Posted on November 16 2012 - 4:39 AM - Posted by: Ian Lazaran | Follow on Twitter!
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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
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.
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.
Thank you, ZH, and good morning!
You are welcome, Brianus and good morning!
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Psalm 119:18 NIV
My Dear Friends in Sarah,
Happy Friday to you all!!
The other day I suggested here at C4P that the Governor should execute a bold move and announce her candidacy for President of the United States very soon. I cited George Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware on Christmas Day, 1776 as a past precedent for daring and unexpected action at a time of national discouragement and bewilderment.
This morning I would like to confront and address what may be one of the principal objections to such a move. It may be asserted that the Governor should keep any plans for 2016 secret, that she should hold her "cards" close to the vest. It does no good, it may be argued, to let the enemy see what one is planning to do. One must keep one’s counsels hidden from the malignant eyes of the foe. One must keep the opposition in the dark about one’s projected actions.
There is merit to this idea. I would like to answer it by offering a DISTINCTION.
Let us consider the months leading up to D-Day, the June, 1944 landing at Normandy, during World War II.
The Allies successfully concealed the time and place of the invasion from the Nazis. In fact, through elaborate misdirection on our part, the enemy thought that the invasion would take place at a location DIFFERENT from the actual and true spot. We kept our specific plans well hidden from the dire foe. However, in a GENERAL way, the Germans knew that we were coming.
But, the knowledge of the impending invasion also trickled through to captive Europe, to captive France in particular. Think how spirits and hopes must have been raised and lifted through this knowledge: America is coming; liberation and liberty are at hand!!
In a similar way, I suggested a few days ago that Sarah make a general announcement soon that she is running. I posited TWENTY reasons to justify such a move. I would like to focus for a moment on one of these reasons. It is not, IMV, the most important justification, but it is very weighty.
The American People, who had already been driven to the brink and edge of desperation by four years of the commie usurper, barack obama, were recently dealt another kick in the stomach: obama’s supposed "reelection."
And it is especially, IMHO, our Armed Forces who have suffered under this ruthless and merciless tyrant and his regime. Beyond the PHYSICAL wounds that have been endured in battle, especially because of PC Rules of Engagement (as our friend, stlouisix, has demonstrated), I believe that our best and finest and bravest have suffered PSYCHOLOGICAL and SPIRITUAL torment in having to follow the orders of a "commander-in-chief" who is not really a CIC, but is a usurper, infiltrator, and DESTROYER!!
The battle that we are engaged in today is, as is the case with most or all conflicts, a mental and spiritual one more than a physical one. The enemy is trying to make us give up, surrender, throw in the towel, wave the white flag in a despair of surrender!
AN EARLY ANNOUNCEMENT BY OUR SARAH OF A RUN FOR PRESIDENT WOULD SEND A RAY OF LIGHT AND BEAUTY AND HOPE NORTH AND SOUTH, EAST AND WEST, ALL THROUGHOUT THIS BELEAGUERED AND AFFLICTED LAND OF OURS!!!!
And it would especially encourage our troops to "hold on."
However, here is the key distinction that is the foundation of my answer to objections against such an early announcement:
While making a GENERAL declaration of an intention to run for President, she can keep THOUSANDS of SPECIFIC plans and moves secret and well-hidden from her enemies, plans about where, when, and how she will strike!!!
And think too, guys, not only of the electrical effect that it would have on our side, but also of the dismay it would generate in the ranks of the foe!!
Where will the Cuda strike next; how will she strike; how can we possibly defend against such a masterful and brilliant political strategist???
In short, an announcement of this kind, made soon, will raise the hearts and hopes of Free America, of the American Resistance, just as the imminent D-Day invasion in 1944 lifted up the hearts of the Resistance in France and throughout Europe.
Her enemies pretend that they are not worried about Sarah Palin, but in reality they live in dread of her, as their current conspiracy of silence about her prospects for 2016 makes quire clear. These same enemies, who have been "drunk" this last week on the illicit delights of their supposed electoral "victory," these same scoundrels will be cowering in fear very soon, waiting to see where Sarah Barracuda and her Guerilla Brigades will strike next!!
Please tell us that you are running–if it be the Lord’s will!! You will inspire tens of millions of Americans with inextinguishable zeal, and fire, and joy!!
But please also, as if WE have to tell you this , please keep all your particular and specific strategies and plans for taking America back, please keep these well hidden and concealed from our Leftist and RINO enemies.
God bless you, Governor Palin!!
And God bless you all, my friends!!
DEO VOLENTE SARAH 2016!!!
Thank you, Brianus. I would like to add my own concern here. There are many people, myself included, who are pondering a run for office. We believe in the planks of the Republican Party, but do not particularly like or admire those who carry our banner. It seems as if our leaders are almost ASHAMED of our banner.
We have been involved in local politics for quite some time, even as Sarah has been. We have challenged party leaders. This has not endeared us to the Republican elite. This leaves us wondering how we might run for office in the future, knowing we are not liked, and at best, would be condsidered sacrificial lambs if we were to run for office.
As I prayerfully try to discern God’s will for my own life, I wonder how I might pursue a run for office. Do I stay within the party and seek their nomination, knowing full well that it is likely that I could not be assured help from the party? Or do I go off on my own, independent from the party of Lincoln. How could that be achieved?
Hopefully, if Sarah were to annouce a run this early, she would indicate if she would go the traditional party route or attempt some other way. Signaling HOW to run would inspire me to run on the same road. There are so many of us disgusted with how the Republican Party has treated her, yet we followed her lead in this election cycle.
Where and how do we go from here? These are the looming questions for me.
May the Good Lord guide the Governor in her strategy in order that she, in turn, may guide us.
God bless you in your efforts on behalf of our country!!
My principal objection and concern still relates to the composition of the GOP. Without party support and money no candidate’s run is viable. Sarah Palin’s early announcing does not resolve the fundamental problem, which is: the Republican Party establishment absolutely does not want her, does not support her, and will do everything in its power to sabotage, discredit, and poison a Palin run for high office.
