Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Over 45,000 Votes! NRO: Who Is The Better Conservative Standard Bearer? Sarah Palin 76% Rick Perry 24%
By Gary P Jackson
An interesting poll from National Review Online. In a week long poll that ended on Tuesday, NRO asked it's readers to chose who was the better representative of conservatism, the better standard bearer, Governor Sarah Palin or Governor Rick Perry.
45, 503 people voted in their poll and the results are Sarah Palin 76% Rick Perry 24%.
Yes, the poll is unscientific, but that is a pretty lopsided, though not surprising outcome, given the two governors' records and actions over their long careers, thus worth mentioning.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
By Gary P Jackson
As you know, on Monday, while giving a speech with President Barack Obama, union thug leader Jimmy Hoffa, Jr screamed "We’re ‘Army’ Against Tea Party; ‘Let’s Take These Sons of Bitches Out’."
This would be shocking if not for the fact that it's standard fair for the thugs who run and manage unions. It's not the rank and file, hell, most are union members simply because they live in slave states that force them to join a union in order to work. It's the cost of having a job. And not all unions are run by thugs, but the vast majority are, and the most powerful are joined to Obama at the hip.
We've all seen how Obama has stolen from shareholders of car companies, only to give it to the unions, and how his justice department has harassed non-union shops. This is crony capitalism at it's worst.
Today Sarah Palin addresses this by talking directly to union rank and file members, and reminding them thugs like Hoffa are living off their dues, without doing anything for them in return:
Welcome, Union Brothers and Sisters
In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: "Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again." This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely what I was talking about as he declared war on concerned independent Americans and on the freshman members we sent to Congress last November by saying, "Let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out!"
What I say now, I say as a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members. So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else.
To the same degree Americans are concerned about irresponsible, greedy corporate execs who got cushy bonuses from taxpayer-funded bailouts, we should also be concerned about greedy union bosses who are willing to tank our economy just to protect their own power. As union history shows, power and greed corrupt. Just because you claim to represent union members doesn’t mean you are on the side of the angels. The greed of too many of these union bosses has all but destroyed the labor movement in this country, helped chase away our jobs, and is killing the American dream.
To see where this leads, look at what’s happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses’ greed. The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician they’re in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. They’re chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that they’ve chased jobs out of union states, they’re trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether. But these union bosses will still figure out a way to keep their gig, and so will their politically aligned corporate friends. As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out until the whole system goes bankrupt, which, I am afraid, is not very far off. When big government, big business, and big union bosses collude together, they get government to maximize their own interests against those of the rest of the country.
So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being "against the workingman." How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people’s movement is the real movement for working class men and women. It’s rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power.
This collusion is at the heart of Obama’s economic vision for America. In practice it is socialism for the very rich and the very poor, but a brutal form of capitalism for the rest of us. It is socialism for the very poor who are reduced to a degrading perpetual dependence on a near-bankrupt centralized government to provide their every need, while at the same time robbing them of that which brings fulfillment and success – the life-affirming pride that comes from taking responsibility for your own destiny and building a better life through self-initiative and work ethic. And Obama’s vision is socialism via crony capitalism for the very rich who continue to get bailouts, debt-ridden "stimulus" funds, and special favors that allow them to waive off or help draft the burdensome regulations that act as a boot on the neck to small business owners who don’t have the same friends in high places. And where does this collusion leave working class Americans and the small business owners who create 70% of the jobs in this country? Out in the cold. It’s you and your children who are left paying for the cronyism of Obama and our permanent political class in DC.
Ask yourself if the folks you heard demonize concerned, independent Americans yesterday really speak for the working class when they’re all too happy to burden your families with the bill to bail out the President’s friends on Wall Street.
