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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

    • ZH100

      Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments in list form.

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

    • TexS2012

      Good morning ZH and thank you for keeping Sarah Palin’s record front and center on this website. And now that the Republicians are in disarray and looking for "a clear leader" that person is to be found here at C4P – Sarah Palin! Her record is a clear statement of Republician Conservative Principles that the rino’s choose to ignore while they are weeping and wailing in their failed attempts to retain power.

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, TexS2012

  • ZH100

    Exclusive – ‘Corruption Chronicles’: Obama’s Crony Capitalism

    From the article:

    “Crony Capitalism” (or Crony Socialism) has become a popular buzz-phrase to describe our Bailout Nation and the scandalous loans made to companies like Solyndra. The takeover of the mortgage markets, TARP, nationalizing American auto companies, and the stimulus green energy rackets are but a few examples of the Crony Capitalism epidemic."

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/04/Corruption-Chronicles-Crony-Capitalism

    • ZH100

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

      From the article:

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

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

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

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

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

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

      From the article:

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

      From the article:

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

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

      From the article:

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

      From the article:

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

      From the article:

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

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

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

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

  • ZH100

    ‘Was Steve Schmidt Qualified to Be McCain’s Campaign Manager?’

    From the article:

    "How Steve Schmidt Failed to Vet Obama and Highlight Palin’s Record.

    During the 2008 election, the McCain campaign touted Governor Palin’s reform credentials by noting her rejection of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” selling the expensive governor’s jet, and signing bipartisan ethics reform into law. However, the McCain campaign never noted that Governor Palin signed legislation in April of 2008 reforming Alaska’s retirement pension system and addressing an $8 billion unfunded liability. The reform led to a 34.6% reduction in liabilities owed by the state of Alaska following Palin’s tenure.

    So while Senator McCain was emphasizing how bipartisan record on other issues would mean that he would be able to reform federal entitlements like Medicare and Social Security, his running mate had already passed a state level equivalent of such a reform in a bipartisan manner"

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/was-steve-schmidt-qualified-to-be-mccains-campaign-manager

  • Jthom26837

    Good Morning Fellow Palinistas,

    I would like to make, or submit a mea culpa to all of you this morning. You know by now I’m a huge, die hard Sarah Palin supporter and sometimes I say things that go a bit to far. For example, ‘Palin / West 2016, Palin/ Bachmann 2016,… . No matter how you toss the dice, Sarah Palin comes out the clear winner.

    Well, Mrs. Isabel Matos wrote a piece over at the website Thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com that some what whacked me beside the head with a two by four. It is titled ‘It Is Time To Apologize To The TEA Party!’

    Let’s say I had a small change of heart on Ms. Bachmann after reading the piece. I wrote a response there afterwards under my real name ‘Jim.’ Come to think of it, many more people I can think of need to apologize to the TEA Party. At least I can think of about five, perhaps six. Have a blessed Sunday everybody.

  • ZH100

    About the  frivolous anti-Palin ethics complaints
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    There were many "ethics" complaints filed against Gov Palin. All complaints ,but two ,dismissed as lacking any merit. The other two were settlements where Governor Palin was cleared of any wrongdoing.  

    Under Alaskan law these are dealt with by the Alaskan Personnel Board, which body gives a final determination.  

    The members of the Personnel Board were appointed by Palin’s predecessor, Frank Murkowski–no friend of Palin.  

    To cut a long story short Gov.Palin was exonerated from blame in all cases without exception.
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    The two settlements where Gov.Palin was also cleared of any wrongdoing:

    1)  Governor Palin Reimburses the State for Kids’ Travel

    There was no state law against the governor’s family traveling with her, and the personnel board found no wrongdoing on the part of the Sarah Palin
    Because no guidance was provided in the law, the Palin administration followed historical precedent in travel decisions for the first family.
    All of her travel expenses were originally approved by the Department of Administration!

    The administration had decided to have the Attorney General establish a clearer set of guidelines that established a new “state interest” test for protocol travel and based on this set of new (!) guidelines Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
    Sarah Palin has been exonerated of all wrongdoing (also) in this ethics act complaint. There was no finding of wrongdoing and there was no ethics violation.
    The Alaska Personnel Board found no wrongdoing, but Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
    http://www.c4parchive.com/2009/06/governor-palin-reimburses-state-for.html
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    2)  The Legal Defense Fund Case.

