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A mother’s perspective–Sarah Palin concerned for Trig 8 August, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in Healthcare, Sarah Palin.

Former Governor Sarah Palin is concerned about what some of the health care proposals mean to her son with special needs. She calls one potential plan evil because it could short change the disabled.

Wow, If the 2012 race were today 20 July, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in President Obama, Sarah Palin.
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The GOP would be in a horse race with the President. Romney is tied and Palin who polls showed has been hurt by her resignation for now is within single digits. When you live by change….

Sarah Palin on Cap and Tax 14 July, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in Economic Policy, Energy, Sarah Palin.
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Governor Sarah Palin wrote on the dangers of the Cap and Trade proposal in the Washington Post today.

I am deeply concerned about President Obama’s cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage.

American prosperity has always been driven by the steady supply of abundant, affordable energy. Particularly in Alaska, we understand the inherent link between energy and prosperity, energy and opportunity, and energy and security. Consequently, many of us in this huge, energy-rich state recognize that the president’s cap-and-trade energy tax would adversely affect every aspect of the U.S. economy.

There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign energy sources. But the answer doesn’t lie in making energy scarcer and more expensive! Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America’s economy.

Job losses are so certain under this new cap-and-tax plan that it includes a provision accommodating newly unemployed workers from the resulting dried-up energy sector, to the tune of $4.2 billion over eight years. So much for creating jobs.

In addition to immediately increasing unemployment in the energy sector, even more American jobs will be threatened by the rising cost of doing business under the cap-and-tax plan. For example, the cost of farming will certainly increase, driving down farm incomes while driving up grocery prices. The costs of manufacturing, warehousing and transportation will also increase.

The ironic beauty in this plan? Soon, even the most ardent liberal will understand supply-side economics.

Palin 14 for 14 in Ethics Complaints 5 June, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in Sarah Palin.
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In a blatant abuse of the ethics process, political enemies of Sarah Palin have filed complaints about everything from the logo on a jacket the Governor wore to her having a reporter drop by the office for an interview. She just won her 14th victory. The most serious complaint was the Troopergate fraud. Two investigations by the ethics board and the pension board cleared her. The other complaints were done just to cost her money and hope something would stick.

They would file bogus complaints. The left wing blogs would then claim she is under an ethical cloud. Some media outlet would pick up the story at face value. It was designed to make her damaged goods. It has worked only a little. She is the 3rd most popular Republican in America after General Powell and Senator McCain and in a 3 way tie for preference for President on the GOP side.

Intentionally filing bogus complaints should have a penalty. The people who did this should have to pay her legal fees. The laws need to be revisited.

Palin: She who lasts laugh; laughs best 16 March, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in Budget, Sarah Palin.

Alaska is not only benefiting from the huge surpluses stocked away by the tenacious vetos and stringent budgets of its Governor Sarah Palin, but its economy seems to be doing reasonably well. It is affected by lack of tourism and falling commodity prices, yet the state is not doing too badly. I thought people where stupid in Alaska. They elected some small town hick mayor who is full of ambition and clueless. Maybe not, apparently the people of Alaska are smarter than the entire Washington press corps.

What is really interesting about Alaska is that the state saved enough revenue to run itself for two years without a dime of taxes. They saved the oil surpluses because they used common sense fiscal management. Governor Palin was criticized for being too austere. I wonder how those critics are spending their relative security?

President Obama won the election but may have set the GOP free. 4 February, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in federal, Sarah Palin.
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The best election result for Republicans seems to have been November’s. The Republicans now have a chance to be free of the White House and discover themselves. The latest Rasmussen Reports polls show that the GOP would gain in Congress if the election were today. The GOP is only 4 points down in the generic ballot. Support for the stimulus bill in both Rasmussen and Gallup is in the high 30% range. 71% of the public now sees President Obama as a political liberal.

Republicans can now get on the offensive. I don’t mean be offensive, but take the lead in proposing real reforms and standing for greater freedom. That is what most people who are not Democrats want from the GOP. Sarah Palin has recovered much of her approval rating with Independents. Most Independents and Republicans think she should be the model for the GOP in the future. In spite of the media slime job, she has a solid 52% approval rating nationally.

President Obama is still quite popular. He has a 62% approval and amazing skill.

Go to http://www.Rasmussenreports.com for more detailed numbers.

Senator Jim Inhofe  Leading the Charge

McCain/Palin The Foreign Press has it again 5 September, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Sarah Palin.
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“Sarah Palin: It’s Go West Toward the Future of Conservatism” is the London Times insightful analysis. It shows that change is happening in both parties. That is likely the most important shift of the last week politically. The GOP has shifted back to the west philosophically from the South and Northeast. The Bush era which started 20 years ago is now in eclipse.

Democrats think that Mr McCain, with the social conservative Mrs Palin, will launch an old-fashioned culture war at them, using her appealing manner to drive a populist assault on the familiar Republican issues of God, guns and gays.

