Sarah Palin Information Blog

Sarah Palin Web Brigade

  • Upcoming Palin Events

  • Sarah Palin’s Endorsees

  • Sarah Palin Channel

  • Amazing America

  • The Undefeated

  • ‘Stars Earn Stripes’

  • ‘Game Change’ Lies Exposed

  • Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas

  • Our Sarah: Made in Alaska

  • America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

  • Going Rogue: An American Life

  • Other Sarah Palin Info Sources

  • Login/RSS

  • Governor Palin on Twitter

  • @SarahPalinUSA

  • Governor Palin on Facebook

  • SarahPAC Notes

  • RSS SarahPAC Notes

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • SPWB on Facebook

  • SPWB on Twitter

  • @SarahPalinLinks

    Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

  • Join the SPWB Twibe!

  • Posts by Date

    December 2010
    S M T W T F S
    « Nov   Jan »
     1234
    567891011
    12131415161718
    19202122232425
    262728293031  
  • Categories

  • Archives

  • __________________________________________
  • Top Posts & Pages

  • __________________________________________
  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • __________________________________________

Archive for December 8th, 2010

Jennifer Rubin attacks Sarah Palin… again

Posted by joshpainter on December 8, 2010

– by Josh Painter
*
For the second time in less than eight days, Jennifer Rubin, the leftist Washington Post’s idea of a conservative (i.e., one who will attack Sarah Palin on demand), has gone after Gov. Palin. In a December 1 post, we noted how Rubin, who had mostly treated the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate fairly on the pages of Commentary Magazine and its Contentions blog, had started slamming Sarah for Rubin’s new masters, the WaPo editors.

Rubin continues with her anti-Palin pontificating Wednesday in her “Right Turn” column. Today’s attack is even more gratuitous than her first one, hyper-criticizing the governor for her tweets regarding the dealings in DC on the Bush tax cuts:

What is she talking about? It is obvious that an extension of the Bush tax cuts is wrong? Or is it obvious that Obama is adopting ideas that were once Republican positions? If the latter, it should be a good thing, one would think. This is Palin at her worst — reflexively anti-deal making, grandstanding, imprecise and unreasoned. If she has a specific policy argument — e.g. the payroll tax “costs” too much for too little job growth — then you’d think she, who has been accused of being light on policy knowledge, would want to spell . . er . . . tweet that out.

For some time, liberal pundits have been taunting conservatives that they need “adult” or “mature” leadership. Right now, Obama is short on both qualities. His shoddy performance yesterday highlights the opportunity for Republicans to field a candidate in 2012 who appears more presidential than the incumbent. But Palin certainly doesn’t give the impression she would be able to step into that role.

Rubin should be ashamed of herself. It’s obvious to anyone who can read and looks at Gov. Palin’s tweet in the context of her other Twitter messages on the subject what she means and where she stands. She obviously stands with Jim Demint, who tweeted that Republicans can do better than the current compromise they made with Obama on the cuts. Why is it so difficult for Rubin to recognize this? That’s a rhetorical question; it’s clear what the columnist is up to here.

We cut Rubin some slack, even after her shoddy treatment of Fred Thompson during the 2008 GOP presidential primaries. But Jennifer Rubin has crossed the line and is now spouting the same elitist nonsense that anti-Palin faux conservatives David Frum, Kathleen Parker, Karl Rove and Peggy Noonan have been cranking out, some of them for years. Sadly, Rubin has sold out to the WaPo leftists and is now doing their dirty work for them. The last ounce of respect we had for this writer has evaporated. She’s fitting in very well at the Democrats’ DC house organ.

– JP

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

Advertisements

Posted in media bias, Sarah Palin, twitter | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Sarah Palin Cyber-Attacked by Wikileaks Supporters in ‘Operation Payback’

Posted by joshpainter on December 8, 2010

– by Josh Painter
*
Jake Tapper at Political Punch reports that Gov. Palin told ABC News in an email today her political action committee’s website and personal credit card information were cyber-attacked by Wikileaks supporters:

Hackers in London apparently affiliated with “Operation Payback” – a group of supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts.

