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  • ZH100

    Good morning all

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

    Palin was the first female and youngest governor to be elected in Alaska, which is tied for the second most powerful governorship in the United States, according to Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina.

    Budgeting and Spending

    Palin cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5% while also reducing federal earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure. She used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in both 2007 and 2008. In 2009, she instituted a temporary hiring freeze, while at the same time reducing spending by more than 33% between FY2009 and FY2010.

    In stark contrast to President Obama and other governors whose fiscal records are dogged by credit downgrades, Palin left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as governor. Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April 2008. Then in 2010, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA for the first time in the state’s history due to policies enacted by Palin that made the state’s finances more than solvent.


    Under Palin’s leadership, Alaska was 2nd in job growth, and 3rd in the change in its unemployment rate, compared to the other states. Alaska also saw a record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009, while natural resource and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palin’s tenure.

    In fact, Palin’s record on jobs compared to the country as a whole was stronger than the President’s and other prominent governors’ during their respective tenures

    Business Growth

    Alaska was an opportunity society under Palin. Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax-friendly state to the 3rd most business tax-friendly state during her tenure.

    Palin was a firm believer in tax cuts. In addition to lowering unemployment insurance tax rates, she cut business license fees in half, suspended the state motor fuel tax, and signed legislation, allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses. All of this was consistent with her record as Mayor of Wasilla, where she eliminated small business inventory taxes and cut property tax mill levies every year she was in office.


    Energy issubeteutiful photoses are Palin’s forte, and her record proves it. In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner. ACES replaced the corruption-tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration, which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the federal indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. Furthermore, ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low, but the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska—were appropriately protected as well to achieve a fair return for their resource.

    Most importantly, ACES led to jobs, increased development, and a huge surplus for Alaska.

    Perhaps Palin’s biggest energy achievement was spearheading the creation of the Alaska natural gas pipeline. After five decades of unsuccessful attempts by Alaskan administrations to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Palin and her team introduced the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May of that year.

    Unlike the behind-closed-doors cronyism of past administrations, Palin’s AGIA legislation was conducted out in the open and made use of a genuine free-market competitive bidding process. Palin’s AGIA placed not only Alaska, but also the nation, further on the path toward energy independence.

    Palin played hardball with the big oil companies in her state. According to the Alaska state constitution, Alaskans are the resource owners in their state; and it was Palin’s duty as their CEO to get the best deal for Alaskans while at the same time partnering with these oil companies for the mutual benefit of all.

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

    Ethics reform was the hallmark of Palin’s governorship. She was swept into office on a reform message in a state with a serious corruption problem. Alaska at the time was undergoing a federal investigation that culminated in the indictment of various corrupt lawmakers. Palin had made a name for herself as an ethics crusader when she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservative Commission and blew the whistle on fellow commissioner and state GOP head Randy Ruedrich for doing party business on state time. This resulted in Ruedrich receiving a $12,000 fine—the largest civil fine for ethics in the state’s history. Alaskans respected the fact that Palin was not afraid of taking on the establishment of her own party.

    As governor, Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation, which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws. In the face of corruption, she continued to take on her own party when it was necessary. She also increased transparency by releasing her oil tax bill to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session, opening up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties, putting the state checkbook online, and not allowing lobbyists in her office.


    Palin forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility, supported increased vocational training and early education funding, opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical schools, and increased overall funding for special needs education by 175% (before she herself became the mother of son with special needs). Believing that the best reform was close to home, Palin wisely also chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education.

    Health Care

    Palin introduced health care transparency legislation that established an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality and cost to help them make better-informed health care decisions. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business driven, rather than restricted by government, Palin proposed repeal of Certificate of Need—a layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development. She established the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council, reduced Medicaid assessments by 83%, and expanded Alaska’s SeniorCare benefits program for low-income seniors.

  • ZH100
  • ZH100

    Excellent read.

    ‘Winning an Emmy by Gaming the Truth’

    From the article:

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

  • ZH100

     ‘Setting the Record Straight – Sarah Palin and Sex Education’

    From the article:

    "NPR got it wrong back in 2008. As did the The Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC News and The Wallstreet Journal .  Unfortunately, many feminists have followed the misinformation of the mainstream media."

    • ZH100

      Sliming Palin

      "False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain’s running mate."

      From the article:

      "We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading."

      • ZH100

        ‘Only Palin’s Stylist Knows for Sure ‘  (Debunking the wardrobe myth)

        "It was a “trumped up controversy,” she writes. “I never asked the New York stylists to purchase clothes, many of the items were never worn, many others were intended for the use of other people, and in the end the wardrobe items were all returned. It certainly wasn’t true that I or my family had been on any kind of ‘big-time shopping trips.’”

