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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

  • 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

     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

    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)

    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

    • 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

     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

  • Penny

    Good morning Z. Thank you for posting these each day. So appreciated!

    Are these great reference pieces just in your personal library or are they listed somewhere where anyone could find them easily if we needed them quickly to correct others in debate or conversation?

    • ZH100

      You are welcome, Penny

      I have the links in my personal library ; over the past years I collected some links for reference; many from C4P articles.

    • blueniner

      I answered your post on the last thread, thanks for the Tweets. I really like the one where the person says something like "Sarah is such a class act she promotes someones book who bullied her a couple of years ago" Im now thinking that Sarah KNEW what she was doing in promoting Shapiros book, Im sure it got his attention, there are now over 325 comments over at Breitbart.

      • ZH100

        If Gov.Palin thinks its a good book she will promote the book despite what has happened in the past.

        Remember  the  Juan Williams issue with NPR ; he trashed her several times and yet she defended and supported him with the NPR issue because she thought that NPR was wrong.

        • blueniner

          Well, she is taking the high road, and it makes those who have acted adversely towards her in the past look small and petty. It will give Shapiro food for thought anyway.

      • TexS2012

        Shapiros is getting many comments on twitter also.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Tim Carney is at it, again:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/tim-carney-tax-hikes-on-the-rich-to-pay-for-corporate-welfare/article/2518058#.UO6JzqWg0QI

    "Obama’s income tax hikes will raise $22.5 billion this year (compared with extending all the Bush tax cuts), while the special-interest business and energy tax credits he demanded will reduce revenue by $65.3 billion, according to data from the Joint Committee on Taxation.

    ‘Republican sources told me and other reporters that the White House "absolutely insisted" on loading up the fiscal cliff deal with a package of targeted tax break extensions that had passed the Senate Finance Committee in August. The White House did not respond to a string of phone calls and emails seeking confirmation, denial or clarification…

    ‘The legislation prevented the expiration of the production tax credit for wind energy, but it also expanded the broader renewable-electricity tax credit to include all projects under construction in 2013 (as opposed to projects in service in 2013). These provisions will reduce federal revenue by $116 million in 2013, and then larger amounts in later years.

    ‘The bill included far bigger tax breaks that Carney didn’t address. Special tax breaks for film and television production will lower Hollywood’s tax bill by $266 million this year. Tax breaks just for producing rum in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will reduce 2013 federal revenue by $199 million.

    ‘But towering over the tax breaks for wind, rum, Hollywood or NASCAR — and undermining Obama’s populist rhetoric — is the $9.4 billion tax break for multinational corporations with offshore financial subsidiaries. The provision is known by a fittingly convoluted name: "the active financing exception to subpart F."

    ‘Ronald Reagan’s 1986 tax reform closed some loopholes that allowed corporations to move profits offshore for tax purposes. A decade later, though, Congress created a special carve-out for offshore financial subsidiaries — the "active financing exception" to laws restricting the use of offshore tax shelters.

    ‘The fiscal cliff legislation extended this exception, which otherwise would have expired, thus eating up nearly half of Obama’s tax hikes on the rich.

    ‘Nevertheless, on New Year’s Eve, before a human backdrop of "middle-class Americans," Obama touted the cliff legislation while saying he wanted to ensure "the biggest corporations can’t take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most of the folks standing up here."

    ‘Well, Mom and Pop aren’t exactly using the active financing exception to subpart F. Lobbying filings show that the issue mattered the most to the likes of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and General Electric.

    ‘Perhaps the biggest patron of the active financing exception is Obama-friendly GE. When the company paid $0 in U.S. corporate income tax on $5.1 billion in U.S. profits in 2011, this exception was a major reason. The New York Times reported at the time: "Stock analysts estimate the tax benefit to G.E. to be hundreds of millions of dollars a year."

