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Sarah Palin Was Right: Obama’s Budget Director Admits Death Panels (Not Doctors) Will Control Health Decisions Under ObamaCare

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 27, 2010


Remember when the radical left wing, including our President, as well as the squishy, gutless Republican “moderates” lost their minds when Sarah Palin said she wasn’t all that happy to know that her special needs son and aging parents would have to stand before Obama’s “death panels” and be evaluated before they received care? Yeah, me too.

There was a herculean effort to demonize Sarah Palin and to cover up the fact that there are indeed “death panels” to be set up to run ObamaCare. By the way…RomneyCare, the blueprint for ObamaCare, also has the same “death panels” and the health care rationing is already in progress.

And that’s what this is all about. We’ve talked about Dr Death, Ezekiel Emanuel, Obama’s health care adviser, and the creator of the “Complete Lives System,” which advocates health care rationing to the really young, the old (50 and over) and the disabled. This cold, calculating, document goes into great detail concerning who “deserves” health care and who doesn’t.

Obviously, “death panels” is a metaphor for this evil system of health re-distribution that will lower the quality of care nationwide while greatly increasing the cost to the consumer. It’s why three out of four Americans want this entire unconstitutional and decidedly evil mess repealed and replaced with common sense reform that doesn’t involve the total government takeover of our lives.

Peter Orszag is the Budget Director for the Obama regime, he recently talked about the “death panels“:

From Gateway Pundit:

Sarah Palin was right.

Barack Obama’s nationalized health care bill includes powerful health care rationing “death panels.”

Obama Budget Director Peter Orszag admitted earlier this month that:

A Powerful Rationing Panel (Not Doctors) Will Control Health Care Levels

Maybe this is what Michelle Obama meant when she said Americans will have to sacrifice with Obamacare.

Related… Democrats ready insurance price controls to offset the huge insurance premium hikes Obamacare will trigger that they swore up and down Obamacare would not trigger.

About those huge insurance premium increases you are about to enjoy….(What, you thought you could add 30 million uninsured, plus ban “pre-existing conditions” for free? Silly you!)

Massachusetts is already trying to deal with skyrocketing premiums courtesy of Mitt Romney’s boondoggle. The answer? Prohibit the insurance companies from raising premiums, of course!

Typical Marxist tactic. This is why communism has failed every time it has been tried. You can’t force companies to sell their products at a loss. They can’t stay in business. With that said, courts in the Bay State have upheld the ban on raising premiums. RomneyCare is fixin’ to become a serious problem for residents of the state.

Predictably, Congress is looking at the same thing. This will drive insurance companies out of business, which was the end game all along, and put hundreds of thousands, if not millions out of work. Of course, the Marxists tell you not to cry for these businesses, because they are “evil” and only care about money. Well, these “evil” businesses are owned by stockholders, the average man on the street, who either owns shares outright, or through their retirement plan’s investment. The sort of lunacy Congress is pursuing will collapse our entire economy, which…of course…is the plan.

Reason Magazine has a great article concerning the coming premium hikes:



ObamaCare to Cost More Than Expected? Where Have I Heard This Before?

Peter Suderman

Today, as Nick Gillespie noted earlier, Washington is shocked, SHOCKED to learn that the Affordable Care Act might not be as easy to pay for as promised. According to an AP summary, a new reportfound that the law falls short of the president’s twin goal of controlling runaway costs, raising projected spending by about 1 percent over 10 years. That increase could get bigger, since Medicare cuts in the law may be unrealistic and unsustainable, the report warned.”

But didn’t budget-hottie Peter Orszag warn us not to be swayed by such obviously false charges? After all, ObamaCare is fiscally responsible! What clan of knee-jerk critics could have produced such a report? The libertarians at Cato? The conservatives at Heritage? The neocons at AEI? The socialists at Physicians for a National Health Plan?

Try again: This is the word straight from the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services Department, the agency assigned to manage the reforms at the federal level.

Nor did the report’s bad news stop there. It also “projected that Medicare cuts could drive about 15 percent of hospitals and other institutional providers into the red, ‘possibly jeopardizing access’ to care for seniors.” So when the President told AARP members that “nobody is talking about reducing Medicare benefits,” presumably he meant nobody but, um, Medicare’s chief actuary. But that doesn’t really count, does it?

You can read the full report here.

ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster, and it hasn’t even taken effect yet. It’s the typical product of the Big Government-Union-Industrial Complex. What’s sad is America had the canary in the coal mine to warn us. RomneyCare is a failure of biblical proportions, and it just keeps getting worse.

What makes us chuckle the most about this though is the fact that Sarah Palin, the hockey mom and moose hunter from Alaska, has once again proven to be smarter than her detractors. It’s funny, in her impassioned speech at the Republican National Convention, as she accepted the vice presidential nomination, she warned of the problems of electing Barack Obama, and the grave damage he, and his minions, would do to our country. So far every single ominous prediction she made has come true.

At some point one would think it would be prudent for the so-called “smart people” to start listening to this woman when she speaks. She’s batting 1000 so far.

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Sarah Palin: The Businessman vs. the Bureaucrat

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 26, 2010

One of the things Sarah Palin promised America was the support of solid, common sense Conservatives who would help lead this country back to prosperity and the Rule of Law. To that end, Sarah has endorsed a fine man from Pennsylvania who is running is a special election for Congress.

Meet Tim Burns:

The Businessman vs. the Bureaucrat

In a year when Americans are desperate for job growth and frustrated with the reckless spending in Washington, the candidates running in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District epitomize the problem and the solution. It’s a race between a career Washington bureaucrat and a small business entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania’s beautiful 12th district, Tim Burns’ story is like that of millions of successful small business owners across the country. He started a pharmaceutical technology company out of the basement of his house and grew it to over 400 employees. He worked hard and gave back generously to his community, in part by starting a charity to help children with special needs. In his spare time, he’s a “hockey dad” coaching his sons’ team. Last year, he attended a local tea party and spoke passionately about the danger that the policies coming out of Washington pose for small business owners like him. Reflecting on that day, Tim said, “I had not considered running until after the tea parties, but I decided that I owed it to my two children, who are 14 and 12, to do something. We’re in a fight for the very life of our country.”

Tim spent his professional life building a business from scratch that employed Pennsylvanians, and now he would like to bring his common sense pro-free market message to Washington. I’m proud to offer my support to Tim Burns in his campaign to bring real job creation to Pennsylvania’s 12th district. Please join me in supporting his campaign. Visit Tim’s website here, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s been said many times this year that America is at a crossroads, and the decision we make in November will decide the course of our children’s future. The choice in Pennsylvania’s 12th district couldn’t be more obvious. Let’s send the job-creator to Washington to get this economy moving again.

- Sarah Palin

This are the sort of experienced, principled, common sense leader we need in Washington. Please show your support for Tim!

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What is a Trailblazer?

