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Cannibals in GOP Establishment Employ Tactics of the Left

Posted by Ron Devito on January 27, 2012

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

We have witnessed something very disturbing this week. The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent.

We will look back on this week and realize that something changed. I have given numerous interviews wherein I espoused the benefits of thorough vetting during aggressive contested primary elections, but this week’s tactics aren’t what I meant. Those who claim allegiance to Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment should stop and think about where we are today. Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, the fathers of the modern conservative movement, would be ashamed of us in this primary. Let me make clear that I have no problem with the routine rough and tumble of a heated campaign. As I said at the first Tea Party convention two years ago, I am in favor of contested primaries and healthy, pointed debate. They help focus candidates and the electorate. I have fought in tough and heated contested primaries myself. But what we have seen in Florida this week is beyond the pale. It was unprecedented in GOP primaries. I’ve seen it before – heck, I lived it before – but not in a GOP primary race.

I am sadly too familiar with these tactics because they were used against the GOP ticket in 2008. The left seeks to single someone out and destroy his or her record and reputation and family using the media as a channel to dump handpicked and half-baked campaign opposition research on the public. The difference in 2008 was that I was largely unknown to the American public, so they had no way of differentiating between the lies and the truth. All of it came at them at once as “facts” about me. But Newt Gingrich is known to us – both the good and the bad.

We know that Newt fought in the trenches during the Reagan Revolution. As Rush Limbaugh pointed out, Newt was among a handful of Republican Congressman who would regularly take to the House floor to defend Reagan at a time when conservatives didn’t have Fox News or talk radio or conservative blogs to give any balance to the liberal mainstream media. Newt actually came at Reagan’s administration “from the right” to remind Americans that freer markets and tougher national defense would win our future. But this week a few handpicked and selectively edited comments which Newt made during his 40-year career were used to claim that Newt was somehow anti-Reagan, and isn’t conservative enough to go against the accepted moderate in the primary race. (I know, it makes no sense, and the GOP establishment hopes you won’t stop and think about this nonsense. Mark Levin and others have shown the ridiculousness of this.) To add insult to injury, this “anti-Reagan” claim was made by a candidate who admitted to not even supporting or voting for Reagan. He actually was against the Reagan movement, donated to liberal candidates, and said he didn’t want to go back to the Reagan days. You can’t change history. We know that Newt Gingrich brought the Reagan Revolution into the 1990s. We know it because none other than Nancy Reagan herself announced this when she presented Newt with an award, telling us, “The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.” As Rush and others pointed out, if Nancy Reagan had ever thought that Newt was in any way an opponent of her beloved husband, she would never have even appeared on a stage with him, let alone presented him with an award and said such kind things about him. Nor would Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan, have chosen to endorse Newt in this primary race. There are no two greater keepers of the Reagan legacy than Nancy and Michael Reagan. What we saw with this ridiculous opposition dump on Newt was nothing short of Stanlin-esque re-writing of history. It was Alinsky tactics at their worst.

But this whole thing isn’t really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction used now by both parties’ operatives with a complicit media egging it on. In fact, the establishment has been just as dismissive of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guard’s choice. In response, the GOP establishment voices denounced South Carolinian voters with the same vitriol we usually see from the left when they spew hatred at everyday Americans “bitterly clinging” to their faith and their Second Amendment rights. The Tea Party was once again told to sit down and shut up and listen to the “wisdom” of their betters. We were reminded of the litany of Tea Party endorsed candidates in 2010 that didn’t win. Well, here’s a little newsflash to the establishment: without the Tea Party there would have been no historic 2010 victory at all.

