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Archive for April 8th, 2011

Gov. Palin stands apart from the pack on negotiations

Posted by joshpainter on April 8, 2011

– by Josh Painter
As the clock counted down to the deadline to avoid a government shutdown Friday night, Sarah Palin, via Twitter, encouraged Republican Congressional leaders to stand firm, while at least two of her potential rivals for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination seemed to argue for caving on conservative principles to cut a quick deal. Michael Falcone of ABC News has the story:

“GOP: don’t retreat! The country is going broke. We can’t AFFORD cowboy poetry & subsidizing abortion,” Palin tweeted [here and here]. “If we can’t fight to defund this nonsense now when we have the chance, do you think we’ll win the big fight on entitlement reform later on?”

Palin referred to an issue that both sides involved in the ongoing negotiations on Capitol Hill agree has been a major sticking point — the debate over providing federal funding to the family planning group, Planned Parenthood.


Earlier today Palin posted a more than 800-word Facebook message, critizing President Obama for threatening to veto a one-week continuing resolution proposal that would have funded the Department of Defense for the rest of the fiscal year.

“Why would the Commander in Chief declare that he will veto this?” Palin wrote. “Why would he play politics at the expense of our troops who are putting everything on the line to protect us?”

Notably, some of Palin’s fellow possible 2012 presidential contenders appeared to be at odds with her Friday evening tweet, counseling GOP leaders on Capitol Hill that it’s time to cut a deal.

“I am ready for a big fight that will change the arc of history,” Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., wrote on Twitter this afternoon. “The current fight in Washington is not that fight.”

Gov. Mike Huckabee, in an interview on Fox Business Network, recommended that Republicans make a deal and “live to fight another day.” But talk show host Mark Levin sided with the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, tweeting his approval:

“Gov. Sarah Palin: Right on!

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Bizarre: AK Gov. Parnell asks “How much $ is Enough” for Surplus

Posted by Ron Devito on April 8, 2011

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell – who was supposed to keep Gov. Palin’s agenda intact – is bent on scuttling one of her signature accomplishments Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES), a subject extensively discussed on yesterday’s Bob and Mark Show. “Really, how much [money] is enough?” Gov. Parnell bizarrely asked about money going into Alaska’s state surplus from taxes on oil and gas revenues. Under the Alaska State Constitution, the people of the state own its energy resources. ACES is as simple as it is brilliant. ACES is a graduated tax system, whereby taxes on oil and gas revenues increase as the value of the resource increases. A portion of this money goes into state savings and another portion is distributed to all Alaskans via the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD). Another point often missed when discussing ACES is that it contains a built-in incentive to explore and drill by levying little or no tax when these operations are being conducted.

Aside from his bizarre question, Gov. Parnell is also extorting passage of the bill that would dismantle ACES by threatening to veto capital projects passed by the legislature. Alaska’s House of Representatives approved of dismantling ACES, but the state’s Senate has not thus far. Gov. Parnell – who Bob and Mark refer to as “Gov. Jellyfish” – rather than representing Alaskans has chosen to behave like a lobbyist for big oil. He operates on the fanciful notion that by doing away with ACES, the top three oil companies will drill and explore in Alaska. Those shilling for the oil companies rail about what a “horrible” place Alaska is to do business, yet Alaska has some of the lowest taxes and much better working conditions than most of the nations these companies find preferable. Since ACES passed in 2008, Alaska has seen an increase in the amount of energy industry jobs.

If Alaska is a “horrible” place to conduct energy business, ACES has nothing to do with it; however, the federal government most likely has everything to do with it, via onerous and ridiculous regulations. The Obama administration and the Democrats in both houses of Congress are anti-everything to do with domestic energy development that is not “green.” This administration sees rising fuel prices as a good thing – to “bring us in line” with western Europe.

Executives from the oil companies have outright said they are not in the drilling and exploration business. Given that federal regulations have all but driven them out of this business, we can not really quite blame them. But, this does not justify giving the oil companies corporate welfare, as Gov. Parnell proposes.