Posted by ehvogel on April 25, 2010

I’ve been baffled as to why Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty aren’t out in front of the many issues the Tea Parties are railing against. Sure, they’ve given speeches at “conservative-friendly” rallies like CPAC or the SRLC, but what about in the mainstream media? All three seem to be missing.

I’ve often wondered why they don’t engage in the issues the way that Sarah Palin does. And then it hit me..they don’t have to.

Sarah is running interference for them.

She is the one taking on the issues and speaking out about them. She is the one that responds to all the new Obama initiatives in real time. She is the only one that dares to opine about the latest “scandal” in Washington.

She is the trailblazer.

She is Kit Carson, she is Jim Bridger, she is Daniel Boone, she is Amelia Earhart, she is, quite simply, a trailblazer.

She is leading the charge into the belly of the beast and she is alone in her efforts. Although she knows this, she is not afraid to step out into the forefront of public opinion. She’s confident, articulate and, perhaps, naive. She thinks that other prominent Republicans will follow her lead, but I see no such thing. Her Alaskan roots define her as her opponents’ Eastern roots define them. She is Andrew Jackson, raised on the simplicity of life in Alaska.

I remember a question once posed to me by a high school teacher. “How do you know a trailblazer when you see one?” I didn’t know the answer. He answered by saying that some suggest that a trailblazer is the one laying in the trail, dead, with arrows in his chest. “Wow”, I said, “how weird is that?” The teacher went on to explain. “Trailblazers will always be in your midst, but they may be careless and ignorant. They may die as you follow them. The true trailblazer is one that is a survivor and learns the way without taking the arrows”.

He went on: “The dead trailblazer is just a pawn to the leader. He shields his master from taking the first blow, and often dies as a result. He is exalted for his heroism and often becomes an icon. The truth is that he died in the service of someone else. His sacrifice is noteworthy only as a footnote in his leader’s success.”

Sarah Palin is taking the arrows for the Republican Party. She is the only one responding to Obama. I have no doubt that Romney and friends consider her an “expendable” commodity. They will sit back and watch while she takes on the media and Obama administration with the hopes that she’ll end up a dead icon. They think that they’ll sweep in and harvest her efforts. I think otherwise.

I consider myself a leader, but I’ll follow Sarah Palin anywhere. She’s not only a trailblazer, she’s a survivor.

She was considered dead after the 2008 election, but she lived on. She was considered a fool for resigning the governorship of Alaska, but her voice has grown stronger. She’s been subjected to ridicule on countless levels, but she’s the darling of the Tea Party movement.

She’s a true trailblazer AND a leader. I’ll follow her to the gates of Hell, because I know she is a God-fearing survivor!

Cross-posted on Generational Dysfunction

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Sarah Palin Testifies In Knoxville As The FBI Details An Elaborate Coverup By Defendant In The E-Mail Hacking Case

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 24, 2010

Sarah Palin was in Knoxville Friday morning giving testimony in the trial against David Kernell, the son of longtime Tennessee democrat legislator Big Mike Kernell, who is charged with hacking into her e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign.

From the Associated Press:

Sarah Palin testified Friday about the disruption and hurt caused when her e-mail account was hacked during the 2008 presidential campaign and said outside court that there should be consequences for what happened.

She declined to say if she thinks conviction of the 22-year-old defendant should lead to prison or if community service would be punishment enough. “That’s up to the judge,” she said when she stopped to talk to reporters outside the courthouse.

Former University of Tennessee student David Kernell, the 22-year-old son of a Democratic state lawmaker, is charged with hacking the Yahoo! e-mail account as Palin campaigned in 2008 as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Kernell faces up to 50 years in federal prison if convicted of identity theft, mail fraud and two other felony charges. His lawyer has said the case is a prank and Kernell had no criminal intent.

Asked outside the courtroom if she thought the charges against Kernell were excessive, Palin said, “I don’t know, but I do think there should be consequences for bad behavior.”

As Palin walked to the witness stand, some jurors smiled at her. The first question from Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Weddle was, “May I call you Governor Palin?

The former Alaska governor smiled almost constantly through 30 minutes of testimony as she told jurors about the disruption the hacking caused for her family and close friends when their e-mails and phone numbers were publicized on the Internet.

The posting of family photos and e-mails on the web fueled rumors that Palin and her husband had affairs and that her youngest child, Trig, was not really her son, she said in court.

Palin’s husband, Todd, sat in the courtroom as she testified. Their daughter, Bristol, told jurors earlier this week that she got harassing calls and text messages after screen shots of e-mail from the account revealed her cell phone number. A former Palin aide also described receiving vulgar e-mails.

Kernell isn’t accused of the harassment, but prosecutors say he broke into Palin’s e-mail account in September 2008 by correctly providing her birth date and ZIP code and correctly answering that she met her husband in Wasilla, Alaska.

Kernell’s attorney, Wade Davies, argued the password was obtained using information that was publicly available, including where she met her husband.

It wasn’t a secret to me,” Palin said. “I don’t know if the rest of the world knew it or not.”

After the e-mail was hacked, prosecutors said Kernell bragged about it in obscenity-laced Internet postings. An FBI computer forensics specialist and other witnesses testified about photos of the Palin children and a reference to Bristol as “the prego one.”

You can read more and see more video here.

Sarah  talked to the media after testifying:

Stacy Drake has coverage of Sarah’s appearance with Greta Van Susteren where Sarah discusses the trial as well as the tough new Arizona law against illegal immigration. You can see that here.

Meanwhile, an FBI computer forensics expert, Agent Stephen McFall, testified before the court on Thursday about the lengths Kernell went through to cover up his crime.

The FBI probe was stymied by a series of steps authorities allege defendant David Kernell took to cover his tracks, including deleting from the computer material gleaned from Palin’s account, clearing his Internet history on one web browser, uninstalling another browser and running a Windows tool designed to speed a computer up by overwriting space occupied by deleted files.


A while back we wrote there was a lot more to this case than just some dumb college kid messing around. David Kernell was most definitely looking for a political advantage he could then pass on to the Obama campaign. It must be noted that his father, again a long time Tennessee legislator, was a very active member of the Obama campaign’s Tennessee team.

Most will remember this crime occurred at the same time noted Palin stalker, and cleavage monitor, Andree McLeod, was working overtime trying to get the courts to give her access to the very same e-mail account that Kernell successfully hacked. McLeod was soon joined by the “Official DNC Blogger for Alaska” and Alaska Mafia © member, Linda Kellen Biegel who, in a separate effort, used questionable methods to raise money in an scheme to gain access to the account and it’s contents.

McLeod, Biegel, and other operatives from the Obama regime alleged that Sarah was using her personal Yahoo account to conduct official state business. Despite multiple filings of bogus ethics complaints by McLeod, who continues to file, now against former Palin staff, the ethics boards and courts have all sided With Sarah. Doesn’t stop the crazies from trying though. And make no mistake about it, these are some world class crazies.

The sweet irony in all of this is the fact that Kernell, by illegally gaining access and illegally publishing the contents of Sarah’s account all over the world wide web, has made Sarah’s case for her, and proven there was nothing questionable about her personal e-mail account. No state business was conducted on her personal account, as alleged.