I spoke up before the South Carolina primary to urge voters there to keep this primary going because I have great concern about the GOP establishment trying to anoint a candidate without the blessing of the grassroots and all the needed energy and resources we as commonsense constitutional conservatives could bring to the general election in order to defeat President Obama. Now, I respect Governor Romney and his success. But there are serious concerns about his record and whether as a politician he consistently applied conservative principles and how this impacts the agenda moving forward. The questions need answers now. That is why this primary should not be rushed to an end. We need to vet this. Pundits in the Beltway are gleefully proclaiming that this primary race is over after Florida, despite 46 states still not having chimed in. Well, perhaps it’s possible that it will come to a speedy end in just four days; but with these questions left unanswered, it will not have come to a satisfactory conclusion. Without this necessary vetting process, the unanswered question of Governor Romney’s conservative bona fides and the unanswered and false attacks on Newt Gingrich will hang in the air to demoralize many in the electorate. The Tea Party grassroots will certainly feel disenfranchised and disenchanted with the perceived orchestrated outcome from self-proclaimed movers and shakers trying to sew this all up. And, trust me, during the general election, Governor Romney’s statements and record in the private sector will be relentlessly parsed over by the opposition in excruciating detail to frighten off swing voters. This is why we need a fair primary that is not prematurely cut short by the GOP establishment using Alinsky tactics to kneecap Governor Romney’s chief rival.

As I said in my speech in Iowa last September, the challenge of this election is not simply to replace President Obama. The real challenge is who and what we will replace him with. It’s not enough to just change up the uniform. If we don’t change the team and the game plan, we won’t save our country. We truly need sudden and relentless reform in Washington to defend our republic, though it’s becoming clearer that the old guard wants anything but that. That is why we should all be concerned by the tactics employed by the establishment this week. We will not save our country by becoming like the left. And I question whether the GOP establishment would ever employ the same harsh tactics they used on Newt against Obama. I didn’t see it in 2008. Many of these same characters sat on their thumbs in ‘08 and let Obama escape unvetted. Oddly, they’re now using every available microscope and endoscope – along with rewriting history – in attempts to character assassinate anyone challenging their chosen one in their own party’s primary. So, one must ask, who are they really running against?

– Sarah Palin


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Three Years Ago Today…

Posted by Ron Devito on January 27, 2012

SarahPAC Supporter,

It has been three years since Sarah Palin founded SarahPAC with a mission to stop the dangerous fundamental transformation that is taking place in America. Our founding fathers established America on the principles of freedom, hard work, honesty and independence, setting the course for American exceptionalism. These values have carried us through world wars, foreign attacks and economic hardships. Our founding core values create a strong America.

Today, crony capitalism and cradle-to-grave government interference in our lives are eroding these values, in the fundamental shift in our ideals. Three years ago we made it our goal to stop this transformation, and today our goal remains the same: to empower American patriots to protect their independence from the encroachment of government.

You have fought with us against the invasion of big government. Because of your courage, Washington has been reminded that their responsibility is to the American people not Washington insiders. As Americans, we have made our voice known, refusing to accept the politics-as-usual mentality.

But our work is not finished. There is still urgency. Because Obama continues to press his crushing agenda upon us, and the critical battle over the White House, Senate and House approaches this year. We must ensure that officials understand its strength lies in the American people. Hardworking American people build our cities, American people grow our food and American people lead the world in technology and innovation.

At SarahPAC, we are leading the fight to restore our foundations, never apologizing for America and always defending our core principles. Elections will determine whether this dangerous fundamental transformation is allowed to continue or whether our founding principles will be restored. You can make your stand by supporting SarahPAC and help Governor Palin support the candidates she believes share her vision for this country.

On the third Anniversary of SarahPAC, the work to restore American founding principles is as critical as ever, and SarahPAC needs your help. We are honored by the sacred trust you have placed with us through your donations. Please send your best gift possible to SarahPAC today.

Thank you for joining in our fight to preserve the America we know and love!

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Gov Palin on Stossel: Obama’s Policies are Shared Misery

Posted by Ron Devito on January 26, 2012

Obama promised “more government growth and centralized federal government planning to create a utopia for us….[The State of the Union] was frustrating to watch….Socialism is shared misery,” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tonight said on her premiere interview with John Stossel from her home in Wasilla, Alaska. On Obama’s line about using an “all of the above approach” to energy – a line he ripped from Gov. Palin – she said, “maybe he’s come around in his rhetoric, because it’s an election year.” Gov. Palin noted that many Gulf oil rigs closed during his drilling moratorium and would take months or years to return following the removal of the moratorium.

Obama never spoke about ANWR, drilling, Solyndra, or our massive debt and deficit, she said.

“People want to believe the best,” about politicians, Gov. Palin said, but she said “voters should step back and do a little research,” even though “we have lives, and are raising children,” and do not devote our lives to politics.