We should not forget that for all his lofty rhetoric, President Obama is a Chicago politician. Graft, cronyism, and quid pro quo are the well-known methods of an infamous Chicago political machine, of which Barack Obama emerged. This corruption isn’t just the result of a few bad apples. It’s the nature of a skewed system that’s typical of one not allowing a level playing field. If one desires opportunity for all, then the only solution is sudden and relentless reform. I know of what I speak. I too served in public office in a state that had a corruption problem. The difference is that I fought the corrupt political machine. Barack Obama used the machine in his state to advance. He never challenged it. And he’s evidently brought the same Chicago "pay-to-play" practices to the White House.
It’s sad to see much of the labor movement fall lock step behind a President whom Hoffa calls upon to partner in "waging war" against patriotic Americans. I will never forget that as a governor, in trying to be a friend to the working men and women in our unions, I gave a speech on August 27, 2008, at the annual AFL-CIO meeting in Anchorage. There, union members humbled me with a standing ovation for fighting the corruption in Alaska and for bringing parties together for progress on energy development projects. Then just two days later I landed on the national stage as John McCain’s running mate, and the union leadership turned on me from that day forward even though I had not changed one iota in my plans, principles, vision, and commitment to jobs for working class Americans. The only difference was I was challenging the politician the union bosses were committed to electing. It was almost comical, this lesson learned with their new spots revealed so quickly.
Recently someone commented: "I’m a union member. I’ve been a Democrat all my life. Now I’ll vote for anyone with a plan to save America." I know what that person is feeling. I want all good union brothers and sisters to know that there is an alternative. The grassroots, independent Tea Party Movement articulates a real alternative rooted in free men and free markets, not the cronyism of Barack Obama and the permanent political class in DC. Their cronyism is why we have no job growth, massive unsustainable debt, and a housing market in the tank. Too many politicians are simply addressing the economic symptoms instead of fighting the underlying disease. The path forward is through reform. On Saturday, I outlined some ideas about that reform, and I will continue to do so.
In the meantime, good union brothers and sisters, don’t let Hoffa tell you what to do. He doesn’t represent the real interests of working men and women. He’s not doing you any favors. He’s just living off your paychecks.
~ Sarah Palin
Crony Capitalism is a huge problem in government and both parties practice it at both the federal and the state level. Heck, what am I saying, it's even done at the local level. This sort of corruption has permeated our society. We've come to take it for granted, which is wrong, wrong, wrong. When we have Presidents, and Governors working to enrich their big money supporters, at the expense of others, we have a serious problem.
Of course, just making the rich richer isn't the only thing a corrupt politician can do for their buddies. As Michele Malkin writes today, candidate Obama promised to end a federal probe into Teamsters Union corruption. President Obama made good on that promise.
This sort of thing is why the American economy is in a mess. Government picking winners and losers at every level is not only corrupt, and immoral, it goes against everything America stands for. Everything our founders fought and died for.
We must demand Liberty and Freedom for the working men and women. We must demand Liberty and Freedom for American business. Freedom from corrupt politicians and their union thug buddies. Freedom to work without having to pay someone for the privilege of doing so!
We must reform the way Americans work.
Here's a bit of video of Hoffa and how he operates: [H/T: Gulagbound.com]
We all remember how the purple shirted SEIU thugs attacked Kenneth Gladney in St Louis for simply being a Black man selling Tea Party stuff at a town hall event. This is who these people are.
We've been called terrorists, racists, and now sons-a-bitches, by some of the most violent elements of our society. Unions were built on violence and intimidation. Businesses that fought unions were violently attacked, and workers who wouldn't submit to union slavery were violently attacked.These unions are nothing more than government sanctioned organized crime.
We talk a lot about the Ruling Class in America. It's not just the permanent political class, it's union leadership and other special interest groups, that buy politicians off. This happens at every level of government. Local, state, and federal. It must be stopped. The American people must rise up and support sweeping reform.
One of the reasons we support Sarah Palin so strongly is the fact she has taken on corrupt politicians and crony capitalism since her very earliest days in public office. Twenty years ago she was going after her fellow Wasilla city council member over crony capitalism, she would do this throughout her time as a public servant.
The story of how she took on the entire corrupt Alaska Republican Establishment™ is well documented.
