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Death Panels & Abortion in Pelosi’s $1.055 Trillion Health Care Monstrosity

Friday, October 30, 2009 1 Response
Washington, DC -- It's alive.  The Medicare end-of-life planning provision that Governor Sarah Palin said was tantamount to "death panels" for seniors is staying in the latest Democratic health care bill unveiled Thursday.  Recently, the DNC went on the offensive not only claiming The Governor is lying but communicated to it’s supporters to attack Sarah Palin on Facebook.  The DNC executive director Jen O'Malley Dillon communicated via e-mail insisting private citizen Sarah Palin has been lying and should he harassed.   

The provision allows Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling to help beneficiaries deal with the complex and painful decisions families face when a loved one is approaching death.

For years, federal laws and policies have encouraged Americans to think ahead about end-of-life decisions, and make their wishes known in advance through living wills and similar legal documents. But when House Democrats proposed this summer to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling, it touched off a wave of suspicion and anger. Prominent Republicans singled it out as a glaring example of government overreach.

It has also been reported, by the Congressional Budget Office, that Pelosi’s latest bill will not be budget neutral but rather add $1,055,000,000,000 Trillion to the deficit. And at Pelosi’s insistence, a provision for government funded abortions has been included. 

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, at the time a lead negotiator on health care legislation, told constituents at a town hall meeting they had good reason to question the proposal.

"I don't have any problem with things like living wills, but they ought to be done within the family," he said. "We should not have a government program that determines you're going to pull the plug on grandma."

Thursday, the sponsor of the provision said the barrage of criticism may have actually helped.

"There is nothing more basic than giving someone the option of speaking with their doctor about how they want to be treated in the case of an emergency," said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. "I think the outrageous and vindictive attacks may have backfired to help raise awareness about this problem, which is why it's been kept in the bill."
The legislation would allow Medicare to pay for a counseling session with a doctor or clinical professional once every five years. The bill calls for such sessions to be "completely" voluntary, and prohibits the encouragement or promotion of suicide or assisted suicide.
The counseling provision is supported by doctors' groups and AARP, the seniors' lobby. It was not included in health care bills passed by two Senate committees.

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Gov Perry Responds To Cheney: "I think I'd stick with Sarah."

Thursday, October 29, 2009 2 Responses
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) is brushing off former Vice President Dick Cheney's endorsement of Perry's primary challenger, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison -- saying he'd rather have his current support from Sarah Palin.
Perry touted an upcoming endorsement from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, as evidence of Republican support. Perry was then asked if he would rather have Cheney or Palin, who endorsed him back in February.
Perry's response: "I think I'd stick with Sarah."  Not only is he a very good governor but he knows the strength of a Sarah Palin endorsement.
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Sarah Palin: East Coast Races Impact All Americans

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 1 Response
As I stand here in a high school gymnasium watching freshmen girls' basketball games, I'm struck by the sight of America's future right in front of me - these tenacious young women full of energy and intensity - I want them to realize every opportunity this great, free nation can provide. 

There are big political races on the East Coast that are coming down to the wire - the results of which will impact policies and political actions that touch all of us in every state. Like other independent Americans, you know I don’t always see eye-to-eye with Republican political committees, so when I tell you that the Republican Governors Association has my complete support and confidence in its campaign efforts back East, know that I really mean it. The RGA is helping lead the conservative comeback, BEGINNING THIS YEAR, and its involvement in the East Coast races is significant. I hope you'll support these efforts, which are vital to the cause for America's freedom and prosperity: http://www.rga.org/now <http://www.rga.org/initiatives/comeback-fund/>. 

Let's consider the governor's race in New Jersey. The state has the highest tax burden in the country and the incumbent democrat governor has only added to the economic burden. He eliminated property tax rebates for middle class homeowners while the sales tax increased. Altogether, taxes on the people in the region have increased by billions of dollars. It’s no surprise that New Jersey has the highest unemployment rate in the region! Thankfully, there is an alternative. Residents there will be better off under an administration that understands the benefits that result when workers are allowed to keep more of what they earn. Watch New Jersey's economy come alive under new leadership that will put government back on the side of the people! Chris Christie promises this new leadership. 