“No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange’s antics,” Palin emailed. “This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.”

Palin has criticized Wikileaks founder Assange, writing on Facebook that his “past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders?…Assange is not a ‘journalist’ any more than the ‘editor’ of al-Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a ‘journalist.’ He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.”

Activist Gregg Housh told the New York Times “that 1,500 people were on online forums and chatrooms including Anonops.net, mounting mass and repeated ‘denial of service’ attacks on sites that have moved against Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks in recent days.”

A cached page from Anonops.net shows Palin’s site as a suggested target.

A SarahPAC.com technical aide said that “on our server log this morning it showed the attacks coming from a browser identified as wikileaks.org. It has since spread to others entitled ‘anonymous.’”

Added SarahPAC aide Rebecca Mansour, “the governor voiced her opinion knowing full well that she was speaking out against a shady disreputable organization with no regard for laws or human life. This is how they operate. The world should not be intimidated by them.”

Mansour pointed out the hypocrisy of Wikileaks supporters who claim to be “in favor of free speech yet they attack Sarah Palin for exercising her free speech.” She added that SarahPAC.com was not harmed because Gov. Palin’s staff was able to move quickly to protect the site.

Sean-Paul Carroll, a threat researcher at PandaLabs, the malware detection division of Panda Security, confirmed that the SarahPAC website was down for about six minutes.

– JP

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

Posted in Internet Activism, Sarah Palin, SarahPAC, twitter, websites, Wikileaks | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Assange cites Sarah Palin in op-ed

Posted by loricalabrese on December 8, 2010

A detail from the Interpol website showing the appeal for the arrest of the editor-in-chief of the Wikileaks whistleblowing website, Julian Assange on December 6, 2010. Photo: Photo by Getty Images

Sarah Palin refuses to be mis-quoted and took to her Twitter on Tuesday to tell the world just that over an op-ed written by one of the most controversial figures in the world.

Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, wrote an op-ed in The Australian Tuesday morning where he claims Wikileaks is fearlessly publishing facts that need to be made public and claims that despite other media outlets publishing the same redacted cables, it’s Wikileaks that has “copped the most vicious attacks and accusation from the US government and its acolytes.” Included in those vicious attacks, Assange cites Sarah Palin.

Assange wrote, “I have been accused of treason, even though I am an Australian, not a US, citizen. There have been dozens of serious calls in the US for me to be “taken out” by US special forces. Sarah Palin says I should be “hunted down like Osama bin Laden…

Assange claims that Palin said he be “hunted down like Osama bin Laden,” but Palin took to her twitter to clarify…”Someone making things up again?Keep seeing this quote attributed to me.Huh?”

Palin originally wrote in a Facebook post titled, “Serious Questions about the Obama Administration’s Incompetence in the Wikileaks Fiasco,..”

“First and foremost, what steps were taken to stop Wikileaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material especially after he had already published material not once but twice in the previous months? Assange is not a “journalist,” any more than the “editor” of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a “journalist.” He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?”

Even though she is misquoted by Assange, I find it interesting that he cites Palin as one who has come out strongly against him. Throughout her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, Palin stresses that America needs to embrace our exceptionalism at home and abroad and reclaim our country and our heritage. Palin writes, “It is not in America’s interest–or the interest of the peace-loving nations of the world– to project weakness to terrorists and tyrants.” When someone puts U.S. national security at risk  by posting over 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables, it’s reassuring to see someone stand strong and honor what our country is and was meant to be.

As published at Examiner.com
Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Bristol: My mom did not force me to go on DWTS

Posted by loricalabrese on December 8, 2010

Mark Balas, Bristol Palin and Mario Lopez pose on the set of "Extra" at the Grove on October 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty Images for Extra

Margaret Cho recently tried to cash in on Bristol Palin’s success with a a blog post in which she claims the only reason Bristol was on DWTS was “because Sarah Palin forced her to do it.” In the post, Cho claims that her and Bristol are actually friends, although many people have attempted to pit them against each other. However, a friend would not have wrote what Cho went on to claim– that “Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she “owed” it to her to do DWTS so that “America would fall in love with her again” and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way.”