Buying leases and never developing them – warehousing and hoarding the resource – is a practice that the Palin administration took a hard line on. Exxon-Mobil did not drill at Point Thomson for nearly 30 years. There was no such thing as ACES during most of this time. When Gov. Palin was in office, the well got drilled. In the pre-Palin days, the oil company executives were in bed with Alaska’s legislative and executive branches figuratively, and quite possibly literally. After all, Gov. Palin did recount in Going Rogue, p. 142 how Meghan Stapleton was told by a lawmaker, “I can tell you right now which bills will pass this session and which won’t…it’s based upon one thing: relationships – and who is sleeping with whom.”

Prior to the Palin administration, the big oil companies received corporate welfare, via the tax system. Apparently, Gov. Parnell wants to roll the clock back to these pre-Palin days. He wants to ride roughshod on the state Constitution and has no regard for real owners of the oil and gas locked beneath the permafrost: Alaska’s citizens.

Gov. Parnell – who US for Palin supported under the mistaken notion that he would continue the Palin mandate – wants to forgo an estimated $8 billion in guaranteed income over five years on the fantasy that big oil companies will ramp up exploration. Meanwhile, the small independent operators who want to drill then ship through the pipeline are charged prohibitive tariffs by the pipeline owners – the big three oil companies.

Bob and Mark summed it up on their Facebook page:

“Really, how much (money) is enough?”- Governor Sean Parnell. Let that sink in people. He is OUR leader, and this question was not directed at the oil and gas companies, it was directed at you and me. WE are the greedy ones…WE are the bad guys here. That’s what we have leading us. God help us all!

We join Bob and Mark in saying “Go ACES!”

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Governor Palin to GOP: Don’t Retreat!

Posted by Adrienne Ross on April 8, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Governor Palin ended today’s Facebook note by saying,

2008 seems like such a long time ago, but 2012 is just around the corner. There is a leadership vacuum in the White House right now, but that’s nothing that another good old-fashioned election can’t fix.

The Governor is one of the few who will call it like she sees it–time and time again. The pressure comes, and she stands up underneath it. The waves of criticism come, and she rides them. The much weaker souls hide out, and she steps up strong and unbending. This is exactly why so many of us join her in looking forward to 2012 in hopes that she will be involved in that old-fashioned election.

While everyone is abuzz with talk about whether the GOP will cave and compromise their stand on ridding this country of wasteful spending–with a government shutdown looming large–no one wonders what Governor Palin is thinking. No one is uncertain about where she stands and what she stands for. Her track record is clear: Cut spending! Do the right thing! Don’t retreat! In fact she tweeted as much:

GOP: don’t retreat! The country is going broke. We can’t AFFORD cowboy poetry & subsidizing abortion.

No offense to the good people of Nevada, but Harry Reid’s cowboy poetry commitment has to go. Let’s see: our children’s future or cowboy poetry? Do we even need to ask? As for Planned Parenthood, where does one even begin? With all its current controversies, historic racism, moral implications, and immense price tag, why are we debating whether or not to defund them? It’s a no-brainer, is it not? We simply cannot afford them–in more ways than one.

It’s Governor Palin’s propensity to call it like she sees it, to not back down in the face of adversity, to always place principles over party, that earn her the respect of so many Americans. Patriot Mark Levin couldn’t help but applaud her unwavering support of our troops and fiscal sanity. Levin tweets:

Gov. Sarah Palin: Right on!

No one wants to see a government shutdown, as Governor Palin pointed out in her Facebook note, but we do want the right thing for this country–and the right thing is taking seriously our financial crisis and getting it under control. The time is now.

Governor Palin has called on both President Obama to muster up some leadership skills and the GOP to hold firm to their commitments. Not too many are as willing as she to call for the end of politicking in favor of practicing common sense. But that’s what separates her from so many, and that’s what makes us all the more anxious for an old-fashioned 2012 election.

I echo Mark Levin: Right on, Governor Palin.

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Palin Tweets: De-Fund Nonsense, GOP Don’t Retreat, Listen to M. Levin

Posted by Ron Devito on April 8, 2011

Governor Palin today Tweeted:

SarahPalinUSA: If we can’t fight to defund this nonsense now when we have the chance, do you think we’ll win the big fight on entitlement reform later on?

