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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    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

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Thursday to you all!!

    I hope that you all enjoyed a great celebration of New Year’s Day!

    I offer a few thoughts this morning on the Governor and on the future of the GOP.

    I shall see you again next week.

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!

    Brianus

    OF THINGS ANCIENT, OF THINGS MODERN, OF THINGS TIMELESS AND ETERNAL

    Please bear with me this early morn as I march quickly from the Garden of Eden, through the Latin liturgy of the Catholic Church, and right on to the vital and vexing question of the moment for all of us, as the newborn year of 2013 raises up its head to meet us and to challenge us: If the good Governor decides to toss her Alaskan fur hat into the POTUS ring for 2016, should she do it within the boundaries and apparatus of the Republican Party, or should she attempt to launch a third-party run? I will, I hope, advance quickly to the main debate and discussion!!

    The traditional Latin liturgy likes to draw a parallel between the Tree/Wood of the Garden of Eden that led to the Fall of Man (Adam, Eve, the Serpent, and the Apple) and the Tree/Wood of the Cross upon which the Son of God reversed the Curse of the Garden.

    There is even reference in one of the hymns for the season of Lent to a kind of Divine Art/Stratagem that overcame the art/artifice of Satan.

    Out of a number of words that I could cite, let me confine myself to these:

    UT QUI IN LIGNO VINCEBAT IN LIGNO QUOQUE VINCERETUR-(FREELY translated)-"That he (the Devil) who was wont to win his conquests upon the Tree, might at length by the selfsame Tree be overcome and overthrown."

    I believe that we can think of the power of TELEVISION in the same way as the power of the TREE!! I shall explicate shortly on this theme.

    Now, two twin and burning questions for us in these days of our "winter of discontent," and, I would imagine, two weighty questions for the Governor are WHETHER she is to run for President, and if so, HOW she is to run for President.

    It is my humble opinion that she would much prefer to follow the path and pattern of her hero, Ronald Reagan, and reclaim the GOP from the Bushies and the other "bluebloods" who presently hold the Party in their moneyed and muddy mitts.

    The argument is advanced against this strategy that she would stand no chance against the GOPe Establishment, and its vicious and vice-like grip and hold on the levers and apparatus of Party power.

    I would answer and argue that our Sarah can go right over the heads and the haughtiness of the power-brokers via a direct appeal to the ears, the eyes, the minds, the spirits, the hearts of GOP primary voters and the broader American People.

    How?

    By wielding a two-edged, twin-conquering blade whose steel has been forged and sharpened by a merciful Providence with a bellows that blows blasts ancient and blasts modern.

    What I mean is the ancient art of oratory and the modern-day discovery of radio and television waves.

    Behold what Sir Winston Churchill, a veritable FOURTH Lion on the Arms of England and Britain, behold what Churchill wrought beginning in 1940, as Britannia stood alone against Hitler’s Wehrmacht.

    He combined and wedded the ancient steel and stateliness of oratory to the recently-invented radio wave.

    His epochal and epic speeches, sent forth to his countrymen and countrywomen through the BBC, rallied Britain and rallied the Free World, more than any mere might of material arms, to crush the Nazi Empire.

    In just the same way, I believe that our dear Sarah can, through television, win over the Mind and the Heart of America!!

    Just think of it …

    Think what one moment accomplished for Ronald Reagan in his debate with Jimmy Carter in 1980 ("there you go again"); think what one moment achieved for him against Walter Mondale in 1984 (when he, with supreme mastery of the moment, turned the issue of AGE against the Democratic nominee).

    Just think, to take but one example, what the deathless few seconds of the Governor’s LIPSTICK remarks during her ’08 RNC speech did to help win our hearts to her and to her bright and beautiful cause!!

    Just as the scientists tell us that our DNA code is contained in every single cell of our bodies, so I think that the whole grand and majestic soul and spirit of great men and women can often be revealed and perceived and found in their TINIEST OF ACTIONS and in their BRIEFEST OF UTTERANCES!!

    Such is the power and the weight that one moment on radio or on television can hold to shift and tip the balances and measures that decide the fame and the fate of nations.

    For decades now our enemies have been utilizing the power of television, along with academia, cinema, and many other means–they have been turning this power to evil manipulation and propaganda.

    On one immortal evening, let us say in 2016, in one undying moment, our Sarah could reach via TV right into the "deep heart’s core" of millions of Americans who have heretofore believed all the lies about her …

    If the Lord wills it, one night could save America.