    Associated Press: "No Wrongdoing on Palin’s Part was Found" in Legal Defense Fund Case

    No wrongdoing on Palin’s part was found. Investigator Timothy Petumenos said Palin acted in good faith and relied on a team of attorneys.

    The only thing the team of attorneys did wrong was use the word “official” while trying to help pay for all the legal costs involved with a merciless, politically motivated, litigious campaign from Democrat operatives against Sarah Palin.

    In essence, the investigator found that because of things such as the use of the word "Official" on the fund’s website, there is probable cause to believe that the fund itself could be in violation of Alaska ethics laws. However,  Sarah palin  did not do anything wrong since she acted on good faith on the advice of a team of lawyers who told her the fund was "unassailable" and in compliance with the law when it was formed.

    http://www.c4parchive.com/2010/06/sarah-palin-legal-defense-fund.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qjTlZI34SlU#!
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    Under Alaskan law Gov.Palin had to cover her own legal fees.

    Answering those lawsuits took up almost 100% of her time and the time of her staff, meaning she couldn’t govern.

    Those lawsuits were filed  to make it impossible for her to govern and to bankrupt her .

    Since then (2010) Alaskan law has been changed which now covers the governor’s legal fees for such legal proceedings. That didn’t help Gov. Palin as she still had to pay the fees she accrued during that time.
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    About troopergate.
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    The  the Bi-partisan Alaska Personnel Board , which is the final authority(!), ruled that Gov.Palin did not commit any ethics violation
    http://www.adn.com/2008/11/03/577323/new-troopergate-report-clears.html

  • 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. "

    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

    • ZH100

      Excellent read!!
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      ‘The Difference? Governor Palin Was ‘Tea Party’ Before It Was Cool’    (September, 2011)  

      From the article:

      "Bachmann’s presidential campaign ads tout her as a “constitutional conservative”. Her definition of such is deeply concerning when reviewing her actual record.

      The Minnesota congresswoman rightly slams misuse of Medicaid funds. Yet the therapy clinic she takes credit with co-founding is revealed to have accepted tens of thousands of dollars from the government entitlement. Some of those very funds went for payment on the pseudo-scientific homosexual to heterosexual reparative therapy the clinic specializes in. As of now she has declined explaining how the United States Constitution permits for tax payer money to profit practitioners of a largely discredited and almost exclusively religion based treatment.

      Palin as Alaska governor consistently displayed a close commitment to core constitutional principles regardless of her own personal views on social issues. In early 2007, Palin vetoed a state legislature bill to overturn the state supreme court’s decision granting domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples. The veto was an act enforcing the constitutional separation of powers and not a personal ideological position on behalf of the Governor.

      Bachmann has now taken to targeting titles for acquirement in the House. Originally Bachmann campaigned for chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee. It was declined. Bachmann’s next foray into chairmanship hunting came with her simply creating a title to assume.

      Tea Party Caucus Chair has proven to be nothing more than that, a title to assume. In the first year and a month since the caucus’s creation, Bachmann has managed to steer it to achieve absolutely nothing in the congress. The caucus has had a total of two policy meetings in 2011 and it played no role in the debt ceiling negotiations of August of that year. Matter of fact, the majority of the members actually voted in support of raising the debt ceiling despite its chairwoman calling for opposition to the measure. Bachmann, like most collecting a check in Congress, fails to understand that with a title come duties to fulfill.

      In the near half decade Bachmann has served in Washington, the congresswoman has compiled a hefty record of empty achievements and zero accomplishments. Even in the six years she was a state senator in Minnesota she failed to win a single significant legislative triumph. She was, however, awarded a title as an assistant minority leader for GOP policy in the state senate; a title that would be revoked within seven months.

      Governor Palin’s respect and adherence to the state constitution, even when it countered her own social values, would be demonstrated anew in January 2009 in her appointment of Judge Morgan Christen to the state supreme court. The method of appointing justices to the Alaska Supreme Court is for an independent panel to forward nominees for the governor to appoint. The only options for the Governor were a couple of pro-choice judges, Christen and Judge Eric Smith. She chose Christen, less an activist judge than Smith. The pro-life position Palin has long-held was never an impediment for her to successfully execute her role as the state constitution decreed it.