I was excited to see Bristol the Pistol fire back at Cho in a recent post on Facebook. (Mom would be proud!)

Bristol explained how she met so many interesting people on Dancing With The Stars and that it was an incredible experience that she will cherish the rest of her life.

“So with this in mind I was somewhat taken aback to read about me in a blog by my friend and fellow contestant, Margaret Cho,” said Bristol.  “Let me shamelessly steal from Saturday Night Live: “Really, Margaret? Really?””

“I will give my friend credit for creativity, and extra points for getting so many “facts” wrong in so few sentences,” Bristol added. “Let me be blunt: my mom did not “force” me to go on DWTS.  She did not ask me either.  The show approached me.  I thought about it.  I made the decision.”

In fact, the Bristol Palin-fueled Dancing with the Stars posted some of the strongest results for a Dancing performance finale in six seasons. Nothing got viewers more in a tizzy than Bristol’s advancement and her success on the show proved just how powerful the Palin brand is.

So why did Bristol want to set the record straight?

“Because it is this type of hurtful and false narrative that people promote to make my mom look bad,” Bristol said. “For 20 years my mom had my back–and for the rest of my life I will have hers.”

As published on Examiner.com.
Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Sarah Palin Addresses The Next Big Disaster: Failed States Begging For Bailouts From Uncle Sam

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 8, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

Once again Sarah Palin is out front leading the charge against failed government policies. This time she is looking down the road at an upcoming crisis that the Ruling Class is either ignoring completely, or getting ready to fund, depending on who you ask.

This is a brilliant policy statement from Sarah. She also takes time to explain how she averted crisis in Alaska. It’s simply common sense. She made tough decisions and members of her own party fought her in the legislature, but Alaska is stronger for her efforts.

As Ronald Reagan once said:

There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

That courage to do what is morally right is what is lacking in Washington today. Thankfully, Sarah Palin has plenty of it, and uses it.

Bailouts Reward Bad Behavior

Do insolvent states actually believe other states should bail them out? In June 2009, I was invited to introduce Michael Reagan at an event in Anchorage. In my remarks as Governor of Alaska, I warned against President Obama’s debt-ridden stimulus bill and its effect on all our state budgets. I believed that the bill’s benefits would be limited because government would grow exponentially, and I warned that the package was equivalent to a federal bribe with fat strings attached that created new unfunded mandates for state governments. At the time, most state legislatures, including Alaska’s, chose to ignore that warning. I predicted that states like California would soon be coming to the federal government asking for a bailout. After I gave that speech, I remember the mocking I received for predicting California and other big government states would continue to spend recklessly and yet expect others to bail them out. The naysayers in the media went a bit wild in their condemnation of my sounding that alarm.

Well, fast forward to today. We now know that the nearly trillion dollar stimulus package didn’t lead to the job growth promised by President Obama; instead it left already struggling state governments even deeper in debt because now they are on the hook to continue programs and projects that were started by these “free” federal funds. So now, as predicted, folks in Washington and in over-spending state capitols are whispering the dreaded “b-word: bailouts – for individual states!

American taxpayers should not be expected to bail out wasteful state governments. Fiscally liberal states spent years running away from the hard decisions that could have put their finances on a more solid footing. Now they expect taxpayers from other states to bail them out, which will allow them to postpone the tough decisions they should have made ages ago and continue spending like there’s no tomorrow. Most Americans would say these states have made their bed and now they’ve got to lie in it. They accepted federal dollars and did not voice opposition to the unfunded federal mandates, and they even re-elected politicians who foisted debt-ridden programs on them that could never be sustained.

Instead of coming to D.C. cap in hand asking for more “free” money, they should follow the example of their more prudent sister states and take the necessary steps to sort out their own finances. They must start by reforming their insolvent pension systems. Many states have multi-billion dollar unfunded pension liability problems that they have refused to address for many years. They’ve deferred their spending problems, assuming the problem deferred would be an issue avoided; instead, it’s resulted in a crisis invited. These states still won’t reform their costly defined benefit systems for fear of offending the powerful public sector unions. Sooner or later, their pension systems will collapse unless they do what states like Alaska did, which is to swap unsustainable defined benefits, which are more like glorified Ponzi schemes, for a more prudent defined contributions system.