    ‘Obama, in his New Year’s Eve address, lamented a tax code that rewards those "companies with a lot of lobbyists." GE’s $120 million lobbying tab in the Obama administration is more than any other corporation’s. A big chunk of that lobbying budget was dedicated to preserving this offshore financing rule, federal filings suggest. GE paid former Sens. John Breaux and Trent Lott $50,000 a month in 2012 for lobbying that included the "active financing" extension. Three other lobbying firms reported working the issue for GE."

    Same as it ever was, and the establishment sellouts of both parties are part of the problem, as is the vast majority of the corrupt media for not reporting on this. Nice touch that, extending tax breaks for off-shore investments. That part could have been written by Mitt Romney. And especially cynical of the always dishonest Chief Prevaricator when he "touted the cliff legislation while saying he wanted to ensure ‘the biggest corporations can’t take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most of the folks standing up here.’"

  • wodiej

    "Jesus answered, I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."  John 14:6

  • ZH100

    Chuck Heath, Jr. post.
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    "This whole, "third-party" idea seems to be gaining some traction. I’ve heard from people all over the country in the past three days that are fed up with this quasi-political party war that we’re currently experiencing. To me, it’s just common sense: a new party working for the best interests of American citizens. A party that looks beyond party lines because there are no party lines, including patriots from every walk of life willing to work for the good of all of us. A party of substance, compassion, rock hard toughness, and responsibility.

    This party would require leaders willing to continuously keep their eye on the ball, i.e. the people they represent. I saw that in my sister when she was Alaska’s governor. Here’s a quote from page 169 of my book, Our Sarah, that illustrates the kind of leadership we need:

    -"Bruce Anders, a lawyer with the Attorney General’s Office during the 2006 gubernatorial election, was drawn to Sarah’s campaign by her fresh ideas and innovative approach. He worked as a volunteer writing position papers and helping with Sarah’s speeches. “We worked out of a cramped headquarters and were totally outspent by the other candidates in the primary.” He remembered oil-company representatives stopping by the office. “They were ushered into Sarah’s office for a meeting. Many of them came with a donation check in hand. All they wanted in exchange was favorable consideration on some of the issues.” Sarah would have none of it. “She said, ‘There’s the door,’ and they were shown the way out.”

    Those were tough decisions. The campaign really could have used the money. But in a world where values are often little more than a slogan, especially from political candidates, Sarah knew that integrity was everything. She couldn’t campaign against corruption while taking the same contributions she said were at the heart of the state’s problems. If she was going to campaign against corruption, she had to do it in a manner that was above reproach. To do that, to run a successful campaign without accepting large contributions from traditional political players, she needed volunteers who would make up the difference with work. As the campaign developed, volunteers showed up in droves."

    That’s just one example I wrote about. I am not suggesting that Sarah will lead this new party. It isn’t even a reality yet. But the kind of integrity she displayed as governor is a shining example of where we should be focused.

    Sarah never played the current "political game" and in my opinion, it’s why she was shunned by those in her own party.
    But that’s another story…

    So let’s think about it. I know there are many people on both sides of the aisle that are ready to start working together for the common good."

    ————
    https://www.facebook.com/chuckheathjr

    • Craig Phillips

      Reply to ZH100;

      The 3rd party discussion seems to have taken off!

      I can think of a great name for it; a new Party Started in New Zealand back in the mid 1990′s called the "ACT" -although its had trouble in recent years, it origins are awesome and so is its name.

      It was started by one of the great economic reformers of the 1980′s in NZ called Sir Roger Douglas, and it initially drew supporters across party lines who had been champions of the great changes in the 80′s and early 90′s in that country.

      The party name is "ACT" which means "The Association Of Consumers And Taxpayers" which is an excellent name for the following reasons;
       
      1) EVERY citizen is a consumer  – and has the right not to be ripped off by protected industries or laws limiting consumer choice - for example, shopping in the USA for health insurance ACROSS state lines instead of being charged more in one state compared to the one next door due to some stupid croney deal between the state government & the insurance companies.
      *I mean what the hell is that?

      and

      2) most people are taxpayers either directly or indirectly and they deserve their money to be treated with respect and they need limited government so that as taxpayers, they are not taken for granted or abused.