    We will then be able to adapt the ancient Latin to AD MMXVI:

    UT QUI IN TELEVISIONE VINCEBANT, IN TELEVISIONE QUOQUE VINCERENTUR (again, free translation)–"That they that were wont to win their conquests by television, might at length by the selfsame television be overcome and overthrown."

    Wonders of Divine Providence and Timing!!!

    If the Lord wills it, so shall it be.

    PS: Of course, this same power could work for a third-party run too!!

    • palin45potus

      Churchill…Reagan…Palin

      They seem to belong in the same sentence to me!

      Have a good day, Brianus!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, 45!!!

        Have a good day!!!

    • Terrenceor

      You have something there. Churchill faced political and physical death many times in his life before 1940, but was spared every time. Like Washington, I believe he was guided and protected by Devine providence. Let us hope Sarah is under that same protection and guidance.

      Because, as they say, we are in deep doo doo.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Yes, yes, yes!!!!

        Thanks so much, Terrenceor!!

        I already knew this about Churchill (and about the Father of Our Country), but Sir Winston’s frequent and miraculous escapes from Death (physical and otherwise) are really being conveyed to me now as I make my way through William Manchester’s magisterial and magnificent biography of Britain’s hero!!

        God bless–and may HE protect our dear Sarah from ALL HARM AND DANGER … ALWAYS!!!

        • Terrenceor

          I am up to about 1912 in the same book. It is also instructive as to how much influence political fathers have on their sons. If you look at the father’s politics, you will have a good idea what the son will do. Obama, Bush, Romney, Gore, Kennedy: they all did not fall far from the tree.

          • BrianusBerkleianus

            I am just a bit behind you–1909!!

      • wodiej

        She is.  :)

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!

  • 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."

    http://www.thenewagenda.net/2010/05/02/setting-the-record-straight-sarah-palin-and-sex-education/

  • ZH100

    ‘Winning an Emmy by Gaming the Truth’ ( September,2012)

    From the article:

    "Shame on HBO for producing this hit piece. Shame on Julianne Moore and the rest of the rogues’ gallery who made up the cast for starring in it. And shame on the Emmys for rewarding the slander and deception that went into making it."

    http://festivaloffilms.com/blog/2012/09/30/winning-an-emmy-by-gaming-the-truth

    • ZH100

      Whom Do You Believe? HBO or Gallup?

      From the article:

      "Despite the premise of "Game Change" – that Sarah Palin cost John McCain the 2008 presidential election – Gallup polls prove HBO’s assertion categorically false. Palin wasn’t the reason the Republicans lost the election.

      She’s the only reason they had a fighting chance up until the time McCain suspended his presidential campaign in late September.

      In the two weeks before Palin joined the McCain ticket, the Arizona senator drifted in the low 40 percentile range, mostly around 41, 42 and 43 percent, while Obama held as much as an 8 point lead at about 49 and 50 percent. Four days after Palin joined the ticket, however, McCain’s numbers climbed to 45 percent and Obama’s sank to 47 percent, narrowing the gap significantly from eight points to two.

      Between Sept. 4-6, McCain and Palin actually overshot the Obama ticket by 3 percent with the Republicans in the lead at 48 percent and the Democrats at only 45. McCain consistently held that lead until Sept. 15, and then the candidates balanced out with Obama enjoying a mere three-point lead, and no lead at all from Sept. 22-24, when the numbers were tied at 46 percent.

      So what happened?

      On Sept. 24, however, McCain shocked the country by saying that he was suspending his presidential campaign to help President George W. Bush and Congress solve the financial crisis. Although the former war hero turned senator did it for the good of the country, it was perceived as a brash, erratic act, and that’s exactly how Obama portrayed it.

      Some were intrigued as to how McCain’s decision would play out in the polls, but once he suspended his campaign in late September he never recaptured the lead he enjoyed with the breaking news of recruiting Palin. It was downhill from there.

      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/03/03/game-change-wrong-gallup-polls-prove-palin-reenergized-2008-campaign

      • ZH100

        ‘Game Change’: A made-up narrative from two axe-grinders  (March , 2012)

        From the article:

        "From watching “Game Change,” this much is clear: (1) Steve Schmidt is an absolutely brilliant campaign strategist who gave Sen. John McCain the idea to put “Country First” (it had never occurred to the war hero); and (2) Nicolle Wallace is a demure, yet quietly ingenious, media savant who can handle any crisis.

