterms either did not happen or she had no role in the final outcome. A Jet player who was on the Jets team last year claims Tebow’s comeback in the last few minutes of the game against them "was a mirage."

    3) There is not a genuine comparison between Tebow and Sanchez in terms of their statistics or what they bring to the table. The Tebow-haters consistently make their arguments based on abstractions, delusion and illogical emotion and not the facts. These folks are similar to the Romney apologists or McCain apologists who insist their man did way better than reported. And as for Romney apologists they will defend to their dying breath their decision to declare Sarah Palin persona non grata for the 2012 general election. And by the same token if the Jets (who are now at 3-6) go 3-13 for the season they will still to the death defend the decision to stick with Mark Sanchez as the starting QB. This is how dug in these folks are. And they call us cultists or mind-numbed robots.

    4) One reason given why Tebow should not start as the Jets QB is "they can’t win that way" which in football parlance means that Tebow’s use of the spread offense is considered not a winning formula in the NFL. Similarly conservatives are told by the powers to be that "we can’t win presidential elections if a conservative is the standardbearer."

    So it’s better to continue to lose in a conventional manner season after season or election after election and we should all believe these pundits that we would lose worse if we broke new ground or took a different path.  Folks losing is losing.

    For the Jets they are now 3-6 and have lost 5 of their last 6 games. Folks, what they have been doing is simply not working. And players still have the audacity to believe something else hasn’t got any chance of succeeding. You want a formula for permanent presence in the abyss. You have it here with this kind of backward thinking.

    5) In the piece as a follow up of #4, a player said, "We don’t have a choice" in regards to being forced to play Mark Sanchez for the remainder of the season despite the offenseive futility of the Jets. That like so many folks during the primaries and the general election at C4P and elsewhere claiming we don’t have a choice and that Romney must get our support. 

    So the argument goes no matter how lousy a QB Sanchez is or how lousy a presidential candidate Mitt Romney is, we must stick with them through thick and thin.

    Folks, the 2012 election is over but don’t expect the lay of the land will be different in 2016. You will be fed the same horses*it. You can’t afford to change horses in midstream and go out on a limb despite clear evidence "the chosen one" is not capable of performing at a high enough level (lack of talent) or simply is not doing the job currently (lack of performance).

    6) As Sarah Palin is considered simply a "cheerleader" and diversion by many on our side, Tim Tebow is considered a change of pace and diversion by the Jets players in that he is simply a wildcat player and not qualified to be a starting QB.

    Expect this argument to be made about Palin as well by her enemies. They will attempt to marginalize her as "like a crazy uncle" who you can tolerate being invited to family gatherings but who you feel would embarrass you if he were present at weddings or at more pubic gatherings where you would have to admit you are related to him.

    This is an elitist argument made both the Jets players (sporting elitism) and folks on our side (political elitism). For us to dismiss it as simply irrelevant and unworthy of our consideration would imho be a huge mistake.

    7) Complete denial that Tim Tebow is a superstar as there is complete denial by Palin’s enemies she is one. Instead their critics treat them with disdain and consider them mediocre performers at best and overrated and both of them are consistently undermined. And folks make no mistake about it: These efforts to undermine them and to cut them off at the knees are not random or knee-jerk reactions. They are part of a deliberate propanganda campaign by their enemies to preserve their bastions of superiority and power.

    Now you might ask why does it not happen more with other superstars? Imho, it could if the media and the powers to be had the interest to make it so if they become threats as well. Why do you think neither Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods rarely say anything of consequence? Revisionist history is alive and well. Propaganda and the big lie have never done so well, even under Goebbels.

    8) The Jets players not only give Sanchez a vote of confidence but make all the excuses in the world why Sanchez is not performing well at the moment. That includes throwing some of their own teammates under the bus. And it is now starting with Romney. Making excuses why he did not win and throwing some of Romney’s team under the bus now in order to take the focus off declaring Sarah Palin and the TPM persona non grata.

    In other words it’s not Sanchez’s fault or Romney’s fault they have failed, it’s the supporting cast which is to blame. For the Jets the goal is to keep Sanchez in place; for the GOP establishment it is to keep their hold on presidential politics and that "their chosen one" be nominated in 2016.

