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Archive for March 18th, 2011

NYT, There You Go Again

Posted by Ron Devito on March 18, 2011

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

The New York Times just can’t seem to get much of anything right lately. No wonder they’re facing economic and reputation woes. Their article today falsely reporting on my record as governor is full of spin, and I shall call them out on it.

 

Regardless of the recent political posturing, ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share) is a success for all stakeholders who want more domestic energy supplies for our great country. The Alaskan people (who collectively own the natural resources, via our state constitution), the resource producers who bid on the right to develop our oil and gas, and consumers all benefit under ACES. It incentivizes production and development. It works.

 

Amazingly, to the uninformed (or to those who really don’t want to incentivize oil exploration in America) ACES is spun to sound like an oil windfall profits tax and its progressivity is made to sound excessive. In reality, it was born of a need to have a tax structure that did three things:

 

1. It could not be created under a cloud of political corruption and self-dealing like the former Alaska administration and legislature’s PPT oil valuation structure. That’s a critical fact that is now frequently overlooked years later. Remember the legislators and oil industry players who went to jail because of bribes leading to votes in favor of the former administration’s PPT, which was unfairly tilted in favor of the resource producers against the resource owners (i.e., the people of Alaska)? Have we conveniently forgotten the fact that a corrupt process brought forth PPT, and I and others set out to change it by cleaning up the corruption?

 

2. It had to align the interests of Alaskans and the oil producers through exploration and production credits in partnership so that they benefit proportionally from commercialization of Alaska’s sovereign resources. This is very different from a government overtaxing personal or corporate income in which the government has no ownership stake in whatever it is that is being taxed.

 

3. It had to use a progressivity system that protects the producers from commercial strain when oil prices are low; otherwise the producers would seek development opportunities elsewhere. ACES does incentivize industry, but beware that Big Oil will always do what it does best for its shareholders: it will look out for its bottom line and always claim that it needs even more tax breaks. More power to them for trying, but resource owners deserve A CLEAR and EQUITABLE SHARE (ACES) of the value of their commonly-owned oil and gas.

 

ACES accomplished all three. The current criticism of this fair valuation makes no real sense. As an article at Big Government notes:

 

“The number of oil companies filing with the Alaska Department of Revenue has doubled indicating that competition has indeed increased. Alaska has the second most business friendly tax set-up — up two spots since the passage of ACES. Additionally, a report from Governor Parnell’s Department of Revenue indicated that 2009 yielded a record high in oil jobs. Even more recently, the newest employment numbers from Alaska show that oil job numbers were higher in January 2011 than in January 2010, indicating that jobs are growing at the seasonal level. Parnell argues that state revenues are in jeopardy, but it is estimated that his proposal would reduce revenues by $100-200 million.

 

Most importantly, Alaska enjoys a $12 billion surplus thanks to ACES and the sound fiscal policies of my administration. I put billions of dollars aside in savings accounts (though I could have easily spent those billions and made a lot of friends with big-spending legislators on both sides of the aisle), and I continued to veto excess spending and Obama stimulus funds, and chopped earmarks by 86% – much to the chagrin of liberal legislators who were used as “sources” in the article. It’s kind of amusing to see state legislators claim credit for the surplus when they didn’t vote for ACES, and they cried to high heaven when I vetoed their wasteful spending on their special interest projects.

 

Of course, I could have made a lot more friends in Juneau if I had spent the surplus. But I chose to put billions in savings for a rainy day and return a portion to the people of Alaska. (It was their money after all.) I paid down hundreds of millions of dollars into our under-funded state pension plans, then set aside another billion for forward-funding education. I fought the union’s demands for more benefits, engaged in hiring freezes, and cut frivolous state expenditures – again, much to the chagrin of those who spend other people’s money recklessly. That’s sound fiscal policy. I’m proud of it, and Alaska is stronger today because of it.