Perhaps this Manichean interpretation will prove true. But I suspect that it misses the real appeal of the Republican team. The opportunity for McCain-Palin is not reaction, but reform – a reform rooted in a distant conservatism that could be due for a comeback

Hailing from Arizona and Alaska, the Republican ticket has a chance to rekindle a western conservatism different from the old Yankee paternalist sort or the Bible Belt version. They like their guns out there (some still kill their own food) and they are pro-life and deeply pro-America, of course. But at a time of grave challenges, the themes of economic freedom and opportunity, the resistance to the idea that government holds all the answers, could resonate with voters.

This is an election, as the Democrats have realised all along, about an America on the cusp of change. With the moose-hunting, establishment-taunting Mrs Palin at his side, Mr McCain might represent a bigger change than the one that his opponents are offering.

Foreign Press–Palin Stunning will be President one day 4 September, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Sarah Palin.
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Reaction from around the world to the Palin Speech was incredible.

This speech has turned the election upside down. It was simply stunning.

Democrats and their Lefty media backers had been sneering that she was a small town nobody, a hick from the Alaskan sticks put into a job way beyond an inexperienced woman.

Believe me, you will not be hearing that again.

Palin turned out to be an electrifying mix of intelligence, passion, energy, optimism and plain speaking.

Full of self-assurance and aggression, she popped Barack’s balloon big-time.

From the moment she walked on stage in this cavernous bear pit, bandbox smart in cream jacket, trim black skirt and black heels, she proved that John McCain knew exactly what he was doing when he picked her as running mate.

And this

For an unpopular party divided over Iraq and struggling to compete with Obama’s Messianic glamour, the choice of Palin looks absolutely inspired.

Main Street America will have loved her performance.

And it was seen by 30million voters – the greatest number ever to watch a candidate for the much-derided VP post.

She is popular with voters for the very reason America’s snooty political establishment despises her: She isn’t one of the Washington gang.

She’s a moose-hunting mum of five with a sledge-load of problems behind her own front door that workaday Americans can relate to.

A child with special needs. A daughter of 17 pregnant. A constant juggle between family and career.

As she said, her family has had its ups and downs like any other.

Last night her first task was to introduce herself and her family to an American public incredulous that the unknown Alaska governor could within weeks be a heartbeat away from being their commander in chief.

Compared to the journeyman career politicians dominating both parties here she seemed fresh, natural, one of us and not one of them.

She spoke to America as one mum to another. She cracked good jokes.

What’s the difference between a hockey mum and a pit bull?, she asked.

Answer: One wears lipstick.

What will have scared the enemy camp most is the devastating series of prime-time punches she landed on the jutting Obama jaw.

Showing steel beneath her magnolia jacket, she slaughtered his lack of experience, his vanity, his emptiness beneath the windy waffle.

It was the most powerful demolition of the Democrat hero I have heard in two weeks on the US election trail.

It concluded that America is likely to have its first woman President in 2012 with a Clinton Palin showdown and the reporter put his money on Palin.  No bets here, I hope so.

Palin Awesome–The Next Reagan? 4 September, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Sarah Palin.
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Republicans have been asking where is the next Reagan for a year. The answer seems to be, she was in Alaska.

It is amazing how much like Reagan she is. The same strengths and weaknesses in many ways. Reagan’s family was criticized. He too was a sportscaster. He was a passionate spokesperson for traditional virtues as is she. They are both incorruptible and any scandal their enemies trump up are actions rooted in achieving good. They both did tax shifting but overall cut them. Both are reformers challenging a corrupt establishment. Both came out of middle America and were shaped by the frontier states. Both can communicate with the people like few in his/her generation. They are both colorful, outdoors folks. They are both adored by fellow Republicans. Both upset powerful incumbent governors. Both were drafted for national office after two years as Governor. Both adored their spouses. Both received the scorn of the national media.

It is not bad company to keep. Yes, I liked the speech. Governor Palin is as good as Senator Obama.

Dick Morris on Sarah Palin 3 September, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Election 2008, Sarah Palin.
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Some claim he made a mistake in choosing the Alaska governor. My bet is the reverse – that she’ll turn out to be a big win.

Even if I’m wrong, dropping her now would doom him in November. If McCain lets baseless, sexist smears set his course, he’d turn all the good Palin has already done for him, and should do in the weeks ahead, into a negative – demoralizing the GOP base and losing independents.

Understand: Palin is under attack because she was such a good choice.

Remember the Democrats’ central charge on McCain – “He’s a Bush clone.” By choosing Palin, something George Bush would never have done, McCain showed how really different he is.

The old ground rule for picking a running mate was to help the ticket carry a particular state. But Bill Clinton changed the rules when he tapped Al Gore in 1992. Clinton likely would’ve carried Tennessee anyway, but the choice of Gore emphasized the most important feature of Clinton’s candidacy: He was from a new generation and represented a new outlook.

And so Sarah Palin reinforces the most important aspect of the McCain candidacy: Despite 30 years in Washington, he’s an outsider and a dedicated foe of corruption and conflict of interest in government. He’s the one who stands up against pork, earmarks and lobbyists and backs campaign-finance reform
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