Fortunately, New Jersey's democrat governor is being held accountable with the RGA spending $7 million in the New York and Philadelphia media markets telling the truth about a liberal administrative record while highlighting New Jersey's tax-hiking ways, and reminding voters there is an alternative! The NY and Philly markets are the most expensive in the nation though, so the RGA is requesting help to stay on the air. Visit http://www.rga.org/now <http://www.rga.org/initiatives/comeback-fund/>. 

Then in Virginia - there is a clear difference between Republican Bob McDonnell and his liberal opponent. Republican Bob McDonnell is fighting for cheaper American energy and lower taxes, while his opponent wants to raise taxes, and, amazingly, even bragged about having more earmarks than any other state legislator. Bob McDonnell promises to fight for Virginia's hard working families, and he opposes some heavy-handed union leadership efforts that could ultimately hurt employers and employees. The RGA has aired $6 million of TV ads exposing the liberal candidate’s record. I encourage you to help fight for our neighbors in the East by visiting: http://www.rga.org/now <http://www.rga.org/initiatives/comeback-fund/>. 

Americans who believe in smaller government and free enterprise have a chance to show Washington that people all across the U.S. don’t want an ever-increasing national debt, more dependency on foreign energy sources and more wasteful government spending. If, like me, this is what you want to show Washington, then I hope you'll support Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell, and the RGA, as great efforts are put forth in these East Coast races. 

The young student athletes I'm watching right now are counting on us to do the right thing - to fight for what is right for America today, and into their future. Electing candidates with common sense and respect for freedom is one way we can fight for what is right. 

- Sarah Palin

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Fox Poll: Governor Sarah Palin Dominates Another 2012 Poll

Monday, October 26, 2009 2 Responses
Fox News posted yet another 2012 poll and as usual Governor Palin more then tripled the votes cast of the  number 2 candidate.  This poll had 3,357 votes cast with Sarah Palin at 49%, Mitt Romney 16%, Mike Huckabee 15%, Newt Gingrich 5% and Tim Pawlenty 5%.

As I monitored this poll I observed Romney and Huckabee supporters contacted first (Facebook, MySpace, Freerepublic, PAC) too vote & spread the word but Sarah Palin still stayed way ahead.  Soon after the world spread and Palin, Pawlenty & Newt supporters caught on and all the candidate’s supporters were voting & spreading the word. 

The enthusiasm with Governor Palin’s supporters has little comparison and is some instances she is winning over the Obama youth population.  The primary reason is in this Obama economy those low on the totem poll, many young part-timers and newly hired, get fired first.  Those 18 to 30 have realized Obama is not only a disaster but a hardcore communist, racist and very very ashamed of our United States.  As they watch in horror Obama is handing over our sovereignty to the U.N. and he gets closer to his ultimate goal of UN Secretary General the young have realized Obama is a self-righteous ass and only Governor Palin has put him in his place.  Governor Palin has again and again demonstrated she is the only candidate with any balls and can easily put Obama on the defense and even confuse the moron. 

As someone in the 18 to 30 group I have seen many young people now view Obama has a sad joke they wish would go away.  I have also enjoyed seeing the Obama Joker Socialism signs pop up all over South Florida, from West Palm Beach to Key West, most likely posted by the 18 to 30 population.  Another point I find interesting is some individuals claim Governor Palin is either to divisive or to damaged. What these small minded individuals do not realize is they are simply allowing the left (this is why they attack Gov Palin) to shape their opinion.   As we get closer to 2012 and Governor Palin’s support grows the left will get more desperate, Obama will continue to lose support and she will be the only clear choice to bring down the “Tele-prompter of the 57 United States”.  Of the five states with low unemployment, low taxes, a large budget surplus 2 governors and states come to mind.  Alaska and Texas have Governor’s that run/ran the state like an efficient, customer oriented and profit seeking business so I say Palin / Perry 2012!!

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Federal Judge Ruling: “Palin for President 2012” Billboard Must Be Allowed

Friday, October 23, 2009 0 Responses
A ruling in Nevada has national implications and has paved the way for billboards "Palin for President 2012" to be erected along Highway 101 in San Carlos, California.

A federal judge has ordered the city to stop enforcing part of its sign ordinance, in response to a lawsuit that the law violates free speech rights.  The lawsuit was filed by Nevada resident Jeffrey Herson, who applied to erect a large sign on Highway 101 with the “Sarah Palin for President 2012” and a "No on Measure C, November 4, 2012" message on the other side.