My home state made the switch from defined benefits to a defined contribution system, and as governor, I introduced a number of measures to build on that successful transition, while also addressing the issue of the remaining funding shortfall by prioritizing budgets to wrap our financial arms around this too-long ignored debt problem. When my state ran a surplus because we incentivized businesses, I didn’t spend it on fun and glamorous pet projects for lawmakers – though that would have made me quite popular with the earmark crowd. In fact, I vetoed more excessive spending than any governor in our state’s history, and I used the state’s surplus to bring our financial house in order by paying down our unfunded pension plans that some other governors wanted to ignore.

This fiscal prudence didn’t make me popular with the state legislature. In addition to vetoing hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending, I put billions of dollars into savings accounts for future rainy days, much like most American families do in responsibly planning for the future. I also enacted a hiring freeze and brought the education budget under control through a commitment to forward-funding. I returned much of the surplus back to the people (it was their money to start with!) through tax relief and energy rebates. I had proven as the mayor of the fastest growing city in the state that tax cuts incentivize business growth, and though the state legislature overrode some of my veto cuts and thwarted an additional tax relief request of mine, the public was supportive of efforts to rein in its government.

It’s one thing to veto spending and reduce the size of government when your state is broke. I did it when my state was flush with revenue from a surplus – though I had to fight politicians who wanted to spend like there was no tomorrow. It’s not easy to tell people no and make them act fiscally responsible and cut spending when the money is rolling in and your state is only 50 years shy of being a territory and everyone is yelling at you to spend while the money is there to build. My point is, if I could fight this fight in Alaska at a time of surplus, then other governors can and should be able to do the same at a time when their states are facing bankruptcy and postponing this fight is no longer an option.

So, let’s not continue to reward irresponsible political behavior. Instead of handing out more federal dollars, let’s give the governors of these debt-ridden states some free advice. Shake off the pressure from public sector unions to cave on this issue. Put up with the full page newspaper attack ads, the hate-filled rhetoric, and the other union strong arm tactics that I, too, had to put up with while fighting those who don’t believe a state needs to live within its means. Stand up to the special interests that are bankrupting your states. You may not be elected Miss Congeniality for fighting to get your fiscal houses in order; but in the long run, the people who hired you to do the right thing will appreciate your prudence and fiscal conservatism.

As Michael Reagan’s dad once said, “We hear much of special interest groups. Well, our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected…. ‘We the people’…” The people deserve leaders who will make the tough decisions to secure the future prosperity of their states.

~ Sarah Palin

Solid fiscal policy from a seasoned leader. One wonders where the GOP establishment elites will come down on this.

California particularly pisses me off. This is a land where the inmates run the asylum. Crazed liberals and union thugs run everything, with tragic results.

California is a beautiful place. It could be paradise if it had even marginally sane people in charge. Sadly, it is liberal nirvana. Every crackpot liberal idea is not only tried, but made a permanent part of Californian’s lives.

Out of control radical environmentalists have played a huge part in California’s failures, with the state chasing every unworkable fad there is trying to be “cutting edge” and “green.” Billions upon billions have been sent down low flush toilets over this insanity.

This craziness has caused the cost of living to skyrocket, and made it very hard to do business in the state. As such, businesses are moving away in record numbers, and taking their tax dollars with them. Putting California in an even deeper fiscal hole.

California is very rich in natural resources, but is dead set against tapping into these much needed resources because it might harm Mother Gaia, and that’s more important that making sure people and the state survive. There are plenty of oil reserves that could be tapped and used to bring California closer to solvency. We’re talking known fieds that are ready to go and could be working in far less than a year.

Of course, the failure to use the God given petroleum reserves is but one tragedy. We started reporting back in September of 2009 about the absolute disaster, caused by insane environmental radicals, in the San Joaquin Valley.