Gov. Palin reiterated her position on Ron Paul. She does not support his isolationist foreign policy, but said “he is the only one who is passionate about doing something about our debt. His austerity measures are spot on.”

Gov. Palin also said the GOP establishment and the liberal media do not like Newt Gingrich and are “crucifying him,” trafficking in falsehoods. She regarded Peggy Noonan’s “angry muffin” assessment as little more than pure hypocrisy, since one candidate was being targeted for something all are doing. Gov. Palin said she had dealt with it for her 20 years in politics.

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Alaska Airlines’ Prayer Cards; It’s Hip to be offended?

Posted by Ron Devito on January 26, 2012

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

It seems astonishing that someone would be offended by a simple prayer card placed on an airline’s meal tray, but I guess that’s the politically correct world we live in now. A few days ago, Rev. Franklin Graham gave me a heads up that Alaska Airlines may discontinue its nice, decades-long Alaskan tradition of including a little prayer card on flight meal trays. Rev. Graham is a frequent flyer to Alaska on Alaska Airlines because of his missionary work. Of course, as an Alaskan I’m also a frequent flyer on this airlines, which always seems to provide superb service. When I heard from Rev. Graham, I immediately sent the following letter to the CEO and President of Alaska Airlines.

It feels so odd that some may be offended by a little card with an encouraging non-denominational verse from the Psalms, but how often do we hear complaints about tawdry ads or billboard images flashing at us everywhere we turn? People of faith and common decency just shrug and move on from the constant assault on their sensibilities; we don’t call for censorship – at least I don’t. So, why in this day and age must every reference to faith in God be censored from the public square? Why must a private company buckle under pressure from a handful of people who find a little card saying “the Lord is my shepherd” offensive? I’m sure there are many more people who appreciate the cards, or at least are ambivalent about them.

Is it any wonder that people of faith feel their beliefs are constantly marginalized or even under outright attack when we hear reports like this and stories about Catholic institutions being forced to sue the Obama administration over their right to conscience objections? This Alaska Airlines story is just about a simple meal card, but for these Catholic institutions it’s about an issue that cuts to the heart of their deepest religious beliefs.

Here is the letter I sent to Alaska Airlines, and I encourage other customers to let their voices be heard. Granted, it’s hip to wage war on American traditions lately – especially anything faith-based – but for many of us it’s just not in our DNA to merely shrug off the nonsensical attacks on positive, inspiring, and (in my opinion) needed encouragement today.

Dear Mr. Ayer and Mr. Tilden:

Thank you for your tremendous service to Alaskans and so many others over all these years! We love Alaska Airlines. As I tell everyone, it is my favorite.

In my book “Going Rogue” I gave a special shout-out to airline employees because of the extraordinary customer service and good attitudes I witness on flights that my family and I take around this great country. It’s inspiring and impressive to see the sweet spirit of hard working airline employees shine, in spite of sometimes difficult people and circumstances dealt with everyday.

Also inspiring and impressive, and very encouraging, is the special touch Alaska Airlines has blessed fliers with for many years. Your small prayer cards that remind us of the beauty of thankfulness have never ceased to amaze me. In this tumultuous world, finding this little tangible reminder of such an important virtue is always uplifting! Thank you for providing the cards.

It’s come to my attention that the cards may be discontinued due to a few who are offended. I really hope this is just a rumor. Please remain strong and courageous in the face of a cultural trend that wants to wage war on any positive thing that a few may construe as offensive. The Alaska Airlines tradition should be looked upon as an all-American, hopeful, encouraging gesture. Please don’t discontinue the cards.

Thank you again for your service!

Sarah Palin and family

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SarahPAC Gears Up for Elections

Posted by Ron Devito on January 26, 2012

Ed. Note: This SarahPAC fund-raising letter was customized to each donor and geared for check mail-in. In re-typing, the original document has been slightly modified to obfuscate personal information and to bring donors to the online donation page. As Mr. Crawford wrote, Gov. Palin will be aggressively campaigning nationwide so we can retain the House, take the Senate, and the White House. Her work will rise above endorsements to include supporting candidates on the stump. These activities require our support.

January 20, 2012

With just 10 months left until Election Day, Barack Obama is showing the American people yet again why he can’t be trusted, why he can’t lead, and why he must be defeated this November.