Herson's suit alleges that in denying his application Sept. 4, the city essentially offered greater protection to commercial speech than political speech in violation of the First and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The sign ordinance restricts the size of political signs to 32 square feet or smaller unless the city's architectural review committee approves a larger size. Herson proposed building a pole sign with a face 14 feet high and 48 feet across.  The ordinance also says political signs cannot be erected sooner than 60 days before an election and must be taken down seven days after the election.

The lawsuit, which also lists California-based East Bay Outdoor Inc. as a plaintiff, points out that other types of signs, including those indicating the location or direction of a place and "community activity signs," do not have size or time limitations.  "San Carlos treats political speech differently than other speech," said Alan Herson, the plaintiff's father and the attorney representing him in the case. "It has it backwards. Political speech is the most protected speech under the First Amendment."

In a temporary restraining order issued Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel said the lawsuit is likely to succeed on the claim that the city's ordinance "singles out political speech for special treatment and appears to place greater burdens on it than on commercial speech and non-political noncommercial speech."  Patel also said the city appears to grant government officials "unfettered discretion to determine who may or may not speak by failing to impose sufficient objective standards and by allowing for an unlimited time for the city's review."

The judge ordered the city to stop enforcing restrictions on the size or timing of political signs and to accept Jeffrey Herson's application.  He submitted a second application this week, and the city is reviewing it, said David Rosenbaum, an attorney for the city.

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The Huffington Joke: Most Dangerous Climate Change Deniers (Saviors): Glenn Beck & Sarah Palin

Friday, October 23, 2009 0 Responses
A shout out to and a big thanks to Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Steve Doocy, Michael Steele and the rest of those that made The Huffington Joke’s list.  Without their hard work and persistence we would not only be praying to the “global warming” gods but have a 30% increase in all energy cost and most likely have 30% unemployment or higher (with 17% today this is not unrealistic).  I also finding interesting that The Huffington Joke dedicates more of their site to Governor Palin than Obama  or any other individual.  They must love her or fear her? 

“Global warming” is the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the American people and the world.  Thank God it is at least kept at bay and losing a little steam but it is far from defeated.  What is most comical is this season the NE United Sates and other parts of the world are seeing record cold weather but the crazy environmentalist are not deterred at all and have simple change their slogan to “climate change.”  The new religion (believe via blind faith and never question) of “climate change” could not be more anti-American and, of course, very very anti-Capitalism. 

A recent poll shows the American people are waking up and the snake-oil sales man & millionaire (from global warming) Al Gore is being viewed more and more as what he is a con-artist. 

Just 57% think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says. And the share of people who believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.S. and world forums gear up for possible action against climate change.

In a poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, released Thursday, the number of people saying there is strong scientific evidence that the Earth has gotten warmer over the past few decades is down from 71% in April of last year and from 77% when Pew started asking the question in 2006. The number of people who see the situation as a serious problem also has declined.

The steepest drop has occurred during the past year, as Congress and the Obama administration have taken steps to control heat-trapping emissions for the first time and international negotiations for a new treaty to slow global warming have been under way. At the same time, there has been mounting scientific evidence of climate change — from melting ice caps to the world's oceans hitting the highest monthly recorded temperatures this summer. 

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The Power Of Palin: Oprah Bows To Sarah

Thursday, October 22, 2009 2 Responses
Bob Beers, of Canada Free Press, wrote an interesting piece: Oprah bows to Palin.  I posted part of the article.  
I heard today that Sarah Palin has been invited to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s show.

After picking my jaw up from the ground, I ran back over my archives. During the campaign, Oprah had Obama on enough time for her to qualify as one of his campaign operatives. Sarah Palin didn’t even get a consideration much less an invitation. Perhaps it is because her forthcoming book, “Going Rogue” is a bestseller even before it hits the bookstores. This link tells the story. People cannot get it yet and it has blown every single Democrat book that could even be considered competition out of the water.

I have a feeling that part of the reason is that most Democrats do not have the intelligence to read books much less write them. If you want to have a book be a best seller, you have to cater to the reading community, and being liberal immediately removes you from consideration.