We need someone who will go after corruption no matter where or when they find it. Even if it's a friend who is engaged in the impropriety, like Sarah's friend, mentor, and fellow city council member Nick Carey was in Wasilla.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Photo courtesy Greta Van Susteren
By Gary P Jackson
Sarah Palin stopped by Storm Lake, Iowa Sunday morning and ran in the "Jump Right in and Run" half-marathon organized by the Storm Lake Running Club.
Greta posted the above photo earlier on her website.
Sarah ran as "Sarah Heath," her maiden name. The Des Moines Register gives us a copy of the finishing order. Sarah finished second in the Women's 40-49 class. Her time? 1 hour, 45 minutes for the 13.1-mile race.
Sarah tweeted thanks to Storm Lake for their hospitality:
Andrew Malcolm of the L.A. Times published this photo of Sarah and Iowans4Palin's "teledude" and his wife.
Read more from Andrew here.
As Sarah's supporters know, she is an avid runner, and her dad was a track coach. It's cool that she was able to slip in and compete at this event.
By Gary P Jackson
Sarah Palin showed us Saturday how she will run her presidential campaign. Just as she did in Alaska, Governor Palin will take on the establishment, in both parties. There is corruption and crony capitalism everywhere in government. The American people know this and want it stopped. This will be a winning message that will attract Americans from every walk of life.
Unlike other candidates for high office, Sarah has an actual record of fighting corruption that goes all of the way back to her earliest days in elected office. As a member of the Wasilla city council, she went up against Nick Carney, one of the people who recruited her to run for office. Carney a fellow council member, owned a waste disposal business, and wanted to create a new law that would have required residents of new sub-divisions to pay for weekly garbage removal, by his company. Sarah fought him hard on this and defeated his plan.
What she did to the "Corrupt Bastards Club" is legendary. She turned a highly corrupt Alaska Republican Party on it's ear. I look at what she did in Alaska as a dress rehersal for what she will do as President. This is why you see so many in the Republican Establishment™ doing everything possible to stop her from even running. They know Alaska was just a warm up, as well! They also know the current so-called front runner is the absolute king of crony capitalism and will not survive with Sarah Palin in the race.
Sarah's speech in Iowa was great. She laid out a solid outline for restoring America. Besides talking about the corruption that has consumed government at every level, she gave a very specific tax proposal. Eliminating corporate income taxes, as well as closing loopholes in other taxes is a solid plan. Corporations don't really pay taxes as it is, as they simply build that into the price of their goods and services, so it's the consumer who ultimately pays this tax. The benefits of eliminating this, along with draconian regulations, could see one of the biggest booms in manufacturing that we've seen since WWII.
Speaking at the Liberty and Freedom Foundation in San Jose, California, in October of 2010, Sarah elaborated on her plan, why it would attract business to America, and how it all makes sense.
Sarah also talks about energy security and how it would benefit our nation. Her plan to make America energy independent, would create millions of good, durable, high paying jobs. It would also make us more secure. She calls on us to use our God given natural resources, and to build new refineries to process them. This is bold and decisive.
She has been saying these things for years, well before she was chosen as John McCain's running mate in 2008. No other candidate knows the energy sector better than Sarah Palin, and our untapped resources are the key to America's future.
The weather in Iowa was bad, thunderstorms rolled through the area in the mornming, and until Sarah Palin took the stage, it was raining. Still a crowd of between 2000-3000, the largest, by far, of any political event this season in Iowa, witnessed the speech in person.
After her speech, Sarah joined the crowd, sining autographs and posing for pictures with her supporters.
There are several good write-ups about the event, all with the same basic theme: Sarah Palin fired a shot across the bow of the Ruling Class. Both parties are in deep trouble with Sarah Palin in the race. Check 'em out.
