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I’m still getting used to writing 2013, instead of 2012.

The Governor posted this note and this note on Facebook.

I cannot believe I’m writing this but I hope far-left Democrat Colbert King’s prediction about the Governor’s activities in 2013 is accurate.

Obama went back on vacation to Hawaii after the vote yesterday evening.


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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

    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

    Excellent read!

    ‘Governor Palin Used Her Executive Authority to Make Government Smaller and More Ethical’  (August,2011)

    From the article:

    "Executives at any level of government could use their power to grow government spending and power and to reward cronies or those who donated to their campaign.

    Governor Palin is the only one who has a proven record of using her power to make the government smaller and less powerful.  Governor Palin used her power to reduce government spending and state reliance on the federal funding. She desired to increase individual choice, not create individual mandates.  

    She used her executive authority to make government more ethical and transparent while removing cronyism rather than perpetuating it.

  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    Returning to what transpired yesterday and speaking of Paul Ryan:

    Jedediah Bila?@JedediahBila
    Paul Ryan just spent an entire campaign season battling Obama’s class warfare, only to support a bill that raises taxes on "the rich."

    To which Tom responded:

    @JedediahBila you have it wrong. Paul Ryan didn’t vote to raise taxes. He voted to avoid a tax increase for 99% of Americans.

    …. and that in a nutshell is the difference between being principled and being craven.

    Tom is spinning on the basis that when Ryan voted, the existing rates had expired roughly 20 hours earlier. Jedediah Bila is pointing out that Ryan in supporting the legislation is acting like an expedient politician, and not someone driven by principle.

    The point made by JB is telling, given the underlying objective of Obama’s team in the negotiations was to get Republicans to break their no tax increase pledge, so making it easier to get tax increases in the upcoming negotiations.

    Official: Goal of ‘Fiscal Cliff’ to Break GOP on No Tax Increase Pledge

    This comment was made before the House voted on the "compromise" bill.

    House Republicans should have used this statement, along with the CBO report against the President and Majority Leader Reid when the Speaker rose to give a speech from the floor of the House justifying his refusal to put the "compromise" bill up for a vote.

    Instead the House should either have sent a bill back to the Senate, amending the compromise bill, extending all the tax rates, while cutting spending; or simply freeze everything per Professor Jacobson’s Plan C, except for paying for the delay in the sequester; and then proceed to adjourn the House for the day.

    Oh sure, the Democrats would have piled on, along with the beltway media, and the markets would have gone sideways, but and this is key, he would have stood firm on principle, and ultimately would have been vindicated, given the antics of the President.

    That was the right call, because he would then have stared down the President and called his bluff.

    The justification given by Republicans, including Paul Ryan and John Boehner, in voting for the compromise bill reminds one of a story told about Sir Winston Churchill that makes a point about standing on principle.

    Sir Winston was at a gala party.

    He approached a beautiful woman and offered her 5 pounds if she would sleep with him. The woman was aghast and replied how dare you.

    He responded by offering her 1 million pounds if she would change her mind. The woman smiled to which Sir Winston replied:

     "My dear we have established you are a prostitute, the only thing we are now haggling over is the price."

    [The quote may not be totally accurate, but ….]

    Republicans, in voting for the compromise bill in violation of their pledge not to raise taxes have proven that they are willing to sell out.

    In the upcoming negotiations, from the perspective of the Obama administration, all one is left to establish is what will it take for Republicans to agree to lift the debt ceiling to avoid a default, while extending the continuing resolution to avoid a shut down of the operations of the Federal Government, fully believing that when push comes to shove Republicans will blink.

    It is for these reasons that the Republican justification for voting for the compromise bill rings hollow.

    In turn, while they are mouthing strong words in advance of the upcoming negotiations, we must be under no illusions. It is unlikely that the present leadership is prepared to go to the wall and actually shut down the Government to force a balanced budget, etc.

    Rather, I fear we will get some sort of agreement, which will be called a "grand bargain" that everyone in the beltway will hail, including the rating agencies, but on close analysis we will find falls short of what is ultimately needed to truly rectify matters.

    As such, the struggle to balance the Federal budget, restore fiscal sanity in our Federal Government and put the Federal entitlement programs on a sound footing will continue.

