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Archive for August 18th, 2014

Gov. Palin: Check out these op-eds on SB21 and vote YES on Prop 1 tomorrow!

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 18, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this afternoon:

Sarah Palin
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Photo: Alaskans, please check out these great op-eds on SB 21 and remember to vote YES on Prop 1 tomorrow! http://www.adn.com/article/20140809/vote-yes-alaskans-have-no-bananas http://www.adn.com/article/20140809/clem-tillion-alaskas-oil-should-not-be-its-only-future http://www.adn.com/article/20140812/former-oil-and-gas-director-why-im-voting-yes-repeal-sb21 Thank you, Alaska! - Sarah Palin
 

Here are excerpts from the articles that Governor Palin recommended:

Vote Yes; Alaskans have no bananas

John Havelock                    August 9, 2014

 
 

The banana, a fruit common in the republics of the tropical isthmus south of Mexico, was not well known in the United States or Europe until the late nineteenth century.  In the 1890s, a few, well-funded entrepreneurs found that they could reap enormous profits, using dirt cheap Honduran and Guatemalan labor to harvest and load bananas on ships for this entirely new market. The men who developed this trade formed political alliances with key elites in the region taking government out of the equation in distribution of profits. This experience gave rise to the phrase “banana republic” to describe a form of government dominated by a few private corporations.

The Territory of Alaska had equivalent experiences, first with the great copper and gold mining enterprises of the Guggenheim trust and then with domination by the canned salmon industry. At the constitutional convention, Bob Bartlett, a key figure in the statehood movement and later U.S. senator, famously warned the delegates against letting a repetition occur in the infant state.

[…]

The 1967 Prudhoe Bay discoveries were greeted with enthusiasm and relief. Opposition to statehood had been grounded in the argument that Alaska was too poor to maintain the essential services required for its vast area. The earlier discoveries in 1962 on the Kenai Peninsula offered some promise to the new state that money would be available to supplement the state income tax, measured as 10 percent of the federal, then the largest source of funds for the new state.  But Prudhoe Bay assured the success of statehood and required Alaskans to take their first real look at a fair state share, conscious of industry resistance and the risk of becoming an oiled banana republic. Bill Egan and the Republican governor with whom he joisted for office, Wally Hickel, both grew up in the atmosphere of concern for corporate domination.

Egan, in the early seventies, had to fight for Alaska’s long-term interest in the context of tension between a public demanding that revenue concerns be swept aside so the pipeline and its construction jobs would begin and his own concern that the state retain a “fair share” of the oil revenue.

The tax negotiations came to a head in 1973.  Big Oil obviously “owned” a block of legislators. Two leading Republicans, House Speaker Tom Fink and Sen. Cliff Groh, among others, were not. They led their party in a bipartisan legislative endorsement of a “fair share” negotiated by Egan against oil companies arguing for lower taxes. The compromise was endorsed in a special session that summer.

What is most remarkable about the oil tax reduction bill passed last year is that no comparable hard-bargaining between Big Oil and the administration occurred. In a political accident, Gov. Palin’s resignation, state leadership went to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, formerly an oil company lobbyist. Reelected, Parnell has blurred the distinction between his old job and the new, becoming an immediate advocate for the new tax reductions put forward in 2013 by the three corporations that control North Slope production. The governor pushed through the Big Three bill even though it required the shameful vote of oil company employees serving in the legislature to pass.

Under those circumstances, it is not surprising that more than 40,000 people signed a petition to repeal Senate Bill 21, the referendum now on the primary election ballot as Ballot Measure 1.

As Gov. Egan would have reminded us, the people need to vote “yes.” Alaska is not yet a banana republic — or is it?

John Havelock served as Gov. Bill Egan’s Attorney General from 1970 through the 1973 special session.

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Clem Tillion: Alaska’s oil should not be its only future

Clem Tillion              August 9, 2014

I did not intend to say much on the subject of Ballot Measure 1, but when I received a call from a TV reporter who was looking for an old-timer who was voting no, all I could say was, “Keep looking!” I, for one, am a yes vote. This is not to say ACES should not be looked at by the lawmakers. It’s sloppy in spots, but I hardly think giving our resources away is the way to solve the problem.