She is an existential threat to their continued power to steal from Stephen Bannon. They know it. She knows it. Sarah Palin wants to reform the party from stem to stern. This necessarily means that people who are currently in positions of power will be eliminated from those positions….and these people are not going to just go quietly into the good night….quite the contrary, they’ll make sure she goes down and if they go down, she’s going with them. This is a fight to the death.
In my exchange with Aaron, I noted that her endorsed candidates did quite well. Reagan Conservatives win. It’s the moderates and the RINOs who lose, but they’re the ones who control the party.
Sorry, I think a Sarah Palin 2016 announcement – either way – this early on and with the GOP composed as it is today would be politically suicidal for her and for us. We have one off-cycle election and one mid-term coming up. Now is the time to work on cleaning up the GOP. That is the only way in my opinion, a Palin run for ’16 will be viable. If we and other conservatives outside the Palinista community do this, we’ll have a better path for her to run on in late ’14 and into ’15. If we don’t, we’re just fooling ourselves.
By early ’15, Willow will be long out of high school, Piper ready to graduate, and Trig ready to reach puberty. Certainly Sarah Palin’s family demands will be lessened compared to what they are today. Remember, effect on family was one of her stated reasons for not running in ’12, so you need to look at this very closely. A POTUS announcement this early on for ’16 would expose her family to the same problems that the ’12 run she soundly rejected would have. It would also severely restrict her freedom and effectiveness in other political aspects – as pursuit of title always does.
The reasons she did not run remain operative – in fact even more so – with the GOP doubling down on stupid and blaming everyone except themselves for their loss. Until these factors are mitigated or become inop, I’d leave well enough alone on ’16.
Let’s focus on helping Sarah clean up this train wreck of a GOP. Then we can revisit a POTUS run.
How exactly do we clean up this train wreck of a GOP?
How do we push out or convert Ms. Mossbacher and her moneyed friends? What can change the editorial bent of The Weekly Standard, National Review, the American Spectator? Which newspaper editorial boards will develop open minds? Who puts the Bushes on ice? When does Babs develop great affection for the little people who should just stay in Alaska? When does Dick Morris go back to working for the Dems? When does Karl Rove take an early retirement? Dick Armey?
Your comment was so good, but the action you propose is frankly nebulous. HOW DO WE DO IT?
1. Support Sarah’s down tickets aggressively. Each one that wins is a GOPe’r or Dem out. Phone bank, walk, wave signs. GOTV. We must improve on this. We – conservatives – suck at GOTV. We do.
2. Donate to SarahPAC.
3. Palinistas to run for low-level party positions and work up the chain. I’m taking committee chair and local party chairs…and work into the state parties.
3a. Go to local GOP meetings. Participate.
4. Recognize and accept that this is a long war. Sarah POTUS could be ’16, ’20 – even out to ’28. That’s why you should not be fixated on it.
5. Goal should be GOP cleanup and enforce Reagan-Palin message within party. Secret: don’t even mention either name. Just the principles. The goal is the message not the person.
6. Leave Palin as POTUS to her. If she is ready to run, she will. The support is there. We don’t need to prove ourselves. We’re here. We have her back. We’re not going anywhere. She knows that.
7. Social media: Share. Share. Share. Share some more.
8. Don’t just focus in our community. Sarah’s message must go mass market. When she does mass market activities support, encourage and ask her for more! Remember Sarah vs Gov Palin. Get out of your comfort zone !!!
9. Use Alinsky tactics against our enemies who use them on us.
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That’s what I’m talking about! But it’s a very long game that requires an immense amount of concentration from generations whose attention span has been reduced to 30-second commercials. Did you ever play the game of Risk? I had one child that absolutely loved the game but no one but mom would play — too much thinking and patience required. (It became a family joke, but that kid ended up at West Point — a story for another day.)
Gov. Palin’s intentional forays into the depths of American "culture" leads me to believe that she gets this about contemporary America. I think the culture needs an energetic focal point behind which to rally. I guess we’ll get to work and see what’s in store.
Like your last sentence, Mom.
Here is where I disagree with you. We need to kick Rip Van Winkle awake. We need to go into the Grizzly lair and pull the bear out. Hibernation is over. Somehow they persuaded George Washington to accept the mantle of leader, even when he was old and wanted to go home. When the country needs you…..answer the call.
I plan on assuming she will answer the call, and assuming the country will be salvageable in 2016, and will launch my own little effort in Georgia. Here we go folks….O4P needs to be juiced up and stand ready for when the reloading is complete.
I know the whole Washington / Cincinnatus models – the reluctant candidate. I don’t think it’s that simple. This is bigger than Sarah. Sorry, but it is.
I can’t stop you or anyone else from proceeding on pushing 2016. Mozeltav.
We walked away from a no Palin run in 2012 sadder. We should also be wiser. For my part, I’m not going through a second heartbreak.
If she runs, she runs and I’ll go all out to get her elected. If she doesn’t, she doesn’t. The earth still rotates and orbits and we keep doing what we’re doing. I’m not fixated on a POTUS run. I get my leadership and inspiration from her either way.
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You and others are still looking at her candidacy in conventional terms, i.e. money and the Establishment support. Sarah’s candidacy whether inside the Party or as a third party will be an insurgency style campaign. As such, the point will be to go outside the normal route and characterize the move as a Declaration of Freedom. Money will not be a problem as millions of common folk will contribute to her efforts monetarily and physically. She will not want any support from the Establishment as her move will be to take the party away from the Establishment just as the McGovern folks took away the Democrat Party and it has never been the same since. She can initially run under the banner of "New Republican Party". She needs to take the challenge right to them head on and the media will help her as they will see this as divisive of the Party, which it will be until it is reborn in her image.