    Am I being overly harsh?

    Perhaps, but in the meantime, let us heed the wisdom of Sarah Palin in her latest FB notes.

    P.S. I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • cudaforever

    Good morning C4P. I stand with Sarah !! :) Like Jean does :)

    Ian,  I also hope that Leftie Colbert King is correct.


    God Bless Sarah !!

    • jerseymark

      One qualification – Mr. King wrote that Sarah "will try her hand" at making those policy speeches which betrays a major level of ignorance inasmuch as Sarah is quite experienced at making policy speeches and is quite good at it. 

  • cudaforever

    I have my SarahPAC calendar up — LOVE IT !! I also have a civil war Calendar which chronicles the events from the year 1863- the 150th anniversary year. Big year, this year with Gettsyburg.

    • Pete Petretich

      Can somebody take a picture of it or scan the images? I only recently started making my "widow’s mite" donations and I didn’t receive a calendar…

      • Val

        Pete, why not contact SarahPAC on the Facebook link and ask if they would please send you a calendar?  The moderators on Sarah’s FB page could certainly attest to your unfailing support of Sarah over the years.          

        • Pete Petretich

          I did just put in a request, via the FB page and the Sarah PAC homepage. The reply was immediate.

          We’ll see what happens…

          • cudaforever

            I hope it comes through Pete. You deserve one !!

            • c4pfan

              I agree.  I hope you get it Pete!

    • jester2939

      Yah, Gettysburg and Vicksburg – both HUGE turning points for the North. If you can visit Gettysburg this year, do. It is the premier Civil War Battlefield. The new visitors’ center has an excellent and comprehensive museum of the war, a wonderful video on Lincoln, and the beautifully restored cyclorama of the battle. Plus, there are great sites in town, such as the house where Lincoln stayed the night before he gave the Gettysburg Address.

  • John_Frank

    I encourage folks to read Firelight’s latest missive at Palin4America:

    Tea Party Rising

    • Pete Petretich

      "The vote last night sealed the deal… there is no GOP in 2013. There are only Tea Party Conservatives and Democrats."

      • n4cerinc

        Or more like the Permanent Political Class vs We The People.

    • wodiej

      Just more of the blame game.  Almost every single one of these people who serve are elected by voters.  There are too many who haven’t a clue about gov’t or what is going on.  If their name on the ballot has an R behind it, they vote for them.  Even Tea Party people helped nominate Romney. It’s not encouraging.

      • jester2939

        I used to be one of those people who thought Republican = Conservative or Republican = Good Guy/Gal. Not any more!!! Sarah opened my eyes in June 2008. I woke up, so I know it’s possible for others too. Of course there will always be some party diehards, but they’re probably not conservatives anyway.

        • c4pfan

          That’s what woke me up too.  That and these so called leaders like Bush up and dissapearing on Conservative causes. 

        • jerseymark

          Interesting thing about "party diehards" is that they are in the party not for ideology but for power and they see the party as their vehicle. When they are deprived of that benefit by a conservative third party, it will take a little while but they will move to the new party as their vehicle or switch to the Democrats. Either way the GOP will cease to exist.

          • jester2939

            Yes, it’s just a vehicle for most. I used to be precint chair, and as a result, I was invited to meet candidates. At one dinner, the man next to me was running for judge. I asked him why he was running. He candidly said, "Well, I’ve been a lawyer for a while, and I think it’s a good career move."  Uh………let’s just say I wrote him off right then and there!

      • section9

        Firelight isn’t one of those people. Obama will turn right around and blame the GOP for raising taxes to fund HIS welfare state.

        Sarah Palin, wisely, warned against this nonsense.

        • lanahi

          The GOP not only doesn’t have a backbone to stand up for principles, but when they do win something they don’t make use of the PR opportunity.  The Democrats cast anything as a major win for them and the public believes them.  This fiscal stuff will be spun by the Democrats as less taxes for the middle class and that the Republicans voted against the middle class.

  • Pete Petretich

    "The 40th March for Life will be on January 25, 2013″

    Will Sarah Palin speak at this year’s March for Life? The founder, Nellie Gray, recently died. This might be a fine way to pay tribute to Nellie’s tireless efforts over many years…

    P.S. The youth group at my parish is still taking applications from teens who want to take the always memorable bus trip to Washington, DC. I went once in 1997…

    • c4pfan

      I think it woul be awesome, if Sarah spoke there!