When I ran for the Legislature back in 1962, oil only paid a 1 percent royalty. The first big find at Swanson River on the Kenai Peninsula did not return enough to the state to pave the North Road from Kenai out to Swanson River. It did make millionaires of several people, and this I do not object to, for those who put their money on the line and win should get a fair reward.

The thing that seems to be overlooked here is that Alaska is the only land grant state in the union. Other states have land grant colleges, but we received 100 million acres in addition to the 3 million we were first offered at statehood to enable us as a people to go out and, in Alaska’s name, pick the land and its subsurface wealth to help sustain this vast area with so few people.

Bill Egan was our first governor, and he sent his Commissioner of Natural Resources Phil Holdsworth, out to pick the land that was to give Alaska a chance. He selected Prudhoe Bay among many other spots.

Our first big fight in the Legislature was to raise from 1 percent to 12.5 percent the royalty on all Alaska oil. It was a bitter fight. However, enough rebels on both side of the aisle were determined to not only raise the royalty but insist that on top of the people’s share, there should be enough tax to cover the cost of roads, sewer, police, and fire needed in the areas being developed. Some said the industry would leave, but what we asked for was no larger a share than a Texas rancher demanded on the land he owned. It was in place when the leases were granted for Prudhoe and our first $900-million windfall came to the state.

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If we maximize the returns from our resources and manage them well, Alaska has a great future. Some of the bureaucratic stumbling blocks we burden all our business with are more counterproductive. Some are more harassment than regulation. This is what we should be addressing; not giving our children’s inheritance away. For those of us whose families have a lifetime commitment to Alaska, we feel yes is the only vote.

Clem Tillion is a retired commercial fisherman and a nine-term former Alaska state legislator. He lives in Halibut Cove, near Homer.

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Former oil and gas director: Why I’m voting Yes to repeal SB21

Kevin Banks                  August 12, 2014

I’m voting yes on Ballot Measure 1 to repeal SB 21, the so-called More Alaska Production Act. On Aug. 5, ADN published an article by reporter Richard Mauer titled “Revenue forecasts: ‘Facts’ used in oil tax debate may not be.” He described how both sides of the oil tax debate relied on Department of Revenue forecasts of oil production and tax revenues to support their arguments. But the “facts” reveal nothing about the effectiveness of SB 21 to change industry’s investment behavior to develop Alaska’s oil resources.

A yes vote will reinstate the ACES tax system that SB 21 was purported to “reform.” ACES was all about investment. ACES offered tax credits and tax deductions for new exploration and capital expenditures. But in order to get these credits, industry had to invest here — in Alaska. In return for these generous credits the ACES tax system allowed the state to share in future upside returns with industry.

SB 21 has no such mechanism to assure that tax savings realized by oil industry will be plowed back into Alaska. Instead, its advocates have had to appeal to forces of the free market to achieve this goal. But while the oil industry in Alaska is a free market, it is not a competitive market. In a truly competitive market (the Bakken shale oil play in North Dakota?) overall industry investment behavior is more predictable. The decisions taken by a single company have only a small impact on the industry as a whole. But the Alaska oil industry is dominated by the decisions taken by just three companies. We take it on faith that the Big Three always rely on cold calculations of rates of return and other investment metrics to budget for their Alaska projects, but overall corporate policies and the views of Wall Street stock analysts also hold sway in these decisions.

[…]

The central fact about Ballot Measure 1 is simple: it is about political influence. We face a choice to assert what we believe is best for ourselves and our political future or cede substantial control over this future to the oil industry.

The massive campaign spending from industry has made this so. We don’t need economic models and forecasts to answer the question, “What future candidate for any elective office will ignore the impact of this tidal wave of cash?” If this future candidate were to take even a moderate position unfavorable to the industry or assert too strongly to seek the “maximum benefit” of oil development for Alaskans, she will face an opponent overwhelmingly funded by oil industry corporate donations.