        All true, Ms. Kline said this week. Her reticence so far, she said, was out of respect to a client. "

        • ZH100

          ‘Wasilla Debunking Kit’

          From the article:

          "Liberal bloggers have cited the story of Wasilla charging victims for rape kits as evidence that as mayor, Sarah Palin backed cruel and insensitive policies. But just about everything we know from initial accounts of this controversy is wrong."

          • Audrey_I

            The mainstream media will lie, intimidate and engage in yellow journalism to promote their socialist-progressive-communist ideology.  Get use to it.  We need to work on finding an alternative to the mainstream media.  We also need to educate everybody that the mainstream media is no longer a reliable source for the news. 

  • ZH100

    Media Bias in the Age of Obama.

    From the article:

    "To say that the elite media has a liberal bias is similar to declaring that the sun rises in the east. But it’s never been this transparent, the infatuation never this deep, the advocacy this passionate. We are now seeing shows like “60 Minutes”–once a fearless giant in journalism–give interviews that you would expect to see on Entertainment Tonight or state-run television. We’re at the point when we have to count on tough interviews coming from news outlets like Univision. …

    A combination of factors, I think. One is the rise of Fox News. For decades progressives had a monopoly on news, which meant they were content to slant the news but not routinely cross the line into advocacy. But now that Fox News has offered not only a different perspective, but a popular one, journalists may feel they must, in order to compensate for their loss of influence, increase their liberal advocacy.

    A second factor is Barack Obama. He is liberal, Ivy League, and a person of color. That is simply too powerful of a combination for the elite media to resist. (If Obama were conservative, Ivy League, and a person of color, he would be a marked man, as Clarence Thomas has been.) Mr. Obama touches the media’s erogenous zone in ways that no other president, even JFK, ever has. One gets to sense that journalists not only like Mr. Obama; they are in awe of him. They want to impress him and please him and are afraid of being rebuked by him. (It is very much how my 3rd grade son views his teacher.) Being a bright fellow, Mr. Obama understands this, which is why from time to time he transitions from being president to being media critic. He issues marching orders to the elite media–and a stunningly high number of journalists salute and do as they are told."

    • ZH100

       ‘The Undefeated’ Review: ‘By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them’

      From the article:

      "With one legislative success after another and overwhelming bipartisan support, Governor Sarah Palin’s popularity was at a record high 88% according to Gallup’s empirical data — the highest approval rating on record for a sitting US Governor. With that kind of approval rating, Sarah stated "My administration must be doing something right

      She enjoyed those high approval ratings right up to the day her Blackberry rang and Senator McCain asked "Would you like to help me change history"?

      And so began their campaign for the White House.

      So, too, began another campaign — the one launched by the statists to destroy her.

      Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals teaches its disciples that you must take a person’s strengths and "isolate them". And that is exactly what they did. It was an organized strategy and the media gladly participated."–By-Their-Fruits-Ye-Shall-Know-Them

      • ZH100

        The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star’  (by Matthew Continetti)

        "But the fascination of ordinary people quickly drew an unprecedented attack from the media
        elite and liberal activists. Far beyond the normal bounds of tough questions and challenges, Palin’s enemies decided that nothing was too personal to attack-including her marriage, her children, her faith, and her wardrobe.

        The media distorted Palin’s positions and beliefs beyond recognition. And almost every word out of her mouth was spun as a "flub."

        • ZH100

          Mika Brzezinski Discusses Media Bias     (May 11, 2009)

          "Scarborough: You brought up Sarah Palin? You’re right, they were bashing Sarah Palin before they even knew Sarah Palin. They were scared of her.

          Brzezinski: Exactly. Let me make this clear because this is my world and these are the people I’ve worked with for twenty years. Members of the network media elite as well as members and people who worked for the New York Times, when Sarah Palin first came on the scene and this is what they knew about her:

          She was a woman, she was pro-life, and she had some very, very conservative views on other issues. And all I could hear from my friends in the network media elite was, "Let’s bring her down. I hope these rumors bring her down." And at a party where there were people from the New York Times, all they would talk about is the rumors that they hoped would bring her down.

          They did not know her. They didn’t know anything about her. But they wanted to bring her down."

          • ZH100

            Jonathan Strong discusses LSM Plot to tear Palin Down  (July ,2010)


            • OldPat

               ‘They also serve who only stand and wait’, but you do so much more.  By your daily actions, it’s not just her you support, but WE the PEOPLE.  Please accept a heartfelt thank you from a fellow citizen.