A bunch of loons have turned this rich and fertile farm land, once known as the world’s food pantry, into a modern day dust bowl, the likes of which have not been seen since the Great Depression.

Millions of acres have been destroyed, possibly forever, unemployment is over 40 percent, and has been for some time. Farms that have been in families for generations face extinction. Hard working Californians who used to feed the world are now forced to stand in soup lines in order to eat themselves.

All of this misery and destruction has been cause by a two inch bait fish known as the Delta Smelt. The best part of all of this is this minnow is not even native to the area, and is certainly not in danger of becoming extinct.

So what’s the problem, besides liberal’s run amok?

Well as rich and beautiful as the Central Valley of California once was, it needed water to stay that way. This water must be pumped into the deltas. It is then used to irrigate the crops. It seems that some of these bait fish end up going through the pumps and getting ground up. This of course, upsets the radical environmentalists, and well, we can have THAT now, can we!

For the sake of a fish that isn’t endangered, or even indigenous to the Valley, these radicals have destroyed a multi-billion dollar industry, the economy of an entire region, and the lives of untold thousands of Californians who would rather work hard and produce, than have to stand in line like cattle for food just to survive.

These out of control radicals have also created a national security issue and endangered the the entire nation, as we now have to import food that we used to have so much of we ate what we wanted and exported the rest. How many health scares have we seen because of tainted fruit and vegetables coming from foreign countries? Fruits and vegetables that use to be abundantly produced in the San Joaquin Valley. 

California is a study in the failure of liberalism, and nothing epitomizes what is wrong with California, and liberalism, than the San Joaquin Valley and the Delta Smelt.

You can go to any state where liberalism rules the day and find similar stories of failed policies and misguided people, doing dangerous and destructive things, in the name of some abstract concept. All of these states are insolvent and on the verge of collapse because of their own insanity.

Frankly, this is how it should be though. America wasn’t designed to be like any other nation that ever existed before it, or has been created since. We are the United States of America. What started out as 13 colonies and has now grown into 50 sovereign states, is a unique experiment that unfortunately has been usurped over the past century by Big Government progressives in both parties, hungry for power.

The original concept was for the United States to be just what it sounds like. A number of states, let’s go ahead and say 50, to make it easy. These states were supposed to be individual sovereign entities, in control of their own affairs.

This can be broken down even further. Each person in America is a sovereign entity. “We the people,” through our representatives, give the states certain rights to govern us in the name of civil society. The same is true for the federal government, as well.

Man gets his rights from nature’s God. He is born with them. Our Constitution is a covenant between “We the People” and government. We allow government to have certain rights to govern society, and in turn, government is bound by this contract to protect our God-given rights, and never over step it’s bounds.

Obviously this concept has been dismissed and our rights eroded over the last century. Something as Americans, we must fight against to make things right again.

For the sake of this discussion though, think of America as 50 small countries, all tied together by a central government that only exists for the mutual benefit of all, which includes things like a common defense from foreign and domestic threats, and free trade. When one looks at the Constitution, the federal government was never supposed to have much responsibility, or power. The 10th Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In other words, the states and the people are, by design, supposed to be more powerful than the federal government. Progressivism has worked for a century to undermine this concept in the name of setting up an all powerful command and control style of central government.

Under the Constitution, as written, states like California are free to do whatever they want, no matter how insane. In fact, that was the whole idea. Let the states be the laboratories for ideas and innovations. If they worked, all of the states were free to follow along. If they failed, the state would have to pick itself up and try something else. Only that one state would bear the cost of failure. Of course, it would also be able to enjoy 100 percent of the fruits of it’s success.

This idea is gone now, with the feds pretty close to reaching that central command and control socialist utopia the progressives have pined for. With their utopia comes failure not on a local scale, but on a national scale.

Another by-product of this usurpation is the concept of “too big to fail.” This of course breeds a school of thought that one should keep failure, no matter how massive, on life support forever, even if it takes the entire nation down because of it.

One has to be able to succeed or fail. Success is obviously rewarding, but failure is a necessary part of life as well. It teaches. More importantly it weeds our poorly performing businesses, states, people, whatever, making the nation, as a whole, stronger.

