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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

    ‘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."

  • ZH100

    ‘Greta: About Those People Claiming Sarah Palin Cost John McCain the Election’

    From the article:

    "This time Greta does the heavy lifting. She’s using Fox News polls, which I find tend to understate Republican support when polling against a democrat. But even their polls show a sustained 6 point bump for the campaign, one that put them ahead of Obama for the first time, right after Sarah was chosen, and gave her masterful speech at the Republican convention.

    McCain would maintain this lead until the financial meltdown, and he decided to suspend his campaign to head off to Washington without a real plan of action. It was a fatal mistake and one a smart campaign manager would have advised against, but we’re talking Steve Schmidt here, so smarts don’t enter into the equation."

  • ZH100

    Ron Devito’s excellent 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

  • wodiej

    "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works." Hebrews 10:24

  • wodiej

    "Lord, I ask for your presence in my life today. May I feel your love and know that you are with me in all that I think, all that I say and all that I do." Amen 

  • Pete Petretich

    Half a day of work today, then my whole crew is going out to lunch together…

    • jester2939

      That’s nice! Have a great time.

  • Jthom26837

     Good Morning Fellow Palinistas,

    Sarah Palin was at her best on Greta the other night. She managed to make us all laugh a little. That’s one of the many qualities I like about Sarah Palin. Now The New York Magazine is saying ‘Sarah Palin is Grouch Marx, Now.’ What a stretch.

    I Stand with Sarah Palin!!!

    • Pete Petretich

      I thought it was a great interview. A little humor goes a long way in politics, and she is always good at improvising.

      • Jthom26837

         I agree.

  • technopeasant

    Imho, most conservatives are loath to admit any fault for the re-election of President Obama boiling the results down to:

    a) Election fraud

    b) Mitt Romney and his poor campaign

    c) Incumbents are hard to beat

    In fact, if your examine why anybody or any side wins or loses an election what it boils down the side who loses has NOT done enough or what is necessary to ensure victory. In terms of the NFL, teams don’t make the playoffs because they don’t enough on the field or do what is necessary off the field to ensure victory/

    With this in mind here are 10 reasons for that:

    a) The decision-makers are comme ci, comme ca when it comes to winning. It’s NOT life or death for them. Lack of will.

    b) The decision-makers don’t field a winning team or don’t know what a winning team should consist of. Poor evaluation of players.

    c) A political strategy that is a habitual losing strategy.

    d) The presidential candidate is overmatched by his opposite number and underwhelming in his presentation. Lack of talent.

    e) A poor supporting cast. Wars are NOT won by the generals but by the folks on the ground. And for the folks on the ground to win wars they must be led by competent and aggressive captains.

    f) Not having an extra gear when it is needed to win a close fight.

    g) The fans are accustomed to losing and thus are too tolerant of losing. The Buffalo Bills syndrome.

    h) The fans don’t insist on revolutionary or iconoclastic change and do not challenge the decision-makers that their ideas on winning are outdated or simply not working.

    i) The decision-makers are afraid of winning or are adamant our side must win in a certain manner and it would be better to lose than win in an unorthodox or unconventional manner.

    j) Marginalizing a huge segment on our side whose support is required if we are to win. Cutting our own throats does not contribute to winning.

    In other words conservatives need to challenge the most basic assumptions that the GOP enters the political wars with and they need to do that in a most vigorous, iconoclastic manner and leave no stone unturned if they want to ever again command the high ground like they did in 1980 and 1984.

    But I don’t expect that to ever happen. Unfortunately "conservatism" defines the hearts and minds of conservatives and prevent real insight from occurring.


    • jerseymark

      Interesting list Techno. I don’t understand your final sentence however as it seems to indicate that conservatism is the problem. I realize that the word is in quotes but do not understand what that is intending to convey. 

  • jerseymark

    Certainly, in any discussion about our eternal destiny in that “far-off country” known as the Heaven our Father has waiting for us, the subject of glory must come up which leads us to today’s C.S. Lewis reading from the book “The Weight of Glory”:

    “I turn next to the idea of glory there is no getting away from the fact that this idea is very
    prominent in the New Testament and in early Christian writings. Salvation is constantly associated with palms, crowns, white robes, thrones, and splendor like the sun and stars. All this makes no
    immediate appeal to me at all, and in that respect I fancy I am a typical modern. Glory suggests two ideas to me, of which one seems wicked and the other ridiculous. Either glory means to me fame, or it means luminosity. As for the first, since to be famous means to be better known than other people, the desire for fame appears to me as a competitive passion and therefore of hell rather then heaven. As for the second, who wishes to become a kind of living electric light bulb?