              • ZH100

                Thank you, OldPat.

    • misterlogic0013

       big problem .. individualism, individual responsibility, journalism under pressure. 

    • Audrey_I

      The mainstream media consists of socialist-progressive-communist ideologues.  Those in the media adore Barack Hussein Obama because his vision of America coincides with those in the media.

      For all practical purposes, American journalism is dead.  The America media is on par with the German media of the 1930’s.  The media will not change.  As conservatives we need to develop an alternative to the mainstream media that reaches all Americans.  Conservatives need to gain ownership of newspapers and TV.  Until this happens, we will always be at a disadvantage. 

  • mark1955  Now the CTC according to this link, is Brainwashing the Cadets at West Point, "That opposition to a "New World Order is a terrorist activity". Not islamist’s. When the CTC’s activities was last brought to light approximately one month ago, i believe they were stating God fearing,Constitutional Conservatives were the enemy. They really are trying to make it easier for our young military officer’s to be able to eliminate us with a clear conscience.

    • golfmom3

      My son graduated from USMA in 2012; I think CharterOakie has a son there as well. Steve Bannon’s daughter graduated 2011.  You need to understand that the faculty at USMA are predominantly officers with a few civilians sprinkled in.  The CTC is not a part of everyday academics at the Academy.  The civilian director, Arlie Perliger is an Israeli with a PhD in political science who was brought in from outside; not a friend of Netanyahu.  My son had no idea who this fellow was even tho’ his major was in the Sosh department (not poli sci).  Instead he told me about department chairs (officers not civilians) who had no use for Perliger’s type of thought.  The rigors of getting in and staying in tend to select some very strong-minded individuals as cadets.  I would not worry too much about brainwashing — I know mine has his head on very straight.

      • Budvarakbar

        Ah – but the camels nose (or maybe other end) is under the tent.

      • mark1955

        I didn’t mean to imply that the Cadet’s were anything other than Outstanding young men and women. This was meant as a general heads up as to where our government was trying to go with it’s brainwashing. My apologizes if you thought i was casting aspersion’s upon the Cadet’s, believe me i was not.

         As a FYI, i am a 4 year Honorably discharged Military veteran and retired firefighter. two of my 3 brother’s are also veteran’s, as was my late father who was a World War 2 Navy combat veteran in the South Pacific, who was than later recalled to active duty ( Not in Combat this time ) as were many other World War 2 veteran’s,during the korean conflict. Also several of my uncles’s and cousin’s are also veteran’s.  

        Also, congratulation’s to your son on getting in and graduating from West Point. My cousin Steve’s son graduated from Annapolis a little over 2 years ago and is now patrolling somewhere on submarines. I can’t even begin to imagine carrying a full course load, along with carrying out Military duties. You should be very proud.

  • wodiej

    "Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven."  Lamentations 3:41

  • CTmom2

    I would love to see Sarah write a "How-To" manual for running a town or running a state that others who feel called to run for office could use as a blueprint.  I recognize that each town is different.  Some have their own charters and others run by state statutes.  I also recognize that each state is different.  I remember the first time I heard Sarah speak was at her inauguration in Fairbanks.  In that speech she described how the Alaska constitution was different from every other state’s constitution.  So I understand that some towns and states have weak executors and some have strong executors.  Still, I think Sarah could help those who may be considering running for office, but are wondering if they have what it takes to deal with the every day things of running a town when one has to deal with the unions and the people are already feeling  taxed too much.  How does one go about finding out if town employees are doing  their jobs faithfully or slacking on the job?  How does one reduce the workforce and get the others to work more faithfully without dealing with union grievances? 

    • misterlogic0013

      Hi, sadly their is only one Sarah Palin, gov today on all level is corrupt to the bone .. Itys a game of how much money we can steal or get from DC .. Tea Party attempting to fix, Carl Rove against it like most GOPers, we are going to change that .. "fix it"

    • Budvarakbar

      Natural leaders are born and bred — didn’t get effectiveness by reading a book –

      • hrh40

        But, as with any job in any industry, there are pitfalls to avoid.

        Palin herself fell into some pitfalls early on, but learned on the job how to navigate.

        No, leadership can’t necessarily be taught. But it can be improved. And knowing the ins and outs of public service – for examples, how different dealing with publicly elected town councils or legislatures is from dealing with corporate boards — would be very helpful.

        Ross Perot, for example, for whom I voted twice, would have needed a learning curve if he had won the presidency. Being a corporate CEO is much more like being a dictator than being President. You CANNOT order the legislature around, like you can order your managers around. You DO control the purse strings as CEO, which you do NOT as president. Therefore, you MUST have working relationships with the legislators who DO control the purse strings and make spending decisions.

