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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

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

    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
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    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.
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    Energy

    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.
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    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.
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    Education

    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.
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    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.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/who-is-the-real-sarah-palin

  • wodiej

    "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation."  Isaiah 12:3

  • ZH100

    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.
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    ‘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."
    http://www.adn.com/2009/01/16/657216/palin-unveils-state-energy-goals.html#storylink=cpy
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    ‘Sarah Palin’s Goal Of 50% Renewable Energy Use In Alaska Signed Into Law’ (June , 2010)

    From the article:

    "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."
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/sarah-palin%E2%80%99s-goal-of-50-renewable-energy-use-in-alaska-signed-into-law/

  • ZH100

    Gov. Palin has fought to reduce spending and to enforce fiscal discipline as governor of Alaska.

    Gov.Palin has drastically reduced the growth of the state budget, which has helped to produce a record budget surplus.
    Alaska had its bond rating raised to AAA for the first time in the state’s history, largely due to fiscal improvements brought about by Sarah Palin while she was governor.

    Some links with information about Gov.Palin’s (impressive) fiscal record.
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    ‘Palin’s Jobs Record Beats All Others in the GOP Field’

    From the article:

    "In terms of bringing down state unemployment rates versus the national average, Palin leads all other governors and former governors in the GOP field"

    http://pa4palin.blogspot.nl/2011/07/palins-jobs-record-beats-all-others-in.html
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    ‘Governor Palin–Leading the Fight on Debt and Liabilities ; comparing and contrasting the records of Governors Palin, Perry, Pawlenty, Romney, and Huntsman in dealing with state debt and liabilities’

    http://blogontheprairie.blogspot.com/2011/08/governor-palin-leading-fight-on-debt.html
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    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 1)

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin served as Mayor/City Manager of Wasilla, Alaska from October 14, 1996 to October 14, 2002. As such, Palin was responsible for preparing, submitting, and executing the City’s annual budget for fiscal years 1997 through 2003. During this seven-year period, the City’s General Fund averaged an annual surplus of roughly $2.5 million, as illustrated in the chart below. Palin inherited a surplus of just $350,000 from her predecessor John Stein (fiscal year 1996). By 2003 she had grown the surplus to almost $3 million, with a 22.4% increase in revenue and a 15.6% reduction in spending."
    http://pa4palin.blogspot.com/2011/06/sarah-palin-record-of-fiscal.html
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    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 2)

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin served as Governor of the State of Alaska from December 4, 2006 to July 26, 2009. As such, Palin exercised authority over the State’s annual budget for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010. At the end of fiscal year 2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski, Palin’s immediate predecessor (whom she defeated in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary), left the State’s General Fund with a balance of roughly $7.6 billion. During the three fiscal years for which Gov. Palin oversaw the budget, the General Fund averaged an annual surplus of more than $2.6 billion, resulting in a total increase of $7.9 billion ? more than 100% ? over the fiscal year 2007 balance."
    http://pa4palin.blogspot.com/2011/06/sarah-palin-record-of-fiscal_08.html
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    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 3)

    From the article:

    "Requests for federal earmarks declined dramatically in each of the fiscal years for which Sarah Palin exercised budgetary authority for the State of Alaska. In FY2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski requested $350 million in federal appropriations, which Gov. Palin reduced to $256 million in FY2008, $198 million in FY2009, and $69 million in FY2010. Overall, Palin cut earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure as Governor."
    http://pa4palin.blogspot.com/2011/06/sarah-palin-record-of-fiscal_523.html
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    ‘Governor Palin on the Issues: Monetary Policy’

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin stands firmly against the actions of the federal government in policies which simultaneously devalue our dollar, drive up our debt and leave us dependent on foreign sources of energy. She also stands against the actions of the Fed which inflate prices at a time when Americans are already on tight budgets and do nothing to aid employment."

