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  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

    May everyone’s day be blessed.

  • 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

  • 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.
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    ‘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."
    http://www.adn.com/2009/01/16/657216/palin-unveils-state-energy-goals.html#storylink=cpy
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    ‘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."
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/sarah-palin%E2%80%99s-goal-of-50-renewable-energy-use-in-alaska-signed-into-law/

    • 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.

      http://www.climatechange.alaska.gov/

  • 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/

  • qtdb7

    Obama/democrats/liberals love to tax and spend.
    RINOs love to spend.

    It’s about time to get RID of the RINOs.

    About compromising:
    My question is ‘should Jesus compromise with the devil?’
     

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false media portrayal of Gov.Palin as being "rigid and intolerant".
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    From "Going Rogue":

    "Then he changed gears, shifting the topic to social issues. He seemed impressed when I told him that people in my own family disagree on some issues like abortion, but that we don’t argue over it at the dinner table. I have one relative who expresses her pro-choice position articulately.

    My own pro-life opinion diverges from hers by 180 degrees, and we’ve had great, civil discussions on the topic.

    It would later amaze my family and friends that the Obama-Biden camp and their media friends painted me as rigid and intolerant. It was assumed that I refused to hear alternative points of view and used topics like abortion and homosexual marriage as a political litmus test.

    I explained that I had never asked anyone, including the Democrats I appointed, what their position on abortion was, and I didn’t discuss my opinion on homosexuality with cabinet members or judicial appointees, either.
    Schmidt seemed surprised and pleased, even when I reiterated that I was solidly pro-life and hoped they would never try to temper my position on the issue.

    Then we talked about gay marriage. That’s when I told them about Tilly, my junior high friend and college roommate, who, after college, decided to openly live her lifestyle she chose with her partner. To me, she was still Tilly. I loved her dearly-loved the whole Ketchum family. I explained to Schmidt that I opposed homosexual marriage, but that didn’t seem too controversial in the campaign since the Democrat candidate for president held the same position."

  • ZH100

    ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ star and Iraq War veteran ‘impressed’ by Sarah and Todd Palin (July ,2012)

    From the article:

    ‘And while audiences might be blown away by the skills and danger exerted on the highly-anticipated program, McLaren was personally blown away by Todd and Sarah Palin, and admitted that he thinks of them very differently now than before they met.

    “I like hanging out with Todd and Sarah a lot. They walked into my trailer, and obviously we disagree on some issues. I am a libertarian guy – socially liberal and an avid supporter of gay marriage, but I am pro-gun rights and pro-life, and we made off like regular people. I was teaching Todd how to shoot grenades, we were hanging from helicopters together 60 feet above the ground and we were swimming together with full gear on,” he enthused. “The thing that impressed me most is that Todd is a commercial fisherman in Alaska, he is pretty hardcore. He even won a challenge with a broken arm! He really earned my respect.”

    McLaren also noted that even though his friends are shocked that he has become such good friends with the high-profile Republican couple, the portrayal of the Palins in the media is often vastly distorted.

    “Todd and Sarah Palin are the nicest people I have ever met,” he said. “I love America and they love America. They may not agree with me on my stance on gay marriage, but that is their personal view and I respect that. That’s what is so great about being American.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/07/12/tars-earn-stripes-star-and-iraq-war-veteran-impressed-by-sarah-and-todd-palin/#ixzz2DE2f3Cgy

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false (!) meme that Gov.Palin has lack of knowledge on issues "outside of anti-corruption and energy policy."

    Gov.Palin has spoken out on almost all the issues, both foreign and domestic and has been proven right on many of her statements.
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    For example:

    Sarah Palin Talks Cronyism, Economy, China, Liberty and Freedom at World Knowledge Forum in South Korea (another successful unscripted Q&A)
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-11/palin-says-growing-chinese-army-not-necessarily-good-voices-.html

    Long Island Association was an unequivocal success ; an hourlong, unscripted Q&A session where Governor Palin talked about the economy, the deficit, government spending, gun control, the environment, the rising cost of food, energy, Egypt and other foreign policy related issues in front of a group of socially liberal Democrats and Republicans in an area where the Democrat Party is strong.
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/02/jedediah-bila-sarah-palin-makes-a-splash-on-long-island.html
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/video-sarah-palins-full-remarks-at-qa-in-long-island-ny/