        Private sector experience is certainly vital to public sector servants, but it is not the only thing. Which is why I could never have supported Herman Cain or Steve Forbes or Donald Trump for president.

    • wodiej

      I would love to see more people use Gov. Palin’s map-GOD.

  • ZH100

    "Alone in the Wilderness" is the story of Dick Proenneke living in the Alaska wilderness."

    • clyde

      I’ve seen one of his films on the local PBS station.
      The guy was an amzing craftsman and a true survivalist.
      The isolation he subjected himself to seemed a little odd.
      No communication with the outside world–except for an occasional visit from a bush pilot.
      No Internet back in the day, no phone….
      A real hermit. 

  • stlouisix

    Someone’s Wrong: CIA and State Dept. Accounts of Benghazi Contradict Gen. Dempsey’s Explanation for Why DOD Sent No Help

    The bottom line is this. We’re dealing with a traitorous group of
    sociopathic liars who are trying to cover their ass in regard to their
    willful negligence in hanging four Americans in harm’s way out to dry
    with no security, and no help when asked for that was but a few hours
    away, for which the whole sorry lot of the Obamunists responsible for
    this, right up to the communist fraud masquerading as president, should
    be tried for high treason for justice for the fallen and their families!
    Someone is responsible for telling a Navy SEAL to STAND DOWN when he
    wanted to help immediately, which is unconscionable! What was the
    reason for that? REAL Americans who love their country demand to know
    the answer to that question!

    A poster on the site said something which got my attention to the effect that a billion people care more about the super bowl with San Francisco going for their 6th than Benghazi.

    "It’s yesterday’s news, and quite frankly, even then I didn’t care.

    "Truth be told, thousands of Americans die each say. Such is life. It
    is counter productive to obsess over things which we have no control.
    If you are still thinking about Benghazi it could be that you have
    unresolved mental health issues. I am just being honest."

    My reply follows.

    You’re a pathetic piece of humanity that just showed your true colors in
    regard to your callous disregard for the lives of our military, and all
    those in harm’s way, who protect your sorry life from being taken by
    tyrants! In short, you and your ilk are beyond despicable!

    Obama’s Not Through Raising Taxes: ‘No Doubt We Need Additional Revenue’

    No doubt that we need to replace the Manchurian president who, in taxing
    us into oblivion to rob us blind in redistributing our hard earned
    money to his deadbeat drones soley for political purposes to buy their
    votes, is willfully destroying a free America from within!

    As Kerry Takes Up Post, Pakistan Moves Ahead With Iran Gas Pipeline

    No doubt that, while feigning a sham concern in regard to this pipeline
    helping our enemies, the Imam Obama will do nothing other than his
    typical BS as he’s too busy stopping the rational development of
    pipelines in America that would help make us energy independent via his
    unconstitutional draconian scorched earth policies that are wiping out
    the proven efficient American energy industry, and with it, millions of
    jobs. To do anything else would put a wrinkle in Obama’s plans to
    willfully destroy a free America from within, an America that the
    despot-in-chief wants to be dependent upon its enemies who are his

    Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota

    The Manchurian president Obama can campaign all he wants in regard to
    trashing our Constitutional Second Amendment right to bear arms.
    Comrade Obama can go pound sand on that one as it will be a cold day in
    hell before Americans give up their guns to appease the communist tyrant
    in the White House that the Second Amendment was designed to protect us

  • bassman

    This is fun: Sarah Palin fans encourage President Obama to shoot like a girl

  • palinsupporter1

    piece of junk from the Boston Globe. The writer fails 2 mention that Haley and Cruz won because of Pallns endorsement
    Nothing substantive here, just factless opinion

    • ZH100

      The article is part of the ongoing effort by the media to marginalize Gov.Palin and to portray her as a "not serious" politician. 

      The media ( as usual) is more interested in spreading gossip and lies about Gov.Palin in order to marginalize her then to investigate what happened in Benghazi.

      • palinsupporter1

        It’ll only work if Gov. Palin lets it work.  She has the ability to curtail that effort.

    • palinsupporter1

      And what has Nikki Haley done to be a rising star other than support Romney and be an indian female governor?

      • ZH100

        " And what has Nikki Haley done to be a rising star other than support Romney and be an indian female governor?"

        The article has nothing to do with the facts; but everything with trashing Gov.Palin.

        I will give you the facts.