      • jerseymark

        It is and would be awesome if she spoke anywhere.

  • John_Frank

    Rep. Tim Scott Statement on Fiscal Cliff Package

    Representative Scott, soon to be Senator Scott voted No.

  • devitor

    The Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments is closed….

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2013 Accomplishments is open and begins with Gov. Palin’s Facebook Status and Note from yesterday.

  • Pete Petretich

    If Eric Cantor does in fact become the next Speaker of the House, I do think he will be more diplomatic and deferential in regards to the various factions in the party. After all, he will have just witnessed Romney, Ryan, and Boehner go down after they insulted real conservatives…

    • misterlogic0013

       Hi Pete happy new year / Cantor can’t be trusted he is up to his eye balls in the good old boy network, moderate to the bone. OB / GOP in full control .. don’t be fooled ..

    • jester2939

      I don’t think any of those guys care.

      • c4pfan

        I don’t think they care either.

  • wodiej

    "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him."  Psalm 37:7

  • misterlogic0013

    Now does everyone get it ? the only thing standing in the way of our freedom being continuously, systematically taken away is the .. TEA PARTY .. SARAH PALIN .. got that / didn’t think so ..
       Spin it .. go ahead .. your unable .. get the flour while its available, learn how to bake .. 2014  bring the bread .. Freedom in the balance, TEA PARTY powder dry .. Have good day / buttered roll anyone ?

  • Gelston

    Alan Greenspan during the Asian crisis in the late 1990?s

    ""Reality eventually replaces hope, and the cost of the delay is a more abrupt and disruptive adjustment than would have been required if action had been more pre-emptive.""

    • Craig Phillips

      Reply to Gelston;

      Great quote

      Kind of reminds me of a song…

            When I find myself in times of trouble,
            Alan Greenspan comes to me,
            speaking of words of wisdom
           "CUT THE SPENDING"

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

    • hrandym

       Great song.  Presentation not my style: too much showboat, lack of respect for the meaning.  Can’t help myself.  I respect the song too much.

  • Polarbearpapa

    Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their
    attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by
    enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public
    affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors,
    shall all become wolves.

    Thomas Jefferson

    • hrandym

       I don’t believe Jefferson ever expected the electorate to include such a large body of witless, unprincipled, licentious elements.  In his time, one had to WORK to live.  To make an intelligent vote on local or national matters, all of these descriptive words need to be reduced significantly.  "Obama money", "Obama’s stash", an "Obama phone" are glaring indications of the decadence we face in our society.  Additionally, I have union members in my family who, in face of the gross overspending of our government, has said that they "want to get theirs" even at the expense of their children.

      We need to overcome this diseased condition.  At one time we had a poll tax to alleviate or at least reduce the problem.  What now?

  • Polarbearpapa

    2 Corinthians 10

    2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be
    toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this

    3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 

    4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 

    5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the
    knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient
    to Christ. 

    6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

  • palinsupporter1

    I hope this guy from the Washington Post is right too.  I know Sarah enjoys the holidays with her family, but she has been especially quiet recently.  I hope she comes out swinging. Starting with ending her exclusiveness with Fox.

    • n4cerinc

      Based on that New Year’s fb note, she is picking her battles.

  • paul

    I hope people have finally seen through the Republican and Democrat scripted stage show. Take this for example. Why didn’t the GOP say when confronted about taxes under Clinton say OK lets go back to all the tax rates under Clinton it was so great. Why because it would have increased taxes for the middle class. Who gave the middle class a tax cut the GOP. Simple but they are both playing the people as stooges.So, lets get the new party going. First all members of the Tea Party in Congress should change to independent.Then stand and never compromise on spending and the constitution.We need to support SarahPAC. Start attending Tea Party Patriot meetings. Spread the information in "Undefeated".Educate, inform, set the record straight. The democrats had complete control of Congress for 2 years and did nothing on the debt and yes Bush  and republicans have equal blame. That is why a new party is necessary. The GOP can’t be reformed we saw that in 2012 in Tampa too corrupt.

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