        Oh, but wait: Mr. Schmidt ran one of the worst campaigns in the history of presidential elections, losing to a first-term senator from Illinois with no experience governing anything, and Ms. Wallace let the entire message of the McCain campaign be overrun by — “Saturday Night Live”?

        I spent a year of my life on the McCain campaign, and I can tell you this: Nuh uh. “Game Change” is a ridiculous farce of a movie — even more absurd as a chronicle of a major historical event — that appears to have been written mostly by Mr. Schmidt and Ms. Wallace, two players who have major axes to grind with the higher-ups of the McCain campaign."

        http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/18/curl-game-change-a-made-up-narrative-from-2-axe-gr/?page=1

        • ZH100

          Former California GOP chairman Ron Nehring writes that “Game Change is laced with too much fiction to be a credible historical account.”

          From the article:

          "Game Change is laced with too much fiction to be a credible historical account, particularly in light of scenes that were added to the film that did not even appear in the book, much less reality.  

          I was the California Republican Party chairman in 2008 and witnessed first hand how Sarah Palin’s nomination had exactly the intended effect of shifting the dynamic of the campaign and electrifying many Republicans who had otherwise "checked out."  I remember doing the warmup speech to over 15,000 Republicans in Carson, Calif. before Sarah Palin spoke. That crowd was fired up in a way we had not seen before she joined the ticket.  To me, she’ll always be known for electrifying our ticket and party in 2008."

          http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/Ron_Nehring_2680D7FC-8D87-42D9-A17D-783DDF9756F6.html#.T17gT8HT-1E.twitter

          • ZH100

            In an interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” McCain said “From everything I’ve read and heard, it doesn’t even resemble what took place,” she said. “I can go to Disneyland for fiction.” (March , 2012)

            http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/07/cindy-mccain-defends-palin-over-hbo-film/

            • ZH100

              ‘Thank You for Your Generous Contribution to Attacking Sarah Palin’

              From the article:

              "It’s no big surprise that Hollywood liberals would band together in an Occupy History  moment to try to rewrite the story of the 2008 presidential campaign. No surprise too that they’d cast Sarah Palin as the out-of-control villain who blew up John McCain’s campaign for the movie.

              So it should shock no one that the HBO mockumentary Game Change is just  another in a long list of hit pieces aimed by the progressive left at one of the most unique political figures of our time, Sarah Palin.

              Because the “inside” information in Game Change- and every other attack on Palin-was supplied by people who were paid by the McCain campaign to try to get John McCain and Sarah Palin elected. These were self-professed Bushies, who were, in fact, so insecure and so unsure of themselves that they always insisted on being described as “Senior Policy Advisor to John McCain,” like somehow the rest of us cared what they were called.    

              And they are the same people who are now describing Game Change as an “out-of-body experience,” or as “true enough to make me squirm” on every mainstream media outlet and every liberal blog they can find.   

              Nobody is more popular on the Huffington Post or MSNBC right now that those Bushies who screwed up the country by: 1) Screwing up the country in the first place and; 2) making sure Obama was elected in 2008 as a result of them screwing up the McCain campaign too.  

              Not 24 hours after Mrs. Palin changed an otherwise apathetic Republican National Convention in Minneapolis- where the locals were rude and the enthusiasm by delegates over the McCain candidacy was stunted- into an event of a lifetime, with her stunning and charming debut that enthralled delegates and TV audiences, these same McCain staffers were leaking fabricated and exaggerated information to the press about her."

              http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/johnransom/2012/03/13/thank_you_for_your_generous_contribution_to_attacking_sarah_palin/page/2

              • ZH100

                Eric Schnurer

                From the article:

                "I believed Sarah Palin a brilliant choice for McCain at the time, and I continue to believe so. When the economy (and McCain campaign) collapsed, the McCain-Palin ticket was ahead and just about every Democratic consultant I knew believed they were headed to victory – and that was largely because of Palin, whose selection galvanized a base that McCain needed and otherwise lacked."

                http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/Eric__Schnurer_F4170774-D6E3-4768-A58E-2B3B2C990E8A.html#.T17gT8phsII.twitter

                • ZH100

                  Debunking the myth that Gov.Palin was not vetted.