From Reagan to Palin:

* A forensic probe of the computer a University of Tennessee student allegedly used to illegally snoop through former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s private e-mail account presented jurors Thursday with a study in contrasts.

* David C. Kernell deleted everything he took from the account but left intact what amounted to a confession of his foray into the account.

* He posted a password on an Internet discussion site and urged others to use it but minutes later tried to block them from doing so and declared himself a “dip (expletive)” for making the password public.

*He “defragmented” the hard drive, which served to overwrite some deleted information, but never sought to reformat it, which would have effectively wiped it clean.

Jurors in the Federal courtroom on Thursday took a journey via FBI Agent Stephen McFall’s forensic autopsy through the computer activity on Kernell’s laptop in September 2008 when the then 20-year-old UT economics major allegedly managed to Google his way past Yahoo! security measures and change the password on Palin’s private account to get inside it.

At the time, Palin had been tapped as running mate to Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential campaign, and national media were alleging Palin used the private e-mail account to keep gubernatorial business from the public’s prying eyes.

Federal prosecutors Greg Weddle and Mark Krotoski on Thursday zeroed in on one of four felony charges Kernell faces – obstruction of the FBI’s probe. They sent Kernell friend Benjamin Reed to the witness stand to recount how Kernell worried the FBI was on his trail and openly pondered the merits of reformatting his hard drive.

But the crux of their obstruction case came from testimony by McFall, a computer expert so skilled he was tapped to help organize the FBI’s elite Computer Analysis and Response Team, or CART.

McFall said his probe was stymied by a series of steps authorities allege Kernell took to cover his tracks, including deleting from the computer material gleaned from Palin’s account, clearing his Internet history on one Web browser, uninstalling another browser and running a Windows tool designed to speed a computer up by overwriting space occupied by deleted files.

Uninstalling (software) and deleting a bunch of files and photos, then defragmenting, makes it a whole lot (tougher)” to reconstruct whatever evidence the laptop contained, he said.

But McFall did get a probe assist from an unexpected source – a nasty virus hiding on the used laptop Kernell’s aunt and uncle gave him to use in his UT studies. “It’s designed to collect a lot of different data (including) banking and finance data,” he said. The “malware” created a log of much of Kernell’s Internet activity, he said. “The log file was capturing, almost like a surveillance camera, the activities that were going on,” he said.

Prosecutors used McFall’s testimony to paint a portrait of a self-described “Obamacrat” bent on derailing the Republican campaign who tried to cover his tracks when the illegal access went public. But defense attorney Wade Davies used it to try to advance his contention the high-profile e-mail compromise was nothing more than a college prank spurred by curiosity and carried out by an immature student with less-than-savvy computer skills.

For instance, Davies noted in cross-examination that Kernell did not delete a draft of an Internet post in which he boasted of the ease with which he cracked the account. “I am the (discussion board) lurker who did it, and I would like to tell the story,” the file read.

Davies also pointed out that minutes after Kernell posted the new password he set for the account on that same discussion board, McFall’s laptop probe shows he tried to change it again in an effort so frantic he made a series of sloppy mistakes that kept him from doing so. He also highlighted to jurors a Facebook chat with Reed in which Kernell wrote that he “posted the pass(word) like a dip (expletive).”

Make no mistake about it, what this kid has done is no less serious than the Watergate break-in. While no physical buildings were broke into, the results were the same, this kid accessed Sarah’s personal files in an attempt to derail the McCain-Palin presidential campaign.

Worse yet, thanks to the actions of this loser, many of Sarah’s staff and friends, as well has her family, had their lives disrupted, and their secrets published for the whole world to see. This was an incredible violation of Sarah’s life and the lives of those close to her. .

Kernell, if convicted is facing as many as 50 years in prison. Some may find that harsh. Let me remind you: G.Gordon Liddy was sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $40,000 fine for his part in the Watergate affair, and he wasn’t even one of those who actually broke into the DNC offices.

I doubt Kernell will get 50 years, but a strong sentence is needed in a case like this to send a message to others who would attempt this sort of nonsense. It’s just sad that no one is pursuing the connection to the Obama regime. This could very well be Obama’s Watergate.

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Sarah Palin Slams The Obama Regime For Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 23, 2010

This is gonna leave a mark:

Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism

In the wake of the recent financial meltdown, Americans know that we need reform. Not only have many individuals learned lessons about personal responsibility through this, but we’ve been able to engage in a discussion about government’s appropriate role.

The current debate over financial reform demonstrates what happens when political leaders react to a crisis with a raft of new regulations. First off, the people involved in writing government regulations are often lobbyists from the very industry that the new laws are supposed to regulate, and that’s been the case here. It should surprise no one that financial lobbyists are flocking to DC this week. Of course, the big players who can afford lobbyists work the regulations in their favor, while their smaller competitors are left out in the cold. The result here are regulations that institutionalize the “too big to fail” mentality.

Moreover, the financial reform bill gives regulators the power to pick winners and losers, institutionalizing their ability to decidewhich firms to rescue or close, and which creditors to reward and how.” Does anyone doubt that firms with the most lobbyists and the biggest campaign donations will be the ones who get seats in the lifeboat? The president is trying to convince us that he’s taking on the Wall Street “fat cats,” but firms like Goldman Sachs are happy with federal regulation because, as one of their lobbyists recently stated, “We partner with regulators.”

They seem to have a nice relationship with the White House too. Goldman showered nearly a million dollars in campaign contributions on candidate Obama. In fact, J.P. Freire notes that President Obama received about seven times more money from Goldman than President Bush received from Enron. Of course, it’s not just the donations; it’s the revolving door. You’ll find the name Goldman Sachs on many an Obama administration résumé, including Rahm Emanuel’s and Tim Geithner’s chief of staff’s.

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 insure 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.

Commonsense conservatives acknowledge the need for financial reform and believe that government can play an appropriate role in leveling the playing field and protecting “the dynamism of American capitalism without neglecting the government’s responsibility to protect the American public.” We’re listening closely to the reform discussion in Washington, and we know that government should not burden the market with unnecessary bureaucracy and distorted incentives, nor make a dangerous “too-big-to-fail” mentality the law of the land.

- Sarah Palin

Stopping corruption, and having complete transparency in government,  is a subject Sarah Palin knows a little something about. Above she modestly talks about taking on “Big Oil” in Alaska. That was an epic battle!

In fact, Sarah’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. You can pick up a copy from Amazon.com here.

We should also remember that Sarah, while working as the state’s chief energy and environmental regulator, found massive corruption within her own Republican Party. Those included were the party chairman, and a former Attorney General. When she was through fines were paid, and some were trotted off to prison.

Contrast Sarah with Barack Obama. Chicago is world famous for it’s corruption. Being a corrupt Chicago politician is almost a given, especially if one is a member of the democrat party. The guy who is running for Obama’s old seat has Mob connections for God’s sake! While Obama was putting on a dog and pony show today on Wall Street, he was pretty silent all those years when he was in an incredibly target rich environment.