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2010/11/governor-palin-on-the-issues-monetary-policy.html
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    Another credit rating agency, Standard and Poor’s upgraded Alaska’s credit rating to its highest possible rating of AAA. The agency gives several reasons why it felt confident enough in Alaska’s fiscal climate to make such an upgrade. A few of these reasons are due directly to the policies implemented by Governor Palin.

    http://palin4america.com/2012/01/alaska-has-three-as-its-name-and-now-so-does-its-credit-rating/
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    Paul Gigot: Governor Palin “Leading the Pack” on Monetary Policy  (November ,2010)

    From the article:

    "In a Wall Street Journal editorial  the editors noted the degree of sophistication Governor Palin is bringing to the table as she attempts to focus the nation’s attention on the disastrous repercussions which must result from a further inflating of the currency.

    Specifically, she referred to QE2, the Fed’s plan to pump another $600 billion to as much as $1 trillion into the economy via the purchase of U.S. government securities. Paul Gigot, editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, discusses the editorial and Governor Palin in the video."

    http://online.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-palin-vs-bernanke/6A8B3973-6069-464E-B48B-4D4564C96DE5.html

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2010/11/paul-gigot-governor-palin-leading-the-pack-on-monetary-policy.html
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    Palin v. Bernanke.
    Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar

    From the article:

    "One of the questions in respect of 2012 is how it has happened that the only major Republican figure, aside from Congressman Ron Paul, to stand up and be counted on the dollar is Sarah Palin."

    http://www.nysun.com/editorials/palin-v-bernanke/87128/

  • ZH100

    ‘Setting the Record Straight – Sarah Palin and Sex Education’

    From the article:

    "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."

    http://www.thenewagenda.net/2010/05/02/setting-the-record-straight-sarah-palin-and-sex-education/

  • ZH100

    How the Palin emails backfired on the media.
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    ‘Sarah Palin email witch hunt backfires – squeaky clean good governor!’

    From the article:

    "The release of Sarah Palin’s emails backfires, as not only does she come off as squeaky clean, she looks like a very hard working governor by the looks of these communications. According to NPR, nothing of any concern was found among the thousands of Palin emails released."

    http://www.examiner.com/article/sarah-palin-email-witch-hunt-backfires-squeaky-clean-good-governor
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    ‘American Way: Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists’

    Form the article:

    "The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.

    One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment.

    If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100091820/american-way-sarah-palin-email-frenzy-backfires-on-her-media-antagonists/
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    ‘Operation Backfire: E-Mails Prove Sarah Palin Was A Great Governor’

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin conducted the business of her state in a transparent, bi-partisan, and responsible manner. She worked long, hard hours and treated everyone with respect. America is finding out that Palin is a smart, effective, fiscally responsible leader whose goal has always been to serve the people she represents.

    She knows how to prioritize, delegate, and choose the most qualified and competent people to serve with her. America is learning that even in the face of death threats from crazed liberals, Gov. Palin just kept working and putting Alaska and Alaskans first."

    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/operation-backfire-e-mails-prove-sarah-palin-was-a-great-governor/
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    ‘The Sarah Palin email mania backfires on the media’

    From the article:

    "As 13,000 emails of the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, were released on Friday, the Liberal main-stream media scurried down to Juneau, Alaska to collect 24,000 pages of what they thought could be a damning story.

    Dozens of major news publications released the 24,000 pages online to find something to smear the possible 2012 Republican contender, but their search came out dry.

    Instead, what they found was a hard-at-work governor leading the great state of Alaska.

    In detail, the emails display her down-to-earth tenure as governor and the policies she put in place while serving the 49th state."

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/conscience-conservative/2011/jun/13/sarah-palin-emails/
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    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor

    Video:
    http://www.therightscoop.com/cnn-finding-that-palin-was-harding-working-governor/
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    Palin: the emails, the Paul Revere flap, and the foolish media

    From the article:

    "Similarly, the mainstream media stands with egg dripping all over its face, yet again. Nothing in the emails contains the slightest hint that Palin was anything other than a hard-working Governor, a caring mother and wife, and an all-around good-natured human being…not exactly what the death squads of WaPo, the NYT, and other mainstream outlets had in mind.

    This shockingly laughable scenario is in sharp contrast to the manner in which the media handled Barack Obama, whom it woefully failed to properly investigate in 2007-08. Where were all of the reporters who should have been camped outside the door of domestic terrorist William Ayers, who launched Obama’s political career from his living room?"

    http://www.examiner.com/article/palin-the-emails-the-paul-revere-flap-and-the-foolish-media
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    Rush on Palin’s emails: What a spectacular backfire!