No candidate will survive on small donors alone. None in recent history has. Sarah absolutely would need corporate donors friendly to her. Her forebear Reagan even had as much. You can’t run a POTUS campaign on pennies, nickels, and dimes and a dream. Gingrich failed out when the money dried up.
True, but as Mitt proved, money doesn’t win elections either. The right message that resonates with the masses, through the right candidate, is what wins elections, and the money will follow. Corporate donors will come through as soon as they see the unique power she has. But they will also have to know that they arn’t buying her loyalty with their gifts.
Mitt definitely had a losing message and was also not a good messenger to boot. Money alone does not do it. Neither does message alone. You need both.
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The right message through the right messenger brings the people to them, and then the money follows. That’s how you win. It’s how Reagan won.
In Bush’s first term, he ran as a conservative, and he won. McCain and Romney lost because of lack of the right message, even though Romney outspent Obama.
First the right message and the right messenger. Then the people and the money follow. It’s all one process that creates the win.
NOT TRUE! The only way Sarah’s candidacy makes sense and the only way she would do it is as a grassroots uprising – a Declaration of Freedom. You are stuck in conventional thinking and in that realm Sarah loses every time but she is not conventional in any way. The people will make it happen and as such, she will need as much money as conventional candidates.
Conventional, unconventional, it doesn’t matter. People in power are not going to just roll over and go away, so you’re either ramming Sarah Palin down their throats – in which case they’ll be even more motivated go to Hell and back to destroy her, or you’re purging these people as prep-work before she gets in. Pick one. I think purging is the way to go.
What we call “the establishment” is not a small self-contained unit like the CBC was; or the AK GOP chair committing ethics violations. This is a national infrastructure that reflects down to state and local groups – almost all of which are infested with RINOs, moderates, and people doing this for their own personal gain. It also involves many media outlets and companies like Golfmom alluded to earlier today. Even some of the so-called “Tea Party” people Sarah put her heart into supporting got co-opted and are no better now than the establishment they railed against when they campaigned. Ask the Staten Island Tea Party what they think of Rep. Grimm. Today, he’s all over Facebook lionizing Obama. Just like Christie – both Palin endorsees back in ’10.
How many people exactly are in this thing we call “the establishment?” A few hundred? A few thousand?
I’m not “stuck on anything,” except avoiding a repeat of what happened to us last time and from what I’m reading, we’re headed straight down the path to that very same outcome. Yes, if Sarah Palin runs, she’ll run some form of unconventional guerrilla campaign. She’ll do things her way – to a point. I get that and don’t need to be schooled in her unconventional campaign methods. I’m already familiar. But unconventionality has its limits – and Sarah Palin is well aware of them. When she spoke of being shackled she also spoke very clearly to the limitations a national campaign would impose on her. She should know – she’s been there and done that.
We disagree on the viability of a Palin POTUS run as things stand today – which is fine. I don’t think any less of you for it and I hope the same holds true on your end.
I simply made the decision that I will not support a narrative built around a Palin POTUS run if the narrative does not originate from Sarah Palin herself. For my personality and personal constitution, that’s the right decision for me.
Thank you, Jerseymark!
She did everything she could in cleaning out the GOP and putting conservatives in. It will take too long to finish cleaning up the GOP if the same power brokers are still trying to run things, and they have ruined their brand for a long time to come. The GOP in Congress are already signaling that they will fold to Obama and the libs, and they will be despised as a party even more than now. 2014 might not be a good year for the GOP….or it could be a rout by conservatives…that remains to be seen.
I don’t think she should announce a possible run now, but I think she should set up a third party soon while the mood in the nation is against the GOP. It will take awhile for voters to get used to a new political party for conservatives and for her to give it validity. The very act of setting up a third party would signal her interest in possibly running in 2016.
Or she could run as an independent if the mood of the nation remains the same as it now is.
Since we don’t know the future, as she also doesn’t, it would be a mistake to say she will run in 2016 now, and I don’t think she will. But she has greater insight into this than we do and a powerful Advisor, so I think we can count on her to do the right thing at the right time.
What I do think is that she will take every opportunity to speak out against what is happening with the GOP in the meantime. There will be no question how she sits regarding the GOPe, and this will set her up as the main counter to them.
Thanks so much, Ron, for your thoughts!
I just have a few remarks in response:
It would be instructive to find out in detail the extent to which Reagan followed the plan that you propose here. Did he work to dump existing power holders in the GOP power structure leading up to 1980? Perhaps someone who worked closely with the Gipper will elucidate this for us in the coming months.
While the circumstances are not parallel, we had a pretty good idea FOUR years in advance that Reagan was running in 1980, since he took on President Ford in the ’76 GOP primary. I do not know when he formally announced his ’80 candidacy, but conservatives, I believe, knew long in advance that Reagan was coming.
It might be political suicide for the Governor to announce now–or maybe not. I think that it was politically and personally suicidal for our Founders to challenge the British Empire in the way that they did. Indeed we can find many cases in history in which a charge straight into the mouth of the cannon, literally or metaphorically, seemed suicidal, but led to victory.
As far as the GOP machinery, if Sarah gets the votes of Republican voters in the primary, she is the nominee. If she then gets the votes of the American People in the general election, she is President. She can bypass the machinery in a direct appeal to the hearts and minds of Americans across a broad political spectrum.
The situation with her family is paramount, of course. But the circumstances are already different, IMHO, from 2008, and even from 2011, as her kids get older and older with every passing day and month.
Anyway, thanks again for your thoughts. I am FAR, FAR from being a political expert of any kind. I just know that sometimes the sound of the trumpet call is what is needed to rally an army or a nation that is close to despair.
God BLESS you!
I like this discussion about timing of announcement. And though I understand the concerns raised by devitor and CTmom2 I really think Brian is on to something.