More here:

SarahPalinUSA: GOP: don’t retreat! The country is going broke. We can’t AFFORD cowboy poetry & subsidizing abortion.

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SarahPalinUSA: Listen to @marklevinshow on the radio. He’s speaking common sense. We need to be pragmatic & principled right now.

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Trump/Bachman Put Palin In Good Light-GOP In Bad

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on April 8, 2011

Frankly it is all very embarrassing. To see the likes of Donald Trump soaring up in the opinion polls including jumping into second place in New Hampshire is a truly sorry sight. This is not to denigrate Mr. Trump as a person,

Most certainly he has his strong points, not least is his,almost uniquely amongst the prospective 2012 candidates, straightforward approach to describing some of the great problems facing America, and offering solutions to them, For example, he has called for import protection, taking on China over its over valued currency, and going head to head with OPEC.

All well and good and whether or not you agree with his thoughts on these weighty matters, at least he has the guts to talk about them. This in stark contrast to the almost invisible Mitt Romney, who seems to have adopted the “no drama Obama” style of “campaigning” being the lowest profile purportedly leading candidate I can recall.

But, frankly, the thought of Trump being the GOP standard bearer is, in these difficult times, to terrible to contemplate. The media, talk show hosts would have a field day.The distraction that Trump’s outsized personality, and frankly what appears to be shoot from the hip demagogic comments, would be an endless distraction, and let the Obama off the hook of engaging in serious dialogue. 

All Obama would have to do would be to conduct an “above the fray” Nixon 1972 type campaign whilst Trump gave the media endless sound bites. The end result of which would most likely be one of the lowest turn outs in modern election history. This would benefit the Dem’s most of all as the GOP is a minority party, and needs the fullest possible turn out of their base plus Independents to win.

As for Bachman, nothing could be clearer than she is the media’s latest shiny object. It is almost frightening to consider what the left  and their media enablers would do with her in the unlikely event she got the nomination. They have well learned what to do with conservative female candidates after two years of endless attacks on Palin. 

Bachman, who shares many of the views that Palin does, particularly social ones, would be the subject of tremendous media scrutiny, and who knows what might come out during an election campaign when there would be little time to rebut and repair.

Frankly again, Bachman has provided enough in the way of gaffe’s to give the left a running start. In the meantime, the left media are doing all they can to conjure up a “Palin/Bachman feud” where none exists, in an obvious attempt to further nullify Palin by using Bachman as their foil.

On the other hand the propelling of Trump and Bachman into such prominence has served, contrary to their expectations no doubt, to assist Palin. Firstly their gaffe’s, ludicrous positions e.g. “Birtherism” and the impossibility of their winning a presidential election has, in strong contrast, shown the steadiness, plausibility, well thought out positions and stable personality of Palin. It shows the attacks on Palin, by a partisan media to have been grossly overstated, mean spirited and, as the Bachman case clearly shows, revenue driven above all else.

Not only are the “candidacies” of Trump and Bachman an embarrassment, but so too the waste of time efforts by Santorum, Paul, and the other, more than twenty putative candidates, the media has pumped up from time to time.The only purpose they have served is to show Palin, by contrast, to be the most tempered by media fire, sensible candidate who has the best chance of actually entering into a dialogue with the president during a campaign, as all the media diversions against her have been well canvassed.

All that being said, it is sorely to be hoped that as soon as Palin announces her candidacy, the likes of Bachman, Trump, and the myriad of no hopers quietly fold up their circus tents and let the real campaign commence  in these difficult times which call for a candidate of Palin’s experience and seriousness of intent.
Original Post at: M. Joseph Sheppard’s ” A Point Of View”

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Commander in Chief’s Appalling Action with Our Troops

Posted by Ron Devito on April 8, 2011

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

Yesterday the House passed H.R. 1363, which funds our Department of Defense and our military for the rest of the year at their current levels. It allows for the continuation of current military operations, which is pretty important when you’re fighting three wars. It also funds the government for another week and cuts $12 billion in wasteful spending. So why would the Commander in Chief declare that he will veto this? Why would he play politics at the expense of our troops who are putting everything on the line to protect us? Memo to the President: I doubt the insurgents will stop and wait for a government shutdown to end before resuming actions. You need to fund our troops, sir.