    “When I began to look into this matter I was shocked to find such different Christians as Milton,
    Johnson, and Thomas Aquinas taking heavenly glory quite frankly in the sense of fame or good report. But not fame conferred by our fellow creatures – fame with God, approval or (I might say)
    ‘appreciation’ by God. And then, when I had thought it over, I saw that this view was scriptural; nothing can eliminate from the parable the divine accolade, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant’. With that, a good deal of what I had been thinking all my life fell down like a house of cards.”

    That last sentence says a lot about the evolution that Mr. Lewis went through in his spiritual development. His biography shows that early on in his adult life, he was anything but a Christian though as you can gather from his writing, he was always a thinker, always searching for truth. Even when he finally came to the point of being face to face with the truth about who Jesus was/is and became a “believer”, he still brought with him many of the world’s understanding and definitions of terms which are at the core of Christianity, as distorted as that understanding and
    those definitions are. As a thinker who focused his intellect in the direction of what Christianity actually is about, you can trace his evolution into the foremost Christian apologist of his time. (By the way the term “Christian apologist does not refer to apologizing for Christianity as the common use of the word would imply, but rather someone who constructs the intellectual/theological argument for the truth and significance of Christianity.)

    With regard to the concept of Glory, we see this evolution take place as he first looks upon the idea of desiring glory, of seeking glory as a very negative thing, a wicked temptation from hell, which the world’s definition of humility would support. However, in most instances like this, there is a good and proper “seeking” and a bad and improper “seeking” and Mr. Lewis lays it out perfectly as he came to understand that seeking glory as from God is proper while seeking glory from man is not. This makes plain that the only opinion that matters in reality is God’s opinion of you and there is no second place as all other opinions are completely and totally irrelevant. This says that we are not to “play to the crowd” as the world advise, but play only to God as our sole goal in life is the glory of hearing when all is said and done “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”.

    I will go a step further in this concept of Glory as we will experience it. Scripture states that as
    Sons and Daughters of the Father, we will share in His divine nature, or as 2 Peter 1:4 reads, “partakers of the divine nature”. Simply stated, if you partake of the divine nature, you are yourself divine which is to say, the destiny God has established for His Children is that of “gods”. How can a Child of God be anything else? Now I know many, probably most, Christians bridle at the thought thinking it a replay of the Garden and the World would agree, but this is plain error for the Garden involved Man seeking to be god by his own doing on his own merit whereas what is involved here is God’s doing and by His plan. This is the proper path to “godhood” as it is given to us by God whereas the Garden was the improper path as “godhood” was trying to be seized apart from and in rebellion against God’s plan. Do not let the World’s misunderstanding and distorted definitions prevent you for understanding and living in the truth, in God’s reality, in the recognition of exactly who you are in Christ. This is what Mr. Lewis’ book “The Weight of Glory” is all about. Being a “King’s Kid” is not all about fun and games only but carries with it responsibilities and challenges. And Sarah is an example of what a "King’s Kid" looks like in operation as she definitely plays only to her Father in Heaven.

  • technopeasant

    10 reasons wars (elections) are lost:

    a) Inability to defend one’s stronghold

    b) Overmatched by the expertise of the opponent’s troops

    c) Sheer numbers of troops which can be mobilized on both sides and number of reinforcements

    d) Lack of resources or manufacturing capacity to utilize resources to make enough armaments

    e) Lack of modern technology and modern communication systems

    f) Leaving oneself vulnerable to attack and to capture (checkmate)

    g) Attrition/lack of supplies

    h) Lack of will or weakness of will as casualties mount and the news of the war becomes more bleak

    i) Ineffective battlefield/military strategy

    j) Lack of resolve by the government to win the war or lack of support from the citizenry after the govt declares war.

    • jerseymark

      It all comes down to the will and the side that succeeds in breaking the other side’s will to win, wins. There are various methods of breaking the will to win. This is the whole reason for the "fifth column" – those agents that infiltrate a society and build resistance to the war effort thereby creating dissension and eroding the collective will to fight.

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  • jester2939

    What’s happening? Well, today will be my last day (day 4) in Charleston, SC. Yesterday we began by visiting the cemetery at St. Michael’s Parish. Two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Pinckney and John Rutledge, are buried there. George Washington and Robert E. Lee attended services there. The church and cemetery reminded me a lot of Boston.