  • Against the advice of even federal advisers, he doled out more than $500 MILLION of our tax dollars to his “green jobs” cronies at Solyndra – where it promptly disappeared after they filed for bankruptcy.
  • He thumbed his nose at Congress and appointed a nominee to head up his new “Consumer Protection Agency” without congressional approval. Senator Mitch McConnell called it an unprecedented power grab that “arrogantly circumvented the American people.”
  • Obama’s disastrous economic policies led to our nation’s first credit “down-grade.” And Obama still wants to raise the debt ceiling!
  • And while he just slashed our military budget, he’s raising welfare spending by $900 MILLION.

Barack Obama’s so-called “change” has forced Americans into unconstitutional “Obamacare”…higher taxes…and a weakened national security.

And if his out-of-control spending isn’t stopped, he will endanger the economic security of future generations of Americans by leading us into European-style debt crisis.

That’s not change… it’s socialism. And it’s crushing the American Spirit that made our nation great.

Our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the U.S. Constitution. They designed a government that works for the people… not the other way around.

  • A government that thrives on hard work – not hand-outs.
  • A government that will live within its means – not mortgage our children’s future to pay for today’s bureaucratic waste.
  • And a government that will maintain a strong national defense – not bow down to nations who despise us and our way of life.

Barack Obama has forgotten the values that made our nation great. But Gov. Palin hasn’t.

And if you’re ready to help her elect fiscally-conservative, pro-family, pro-America patriots on Election Day, then please [click the SarahPAC graphic] to send your best gift today.

You and I both know the power a Sarah Palin endorsement will carry in these elections….especially when it comes to defeating Barack Obama.

That’s why we need to be ready to strike at a moment’s notice. And that means we need a war chest that can go head-to-head with Obama’s.

You’ve given as much as [redacted] to SarahPAC before. You helped us take back the House in the crucial 2010 mid-term elections.

But now everything is on the line. Control of the House. The Senate. And the White House.

with so much at stake, Gov. Palin is counting on your best gift possible today. Thank you for standing with her again!


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P.S. It’s not enough to complain about Obama’s arrogance and his socialist agenda. Gov. Palin is ready to help defeat him – but she needs the support of freedom-loving citizens like you to help her shape the debate, campaign across the country, and throw the full weight of SarahPAC behind every candidate she endorses. Will you help us take back our nation this November? If so, please [click the graphic now to] rush your …gift …to Gov. Palin today. Thank you again!

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Gov Palin on Bolling: No Run, No Endorse, Unite, GOP Field Strong

Posted by Ron Devito on January 23, 2012

“We’ve got candidates who can do the job. We can’t be spewing negative rhetoric against them. We need to be united. I’m proud of the American voter,” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tonight said in the closing moments of a TV interview with Fox Business’ Eric Bolling from her home in Wasilla, Alaska as her fireplace roared behind her. Gov. Palin’s statement was in response to Bolling’s “are you running? Your supporters hear you and think you should run!” Gov. Palin said that with voter vetting, the GOP field will produce a candidate who will be successful in taking on Obama in the general election.

Gov. Palin said Florida voters should tune into what the media is doing and see if they are being fair. She also cautioned voters to watch and observe the elites in the GOP machine. “They’re content with crony capitalism,” she said. “If they seem to be unfairly attacking, run and vote in the opposite direction.” Gov. Palin further cautioned Florida voters to observe which candidates have cut budgets and government growth. “We need Reaganesque in the White House,” and someone who can work on both sides of the aisle, Gov. Palin said.

Gov. Palin also said the media will try to “tamp down the influence of the Tea Party movement. Gingrich, Paul, Santorum, even Romney have all promoted Reaganesque low tax, free-market policies. Do not ignore the roar of Tea Party patriots,” Gov. Palin said.

“I want an even playing field. The media is goading Romney to release his tax returns,” but Gov. Palin noted that no such goading has occurred with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, neither of whom are releasing their returns. Gingrich had been goaded to release his tax returns and Freddie Mac contract. “some people want to pick an issue to hang on one candidate. If one candidate is being goaded to release tax returns, they all should be, Gov. Palin said.