The difference between the courage Sarah Palin shows standing up to corruption vs Obama’s willingness to wallow in it, is breathtaking.

What’s very interesting about the snake oil Obama was peddling today is the fact that as soon as he was done with his circus act, he and his cronies retired to a swanky $30,000 a plate fund raising dinner attended by the same “greedy Wall Street bankers” he had just went off on!

One has to ask what the real end game is here. Is this another Big Government, power grab, where Obama is trying to impress the Castro(s) and the Chavez(s) of the world with the speed he can take over the economy, and turn America into a communist hell hole, a banana republic, or is this a good old fashioned Chicago style shake down, with Wall Street paying “tribute” to the head of this gangster government?

Hard to know, could be a little of both.

Michelle Malkin notes there sure are a lot of ex-Goldman Sachs people now working for the Obama regime:

All the president’s Goldman Sachs men

While President Obama assails the culture of greed and recklessness practiced by the men of Goldman Sachs, his administration is infested with them. The White House can no more disown Government Sachs than Da Boss-in-chief can disown Chicago politics.

Obama is headed to Wall Street on Thursday to demand “financial regulatory reform” — just as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed civil suit against Goldman Sachs for mortgage-related fraud. Question the timing? Darn tootin’. There are no coincidences in the perpetually orchestrated Age of O. Everyone from disgraced former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to analysts at the Brookings Institution and Barclays Capital to the GOP leadership and Rush Limbaugh has noted the reeking political opportunism in the air.

As the New York Post reported Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee immediately bought sponsored Internet ads on Google that direct web surfers who type in “Goldman Sachs SEC” to Obama’s fundraising site. “It’s time to hold the big banks accountable,” the money-grubbing DNC message bellows. But just like his crony capitalist predecessor George W. Bush, Obama has relied on Goldman Sachs and Wall Street power brokers to engineer massive government interventions to “rescue” failing businesses with the tax dollars of ordinary Americans.

While irony-challenged Democratic candidates like mob-linked banker Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois (who hopes to fill Obama’s old Senate seat) call on Republicans to return their fat-cat Goldman Sachs donations, the Democrats are silent on the $994,795 in Goldman Sachs campaign cash that Obama bagged. The class-warfare Dems are also mum on all the president’s Goldman Sachs men sitting in the catbird’s seat:

You can read more and check out the updates here.

One of Michelle’s readers asks:

Who made money off SEC/Goldman Sachs announcement?

Reader Daryle wants to know. He e-mails:


On Friday tens of millions of dollars, possibly hundreds of millions were made or lost on Goldman Sachs stock and options.


Friday was option expiry which meant puts and calls, the right to sell or buy Goldman Sachs stocks at preset prices expired. Goldman Sachs puts – the right to sell stock at a set price – increased at some strike prices by more than a hundred fold.


The SEC announcement cause this to happen in the space of two hours. At 12:00 pm Friday trading in April puts and calls ceased trading. Those who sold calls or bought puts before the announcement made big money.


Somebody made at the least tens of millions, probably a lot more because of the announcement.


It would be interesting to know who they were and what they knew in advance.

As the photo on her website suggests, the big benefactor in this whole deal could very well be Nazi collaborator, self-proclaimed “owner of the democrat party” and Obama puppet master extraordinaire: George Soros.

Remember, Soros made his billions by crashing the British pound and has reportedly done very well betting against the American economy since Obama has been in office. Of course who could forget the fact that just three days after Soros purchased controlling interest in Brazilian oil company Petrobas, Obama sent $10 billion down there so the Brazilian oil giant could do more off shore oil exploration. These were ten billion tax payer dollars.

Let us also remember that Obama has also effective shut down all meaningful off shore oil exploration in the United States, even stopping already scheduled lease sales. We absolutely know who this little deal helps!

For a radical Marxist, who continually prattles on about the evils of capitalism, and “rich fat cats” he sure doesn’t have a problem engaging in massive corruption to help out his incredibly rich buddy Soros, does he?

With apologies to Winston Churchill, Obama is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. This is why he is so hard to pin down. Is he a radical communist bent on destroying America and the American way by any and all means possible, or is he Chicago street thug…a two bit gangster…an incredibly corrupt human being who is on the take?

I’d have to say: Yes!

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Sarah Palin: Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 23, 2010

Complete transcript of Governor Palin’s Facebook Note:

Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism

Yesterday at 10:28pm

In the wake of the recent financial meltdown, Americans know that we need reform. Not only have many individuals learned lessons about personal responsibility through this, but we’ve been able to engage in a discussion about government’s appropriate role.

The current debate over financial reform demonstrates what happens when political leaders react to a crisis with a raft of new regulations. First off, the people involved in writing government regulations are often lobbyists from the very industry that the new laws are supposed to regulate, and that’s been the case here. It should surprise no one that financial lobbyists are flocking to DC this week. Of course, the big players who can afford lobbyists work the regulations in their favor, while their smaller competitors are left out in the cold. The result here are regulations that institutionalize the “too big to fail” mentality.

Moreover, the financial reform bill gives regulators the power to pick winners and losers, institutionalizing their ability to decide “which firms to rescue or close, and which creditors to reward and how.” Does anyone doubt that firms with the most lobbyists and the biggest campaign donations will be the ones who get seats in the lifeboat? The president is trying to convince us that he’s taking on the Wall Street “fat cats,” but firms like Goldman Sachs are happy with federal regulation because, as one of their lobbyists recently stated, “We partner with regulators.”

They seem to have a nice relationship with the White House too. Goldman showered nearly a million dollars in campaign contributions on candidate Obama. In fact, J.P. Freire notes that President Obama received about seven times more money from Goldman than President Bush received from Enron. Of course, it’s not just the donations; it’s the revolving door. You’ll find the name Goldman Sachs on many an Obama administration résumé, including Rahm Emanuel’s and Tim Geithner’s chief of staff’s.

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 insure 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.

Commonsense conservatives acknowledge the need for financial reform and believe that government can play an appropriate role in leveling the playing field and protecting “the dynamism of American capitalism without neglecting the government’s responsibility to protect the American public.” We’re listening closely to the reform discussion in Washington, and we know that government should not burden the market with unnecessary bureaucracy and distorted incentives, nor make a dangerous “too-big-to-fail” mentality the law of the land.

- Sarah Palin

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Petition Drive Launched to Support Palin’s AK Series

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 21, 2010

Graphic by Karen Allen

As most of our readers know, Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS) comes in many forms. We see it every day in the mainstream news media,on the Internet, and elsewhere..  Recently, it reared its ugly head as extremist environmental groups launched petitions to pressure Discovery Communications to drop Governor Palin’s Alaska documentary series.

So the authors of Sarah’s Web Brigade have decided to launch a counterattack. We are launching a petition drive to support Sarah Palin and Discovery Communications and  to promote their upcoming Sarah Palin’s Alaska series. We are all looking forward to this series with great anticipation and will not allow political malelovents to distract from what is promising to be an awe-inspiring look at the natural wonders of Alaska and an introduction to its history and everyday life.