If we subsidize failure, those who fail will have absolutely no incentive to succeed. Someone will always be there to bail failure out. Why put in all that effort to succeed when there are no consequences to being a failure?

This is kind of a long winded diatribe to say this: Let these failed states collapse. Do not send them one dime of federal money. Just like in business, the sooner they collapse, the faster they can be rebuilt. Rebuilt better, stronger, and smarter. Actions have consequences, and the consequences of insane policies is failure. It would be immoral to prop up failed states on the backs of those who chose to live in states with sound policies and a great environment for businesses and people to thrive in.

Let em crash, learn from their mistakes, then start over. That’s the humane thing to do, and the only way the United States can survive.

Not only will the United States survive, we will become stronger, and, yes, thrive.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Bad News For Mitt: RomneyCare Still Sucks [and] Mitt’s Still In Denial

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 8, 2010

He now says that he opposes any national plan, calling for states to experiment with different approaches as the “laboratories of democracy.”

That would certainly be an improvement over Obamacare.

On the other hand, he has repeatedly said that he sees the Massachusetts plan as a model for the nation and has urged other states to copy his approach.

~ Michael Tanner on Mitt Romney

By Gary P Jackson

Let’s face it, Mitt Romney has a very difficult path ahead should he run for the White House. First you have his less than stellar record as Governor. Here’s a guy who ran on job creation and his state was 50th out of 50 in his first year. Only Hurricane Katrina, which shut down a lot of business in Louisiana, helped the Bay State get out of dead last. His  much celebrated skill as a “financial whiz” proved to be smoke and mirrors as well.

However, as poor of a performance as Romney turned in as a one term Governor, it pales in light of his biggest problem. Mitt Romney is the first of exactly two Americans to have a socialist health care system named after them, with Barack Obama being the other. In fact, the absolute fiasco Romney created in Massachusetts with RomneyCare, was the blue print for ObamaCare.

This boondoggle is bankrupting the state, has caused health care costs to sky rocket, as well as insurance premiums, and is absolutely killing business all across the state.

What’s sad though is Romney has yet to admit this was a disaster. Instead he defends this deal, and recommends other stays use it as a model for “reforming” their health care,” which frankly is mind blowing!

As Michael Tanner writing for National Review Online states: “There is no easy cure for what ails Mitt Romney’s presidential ambitions.

…. he will also have one enormous albatross hanging around his neck: the Massachusetts health-care program.

One of the clearest lessons of the 2010 elections was that voters remain strongly opposed to President Obama’s health-care reform. And if voters in general dislike Obamacare, Republican voters positively loathe it. According to the most recent Rasmussen survey, voters overall support repealing Obamacare by a margin of 58–37. Among Republicans, 84 percent favor repeal.

Romney’s problem is that, despite his demurrals, the parallels between Obamacare and his 2006 Massachusetts reform plan are striking. Both plans are built around an individual mandate requiring citizens to purchase a government-designed insurance plan. Both plans dramatically increase government subsidies and Medicaid eligibility. Both plans use an exchange to redesign the individual and small-group insurance markets, creating a “managed competition” model for insurance. And both Massachusetts and Obamacare prohibit insurers from managing risk, shifting costs from older and sicker individuals to the young and healthy. Neither Obamacare nor Romneycare includes any substantial cost-containment mechanism.

Romneycare has proven to be a disaster in Massachusetts, providing a clear vision of the future under Obamacare. The number of uninsured has been reduced — at great cost — but the program has failed to achieve the promise of universal coverage. The subsidies and other costs have proven an enormous burden for the state budget. Insurance premiums have continued to rise, leading Massachusetts to attempt to impose premium caps and even a global budget. Insurers are losing money and threatening to pull out of the state.

It isn’t very hard to imagine his primary opponents preparing their 30-second attack ads.

Already, Tea Party activists are raising alarms. Romneycare is “something he’s going to have to explain,” warns Christen Varley, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party, “and it might just be a disaster for him.” Plymouth Rock Tea Party founder Lisa Martin says her distaste for Romneycare has forced her to consider other potential candidates, such as Sarah Palin. And presaging national discontent, Tea Party Express president Amy Kremer told the Christian Broadcasting Network that Romney’s Massachusetts health-care reform will “absolutely not pass muster with members.”

