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Posts Tagged ‘Reagan Conservatism’

Palin: Happy Birthday, President Reagan!

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 6, 2013

In honor of Ronald Reagan’s birthday, Governor Sarah Palin posted the following to her Facebook page:

Happy birthday, President Reagan! In honor of the Gipper’s 102 birthday, let’s watch his 1st Inaugural Address again…

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Sarah Palin: A Time to Unite

Posted by Ron Devito on October 31, 2009

Following is the complete transcript of Governor Palin’s Facebook note pertaining to the self-removal of Republican Dede Scozzafava from the NY District 23 race:

I want to personally thank Republican Dede Scozzafava for acting so selflessly today in the NY District 23 race. Now it’s time to cross the finish line with Doug Hoffman so that he can get to work for District 23 and the rest of America (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

With Congress poised to overhaul one-sixth of our economy with so-called health care “reform” (which is really a government takeover of health care) and with plans to enact a cap-and-tax bill just as our economy struggles to recover, Doug Hoffman will be a voice for fiscal responsibility and common sense in Washington (Palin, 2009, ¶2).

We need candidates like Doug now more than ever. In these final days of the campaign, it’s vital that Doug continue to receive the enthusiastic support of those who want to bring common sense to Washington. Let’s help make it happen! You can help Doug by visiting his official website today and offering your support: https://www.doughoffmanforcongress.com/donate3.html (Palin, 2009, ¶3)

– Sarah Palin

Commentary:

Just nine days ago, Governor Palin lived by her Reagan Conservative principles, endorsed Doug Hoffman for Congress in New York State’s District 23, and asked her supporters to donate to his campaign. Mr. Hoffman was trailing in the three-way race. Her endorsement triggered a 180-degree shift. Mr. Hoffman surged to the head of the race. He received — minimally — a $116K spike in donations, as Governor Palin’s supporters answered her call. Today, the ACORN-backed RINO, Dede Scozzafava removed herself from the race entirely. Kudos to her for standing up and doing the right thing.

This is a major accomplishment on several grounds. First, it is living proof that the Republican Party will succeed if it returns to Reagan Conservative principles, but will continue to be a fractured and failed party by being “Democratic Lite,” “moderate,” or “walking across the aisle.” Given the choice between a fake liberal and a real one, most people will go with the real one. At least they know what they are getting.

For Governor Palin, this is an accomplishment on the scale of securing Senator Saxby Chambliss’ victory nearly 11 months ago. This accomplishment demonstrates that Governor Palin has clout and is a force to be reckoned with. She is a textbook Transformational Leader.

From a feminist perspective, this accomplishment is testament to her power as woman. Though Mr. Hoffman is most decidedly a man, it was HER endorsement that brought victory within reach. Being Governor Palin’s accomplishment, it means that another glass ceiling was felled by her sonic boom.

This day, Saturday, October 31, 2009 is also historical for Governor Palin, for today, the purging and cleansing of the Republican Party has begun — under her direction. She is consolidating her power. What is all the more brilliant? She did it with nothing more than a Facebook posting.

Now the next step is for Mr. Hoffman to finish the job and win this race.

References

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, October 31). Facebook, Sarah Palin. Retrieved October 31, 2009 from: http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin?v=wall#/note.php?note_id=164244658434

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Sarah Palin: Good Intentions Aren’t Enough with Health Care Reform

Posted by Ron Devito on October 18, 2009

Following is the complete transcript of Governor Palin’s Facebook October 17, 2009 statement on health care:

Now that the Senate Finance Committee has approved its health care bill, it’s a good time to step back and take a look at the long term consequences should its provisions be enacted into law (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

The bill prohibits insurance companies from refusing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and from charging sick people higher premiums. [1] It attempts to offset the costs this will impose on insurance companies by requiring everyone to purchase coverage, which in theory would expand the pool of paying policy holders (Palin, 2009, ¶2).

However, the maximum fine for those who refuse to purchase health insurance is $750. [2] Even factoring in government subsidies, the cost of purchasing a plan is much more than $750. The result: many people, especially the young and healthy, will simply not buy coverage, choosing to pay the fine instead. They’ll wait until they’re sick to buy health insurance, confident in the knowledge that insurance companies can’t deny them coverage. Such a scenario is a perfect storm for increasing the cost of health care and creating an unsustainable mandate program (Palin, 2009, ¶3).

Those driving this plan no doubt have good intentions, but good intentions aren’t enough. There were good intentions behind the drive to increase home ownership for lower-income Americans, but forcing financial institutions to give loans to people who couldn’t afford them had terrible unintended consequences. We all felt those consequences during the financial collapse last year. Unintended consequences always result from top-down big government plans like the current health care proposals, and we can’t afford to ignore that fact again (Palin, 2009, ¶4).

Supposedly the Senate Finance bill will be paid for by cutting Medicare by nearly half a trillion dollars and by taxing the so-called “Cadillac” health care plans enjoyed by many union members. The plan will also impose heavy taxes on insurers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, and clinical labs. [3] The result of all of these taxes is clear. As Douglas Holtz-Eakin noted in the Wall Street Journal, these new taxes “will be passed on to consumers by either directly raising insurance premiums, or by fueling higher health-care costs that inevitably lead to higher premiums.” [4] Unfortunately, it will lead to lower wages too, as employees will have to sacrifice a greater percentage of their paychecks to cover these higher premiums. [5] In other words, if the Democrats succeed in overhauling health care, we’ll all bear the costs. The Senate Finance bill is effectively a middle class tax increase, and as Holtz-Eakin points out, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation those making less than $200,000 will be hit hardest. [6] (Palin, 2009, ¶5)

With our country’s debt and deficits growing at an alarming rate, many of us can’t help but wonder how we can afford a new trillion dollar entitlement program. The president has promised that he won’t sign a health care bill if it “adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade.” [7] But his administration also promised that his nearly trillion dollar stimulus plan would keep the unemployment rate below 8%. [8] Last month, our employment rate was 9.8%, the highest it’s been in 26 years. [9] At first the current administration promised that the stimulus would save or create 3 to 4 million jobs. [10] Then they declared that it created 1 million jobs, but the stimulus reports released this week showed that a mere 30,083 jobs have been created, while nearly 3.4 million jobs have been lost since the stimulus was passed. [11] Should we believe the administration’s claims about health care when their promises have proven so unreliable about the stimulus (Palin, 2009, ¶6)?