Both devitor and CTmon2 seem to be addressing the long trog and the need to get to work. And stay at work for the long haul. In a way I think you are all right, but Brian really is hitting on the key ignition to light the fuel, and provide the energy that is needed. My thoughts:
1) The long haul has it ebbs and flows. Sometimes seen as 1 step forward and 2 steps back. We are where we are now because the math with 1 up and 2 down has taken it’s cummulative toll.
2) Work has been occuring in the trenches. See 2010 results. But the momentum has been difficult, if not impossible, to maintain.
Why? Because the cummulative results in the national political arena has been a like a tsunami of cold water on the work in the trenches.
3) The work in the trenches needs energy with a purpose. And it needs to be sustained energy.
Is there anyone here that has any doubts that Governor Palin is the energy that is needed?
Consider if she announces general intentions now. Maybe her announcement would contain the following elements.
1) State that she has personally witnessed all the hard work that has be taking place in the trenches.
2) State that she has seen positive results from those efforts with the election of Cruz, Fischer, etc.
3) State that this work needs to continue. More need to be elected.
4) State that she is willing to do all she can. That she is willing to pursue the office of the POTUS if she feels that the people are calling her to that service. Make it clear that she is willing to answer the call if she is called.
4) And this is where it gets tricky. If she says number 3, it will automatically be assumed that she will seek the GOP nomination. Maybe her best strategy would be to stay silent on that one way or the other. As this topic come up, and you know the pundits, media, GOPe, etc will be bringing it up. She could just respond that she is not prepared to announce the path she will take. I’m sure she can figure out how to handle herself.
But then the questions remain:
Will we make the call?
Will we make the call with sufficient numbers that he will be heard on the national stage?
Will we cower down when the attacks come against her? And we know right now that they will come.
Well….. Will we……?
PALIN IN 2016
I am almost certain that she will not run unless she has the support behind her already and knows the grassroots will come through. Yes, I think we need to make the call…in sufficient numbers heard on the national stage.
Thanks so much, Ron, for these thoughts!
Always enjoy reading your articles regarding Sarah Palin. I hope that she will one day become America’s first female president. God bless you!
Thank you, kiwifan!
‘Poll: Americans Reject Crony Capitalism, 3-1′
From the article:
"In a recent Boston Herald column, pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports cited poll findings that show strong bipartisan opposition to cronyism and its effects on free markets."
Long before "crony capitalism" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought against corruption and crony capitalism.
Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Gov. Palin’s agenda.
Here are some links with information about Gov.Palin’s consistent fight against corruption and crony capitalism.
‘Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism’ (by Governor Palin)
From the article:
"We need to be on our guard against such crony capitalism. We fought against distortion of the market in Alaska when we confronted “Big Oil,” or more specifically some of the players in the industry and in political office, who were taking the 49th state for a ride.
My administration challenged lax rules that seemed to allow corruption, and we even challenged the largest corporation in the world at the time for not abiding by provisions in contracts it held with the state. When it came time to craft a plan for a natural gas pipeline, we insisted on transparency and a level playing field to ensure fair competition.
Our reforms helped reduce politicians’ ability to play favorites and helped clean up corruption. We set up stricter oversight offices and ushered through a bi-partisan ethics reform bill. Far from being against necessary reform, I embrace it. "
‘Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra’ (by Governor Palin)
"This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class."
‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’ (by Governor Palin)
‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’ (by Governor Palin)
‘Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism’ (by Whitney Pitcher)
"Governor Palin’s strong stance against crony capitalism, bureaucrats picking winners and losers, and a lack of transparency is not just words; it’s action.
Citizen candidates do indeed bring a fresh perspective to a campaign and even to public office. However, there is something to be said for someone who took on corruption while in elected office. Such an individual has governed or legislated in an atmosphere of corruption, back room deals, and cronyism and has not only weathered such an atmosphere, but has effected change for the better. It is one thing to act as a citizen watchdog; it is another to make sure that legislation and projects are transparent and are void of back room deals and crony capitalism. Governor Palin is such a person."
‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’ (by Anand Giridharadas)
"But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide. "
‘How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime’ (by Gary P)
"With all of the talk of corruption and crony capitalism these days, this is a great time to talk about some of the things Sarah Palin did to reform Alaska politics. She worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass tough, sweeping ethics reform "
‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘
‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’ (WSJ)
"If you’ve read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you’ve heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin’s politics, and has intrigued America, read this."
‘Sarah takes on Big Oil: The compelling story of Governor Sarah Palin’s battle with Alaska’s
‘Big 3′ oil companies’ (by Kay Cashman and Kristen Nelson)
Gov. Palin’s successful efforts to stop the cronyism and reform the energy business in Alaska were so impressive Kay Cashman, the publisher and executive editor of Petroleum News, wrote the book entitled: “Sarah Takes On Big Oil” .
This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the leadership Sarah Palin has exhibited in the area of reforming government and industry.
Boy, at this time in history I sure am glad that Sarah is not tainted by that bogus 2012 GOP primary…
I had been encouraging people for the past year to put their faith in God. That we see today but He sees down the road. They wouldn’t listen. All that wasted time complaining and criticizing because things didn’t go the way we wanted. God has a plan and we must be patient.
Agree, but God has only us to work his plan…He won’t do it without our very active participation.
As Governor Palin has said many times, she advocates for an “all of the above” approach to energy independence which includes solar, wind, nuclear, and clean coal in addition to the more traditional oil, gas, and coal.
She supported development of renewable energy sources, developing a plan to have 50% of Alaska’s energy to be produced from renewable sources by the year 2025.
‘Palin unveils state energy goals; 2025 GOAL: At least 50 percent of state’s power to be from alternative sources.’ (January , 2009)
"Gov. Sarah Palin has crossed swords with conservation groups over petroleum drilling, but she earned nothing but praise Friday after announcing the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation. At a news conference announcing her statewide energy plan, Palin called for 50 percent of Alaska’s power to be generated by renewable resources by 2025."