        After the 2008 election Sarah Palin helped lead Republicans to the greatest congressional victory in several generations during the 2010 election with her endorsements and rallies all over the country.; she also had a very strong hand in the party’s few successes during this election .  Sarah Palin campaigned for constitutional conservatives llike Ted Cruz, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Paul Gosar, resulting in 5 conservatives being elected to the Senate and 32 conservatives to the House.

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

        For example:

        Sarah Palin Talks Cronyism, Economy, China, Liberty and Freedom at World Knowledge Forum in South Korea  (another successful unscripted Q&A)

        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.

        Excerpts of Sarah Palin’s 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.

        Interview CNN’s Don Lemon Impressed that Governor Palin Answered All of His Questions

        Palin v. Bernanke
        Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar

        Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

        ‘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.

        ‘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. "

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

        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.

        • ZH100

          So, the lie that Gov.Palin is not serious and has no knowledge of the issues is nonsense and  not in accordance with the facts.

    • HerneTheHunter

      Everyday tell us how irrelevant she is. If she was truly that, there’d be no need to write columns/articles/editorials telling us about her irrelevancy. These morons (Liberals) have no concept of irony.

    • wodiej

      then why post it.

      • palinsupporter1

        Good point! Lol

  • CBDenver

    Here are some more thoughts on crony capitalism. Previously, we defined two types of corruption — venal and systemic. Venal corruption is when somebody gives a bribe to get special favors from the government. Systemic corruption is when the whole system is rigged and politics corrupts the economy. Crony capitalism is an example of systemic corruption.


    The purpose of systemic corruption is to form a ruling coalition where the interests of the political rulers and existing businesses are the same. A corrupt government limits access to markets so that only politically favored businesses can survive. This differs from our normal idea of free markets where the companies that make the best products and the lowest prices are the market winners. In a crony capitalist system, business survival depends more on political connections than on business acumen. The advantage to the favored businesses is obvious; but the political machine also gains because the support of the favored businesses keeps them in power. The result is a ruling coalition of business and politicians who form a permanent political class.


    Yesterday we talked about the fact that the changes our country needs will not come from Washington DC. The conservatives we send to Washington DC are like the men at the Alamo. The battle at the Alamo was a delaying action, tying down Santa Ana’s army long enough for Sam Houston to build his own forces. Those we now send to Washington can only hold back the forces of the permanent political class by denying them the ability to spend money on their crony capitalist schemes.


    But the real action is elsewhere. The economic actors who have been sidelined because they have not played the crony capitalist game are the keys to our future. They are the ones who will transform our economy back into a vibrant, productive engine. They are the ones who will provide the jobs of tomorrow.

    This is why it is significant that Gov Palin’s speaking engagements are at non-traditional places — leadership forums, religious groups, small business trade associations. When the established economic and political order collapses it will be the organizations out there on the fringes that will be instrumental in rebuilding.

  • Jon Kelly

    Cruz, Ayotte, Haley and Fisher watch out!!!!!!! What do you have in common?? (1) Besides being LSM chosen to leadership of Common Sense Conservatives; (2) SARAH PALIN put you on the map with her endorsement and aid.REMEMBER RICK PERRY – chosen by Money men, LSM and Rove like "Pundits" to be the "Tea Party Candidate"  and "the" SARAH PALIN REPLACEMENT.  Perry fell apart in ONE DEBATE. All of you are being "SET UP" to split COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES. WE HAVE A LEADER – SARAH PALIN. It’s just Common Sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

    • hrh40

      Actually, Michelle Bachman was also chosen by the money men, etc. A closer comparison for the females you mention.

  • c4pfan

    Hello, I wish people here and on that talking heads would stop with the skeet shoot comparisons and state the fact that skeet shooting has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment! 

  • blkbear1

    Does anyone know or have any info if Sarah will be getting back into politics. I sure hope she does, and hope she runs in 2016!

    • Terry Malpass

      only Sarah knows.

      Don’t worry, IF she enters the arena, the news will split the sky.

      • jester2939

        It sure will!

    • wodiej

      God knows.  Good enough for me.

  • bedr1

    My favorite Super Bowl Commercial

    "God Made A Farmer"

  • HerneTheHunter
    • ZH100

      From the article:

      "You can spot them slamming Sarah Palin or tamping down on the Tea Party."

    • polarfan

      Also called traitors, sell outs, parasites, hypocrites, liars, backstabbers, and so on!

  • palin45potus

    I started this thought last night after reading about Rove’s announced plan of shutting out TEA Party types.

    I’m sure that no one is surprised by any of this, except that he’s so bold and proud of himself in this announcement.