What choices will these candidates then offer? In the face of looming budget deficits, what programs will they propose to cut? Education? Public safety? Roads? Will industry outsource these services to government just as it outsources catering and accounting services?

I’m voting yes on Ballot Measure 1 because I want a future where I can debate issues with my neighbors that are important to us without the one-sided, disproportionately funded noise of endless political ads dividing us. We need to preserve the independence that is so much our character as Alaskans. I urge you to vote Yes on One on Aug. 19.

Kevin Banks recently retired from state government service, where he worked for several years for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. From 2006 to 2010 he directed the Division of Oil and Gas and had a hand in crafting how the ACES exploration tax credits worked to encourage investment from new players in Alaska’s North Slope oil industry. As a resource economist, head of the division’s commercial staff and an involved observer of the Alaska oil industry, he has provided advice to several governors about the state’s relationship with the oil industry in Alaska.

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Gov. Palin: Liberals have no shame

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 18, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

Sarah Palin
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Gov. Perry indicted: Everything’s big in Texas, even this B.S….
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/08/17/gov-perry-indicted-everything-big-in-texas-even-this-bs/

Here is Governor Palin’s op-ed at FOX News:

Gov. Perry indicted: Everything’s big in Texas, even this B.S.

By      Published August 17, 2014           FoxNews.co

 Remember Barack Obama telling his followers to always “bring a gun to a knife fight”? Like good subjects do, his supporters in Texas obeyed. Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted on two counts of abuse of power.

This ridiculous politically motivated “indictment” of Governor Rick Perry stems from the ugly thug tactics of the “politics of personal destruction” that the left is known for. They draw blood and leave scars on conservatives who threaten their political power, hoping the threat retreats and hoping his or her base of support remains silent in fear of becoming collateral damage.

Thankfully, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and those of us with scars to prove it can help others learn from things like this Texas-sized political drama.

This ridiculous politically motivated “indictment” of Governor Rick Perry stems from the ugly thug tactics of the “politics of personal destruction” that the left is known for.

First and foremost, today’s liberals have no shame. Case in point: Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

Lehmberg was busted for drunk driving with an open bottle of vodka in her car after a 911 call reported her endangering others while swerving erratically on the road. The D.A. was smashed — three times over the legal limit.

She was a nut job while in custody, disgracefully threatening law enforcement officials and lashing out violently. The D.A. had to be physically restrained. It was all caught on tape. The extent of the D.A.’s serious drinking problem was uncovered, evidence included her purchase of 72 bottles of vodka in just one store alone, in just over a year. It’s reasonable to believe she imbibed elsewhere, too.

The appropriate and honorable thing for this powerful D.A. to do — note, she’s the county’s chief law enforcement officer and her job is to decide which law-breaking Texans she wants to put in jail – is resign. Governor Perry asked her to do so, which any good governor would do. But because this D.A. is a hardcore Democrat in a hardcore-Democrat county, and Governor Perry is a Republican, Democrats rallied around her and she refused to resign.

Lehmberg’s D.A.’s office runs the state’s Public Integrity Unit which prosecutes public crimes like government corruption. Texans were baffled that this clearly unfit official was running a unit with huge statewide importance and they lost confidence in this government oversight unit.

Governor Perry used appropriate tools under the Texas Constitution to urge Lehmberg to do the right thing, using line item veto power to defund the Public Integrity Unit until it could actually serve the public with integrity, under a leader who had integrity.

According to reports, he reached out to alleviate the Democrats’ fears about her replacement by promising to select her right hand man for the post – essentially giving liberals their desired replacement. All he wanted was for this unfit public official to step aside.

The governor was doing his job in looking out for the people, but Democrats only care about Democrats, and drunk or sober, Lehmberg was one of them.

Her liberal supporters filed an ethics complaint against Perry, defying commonsense and common practice by claiming he abused power when he publicly announced his intention to veto.

The Travis County D.A.’s Office, still under Lehmberg, convened a grand jury, and – surprise, surprise! – Perry was “indicted.” Remember, a grand jury indictment is not a criminal conviction. It’s the result of a one-sided preliminary hearing run by the prosecution.

