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Posts Tagged ‘accomplishments’

The Caliber of Sarah Palin

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 5, 2012

Recently my local weekly paper, The Sandpaper, published a letter to the editor in which the writer asserted that the Democratic party would give this country its first female president (or Latino president or gay president, etc.) and went on to state that Sarah Palin was not of the same “caliber” as the numerous Democratic women she went on to list.  Here’s a portion of the letter written by Karen Bosley of Long Beach Township, NJ and you can read the rest of it at the provided link should you desire to do so:

To the Editor:

When a woman becomes president of the United States, she will be a Democrat. The same will be said for a president who is Latino or Native American or gay. I know this because, while it is the Republican Party that gives us women of the caliber of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann – not very often of the caliber of Margaret Chase Smith and Sandra Day O’Connor – it is the Democratic Party that regularly gives us women of the caliber of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Shirley Chisholm. It is the Democratic Party that recognizes, has confidence in, promotes and celebrates the diversity that is the strength of the United States of America.  More

 

It’s clear that Ms. Bosley is ill-informed when it comes to Governor Palin’s accomplishments.  In an effort to set the record straight, I have responded to her letter and submitted the following response for publication consideration.  We’ll see if it gets published.

 

This letter is in response to the September 19th letter from Karen Bosley entitled “Democrat at Heart”.  In that letter, Ms. Bosley stated that former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, was not of the same “caliber” as were the numerous Democratic women that she cited who, in her opinion, possessed the qualities to be president.  It’s obvious that Ms. Bosley is unaware of Governor Palin’s record of achievement as a small business owner, a city council member, a mayor, a gas and oil regulator and as governor of the largest state in our country. 

In the interest of brevity, I will focus on Palin’s tenure as governor.  All stated items are a matter of record. 

–          Reformed ethics laws with bipartisan support. 

–          Cut state spending by 9.5% between 2007 and 2010. 

–          Forward funded education to give districts greater flexibility. Increased funding for special education by 175%.  Governor Palin also offered to personally speak with students considering dropping out of school. 

–          Implemented a Senior Benefits Program to assist low-income older Alaskans. 

–          Reduced federal earmark requests by more than 80%.

–          Forced Exxon’s hand to drill at Point Thomson after they held a lease for almost 3 decades thus creating jobs and tax revenues. The “good ole boys” just kept renewing the lease.

–          Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) Alaska’s law to advance construction of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to market. This had been attempted for decades without success. Palin became governor; it got done.

–          In 2007 Governor Palin signed ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share) – a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner.  Result?  A record number of oil industry jobs were created and it helped Alaska bank 12 billion dollars.

–          During Palin’s tenure, Alaska was second in job growth compared to all other states.

–          Palin’s tenure as governor resulted in a bond rating increase by Moody’s Investor’s Service from Aa1 to Aaa.

–          As governor, earned approval ratings of 89% and 93% (May 2007) and was credited by Democratic Party Chairman, Jake Westbook, as a leader that worked across party lines.

–          Business license fees were cut in half.

Let’s see, important legislation passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner, job creation, development of natural resources, reduced spending and an increased credit rating, all while looking out for education and senior citizens.  If you’ve formed an opinion of Sarah Palin based upon Saturday Night Live skits and a certain media narrative, I’m betting the above performance is quite surprising.  With great ease, I could continue this list with examples of what a real reformer can do.  Not the same “caliber”?  Perhaps the simple truth of Sarah Palin’s executive accomplishments sets the record straight.

Information source here.

Cross posted at Sarah Palin Information Blog

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Sarah Palin’s Impressive List of Accomplishments as Governor of Alaska

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 1, 2012

Thrusting back against the left’s continuing efforts to cast Governor Palin as unprepared to be a Vice Presidential candidate, Stacy Drake and Whitney Pitcher have compiled an impressive list of  Governor Palin’s accomplishments while Governor of Alaska.  Here are some excerpts from their article.   “Governor Sarah Palin’s Executive Accomplishments”  is also available for download  or printing at the link they provide at the bottom of their article.

Awhile back, Whitney Pitcher and I put together a list of Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments. That list later became an article featured on Breitbart’s Big Government, as an answer to those who proclaim that Governor Palin was somehow “unqualified” to be on the 2008 Republican ticket. Using facts and historical record, Whitney and I compiled a list that proves every single-one of these people wrong. Keep in mind, most of the people making this assertion (including former McCain staff members), voted for a junior senator from Illinois (with a less than stellar record) in that election.