Romney has taken to making three arguments in his defense. First, he criticizes Obamacare for its $669 billion in tax increases, claiming that the Massachusetts plan did not increase taxes. That is technically true — if you consider only the legislation as Romney signed it. However, it is also true that the legislation relied heavily on federal subsidies — more than $300 million — and was still underfunded. Romney’s successor was forced both to cut back on some benefits that the plan originally offered and to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack ($154 million annually) to help pay for the program. The state also imposed approximately $89 million in fees and assessments on health-care providers and insurers.

Second, Romney correctly points out that he used his line-item veto to challenge several objectionable provisions of the bill, including its employer mandate, but had his vetoes overridden by the Democratic-controlled legislature. To some degree those vetoes were an exercise in political theater, since the override was always a given. In the end, Romney signed the bill itself, even knowing that the objectionable provisions would be put back in. And he continues to support some of the plan’s worst aspects, notably the individual mandate.

Finally, Romney criticizes Obamacare as a “one size fits all” federal plan, whereas his plan was implemented in only one state. That’s true. Governor Romney only messed up the health-care system in Massachusetts, while President Obama has messed up health care for the entire country. Of course, as governor, Romney didn’t have the power to impose his model outside of his state. He now says that he opposes any national plan, calling for states to experiment with different approaches as the “laboratories of democracy.” That would certainly be an improvement over Obamacare. On the other hand, he has repeatedly said that he sees the Massachusetts plan as a model for the nation and has urged other states to copy his approach.

Other than the defenses above, Romney has so far been surprisingly stubborn, refusing to back down from his backing of the Massachusetts plan, calling it “a conservative plan.” In March, he told Fox News, “I think our plan is working well. And perhaps the best thing I can say about it is that it is saving lives. It is the ultimate pro-life effort, if you will, because people who otherwise could have lost their lives are now able to get the kind of care that they deserve.”

As a candidate who has been accused in the past of switching positions in order to curry political favor, Romney may have no choice but to stick with this one. But it is not going to make his road to the White House any easier.

Everyone makes mistakes. The only people who don’t make mistakes are the ones who never try to achieve anything. With that said, intelligent people generally learn from their mistakes and go out of their way to never repeat them again.

Not Mitt Romney.

RomneyCare is the very definition of failure. Failure of biblical proportions, and yet, Romney sees his failed policies as a model for other states to follow, and actually encourages other states to follow Massachusetts into the abyss.He honestly thinks this absolute failure is a complete success.

That’s some pretty irrational thought going on there. Too irrational to be considered for the most powerful job in the world, too irrational to be Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military on earth.

As we say in business, it may be time for Mitt Romney to “explore other opportunities.

______________________

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Governor Palin’s opposition to Obamacare stands in stark contrast to Romney’s position on national healthcare.  See her Facebook notes on the topic of Obamacare:

Concerning the “Death Panels”
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Obamacare = Stray Dog, So Says President
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Fact-checking Obamacare Summit
Friday, February 26, 2010

With a Stiff Spine America Must Stand Against Obamacare
Sunday, March 14, 2010

Lies, Damned Lies – Obamacare 6 Months Later; It’s Time to Take Back the 20!
Thursday, September 23, 2010

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Did You See This Garbage Posted On the Anchorage Daily News?

Posted by reagantman on December 8, 2010

Yeah, I want everyone to see this piece of crap.

I have no problem linking to a hit piece on Sarah Palin because, when people see the negativity and see the garbage, good people will be repulsed by it. Those who feed into it should find another planet inhabited by negative idiots.

Every good hearted and good minded person in America should read this piece of toilet paper because people need to know how low scum really is. You will never get people to understand the truth unless you show them the ugly side. This is the ugly side.

Come on Palin army. Let’s show these buttheads at the ADN what we think about them.

This is war. What these cookie eating kool aid drinking [redacted] need is a good rhetorical butt kicking.

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »