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  • ZH100

    Good morning and Merry Christmas everyone!

    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

    • ZH100

      Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments in list form.

      http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/06/governor-palins-executive-accomplishments.html

    • sarahhasmyvote

      You are sure a busy guy! Thanks for putting all this important info in easy to locate fashion. I for one do not tire of reading about her accomplishments. 
      I look forward to lots more!

      Merry Christmas to one and all.

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, sarahhasmyvote and Merry Christmas!

  • wodiej

    "For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

  • ZH100

    Some interesting videos.
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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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    Jonathan Strong discusses LSM Plot to tear Palin Down  (July ,2010)
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4290697/did-liberal-media-plot-against-sarah-palin
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    Sarah Palin Visits Troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (2009)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUL0CVFy5IY
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    Governor Palin Dines With Prime Minister Netanyahu  (March ,2011)
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-dines-with-prime-minister-netanyahu.html
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    Governor Palin “On the Couch with Koel” in India (March ,2011)
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-talks-to-koel-purie-rinchet-from-india.html
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    Samaritan’s Purse – Sarah Palin – Birmingham Tornado Relief
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/a-picture-of-servant-leadership-at-its-finest.html
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    Governor Palin in Haiti.
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2010/12/governor-palin-helping-haiti-this-christmas.html
    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=114407508628308&oid=158671177481084&comments
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    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke
    http://online.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-palin-vs-bernanke/6A8B3973-6069-464E-B48B-4D4564C96DE5.html
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    Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska (FULL MOVIE)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtXd1tNTZtk
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    Sarah Palin Outside Fox News
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI-I8iza1F8
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    Rush – McCain Staffers Trying to Destroy Sarah Palin – Nov 6, 2008
    http://www.viddler.com/v/af93c259
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    PJTV: Bill Whittle on the Sarah Palin Haters.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmEE61iVhCA
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    ESPN Outside the Lines: Wasilla Warrior Sarah Palin .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IatnIb2UL9A
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    Alaska Journey via ANWR & Valdez
    http://www.c4parchive.com/2010/11/in-her-own-words-viii-alaska-journey.html
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    The Wardrobe Saga
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mexjgjRw0_g

  • technopeasant

    Merry Christmas one and all.

    • barracuda43

      Merry Christmas Techno!

  • ZH100

    ‘Poll: Americans Reject Crony Capitalism, 3-1′

    From the article:

    "In a recent Boston Herald column, pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports cited poll findings that show strong bipartisan opposition to cronyism and its effects on free markets."
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/12/POLLSTER-Voters-Strongly-Reject-Cronyism

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    Long before "crony capitalism" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought against corruption and crony capitalism.

    Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Gov. Palin’s agenda.

    Here are some links with information about Gov.Palin’s consistent fight against corruption and crony capitalism.
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    ‘Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism’   (by Governor Palin)  

    From the article:
     
    "We need to be on our guard against such crony capitalism. We fought against distortion of the market in Alaska when we confronted “Big Oil,” or more specifically some of the players in the industry and in political office, who were taking the 49th state for a ride.
    My administration challenged lax rules that seemed to allow corruption, and we even challenged the largest corporation in the world at the time for not abiding by provisions in contracts it held with the state. When it came time to craft a plan for a natural gas pipeline, we insisted on transparency and a level playing field to ensure fair competition.

    Our reforms helped reduce politicians’ ability to play favorites and helped clean up corruption. We set up stricter oversight offices and ushered through a bi-partisan ethics reform bill. Far from being against necessary reform, I embrace it. "
    https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=382303098434
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    ‘Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra’ (by Governor Palin)

    From the article:

    "This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class."
    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150295067853435
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    ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’  (by Governor Palin)
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577040373463191222.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
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    ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’ (by Governor Palin)
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2011-12-12/congress-insider-trading-sec/51841156/1
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    ‘Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism’  (by Whitney Pitcher)

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s strong stance against crony capitalism, bureaucrats picking winners and losers, and a lack of transparency is not just words; it’s action.

    Citizen candidates do indeed bring a fresh perspective to a campaign and even to public office. However, there is something to be said for someone who took on corruption while in elected office. Such an individual has governed or legislated in an atmosphere of corruption, back room deals, and cronyism and has not only weathered such an atmosphere, but has effected change for the better. It is one thing to act as a citizen watchdog; it is another to make sure that legislation and projects are transparent and are void of back room deals and crony capitalism. Governor Palin is such a person."
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/governor-palins-consistent-fight-against-corruption
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    ‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’ (by Anand Giridharadas)

    From the article:

    "But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide. "
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/us/10iht-currents10.html
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    ‘How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime’ (by Gary P)

    From the article:

    "With all of the talk of corruption and crony capitalism these days, this is a great time to talk about some of the things Sarah Palin did to reform Alaska politics. She worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass tough, sweeping ethics reform "
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/how-governor-palin-reformed-alaskas-ethics-laws-and-made-crony-capitalism-a-crime/
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    ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘ 
    http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/kudos-to-sarah-palin-for-exposing-the-sleazy-bipartisan-corruption-problem-in-washington/
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    ‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’ (WSJ)

    From the article:

    "If you’ve read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you’ve heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin’s politics, and has intrigued America, read this."
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122057381593001741.html?mod=djemEditorialPage
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    ‘Sarah takes on Big Oil: The compelling story of Governor Sarah Palin’s battle with Alaska’s
    ‘Big 3′ oil companies’
    (by Kay Cashman and Kristen Nelson)

    Gov. Palin’s successful efforts to stop the cronyism and reform the energy business in Alaska were so impressive Kay Cashman, the publisher and executive editor of Petroleum News, wrote the book entitled: “Sarah Takes On Big Oil” .

