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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

      Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments in list form.

      • aaron66krohn

        Great list!

        But please note that ALL the accomplishments listed happened while she HELD A TITLE!!!
        While I KNOW a long list could be made of her NON-title holding accomplishments, the ones on THIS list got things DONE!!!
        This isn’t a WISH list!!
        A "need-to-do" list!!
        Yours is a list of things she already ACCOMPLISHED!!!
        Many (most??) of these became LAW in Alaska, or were bills (legislation) which SHE, as Mayor or Commissioner or Governor, got ENACTED or ordered to be ENFORCED!!!
        ONLY a TITLED person can do that!!

        • section9

          Quite right. This needs reiterating. People elect politicians to mediate disputes among the population, and to lead them. For all our disdain of the political class, they exist for a reason.

          In our system, you need a title to make a difference. Unfortunately, we have the baleful example of Barack Obama to show for that.

        • RomanBarbarian

          You are right, Aaron. Time to re-discuss this issue.

  • 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

      Gov.Palin was one of the first governors that has created a sub-cabinet group of advisers to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska and to recommend common-sense policies to respond to the coastal erosion, thawing permafrost and retreating sea ice that affect Alaska’s communities and infrastructure.

  • 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

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

    From the article:

    "You know the unprecedented fishing expedition conducted by the Obama compliant media has been an epic fail when even the Politico is forced to admit this whole spectacle will probably end up helping her.  How?  In the video below, Andy Barr discusses the fact that the emails pretty much back up what we’ve known all along: Governor Palin was a very engaged and highly effective Governor.  

    She was an impressive leader who paid attention to all issues, large and small.  Further, the emails bolster the message in The Undefeated by corroborating the fact that she was a fearless, no-nonsense chief executive who took on Big Oil and other outside interests in order to further the interests of those for whom she worked: the citizens of Alaska."

  • ZH100

    Long before "public spending" became a topic of national debate 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.

    ‘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"

    ‘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’

    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."

    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."

    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."

    ‘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."

    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.

    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."

    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."

  • Pete Petretich

    So Obama has now given a pay raise to John Boehner. Look for the President to continue to save Speaker Boehner in the weeks ahead:


    Why wouldn’t Obama want the House Republicans to be led by a drunken sell-out? It may only take a few Democratic votes to get Boehner re-elected as Speaker of the House…

    • Leroy Whitby

      Whitney Pitcher tweeted that it may violate the 27th Amendment which states: No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

      • Gelston

         is this a political pay-off.
        This really smells.
        Why not give them all a 10 million dollar bonus?

  • Leroy Whitby

    Allen West supports secret ballot for House speaker:

  • Leroy Whitby

    Run for office, don’t fear the media and stand on principle. We should not cede the field to the money grubbing establishment.

    • RomanBarbarian

       We should write a letter with our signatures to Sarah with this message and the promise we will fight at our side to defend her at any cost!

  • ernst1776

      Sarah Palin needs to run and be elected POTUS in 2016. (  SPMMXVI  )  
    What should we all start doing to prepare for that moment??

    • Ceejay

      Sarah has surely been vetted since 2008! Not so much for the current occupant in the WH who still has his records sealed! Something to hid Mr. Prez? What say you? 

      It should start very early IMO!

  • wodiej

    "Their teachings are but rules taught by men."  Matthew 15:9

  • Leroy Whitby

    Mark Steyn’s column this week is a must read:

  • M_Minnesota

    Good Morning C4P

    Will the Country see Civil disobedience  rom Christian business people and not the Pulpit?

    First Culturally it was Chick- Fil A standing up for  Traditional Marriage (they do have an open view of empoyment.)

    Now it Christian Business persons  standing up to BarryCare.

    • Gelston

       I have stayed at chick-fil a since the protest started. I am on my 600th serving. When does the protest end? I am not sure I can do this much longer.

      • senator20526

         Don’t chicken out Doc……..