Right below Going Rogue is The Lost Symbol and Arguing With Idiots by Glenn Beck. You have to go waaaay down the list to find a liberal piece. It is interesting to note it that Palin is still considered a polarizing figure even after stepping away from the Governor’s mansion in Alaska. What I find most puzzling is the absolute hatred the left expressed toward her though not one of those expressing that hatred had ever met her.

Martin Luther King, the iconic figure of the equal rights movement, expressed a dream not one member of the left has ever fulfilled; to judge a person by his or her character, not by the color of the skin they wear. Sarah Palin has exemplified nothing but superlative character even under withering fire from both her political enemies and those who should have been her political allies. No wonder, when given the chance, she removed herself from the firing line.

Right now the Republican Party is experiencing free fall. Old guard members such as Bob Dole have even gone so far as to sign on to Obama’s ruinous Health Care takeover bill. In New York the party has nominated a woman for an open congressional seat whose voting record makes Chuck Schumer look conservative.  Across the nation similar idiotic moves by the GOP are taking place. The party leadership has given up and decided that accommodation is the way to go. Sarah Palin’s record proves that wrong which is why they attacked her, joining with the liberals.

Obama has continued to use the phrase, “America, a country it should be,” in his speeches. The left does not want America to be what it was, the land of the free, and the home of the brave; the wealthiest, the strongest, the best. They want every country to get “participation ribbons” simply for being there. It is like Obama’s Nobel Prize. He got it for his intentions and nothing more. Sarah Palin’s book and her invitation onto the Oprah Obama show say something else entirely.

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Gallup Poll: Governor Sarah Palin Just Getting Started

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1 Response
Governor Sarah Palin’s popularity is growing and growing.  First we see her impact on major issues like Health Care, Energy Policy, Afghanistan, and the economy all with simple Facebook postings.  We then see off the charts book sales, a price war between retail giants like Walmart, Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble and Boarders and reports her book could save the slow sales season.  AMAZING!! She also has a commanding lead in most polls for 2012.  

UPI and Gallup had this to say: 
Poll: Edwards done, Palin may be starting.  Despite a decline in Palin's ratings, however, Gallup said her ability to stay in the news – particularly since her surprise resignation as Alaska's governor -- may allow her to move from being a vice presidential candidate in one election to being a presidential candidate in the next.

Palin went from a 53 percent rating right after her nomination as Arizona Sen. John McCain's running mate at the Republican National Convention to 42 percent at the time of the ticket's defeat at the polls in November. Her ratings have dropped an additional two percent since then, the poll indicted.

The poll results were based on telephone interviews conducted Oct. 1-4, 2009 with 1,013 national adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. A typical small amount polled and not reflective of the overall population.

For those interested, I discovered a nice website: Reagan To Palin

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(Pre-Order) Palin Nation: How Sarah Can Win The White House in 2012

Monday, October 19, 2009 1 Response
A new book about Sarah Palin and how she can win The White House will be available October 31st.  It is available for pre-order from Patriot Depot.  I posted the short synopsis of the new book written by Dr. David L. Geotsch and Dr Archie P. Jones.  
Barack Obama is setting the stage for a conservative tidal wave in politics.  Jimmy Carter’s weakness in foreign relations and failed economic policies paved the way for the Republican revolution led by Ronald Reagan.  Now Barack Obama’s timid foreign policy and socialist economic policies are paving the way for a new conservative revolution in politics.  This new revolution can be led by Sarah Palin if she will capitalize on the mistakes and missteps of the Obama administration.   This book presents six broad strategies that will help Sarah Palin take full advantage of the reasons President Obama’s approval rating fell so precipitously following the traditional post-election honeymoon.  These strategies will allow Sarah Palin to do what Ronald Reagan did when running against Jimmy Carter: take full advantage of her broad grassroots appeal to restore America’s confidence, get government out of the pockets of taxpayers, reinvigorate the free market, encourage entrepreneurship and the traditional work ethic, restore America’s position as leader of the free world, command the respect of our allies and enemies, eliminate America’s new entitlement mentality, and remind American’s that government is the problem not the solution. 
About the Authors:
Dr. David L. Goetsch spent more than 30 years as a dual-professor of business and political science and as a college vice-president.  He is also a business consultant and corporate trainer.  Dr. Goetsch is the author of more than 60 books on leadership, business, management, economic development, and political commentary.  Four of his books are best sellers and two have been translated into foreign languages (Korean, Indonesian, and Malaysian).  Dr. Goetsch is a nationally-known speaker on the subjects of leadership, global competitiveness, and organizational excellence.  He is the recipient of the “Spirit of Freedom Award” from Freedom Newspapers.
Dr. Archie P. Jones is a teacher and librarian who has taught various subjects in Christian schools, and Political Science, American History, and Literature/writing in several colleges and universities for moe than 20 years.  He is the author of eight mini-books on Christianity and early American society, our early state Constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution.  His dissertation, “Christianity in the Constitution: The Intended Meaning of the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment and the Intended Role of Religion in American Life,” and two mini-books are devoted to recovering the truth about the First Amendment.  Hardback, 210 Pages
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Sarah Palin: Good Intentions Aren't Enough with Health Care Reform