    From the article:

    "Rush started his show today noting what a spectacular backfire on the media it was that Sarah Palin withstood the media looking for dirt in every syllable of her 24,000 emails. He wonders who else could have withstood such an analysis.

    http://www.therightscoop.com/rush-on-palins-emails-what-a-spectacular-backfire/
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    Gov. Palin has been microscopically analyzed on an unprecedented level and she still comes up clean. I doubt anyone else could have withstood the intense scrutiny that she has undergone.

    • ZH100

       Politico: Emails Bolster the Message in ‘The Undefeated’  (June 11 2011)

      Form the article:

      "It says something when even the Politico, not exactly known for their unbiased Palin coverage, is conceding that this surreal “colonoscopy” by the cartoonish mainstream media is backfiring.  And that’s exactly what it’s doing.  Much to the media’s chagrin, the emails show a serious and highly effective executive who was in full control of her administration. As Tim Crawford indicated yesterday, everyone should read the emails."

      http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/06/politico-emails-bolster-the-message-in-the-undefeated.html

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVDVZ2LVWA5MGY7AJCQG7YRSUQ John

        You can’t be called The Undefeated if you lose your bid for lieutenant governor and vice president.

        • $26225604

           Your simple mind does not allow you to see the real definition of Undefeated. Don’t be so literal. We all "lose" in life from time to time. Ask any successful person. Undefeated as in spirit and influence. But you already knew that.

  • Christopher H Fromme

    Did a compare of the 2008 and 2012 result for the Twp that I  vote in  Pop about 30,000 registration is D+4   2008 Mac/Palin 9542 votes  52.3%  Obama /Biden 8407 votes 46.8%    in 2012 Romney 9206 54.1% Obama 7816 46.8%      
    Romney got 336 less votes   and Obama got 591 less than the 2008 totals  in a stark contrast the Congressional race where the big spending Republican that was trying to win back the race lost in 2006 to a Blue dog Dem she lost badly  R-7652v– 42.3%   D-10210-v- 57.7%
    In 2012  the conservative won most areas of the Twp   R-8652 votes 52.3%    D-8070 48.1%
    Also the same guy lost in the 2010 election to the Blue dog Dem 45.4% to  54.6%  but because of redistricting he was gone in the primary and the dem in the general was a more liberal target.

    Several voting preceint had turnout of 75% and higher

    • http://us4palin.com devitor

      Excellent research, Christopher. Now, what we need to get to is WHY. We know Romney got less votes in 2012 than McCain did in 2008. We see that Obama also got less votes, so while there was fraud, the fraud was not enough to alter the outcome.

      • $26225604

        the difference between votes for McCain 2008 and Romney 2012 is statistically insignificant (<.005) and the counting is not finished. so we need to stop this false narrative if we really want to understand what happened.

        wait til all votes are counted before such declaritive statements are made. romney may end up with slightly more votes. still statistically insignificant

        • golfmom3

          Where did you get that p-value?  Source, please.

          • $26225604

            I’m not sure what p-value means but:
            McCain final votes FEC.gov is known 59,934,814

            Romney final number is not known officially

            http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/national.php
            Romney at 59,769,964

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2012

            Romney at 59,829,344

            Statistically insignificant. less than 1/2 of 1 percent.

            • golfmom3

              p-value is a statistical term that describes one’s confidence in the data calculated via statistical tests, and it is usually written the way you wrote your percentage: (p<0.005) which is pretty significant or (p<0.1) which is not really significant at all. 

              I assume then that the 0.005% is something you calculated based on the totals to date.

              • $26225604

                 yes

        • http://us4palin.com devitor

          Doug Brady first reported the 2.3 million difference. So if this a false narrative, what’s the true one?
          Sent from my Palin-Powered iPhone

        • Audrey_I

          America has increased in population in the last four years.  If one factors in the increased number of potential voters, proves that Romney failed to inspire and that is why the voters stayed home.

        • Right_Wingnut

          What about the population growth from 2008-2012 (approx 10 million)? That’s at least 1-2 million more votes Mittens should have received. Why did they all stay home?