From John Nolte:
Root Causes: In Iowa, Sarah Palin Lays Out a Governing Philosophy that Should Worry Both Sides of the Aisle
From Jedediah Bila:
Sarah Palin rocks Iowa: ‘The status quo is no longer an option’
From Scott Conroy:
Palin Sends Shot Across GOP Field's Bow in Fiery Iowa Speech
Photos from the event:
There are some crowd shots here, here, and here.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Sarah Palin greets supporters at the Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale tonight. [The Register/Andrea Melendez]
By Gary P Jackson
Sarah and Todd Palin made a surprise visit to the Conservatives4Palin meet-up in Urbandale, Iowa Friday night.
From Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register:
Crowd chants ‘run, Sarah, run’ as Palin arrives at Iowa restaurant
Minutes after Alaska’s Sarah Palin arrived at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale tonight, the crowd of a couple hundred started up a chant of "Run, Sarah, run!"
Palin beamed, then asked Iowans about themselves as she shook hands and posed for photographs.
The possible presidential candidate didn’t make a speech and left for her Des Moines hotel with her husband, Todd, about half an hour after she arrived.
When a reporter asked Palin what she thinks about the current GOP competitors, she answered: "Happy with the field of candidates. I always think that there’s room for more, though, because spirited debate and more competition will allow an even better discourse and more rigorous discourse that the public deserves."
The event at the suburban restaurant, popular for conservative political gatherings, was organized by a Conservatives4Palin, an online group created by Palin aide Rebecca Mansour. (Mansour wasn’t there, but two other staffers, Michael Glassner and Jason Recher were at her side.)
Peter Singleton, a California lawyer who has been living in Iowa on and off as he talks up a Palin presidency, led a campaign rally of sorts tonight.
"This is not about Sarah Palin," he told the listeners jammed shoulder to shoulder in a back room with a long line out the door. "This is not about any candidate. This is about us as a people. But we need a leader."
Singleton, a volunteer organizer with Organize4Palin, continued: "There is no one who has the political courage and the vision of this woman."
The audience whooped and cheered when Singleton said he believes she could become the 2012 GOP nominee – and that she could be Democratic President Barack Obama.
More, including photos and audio, here.
Scott Conroy from Real Clear Politics was there and among his tweets:
Observation of hardcore Palin supporters: they are YOUNG. A lot of 20-somethings here. Ya don't see that in Iowa GOP politics
There's a short video here. [H/T: Linda]
The joint was crowded and Stacy Drake tweeted this photo with the headline: "Help... I can't get in"
By Gary P Jackson
It looks like Sarah Palin's speech Saturday will finally put an end to the notion that she will endorse Rick Perry!
Scott Conroy reports that her speech will take corruption head on. Specifically the sort of crony capitalism that both Rick Perry and Barack Obama trade in daily.
As I was writing about Perry's half million dollar payoff from AT&T, on Thursday, I couldn't help but think that Perry was the exact sort of corrupt politician she ran against, and defeated, in Alaska. She helped send many to prison, others, including the GOP party chair, paid massive fines.
Perry has some serious vulnerabilities here. It's not his only issue, as we are learning more and more about land deals that make the Obama/Rezko thing look legit. Look for a more in-depth report on this soon.
Conroy also reports Sarah will lay out some substantial policy initiatives in her speech. A true way forward.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Though she won't be a candidate when she delivers a major address at a tea party rally in Iowa on Saturday, Sarah Palin will make it clear that she if enters the presidential race later this month she will vociferously challenge Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s engrained image of solidarity with the tea party movement.
In her speech at the bucolic National Balloon Classic field in Indianola, Palin will lean on loaded phrases like "crony capitalism" and "permanent political class" in laying out her view of the U.S. political system’s deep-rooted ills, according to a source close to Palin and familiar with the content of the speech.
Though she will not call Perry out by name, Palin’s carefully couched rhetoric will leave the impression that she may soon draw more overt attention to one of the Texan’s potential vulnerabilities as a candidate: his history of doling out plum positions and other benefits to generous campaign donors during his nearly 11-year tenure as the nation’s longest serving governor.
"Part of what she’s going to be addressing is the frustration that many Americans feel that nothing gets done in Washington, D.C.," a Palin source told RealClearPolitics. "We know that we have a debt problem and that we need to rein in government waste, and yet nothing ever gets done. Why is that? What special interests are involved?"