    Excerpts of Sarah Palin’s Speech to Investors in Hong Kong
    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/09/23/excerpts-of-sarah-palins-speech-to-investors-in-hong-kong/

    Governor Palin’s successful (unscripted) Q&A at the India Today Conclave
    The (unscripted) Q&A portion covered a lot of territory and included tough questions that ranged from foreign policy to American economics.
    http://www.therightscoop.com/watch-sarah-palin-qa-at-india-today-conclave/

    Interview CNN’s Don Lemon Impressed that Governor Palin Answered All of His Questions
    http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=politics/2011/08/12/lemon.palin.iowa.spot.light.cnn

    Palin v. Bernanke
    Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar
    http://www.nysun.com/editorials/palin-v-bernanke/87128/

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke
    http://online.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-palin-vs-bernanke/6A8B3973-6069-464E-B48B-4D4564C96DE5.html

    ‘Amid media circus, Palin lays out policy positions’ ( by Byron York)

    From the article:

    "One thing many viewers have probably missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues, if anyone wants to ask. In fact, in recent days, weeks, and months, we’ve seen a lot of policy commentary from the former Alaska governor.
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/114678

    Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide" (by Anand Giridharadas)
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/us/10iht-currents10.html

    • ZH100

      Setting the Palin Record Straight’  (by Jedediah Bila; 3/17/2011)

      "It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin.  Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified?  What is their basis for those assessments?  And if she is so darn unelectable—why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

      What’s most interesting about the repeated attacks on Palin – from the Left and the Right – is that they are routinely empty.

      They are often featured in online hit pieces that are void of any reference to her record and/or her contributions over the past two years to discussions of national and international significance. They focus on absurd criticism of her TLC series, which so many elitists deemed anti-intellectual and so many regular Americans deemed relatable. They call her a “quitter” because she resigned from the governorship, but don’t reveal the reality that she was faced with numerous frivolous ethics charges made by political operatives that were costing her state hundreds of thousands of dollars and her staff countless hours to refute.
      The fact that she made the right decision for Alaska, and that the charges were all ultimately dismissed, get buried under the frenzied need some have to try to sabotage her at all costs.

      And let’s not forget the manner in which the authors of these hit pieces so often compile every possible negative quotation on Palin they can find, particularly from the mouths of whom they consider to be the conservative intellectual elite.  The quotes are typically nonsensical and/or erroneous, and mark embarrassing moments for those who uttered them, as they tend to reflect a complete lack of awareness of Palin’s accomplishments, writings, and outspoken stand on policy initiatives.

      Since September 2010 alone, Sarah Palin has penned commentary on such topics as the unrest in Libya, the protests in Wisconsin, Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and State of the Union address, getting tough with Iran and standing with Iranians who seek democracy, challenging the specifics of President Obama’s energy policy, the omnibus spending bill, defeating the New START, opposition to state bailouts, tax policy, a message to Republican freshmen in Congress, opposition to quantitative easing, and more.  She has repeatedly been a leading voice—via television appearances and speaking engagements—against the dangers of ObamaCare and the risks of President Obama’s approach to energy.

      http://www.humanevents.com/2011/03/17/setting-the-palin-record-straight/

  • ZH100

    ‘Inside the Conservative Rebellion Against John Boehner’

    From the article:

    "Then, as Costa notes, Bachmann, Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn and New Jersey’s Scott Garrett came back to the floor – after ignoring their names being called the first time during the alphabetical roll call – and voted for Boehner.

    “Boehner is fine, people/ He will be reelected. Blackburn, Bachmann, and Garrett saved him,” Costa said of those conservatives saving Boehner. “What a story. What a story.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/03/Inside-Conservative-Rebellion-Boehner?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BreitbartFeed+%28Breitbart+Feed%29

    • Pete Petretich

      Will Mini-Me be rewarded?

      • ZH100

        Well, perhaps.

        During the election Bachmann stayed clear of attacking Romney in hopes of VP slot.

        From the article:

        "According to Ed Rollins, who Bachmann used to go after Sarah Palin, Bachmann deliberately stayed away from attacking Romney, via Politico

        She repeatedly passed up opportunities to ding Mitt Romney in  the debates — a product, Rollins said, of preserving her options for sharing a  ticket with him.