          In addition there are 4+ million McCain-Palin voters from 2008 who stayed home. 

          • $26225604

             That is all speculation and what we are trying to figure out.  So lets deal with real numbers.

            For example, 10 million in population. 1/2 are probably not old enough to vote. 1/2 wont vote. 1/2 will vote Obama. 
            I can speculate too.

            • Right_Wingnut

              I said 1-2 million that takes into account half not being old enough, half voting for Obama, and then some. The point is that Mitt left AT LEAST 1-2 million votes on the table just from population growth alone.

              In addition, RCP estimates 7 million white voters from 2008 stayed home. McCain – Palin received 57% of the white vote in 2008. .57 x 5,000,000 comes to just shy of 4 million. RCP are expert poll analysts, I am not. I’m just using the numbers they provided.

              • Right_Wingnut

                You have to take into account that a large share of Romney’s votes came from people who voted for Obama last time. Romney won Indies 50-45. McCain lost Indies 52-44. Millions of voters switched their votes. You can look at the exit polls, and do the math. It’s not perfect, but good enough for a rough estimate.

                • $26225604

                   Now that is something to chew on

                  • Right_Wingnut

                    While you chew on it, I have to get ready to go to work:

                    2008 exit poll: http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/polls/#USP00p1

                    2012 exit poll: http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/race/president

                  • Right_Wingnut

                    What these number show, is that the base did not turn out for Romney. People can look at margin of victory, etc. To me, that’s irrelevant. If Romney would have turned out every McCain-Palin voter, he’d probably be President Elect.

            • senator20526

               People just born can’t vote….it’s the ones that becoume voting age and are registered,..Was there an increase in registration? How many registered voters in 2008 and 2012?

        • lanahi

          We understand what happened.  Romney didn’t make the sale and he lost.

      • Helldogger

         You wanna know why Romney couldn’t beat a guy with 4 yrs of disaster. He didn’t want to win, that’s why. He didn’t go after the people that make up the real republican party, that’s why. He didn’t fight the fight that’s why. He’s just as liberal & would be just as big a liberal as Obama, that’s why. No body, not conservatives, blue collar, small business, big business, wanted him, that’s why. That’s why the GOP broke every rule in the book to get him in there. Get It?!?!?!!? Want Proof. You’ve got rampant nation wide election fraud, & where is he?
           Until you figure this out you are bound to Dole/McCain/Romney again.
        .

        • http://us4palin.com devitor

          I know what Romney was. I get it. The point of what I’m doing is to collect data and make the outcomes well known. Will it change things? Probably not. But, I’m doing this to have something more than comments on a board to be able to say – history repeated itself. We went with pale pastels when we needed bold colors. Comments on a board don’t count. Data does.
          Sent from my Palin-Powered iPhone

          • $26225604

             I agree. History repeated itself. the GOP put up a candidate who had no connection to the working class. Expected him to win against a charismatic (barf) down to earth cool guy who is not seen as part of the original financial meltdown. Romney and McCain represented the problem. Out of touch rich guys who build car elevators and dont know how many houses they own. Sorry, it is class warfare for now.

            • http://us4palin.com devitor

              AZ… Thank you. If you did not vote for Romney please take the survey. Thanks again.
              Sent from my Palin-Powered iPhone

              • $26225604

                 Unfortunately I did. I bought into the hype toward the end that Romney  had a real good chance to win or at least win the popular vote. So I held my nose to help send a message to Obama and I wish I hadnt. Especially since I live in Calif. Really, what was the point really.

                • http://us4palin.com devitor

                  You followed Sarah’s lead. She asked us to vote for him and gave his campaign $5K. We worked with what we had. There was a point. He was not what I wanted. Anyway…. I need to get back to work. "See" you all later.
                  Sent from my Palin-Powered iPhone

  • http://us4palin.com devitor

    I posted in a conversation with Brianus the other day that I would be doing a survey of people who either did not vote at all in 2012 or who voted some form of third party. All we have is speculation and no one thus far that I know of has taken Reagan’s approach – polling non-voters – to this election result. The survey is now live.  You will not be asked to divulge any personal or contact information. This survey will be going all over – not just the Palinista community.