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                  A.B. Culvahouse Praises Sarah Palin  (April , 2009)

                  "Culvahouse, O’Melveny & Myers’ chairman and the leader of the team that vetted Palin before Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate last summer, spoke about Palin this morning at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s policy  conference at the National Press Club. During the vetting process, said Culvahouse,

                  “Me and two of my most cynical partners interviewed her, and came away impressed.”

                  Culvahouse said Palin hit certain, particularly tough questions “out of the park.”

                  Culvahouse added that Palin would “have been a great vice president,” and said that he told McCain exactly that."

                  http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/04/ab-culvahouse-defends-sarah-palin.html

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you again, ZH!!

        The choice of Sarah as the VP nominee in ’08 nearly accomplished the "impossible":

        Derailing obama’s DC Express, the sleek rails of which had been laid by domestic and foreign enemies of America, by powerful forces with untold resources at their disposal.

        Sarah and America will, however, have the LAST LAUGH.

        I am convinced that Ronaldus Magnus is rendering help from On High to the Governor and to the country he loved–no LOVES– so much!!

        • ZH100

           You are welcome, Brianus.

        • palin45potus

          Wasn’t there always an air of smug invincibility about Obama until Sarah came along, as though he’d sized up his enemy and found them to be weak and easily made a fool of.

          He got that cocky strut back on Oct 5th 2011 when she finally gave in to the inevitability of the combined opposition of the 2 parties who so virulently oppose her and what she stands for.

          (I sure would love to see Obama hobbled and on the defensive again.  I think that will not happen until Sarah steps forward.  No one else has what it takes.  At least no one that I’ve seen)

          • BrianusBerkleianus

            Right on; thanks, 45!!

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    BTW, Ian, I forgot to say it the other day …

    So, belatedly:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!–and thanks for all that you faithfully do here every day for us and for the Governor!!

    • cudaforever

      and I forgot to return yours.. HAPPY NEW YEARS Brian !! Hope you are well.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, Billy!!!

        I am doing well; I hope that you are too.

        God bless!!

  • ZH100

    Mark Steyn: Our Spending Signals To The World That "American Era Is Over"

    From the interview:

    "In a sense America voted for big government in November. What it didn’t vote for is the willingness to pay for it. We have the biggest gap between revenue and spending of any nation on Earth. So people have got to get real about this. If you want Swedish-style government, you have to pay Swedish-style taxes. And if you don’t, you have to grow up and learn to live within your means," author and columnist Mark Steyn said on FOX News this morning.

    The author of the book “After America” went on to point out that if the current debt-fueled spending continues, “you’re basically signaling to the world that the American era is over."

    "I think he’s got another agenda. The thing to do is to get people used to the spending, which is about 25 percent of GDP. If he’s gotten people used to the spending, at some point people will have to pay for it the way the Norwegians pay for it, the way the Belgians pay for it. They will have to pay taxes that match what the government is spending. Obama has figured out if you get ‘em used to the spending, then two, three years down the line the taxes will fall his way," said Steyn."

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/2067954004001/

  • palin45potus

    I just woke up and couldn’t easily fall asleep so I started perusing this thread, and saw the response by Brianus to a posting about "Game Change" in which he points out the tremendous funding that the enemies of America both foreign and domestic have at their disposal.

    Here is a question that I thought of yesterday while out on a run:

    Can anyone remotely estimate how much money has been spent since August 29, 2008 with the specific goal of destroying the Palin’s in mind?

    And then a further thought, as we ponder what she finds herself up against (The picture at the top of today’s header with her speaking at the Susan B Anthony conference in which she discusses life issues seems appropriate here)  What kind of demented individuals would coldly and cruelly plot and plan to fiscally ruin a woman with a Child born with Down’s Syndrome, which will cost them a significant chunk of change throughout his lifetime?

    At any rate, now that I’ve vented on that, I’ll try to grab a couple hours shuteye!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Great questions, 45!!!

      I don’t think that we can conceive of or plumb the depths of the EVIL of some of these enemies of the Governor and enemies of America.

      No one can stand up to this kind of diabolical hatred and persecution without special Divine Protection.

      I believe that the Governor is under the Wings of just that kind of Protection.

      Still, we too must do our part, and pray constantly for this beautiful Alaskan and American family.

      God bless!

  • wodiej

    "Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you." Proverbs 4:25

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, wodiej!

      I hope that you enjoyed a great New Year’s Day!