           
            “There was some talk early on between her and her husband that she could end  up as the vice presidential nominee,” Rollins said.

        http://legalinsurrection.com/2011/12/rollins-bachmann-stayed-clear-of-attacking-romney-in-hopes-of-vp-slot/
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        Edit:

        Bachmann also tried to "coop" the Tea Party for political gain by creating a “Tea Party Caucus”, while Gov.Palin always said that the Tea Party doesn’t need one specific leader.

  • smbren

    Wow, Sarah Palin has 877,000 followers on Twitter! Up 314 since 1/1/13…factoid of the day!

    • Pete Petretich

      We’re about due for a new Tweet from her. I’m surprised she hasn’t congratulated the town drunk who was recently re-elected?

      • n4cerinc

        This time when he was re-elected, We The People cried.

  • celestiallady

    Good morning all from Maine. It is -2 degrees right now. While we are all complaining about our government woes please take a minute to say prayers for 4 families here who have lost a mother and 3 fathers who went through the ice while snowmobiling. Mom has been recovered but not the dads. One of the young men is a third cousin to my son and daughter on their dad’s side. Such a tragedy for the whole state and the families. Please take care – we never know when our time comes.

    • wodiej

      so sorry to hear that.  prayers out to all affected.

  • ZH100

    2016 Straw Poll: January 2013

    From the article:

    "The second 2016 Straw Poll yielded a second new winner, this time, Sarah Palin."

    http://jhpolitics.com/2013/01/2016-straw-poll-january-2013/

  • ZH100

    Report: Gore Wanted Current TV Sale Completed in 2012 to Avoid Obama Tax Increases.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-sheffield/2013/01/03/report-gore-wanted-current-tv-sale-completed-2012-avoid-obama-tax

  • bassman
  • ZH100

    Reality Check- The Ugly Truth About The Fiscal Cliff Deal

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouw-q7Qtiz4

  • wodiej

    "Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart."  Psalm 119:34

  • misterlogic0013

     I wear my button / $1.89 (price of fuel 2008) when I play golf, friends ask what is that, its as if we simply accept it, forgot about it .. strange .. Much damage to the moral compass, elderly meaningless more and more. Core of what is problem everyone goes to fast, me, me, me, everywhere, why remember anything, why do anything, computer do it .. Crazy = robots .. first thing OB wanted was his phone, hes a robot ..
     All the back and forth feeds confusion, more confusion = lefty offense. I find it so amazing when grown adults (entrenched old boy GOPers) hate Sarah Palin to a fault. feeds into the lefty plan, why is that ?  (careful planning)?   hard to teach an old dog new tricks ..
     Only locally can we beat this, in our parlors, barber shops, golf clubs, eateries, schools, anywhere, everywhere, with the likes of Tim Scott, Sarah Steeleman, etc etc.  Join him in the ghetto when he  gives a young man a different look at reality.
     We have a good chance at exposing these money hungry moral deficient individuals, win the moment, the day. I look forward we can do this .. wear your button, your own happy freedom loving American face button .. we are the silent majority Tea Party .. our work is never done .. take a break when Sarah sisters are in the W/H .. thanks  

  • TexS2012

    Crony Capitalist Blowout  
    A tax increase for everyone but the favored wealthy few

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323320404578216583921471560.html

    "In praising Congress’s huge new tax increase, President Obama said Tuesday that
    "millionaires and billionaires" will finally "pay their fair share." That is,
    unless you are a Nascar track owner, a wind-energy company or the owners of
    StarKist Tuna, among many others who managed to get their taxes reduced in
    Congress’s New Year celebration."

    note the Republicians who voted for it!

  • ZH100

    ‘Why women don’t like powerful women’

    From the article:

    "Instead of being inspired and motivated by the success of other women, it seems to be perceived as a direct attack on their own life and to provoke comments that cut the successful woman down to size.

    The phenomenon is that much stronger if the standout woman is not only successful in her career, but is also a mother – and God forbid attractive as well!"

    http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2013/01/03/why-women-dont-like-powerful-women

  • technopeasant

    An insight into the current Zeitgeist:

    Written on June 8, 2005 by Charles McGrath:

    "For all intents and purposes novels of 2005 take place in a kind of all-purpose middle-class America, in neighborhoods that could be almost anyplace, where the burdens are more PSYCHIC than ECONOMIC, with people too busy tending to their faltering relationships to pay much attention to keeping up with the neighbors. It’s a place where EVERYONE FITS IN, but WHERE NOBODY FEELS AT HOME."

    • stevethird

       That last line is so meaningful…think I’ll borrow it.

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