      There is currently no party that REALLY looks after people AS consumers, and they all darn well ignore the taxpayer part, & just see them as the goose from which they try to "pluck the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing"

      I like ACT because the 3 letters also implies taking action.

      If we join them together with Chuck’s idea, the you’d have the "American ACT" Party
      "The American Association Of Consumers & Taxpayers Party".

      Okay, might sound a bit dry, but perhaps something else added tying in the USA historical theme of Liberty bound with the US Constitution.

      Maybe "The American Association of Consumers, Taxpayers, Generationally Fiscally Responsible , and Constitutional Liberty Party"

      But I’m not sure what kind of acronym that would make…

      Just my humble thoughts :)

    • Pete Petretich

      (Here’s my reply to Chuck, Jr…)

      Careerism is one of the main things that haunt us. Even low-level political operatives who are not in the public eye very much dream of making a career out of pure politics, and careers demand steady income. Then they enable one another and, sadly, elected officials encourage this kind of "ladder climbing"…

      • c4pfan

        Good point Pete!

    • 01_Explorer_01

      Second paragraph….."This party would require leaders……..

      Where is she Chuck?

    • $26225604

      she ran as a republican for gov. she can run as a repub for president using the same values she did running for gov. no need to reinvent the wheel and go third party. if she has a strong and popular message, it will carry her.

      • lanahi

        Why would she want to represent the Republican Party anymore?  It does not reflect her values any longer.

  • jerseymark

    Continuing with Mr. Lewis’ thoughts on Heaven from his book “The Weight of Glory”:

    “When I attempted….to describe our spiritual longings, I was omitting one of their most curious
    characteristics. We usually notice it just as the moment of vision dies away, as the music ends, or as the landscape loses the celestial light…..For a few minutes we have had the illusion of belonging to that world. Now we wake to find that it is no such thing. We have been mere spectators. Beauty has smiled, but not to welcome us; her face was turned in our direction, but not to see us. We have not been accepted, welcomed, or taken into the dance. We may go when we please, we may stay if we can: ‘Nobody marks us’. A scientist may reply that since most of the things we call beautiful are inanimate, it is not very surprising that they take no notice of us. That, of course, is true. It is not the physical objects that I am speaking of, but that indescribable something of which they become for a moment the messengers. And part of the bitterness which mixes with the sweetness of that message is due to the fact that it so seldom seems to be a message intended for us, but rather something we have overheard. By bitterness, I mean pain, not resentment. We should hardly dare to ask that any notice be taken of ourselves. But we pine. The sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of out
    inconsolable secret. And surely, from this point of view, the promise of glory, in the sense described, becomes highly relevant to our deep desire. For glory means good report with God, acceptance by God, response, acknowledgment, and welcome into the heart of things. The
    door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.”

    Very deep stuff, I think – so deep it makes you wonder what he is referring to. I think he is pointing us to those fleeting experiences we have when we take the time to slow down and really experience our surroundings like when that moment of sunset so brilliant in its beauty takes your breath away, or the way the sunlight hits a mountain at sunrise displaying its majesty, or the inexpressible beauty of a clear starry night in the desert or out at sea where there is no ambient light to detract from the sheer number of stars in the sky. While we are experiencing these moments, they touch our soul in a positive way but when the moment passes, we are left with a yearning, a longing as Mr. Lewis calls it which cannot be satisfied in this world for these moments are glimpses of out true home.

    So, if it seems that the message is not for us, what then? The one Scripture that immediately came to my mind refers to the fact that the creation, the universe itself has been made subject to futility and corruption due to mankind’s fall from grace and that the all of creation “eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God”. Romans 8:19-21. It is as if Heaven chooses to shine a portion of its glory upon the creation at times to reassure the creation that the time of its deliverance “from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (verse 21) will come and it must be patient. Verse 23 tells us that in the same way, the Spirit within us groans eagerly waiting for our redemption. The is why Jesus said that we, as “born again” believers in Him are not of this world. (John 17:16) I know this statement refers directly to the Disciples BUT moving to verse 20 of that chapter of John we see that Jesus includes all “those who will believe in Me through their word”. As a Christian, it is this sense that my home is not here but in the presence of God that gives my life here a very different perspective, a perspective that the World cannot possibly understand and feels threatened as a result. I believe that in the “glorious liberty of the children of God”, the creation will be alive and fully responsive to the children of God just as it is to God Himself.