‘Sarah Palin’s Goal Of 50% Renewable Energy Use In Alaska Signed Into Law’ (June , 2010)
"One of the first things Barack Obama did, once he took office, was to announce a pretty ambitious goal of having the United States get 25 percent of it’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. To date, little if anything, has been done by the Obama regime to reach this goal.
On January 21, 2009 (Obama’s first full day at work) Sarah Palin, writing in the Wall Street Journal, praised this initiative strongly, while reminding Obama that conventional sources of energy will always be needed. She also announced that she was working on the goal of having Alaska get a full 50 percent of it’s energy from renewables in that same 2025 time frame."
The Line Must Be Drawn Here
i luv this clip .. encapsulates much of what I feel .. on several levels
"This far and no farther."
whoa, good one!!
‘Setting the Record Straight – Sarah Palin and Sex Education’
"NPR got it wrong back in 2008. As did the The Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC News and The Wallstreet Journal . Unfortunately, many feminists have followed the misinformation of the mainstream media."
ICYMI, Sarah Palin still has more executive experience than Barack Obama…
Obama has …..
3 years 9 months 26 days (as of yesterday).
8 years, 7 months 22 days!!
Not to mention…..
since Obama has neither created nor signed ANY budgets in his Presidency….his total budgets number exactly…..
Sarah, in her 6 years as Mayor of Wasilla (AND Manager of Matanuska-Susitna Borough!!!!), and in her 3 years as Alaska’s Governor, created exactly……
NINE City/Borough and State budgets!!!
Simple, but true FACTS!!
BTW, an added bit of trivia…….
IF Obama is able to complete his two terms as President (without getting impeached!!!),
he STILL would have LESS Executive Experience than Sarah!!!
(And of course, less budgets to his name too!!!)
Added at 8:04 p.m. (pst) of Nov 16>)
I totally forgot about Sarah’s eleven months of Executive Experience when she was Chairperson of AOGCC!!
Soooooo…make her TOTAL time as a Chief Executive…..
NINE years SIX months and 22 days!!!
I didn’t know obama had any. Is golfing now being included in executive experience?
November 16th, National Papa John’s Appreciation Day! http://misfitpolitics.co/2012/11/november-16th-national-papa-johns-appreciation-day/
Having dabbled somewhat in the eternity/time relationship with Mr. Lewis, it is time to go to the
next level, so hold on to your hats because it is about to get a bit crazy. However, if you take what he has previously said about time and eternity, it really does seem to make sense. In any event,
today’s reading comes from his book, “Miracles”:
“When we are praying about the result, say, of a battle or a medical consultation the thought will
often cross our minds that (if only we knew it) the event is already decided one way or the other. I believe this to be no good reason for ceasing our prayers. The event certainly has been decided – in a sense it was decided ‘before all worlds’. But one of the things taken into account in deciding it, and therefore one of the things that really cause it to happen, may be this very prayer that we are now offering. Thus, shocking as it may sound, I conclude that we can at noon become part causes of an event occurring at ten a.m. (Some scientists would find this easier than popular thought does.) The imagination will, no doubt, try to play all sorts of tricks on us at this point. It will ask, ‘Then if I stop praying can God go back and alter what has already happened?’ No. The event has already happened and one of its causes has been the fact that you are asking such
questions instead of praying. It will ask,’Then if I begin to pray can God go back and alter what has already happened?’ No. The event has already happened and one of its causes is your present prayer. Thus something does really depend on my choice. My free act contributes to the cosmic shape. That contribution is made in eternity or ‘before all worlds’; but my consciousness of contributing reaches me at a particular point in the time-series.”
There you go – are you now confused? I think the bottom line which brings this whole line of thinking into clarity is the realization that God knew exactly how EVERYTHING was going to turn out in His Creation before He undertook the Creation, including all the events that would require His intervention in some small or large way and taking into account all the free will decisions and actions of people over the millenia. From God’s eternal perspective, all of time has already occurred. This is not to say that everything in time occurred in strict accordance with God’s
perfect will in every detail for we know that it is not His will any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9. When He granted Mankind free will, that was in accordance with His perfect will so that in that sense, when men and women act contrary to His will, it is still in accordance with His will and He takes all that into account as time moves forward bringing to pass His designs.
Another Scriptural example is Ephesians 2:4-7 which reads: “But God who is rich in mercy, because of Hid great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” This is a clear statement that it is already accomplished that we are seated together in Heaven, even as we presently struggle along with our limitations here on Earth. Since all of time has already happened from an eternal perspective and we are already enjoying the “riches of His Grace”, this is why Paul could write with such certainty in Romans 8:38-39 that nothing, and the list of what is referred to is quite long, can “separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus’.
Iknow I really try to hammer home the awesome significance of Romans 8:28-29 as I did yesterday and I only touched the surface, it is probably not surprising that I would consider the entire eighth chapter of Romans as the most powerful chapter of the Bible. It goes a very long way in identifying who we are in Christ and what is in store for us, both in this life and in the next. If there is one chapter that a new Christian needs to spend time reading, meditating, ingesting it, it
is Romans 8.
It is likely that Romans 8 is Sarah’s favorite too as she does so live in accordance with the promises and principles set forth. It would be interesting to know..
Thank you so much for these profound thoughts, Jerseymark.
I have sometimes had similar thoughts, e.g., that, in God’s TIMELESSNESS, the prayer I say NOW may be helping someone who lived … 1.500 years ago, for example!!
Good morning all. For those of you who traveled to Alaska in the past four years, I’d appreciate if you would take this survey:
"Did you travel to Alaska since August 2008? Please tell us about your trip(s) and Sarah Palin’s influence on them. This unscientific survey is one tool to help determine the impact of Sarah Palin and her policies on Alaska tourism through the use of anecdotal evidence.
The survey consists of 10 questions. No personal or contact information is requested on this survey."