    And it’s also fairly obvious to me that he intends to lead us to JEB 2016, manipulating the primary calendar and debate schedule along with the liberal media and his perch at Roger Aile’s place to ensure that all roads eventually lead to JEB.

    Again no great surprise, as the Dems do the exact same thing.  The only reason they threw Hillary aside for Obama was that Obama’s race card trumped Hillary’s female victim card in the liberal calculus, plus a fatigue from Hillary having been "In our faces" since 1990, while Obama was fresh, new and almost exclusively a media creation, which meant that the media was fully invested in his political assent.

    What I am suggesting to all good conservatives is that in order to be taken seriously, we must loudly proclaim that we have absolutely no intentions of ever voting for JEB 2016, no matter what.

    It’s high time to break up this Bush Klan and it’s stranglehold on the entire party, from Faux News and the NRO’s to the local grassroots controllers.

    One of the tricks that Rove employs is to sabotage conservatives who he didn’t have as clients, to the cheers of the media and the liberals.  He is doing their dirty work for them, and thus is a Quisling.

    The French, Dutch, Belgians and others shaved the heads of collaborators as soon as they could to publicly humiliate those who had played such a dastardly role in their subjugation.  

    All I am suggesting is that unless we are willing to go 3rd party, which would almost assuredly be a guaranteed loser (The possible exception being an exceptionally charismatic candidate with high name recognition and well-known policies going in.  Had Winston Churchill had this route available to him, he’d have been one who could have won under these circumstances.  Ronald Reagan would have been another example.  Ross Perot’s 1992 run was a fun diversion, but he didn’t have the entire voting world aware of who he was years in advance of the election, as Sarah Palin for instance has) we need to engage in a disciplined act of righteous defiance, led by a cohesive team of principled conservatives bound by a vow to stick together through thick and thin.  It would need the likes of Palin, West, Cruz, DeMint as the political leaders, and Levin, Bannon and the rest of the Breitbart crew, Jeffrey Lord and whatever other pundits would be ideologically compatible.

    And then they make it clear that the objective is not to have the GOP win with no core convictions, but that they’d rather lose in order to flush out those who have made the GOP a party of weak sisters, in order to one day win big under the banner of bold conservative colors.

    In football terms, it would be the equivalent of enduring a season or two of 2-14 finishes while they learn to play together, and then embarking on a long string of continued success like the San Francisco 49ers did from 1979 through about 2003.

    Would such an idea work?  Is what the GOP has been doing since 1988 working?  It is if you are Karl Rove or the Bush Klan.  As for the rest of us, we are the mistreated plantation serfs, and I would like to go to my grave seeing the country heading in the Reaganesque direction, rather than continuing to stumble around aimlessly as they have been doing for a quarter century now.

    • CharterOakie

      Agree wholeheartedly, except for the characterization of Ross Perot’s ’92 campaign as a "fun diversion."  In my book his was a heroic effort, breathtaking in the spontaneity and effort of grass roots Americans who responded and collected the signatures to get him on the ballot, and just as breathtaking in the magnitude of the heartbreak among so many when he dropped out of the race, for what was at the time inexplicable.  But he did put himself out fully, taking personal risks and spending the better part of $100 million of his money to pay for the TV infomercials, etc. in ’92. 

      Ross had shortcomings as a politician, and he knew it.  He never aspired to be a politician, and he despised politics as it was (and still is) practiced with all the slander, lies and obfuscation over too long a campaign season funded with too much money.  At the end of the day, Perot wasn’t willing to subject his family to the nastiness of it all, and the GOPe’s "dirty tricks squad" (as he termed it) knew his vulnerability and attacked him there.

      Notwithstanding, Ross Perot is one of the great American patriots of our time and probably the most generous benefactor to veterans and their families in our entire history. 

      Too many Republicans drank the GOPe’s kool-aid about "Perot electing Clinton" etc. and didn’t connect the dots to realize this:  Just as partisan forces and media henchmen have been working to defame and sideline Gov. Palin because she’s not for sale and unwilling to compromise her integrity, they did the same thing to Perot in his day.  He was the biggest threat to the established political order in a very long time, and he had to be sidelined.

      But p45p, I agree with every other aspect of your post.  The GOPe (gopE?) must be given to understand that conservatives are willing to let the party crash and burn if necessary.

      Still standing with Sarah Palin.

      • palin45potus


        I was an original Perot fan, as he had picked up the banner from Paul Tsongas on entitlement reform.

        And my term "Fun Diversion" was actually in reference to how the media saw him.

        IF he had stayed the course, and IF he could have persuaded someone such as Dr Bernadine Healy to accept the VP nod as he’d once suggested, I believe that they could have won the thing.