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the leadership Sarah Palin has exhibited in the area of reforming government and industry.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-takes-Big-Oil-compelling/dp/0982163207
    or
    http://product.half.ebay.com/Sarah-Takes-on-Big-Oil-by-Kristen-Nelson-and-Kay-Cashman-2008-Hardcover/71269107&cpid=13906976712008-Hardcover/71269107&cpid=1390697671

  • wodiej

    This is a time of year where family and friends gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  But many people are alone, depressed or ill and can’t wait for the festivities to just be over with.  Help us to remember these people in our thoughts, prayers, and generosity-with a kind word or smile today and all days and to live as an example of Christ love. Amen.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  • wodiej

    ?"If you look for me at Christmas
    you won’t need a special star
    I’m no longer just in Bethlehem
    I’m right there where you are

    You may not be aware of me
    amid the celebrations
    You’ll have to look beyond the stores
    and all the decorations

    But if you take a moment
     from your list of things to do
    And listen to your heart you’ll find
    I’m waiting there for you

    You’re the one I want to be with
    you’re the reason that I came
    And you’ll find me in the stillness
    As I’m whispering your name."

    Love,
    Jesus

    • barracuda43

      Merry Christmas wodiej!

  • ZH100

    ‘Half the facts you know are probably wrong’

    From the article:

    "Since knowledge is still growing at an impressively rapid pace, it should not be surprising that many facts people learned in school have been overturned and are now out of date. But at what rate do former facts disappear? Arbesman applies to the dissolution of facts the concept of half-life—the time required for half the atoms of a given amount of a radioactive substance to disintegrate. For example, the half-life of the radioactive isotope strontium-90 is just over 29 years. Applying the concept of half-life to facts, Arbesman cites research that looked into the decay in the truth of clinical knowledge about cirrhosis and hepatitis. “The half-life of truth was 45 years,” he found.

    In other words, half of what physicians thought they knew about liver diseases was wrong or obsolete 45 years later. Similarly, ordinary people’s brains are cluttered with outdated lists of things, such as the 10 biggest cities in the United States.

    Facts are being manufactured all of the time, and, as Arbesman shows, many of them turn out to be wrong. Checking each one is how the scientific process is supposed to work; experimental results need to be replicated by other researchers. So how many of the findings in 845,175 articles published in 2009 and recorded in PubMed, the free online medical database, were actually replicated? Not all that many. In 2011, a disquieting study in Nature reported that a team of researchers over 10 years was able to reproduce the results of only six out of 53 landmark papers in preclinical cancer research.

    http://reason.com/archives/2012/12/24/half-the-facts-you-know-are-probably-wro

    • barracuda43

      Merry Christmas ZH!

      • ZH100

        Merry Christmas, barracuda43!

  • Jthom26837

     Merry Christmas, Everybody!

  • travelingon

    Merry Christmas, Everyone.  God bless you all.

    • barracuda43

      Merry Christmas!

      • travelingon

         Merry Christmas.

  • Jean_A

    Merry Christmas, C4P!

    MerryChristmasToYou MerryChristmasToYou MerryChristmasToYou and MerryChristmasToYou
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    God bless you and yours.

    • c4pfan

      Thanks Jean!

      • barracuda43

        Merry Christmas c4pfan!

    • barracuda43

      Merry Christmas Jean!

  • cudaforever

    Merry Christmas C4P Nation !! Have a great day and God Bless Sarah and her family !!

    • Pete Petretich

      "C4P Nation", I like the sound of that…

      • barracuda43

        Merry Christmas Pete!

    • barracuda43

      Merry Christmas cudaforever!

      • cudaforever

        Thanks Cuda’ Merry Christmas to you too :)

  • Pete Petretich

    Keystone Kops?

    "Kerry Bentivolio, Congressman Claus"
    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/336434/kerry-bentivolio-congressman-claus-betsy-woodruff

    So is this guy real Tea Party or just talk?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Bentivolio

    • TexS2012

      Santa goes to Washington! Whatever he does there we’ll be checking him out to see if he’s naughty or nice! LOL…
      Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Gelston

    ‘Wishing all my friends here a Merry Christmas and may all your wishes come true.

    ""Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

    He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas, how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.""

    from the famous editorial in the Baltimore Sun

    • Polarbearpapa

      Very nice, May God bless you and yours ……

    • senator20526

      Merry Christmas to you Doc. and to your lovely wife….

  • c4pfan

    Merry Christmas!  Hope you enjoy time with family and friends!

    • Polarbearpapa

      You as well c4pfan, and may the Lord’s blessing be upon your house….

  • bsbutterfly

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone!!!

    • TheresaAK

      Merry Christmas!!!

  • RedDaveR

    Merry Christmas to all C4Pers.  And especially Merry Christmas to Gov. Palin and her family.

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner0

       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8C7i9kdEf8

  • Polarbearpapa

    "How many observe Christ’s birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • irishcoins

    I claim for each of you the prayer spoken over me by my father my first Christmas, "…that you always be counted among the faithful at Christmastide."

    • barracuda43

      Merry Christmas irish!

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