Sarah Palin’s Impact on AK Tourism
Thanks Ron. I took the survey. I went to Alaska in 2009 specifically because I am a Palinista. I actually met some folks in Wasilla through Team Sarah and they showed me around, It was fascinating. Besides the Sarah-part the State is beyond Beautiful and should be visited by all. I loved it. Go to Denali, Ride the Alaskan RailRoad and go see a Glacier. I’m going again for sure !!
I took my mom on a round trip to/from Seattle Holland America cruise to Alaska. It was only a week, but I was on the ship 2 days after the market/bank meltdown, just 10 days after a company I was heading got its OTC trading symbol. YIKES!! Much to my surprise, I did have cell service in the Glacier Bays and that inland passageway. However, much to my chagrin, the per minute cell service charge was HUGE!!! Luckily the company expensed it!!
However, the ship did not make it up to Seward and thus Anchorage, so I didn’t get a chance to get over to Wasilla.
I had already done a cruise on Princess lines in 1997, but my mom and I wanted to do a vacation on a cruise ship and not where it would be hot!! So we picked September in Alaska. It was her 4th or 5th trip to Alaska.
I faithfully watch Ice Road Truckers every season, specifically because of Sarah Palin. I have a deep appreciation for how hard the Alaskans work to make a living in such a hard environment to live in.
Cross post: http://www.rightspeak.net/2012/11/my-theory-on-romneys-troubling-defeat.html
My Theory On Romney’s Troubling Defeat Has Evolved
Thank you for all of your interesting responses to my "Why Romney Lost" post. As I was compiling the quotes, I thought I had it all figured out. I still believe that Romney lost due to millions of Republicans failing to show up to the polls, but my theory as to why they stayed home has evolved over the past 24 hours. From the time I had first read that Romney-Ryan had actually received fewer votes than McCain-Palin, my knee-jerk reaction was that millions of conservatives stayed home due to the belief that Romney is a flip-flopping RINO, because….well, he is. Although a few voters may cite this as the reason they didn’t vote, I no longer believe this to be the reason Romney lost the election.
There is no love lost for Obama among highly informed conservatives. They know the potential ramifications of a second term. I have a difficult time believing that a significant number of this group of voters would pass at the chance to remove him from office. We have seen plenty of evidence of this with very vocal critics of Romney lining up to support the GOP ticket. I know several people, personally, who have never warmed to Romney, yet they all showed up to the polls to vote for him last Tuesday.
I believe the focus should be on the low-information individuals in the party. These are historically unreliable voters. They get their news from the major networks and word of mouth. They are more likely to be influenced by the fallout from Romney’s "47%" comments, news about the mansion he’s building in California (complete with a car elevator), and his perceived aloof attitude towards "ordinary" folks like you and me. I believe this group makes up the majority of the 3-5 million McCain-Palin voters who stayed home last week.
An argument can be made that Romney was repeatedly mischaracterized by Team Obama and the biased mainstream media. To a certain extent, that’s true, but isn’t it the job of the candidate to break through, and get their message out?
In conclusion, Romney did not lose due to demographics. Romney did not lose because of Todd Akin. Romney did not lose because of Rush Limbaugh. Romney did not lose because he’s a "RINO." And Romney did not lose because people want free birth control or "gifts," as Romney claims. The bottom line is that Romney did not provide a compelling enough argument for his candidacy to get the low-information Republicans to the polls.
I agree with you. But it is part of what is expected of any GOP presidential standardbearer to convert these low information voters outside the tent and persuade or compel them to enter your tent. Call it "it goes with the territory."
I again bring up my "Little Egypt analogy." You are a barker outside the tent on a circus midway with people consistently passing by, some who have specific destinations and some just walking with no set destination. Your job is to convince these folks to turn their heads to pay attention what you have to say (the hook) and then once they stop and listen to you must then convince them to enter the tent to see the exotic belly dancer.
Romney simply did not get enough voters to turn their heads and/or did not convince any of those who did turn their heads to enter his tent and one of the reasons they may not have entered is that he did not communicate how politically "tittilating" the experience inside the tent would be.
If Romney didn’t speak conservatism as a second language, more of them would have stopped to listen.
My guess is that low-information voters didn’t want to hear Romney agreeing with Obama on anything, as he did repeatedly in the third debate. I believe that debates are one of the few opportunities candidates have to reach these people. He succeeded in the first debate. The second was a draw at best, and the third was a disaster.
No one ever won an election by voting against the other person….
i agree. working class voters, regardless of race or party, where not convinced that romney could understand or fight for them. there is class warfare going on now more than ever. romney was the worst possible representative for our side
Agreed. Good point.
And as hard as it is to fathom, many of them don’t even remember Sarah Palin. It was all up to Romney.
In our culture today, people are used to getting things right away. We’ve been programmed for immediacy. People don’t like to wait. But the scripture says, “It’s through faith and patience that we inherit God’s promises.” Sometimes, it’s easy for people to have faith. We declare, “God, I believe I’m going to accomplish my dreams. God, I believe I’m going to overcome this obstacle.” But, it gets harder when we have to walk in patience. When you pray, can you say, “God, I not only believe for big things, but I trust Your timing. God, I’m not going to get discouraged if it doesn’t happen immediately. I’m not going to give up because it’s taken a week, a month or five years. I know the set time is already in my future, so I’m going to wait with faith and patience because I know that it’s on the way.”Remember, through faith and patience we inherit His promises. Trust His Word, trust His timing and trust that your answer is on its way!
I believe that, but Sarah needs to announce, NOW.
Maybe after the first of the year, but I agree with you. If there is anything left of the US in 2016, four years will be required to attain the Presidency. However, the next four years may be so bad there won’t be any pieces to pick up.
I don’t want to be a Glen Beck alarmist, but things in Europe look pretty bad. It’s like Europe is an ostrich with its head stuck in the sand. The ship is sinking, folks, and we will be drawn in with the plunge. This will make our economic crash come sooner than our actions would otherwise create.