Gov. Palin said that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie “made a rookie mistake” by saying that Newt Gingrich “is an embarrassment to the Republican Party” for various reasons. “He played right into the media’s hands.” In what has become the takeaway from this interview, Gov. Palin said, “sometimes when your candidates loses in one step, you kind of get your panties in a wad. It reflects a lack of self-discipline.” Gov. Palin reiterated that it was a “rookie mistake” and that Gov. Christie had been in office only a year or two. She made reference to his use of a state helicopter to attend his child’s ball game, a move that could be seen as embarrassing to the Republican Party. “He’ll learn that the media goad you. He just produced an ad for the Democrats to use if Newt is the nominee,” Gov. Palin said. She added that Gingrich fought HillaryCare, balanced budgets and worked with the Democrats on key legislation such as welfare reform.

On Obama’s forthcoming State of the Union address, Gov. Palin predicted “it will be more reflecting of the failed policies of Obama. He is going to try to explain that getting deeper into debt will get us out of debt. The American public was awakened. His speech is so Orwellian. He is the opposite of what we need. That is why people are rising up and boldly going against him and calling him a socialist if need be. He needs policies to drag everyone down to level the playing field in his vision,” she said. Gov. Palin said that our President’s policies should uplift everyone, and that’s done by re-industrializing, eliminating the corporate tax, reducing the size of the federal government, and allowing free markets to thrive.

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Gov. Palin on Hannity: Endorsement Not Worth Hill of Beans; More Vetting

Posted by Ron Devito on January 23, 2012

“My endorsement still isn’t worth a hill of beans,” but Florida voters should ask who is the best Reagan conservative, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tonight said in a two-segment TV interview from her home studio in Wasilla, Alaska. President Reagan “decreased federal spending and lowered tax rates,” she said. Gov. Palin said voters should listen to those who worked for President Reagan, such as Art Laffer.

Gov. Palin also exhorted voters to “pay close attention to a candidate’s prior experience,” noting that “Barack Obama was shaped by Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Saul Alinksy.”

“I want the vetting to continue. I am not going to endorse tonight. I wan the candidates to produce and to show that they have the core convictions, and record of accomplishments and are not flip-flopping around like a halibut,” Gov. Palin said.

Gov. Palin stood firm in her criticism of NJ Governor Chris Christie because “he played into the leftist media’s hands. We are sick of the media’s games and of them telling us who our candidate should be.” She quipped that perhaps “Gov. Christie taking a state-own helicopter to his kids’ ball game might be embarrassing to the Republican party.”

On Romney’s negative campaigning, Gov. Palin said, “of course it has a chance of back-firing. But in a rough-and-tumble contested primary every candidate should expect this.” Gov. Palin, however, cautioned all the candidates to not lose focus on Obama and his failed policies.

Gov. Palin praised Romney’s forthcoming release of his tax returns and Gingrich’s forthcoming release of his contract with Freddie Mac. She noted that as a VP candidate, her husband Todd had to prepare many years of tax returns and financial documents for release. “Though it’s not required by law, it’s a tradition and an expectation of transparency,” she said.

Gov. Palin noted that South Carolina is the latest primary and there were a lot of independent Tea Party patriots voting. She cautioned Romney, as she has several times before “to reach out to those who feel they are taxed enough already and not expect the GOP machine and the media to carry all his water.” Gov. Palin said a successful candidate in this election will need to give credence to the Tea Party.

Gov. Palin said she would endorse a candidate “at some point” – knowing that it contradicts her statement about it not being worth a hill of beans, because “you keep bugging me for it,” she said jokingly. Hannity responded, “You were a journalist once, you had to do this at least once in your life.”

“I know,” Gov. Palin said. “You’re doing great.”

Hannity requested that Gov. Palin let him know who her endorsed candidate would be when the time comes, but she made no statement about it one way or the other.

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Gov Palin on Fox: Still Early; 47 States Left to Go

Posted by Ron Devito on January 22, 2012

“It’s still early in the process, and there are 47 states left to go; or if you’re Barack Obama, we still have 54 states left to go,” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said last night about the South Carolina primary’s results on Fox News with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier from her home in Wasilla, Alaska. The interview lasted only 37 seconds, because Gov. Palin was preempted by Ron Paul’s speech. She returned later in the hour to complete the interview.