      In replacing legislation enacted by the ethically challenged Frank Murkowski administration, Palin would dramatically incentivize energy development in the state, as well as immediately monetarily benefit Alaska residents. Abiding by Alaskan constitutional requirements, the Palin administration in 2007 formulated, promoted and ultimately enacted the Alaska Clear and Equitable Share legislation. Palin understood the Alaska Constitution recognized as resource owners the state’s residents. Consequently, ACES created a successful shareholder relationship between state residents and the energy companies. It also helped open up to competition the state’s energy industry helping produce an increase in jobs and oil revenue.

      Furthermore, Palin took the extraordinary proactive measures of reducing state spending in a surplus. Palin solidified herself as the only high-profile Republican executive in government in the past decade to exercise such prudent fiscal restraint. In every sense, Governor Palin is a tested and proven constitutionalist and conservative. Palin is the ideal Tea Party candidate; unmatched or equaled by any other GOP candidate.

      For Palin possesses a real record of reform versus the mere rhetoric of others. The values she lives today are the same as the ones she espoused from before they were ever deemed cool by her colleagues or the “permanent political class” and its allies.

      Plainly put, Sarah Palin is an original trailblazer and not some opportunistic imitator."

      Read the whole piece:
      http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/09/the-difference-governor-palin-was-tea-party-before-it-was-cool.html

  • wodiej

    "For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory."  Deuteronomy 20:4 

  • TexS2012

    "Republican Party Seems as Divided, Angry as Ever"

    NO CLEAR LEADER!!!
    "What’s largely causing the dissension? A lack of a clear GOP leader with a
    single vision for the party."
    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/article/Republican-Party-seems-as-divided-angry-as-ever-4169575.php

    • section9

      If Sarah Palin does not choose to lead, then the leadership will fall, by default, on the corrupt GOP Establishment. The choice is hers, and always has been hers.

      • Quit_or_Work

        Do you think she will make a different choice this time around than she did in the last presidential election cycle?

        • cudaforever

          Yes, I think she will.

        • section9

          It’s my hope that she will. I have no proof of this, although the political environment within a chaotic, leaderless GOP is much more fertile for her to take the reins of leadership that it was after 2010.

          The Establishment still had credibility after 2010. Now, it has less, but it can regain its credibility from the gullible if Palin and her allies do nothing.

      • crunchingk

        your exactly right section!!

      • Maria Buss

        agree!

      • lanahi

        Sarah Palin is not the only one who needs to step forward.  She cannot do everything herself, as was demonstrated in Boehner’s coup attempt.  We are trying to put everything on her, but she simply can’t do it alone and won’t even try if no one else has the balls to help.

        I had sent an email to my congressman, Raul Labrador, before I knew of his leadership in the coup attempt.  I told him that his votes were right on but that we also needed to hear his VOICE on the House floor.  I feel I owe him an apology now…he DID speak up and now will be hurt by that.  Boehner will not forget the ones who voted against him and especially the ones who led that fight.

        That’s why no one will speak up and why Bachmann et al caved too.  It doesn’t pay unless you have enough support.

        • section9

          Leadership abhors a vacuum. The GOP is where it was after 1974. It took Reagan to step forward and make his "New Republican Party" speech at the 1975 CPAC meeting. His career never looked back, even though he lost the primary the following year to Gerald Ford.

          Nobody is asking Palin to do everything herself. But the political environment is uniquely favorable for her. 

    • lanahi

      No clear leader!
      The same thing was true of the effort to oust Boehner:
      http://cdn.rollcall.com/news/boehner_coup_attempt_larger_than_first_thought-220607-1.html?popular=true&pos=hln&cdn_load=true

      "Republican Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina and Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho played key roles in organizing the plot. But participants describe its origin as organic and not led by any particular member, despite the suggestion by at least one House Republican that Amash was the ringleader.

      One member who participated in the effort described it as the work of small groups of Republican lawmakers who concluded independently that new leadership was needed in the speaker’s office. After learning of their agreement on the subject through discussions on the House floor during the week or two before Thursday’s vote, they decided to band together in an attempt to assemble a group of 25 members committed to opposing Boehner.

      Boehner’s opponents believed forcing a second-round ballot for speaker would lead to a chaotic and unpredictable GOP Conference meeting in which they hoped potential successors to Boehner would step forward.

      After the plot was called off, those who had joined it were released and given the approval to vote however they liked, and roughly half of the group abstained or voted against Boehner. Each abstention actually lowered the amount of votes Boehner needed to win re-election, as
      winning the speakership requires garnering only a majority of those who voted, as opposed to a majority of sitting House members.