Sunday, October 18, 2009 1 Response

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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] 

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? 

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. 

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. 

All of this certainly gives the appearance of politics-as-usual in Washington with no change in sight. 

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] 

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. 

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. 

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin Editorial At National Review: Yes, We Can Drill Obama!

Friday, October 16, 2009 2 Responses
Given that we’re spending billions of stimulus dollars to rebuild our highways, it makes sense to think about what we’ll be driving on them. For years to come, most of what we drive will be powered, at least in part, by diesel fuel  gasoline. To fuel that driving, we need access to oil. The less use we make of our own reserves, the more we will have to import, which leads to a number of harmful consequences. That means we need to drill here and drill now.

We rely on petroleum for much more than just powering our vehicles: It is essential in everything from jet fuel to petrochemicals, plastics to fertilizers, pesticides to pharmaceuticals. Ac­cord­ing to the Energy Information Ad­min­is­tra­tion, our total domestic petroleum consumption last year was 19.5 million barrels per day (bpd). Motor gasoline and diesel fuel accounted for less than 13 million bpd of that. Meanwhile, we produced only 4.95 million bpd of domestic crude. In other words, even if we ran all our vehicles on something else (which won’t happen anytime soon), we would still have to depend on imported oil. And we’ll continue that dependence until we develop our own oil resources to their fullest extent.
Those who oppose domestic drilling are motivated primarily by environmental considerations, but many of the countries we’re forced to import from have few if any environmental-protection laws, and those that do exist often go unenforced. In effect, American environmentalists are preventing responsible development here at home while supporting irresponsible development overseas.
My home state of Alaska shows how it’s possible to be both pro-environment and pro-resource-development. Alaskans would never support anything that endangered our pristine air, clean water, and abundant wildlife (which, among other things, provides many of us with our livelihood). The state’s government has made safeguarding resources a priority; when I was governor, for instance, we created a petroleum-systems-integrity office to monitor our oil and gas infrastructure for any potential environmental risks.
Alaska also shows how oil drilling is thoroughly compatible with energy conservation and renewable-energy development. Over 20 percent of Alas­ka’s electricity currently comes from renewable sources, and as governor I put forward a long-term plan to increase that figure to 50 percent by 2025. Alaska’s comprehensive plan identifies renewable options across the state that can help rural villages transition away from expensive diesel-generated electricity — allowing each community to choose the solution that best fits its needs. That’s important in any energy plan: Tempting as they may be to central planners, top-down, one-size-fits-all solutions are recipes for failure.

For the same reason, the federal government shouldn’t push a single, uni­versal approach to alternative-powered vehicles. Electric cars might work in Los Angeles, but they don’t work in Alaska, where you can drive hundreds of miles without seeing many people, let alone many electrical sockets. And while electric and hybrid cars have their advantages, producing the electricity to power them still requires an energy source. For the sake of the environment, that energy should be generated from the cleanest source available.

Natural gas is one promising clean alternative. It contains fewer pollutants than other fossil fuels, it’s easier to collect and process, and it is found throughout our country. In Alaska, we’re developing the largest private-sector energy project in history — a 3,000-mile, $40 billion pipeline to transport hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of natural gas to markets across the United States. Onshore and offshore na­tural gas from Alaska and the Lower 48 can satisfy a large part of our energy needs for decades, bringing us closer to energy independence. Whether we use it to power natural-gas cars or to run natural-gas power plants that charge electric cars — or ideally for both — natural gas can act as a clean “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available.