I wanted to make this information available in list form, as a resource for our readers to help educate America about the good work that Governor Palin has done throughout her career. This information also confirms that Governor Palin was more than qualified to serve as this nation’s Vice President.

Governor Sarah Palin’s Executive Accomplishments

Executive Authority and Success

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  • Historically High Approval Ratings
  •  Palin had a 89% and 93% approval rating in May 2007:

“Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican, has earned 89% and 93% approval ratings in two recent polls. She has won nearly universal support because of her strong stand for honest government in the face of a corruption probe into other members of her party. Her support of a proposed natural gas pipeline to the continental USA has helped, too. “Her strength is her independence,” says Alaska pollster David Dittman of Dittman Research in Anchorage. “She distanced herself from the old boy Republican regime and has been completely non-partisan.” Alaska Democratic Party Chairman Jake Westbrook credits Palin with working across party lines on issues where there is agreement.”

“The triumph came in Alaska where Sarah Palin, a politician of eye-popping integrity, was elected governor. She is now the most popular governor in America, with an approval rating in the 90s, and probably the most popular public official in any state.” – Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard 07/16/07

  • Governor Palin’s approval rating average from the time of her inauguration until John McCain selected her to serve as the vice presidential candidate in 2008, was 77.38%

[…]

Budgeting and Spending

  • Cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5%.
  • Reduced federal earmark requests by more than 80%

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  • Invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program to provide support for low-income older Alaskans.
  • Stopped the “Bridge to Nowhere” and wanted to redirect the federal funds to Minnesota after the bridge collapse in 2007.

[…]

  • Rejected much of President Obama’s “stimulus money” in 2009.

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  • Proposed a $2.6 billion investment in the Education Fund to help fund public education for the future.
  • Used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in 2007:

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  • 2007 vetoes included projects such as berry economic development, the AT&T Sports Center, a Salmon Study, a tennis court at the Lions Club, batting cages, gun club facility improvements, motocross course construction, a virus free seed potato project, and numerous other items placed in the budget that were not the State of Alaska’s responsibility.
  • In 2008, Governor Palin vetoed more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending:

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Fiscal Management

  • Reformed the state’s pension program  by ensuring a successful transition from a defined benefits to a defined contributions system and addressing the $8 billion unfunded liability in Alaska state’s retirements, making it more solvent and leading to a decrease of 34.6% in state liabilities during her tenure.
  • Left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as Governor:

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“Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t ask for a pay raise and won’t accept one during her current term.”

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Energy

  • ACES: In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner.Constituents had opportunity to read a draft of the bill 17 days before legislators discussed it. ACES replaced the corruption tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low while the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska— were appropriately protected as well.

[…]

  • AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act) — After many decades of unsuccessful attempts to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Governor Palin and her team introduced to Alaskans the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May 2007. The framework for America’s largest private sector infrastructure project—a natural gas pipeline—was signed into law by Governor Palin on June 6, 2007. In August 2008, the Alaska Legislature authorized the Palin Administration to award the AGIA license to TransCanada Alaska. In June 2009, Exxon Mobil signed an agreement with TransCanada to partner on the project.

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    • AGIA establishes mutual commitments and responsibilities between the State of Alaska and the AGIA licensee, specifically, commitments to include regular expansions of the pipeline, local hire, instate delivery service at reasonable costs and a firm timeline for development. In exchange for meeting the state’s requirements, the successful AGIA project applicant is entitled to certain inducements that will facilitate project development, notably, up to “$500 million in matching funds, which will help reduce the financial risks that such a huge project faces in its early stages.”
  • Pt. Thomson: Under Governor Palin’s leadership, drilling Commenced at Pt. Thomson after Exxon Mobil had sat on their leases for more than 25 years The Point Thomson field contains one of the largestuntapped and proven reserves of oil and gas on the continent.