 

Now, if others would like to claim credit for it, that is fine. As Ronald Reagan used to remind us: “There is not limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” Amen!

 

But let’s not pretend that ACES wasn’t a key factor in the surplus, and let’s not pretend that it hasn’t been a success.

 

As for AGIA, our long-awaited natural gas pipeline project is moving along according to plan. A huge partnership was developed with Exxon and TransCanada when I put the project out for competitive bids, instead of using behind-closed-door schemes that would have screwed the public. Alaska will help America become energy independent, despite anti-energy politicos claiming AGIA won’t work. It’s already got the 50-year dream off the dime and in the works. See, competition works. So does a transparent process.

 

– Sarah Palin

 

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Mark Levin “Corporate Hate At Politico For Palin”.13 Recent Palin “Articles” Proves It

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on March 18, 2011

Mark Levin knows a campaign when he sees one.

How anyone could possibly deny,with a straight face that is, that there is not a concerted media campaign against Sarah Palin is beyond me. The question has to be asked, over and over as no one has come up with an answer “Why, if Palin is such a no hoper on all fronts and has no chance of getting the GOP nomination-much less beating Obama-is the media mounting an endless,two years and counting, campaign of denigration against her which is unparalleled in American political history?”

Here is what Levin said and here are 13 of the  most recent Politico stories.To say that this is a “balanced’ presentation is ludicrous.

MARK LEVIN/FACEBOOK:  The corporate hate for Sarah Palin at Politico is obvious.  The latest is here http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51218.html
In fact the depth of the Politico hate campaign is striking if these 13 articles from their last 20 are listed (plus there are others at their “GOP12” site)
Cover for new book on Palin revealed . any indication of what’s in the book about it doesn’t look positive.

Original Post at: M. Joseph Sheppard’s “A Point Of View”

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Benyamin Korn: The Palin Doctrine

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 18, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Benyamin Korn, director of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin, wrote an op-ed for the New York Sun this week. His article details Governor Palin’s ability to recognize what our current President apparently cannot. He also reminds us that she arrives first to conclusions to which others eventually arrive. Take Libya, for example. Who was first to suggest a no-fly zone in the wake of the recent happenings there? Isn’t it interesting how this suggestion is gaining in popularity? Isn’t it also interesting how the media and the elites seem to have forgotten where they first heard it?

Mr. Korn writes about what he calls “The Palin Doctrine”:

The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state — in this case asking that a UN “no-fly zone” be imposed over Libya – is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there.

The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a range of issues. On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to the Qaddafi regime. Mrs. Palin’s formulation had been blogged about for nearly a week when it was echoed by the man who, before the Iraq war, had led the Iraq democratic movement in exile, Ahmed Chalabi.

A long-time foe of Saddam Hussein who has emerged as a leading figure in Iraq’s democratically elected legislature. Mr Chalabi recounted in the Wall Street Journal how President George H. W. Bush’s 1991 call for a popular uprising against Saddam had been heeded by the Iraqi people, only to have Saddam then murder some 30,000 of them from helicopter gunships while the Western world stood by.

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Mrs. Palin also continues to link America’s energy policy — a realm in which she has experience — and U.S. foreign and anti-terrorism policies. She recognizes that the ongoing transfer of billions of U.S. petro-dollars to unstable or even hostile Mideast regimes has, since the formation in 1973 of the Organization of Petoleum Exporting Countries, been an drain on U.S. financial resources.

In a critique of Mr. Obama’s energy policies published yesterday at about the same time the Arab League was adopting her prescription for a Libya no-fly-zone, Mrs. Palin laid out how the president’s “war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security.” Nor is Gov. Palin’s insight into complex international issues limited to areas of her immediate expertise.