      • wodiej

        yw Brian.  Indeed I did.  New Years Eve a friend took me to candlelight yoga for the first time.  Then NY Day she took me cross country skiing for the first time.  Hope you enjoyed yours as well.  

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Indeed I did; thanks!!

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Tax cuts for the rich?  You want tax cuts for the rich?  How about these apples, brought to you by His Royal Phoniness, his complicit Dem Senate, and compliant GOP House?  They have been waiting for their chance to foist this off since last July, at least:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/

    "The "fiscal cliff" legislation passed this week included $76 billion in special-interest tax credits for the likes of General Electric, Hollywood and even Captain Morgan. But these subsidies weren’t the fruit of eleventh-hour lobbying conducted on the cliff’s edge — they were crafted back in August in a Senate committee, and they sat dormant until the White House reportedly insisted on them this week.

    ‘The Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, which passed through the Senate Finance Committee in August, was copied and pasted into the fiscal cliff legislation, yielding a victory for biotech companies, wind-turbine-makers, biodiesel producers, film studios — and their lobbyists. So, if you’re wondering how algae subsidies became part of a must-pass package to avert the dreaded fiscal cliff, credit the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s lobbying last summer…

    ‘Here’s what happened: In late July, Finance Chairman Max Baucus announced the committee would soon convene to craft a bill extending many expiring tax credits. This attracted lobbyists like a raw steak attracts wolves.

    ‘Former Sens. John Breaux, D-La., and Trent Lott, R-Miss., a pair of rainmaker lobbyists, pleaded for extensions on behalf of a powerful lineup of clients.

    ‘General Electric and Citigroup, for instance, hired Breaux and Lott to extend a tax provision that allows multinational corporations to defer U.S. taxes by moving profits into offshore financial subsidiaries. This provision — known as the "active financing exception" — is the main tool GE uses to avoid nearly all U.S. corporate income tax.

    ‘Liquor giant Diageo also retained Breaux and Lott to win extensions on two provisions benefitting rum-making in Puerto Rico.

    ‘The K Street firm Capitol Tax Partners, led by Treasury Department alumni from the Clinton administration, represented an even more impressive list of tax clients, who paid CTP more than $1.68 million in the third quarter.

    ‘Besides financial clients like Citi, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, CTP represented green energy companies like GE and the American Wind Energy Association. These companies won extension and expansion of the production tax credit for wind energy.

    ‘Hollywood hired CTP, too: The Motion Picture Association of America won an extension on tax credits for film production…

    ‘A Republican Senate aide familiar with the cliff negotiations tells me the White House wanted permanent extensions of a whole slew of corporate tax credits. When Senate Republicans said no,
    "the White House insisted that the exact language" of the Baucus bill be included in the fiscal cliff deal. "They were absolutely insistent," another aide tells me. (The White House did not return requests for comment.)

    ‘Sure enough, Title II of the fiscal cliff legislation is nearly a word-for-word replication of the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012."

    Any names sound familiar?  Goldnan Sachs, Citi, Morgan Stanley?  Weren’t they bailed out after the 2008 housing meltdown that brought down the big city banks?

    The Motion Picture Association of America?  Gee, what a coincidence.

    General Electric?  Didn’t they used to own MSNBC?  And didn’t Jeffrey Immelt, GE’s then-CEO, chair Obi Wanna’s so-called "Jobs Council"?

    Add to them Barf Vader’s green energy faves, like wind turbines, solar energy boondoggles, algae growing subsidies, and Captain Morgan rum (Diageo distills and markets Captain Morgan – appropriately named for a pirate).

    Diageo is not even an American corporation:

    http://www.google.com/finance?cid=661603

    It would be illegal for Diageo to contribute to a candidate in an American political campaign, so how did they buy the influence to get such a nifty little tax break from His Royal Phoniness and the Congress?  By paying up to the PPC on K St., that’s how.

    And lest we forget, Trent Lott and John Breaux were primary fixers.  K St. is where former Senators and Congressmen go to prosper and write the country’s "laws" so those they left behind on Capitol Hill have something to pass.

    Does anyone really think the Tea Party is out of touch with reality? Will anyone ever give credit to Sarah Palin for her seminal speech on "corporate crony capitalism" at Indianola on Labor Day weekend, 2010? Sarah nailed it back then, and absolutely nothing has changed.

    "Fiscal cliff?"  They should have named it "Obama’s $79 bn Pork Fest" for the permanent political class and its well-connected corporate cronies.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Laddie.