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  • Took on “Big Oil”: Governor Palin stood up for her constituents when dealing with the powerful oil companies:

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  • Served on national energy committees: Governor Palin served as Vice Chair of the National Governors Association and as the Natural Resource Committee and Chairman of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission.
  • Chair, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2003-200

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Jobs and Business Growth

  • Jobs:
  • Business growth and opportunity:
    • Governor Palin cut business license fees in half, during her tenure.
    • Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax friendly state to the 3rd most business tax friendly state during her tenure.
    • She signed legislation allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses, within Alaska.
    • The number of oil companies doing business in Alaska doubled following the passage of ACES.
    • Alaska’s exports grew to a record-high $4 billion in 2006, a 12.6 percent increase.
    • Alaska’s exports for 2007 reached $3.9 billion, the second best year for exports.

Ethics Reform and Transparency

  • Governor Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws.
  • In the face of corruption, she took on her own party when it was necessary:

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  • She released her ACES—oil tax bill—to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session where it was to be discussed.
  • She opened up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties.
  • She state checkbook online.

Education

  • Forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility. She stated in an email to her staff at the time:

“My goal is to get more money into the classroom; the teaching profession will be honored and teacher profiles elevated on my watch; educ is priority; nothing’s more impt than our kids; I want Ak to feel the same vigor for educ as we have for the gasline; we’ll succeed in forward funding ( eventually ); on our watch our students will have opportunity to be successful via our innovative educ reforms.”

    • Increased funding for the Alaska Youth Challenge Academy 18.8% in her first year in office (FY2008) compared to her predecessor’s final year (FY2007).
    • Governor Palin’s FY2008 capital budget included $2.5 million for special needs housing (a 42% increase in capital funding over her predecessor) and $250,000 for Special Olympics facility upgrades.

Health Care

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Support for Constitutional Rights

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Military

  • Governor Palin shared strategic command over the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard:

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism.

She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense. Given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.

  • She made official visits troops in KuwaitGermany and Kosovo.
  • Military personnel stationed in Alaska and serving in any National Guard or Reserve unit received free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.

Sanctity of Life

Civil and Safety Issues

Organizations

  • Former Member, Alaska Municipal League Board
  • Member, Alaska Miners Association
  • Member, Alaska Outdoor Council
  • Member, Alaska Resource Development Council
  • Member, Chambers of Commerce (Various)
  • Member, Iditarod Parent-Teacher Association
  • Life Member, National Rifle Association
  • Founder, SarahPAC (Political Action Committee)
  • Member, Valley Hospital Association Board
  • Coach/Hockey Team Manager, Valley Youth Sports
  • Member, Youth Court Steering Committee
  • Former Member, American Management Association
  • Former Member, Salvation Army Board
  • Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society at Alaska Pacific University

Read much more here.

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“Palin isn’t Done Yet”

Posted by Ron Devito on July 10, 2009

I am a supporter of Gov. Palin from Staten Island, N.Y., and blog exclusively about her accomplishments, an activity I find particularly uplifting and inspirational. For anyone who harbors doubts about Gov. Palin’s service, as a point of comparison, I have lived in New York for all of my 40 years. In this period, we have had seven governors dating back to six years before Gov. Palin was born. All seven of them combined — from both parties — have not accomplished anywhere near what Sarah Palin has in the seven months that have passed for 2009 alone. Our current governor is routinely lambasted for being “hapless” and having no leadership skills whatsoever. His predecessor’s claim to fame is being “Client No. 9” of a prostitution ring. His Republican predecessor subjected our state to 11 solid years of corruption, which was preceded by 11 years of corruption from a Democrat. I can continue back to 1959, but suffice it say not one of our seven governors have accomplished anything noteworthy – in 50 years (Devito, 2009, ¶1).

I am compiling a master list of Gov. Palin’s 2009 accomplishments — a project that has taken several hours and is nowhere near finished. I had to build a team of authors on my blog just to cover her accomplishments. There are simply too many in volume, size, scale and scope to be covered by one person. Sarah Palin accomplished every goal set forth when she campaigned to be your state’s governor. Her staff remains and is on the same page with her. She is a textbook transformational leader — the type studied in MBA courses. She performed her service with honor, grace and to the highest of standards (Devito, 2009, ¶2).

Free of gubernatorial limitations and unbound from the shackles of frivolous ethics complaints, Gov. Palin can and will accomplish even more for Alaska and for our nation. Everything she has done thus far will pale in (pun intended) comparison to what she is about to do (Devito, 2009, ¶3).

References

Devito, R. (2009, July 29). “Palin isn’t done yet.” Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. Retrieved July 10, 2009 from: http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2009/07/10/opinion/letters/doc4a56b220c68e7291002089.txt

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