In addition to drilling, we need to build new refineries. America currently has roughly 150 refineries, down from over 300 in the 1970s. Due mainly to environmental regulations, we haven’t built a major new refinery since 1976, though our oil consumption has increased significantly since then. That’s no way to secure our energy supply. The post-Katrina jump in gas prices proved that we can’t leave ourselves at the mercy of a hurricane that knocks a few refineries out of commission.

Building an energy-independent Amer­ica will mean a real economic stimulus. It will mean American jobs that can never be shipped overseas. Think about how much of our trade deficit is fueled by the oil we import — sometimes as much as half of the total. Through this massive transfer of wealth, we lose hundreds of billions of dollars a year that could be invested in our economy. Instead it goes to foreign countries, including some repressive regimes that use it to fund activities that threaten our security.

Reliance on foreign sources of energy weakens America. When a riot breaks out in an OPEC nation, or a developing country talks about nationalizing its oil industry, or a petro-dictator threatens to cut off exports, the probability is great that the price of oil will shoot up. Even in friendly nations, business and financial decisions made for local reasons can de­stabilize Amer­i­ca’s energy market, since the price we pay for foreign oil is subject to rising and falling exchange rates. Decreasing our dependence on foreign sources of energy will reduce the impact of world events on our economy.

In the end, energy independence is not just about the environment or the economy. It’s about freedom and confidence. It’s about building a more secure and peaceful America, an America in which our energy needs will not be subject to the whims of nature, currency speculators, or madmen in possession of vast oil reserves.

Alternative sources of energy are part of the answer, but only part. There’s no getting around the fact that we still need to “drill, baby, drill!” And if those in D.C. say otherwise, we need to tell them: “Yes, we can Drill!”

 - Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin On Facebook: Birthday Wishes to Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 1 Response
I would like to extend warm birthday wishes to Margaret Thatcher today. Baroness Thatcher continues to remain a role model to many people, particularly women, around the world. Her career is a collection of "firsts." She was the youngest female Conservative Party member to stand for election in history, she was the first woman to hold the title Leader of the Opposition, and she was the first woman to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
As Prime Minister, she took an active role in defending economic freedom and democratic ideals. Her push to privatize British industry and lower tax rates led to a substantial economic expansion in the United Kingdom. She was just as influential in foreign policy. Along with President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, Prime Minister Thatcher recognized the evil of Communism and worked tirelessly to erode the power and influence of the Soviet Union. 
Her life and career serve as a blueprint for overcoming the odds and challenging the "status quo." She started life as a grocer's daughter from Grantham and rose to become Prime Minister - all by her own merit and hard work. I cherish the accomplishments of Margaret Thatcher and will always count her as one of my role models. 
- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin: Once Again Driving The Debate This Time On The Dollar

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 0 Responses
James Pethokoukis wrote a very interesting article for Reuters The next big political issue? The U.S. dollar:
The state of the dollar probably hasn’t been a first-tier political issue in the United States since, say, the presidential election of 1896. Back then, it manifested as whether or not America would stay on the gold standard or switch to a bimetallic one. (The William Jennings Bryan “cross of gold” speech and all that.)

The aftershocks of the global financial crisis may now be propelling the dollar back to the political forefront. The greenback’s continuing slide makes it a handy metric that neatly encapsulates America’s current economic troubles and possible long-term decline. House Republicans for instance, have been using the weaker dollar as a weapon in their attacks on the Bernanke-led Federal Reserve.

For more evidence of the dollar’s return to political salience, look no further than the Facebook page of Sarah Palin. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee — and possible 2012 presidential candidate — has shown a knack for identifying hot-button political issues, such as the purported “death panels” she claims to have found in Democratic healthcare reform plans. In a recent Facebook posting, Palin expressed deep concern over the dollar’s “continued viability as an international reserve currency” in light of huge U.S. budget deficits.

She might be onto something here, politically and economically. A recent Rasmussen poll, for instance, found that 88 percent of Americans say the dollar should remain the dominant global currency. Now, the average voter may not fully understand the subtleties of international finance nor appreciate exactly how a dominant dollar has benefited the U.S economy. But they sure think a weaker dollar is a sign of a weaker America.