Each of our SWB authors has a website of his/her own and will be posting a graphic that is hyperlinked to the petition. All Sarah Palin supporters are invited to join us in this effort.. Becoming a sponsor of the Support Sarah Palin’s Alaska Documentary Series is a show of support for Governor Palin and Discovery Communications as they launch the Sarah Palin’s Alaska documentary series. There is no charge for participating.  The only requirement is that each sponsor website post a copy of the hyperlinked graphic on their website and post the link to the petition on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networking site.

Anyone who would like to participate can leave a comment in the comments section of this blog.or send me a tweet at @sarahpalinlinks.  Once you are approved, the name of your website will be added to the list of sponsors on the petition.  This will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis determined by the available space on the website.

Whether you participate as a sponsor website or not, please show your support for Governor Palin by adding your signature to the Support Sarah Palin’s Alaska Documentary Series  petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sarahpalinsalaska.  A hyperlinked graphic that will take you directly to the petition can be found at the top of this article as well as on all participating websites.

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Sarah Palin, Ready To Lead The Nation

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 21, 2010

If presidential means being able to take the heat in the kitchen Sarah Palin has demonstrated this quality to the fullest imaginable extent.

-Professor Steven Kates

I am always amazed to read the international media, and their take on all things American. Not only does one get a different perspective on things, it serves to remind us just how biased, dishonest, and corrupt the American media have become. No longer in the business of simply reporting the facts, our media, for the most part, have become a propaganda arm for the Marxist-progressive movement, and the leading cheerleaders for the Obama regime.

Knowing this, it was a delight to read the scholarly opinion of Steven Kates from Quadrant Magazine, the leading general intellectual journal of ideas, literature, poetry, historical and political debate published in Australia.

Making Them Listen

Suppose Sarah Palin couldn’t make the simplest public statement without a teleprompter. Just suppose. Suppose she suggested that the people of Austria spoke Austrian or that there were fifty-seven states in the USA. Suppose she really had said that she could see Russia from her front porch. Suppose she had done that, or had spelled potato with an e at the end. Well, we can all agree that any and all of those would clearly make her or anyone else unfit to be President.

Wait, wait. Let’s have another look at the business about the teleprompter. Perhaps it would be a bit hasty to condemn someone as unfit for the presidency for using such modern technologies even in a kindergarten classroom, but should someone write notes on the palm of their hand before making a major speech, nothing would obviously make them less fit to be President than that.

There are at least three matters that follow from this. There is first the malign influence of the established media in the United States on the conduct of American politics. Second is how we, mere citizens, can ever get to know, really know, what we need to know about the people who run for office. Finally, what do we know from her book about who Sarah Palin is and whether or not she has what it takes to be President of the most powerful nation on earth?

This is spot on. Obama has proven he is incapable of coherent speech without his beloved TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States) You get him speaking off the cuff and hilarity usually ensues. He either sounds like a complete idiot as he stumbles around, or if he is among “friends,” and feeling his oats, he is apt to insult the American people, over and over.

In contrast, Sarah Palin is very comfortable speaking off the cuff with only notes to help her stay on point, a technique every speaker worth their salt has mastered.

It’s interesting to note that while Sarah Palin is erroneously credited with saying “I can see Russia from my house.” (It’s become accepted fact.) Absolutely no one mentions the many gaffes Obama makes on a regular basis, such as saying on the campaign trail he had “visited 57 states, with one or two more to go.”

Look, anyone who regularly speaks in public, with or without notes, is going to say something stupid in their life, anyone. But there are varying degrees of stupid, and for someone who wants to be President of the United States to not know we have 50 states, not 57, 58, or possibly 59, is a rather high degree of stupid.

We never hear Obama kidded about that, but we hear the line that was made famous by Tina Fey, not Sarah Palin, repeated ad nauseum.

We have a tradition of poking fun at our political leaders, and frankly, it’s a healthy one. Keeps everyone humble. But our media is so in the tank for Obama, and Obama himself is so thinned skinned, that no one, not even the “edgiest” comedian seems to be able to find something they can poke fun at. They don’t dare. In fact they go out of their way to tell us that Obama is just too “perfect” and simply doesn’t provide them with any material. I call BS on that one!


The American Media

There is a malignancy in the American media. It has been captured by Left-liberal opinion to such a phenomenal extent that for those who do not share their perspectives, news shows on the traditional networks have become almost impossible to watch and newspapers an ordeal to read. As with the old Soviet press, one must unscramble and decode what is written to work out what may, or may not, have taken place. Sins of omission abound.

There is still, for all that, an expectation that the media will be objective. None of us come without our biases, but there was nevertheless an imperative at one time to try to present the news straight without embedding analysis and personal opinion within the story. Or maybe that is how it looked to me and it is my own opinions that have changed over the years. It is perhaps I who have drifted away from mainstream newspaper opinion while the media is as biased as it ever was.

But still, has there ever been a case quite the same as Sarah Palin’s? And what makes the case all that much more instructive is that her arrival almost exactly parallels the arrival at centre stage of Barack Obama. Whatever one might say about the fitness of Sarah Palin for the Vice-Presidency might just as easily be said about Obama, who was running to be the actual President. Indeed, on almost any of the criteria that one might choose on an objective basis—executive experience, decisiveness, known track record of sound decision making—Sarah Palin comes out ahead. You might like Obama’s aim to “spread the wealth around” or to end the war in Iraq, but there was nothing from his history that would have provided solid evidence that he would be capable of delivering on what he promised.

Politics, like any contact sport, is a much more difficult practice than you might think from watching the pros. The ones who get to the top and stay there have been tested to their utter limits in a proving ground that few can survive. Obama somehow got to the very top without really having had to fight such battles along the way. In large measure he can thank the American media for that. Whatever form of testing examination they might have given to Obama during his run for the President just never happened. He remains a mystery man to this day. Just try to find out his university results. It’s easy to get Sarah Palin’s, impossible to find Obama’s. Why that is I do not know.

Anyway, whatever lack of scrutiny there was of Obama, the media certainly made up for with Sarah Palin. For most of those the media wish to destroy, there is plenty of time. But with the American election imminent—the time between the nomination and the election being less than three months—the need for a proper and thorough character assassination became more urgent. It began on day one, never eased off until after the election was over, and has not ended to this day. The focus on the former vice-presidential candidate and former Governor of Alaska, who is now a private citizen, has been unrelenting.

This business with Sarah Palin having written a few notes on the palm of her hand before speaking to a major gathering—the equivalent to what someone with pockets in his clothes might do on the back of an envelope—is quite instructive. The media in the USA clearly have no shame, nor an apparent sense of irony. Not to have roasted Obama for his addiction to the teleprompter shows a leniency that would never have been extended to anyone on the other side—imagine if George W. Bush never spoke without having nameless others beaming thoughts into his head. It really does speak of someone not in command of his facts or his thoughts and who needs others to feed him directives to keep on track.