    If you did **NOT** vote for Romney or Obama or did not vote at all in the 2012 general, please complete this survey.

    http://bit.ly/WgQzYf  

    • Helldogger

       I proudly wrote in Palin/West. And I’ll do it again if I have to. I’ll keep doing it until somebody catches on.

      • http://us4palin.com devitor

        Helldogger … Please put it in the survey. Thanks.

        Sent from my Palin-Powered iPhone

  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    Analysis: Cease-fire or ground offensive?
    http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=292351

    Also read:

    Israel freezes plans for ground operation as Clinton heads to the region
    IDF continues to prepare for a Gaza incursion; ‘if the firing continues, we will have to take broader action, and we won’t hesitate to do so,’ PM says
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-freezes-plans-for-ground-operation-for-at-least-24-hours-as-clinton-headed-for-the-region/

    Best guess?

    Reading between the lines, the diplomats have until Wednesday evening to negotiate a cease fire on terms agreeable to Israel.

    If no agreement is reached, the Israeli cabinet will authorize the use of ground forces to go in and disarm Hamas et al.

    IMHO, the terms of a cease fire must be that Hamas et al has to agree to get rid of the rockets, etc. and get rid of the smuggling tunnels before any steps are taken to lift the Israeli blockade.

    Otherwise, IMV the only course which makes sense is for Israel to go in, disarm Hamas et al, destroy the smuggling tunnels and dictate the terms of a "cease fire."

    Just my two cents worth.

    P.S. I stand with Sarah Palin.

    • golfmom3

      http://muqata.blogspot.co.il/

      I keep this blog open and check it through the day.  There is high activity on both sides now.  Large boom heard in Jerusalem.  Massive air strikes in Gaza.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVDVZ2LVWA5MGY7AJCQG7YRSUQ John

        This is a good blog too:

        http://www.mondoweiss.net

        • golfmom3

          For Palestinian spin, maybe. The site says it is Progressive Jewish and part of the Center for Economic Research & Social Change, a proud supporter of socialism in America.

          • $26225604

             John is a troll. His earlier post was about Sarah not being "Undefeated" because she lost 2 political races. He is a simpleton. Dont waste your time.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/I62ZDLKXCI6SSBD7HRK6QLBAM4 Bob
            • golfmom3

              Well, Bob-the-hidden-Yahoo-profile, do tell.

              Why in the world do you think I, or anyone on this site, is particularly interested in something cooked up by Robert Strange McNamara during the LBJ administration?  Yes, we know politics makes "strange" bedfellows — can I spell C-R-O-N-Y C-A-P-I-T-A-L-I-S-M slowly for you?

              Where are all you small-minded trolls coming from today?

    • Guest

      in full agreement….
      What happens in Israel will affect the US.

  • bassman
  • Ceejay

    Allen West info- it appears over, Mr. West will not continue the fight for a recount- 
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST STATEMENT ON ELECTION RESULTS http://nblo.gs/EXLO4 
    FYI

    • M_Minnesota

      :-(

      Heavy, Heavy Sigh!!!!

    • c4pfan

      I hope he runs for it again!

    • lanahi

      West said, in his concession speech:

      “Above all, I want to thank God for his blessings, and for blessing me with the opportunity to serve.

      “Only God knows what is in store for each of us. I have dedicated my
      life to serving this nation, and the results of this election will not
      change my purpose. Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan,
      just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our
      Republic.

      “Our nation will not overcome our challenges overnight, and the road
      ahead for each one of us will not be easy. But this nation would never
      have become that shining beacon of light if our founders had chosen the
      easy path 236 years ago. We all must proudly continue their legacy.

      “For the protection and preservation of our life, liberty and pursuit
      of happiness, I shall remain steadfast and loyal. God bless you and God
      bless these United States of America.”

      As far as I am concerned, this simply frees him up for working outside the "system".
       

  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • Helldogger

    Latest news: The republicans are running Chris Christie & Jeb Bush for 2016 & they will be expecting all here to fall in line in support. You’ve got to do this because the other guys are real bad. If they win they’ll make your taxes go up, spend too much money, steal your guns & make you get an abortion. And remember, if you don’t surrender everything you believe in, fall in line & send them your money, it’ll be your fault if they lose.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVDVZ2LVWA5MGY7AJCQG7YRSUQ John

      And you’ll support the nominee as usual. You’ll be waving around those Team Red pom-poms just like you did for Romney.