    • TexS2012

      I think you said it very well jerseymark.

  • travelingon

    Did you guys see this?:
     http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/ha-secret-obamacare-provision-protects-gun-owners-from-the-evil-liberals-wish-to-do/

    "..ObamaCare prohibits the federal government from collecting firearms registration data. CNN’s Jim Acosta explains:"

    • misterlogic0013

       thanks for the info .. although its all b/s anyway you look at it .. Harry would sell his mother for a vote or two ……..

    • c4pfan

      Yeah, thanks to Reid!

  • wodiej
    • c4pfan

      Cool!

  • wodiej

    "When the solution is simple, God is answering." Albert Einstein

  • bassman
    • c4pfan

      Thanks for the link on this!

    • $26225604

      they claim that since the IPAB didnt exist when palin made her post about death panels, that she must have been referring to end of life counseling. idiots!

      palin saw the writing on the wall that is socialized medicine therefore WARNED of COMING death panels, not the existence of them. i have no idea how the end of life payments even bacame an issue. simply created by those who wanted to dilute and distract from her message. i hate forbes magazine

    • colint

      Am surprised that anyone here "likes" this article. There are NO "Death panels" in the sense that a panel of people will meet to decide whether some individual gets some necessary heath care. Both state insurers and private insurers will have a group of people, mainly medical professionals, who will recommend what will or will not be covered in the premium for a particular plan. Consumers will get what they are willing to pay for. Many will be subsidising freeloaders.

      The US spends over 50% more per person for health care than any other industrial nation. This is largely due to the massive BUREAUCRACY the US system requires in the FINANCING of health care.

      • jerseymark

        The other major reason for the amount spent on healthcare is that we subsidize the rest of the world with regard to the cost of researching and developing new products and new technologies which then have to be paid for. Add in the threat of malpractice cases driving insurance premiums into mid 6 figures per doctor leading to the ordering of many reasonably unneeded tests to cover their butts and you have runaway costs. 

      • TexS2012

        A "like" can just mean you’re happy something has been brought to your attention. We have the best healthcare in the world because we have spent more and it was money well spent. Everyone who have ever needed quality life-saving, life-caring care is grateful. I know I am.
        The central concern of people is the government has involved themselves over a period of time now to the point they are now interfering in our lives, our health, and our health decisions with our doctors. And just where did insurance companies get their power? Hmmmmm?
        If the government has their way we’ll be no more than a utility customer.
        If we don’t pay the bill/tax, they’ll shut off the gas!

    • TexS2012

      The comments after the article were good. Just goes to show we’re all not as dumb as this writer thinks we are. He might convince some people in support of Obamacare by using Sarah Palin’s name and image but that is getting old.

  • celestiallady
    • c4pfan

      I hope so…that it’s great.

      • celestiallady

        Sometimes we need a laugh – love the looks on their faces.

  • $7566967

    I’ve never heard of Ben Shapiro, but based on Sarah’s recommendation, I’m going to give his book a try.

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

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

  • Polarbearpapa

    Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

    George Washington

  • Polarbearpapa

    Psalm 12

    1 Help, Lord, for the godly are no more;
    the faithful have vanished from among men.

    2 Everyone lies to his neighbor;
    their flattering lips speak with deception.

    3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips
    and every boastful tongue

    4 that says, “We will triumph with our tongues;
    we own our lips—who is our master?”

    5 “Because of the oppression of the weak
    and the groaning of the needy,
    I will now arise,” says the Lord.
    “I will protect them from those who malign them.”

    6 And the words of the Lord are flawless,
    like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
    purified seven times.

    7 O Lord, you will keep us safe
    and protect us from such people forever.

    8 The wicked freely strut about
    when what is vile is honored among men.

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