        And I say this with no disrespect to Admiral Stockdale, who was another fine American who stepped up into a hostile zone for his friend Ross Perot, and for America.

        Looking back, the press actually treated Dan Quayle with the respect they usually give to Democrats, since he was doing the work of the "Ruling Class" in teaming up with Al Gore to treat Admiral Stockdale poorly for the amusement of the press.

        • CharterOakie

          Fair enough.  You’re right, it was a "fun diversion" for the media. 

          And Dr. Healy would have been an excellent choice.  I attended the UWSA event in Dallas where she and virtually everyone who was anyone in US politics and policy also spoke (both parties were courting the "Perot vote" in early ’94), and her command of the health care issue was very impressive.

          Alas, what might have been in ’92, and what almost was.
          We wouldn’t be nearly $17 T in debt now if Ross had stayed the course and won.

        • WilliamShipley

          Admiral Stockdale was supposed to be a placeholder.  When Ross got out and back in he was stuck with the job and did his best.

          He gave one of the most memorable quotes I’ve ever heard.  After the election someone commented that it was a lot to have to go through two months of the campaign.

          He replied, It was only two months — I spent longer than that lying naked with a broken hip on a concrete floor in a Viet Cong prison camp.

          • CharterOakie

            Exactly right, William.

            There were plenty of people eager to be Perot’s running mate…until he left the race and re-entered without being willing to disclose why he initially dropped out. 

            Even with that and Adm. Stockdale’s sincere but not-for-prime-time debate performance, Perot STILL came roaring back to the upper 20s in the polls shortly before the election and was poised to re-take the lead. That’s of course when CBS "60 Minutes" ran with the story, against Perot’s wishes, about the threat to his daughter’s wedding.  They edited the interview so as to give viewers the impression that Perot was "paranoid" and "crazy" (no, just unwilling to betray confidences), and that cost him nearly 10 points and any chance to win.

  • palin45potus

    It has been 3 months now since the November elections.

    One sixteenth of the way to the 2016 election.

    We will be at the start of the 2016 debate cycle before we know it.

    I am not an advocate of Sarah Palin being out there on a daily basis right now.  The eminent failure of any alternatives to her must have their day in the sun first.

    Back in the run-up to the 2012 election, Mitt stood back and Sarah led the fight.  A parade of pretenders was encouraged to step forward as "Replacement Sarah’s" and were praised to the heavens.  Until she stepped aside, and then they melted like popsicles under the hot July Sun.

    This time around, I say let those glaring weaknesses be on full display for all conservatives to see.  If they can’t hide behind Sarah, then they will get the full vetting now, rather than later on when it’s too late for us to reverse course.

    It’s not like Sarah’s ideas aren’t well-known.  It’s simply a matter of her deciding to step forward to give those ideas her voice, and then let us take it from there.

    • Freempg

      "It has been 3 months now since the November elections."
      Seems like a lifetime, doesn’t it?

      • palin45potus

        It does, but not a minute goes by that Bush isn’t getting closer to securing the 2016 nomination. 

        Put it this way.  He’s the default guy and everyone in DC sees it that way.

        All he has to do is to make sure that no one arises who inspires the GOP as Reagan did back in the Seventies.  Palin was starting to do so, and the Bush operatives have spent considerable time and money to try to kill that idea off.

        It’s funny to watch the Dems make common-cause with the Bush Family that they claim to despise.  They despise them in the sense that they are a rival crime family, not in the sense that they despise Palin

        They despise her because she is the force of righteousness and they thought that they’d destroyed that spirit years ago, and co-opted the language for themselves.

        • Freempg

          Obama will fan the Bush hatred flames until the very end. The Bush name will remain tarnished for another decade at least (one can only hope). Jeb’s wife will be humiliated should he touch a toe to the presidential waters. I know, none of that matters until Jeb is nominated, then the media will do its work.

          I’m seeing the whale Chris Christie as the big fish for 2016 (if he survives that long for being so grotesquely overweight). He had the Georgette Mosbacher crowd in 2012 who eventually had to settle for second best, Romney, when Christie opted out.

          Then again Georgette’s former husband Robert Mosbacher was HW Bush’s Secretary of Commerce. He passed away in 2010. They divorced in 1998. I’m not saying she isn’t still a made member in good standing with the Bush Syndicate, I just think they will have to wait for George P, Jeb’s son, which I have posted in the past will be fitting, as that will make him George III and cement in perpetuity our return to monarchy.

          • barracuda43

            I agree. Don’t see Jeb boy running in 2016. But I do see Christie running for sure!