In January 2008, presidential candidate Obama promised not to negotiate behind closed doors with health care lobbyists. In fact, he committed to “broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are. Because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process. And overcoming the special interests and the lobbyists…” [12] However, last February, after serving only a few weeks in office, President Obama met privately at the White House with health care industry executives and lobbyists. [13] Yesterday, POLITICO reported that aides to President Obama and Democrat Senator Max Baucus met with corporate lobbyists in April to help “set in motion a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign, primarily financed by industry groups, that has played a key role in bolstering public support for health care reform.” [14] Needless to say, their negotiations were not broadcast on C-SPAN for the American people to see (Palin, 2009, ¶7).

Presidential candidate Obama also promised that he would not “sign any nonemergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days.” [15] PolitiFact reports that this promise has already been broken three times by the current administration. [16] We can only hope that it won’t be broken again with health care reform (Palin, 2009, ¶8).

All of this certainly gives the appearance of politics-as-usual in Washington with no change in sight (Palin, 2009, ¶9).

Americans want health care reform because we want affordable health care. We don’t need subsidies or a public option. We don’t need a nationalized health care industry. We need to reduce health care costs. But the Senate Finance plan will dramatically increase those costs, all the while ignoring common sense cost-saving measures like tort reform. Though a Congressional Budget Office report confirmed that reforming medical malpractice and liability laws could save as much as $54 billion over the next ten years, tort reform is nowhere to be found in the Senate Finance bill. [17] (Palin, 2009, ¶10)

Here’s a novel idea. Instead of working contrary to the free market, let’s embrace the free market. Instead of going to war with certain private sector companies, let’s embrace real private-sector competition and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. Instead of taxing the so-called “Cadillac” plans that people get through their employers, let’s give individuals who purchase their own health care the same tax benefits we currently give employer-provided health care recipients. Instead of crippling Medicare, let’s reform it by providing recipients with vouchers so that they can purchase their own coverage (Palin, 2009, ¶11).

Now is the time to make your voices heard before it’s too late. If we don’t fight for the market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven reform plan that we deserve, we’ll be left with the disastrous unintended consequences of the plans currently being cooked up in Washington (Palin, 2009, ¶12).

– Sarah Palin

[1] See http://tinyurl.com/yjs3mgf
[2] See http://tinyurl.com/yfuw3k3
[3] See http://tinyurl.com/yfxq8ca
[4] See http://tinyurl.com/ykefsk6
[5] See http://tinyurl.com/ygf42fj
[6] See http://tinyurl.com/ykefsk6
[7] See http://tinyurl.com/lkvgsp
[8] See http://tinyurl.com/nx4nh6
[9] See ibid.
[10] See http://tinyurl.com/yhhr56v
[11] See ibid.
[12] See http://tinyurl.com/yhzhkvg and http://tinyurl.com/lhyr9o
[13] See http://tinyurl.com/yksd6h3
[14] See http://tinyurl.com/yl9gg27
[15] See http://tinyurl.com/yknpxd6
[16] See http://tinyurl.com/d2k5hb
[17] See http://tinyurl.com/yf8qmfh

Commentary:

Governor Palin astutely described the Law of Unintended Consequences as it applies to health care. “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” may be hackneyed, but it is apropos in this instance. She delineates precisely how in paragraphs three and four, in discussing all the negative consequences of “Obama-care,” in particular and top-down, big-government, micro-managed programs in general.

In paragraph 11, Governor Palin advances two free market solutions intended to work in concert with one another: permit consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, and provide tax vouchers for those who buy their own health insurance. Though not mentioned in this posting, Governor Palin has in the prior postings advocated for medical malpractice liability reforms.

Ronald Reagan would be very proud of his successor if he were alive today….

References:

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, October 17). “Good intentions aren’t enough with health care reform.” Facebook, Sarah Palin. Retrieved October 18, 2009 from: http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin?v=app_2347471856#/note.php?note_id=155230603434

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Flashback: VP Debate — October 2, 2008

Posted by Ron Devito on October 3, 2009

Full Debate, running time: 1:32:31

Highlights, running time: 0:06:07
Thanks to Whitney the Pipsqueak who posted this originally on The Palination and LOTUS

Get yourself a bowl of MooseTracks® ice cream (Governor Palin’s favorite), darken the room, sit down and enjoy the show. If you don’t have time for the complete version, the highlights capture the salient points in just over six minutes, and you can see Governor Palin’s Reagan Conservatism on display. In fact, the highlights make it all the more apparent.

Governor Palin’s enemies made much hay about her four winks — which I happened to find beautiful and appropriate — especially considering that at least one out of the four was directed at her father, Chuck Heath. Perhaps, this was because Governor Palin’s enemies were unable to address the substance of her words, which ring even more true today than they did a year and a day ago.

An interesting side story to the debate is that Governor Palin had injured her right hand from a fall she took while jogging at John McCain’s ranch. The large square object on her right hand in photos dated October 2, 2008 through October 11, 2008 is a bandage covering the wound. Just like in that Wasilla Warriors basketball game more than two decades earlier, Governor Palin overcame her physical pain to bring home a victory.


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