      • WilliamShipley

        Well, presumably the next four years will show how successful it was to disdain Team Red and let Team Blue win.

        Mitt Romney was the second worst candidate so I voted for him.  Would do it again.

      • http://twitter.com/enbreb Elwanda Burrell

         You are kidding right…..we will be waving our pom-poms for anyone except Christie and Bush in 2016 and that is a fact!!!!

      • Helldogger

        When did you see me supporting a liberal? Did you get your coffee down before you posted?

      • Min Max

         Sad to say, that is the truth.

        I thought I saw a fierce resolve in 2008 but by late 2010, many were already subscribed to the electable nonsense, despite fresh victories under the banner of the Arctic Fox.

        I see the same fierce resolve now…

    • juju341

      JEB bUSH willl not be running….the next Bush to run will be Jeb’s son.  And, CC doesn’t stand a chance of being anything. 

      • Helldogger

        You know more about all that than I do…..or care. This post was a pun… built from something somebody sent me on Facebook this morning. It’s a joke man, just a joke,

        • AmazedOne1

          A pun is a play on the meaning of a word. Your post was irony or sarcasm.

          • Helldogger

            I stand corrected….& broke!

    • barracuda43

      I thought Christie was running for the Democratic nomination? 

      • Helldogger

        HaHa!! Yeah I think he is too. He’s another undercover liberal plant.

      • Min Max

         Christie running is an oxymoron.

    • senator20526

       This is the speech that Boehner gave the new congresspeople.

  • technopeasant

    What do quarterback controversies have to do with revisionist history and political decision-making?

    A lot.

    Last night 2nd year QB Colin Kapernick of the SF 49 ers started his first game due to a concussion suffered by starter Alex Smith in the previous game.

    Kapernick played well and head coach Jim Harbaugh did NOT go pro forma last night and announce to the world that Smith is his starting QB, no ifs ands or buts.

    Instead he said he prefers "to go with the hot hand."

    Now over this week listen to the sports pundits talk about the subject and invariably I think you will hear more of them upholding the status quo than recommending Harbaugh go to Kapernick for the remainder of the season.

    For the record this was not Kapernick’s first game this season. For example he played quite well against the NY Jets earlier in the season.

    And I would argue these are the same people who recommended Bill Belichick stick with Drew Bledsoe in 2001 instead of sticking with Tom Brady for the balance of the Patriots season. And these are also now the same people who think Belichick’s decision to opt for Brady was the right decision to make. Really. REVISIONIST HISTORY.

    And I predict there will be a bit of REVISIONIST HISTORY when it comes to Mitt Romney over this next election cycle. No conservative will ever admit voting for the Mittster and GOP establishment folks and political pundits will come out of the woodwork trying to claim they really never supported Romney’s candidacy and hope nobody goes through Decision 2012 tapes and interviews to what these people really said in the past election cycle.

    Moral of the story: Don’t fall for REVISIONIST HISTORY. And it is much, much easier to jump on a bandwagon once events have unfolded and you know which side you should take. In other words after Brady won his first Super Bowl, there was hardly anyone recommending Brady not be the starting QB of the Patriots in the 2002 season.

    And likewise, you will get the impression few prominent people on our side backed Romney in 2012. 

    Folks, going out on a limb without knowing how events will unfold is a big deal. That few people decide to go out on the proverbial limb proves how risky it is to do so and tells us why a distinct minority are the only ones to do so and conversely why the vast majority opts to maintain the status quo before the universe unfolds and events tend to change one’s viewpoint.

    • blueniner

      The sports media is driving the Quarterback controversy, between Kapernick and Alex Smith, the 49ers have been there before ,Joe M.ontana and Steve Young

      • senator20526

         Colin sure looked good last night…….cool and made good decisions…

  • golfmom3

    A devotional from Charles Spurgeon:

    For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. (Mark 6:50)

    Jesus spoke this message to believers tossed with tempest, and we need it when we are depressed by the surroundings of these evil times. In seasons of depressed trade, great sickness, terrible wars, and public disasters, it’s balm to the spirit to know that Jesus is still the same. Sin may abound yet more, the light of the gospel may burn low, and the prince of darkness may widely sway his destroying scepter, but nevertheless, this truth stands sure, that Jesus is the “I Am.”