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More broadly, Mrs. Palin’s address in India will be another step in the growing outline of what might be called The Palin Doctrine. It contrasts sharply with the foreign policy being conducted, if that is the word, by President Obama, who is perplexing not only the Arab world, to which he reached out in his Cairo speech at the start of his presidency, but even his own supporters in the liberal camp, and many in between, who are upset by what might be called his propensity for inaction. It’s an inaction that suggests the Arab League won’t be the only institution that might find itself surprised by the logic of the alert Alaskan.

Read the full article here.

You can listen to Benyamin Korn interview me on his radio show, Jewish Independent Talk Radio, here.

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Watch Governor Palin’s India Speech Live Tomorrow Morning

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 18, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Governor Palin is scheduled to speak at the India Today Conclave at approximately 10:00 or 10:30 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. The speech will be live-streamed, and you can watch it here.

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More on Governor Palin’s “Heroes Among Us” Appearance on April 30th

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 18, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Heroic Media updated their information concerning the event:

Join us for “Heroes Among Us” featuring keynote speaker Gov. Sarah Palin and special guest Lila Rose. Governor Palin will speak about the heroism of motherhood and how to empower women to make the courageous choice for life. Sarah is the mother of five children and the grandmother of one. Sarah’s oldest child, Bristol, experienced an unexpected pregnancy and Sarah’s youngest, Trig, has Down Syndrome. Lila Rose founded Live Action when she was 15 years old and has exposed abortion facilities nationwide for alleged illegal activities.

The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Bethesda North Marriott, 5701 Marinelli Rd ., Bethesda MD, Bethesda, Maryland (map). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.

Heroic Media is a faith-based non-profit that reduces abortion by helping women who face unexpected pregnancies learn hopeful alternatives through mass media advertising.

Individual tickets are $250 for General Admission to the dinner plus service and handling fees. Tickets are available through ExtremeTix’ Click ‘N Print.

You can purchase tickets here.

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Riehl: Why They Really Fear Sarah Palin, And Why She Should Run

Posted by joshpainter on March 18, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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At Riehl World View, blogger Dan Riel opines that if Gov. Palin gets in the 2012 presidential race, it would force some of those who are currently attacking her through surrogates and media operatives to “take to the spotlight and deal with her one on one”:

Many people think the DC GOP establishment fears and constantly attacks Sarah Palin because they’re afraid she could become president. But that can’t really be true, can it? If they believe she’s everything they think and say she is, or isn’t, along with being so utterly unqualified, she doesn’t have a prayer of becoming president. Right? And don’t kid yourself that they think differently about her than they increasingly openly claim. I’m just not sure they even understand why they do; it’s more instinctual, than anything, embedded within their instinct to survive.

But, ironically, that’s the key to why they really hate her and what she does without seemingly trying. And she does it even as they attack her. In the first place, they do fear she might become president, or at least win the nomination. So, what does that say as regards how they really think about you, or “we the people,” as it were. Well, obviously, they think you’re stupid because they can’t trust you to not elect someone they perceive as so dumb, and/or unfit.

Yet, as an aside, these same people, even ones who officially campaigned against Obama, never claimed Obama was fundamentally unfit, now did they? Yet, time has proven precisely that. So, just how smart are these people?

The point is, attacking her while believing she’s totally unfit to become president makes little sense and is a profound waste of their supposedly so valuable time – unless it exposes them in terms of what they think about the average Republican voter and American in general.

It’s precisely because Palin so often does this, exposes them for what they actually are, that whether she ever runs for president, or not, they feel compelled to destroy her. They don’t simply not want her to run for president; if they could, they would remove her entirely from the national stage because she’s such a threat.

If it fears anything, the Beltway establishment, both Left and Right, fears being exposed as chiefly a game of self-professed, elitist, political power-sharing ping pong playing individuals who are absolutely convinced that they, and not the American people, are capable of steering America’s course. They also believe that only they are entitled to do it, hence the attacks on almost any genuine citizen, or Tea Party-aligned candidate – along with dressing up some typical GOP hacks as Tea Party-aligned to win. Some of them are now being exposed by their votes.

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Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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