Meanwhile Sarah Palin writes a few notes on her hand and the media treats her as if she were a brainless nong, apparently demonstrating an incompetence well beneath that of Obama and his teleprompter. Does the media not think anyone will notice? Do they not even notice it themselves? It is easy to understand Sarah Palin’s take on the media: “What a bunch of buffoons“. How extraordinary it is to observe all this from the outside as the rest of us do, but how much more extraordinary it must be to be the one in the middle of such maddening criticism that never seems to come to an end.

But what is notable about all of this is that she has not wilted. If presidential means being able to take the heat in the kitchen Sarah Palin has demonstrated this quality to the fullest imaginable extent.

Man does he have our media pegged, or what! Barack Obama became President without most of the American people knowing anything about him whatsoever.

It’s not like the information isn’t out there. Anyone who has enough computer savvy to turn the machine on, open up an internet browser, and find Google, will be treated to a plethora of information on Obama’s radical friends, ties to domestic and foreign terrorists, shady real estate deals and even questions about his past romantic life.

Maybe the media was too busy checking out Sarah Palin. In my entire life I have never seen a person so thoroughly vetted by the press. Of course, as stressful and dishonest as it was, one thing we know in absolute certainty, if there was something even remotely shady about Sarah Palin, we would know it in full detail.

While the media were ignoring Obama’s ties to people like domestic terrorist William Ayers and his convicted cop killing wife, the Reverend Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright, slum lord and real estate speculator Tony Rezko, and his strange ties to Larry Sinclair, they were all too happy to look into every nook and cranny of Sarah Palin’s life.

When she was announced as John McCain’s running mate, there was a mad dash to Alaska by every media outlet. Rags like the National Enquirer were offering big bucks for all of the dirt on Alaska’s successful Governor. And of course, when none was found, Obama’s own Alaska Mafia © the hand picked group of hate bloggers chosen by Obama’s campaign chief-of-staff, Pete Rouse, just made things up!

Lot’s of sick stuff, the sickest being that Sarah’s youngest son, Trig, is not even hers. Some bloggers have made a career out of furthering this hateful and disturbing nonsense.

Of course, Sarah Palin can’t be intimidated. She is absolutely fearless. That she didn’t just sit down, shut up, and fade away has caused the Obamacentric media to lose it’s collective minds. Sarah Palin is a force to be reckoned with, so with coordination from the White House, the media has been little more than an attack machine for the Obama regime.

Though they couldn’t spare a single man to check out any of the ObamaCare legislation, or the porkulus bill, or well, anything our corrupt Congress and President have been up to, the Associated Press assigned no less than eleven “fact checkers” to read through Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue, an America Life, the best selling non-fiction book of 2009. They found nothing of consequence to point out, so…they made stuff up.

The attacks by the media against Sarah are daily, and relentless. Frankly, I think it’s a win for her. Unlike any other potential presidential candidate in history, we know absolutely everything about her. There are no secrets, no surprises, no “skeletons in the closet” left to be probed. At this point anything negative said of Sarah Palin can be categorized as nothing more than a political attack having little or no merit.

It’s done something else positive, as well. All of the relentless attacks by the dishonest Obamacentric media have forced Sarah Palin to prove her metal. Unlike any candidate I can remember, Sarah Palin has been forced to justify her very existence, and prove her ability to handle anything.

As Professor Kates points out, if being presidential means being able to handle anything that is thrown at you: “Sarah Palin has demonstrated this quality to the fullest imaginable extent.”

How Can We Come to Know Our Political Leaders?

Clearly, one of Sarah Palin’s aims in writing Going Rogue is to tell her side of the story. If all you knew of her was what you knew from reading the papers, you would never be able to understand how she had even become Governor of Alaska, never mind the candidate for Vice-President. Shallow, ignorant, stupid, under-educated, unlettered, incapable and yet incredibly arrogant—these would be the kinds of notions that would immediately come to mind. This is the American mainstream media version of Sarah Palin. I cannot recall a single positive story about her in any of the traditional major American news outlets. Consequently, I would venture there is not a person anywhere interested in the politics of the United States who has not to some extent been influenced by these thoughts.

Yet the unmistakable bias of the media in the USA raises a serious question. If we can no longer depend on the media to provide us with relatively straightforward information about politics and politicians, we are heading for some very rough waters. The American mainstream press—the newsgathering agency of the most powerful nation on earth—given the evidence of their portrayal of Sarah Palin during the Presidential campaign, is a distorting lens that may make it nigh on impossible to know with anything resembling clarity what in fact is taking place. It will require an extraordinarily thick skin to put up with the invasiveness of the press for anyone opposed to the media’s own agenda, an agenda it need hardly be said that should not be part of the way news is gathered or portrayed.

The great equaliser is the internet, which now provides a counterweight to the mainstream media. There are also now other significant sources of information, especially Fox News and talkback radio. For the most part, blogs are merely opinion; very little news is actually generated through the web. But because of the ability to pool whatever news does show up into easily accessible reports, however obscure the origins of such stories might be, alternative sources now exist. But it is not the default position for outside observers. An effort has to be made.

Were Sarah Palin’s reputation solely in the hands of the traditional media her name would now be so mangled, so completely in ruins, no one could remotely suggest that she might yet be the Republican nominee for President. But her reputation is not solely in their hands and she is no farther behind today than Ronald Reagan was in 1977, three years before he was elected. Among some very important segments of the American polity, she is the epitome of excellence. And the book she has written to tell her side of the story is part of her strategy to reinforce those views on the way to becoming President.

That this is a tract intended to make her President I have no doubt. At this stage, so far out from the election in 2012, it is much too early to begin an official campaign which she may eventually decide not to pursue. But positioning is important, and there is a great deal of debris she must clear away. And this debris is from two sources, one the American media but the other from various officials within the McCain election bureaucracy, some of whom seem to have just as great a disdain for their own previous candidate. Her book is an answer to both.

The opening pages seem to be a kind of summary response to all of the major questions about her raised during the campaign. Perhaps the most infamous moment was her non-responsive answer in the CBS interview with Katie Couric about her reading habits. She writes later in the book about how her irritation with the questioning got the better of her—it was an interview many hours long and conducted over a number of days in the midst of a dawn-to-dark political campaign—but in this early section she simply states:

Reading was a special bond between my mother and me … My siblings were better athletes, cuter and more sociable than I, and the only thing they had to envy about me was the special passion for reading that I shared with my mother.

In the first six pages of Going Rogue she weaves in, through personal stories from her past, her pro-life position, her fiscal conservatism, her long-time interest in politics, her introduction to political thinking by Ronald Reagan, her opposition to rule-by-insiders, her sense of herself as an outsider, her aim to bring ethical issues into the political process, the importance of energy, the need for small government, her independence of “Big Oil” and therefore her independence of big business, her support for the military and her determination as a political leader “to act in the best interests of the people“. This is the Sarah Palin identifiable by her supporters.