This is the only bright spot for me. I think it may be providence that Sarah won’t be commanding the ship of state when all this happens.
Sad to say, after Sarah’s announcement of 10/5/11, I was torn as to what it might mean as far as God’s plan is concerned as Sarah’s decision was in obedience to His will for her at that time. I saw two paths or two reasons for God’s delay of Sarah’s run – first that it was not the right time and that 2016 or beyond was in the works for her as the fullness of the evil that is Progressivism is exposed OR God was telling Sarah not to bother for there is no time left, that the world was about to go out of control setting up His plan for the end.
Now, with Obama’s victory, the continuing collapse of Europe and the radicalization of the Middle East certainly leading to war with Israel maybe within weeks, I am leaning to the second option. The first set of wars as prophesied will be with her neighbors and Israel will win, but then the heavy hitters of Russia, Iran, etc will look to destroy Israel and the only way that happens is if the U.S. is taken out of the picture as that would embolden them to at last take care of Israel once and for all. However, with the U.S. out of the way, God Himself will defeat them and the end time clock will be ticking away. How is the U.S. removed from the picture? I believe that the triggering event is the Rapture of believers as it would effectively destroy this nation. That can happen any day as there is nothing left that needs to happen before the Rapture, except possibly the first war with Israel’s neighbors.
No way….far too early. How in the world would she know what her life will be 4 years from now. So if she announced and something happened (unknown at this time) in her family and she dropped out….she would be done forever. You can’t drop out twice.
That’s why they have those things called "Exploratory Committees". She could very well open up an Exploratory Committee and if something changed….make the decision to not run. MANY people do that. Mike Pence was one of them recently. And Senator Thune.
LOOK – she won’t announce UNLESS she gets the go ahead from the Lord in which case she won’t have to worry about what "might happen". It is her faith that controls her decisions and actions.
To those who have sent me private emails (they know who they are):
Thank you friends. Know that I cannot answer right now because Shabbat is entering VERY early, and there’s much work to be done before that.
So I won’t use the computer today, but G-d willing, I’ll answer tomorrow night.
Thank you for your care.
EDITED TO ADD
Please go to this link and read the comments, in particular ShyGuy’s (who is Israeli).
ShyGuy at a certain moment, links to what Moshe Feiglin has recently said in front of a Sederot audience and HE NAILS IT BIG TIME.
So if you want to understand what is exactly my country’s problem, this is mandatory reading:
Please take care.
Stay safe IC. ?
I blame all of this on Obama. He emboldened Israel’s enemies and his re-election gave them the courage to be evil.
Stay safe, IC.
Hey IC, my bold and brilliant Israeli friend, you’re most certainly in my prayers.
Take care of yourself.
A Thousand Troops Not Enough to Leave in Afghanistan After 2014, Says New ISAF Commander
“I think we would need full [legal] protection for those in uniform,” he said. “I think we’d also need to have appropriate protection for those civilians from our government that are working over there.”
The only way that the above can happen is with a president who cares about the military and our civilians which Obama has more than demonstrated that he doesn’t by the inordinate increase in military deaths under his watch due to his PC rules of engagement that favor the enemy over the lives of our own troops, and the message of Benghazi that "You’re on your own" which is a morale killer for the troops and any civilians dumb enough to believe that the traitorous Obama Administration will have their back.
When the fraud masquerading as president evinces nothing of being American, given that America’s enemies are his friends, to support the presence of any Americans, military or civilian, to remain in a volatile region where their lives are put at inordinate risk as a result, i.e., they are so much cannon fodder, is a deathwish for them, which is unconscionable!
Good morning, C4P!
I stand with Sarah Palin.
For NFL fans:
Kerry Byrne of Cold Hard Facts is a NFL statistical geek. Here are two nuggets you will NOT get anywhere else.
When any NFL game is played, the quarterback in the game with the better quarterback passer rating within the game wins 85% of the time.
And before the game even starts, the quarterback with the better passer rating in the season has a 65% chance of winning the game.
And in a political sense this plays into my entire thesis why Romney would not beat Obama.
In football terms Obama came into the general election with a better "political rating" and he had a 65% chance of winning the game before it even started.
What many pro-Romney types failed to see is that these kinds of odds tilts the playing field and that Romney to prevail he would have to not only prevail in the light of Obama being more talented than he was but also had to beat Obama decisiviely during the campaign itself.
In these terms, Romney did perform better than Obama during the campaign, but not by enough. And Obama’s superiority in talent helped him to carry the day.
Romney lost because of a lackluster campaign that failed to excite his base. Romney rejected the support of the Tea Party, conservative Christians and Sarah Palin. Romney and his supporters failed to respond when Obama called him a murderer, a tax evader and an unethical businessman like Bernie Madoff.
The leftist, mainstream media did their dirty work. American journalism is dead. The mainstream media is on par with the German media of the 1930′s. The mainstream media adored Obama as the German media adored Hitler. Joseph Goebbels is looking up from hell marveling how the American media can be so bias without being forced to.
THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE !!!
The professional betters in Ireland pegged this from the get-go. At the time, I couldn’t see how they gave Obama 65% chance of winning early on in the race. Just goes to show…follow the money, not your heart.
If the media did their job Obama would have been done and you could have ran Mr. Ed and won the race. Disagree that Obama is talented. If the media does their job you would have seen him come apart.
You know they won’t "do their job", though, don’t you?
It doesn’t do any good to rale against the media. What WOULD do some good is to have a conservative TV network besides the sorry Fox news. We need to get a new conservative news network so Americans can hear the truth.
Petraeus Heading to Capitol for Benghazi Questioning
This situation stinks to high heaven because of a corrupt Administration that similarly corrupts everything that it touches to include the Pentagon, the FBI, and our intelligence services!