I don’t worry about Perry, personally, in all this because he’ll have a microphone plus millions in people and dollars to mount a strong defense at the courthouse and in the court of public opinion. But what we should all worry about is that the left doesn’t care about the end result, they only care about immediate headlines in their strategy to destroy a person.

Most Americans will only read that glaring headline orchestrated on a Friday night to minimize rebuttals: “Rick Perry Indicted On Felony Corruption Charges!” Once that bell is rung, it’s impossible to un-ring it.

I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason, so in hindsight I can value my own experience as a conservative governor dealing with leftwing activists who would stop at nothing to take out a successful Republican.

I was riddled with countless frivolous ethics complaints and lawsuits after being nominated as the GOP vice presidential candidate, all in an attempt to derail my governorship and personally bankrupt my family.

One by one these complaints were tossed out on the basis of their frivolity, but the activists got what they wanted via the complicit liberal media’s consistent headline: “Palin Charged With Ethic Complaints!”

It didn’t matter that the “complaint” was for something as absurd as wearing an old snow machine jacket with my husband’s logo on it, or answering reporters’ questions inside my state office, or giving a pro bono speech for a pro-life charity; again in hindsight the ridiculousness of the constant charges — that cost millions to defend and halted all progress in my administration — would seem hilarious if they’d not been so unfair to the public.

The media breathlessly reported on every one of the liberal’s complaints with bold font, front page coverage. But when each one was overturned, most times we never even saw one mention about our vindication.

I have no doubt that Rick Perry will weather this storm because he’s better prepared for this kind of B.S. than we were up here in Texas’s big sister state, when the politics of personal destruction ramped up to unimaginable levels.

Rick won’t have to worry about the Republican establishment piling on, either. He’s more ingratiated with the political machine than someone considered still an unknown who’d go rogue on GOP kingmakers when they acted unethically, so he’s fortunate to only face a firing squad from one side.

All over the country people are facing challenges. Some are unfairly charged with wrongdoing and they may feel defenseless and are absolutely slack jawed at the injustice it seems their detractors get away with. But like Rick Perry will do, Americans must all keep the faith that justice will be done, and whether it’s a personal or political battle, know that if we lose that faith, there’s no hope for America.

We come out of the battle with more scars, but look at those as reminders of what it takes to overcome. The scars toughen your skin to prepare you for something perhaps tougher up ahead, but surely for something greater.

In today’s political ring, these leftwing Chicago-type tactics of personal destruction are a corruption of our democratic process. It’s a slap in the face of the American way of affecting change. We see the same “take no prisoners” tactics at play in the scandalous Democrat-run IRS – as officials with liberal sympathies brazenly harass conservatives to shut us up and shut us down.

We see the same cruel and unfair tactics at play in the liberal-run press that chooses to ignore the liberal president’s threats against Congress with his “pen and phone,” and his threats against any who question his failed policies when instructing his supporters to meet us with a gun in the proverbial knife fight that is today’s politics. All of this prevents good people from even wanting to get involved in politics.

This will only stop when We the People wise up and buck up enough to demand better, and to fight back with a warning to liberals to pull in their horns because we’ll never fall for their sick game again.

Don’t fall for those “Another Corrupt Conservative Governor; This Time in Texas!” screaming headlines. It’s true that everything’s big in Texas, including this pile of B.S. thrown at their governor that may be bigger than usual.

An indictment is serious business, and if found to be baseless it gives a big black eye to every watchdog group and every D.A.’s decision, so let’s expose these thug tactics for what they are: the corrupt power plays of an embarrassingly failed Democratic Party lacking integrity and honor.

Rick Perry and conscientious citizens will expose this on a national level in coming days, mark my words, because you don’t mess with Texas nor do you poke the rest of us independent Americans fed up with hell rousers turning the bad guy into the hero while demonizing the good.

Sarah Palin first made history on December 4, 2006, when she was sworn in as the first female and youngest governor of Alaska. In August 2008, Senator John McCain tapped Palin to serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket. She is a contributor for Fox News where she offers her political commentary and analysis across all Fox News platforms.

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