Is this the real Sarah Palin? And if it is, is it inconsistent with her also being shallow, ignorant, stupid, under-educated, unlettered, incapable and yet incredibly arrogant? Her book has been fact-checked by the Associated Press, which found nothing in it that could be described as wrong. The “errors” they found were trivialities, matters of interpretation, so that in sum and substance it is apparently a book that, whatever might be left out, provides an accurate description of what she has done and who she would like us to think she is.

Kates points out the real serious problem we have in America, a completely dishonest media. The amount of damage caused to society at large by the erroneous perceptions caused by biased and downright dishonest reporting (read lies) is immeasurable.

Not only did our media conspire to suppress any negative information concerning Barack Obama, thus aiding and abetting his election effort, they continually attack anyone who opposes the Obama regime or the Marxist-progressive agenda.

Our media is complicit in the destruction of America by the Obama regime, and should be consider co-conspirators in what amounts to a coup d’état.

By continually attacking any opposition to the Obama regime, and just making up things about Sarah Palin out of whole cloth, the American media has failed the American people, and seriously abused it’s freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment.

Of course, now that we know we can’t trust the American media, with a few notable exceptions, we are now more alert than we have ever been, and more apt to do our own exhaustive research on things that matter to us. In the end, even though the dishonest, Obamacentric media has sought to deceive, in fact, I think they have made the search for the truth more prevalent than ever before. By becoming know liars, the media has actually caused the truth to be found. There’s a certain poetic justice in that.

Does Sarah Palin Have What It Takes to Be President?

During the 2008 campaign much was made of Barack Obama’s lack of executive experience in comparison with Sarah Palin. Running a major enterprise, such as the executive branch of the American government, requires a kind of savvy in using the various levers of power to achieve one’s ends. Even more important, it seemed to me, was to have the necessary political judgment that could be brought to bear on the decisions that would inevitably have to be made.

Political judgment is the prime requisite of someone at the top of a political system. Do we want this person rather than some other to be making the important decisions about the most diverse array of issues that no one, absolutely no one, can ever hope to fully understand for themselves? They must make the final decisions based, as they must always be, on incomplete information about the present, and with no certain information at all about what will happen in the future. It is the knowledge one has and the instincts one has developed that tell. The question becomes, if Sarah Palin does actually seek the nomination in 2012, whether she is the right one for the job.

Her book is therefore in many respects an outline of her political past. It is a review of many of the decisions she has made as a sampler of the kind of President she would be. It discusses her philosophical position on a number of questions which will be major matters for decision for a President having to deal with the world as it will be in 2013 and beyond.

The Presidency is no place for learning on the job. What you bring along on day one so far as philosophy and instinct are concerned is more or less what you take home when your term is passed. It is the visceral judgments that will tell.

Since what I know best are the economic questions she will face, I will dwell on what she writes on these. They are, in many respects, an indicator of how she might be expected to act in areas far from the explicitly economic, because there is an entire political philosophy bundled up in how these sorts of questions are framed and answered. But in looking at her approach, I will also focus on what I see as a weakness for Sarah Palin as a candidate for the Presidency. But first she must speak for herself:

Within six months of taking office, President Obama put the United States on track to double its already staggering national deficit. The new debt, which will burden future generations, is immoral …

Where is all the money going to come from? It can come from only three places. Government borrows it, government prints it, or government taxes the people for it …

We tried growing government back in the 1930s, and it didn’t work then either. Massive government spending programs and protectionist economic policies actually helped turn a recession into the Great Depression. New Deal-like spending plans aren’t the only blast from the past we see today. With the government takeover of parts of the banking industry and the auto industry, we see the return of corporatism—government collusion and co-option of big business.

No one person is smart enough to control and predict markets. The free market is just that: free to rise or fall, shrink or expand, based on conditions that are often outside of human control. Government interference in market cycles is just as dangerous as government-directed programs that encourage permanent dependency. In both cases the rewards for responsible behavior and penalties for irresponsible behavior are removed from the scene. This is the lesson I tried to convey to Bristol when we discussed her plans for the future. [emphasis added]

This is, as economics goes, remarkably sophisticated but given the Keynesian semi-dirigiste kinds of societies in which we live, where government direct involvement is often seen by substantial majorities as the central component of almost every solution to social problems, it is well outside current norms. That five pages previously she has quoted Thomas Sowell gives me a fair idea of where such ideas may have come from. But it is not that she read such concepts in Sowell that matters (if that is indeed what happened) but that when she did come across them, those were the ideas that stuck and remained. Sowell is one of the most articulate conservative intellectuals of our time (and interestingly for me, his first book, like my own, was on Say’s Law). That she would find an affinity with Sowell, understand with perfect clarity what he had written and then condense the points so well, is entirely to her credit. She (as well as he) may be wrong. But these are crucially important ideas that, should current policies fail and new ones be required, may make the difference between prolonging recessionary conditions even further and the ability to recover from what began as a relatively mild recession, however much commotion there may have been at the time.

It is that these ideas resonate and make sense to her that matters. Being President is not being the head of a fact-finding commission. It’s not about being the smartest person in the room. The role is to make decisions in real time about issues that have become boiling hot. What you are looking for is someone whose value system, background capacities and general outlook on the world will keep the community safe in a dangerous and unpredictable world. It is to answer these kinds of questions towards which this book has been directed. Sarah Palin’s aim is to demonstrate that she is just the kind of person in whose hands the American public can safely place its trust.

But let me come back to the words, “this is the lesson I tried to convey to Bristol“. Bristol is her daughter, and an important part of Sarah Palin’s discourse on the economy and other matters is presented as part of a dialogue between her and members of her family. One can say it is in the Socratic tradition where Plato’s ideas are detailed as part of a similar sort of dialogue. It may be that this is the means to make one’s thoughts clearer to others who are not used to the kinds of more technical ideas found in more technically in-depth works (I suspect more people will read Going Rogue than have read the collected works of Thomas Sowell).

But this does have a negative side. For anyone with an academic background (such as, for example, the kinds of people who might read an article such as this), there is a certain cornpone tone that keeps rubbing away at the serious intent. The “you betcha” of the campaign carries over into the book. She writes, “I joked, ‘Dang oil companies’”, and later on she says, “‘Dang, I must be getting old’, I mumbled“. And her use of “so” as an emphatic is so persistent and consistent (as in “the green grass smelled so good“) that I have little doubt that whatever help she may have had, this book is written in her own voice.

And for no reason at all that I can see, other than to show a kind of independence that can, in my view, do her no good (but what do I know in comparison with her about political calculation?), she wrote:

I believed in the evidence from microevolution—that geologic and species change occurs incrementally over time. But I didn’t believe in the theory that human beings—thinking, loving beings—originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea. Or that human beings began as single-celled organisms that developed into monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees; I believed that we came about through a random process, but were created by God.