    • WilliamShipley

      I absolutely disagree.  The strategy of sitting back and let everyone have a chance first will mean that she stays out again because some reasonable conservative will be ‘sort of’ still in the game.

      It might make sense for Governor Palin to avoid announcing until after the 2014 midterms so that she can advocate for candidates without an obvious 2016 link, but after that I think she should get in early.

      There has been a lot of effort spent to marginalize her among Republicans.  To be a leader, she is going to have to go out and win them over.  It will take time, she can’t just sit in Wasilla until the end of the cycle and then step forward and say "All right, I’ll run."

      • palin45potus

        Well, the last time around, she was the one leading the charge in terms of setting the GOP agenda, and she had a bevy of cheap imitators copying her every word and move.

        Remember how Michele Bachmann came up with a bus a week after Palin’s Bus Tour?

        Remember how Cain, Bachmann and Perry all glommed on to her message?

        I say let them all show what clueless buffoons they are, while Sarah leads to effort towards 2014.

        Then she can and must claim her rightful place as the heart and soul visionary of the GOP conservatives.  Or else start a conservative party of her own.

        But the Bush Family has ruled the roost for far too long, and it’s time for them to go.

        • WilliamShipley

          The reason that they were able to copy her is that she got off the stage and left it empty.  She let them show what clueless buffoons they were and we got Romney.

          If she had announced early in the cycle they wouldn’t have gotten any traction at all and she would have fought it out with Romney, successfully, for the nomination.

          Sarah Palin still has to make her case to the vast majority of the American people.  There are a lot of us ready to vote for her if she just runs, but the majority will need her to actually campaign.

          She is going to have to move from saying ‘you don’t need a title’ and ‘don’t put your faith in politicians’ to actually convincing people that if they put their faith in her and give her the title of POTUS that she will make their lives better.

          It will take her time, the left and the RINO’s have been despirately trashing her since she appeared on the natonal scene. 

          • Betsey_Ross

            And the very mention of her name and they freak out and it all starts again.  The Republicans have committed suicide.  They are incompetent and rudderless.  But then so are the Dems.  People are beginning to figure out that they don’t want what the Dems want.  So much can happen between now and 2016 and none of it good.  I am frustrated with this situation, but it is what it is.  No leader has emerged and frankly Sarah is the only one I would consider to be a leader.  There is a vacuum waiting to be filled.

    • 1776er

      The most fundamental decision Sarah has to make right now is: 

      Do we try to reform the Republican Party by decapitating RINO leadership in a state-by-state insurrection led by somebody else–Jenny Beth Martin, Amy Kremer, somebody, anybody–, or, do we organize a Conservative Community of Interests that stages a breakout from the GOPE Paty and forms a New Thing.

      Depending on the resolution of that first and foremost decision I would agree with your line of thinking.  

      If she decides to go up the gut of irreconcilable Republican hatred toward her and stage a coup d’etate inside the Republican Party over the next 2 year and 4 year election cylce then she should follow your advice.  

      I would suggest that if she continues to lay low after the State of the Union, Obama’s FY 2014 Budget Rollout and ensuing commentary, The March 1 Sequester Crisis, The March 27 Continuing Resolution Crisis, The Delayed Debt Ceiling Crisis, and the likely coming war in the Middle East, Sarah continues to lay low then the up the gut insurrection it is to be.  

      The danger in that "passive" approach is that other personalities emerge and claim leadership of the Conservative movement in Amrerica while Sarah is wave hopping after the mirage of Republican Party reform and acceptance of her as its leader.  

      However, if it is to be a New Thing then new things need lots of work and organizing for another kind of hard long march slog through the American political world.  It means standing up whatever you want to call it–New American Party– or something else in 50 states in the face of combined Democrat and Republican resistance.  Ballot petitions.  Signatures. Lots of signatures.  Hundreds of thousands–millions in the end–of ballot access petitions.  That takes time, organization, money and volunteers.  

      If it is to be Option 2 –the New Thing–then lying low is the last thing Sarah should be doing after the dust settles on the coming series of Republican RINO PPC retreats, collapses of one sort or another, failure to act as a disciplined or unified opposition to Obamaism, and the career protecting pusillanimous cowardice normally displayed by go along to get along Republican politicians.   She would need to seize the reins of the New Thing and take on the task of organizing and seeing to the financing of a 50 state ballot access volunteer/professional army the sooner the better.  

      We will know in the next couple of months which way Sarah has decided to go.  The clock is  ticking.on this first primary strategic decision on what kind of fight we are to fight.  

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