      A belated Happy New Year to you!!

      2013 is here … the year of our hoped-for A’s-Nats World Series!!

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Happy New Year, Brianus.  The Nats rule the NL East, but the As face some tough competition with those big bats in LA.  But you never, ever know.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!!

    • Guest

       Bravo!

    • misterlogic0013

       good info, although nothing new .. difficult to curb let alone stop . Sarah got ambushed in Indianaola, great speech she explained all of it, problem being, tight woven corruption DC elitist entrenched.   love the post, info highway yields GOP nasty secrets.  Imagine a world without corruption. Question is how do we do it / is it to late ?? OB in total charge with a complicit GOP, crooked now and yesterday .  Boehner involved someway somehow .. large problems American politics carries. Sarah Palin worst nightmare .. Sarah has pleaded for people to ask questions get involved locally .. only answer .. doable .. you betcha …

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Got to give props to Carney for covering this.  Hard to find anyone else in the main stream press who does.

    • golfmom3

      Could you check the link in your text to the Washington Examiner?  It just goes to the general page and I can’t find the Carney article anywhere.  This story is pathetic and enraging — it should get wide distribution.  

  • wodiej

    "We can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone."  Loretta Scott King

  • wodiej

    "Your beliefs don’t make you a better person.  Your behavior does."

  • technopeasant

    8 random thoughts on the 8 playoff teams in action in the NFL playoffs this weekend::

    1) Cincinnati Bengals

    This franchise has not won a playoff game in 21 seasons. The Bengals players insist they don’t care about the team’s history. And the GOP in 2016 will claim it is irrelevant that heretofore the party has only won the popular vote in one of the past six elections. Past futility doesn’t matter.

    It’s funny how streaks of this nature have a habit of being extended beyond the realm of common sense and the law of averages.

    2) Indianapolis Colts

    Some pundits would claim that the Colts are now playing "on house money" having gone from a 2-14 record last year to posting a 11-5 win-loss record in 2012.

    Much is made of the Colts season -12 turnover ratio vs the opponent Baltimore Ravens +9 turnover ratio, a gap of 21. But appearances can be deceiving: In the past four games the Colts are +4 and the Ravens are -4. The Colts won 3 of their last four games and the Ravens lost 3 of their last four games. Again the Colts finished 11-5 while the Ravens finished 10-6. And despite these numbers the Ravens are thought to have the upper hand against the Colts. Smells like an upset to me.

    3) Minnesota Vikings

    Everybody claims that the NFL is now a "passing" league (can’t win without a proficient passing game) as many Republicans are not trying to claim conservativism is passe.

    In their unique way the Vikings are iconoclasts.

    4) Seattle Seahawks

    A team of destiny (won its last five games and media reports that all players on the roster will be available to play of Sunday, the great play of rookie QB Russell Wilson) that could be out of the playoffs if they lose to the Washington Redskins. Doesn’t seem possible or fitting but that is how devastating a loss in the NFL playoffs is when you are playing so well. Equivalent to a man being jilted by the bride 24 hours before the wedding. .

    5) Baltimore Ravens

    A person who amazingly manages to keeps his Congressional seat every two years despite his inconsistent speeches and his inconsistent votes.

    When I look at the Ravens, I can’t figure out how they consistently make the playoffs under mediocre QB Joe Flacco (5 years in a row).  A true enigma.

    Can anyone predict with certainty how the Ravens will play against the Colts on Sunday?  Again the Ravens lost 3 of their last 4 games to close the season.

    6) Houston Texans

    Like the Ravens they lost 3 of their last 4 games but even more impactful lost the number one seed and the first round bye and now forced to play football this weekend against an opponent they did not face in the regular season.

    On the surface you would expect the Texans to be down in the dumps and lose to the Bengals.

    But it’s funny how when your back is to wall, your attitude changes. The Texans have known they were going to make the playoffs for the last two months.

    The playoffs are the Texan’s opportunity to start with a clean slate and to wash away their recent futility. Will it be a brand new season for the Texans or will the game of Saturday be an extension of bad football they have been playing over the last 4-6 weeks?

    Politics is the same. Is one capable of climbing out of the abyss?

    7) Washington Redskins

    The Redskins won their last 7 games to get into the playoffs. They have one of the most dynamic QB’s in the history of the NFL, Robert Griffin III, even if he is a rookie. They are playing at home against the Seattle Seahawks and their own rookie QB who have their own 5 game winning streak to boast. Two teams with a tremendous amount of momentum meeting in combat. Only one team can win.