      Deliberations about the coup attempt split the right flank of the GOP conference, and even many lawmakers with grave reservations about Boehner’s leadership opted against joining the effort.

      Opponents to the coup attempt said the effort was doomed WITHOUT A LEADER who could plausibly assume the speaker’s gavel."

      • TexS2012

        Thanks for that report lanahi. The words LEADER and leadership, and coup attempts are occuring in the Republician Party! It’s good if you ask me and about time. Do you think they have a clue whom the leader might be? If Sarah Palin begins working toward a 2014 change in the House & Senate again they might find their leader.

  • Escaped_Teleprompter

    Vote your favorite candidates for 2016.
    Vote for Sarah Palin
    http://choose2016.rightforge.com/
    .

    • dave7777

       C’mon people. There should be enough Palinistas on this site alone to shove her to the front. Here’s our chance to spread sunshine!

    • palmerguy

      She is #7 now

  • Pete Petretich

    Going out for coffee now, then later tonight I’ll see The Hobbit with a few old buddies. Usually (nowadays) Sunday is my only day off…

    • AmazedOne1

      Enjoy — The movie is really well done.

    • jester2939

      I’m looking forward to The Hobbit myself – maybe next weekend. Are you seeing the 3D version?

      • Pete Petretich

        Not sure. I’m at the mercy of my droogies since I don’t have a car.

        We’re going to the late show so I just woke up from a Sunday nap…

        • jester2939

          What’s a "droogy," your friends? Well, have fun and let me know how it is. I wonder what all was added to it to make three movies from the book.

      • John B. Hefmier

        The 3D version is awesome!!

        • jester2939

          Great! I heard rumors about people getting sick – don’t want that to happen to me ;-)

  • Pete Petretich

    BTW, is Angela Merkel perhaps a good role model for a future Palin administration? She has repeatedly said "no" to bailing out southern Europe and the big-money Establishment always freaks out…

    "Angela Merkel"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Merkel

    She’s even wearing red in this photo!

    • CBDenver

      Not sure if we should praise Merkel too strongly.  She is a big supporter of the EU, which is a undemocratic political union ruled by non-elected bureaucrats.  She constantly criticizes Great Britain because they have not joined the EU.  As a member of the EU, Germany’s strong economy relative to the other members puts them in a position of power.  This article http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/merkel-pushes-for-new-eu-treaty-with-tougher-fiscal-rules-a-852292.html  shows that Merkel’s plans include stronger control over member EU states — with economically strong members dominating the weaker ones.  To me this amost looks like Hitlerian goal of a "greater Germany" but the conquest is via finance rather than war.

      • Pete Petretich

        I don’t doubt that, but someone has to lead. Merkel is one of the only top world leaders to take a stand against bailouts.

        George Soros was very angry about that, so was John Corzine. My guess is that all the Corzine money disappeared because he was gambling on a Euro-bailout that Merkel stopped.

    • narciso

       Well it’s not that surprising, Germany has the largest voice in the EU, she grew up in East Germany, so she has better instincts

      • Pete Petretich

        Also I’ve heard that northern Europe in general works more and has stronger economies, but southern Europe is always casual and laid back. Many people said when the Euro was established that the north would inevitably have to bail out the south or else it would all fall apart.

  • palin45potus

    The number 1 goal of the statists is to make sure that the GOP nominates JEB.  This is what’s called a "Win-Win" for them.

    If JEB actually were to win the General Election, the left can live with that, in spite of all their false bleating to the contrary.  They have done business with the Bush Family before, and they know that they will do well under JEB.  Plus they get to complain loudly about everything he does and maybe launch a congressional investigation or 2.  Good Times!

    (If they could get away with it, they’d push Mitt again, noting how close he came to winning, etc.  But I think they know that’s ridiculous)

    But a RINO squish not only serves their purposes well, it divides and enrages the Conservative Base.  The left loves to push a Republican Candidate who the base despises.  Hence the Huntsman love, etc.

  • palin45potus

    Interesting that the media is pushing Hillary’s supposed popularity right now, just as they think they have successfully swept Benghazi under the same rug as Fast and Furious.

    They will have low information voters convinced by 2016 that Hillary Clinton is solely responsible for Title 9, the Equal Rights Amendment, and each and every piece of the feminist agenda.

    Watch as the propaganda machine turns her into a pseudo Mother Teresa.