    Then we went walking along The Battery and old homes in the historic area. My dog enjoyed the chance to get out and stretch his legs!

    Next, we proceeded to Liberty Square in order to catch a boat out to Fort Sumter to see where the Civil War began. The National Park Service guide was wonderful! Fort Sumter is a 2-hour experience; a half-hour boat ride each way and one hour to explore the fort.

    Then we visited Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. I’m glad we did as this was a fascinating structure. It’s military history stretches from the Revolution through WWII. In fact, they restored the rooms in the WWII section to make it look like the officers just stepped out. I was impressed, and it reminded me of the Cabinet War Rooms in London or the War Tunnels at Dover Castle.

  • palin45potus

    Why does the left so despise Sarah Palin?

    Because she feels no inferiority to them, she mocks their "False Messiah" they foist upon us and she is clear in her steadfast Faith in Jesus Christ.

    • Polarbearpapa

      John 15

      18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 

      19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you
      do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That
      is why the world hates you. 

      20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master. ’If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 

      21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 

      22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 
      23 He who hates me hates my Father as well.

      24 If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be
      guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have
      hated both me and my Father. 

      25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.

    • jerseymark

      Yes – Sarah does not "play to the crowd" as politicians do but plays only to her Lord. This makes her impervious to the strategies used by the Left to cower Republicans. 

      • colint

        "Playing to the crowd" is pleasing the crowd by telling them what they want to hear rather than what they should hear. I don’t think "playing only to her Lord" comes into it. She talks as she would to her neighbors and wants to hear their concerns.

        • jerseymark

          You have a very limited idea of the phrase. It comes from the stage where performers are told to play to the audience as they are most interested in pleasing the audience, caring what the folks in the seats think. Playing to the Lord means living your life looking to please Him, caring only what He thinks. 

    • suehimel

       The leftist media should adore her.  She does come up with fabulous sound bites for them.  "Death panels"  "Fight like a girl"  "Al Queda may be on the run, but they are running toward the US, not away"  I could go on, but I’ll bet her "sound bites" have made more headlines than any of Obama’s.

      • palin45potus

        I agree!

        (I actually think that they have a love-hate relationship with her.  They have to hate her as a professional duty, but they can see that she’s a warm and genuine person who’s a thousand times more interesting than the usual run-of-the-mill political figure.  If she were to fade away they’d be lost)

    • DocBarry1

      The Left hate anyone that has a beautiful family, believes in God and Faith, has a smile and let’s her enemies know how happy she is, etc etc. etc.

      But, in the next cycle, it is up to the Governor – because if she decides to run for the Presidency – she will run a campaign with her people, in her way – she will take on both parties that believe in crony capitalism and who do not believe in honoring our Constitution – but if she doesn’t run then the Left and the GOPe will have won the battle in stopping this wonderful American from offering herself up so that Americans will have a real choice. .

    • stevethird

       AND…she’s way better looking than they are….seriously.   It exacerbates  their PDS, particularly  the females.

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner  

    • TexS2012

      Thanks for posting this song by Madison Rising – it gets my batteries charged! I bought the song and their album too and next will be the shirt with the band on front!  :)

  • Polarbearpapa

     "Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its
    best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable
    one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a
    government, which we might expect in a country without government, our
    calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which
    we suffer."

    Thomas Paine

  • palin45potus

    The left is appalled that Sarah Palin doesn’t think that the awards that they give themselves matter. Nobel Peace Prize, Time Magazine "Person of the Year"

    She rightfully points out how ridiculous and self-serving these awards are.  For her apostasy, she is being denounced by the self-important fools of the media.

    • DocBarry1

      She is so right – because these awards, for the most part, are a sham!!!!

  • palin45potus

    Obama is aware that Newtown isn’t about him, isn’t he?

    And another thing I notice: Paul Simon is always being brought out to these events. Are these being held in memory of the victims, or is it for the aging baby boomers who want to revel in the agony of those who’ve truly suffered?

    No offense intended towards Paul Simon, but the chances are that none of the parents of the poor children who were murdered by the Newtown child killer really even knew who he was, much less listened to him. This isn’t for them, this is for Diane Sawyer and her ilk who are always so concerned about the rest of us.

    Media, please go away. You make me sick!!

    • Audrey_I

      We must recognize the mainstream media consists of leftist ideologues.  We need to work to discredit the mainstream media and marginalized them out of existence. 

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