    This has the potential to be one of the greatest playoff games in NFL history. A titanic struggle.

    By the way both rookie QB’s posted a passer rating of 100+ in the regular season. Not even one had done that in the NFL over playing a full season before 2012. We are definitely entering unchartered territory.

    8) Green Bay Packers

    The Packers remind me of a racehorse who consistently has the inside track or a fisherman who has a habit of always fishing in a lake where the fish are more plentiful.

    Fortunately football is a competition and if the Packers are to be beaten the Vikings have to oust them forcibly from the inside track or invade the section of the lake where they are fishing and throw in their own fishing lines to catch more fish.

    In military terms it’s called trench warfare, hand-to-hand combat or a war of attrition. The Vikings must make the Packers feel very uncomfortable and impose their will if they are to win.

    The Packers should win but you never know.  

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, techno!!

      It is fortunate that, in addition to being a Raiders fan, I am also a fan of the NFL in general.  I eagerly await the playoffs, even though I have no personal "horse" in the race.

      I assume that the Governor and her family will be pulling for the Pack, given Chuck, Sr.’s connection to Jerry Kramer and the great Green Bay tradition, as he explains in "Our Sarah"!

      God bless.

    • Rob Hart

      On point number 2: Colts win!

  • wodiej

    "Let no one come to you without leaving happier and better."  Mother Teresa

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks again, wodiej!!

      • wodiej

        yw!

  • ZH100

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

    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/

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    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments
    us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2012-accomplishments/
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    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments
    us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2011-accomplishments/
    ——-

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments
    us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2010-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2009-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/gubernatorial-accomplishments-2006-2008/
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    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-accomplishments-2003-2004/
    ——–

    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/wasilla-mayor-1996-2002-2/
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    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/wasilla-city-council-1992-1996-2/
    ——–

    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/ktuu-sportscasting/
    ——–

    Commercial Fishing
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/commercial-fishing-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Athletic Accomplishments
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/athletic-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/hunting-and-subsistence-fishing-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Marriage and Family
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/marriage-family/

  • polarfan

    Are you all ready for the Boehner and Mgt Team reelection show??

    • Polarbearpapa

       I really do not like Kabuki theater….and now we must set through more of the GOPe’s foolishness….

  • Guest
    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, JRD!

    • Polarbearpapa

      And our out of Control Government….continues Out of Control!!!

      "I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious."

      Thomas Jefferson, 1824

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

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

  • Polarbearpapa

    Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that
    freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our
    innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the
    infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that
    wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary
    bondage on them.

    Thomas Jefferson

  • Polarbearpapa

    Ephesians 1

    3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us
    in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
    5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
    6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
    8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
    10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their
    fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under
    one head, even Christ.

    11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
    12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 

    13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the
    gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a
    seal, the promised Holy Spirit,14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you and good morning, Polarbearpapa!

      • Polarbearpapa

        Good morning…

  • Polarbearpapa

    Excerpts regarding ‘the spirit of party’ from

    Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

    They [political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial
    and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will
    of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and
    enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the
    alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration
    the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction,
    rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested
    by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.

    However or combinations of associations of the above description may now and then answer
    popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things,
    to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled
    men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp
    for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards
    the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

    ……..

    I have already
    intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular
    reference to the founding of them on geographical discrimination’s.
    Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the
    most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of
    party generally.

    This spirit,
    unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in
    the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different
    shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or
    repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its
    greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

    The alternate
    domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit
    of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages
    and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself
    a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal
    and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result
    gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in
    the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the
    chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than
    his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own
    elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

    Without looking
    forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not
    to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischief’s of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and
    duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

    It serves always
    to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration.
    It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false
    alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments
    occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign
    influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the
    government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the
    policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and
    will of another.

    There is an
    opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the
    administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit
    of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in
    governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence,
    if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the
    popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit
    not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain
    there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose.
    And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be
    by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not
    to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting
    into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/franke10.1a.html

    • virginiagentleman1

      The man was a visionary. He saw the future clearly and railed against it. Parties have become the fracturous bane, he saw them to be. Party doctrine now trumps Constitution.
      The British band played a mourful tune upon the field of surrender in Yorktown, "The World Turned Upside Down". That same tune applies today.

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