No one capable of rational thought, to particularly include those who honorably served their country having the highest of security clearances in time of war, believes that Obama didn’t immediately know what was going on in Benghazi, and with his corrupt Flag Officer "Corpse", which defies reason, given that what was going on in Benghazi was being observed in REAL TIME by all in positions of responsibility who chose TO DO NOTHING to save the lives of Americans in harm’s way without adequate security asking for help when the assets to DO SO were less than two hours away!
We’re talking TREASON here BIG TIME, and the INDIVIDUAL(S) who gave the unjust order, and followed up on same, that help should not be given, if there is any justice left in America, need to be summarily removed from office, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law for their high crimes against The Republic!
You need to come clean Petraeus for the sake of the fallen and their families if there’s any iota of honor left in you in regard to the oath that you took upon entering the military because, clearly, the shameless sociopath, whom you worked for, foreswore that oath on a daily basis while laughing hysterically at the cowardly impotence of anyone that he dared to stop his destruction of America from within!
I don’t like Scarborough much, but man, this has to sting if you’re Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney proved again that in Washington, a gaffe is when you accidentally say something that you mean. He also showed why he was ideologically unfit to be the Republican nominee for president.
For Mr. Romney, the gaffe caught on camera and made public in September was that 47 percent of Americans are victims, grifters and thieves. And in a conference call with supporters on Wednesday, the former Massachusetts governor further exposed just how sheltered his life has been by explaining that these grifters were mostly minorities bought off with "gifts" from Barack Obama.
The conference call underlined what I have been saying for well over a year: that Mr. Romney has no idea what conservatism offers 100 percent of Americans who believe that freedom leads to prosperity and centralized planning is a road to serfdom. That message led Margaret Thatcher to an unlikely victory in 1979 and Ronald Reagan to a historical landslide a year later. And if Mr. Romney believes that message is no longer relevant to Hispanics and African-Americans, he should’ve stayed in La Jolla to oversee the building of his car elevator.
The future belongs to conservatism. It’s time Republicans start electing leaders who actually believe it.
47 was one of few things Mitt got right , not a welcome truth for the grifters.
No, that comment didn’t even make sense, because not everyone who doesn’t pay taxes voted for Obama. Nor are they all looking for a handout. I believe he cemented his image as an "out of touch" rich guy with that comment.
I’ve been consistent on this since the comments were made public.
The horrific part of that is he took the 47% and lumped them all into the same boat…
There are good hardworking people that are out of work in this crappy economy and he gave them 0 reasons to vote for them because while he was saying I will create lots of jobs, he told them they didn’t matter….that is personal and goes a long way to making someone stay home or vote for the other guy…
"… 61 percent of those that owed no federal income tax in a given year are WORKING households."
"The remainder of those who pay no income tax are primarily elderly, disabled, or students."
"Most of the people who pay neither federal income tax nor payroll taxes are low-income people who are elderly, unable to work due to a serious disability, or students, most of whom subsequently become taxpayers. (In years like the last few, this group also includes a significant number of people who have been unemployed the entire year and cannot find work.)"
"Most of these working households also pay federal income tax in other years, when their incomes are higher — which can be seen by looking at the low-income working households that receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).The leading study of this issue found that the majority of households that receive the EITC get it for only one or two years at a time, such as when their income drops due to a temporary layoff, and pay federal income tax in most other years."
No, that comment from Romney didn’t make sense and shows he has no idea who the voters are. Besides students, which of those categories – WORKING households, elderly, disabled, or unemployed – would be naturally apt to vote for Obama? NONE of these had reasons to vote for Obama and, in fact, had every reason NOT to vote for him.
Maybe Mitt couldn’t have earned the votes of that 47%, but Sarah Palin would have! She speaks to all of them.
How about Scarborough focus on the person in charge right now that’s saying even worse things?
Morning Joke was fawning all over Romney during the primaries. Monday morning quarterback!
Not only Morning Joe doing the armchair QBing.
Well, this also means that if you dare to tell the truth, the MSM, the Left and many RINOS will come after you with guns blazing.
We have reached a point in our history when only lying and pandering to the dumbest can achieve political success, and I don’t believe we will ever see the country rebounding, even if we are able to elect a president who has the best interest of the country at heart.
It’s not the truth.
4-5 million Republicans didn’t stay home because Obama was offering "gifts" to his base.
It’s complete BS, and makes him look like a fool.
By the time the so called 4-5 million Republicans have a candidate they believe in, the demographics will not permit for a conservative option.
We must face reality and recognize that this is not the country of 30 years ago. Today’s elections will be won by urban areas groups, high concentration areas of Hispanics and Democrats.
Pundits and some polls have shown that the country is more center right than left, yet the last few years have shown quite the opposite is true.
You may call it BS, but there are not enough of us to win an election without many on the other side wanted to vote with us. Moreover, conservatives always eat their own, unlike the Left that protects theirs no matter what they do or say. Include the MSM, entertainment, education, Unions, shadow groups, and there is no way we can overcome the inequality of thought and message.
The GOP has forced people to look elsewhere or to throw in the towel…
Instead of utilizing true conservative leaders like Palin, West, etc. they sideline them, attack them, attack their supporters, try to redistrict them out of office etc..
That is why the left has had an advantage the last 6 years…
The Dems went to their core supporters and supported them right back
The GOP went to the their core supporters and told them to shut the hell up and told their followers to get over it and support us…
THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE AND IF CORRECTED, WE WIN!
The GOP core supporters are no longer enough to win a national election, and unlike the Left we are also not united. Not only is the Left destroying us at each turn, but our own politicians don’t care for the values they are elected to lead with.
The country is far gone, as more than half of the country having a foreign mentality than the one we grew up with.
Maybe the next Republican candidate will unify the party after the primaries or at least not throw Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and Ron Paul supporters under the bus. A lot of people don’t want to vote under the bus, because a lot of people don’t like to be thrown under the bus. Politics 101 unify the party after the primaries…..2008 Clinton and Obama fought like cats and dogs, but when the primaries were over it was love love love.
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