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Gov. Palin on Fox: More Vetting, Ideas Better for Electorate; No Endorse

Posted by Ron Devito on January 21, 2012

More vetting and ideas is better for the electorate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tonight said on Fox News in a TV interview with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier from her home in Wasilla, Alaska. Gov. Palin would not endorse any candidate tonight but noted that her husband Todd did endorse Newt Gingrich. “Todd is all about Carhartts and steel toe shoes,” she said and he believes Gingrich is the best candidate for the working class. Todd based his endorsement on Gingrich having balanced budgets and fighting HillaryCare, and overcoming his own adversities.

Baier asked Gov. Palin if she would ask Florida voters to vote for a specific candidate like she had with South Carolina and if all the candidates should stay in the race or if there should be more consolidation. Gov. Palin said that Rick Perry was a patriot who “took one for the conservative team,” and that Rick Santorum tonight gave “an awesome speech” which was about work and work ethic. Gov. Palin does not believe further consolidation is needed at this time. She urged Florida voters to listen to the candidates directly and specifically on their plans to get government off our backs and allow “the private sector to grow and thrive.”

At the beginning of the interview, Baier apologized to Gov. Palin for cutting her off, as Ron Paul came on to give his speech. She supported his decision, saying, “it was more important to go to warrior in the field than an arm-chair quarterback.”

Gov. Palin was to be on the air with Judge Jeanine Pirro, however, that show was pre-empted by the post-election candidate speeches in South Carolina.

According to Fox News, Gingrich won South Carolina by 41%, with Mitt Romney a distant second in trail at 27%, Rick Santorum at 17% and Ron Paul at 13%.

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AK’s Bob and Mark: ACES Works, Defeat AK HB-110

Posted by Ron Devito on January 20, 2012

The Palin family’s 16-year friends and now sole supporters on the Alaskan airwaves – Bob and Mark – yesterday devoted over a half hour of their show to Gov. Parnell’s naked attempts to undermine and undo Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES), which is one of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s signature accomplishments.

ACES is a graduated tax system, whereby taxes on oil and gas revenues increase as the value of the resource increases – in the case of oil above $52 per barrel. 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 new fields by levying little or no tax when these operations are being conducted. Tax credits are given to develop new infrastructure and reinvest in existing infrastructure.

ACES was developed with strong bi-partisan support to supplant the Petroleum Profits Tax. Governor Palin signed ACES into law on December 19, 2007. It is one of her signature accomplishments.

Gov. Parnell made a prior attempt to scuttle ACES during last year’s legislative session. Despite his attempts to extort passage of the repeal, the attempt died in the Alaskan State Senate. Governor Parnell – who literally thinks Alaskans and the state surplus are benefiting too much from ACES – is gearing up for another attempt in this year’s legislative session according to Bob and Mark. HB 110 has been introduced and Gov. Parnell – who Bob and Mark refer to as “Gov. Jellyfish” – used his State of the State address as a bully pulpit to push the bill’s passage in this year’s legislative session.

On April 7, 2011 Gov. Parnell bizarrely asked, “Really, how much [money] is enough?” referring to the money going into Alaska’s state surplus from taxes on oil and gas revenues derived from ACES.

Yes, unlike most other states in the union, thanks to Gov. Parnell’s predecessor – Sarah Palin – Alaska has a surplus. In Bizarre: AK Gov. Parnell asks “How much $ is Enough” for Surplus, I wrote:

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 became law in 2007, Alaska has seen an increase in the amount of energy industry jobs….

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 noted that by Alaska’s State Constitution, its citizens – not the oil companies – own the oil, gas, and mineral deposits. ACES ensures that the state, and its citizens benefit from the resources they own. The oil companies are levied a tax that is fair and despite what Gov. Parnell and other shills say, Alaska is a very profitable place for them to do business.

Even Hollis French, a Democrat Alaska State Senator – who post-August 2008 was no friend of Gov. Palin – said the state needs to “tie tax relief to more investment.”

Gov. Parnell and those advocating HB-110 want to give the oil companies something for nothing. ACES gives Alaskans something based on something they own.

“ACES works, it’s been working, and will continue to work,” Bob and Mark said.


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