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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

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

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

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

    Budgeting and Spending

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

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


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

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

    Business Growth

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

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

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


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

    Health Care

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

  • ZH100

    Gift Idea Under $5: Educate Friends and Family About Americas Greatest Hope Sarah Palin – Give The Undefeated.

    From the article:

    "I have been able to change a lot of minds and hearts about her after showing them The Undefeated. It is a powerful and compelling documentary about who the REAL Sarah Palin is and all of the incredible things she has accomplished.  Many out there still don’t understand who Governor Palin really is and what she has done because they have been bamboozled by the mainstream media. Even a lot of Republicans I know have been influenced by what the mainstream media has said about her and how they have depicted her.

    For those who still believe that Sarah Palin isn’t qualified to be President, you must see this movie. For those who know what the truth is about Sarah Palin and know she is one of America’s last great hopes, here are some links to getting the movie inexpensively to give away for gifts at Christmas. The gift of education and truth is one of the greatest gifts you can give someone"

  • 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."

  • 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.

    ‘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)

    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."

  • wodiej

    "From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2

  • ZH100

    Ron Devito’s excellent master list of Gov.Palin’s accomplishments.


    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008

    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004

    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002

    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996

    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992

    Commercial Fishing

    Athletic Accomplishments

    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing

    Marriage and Family

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    • M_Minnesota

      This after saying,  "It would be an honor to be Romney’s V.P."

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  • Pete Petretich

    "Mr. Pribus, sir, can you remind me why Sarah Palin was not invited to the RNC?"

    "Republicans Set Committee to Review What Went Wrong"

    (pass it on…)

  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    Hillary 2016? Source Says Benghazi Consulate Security Force was Unarmed

    That’s right, one word … Benghazi.

    Unlike Governor Palin who was falsely accused of murder, a blood libel; Secretary Clinton was actually responsible for the lack of security at the Benghazi mission which lead to the deaths of four brave Americans, including our Ambassador to Libya and then lied to the American public about the cause of the attack.

    Republicans, Democrats Switch Bodies While No One Notices

    The national Republican leadership is inept. Begone.

    ‘We Knew Exactly Who We Had to Go Get’

    As the digital world becomes ever more pervasive and governments spying ever more intrusive, we will need to resort to the ancient arts which have been with us for centuries to ensure our liberty and privacy.

    ‘The Last of the Just’ in Belgium

    Want to know how Hitler came to power? Watch the video for part of the answer.

    P.S. I stand with Sarah Palin.

    • Guest

       I think you mean Secretary Clinton is responsible.

      • John_Frank

        Thanks and Yes. Edited the comment to correct the error and more clearly make the point.

    • Freempg

      How will Benghazi make a dent in the Obama zombie vote for Clinton in 2016? Maybe more will stay home for lack of enthusiasm, but that will have nothing to do with Benghazi.

      I’m expecting an extreme makeover for Hillary, nip, tuck, liposuck, all nine cubic yards of her. Even still the air brushes will be out, look for headlines on Entertainment Tonight, "Is 70 the new 40?" and so on.

      That’s all that matters.

  • wodiej
  • ZH100

    So much for the ‘shoots wolves from helicopters’ myth (June 11, 2011)

    From the article:

    "Some left wing bloggers may be starting to realize that the Palin emails they fought relentlessly to have released are not the silver bullets they had hoped for to use to destroy the object of their hatred. Information contained in the documents, in fact, provides contradictory evidence to one of the many myths they have perpetuated about Sarah Palin.

    The emails shatter the mythological image of a bloodthirsty Sarah Palin, assault rifle in hand, maniacally pursing Alaskan wolves from the skid of a black helicopter, fiendishly laughing as she slaughters the poor creatures. Lefty bloggers have been pushing that one for years. But, according to the liberal Washington Post, the emails prove otherwise.


    The governor told her fish and game commissioner in blunt terms that she opposed using state helicopters to hunt wolves and preferred paying private hunters.

    “We have to act quickly on this as predators are acting quickly and rural families face ridiculous situation of being forced to import more beef instead of feeding their families our healthy staple of alaskan game. Nonsense. Unacceptable – and not on my watch,” she said.


    Another email demonstrates Gov. Palin’s opposition to hunting bears in the McNeil River Bear Sanctuary.

    Governor Palin did indeed strongly support predator control, and she clearly favored paying hunters a bounty to keep the wolf population in check, but the image of her personally shooting the predators from aircraft has finally been shot down.