  • misterlogic0013

     Newsflash for Illinois, cut your grass on your highways, let me worry about my guns .. small victory = hard work ahead ..

  • palin45potus

    Why does Reince Preibus still maintain his position as GOP Chair?

    Why does Rex Ryan still have his job as HC of the NYJ?

    (Interesting coincidence: Both of them played a significant role in helping to destroy a conservative icon who the left despises.  You might even conclude that they were rewarded for this treachery)

  • MarkRNY

    How’bout this Marine who cleaned "Armed to the Dentures" Feinstein’s clock? His letter went viral and the Leftist media’s covering it now. Way to go Marine!

    This is the only way to stop the Left–We the People–because the pants wetting GOPe are worse than useless–and again!–this is The Cuda’s turf!

    Good morning C4P. 

    • dave7777

      This should be coupled with the story I read yesterday about a Georgia mother who shot an intruder five times as he was ransacking her house. She was hiding with her children in the attic and he found her. The creep didn’t die, but he had five holes in various parts of his body.

      • MarkRNY

        Yeah. I saw that.

        The Leftist mouthpiece paper that published the names/addresses of all legal gun owners hurt them too–even in NY! They’re actually inciting violence against gun owners, proving why we need the 2nd ammendment. They’re being asked questions about why don’t they publish the names/addresses of sex offenders, perpetrators of violent crime, etc. The tyrant slobs always overplay their hands.

  • FLREPUB

    Really liking Senator Ted Cruz on Fox News Sunday right now.  Hopefully he continues and doesn’t sell out down the line.  Come on Ted, don’t make Sarah regret her endorsement!!

  • Christopher H Fromme

    Just voted in the  poll for best & worst for President 2016  Fatso Christie 1st of the worst  Marco was 2nd in both worst & best   Rand Paul  1st  Sarah 7th Vote for Sarah Palin http://choose2016.rightforge.com/.
    ….

    • Lynda

      It hard to understand why Sarah in in 7th place… I know most think these polls are just a waist of time but we need to vote for the lady we stand with…

      • Quit_or_Work

        No doubt the GOP is planning to assure they don’t have the same dismal result in the next cycle, Behind the scenes the race is already well on for 2016.

        This poll points out how the Gov is going to need to be much more high profile very early on than just a talking head on FOX in order to assure a significant place at the table for the next battle for leadership of our nation’s soul.

        • Polarbearpapa

          Who gives two shakes what you think…..you are nothing but one of the little foxes…

          • Quit_or_Work

            Four years from now do you want to be here talking about what the Gov is going to do after being sworn in? Or do you want to be talking about what she will say about the GOP loss in her upcoming appearance three minute appearance on Greta’s show?

            The battle on the conservative side next time around is going to be even more debated and combative than this last cycle. An "A" game will be required from the very start – which is now.

            • Polarbearpapa

              Apparently Sarah has a handle on what is going on…..

              Philippians 4

              6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God….

      • DeeDEEthree

        Forget that poll here is a poll. http://jhpolitics.com/
        Sarah leads by a WIDE margin over Rubioooooooo.

        Sarah has 304 votes
        Rubioooo has 14 votes
        Rand Paul has 12 votes

        Sarah won their December poll by over 100 votes over Rand Paul and she was wayyyyyyyyyyyy ahead of Rubiooooo.

        • AmazedOne1

          A poll is only valid if it receives votes from a wide section of the population. 

          The poll you linked is only getting votes from the people who read that little blog. They already support Sarah. Of course she’s "winning" there. In the same way, she would "win" if a poll was on C4P. But, it’s meaningless.

          • DeeDEEthree

            They didn’t put her name on their polls until December,their poll in November  Other came in 2nd and they said it was because of supporters of Sarah and Jeb Bush that is why they added their names for December.

            I don’t think that is why they added Jebbies name though because he only got 25 votes.

            • AmazedOne1

              The results of the poll do not matter. They do not show how the actual population of the United States would vote.

      • $26225604

        For someone who isnt in office and has been quiet, I think 7th is pretty good.  Her popularity wont return until she makes a move to run or backs a person who is running.