  • wodiej

    Senate Republicans trying to cut pork from Hurricane Sandy bill-(I guess ALL Republicans aren’t RINO’s)

  • Jthom26837

     Does Sean Hannity belong to the same ilk as Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Ann Coulter, And Charles Krauthammer? Is he separated from the above mentioned everytime Sarah Palin appears on his FOX News Show?

     I Stand with Sarah Palin!!!

  • Leroy Whitby

    The interaction of GOP conservatives & the establishment is toxic. Rather than a good compromise candidate, we ended up w/ Romney & McCain. The "establishment" is going for the money, they want total control of the process, rather than a win with inclusion of conservatives, because it’s about access to the dollars for them. Very sad.

  • arcman46

    An interesting article about not being able to wait to the next election. 
    My response:  We are in a battle now against 2 forces: The Left and the GOPe.
    Conservatives and Libertarians need to band together to defeat both. We
    are more alike than different. Since the Left has taken voter fraud:
    see Frankin, Gregoire in Washington state, Philadelphia, Ohio, Florida,
    etc, to new levels, it’s highly unlikely that until we clean up our
    electoral system, that we will ever win another national election. We
    absolutely need to keep the House, win back the Senate, and find a
    leader that will take on both of those sides. I realize that it might
    be a tired old argument that will cause a lot of people to roll their
    eyes, but the only politician that has a history of doing that is Sarah

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  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • misterlogic0013

     The moment you wake you are paying Gov .. all systems go from car insurance to house mortgage, buying gas, electric, shoes to do it in, phone, computer, everything even breathing (if Gore has his way).  What puzzles me is, the surprise, the drama.  Oh yes they will reach a deal to change the law, not cut anything, keep spending .. DAH ….. surprised ?  how can you be ?
     Gov creates jobs through taxes, mandates, regulations, they are out of control, OB care (tax) . What is the surprise, no budget, zero accountability, Constitution totally abused, subverted, lawyers, judges, twisting the meaning of common sense rule of law.
     Why do we have to pay so much for simple things like TV, cable, milk, bacon, beef, b/c large corporations, gov in bed together  / we are nothing but forced spenders.  (Jackson Brown) ..
     Joke on us, we can stop this, firstly we must admit it, stop codling Boehner, GOP, they are part of the problem, have been for years, wake up ..   Tax tax tax tax ….  spend spend spend .. = current Gov ..  throw OB into the mix / wow .. Reality, what should we do ? 
     Downsize your spending, ask many questions at a local level, read everything, I’m being taxes a surcharge b/c my house is over 25 years old ($748.00 per year) b/c they can. I have nothing, unless I pay it off, then I will save thousands on insurance mandates. Upside down rules, one for all. Why am I currently paying  thousands of dollars a year for teachers, children not present, out of school for many years ??  payed my share already ..
     So much of your hard earned money goes everywhere, everywhere automatically to the wrong places, were on cruise control to financial meltdown, money will run out. Labor movement (Trumka) in charge .. monopoly ..
     We can find ways to slow it down, stop spending, debate the facts, stop the back forth on petty topics, call it honestly the way you see it.  Silent Majority / Tea Party / Sarah Palin / together we are strong, buck stops with us, lets get our questions answered, (Hillary ?? where are you ?? your not above the law)  OB you work for us .. the bigger the problems the more solutions, unite for the USA, get to your local Gov building look around while you still can, go to the weekly meetings, ask questions, curb spending .. most inportantly enjoy doing what you like to do, it doesn’t have to cost big money .. I’m all in with Sarah / tea party .. we are here / get used to it .. part of the solution ..

  • Pip4Palin

    Wishing, Mr. VG, a very, merry, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. XOXOXO, from Alabama.

    • virginiagentleman1

      Thank You Pip!  Happy New Year to you and yours, dear friend!  Roll Tide!

      • Guest

        Happy Birthday and Happy New Year but, I WENT TO ND! Ronaldus Maximus spoke at my commencement.