    The emails also show that her motivation for keeping the wolf population at manageable levels was her concern for the welfare of Alaska’s rural families who depend so heavily on caribou and moose, the wolves’ prey, for food and warm clothing."

    By the way, predator control programs are established conservation programs which are practiced in a number of states and were in place long before Gov. Palin became governor.

    • conservativemama

      Instead of destroying her, you would think those lefties would recognize that Palin was in fact promoting one of their favorite causes, sustainable living.  Plenty of pretentious lefties have become born again farmers, local food types.  Well what better expression of this than protection of rural families who truly live off the land.  Protectiing a way of life that’s real, that’s existed for families for generations, it’s not some fad for the dilettantes of the day.

      • Freempg

        Minnesota has introduced a wolf hunting and trapping season this year with a statewide limit of 400. Around 250 have been shot or trapped thus far. Minnesota’s 3,000 wolves are the largest population in the lower 48 states.

        • Right_Wingnut

          Why aren’t the libs going after Gov. Mark Dayton (D)?

  • technopeasant

    So the New England Patriots last night administer a beatdown of the #1 team in the NFL, the Houston Texans by a score of 42-14. It reminded me so much of why Romney lost to Obama:

    1) There is no substitute for talent. Tom Brady is a superstar and he rose to the occasion. Looking back Matt Schaub, the Texan QB is the football equivalent of Mitt Romney, not elite but servicable.

    2) During the buildup to the game, many pundits thought the Texans had a decent chance of winning the game. And as with Romney we were misled to his political prowess.

    3) Political strategy and organization does matter. Overlooked in Obama’s victory 5 weeks ago was how he got "his people" to come out to vote while Team Romney did not.

    Bill Belichick, the head coach of the Patriots, is one of the most hated and controversial figures in history. Why? Because he not only beats the opposition. He destroys them.

    Nevertheless, the Texans still own the #1 seed in the AFC and the Pats could falter in the playoffs. One game does not make a season unless it is the Super Bowl but it does provide a glimpse to a possible future.

    But looking back at Romney’s primary campaign, the Republican convention, and the general election campaign, there were imho signs galore that Romney would falter but many conservatives chose to ignore them.  As there was a sign several weeks ago that the Texans might have a problem with the Patriots when the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers went into Houston and beat the Texans 42-24.

    • section9

      Last night you saw why the Pats are going back to the Super Bowl.

      Beat down city.

      • Right_Wingnut

        Watch out for the Broncos.

  • ZH100

    Gutfeld takes the pulse of the nation.

    Co-host of ‘The Five’ details what Americans are feeling about government and the country from ‘The Joy of Hate’ book tour

    • generictrainee

      Was joe mcguinness there.

  • narciso
  • Guest

    I’m beyond fed up with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Paul "Big Government" Ryan and gopE dope Ed Gillespie! When are these Bush retreads just going to die already?

    The era of B.U.S.H. is O.V.E.R. Will someone please send these morons the memo?

    Granted it’s pollutico but no one is buying the Hispanic problem thing no matter how much the gopE dopes repeat it. The GOP has a Democrat-lite problem that the base is fed up with.

    All I want for Christmas is for the Governor to get out the nightstick!

    • George

      I see a Jeb Bush crony, Claudio Osorio, has been arrested, charged with with 23 counts of fraud and money laundering.  Jeb sat on the Board of Directors of his company.

      Is it too much to hope that some of the slime will stick to Jeb?  Or is this just business and usual?

      • golfmom3

        That’s a good catch! 
        "Osorio and Toll, the CFO, are also charged with defrauding Korge and other investors out of $40 million, and scamming the federal government out of the $10 million they were given to help finance construction of a Haitian factory to build homes for hurricane victims.

        Toll, 64, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. A certified public accountant, Toll formerly was an auditor for Deloitte & Touche, rising to audit partner and director of a 50 person audit department. He lives in Pembroke Pines. The Miami Herald was unsuccessful in reaching Orlando do Campo, Osorio’s attorney. Toll’s lawyer, Richard Klugh, said his client did nothing wrong. "Craig Toll was an honorable employee of the company who should not have been charged with anything," Klugh said. "I hope I can help him get through this prosecution without any further harm. And I hope that members of the Board of Directors will come to his defense.""

        That’s right, Jeb, you need to come to your buddy’s defense.  I’m sure you were paid well for your OVERSIGHT thus far. Haiti, come on now, defrauding hurricane victims in Haiti — what’s the big deal?

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