    9) This report in the NY Daily News comes 24 hours after Rex Ryan publicly proclaimed he will not replace Mark Sanchez as the starting QB of the Jets under any circumstances (except of course if Sanchez is injured) and that he willing to lose his job rather than change QB’s.

    Folks this is equivalent to the GOP establishment from on high sending down to RINO politicians and TV and radio pundits a directive that they must all fall in line and back up the high and mighty pronouncement from Mount Olympus and that includes no dissension over the Sarah Palin issue of keeping her on the sidelines for the duration of the election and hopefully forever.

    10) And finally one cannot igmore the media’s agenda for prinitng these stories or disseminating these narratives over the airwaves.

    Folks the NY Jets are going nowhere. For Rex Ryan to remain committed to Mark Sanchez for the remaining of the season is complete lunacy. And delusional to that as well. Is Ryan doing this to save face or to avoid admitting he screwed up big time?

    As for the GOP establishment they now realize there is no clear-cut presidential candidate for 2016 and that they will have a much harder time destroying Palin than they did in 2012. Thus the desire to defend Romney to the death and not having to admit they screwed up big time by backing Romney so that they can use whatever credibility they have left to place their stamp of approval on someone in 2016.

    And the media (both the MSM and right-wing media) both have an interest to make damned sure a conservative does not emerge as the GOP presidential standardbearer in 2016. So stories like this are published to help the powers to be restore some lost face.

    And frankly folks, it may work. Some folks have very short memories. I don’t assume for one minute that all conservatives are going to dismiss these types of stories as ludicrous, as I am not going to assume Mark Sanchez will not be the starting QB for the Jets in the 2013 season.

    The power of power brokers to REVISE HISTORY has never been greater.

    • Guest

      I just sent your post to my little brother who is a HUGE Jets fan and is rather pissed off at his team and coach.  I think he’ll enjoy your analysis. 

      • barracuda43

        Take seven starters from the San Francisco starting offensive and defensive teams peppers and what would you have. Maybe 2-3 victories.

        • Guest

          My brother is a football coach right now and was All American in college with several records.  He even went to the combine for the western region.  I trust his opinion on what his team needs to do.  It’s not just the loss of some of the starters. 

          • barracuda43

            I wasn’t a all american but did play college. Losing 10 starters is a disaster on any team espiciallay when you lose them like the Jets in the first three weeks.

    • barracuda43

      I think you should pick another team besides the Jets as your examples. If the Jets had Brady at quarterback they would be maybe a 500 team. They have lost 10 starters for the season and lost them early. Their whole offensive line is gone plus their two best secondary people. The only team recently that won and had major injuries in large numbers has been the Packers of two years ago who lost 13 starters. The Jets are lucky to have three victories. I would give them a overachieving mark for that!

      • Guest

        Maybe techno LIKES posting about the Jets.  I know he likes posting about Tebow.  I don’t think he tells you what to post or analyze.  It’s his hobby. 

        • barracuda43

          I am not demanding anything. Love Tebow also. Coach and the quarterback are not the problem.

          • Guest

            I didn’t use the word "demand".  Like techno said…."I post about Tebow because it relates a lot to how Sarah Palin is treated."  I don’t think that Tom Brady and Sarah Palin have EVER been used in the same sentence.   

        • technopeasant

          I post about Tebow because it relates a lot to how Sarah Palin is treated.

          And unlike a lot of people I explain what I mean and just don’t say it without providing any evidence.

          • Guest

            And that’s why I am usually the first person to defend your posts. 

  • Guest

    Ian….why did you change the top of the page from "Open Thread" to the date?  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.  I had to check to make sure I was in the right place!  ;-)

    • AmazedOne1

      I didn’t notice it till you mentioned it, but I like it. It will make the date easier to find in the archives.

      • Guest

        Yes….I’m sure you do.  We all now how you like "archiving" other people’s posts. 

        • AmazedOne1

          I have no idea what you mean by that. The old posts are all right here on C4P’s website.

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