Like me, you might be asking yourself: Why on earth would he threaten to veto funding for the troops? What is his game plan? Basically, he’ll veto military funding because he wants the rest of the government funded too. And by the rest of the government, he means things like Harry Reid’s “Cowboy Poetry.” Essentially, he’s holding military funding hostage to NPR funding. This is a perfect analogy for what is wrong with this entire budget showdown. Our federal government has strayed so far from what is constitutionally mandated that they are blind to the fact that NPR funding is not a constitutional duty. Funding our military at a time of war is!

The House GOP does not want a shut down. They just want legitimate cuts (and I would argue not even enough!). If we can’t agree to cut a billion here and a billion there, we’ll never close this $1.5 trillion deficit.

Let’s look at the numbers. We have a $1.5 trillion deficit this year. We’re paying $200 billion a year on our interest alone. That’s half a billion dollars per day on interest. And our $1.5 trillion deficit means that we’re borrowing $4 billion per day just to keep afloat. So, we pat ourselves on the back if we cut a billion dollars here or a billion there in discretionary spending, as we borrow $4 billion a day and pay half a billion a day in interest. The deficit for the month of February alone was the highest in our history at $223 billion. That’s more than the entire deficit for the year 2007. And there’s no end in sight. We’re not heading towards the iceberg. We’ve already hit it. Now we’re taking on water. We must find a way to get back to harbor to repair our ship of state before it’s too late.

Where is President Obama in all of this? He just doesn’t get it. His 2012 budget was a signal of that. The President’s proposed budget offered higher taxes and higher spending. A budget is supposed to be more than just numbers crunched on a spreadsheet. It’s supposed to be a credible blueprint of a nation’s priorities and direction. The President’s budget was a political document. It was designed not to ruffle any feathers or take any decisive moves to deal with the deficit problem. Instead of cutting spending, he’s moving us in the opposite direction. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the White House was not telling the truth when they claimed that their 2012 budget reduces the deficit. It actually increases it. Instead of dealing with the hard realities we face, he just kicked the can down the road. That’s not leadership. That’s politics.

Real leadership means leading by example. It means showing an “all-in” commitment to tackling complex issues and putting in the time and effort to educate the American public. Right now the American people have not been educated about this major challenge we face. Keep in mind that perception often becomes reality, and the perception President Obama has repeatedly given off is that he can’t be bothered to deal with our debt crisis.

This is profoundly unfair to the American people. Throughout our history, we have proven again and again that we are strong enough and wise enough to do the right thing when we are properly informed. We can judge and make the tough choices when we are not spun by the media or the financial class or the political class. We the People can decide – if our leaders level with us honestly.

It’s about time the President step up to the plate and lead responsibly. Our troops who are putting themselves in harm’s way deserve a Commander in Chief who is not AWOL from the debt debate. The American people deserve a president who will take on the tough challenges and understand that funding “Car Talk” is not as crucial as funding our troops at a time of three wars.

2008 seems like such a long time ago, but 2012 is just around the corner. There is a leadership vacuum in the White House right now, but that’s nothing that another good old-fashioned election can’t fix.

– Sarah Palin

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SarahPalinUSA: Appalling Commander in Chief action: Announce…

Posted by Ron Devito on April 8, 2011

Governor Palin today Tweeted:

SarahPalinUSA: Appalling Commander in Chief action: Announce veto of troop funding in time of war. Troops sacrificing life & limb & he plays politics at…

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SarahPalinUSA: ….their expense. UNBELIVEABLE. Memo to the…

Posted by Ron Devito on April 8, 2011

Governor Palin today Tweeted:

SarahPalinUSA: ….their expense. UNBELIVEABLE. Memo to the President: Insurgents won’t stop & wait for govt shutdown to end before resuming actions.

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