And that’s the political problem for the Obama administration. Its benign neglect of the dollar is another example of an economic policy — along with TARP and the $787 billion stimulus — that the White House thinks is helping the economy, but many Americans find wrongheaded.

In his New York Times column today, Paul Krugman makes the usual case for a weaker dollar: It helps U.S. exporters and is a necessary part of a global economic rebalancing. And there is some truth in that, particularly the idea that Rising Asia will result in a less-dominant dollar. Then again, a devalued currency hasn’t exactly been a proven path to prosperity. (Ask Jimmy Carter.)

But Krugman too easily dismisses the idea that the dollar’s decline could tumble out of control. Former Clinton economic officials such as Robert Rubin and Roger Altman have been making the case that investor concern about budget deficits could lead them to abandon the dollar. As Altman argued in a Financial Times op-ed piece today: “The dismal deficit outlook poses a huge longer-term threat. Indeed, it is just a matter of time before global financial markets reject this fiscal trajectory. That could lead to a punishing dollar crisis.”
Now many Democrats and liberals, like Krugman, don’t want to hear such talk, fearing a rerun of the Clinton era when the progressive policy agenda was sacrificed on the altar of budgetary rectitude.
But that is a tremendous political and economic gamble, one that may result in taunting Republican cries of “Who lost the dollar?”


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Governor Palin: Reagan In A Dress

Monday, October 12, 2009 1 Response
Peter Heck wrote a interestiong article Reagan In A Dress:  
CNN commentator Jack Cafferty summarized the conclusion of the mainstream media by stating that former Governor Sarah Palin, "won't have the same impact if she doesn't carry the mantle of governor of Alaska....she becomes...a thumbsucker."

In a related story, on September 30, 2009, Sarah Palin's memoir Going Rogue shattered records by hitting number one at Amazon and Barnes & Noble...48 days before the book even hits shelves.  Not bad for a thumbsucker.  To put it in perspective, at the time Sarah's book catapulted to the top of the bestseller list, it didn't even have a cover and hadn't even been edited yet.

One might begin to wonder how Cafferty can be so clueless and still keep his job -- even if it is on a network that just became a laughingstock by fact-checking a Saturday Night Live skit in defense of their beloved Obama.  But the truth is that Cafferty is merely mimicking the uncontrolled Palin-derangement that plagues the entire left-wing old media.

Since the moment she burst onto the national scene, there has been an unparalleled effort amongst the so-called sophisticated elites to destroy Sarah Palin.  Unparalleled, but not unprecedented.

In the 1970s, the dominant left feared the rise of another radical right-wing governor of a western state -- you might remember his name: Ronald Reagan -- and they utilized a full arsenal of tactics to try to slow his meteoric rise.  Comparing their words and actions then to their current anti-Palin crusade now is stunning.

First, the media attempted to downplay Reagan's intellect.  They called him a buffoon, an empty suit, dim.  They said this despite Reagan's articulate approach to issues and his effective leadership of the country's most populous state.  Surely no one needs to be reminded of the Tina Fey parodies, the New York Times' references to "Caribou Barbie," or Newsweek's declaration that Palin was an "ill-informed, inarticulate, shopaholic" to see how little has changed in the left's playbook.  They said all this of Palin despite her breadth of knowledge on key domestic issues like energy and her effective leadership of the country's largest state.

The old media also denounced Reagan as unqualified.  He was just a "B-movie actor" who spent more time focusing on campus athletics at his second-rate college than he did academics.  That sounds startlingly similar to CNN's Fareed Zakaria who wrote, "Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president," and other left-wing media sources that scoffed at her degree from the "substandard" University of Idaho.  The parallels don't end there:

Reagan was the target of ageism (New York Times Magazine in 1976 proclaimed Reagan "too old to run"), while Palin is the target of sexism (the Today Show, Washington Post, and PBS all suggested Palin should be staying home with her kids).

Reagan was proclaimed politically dead after his term as governor ended (Newsweek in a 1971 piece called "Ronald Reagan's Slow Fade" said that Sacramento would "mark the end of Ronald Reagan's political road"), while Palin has been labeled finished after resigning the governorship of Alaska (David Shuster on MSNBC prophesied, "I've said it before, I'll say it again, Sarah Palin will never recover from this....she has no future").