    • $26225604

       The majority of American voters have no idea these polls exist. It is for the junkie insiders. They are meaningless

  • CBDenver

    When the libs and the msm got ahold of Gov Palin’s emails, they got a whole lot of nothing beyond a conscientious governor doing her job.  No scandals or nefarious plots were found.  However, there is a new email dump that might be more interesting.  Outgoing EPA head Lisa Jackson has been avoiding FOIA requests by using an alias email account under the fake name Richard Windsor.  I read about this a while back on the global warming skeptic site "Watts Up With That", so when Jackson abruptly resigned my ears perked up.  Now it appears that the emails will finally see the light of day. 

    "The Justice Department last month reluctantly agreed to produce 12,000 “Richard Windsor” e-mails. The first batch is set to be released on January 14. CEI employees told me they expect the e-mails will be heavily redacted to obscure their content, but that House committees headed by Representative Darrell Issa of California and Representative Fred Upton of Michigan will launch probes that will ultimately bring all of the e-mails to light."

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/336995/e-mail-scandal-epa-john-fund

    Keep your eye on this story, it promises to be interesting.  I suspect that we will see how far the EPA has gone to collude with anti-coal and anti-oil interests to squelch the conventional energy industry. 

    Also, if you read the linked story, it lists other instances where Obama administration officials have used private email accounts to hide their activities.  It is no wonder that they all thought Gov Palin would do the same.  Simple projection on their part, expecting their opponents to engage in the same dirty politics.  Alas for them, in Gov Palin they found no scandalous behavior.  No wonder they hate her — they can’t find a weakness to exploit.

  • technopeasant

    Random thoughts from this week’s NFL playoff games:

    1) There is a definite reason why the Cincinnati Bengals have not won a playoff game since 1990. Once you get on that train, regardless of how positive the current Bengals’ players are, it’s really hard to get off.  And it doesn’t help if your QB is a best mediocre or you don’t target your best receiver at all in the first half.

    Did you know the Detroit Lions haven’t won a NFL title since 1957? And we all know the Buffalo Bills haven’t made the playoffs in 13 years.

    2) The Cincinnati Bengals defense was touted by many pundits as really good. Well they allowed 420 yards to the Texans and the Texans controlled the ball for 38.49. I think the word "overrated" is appropriate here.

    3) The reason I thought the Texans would win: Arian Foster would gain over 100 yards and would carry the ball more than 25 times. The Texans rarely lose when that happens.

    4) If Tim Tebow is the worst QB in the NFL. well is that now the case after we saw Joe Webb last night playing for the Minnesota Vikings?

    5) Ho hum, ho hum, Aaron Rodgers’s passer rating last night is 104.9. And he currently has the best quarterback passer rating not only in the regular season but also the playoffs. We may be watching the best quarterback ever. And he’s still only 29.

    6) Domed teams having to play outside on the road against teams with open stadiums in really cold weather are definitely at a disadvantage and one key reason why the Ravens should beat the Colts today. On the other hand the Colts are 4-1 in their last 5 games played in non-dome stadiums

    7) Both the NE Patriots and the SF 49ers have one extra day of preparation given the 3rd seed Texans and Packers both won. In contrast the Denver Broncos who play next Saturday in the early game won’t know who they are going to play until later on Sunday afternoon. Doesn’t seem fair somehow given the Broncos were the #1 seed. 

    8) I have posted this previously but the Seattle Seahawks have not won a road playoff game since 1983. A lot of people like to debunk historical trends but there is a reason for this record of futility.

    9) Could the winner of the Seahawks–Redskins game go into Atlanta and beat the Falcons next Sunday? You better believe it. By the way Matt Ryan of the Falcons is 0-3 in playoff games.

    10) Finally I’ll end with the Patriots. If the Texans can go into the hostile environment of Gillette stadium, an open field stadium, next Sunday and beat a Patriots team led by Tom Brady virtually at full strength with Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup and the overall team a lot healthier more power to them.

    • crunchingk

      your love affair with bill "run the score up and wear garbage bags,cheater"bellichek is sickning!anyone but brady and bellicheat!

    • cudaforever

      I was thinking the same thing about Tebow and Joe Webb. Tebow has to be better than that guy. He was awful last night. In the Pre-game they were building him up but I think it was just to sell the game.

    • $7566967

      Hopefully, Tebow will end up with the Jags, where he belongs.  I love the guy and wish him a long and successful career as a starting QB in Jacksonville.

      And I hope my 49ers return the Lombardi trophy back to where it belongs, although it’s hard to see Brady or Manning not ending up with it again. These men are wrecking machines who are on a mission to win at all costs.

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