        • virginiagentleman1

          The same right back at cha JRD!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

          I have ties to both schools as well as Virginia Tech. ( my kids) The Championship game is gonna be a great one!
          I envy you! Ronald Reagan speaking at your commencement!

  • Isabel Matos

    THE GOP IS against WE-the-PEOPLE!  Let’s start the conversation because there are many confused voters out there, On Our Side! There may be no New Third Party, so IT’S TIME TO TAKE OUR PARTY BACK, one informed voter at a time!

    Have an Awesome Saturday.

    • mark1955  and Isabel agree with much of what you say about the repub party. If you read the two above links it is beyond clear that the repubs are about to cave on our Most important Right. That is our God Given Second Ammendment Right. That will be the Final betrayal. They have caved on everything else. This cave will quite probably lead to Civil War. Chris Stewart hasn’t even taken office yet and ran as strongly pro-Second Ammendment and he’s alreadt back pedaling. Grassley on the other hand knows better than anyone as Head of the repub "Fast and Furious" investigation,what Obama and his Henchmen are willing to do in order to try to take away our non-negotiable God Given Second Ammendment and he wants to even look at adding knives to the confiscation list.

        The should tell everyone that the repub party is as radical left as the dems and is Rotten to the core and beyond redemption. They could easily stop a Firearms Bill in the House and instead all indications are,they are going to stab us in the Back one last time. We need a new Conservative Party to replace the repubs and we need it Now!

        Needless to say,i have a suggestion as to who the "Standard Bearer" should be.

      • Isabel Matos

        Here’s my answer.  Let’s ask ~ DEMAND ~ that all who do not espouse the Party’s Principles to JUST LEAVE THE PARTY.  I am serious!   These libs and useless representatives WHO do not speak for us, are not wanted or needed, tyvm:

        1.  Jon Huntsman.  2. Jeb Bush.  3.  Chris Christie.  4.  John Boehner   5… go on…

        • Polarbearpapa

          It would be easier for you to list those who actually are following the GOP planks…

        • mark1955

          Isabel,i think perhaps a better way to go,would be to set a platform of non-negotiable points and ask that only strong Constitutional Conservatives who agree with those points,to step forward and leave the republican party not the other way around, because the repub party is FInished if they don’t at least protect Our God Given Second Ammendment Right’s ( And they won’t ) and join us to save our Republic. At the same time, make it clear that we would be all so honored,if Governor Palin would lead our party.That way we would immediately get only Hard core Constitutional Conservatives,who odds are,wouldn’t be joining our Party with ulterior motives to eventually undermine us.It would also put any "Pretenders" on the spot,who would have to make a decision in public,of whether they are going to stand with the NWO Rockefeller/Roschild Bankster oligarch Bush crime family, or with our Republic.

          • Isabel Matos

            We dont have the money or time to start a Third Party. I also don’t know if you’ve noticed, Conservatives have way too many opinions on how things should be done, etc. Plus if you open things up that way, you’ll have people running around saying it should be leaderless, or saying they want a certain candidate, not the one we want, etc.. Too many issues with a THird Party.

            As difficult as it seems, are you saying we can’t take on the establishment with all the arguments we have in our favor, not to mention the truth that is on our side? Wouldn’t it be so much sweeter to defeat those we consider LAME who happen to have the reins of power?  ..

            People don’t see the GOP is against us, and that makes me want to scream more than you could know. It’s up to us. We need to demand ANSWERS from the party and position ourselves like we have been already, to WIN based on merit.

            Let’s stand our ground and not run from them.    

            • TheresaAK

              Nothing is impossible with God…

            • mark1955

              At the end of this years Convention, the GOPe,created rules that were specifically designed to nominate Jeb Bush and stop any Constitutional Conservative from Righting this Country and stopping our leftward turn. You cannot reform the repub party. Your Right "that we don’t have the time", but what we don’t have is the time to reform the repubs. A tidal wave of enthusiasm is ready to create a New Conservative Party.

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