Not one decision an American President must make will depend on their views on the mechanics of human evolution. Such views will, however, alienate significant portions of the public on whose good will she would depend, since this is one of those issues where sharp ideological lines have been drawn which are not paralleled by the usual Left–Right of politics. With this statement she is offering hostages to fortune that bespeak a character that is far from the girl-next-door sweetness the rest of the book portrays. She has strong views and plays to win.

And is she running for President? She has branded herself as a “Commonsense Conservative“. You tell me what her intentions are, based on this passage which comes at almost the very end of the book:

As I write this, Commonsense Conservatives are out of power in D.C. But that does not discourage me. I think of Reagan in 1976, when his conservative politics and his political future were declared all but dead. How did he turn things around in four years? By speaking to ordinary Americans about the ideas that bind us together.

These ideas resonate just as strongly today. Encourage the free market. Lower taxes. Get government out of the way. Put the people’s money back into their hands so that they can reinvest. Empower them to be generous. Respect honest work. Strengthen families. But because these are commonsense ideas, they will be ignored by politicians until their employers—the American people—make them listen.

Will Sarah Palin be President? Will she be the one to “make them listen“? This we will only know sometime in 2012, possibly not until the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. Maybe we won’t even know until 2016.

More important, however, is should she be President? Is she up to the job (assuming anyone is)? That is a different matter that may never be resolved unless she finally is, and perhaps not even then. In the meantime, Going Rogue is her early manifesto, written to put her back on a pathway towards this undoubted goal. The book has done exactly that and has done it extraordinarily well in spite of the enormous obstacles that have been thrown in her way. She is nobody’s fool, not to be underestimated by anyone.

Steven Kates teaches Economics at RMIT University in Melbourne.

I’m always mystified by those who proclaim Sarah Palin doesn’t have the experience to be President. My God, Barack Obama had never run anything as complicated as a lemonade stand, and yet his is somehow “qualified.” I find this to be outrageous.

My guess is a lot of this has to do with the fact that Sarah is a girl, and a mighty attractive girl at that. There a lot of dimbulbs out there that simply cannot accept the fact that women can do anything they set their minds to, just like us guys.

Women are at the very forefront of the conservative movement, and as we wrote earlier, Sarah Palin has inspired millions of strong women to go out and take leadership roles

When Sarah Palin was chose by John McCain, she immediately became the most experienced person on either presidential ticket, and the only one of the four: Herself, McCain, Obama, and Biden, who had an ounce of Executive experience, the real experience one must have to be an effective President

Despite what they want you to think, the Obama campaign, and now the Obama regime, recognized this straightaway. This is why the attacks started from the moment she was introduced to the world, and why they have never stopped.

Readers will recall that once Sarah was announced as the Republican candidate for Vice President, for all intents and purposes, John McCain pretty much ceased to exist. It was attack Sarah all day, every day. Still is. One doesn’t exert this sort of effort on people who are inconsequential.

Does Sarah have the right experience, we think so. She’s spent most of her adult life in positions of authority, and most of these positions were as a chief executive. Sarah was the Mayor of Wasilla. Now some will say Wasilla is a small town, and they are right. But the mechanics of management are the same. Doesn’t matter if you are running a city of 7,000 …70,000… 700,000… or 7 million. That’s only the scale of the job. The scope of the job is the same. If you can run one successfully, chances are you can run them all.

For those that aren’t familiar with city government, there are two types. One is a government of elected officials who actually run things, with the Mayor in charge of day to day management. This is the type of government Sarah was in charge of.

Many cities, of all sizes, including the one I live in, chose a City Manager form of government. In these cases the city actually hires someone to run the city’s business on a daily basis. The city manager then reports to the city council, which consists of elected officials, including the Mayor. In this form of government, the Mayor is but one of a group who merely oversee what the city manager is up to. It’s not a full time job.

Again, in Sarah’s case, she, herself, was the City Manager. This is an important distinction, and immediately gives her more executive experience that Obama has, even now.

Of course Sarah and Todd also have several successful businesses, which gives her a leg up on Obama, who has zero business experience, as well as 90 percent of the Obama regime’s advisors, who also have never had a job in the real world.

Remember, Obama boasted that running a presidential campaign, his own, counts for “executive experience.” Of course that’s completely laughable, but he was able to get away with that. Kind of like Mitt Romney saying having his sons serve on his presidential campaign in 2008 was the equivalent of military service, because they were “serving their country.” Yeah, whatever. Tell that to Track Palin who served a year in Iraq on the front lines.

After serving as Mayor, and being the president of the Alaska Council of Mayors, Sarah ran for Lt Governor. This resulted in a loss, but garnered her more experience, should you want to use the Barack Obama method for measuring experience. All joking aside what her run did do was elevate Sarah’s political profile and netted her a position as the state’s top energy and environmental regulator, another executive position, and one of the most powerful jobs in the energy rich state.

Then there is her Governorship. There is a reason why Americans generally seek out Governors to become Presidents. Other than declaring war, the job of Governor and the job of President are the same, only the scale is a bit different.

Sarah was an incredibly popular and effective Governor, one of the top in the nation. As Governor she also was Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska National Guard, which has the unique distinction as the only permanently deployed Guard in the nation. She was also C-I-C of the Alaska Defense Force, an auxiliary police and militia unit that can be called up in times of crisis. Member of the ADF fought with distinction in WWII when the Japanese invaded Alaska.

As a leader in energy Sarah was also the Chairman of the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, an agency that develops policies on energy exploration and sound environmental stewardship. Sarah served as Chairman of this commission while serving as Governor of Alaska.

When one looks at Sarah Palin’s career, one see’s a solidly qualified Chief Executive who has the resume that says “yes, I am made of presidential timber.” For those who have read Sarah’s book, her many nationally published op-eds, and her Facebook blog, as well as listened to her speeches and political commentary, there is no doubt she has the right policies and temperament to be a successful President.

Sarah Palin has established herself as a leader and yes, she is ready to lead the nation.

H/T Israpundit

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Happy 21st Birthday, Track!

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 21, 2010

Happy 21st Birthday, Track!  We at the Sarah Palin Information Blog and the Sarah Palin Web Brigade hope that you have had a memorable birthday.  

We’ve heard good reports about you from your tour in Iraq and were so thankful when you arrived back home safely.  May the Lord continue to light your path and make all your dreams come true and your plans succeed.

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Happy 21st Birthday Track Palin

Posted by Ron Devito on April 20, 2010

This Day, April 20, 1989, Track CJ Palin was born. “…[My] life truly began. I became a mom,” wrote Governor Palin about her first-born child in Going Rogue, an American Life. “I had no idea how this tiny person, my son, would turn me inside out and upside down with the all-consuming love that swelled my heart from the second he was born.” (Palin, 2009, p. 51). He was named after the spring track (running) season.

PFC Palin serves in Arctic Wolves First Stryker Brigade based out of Ft. Wainwright. He was deployed to Iraq on September 11, 2008. Gov. Palin presided over that deployment ceremony, which icluded him. He was welcomed home on October 8, 2009.

References:

Palin, S. L. H. (2009). Going Rogue, an American Life. (New York, Harper). pp. 51-53.

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