    At certain periods, diabolical influence seems paramount, the reins of nation appears to be taken out of the hand of the Great Governor, and yet it is not so. Look through the darkness, and you shall see your Lord amid the hurricane, walking the waters of politics, ruling national convulsions, governing, overruling, arranging all, making even the wrath of man to praise Him, and restraining it according to His wisdom. Above the howling of the blast, I hear His voice announcing, “It is I.” When men’s hearts sink for fear and the rowers feel their oars ready to snap by the strain of useless toil, I hear that word which is the soul of music:

    “It is I; be not afraid. I am ruling all things. I am coming to the rescue of the bark, My Church; she shall yet float on smooth waters and reach her desired Haven.”1

    1 Charles Spurgeon,At the Master’s Feet [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], November 19.

    http://apprising.org/2012/11/19/i-am/

  • technopeasant

    "The opposite of COURAGE in our society is NOT COWARDICE. It is CONFORMITY."

    Rollo May

    As a NONCONFORMIST, I seldom embrace conformity in my viewpoints but it does not therefore mean that I am a person of COURAGE.

    And this is where logic sometimes is distorted. In other words I may embrace the payoff of a premise but it does not mean that I have embraced the premise or representative of it.

    Or to put it another way: I may work hard at my job and employ golf as a leisure activity to let off steam but it does not necessarily mean that everyone who plays golf on the weekend works as hard as I do.

    And in terms of politics one, as a colonial, may CONFORM to the political will of his or her masters but it does not mean that this person is not courageous in his various aspects of his or her life. In other words what I am saying is that as many roads lead to Rome, various people follow various paths to arrive at their final destination, CONFORMITY.

    And imho, this is why it is so difficult for nonconformists like me to educate or persuade CONFORMISTS to change their attitudes. Which road should I erect a roadblock on? It is like a fugitive who has escaped from prison. The authorities may erect roadblocks on every road but one but that gives the fugitive an opportunity to bypass the other roadblocks and circumvent the dragnet.

    Why will it be so difficult for conservatives to forsake COLONIAL MENTALITY? Because there are just too many roads to CONFORMITY. And it is almost impossible to BLOCK them all. Instead what is needed imho is self-education and a lot less self-delusion.

    And folks that imho is my definition of utmost COURAGE. Deciding for oneself to no longer be a creature of CONFORMITY and voluntarily deciding to walk down the road of defiant  NONCONFORMITY. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7HCPR7JLQP6R33GXP5DO5XKDM 1776er

    Shame about Allen West.  I sent a contribution to his Recount Fund.  His loss is a loss for the Nation.  Shows you how powerful the politics of polarization is.  How you turn Allen West into a monster everybody should run from and be afraid of is beyond me.  But that is politics in America today.

    God works in mysterious ways.  Now, the two most powerful voices for Conservative, pro-American values are both free agents on the loose in America.  

    Maybe they should get together.  Maybe they should pray together.  Maybe they should join together. 

    God works to bring good out of evil.  He always turns the table on evil. 

    • M_Minnesota

      Could Not agree more 76′er!!

      Here is one of the reasons you are sooo right.  This is part one of three West at Ebenezer Baptist.   Required viewing for  all Palinistas!!!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp3zJN4LYPk&playnext=1&list=PL50A0E6A7D4024FA2&feature=results_video

    • StandProudNow

      It is a shame when Democracy fails.

      BUT…..
      I’m seeing great things coming out of this :)
      This is just the beginning….

      VIVA The United States of America!!

    • HuntingMoose

      Looks like west will have all his time available to work on our alternative to GOPe so come 2014 we finally will have a good alternative to the democratic liars party

    • ProudAmerican247

      "Maybe they should get together."
      ———————————

      Exactly what I was thinkin’.

      PALIN/WEST 2016 sounds good to me.

      • $36103485

        Again, someone on the ticket will need to have won their last election.