Reagan was termed a radical (columnist John Coyne wrote, "Reagan seems somewhat out of step with the new political stirrings"), while Palin is called a right-wing nut (columnist Jonathan Alter lamented, "She is a far-right conservative who...thinks global warming is a hoax and backs the teaching of creationism in schools").

Reagan used TV and radio appearances to address fundamental issues of the day without having to worry about his words going through the filter of the liberal media.  Palin is accomplishing the same thing through her utilization of Facebook, Twitter, and the new media.  Is it possible these are nothing but coincidences?  Sure.  But perhaps they're not.


Try as they might, the left ended up completely impotent in their efforts to dampen the American public's fascination and admiration of Reagan.  As Palin chooses which of her more than 1,100 speaking offers to accept, packs venues and sells out banquets, watches her book soar to unmatched sales numbers, curries political favors from Republican Party officials for lending her star power to their events, and uses her charisma -- unrivaled on the right -- to build momentum towards 2012, perhaps the mainstream media helplessly sees the writing on the wall.

After all, everyone knows how the Reagan story ended: the annihilation of a bumbling predecessor, a clear conservative agenda that revitalized the American economy and ended the Cold War, a landslide re-election of embarrassing proportions, and a legacy as one of America's greatest Chief Executives.  Considering then the striking parallels between the "Gipper" and the "Pitbull with lipstick," maybe the left's deranged animosity towards her is simply born out of a fear of the inevitable.


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Governor Palin To Obama: We Must Win in Afghanistan!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 0 Responses
For two years as a candidate, Senator Obama called for more resources for the war in Afghanistan and warned about the consequences of failure. As President, he announced a comprehensive new counterinsurgency strategy and handpicked the right general to execute it. Now General McChrystal is asking for additional troops to implement the strategy announced by President Obama in March. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers in harm's way in Afghanistan right now. We owe it to all those brave Americans serving in uniform to give them the tools they need to complete their mission.
We can win in Afghanistan by helping the Afghans build a stable representative state able to defend itself. And we must do what it takes to prevail. The stakes are very high. The 9/11 attacks were planned in Afghanistan, and if we are not successful there, al Qaeda will once again find a safe haven, the Taliban will impose its cruelty on the Afghan people, and Pakistan will be less stable.
Our allies and our adversaries are watching to see if we have the staying power to protect our interests in Afghanistan. I recently joined a group of Americans in urging President Obama to devote the resources necessary in Afghanistan and pledged to support him if he made the right decision. Now is not the time for cold feet, second thoughts, or indecision -- it is the time to act as commander-in-chief and approve the troops so clearly needed in Afghanistan. 
- Sarah Palin

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TV Show "Supernatural" Predicts Sarah Palin Presidency

Thursday, October 01, 2009 5 Responses
An interesting prediction from the CW series, “Supernatural”  Sarah Palin is our next President.  American hating liberal Hollywood naturally was not very complimentary to Sarah Palin. They predict doomsday but then again they elected the communist anti-christ so they are not to far off the mark.  What they do not realize is the disaster Obama has created will also have to be cleaned up by President Palin.  It is also safe to say that what ever political opinion or view Hollywood holds the opposite is true.
In episode 4, one of the lead characters is transported to circa 2014, where a demonic pandemic (not swine flu/H1N1) is circling the globe and cities are a wreck. One character states a news headline: "President Palin defends bombing of Houston."
The creator of “Supernatural” Eric Kripke  said in an interview episode 4, which leaps five years into the future: "Sarah Palin is president. It's the apocalypse! That would be a sign!" Kripke said.  
He was asked a 2nd time if he was serious about Sarah Palin: 
No, we weren't joking. Like I said, it is the Apocalypse, after all. Beyond that, the world in 2014 is a entertainingly nasty place to be. The Croatoan virus, introduced in Season 2, has spread worldwide, resulting in a 28 Days Later situation. Our band of hunters have resorted to living in the woods, protecting as many terrified survivors as they can. When we meet our heroes in the future, we'll see that time has changed them. Especially Castiel. But on the plus side, Chuck is living with the guys at the refugee camp, and he's still as neurotic as ever.

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