        • ProudAmerican247

          "Again, someone on the ticket will need to have won their last election."
          —————————————-

          Ronald Reagan lost his first bid for President. G.H.W. Bush had been out of elected office for almost 10 years when picked as VP for Reagan’s second try. They won.

          As an aside:
          "Reagan tested the presidential waters in 1968 as part of a "Stop Nixon" movement, hoping to cut into Nixon’s Southern support and be a compromise candidate if neither Nixon nor second-place Nelson Rockefeller received enough delegates to win on the first ballot at the Republican convention. However, by the time of the convention Nixon had 692 delegate votes, 25 more than he needed to secure the nomination, followed by Rockefeller with Reagan in third place." – Wikipedia

  • c4pfan

    Again, not all of McCain/Palin’s votes were counted.  Plus, Obama got around 5 million less votes than 4 years ago.

    THAT’s why Mitt was ‘closer’ to ‘beating’ Obama.  Less votes for Obama in general!  Not more votes for Romney!

    Romney outspent what McCain spent my hundreds of millions of dollars!  To say that Mitt did better than McCain is being stupid!

    • $26225604

       Correct. But how do you know that not all McCain votes were counted? I mean if the FEC certifies it, that is the best we will ever get. And I assume it is never 100% accurate. At some point you have to accept a standard from which to compare or else you can never do any analysis.

      Yes, Mitt spent much more and got nothing for it.

      • c4pfan

        Because, they stop counting after concession!

        • $26225604

          Then why are Romneys votes still increasing? He conceded didnt he?
          Was that a joke that I missed?

        • AmazedOne1

          No, they don’t.

    • Right_Wingnut

      In addition, the pupulation of the country has grown nearly 10 million since 2008. That’s a whole lot of new potential voters staying home this time. 

      • HuntingMoose

        Actually, you are wrong here.

        That 10 million was full of ignorant young people who Obama drove like cattle to the voting booth. Like cattle not knowing they will be slaughtered in the long run.

        Of the 63M voters obama got in 08 he lost not 5 million but 15 million. The 10 million ignorant cattle was just his backfill

  • stlouisix

    Michael Moore to Obama: ‘Drive the Rich Right Off Their Fiscal Cliff’
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-moore-obama-drive-rich-right-their-fiscal-cliff

    "Driving the rich off of the fiscal cliff" ensures that the poor will remain poor because it’s the rich who provide the investments in the private sector that enable the employment of the poor so that the poor might better their lives. But, alas, the sorry likes of Moore couldn’t care less about that seminal fact in relegating the poor to a planned despair so that a communist government nanny state under a tyrant can take care of them, read control every aspect of their lives, as that government willfully destroys the private sector in favor of an all encompassing government dole!

    THE cliff that the lunatic Left, under the sorry likes of Moore, wants us all to march over like lemmings will result in the loss of our freedoms guaranteed by The Constitution which will be replaced by slavery to a totalitarian state whose politiburo of thieves, of which, Moore is a de facto member, will live high on the hog while hypocritically preaching austerity for the serfs whom they couldn’t care less about!

    You can bet the farm that you won’t see Moore marching over that cliff, as "practice what you preach" is not the mindset of sociopaths!

    • cheers2all

      Michael Moore to Obama: ‘Drive the Rich Right Off Their Fiscal Cliff’

      Good! I hope he’ll be the first to go. He is one of them.

    • HuntingMoose

      I always want to ask michael moore how that worked out for those people in his paradise Cuba.

      Cuba where healthcare is good for the crony well connected and the occasional film maker who wants to make some propaganda for them.

      Cuba where people drive around in 60 year old cars not because of vanity but because of lack of replacement after that socialist paradise started

      Cuba where there is no freedom of speech unless you are a sucker like Moore who propagandizes them

  • Terry Malpass

    May have already been posted:

    Fox and Friends – Allen West “Leaders Don’t Need A Title to Lead” – video

    http://allenwestrepublic.com/2012/11/20/fox-and-friends-allen-west-leaders-dont-need-a-title-to-lead-video/

    • Terry Malpass

       “Leaders Don’t Need A Title to Lead”

      So, is this like the political version of "Going Gault"?

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