Palin’s speech before what will likely be one of the largest crowds of the campaign season to date will come on the third anniversary of her 2008 Republican convention address in the Twin Cities, when she accepted the vice presidential nomination in an almost universally acclaimed speaking performance.
In another likely indication that she still has her sights set on a White House run, Palin will also tout her record as governor of Alaska, particularly in ushering in what an aide described as "sudden and relentless reform" to state government.
"She’ll also address her own record in the sense that she has fought the powers that be her entire career in taking on the political machine and a corrupt political class in her own state," the aide said.
Though she has lagged in third place in most recent national polls, Palin’s entry into the race would almost certainly turn the Republican field on its head and immediately alter the strategies of both Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- the two front-runners for the GOP nomination.
A Palin campaign would also threaten to further sap support for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has sought to position herself as the ideologically purest small-government contender in the contest but who has faded in the polls since winning the Ames Straw Poll last month.
In her speech Saturday, Palin will "more clearly" and "more boldly" offer policy prescriptions that she has laid out in Facebook posts over the past few months.
Read more here.
As we have always thought, Sarah will not only run against the democrats and Obama, but also the Republican Establishment™ just as Ronald Reagan did in 1980. This is the right message and will certainly resonate with Conservatives and independents. The need to clean house in Washington is strong.
BTW, this is why you see the Establishment™ pushing back so hard. In the last few days all sorts of stories have come out saying how terrible it would be if Sarah runs. Damned right it will be terrible! It'll be terrible for the corrupt Republican Establishment™, terrible for the other candidates, and terrible for Obama.
It will, however, be downright awesome for the American people!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
By Gary P Jackson
More crony capitalism from Rick Perry, the finest Texas Governor money can buy. We've talked about the pay-for-play deal Perry and his people had with Merck with Gardasil, but this is a lot bigger and has deeper ramifications.
Perry wrote a letter endorsing the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. Nothing inappropriate in that, until you learn AT&T's PAC has given Perry over $500,000 since he has been in office, according to the Texas Ethics Commission.
From the National Journal:
In the May 25 letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and the other commissioners, the GOP presidential candidate urged approval of the controversial megadeal on behalf of a home-state company. AT&T is headquartered in Dallas. T-Mobile is owned by a German telecommunications company.
"I believe that this merger will continue to provide for great consumer choice, offer a wide range of service options, and spur continued innovation," Perry wrote. "The future rests in wireless broadband, and the federal government's swift approval of the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile would send a strong signal to employers, consumers, and states that our federal government is serious about meeting the communication and technology needs of Texans and all Americans." Perry cited "the commitment of at least an additional $8 billion in private investment over seven years as a result of this merger" as a reason to support the deal.
On Wednesday, the Justice Department sued to block the merger. "We believe the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices, and lower-quality products for their mobile wireless services," Deputy Attorney General James Cole said.
Over the past decade, AT&T’s political action committee has given Perry more than $500,000, according to the Texas Ethics Commission’s records. Those contributions already have Democrats on the offensive.
"This is just one more example of Rick Perry’s pay-to-play network that represents the same old type of lobbyist-first politics. He might try to pretend to be some outsider, but as his record continues to come to light, the American people will see right through his facade," said Ty Matsdorf, spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic opposition research organization.
Perry spokesman Mark Miner defended his boss's actions.
"AT&T is a highly regarded Texas-based company, creating thousands of good American jobs and providing critical communications services worldwide," Miner said in a statement to National Journal. "Gov. Perry believes the combination of the two telecom companies will be good for consumers, good for technology innovation, and good for American job creation."
Read more here.
Perry, as always spins this as "aw shucks, I was just tryin' to create some jobs." Yeah, jobs for his accountants.
This isn't an isolated incident. This is how Perry does business.
Glenn Garvin looks at Perry's record and compares him to Obama, in the way both try to use government to pick winners and losers:
The unfortunate fact is that Perry and Obama have a lot more in common than either would like to admit. They both think they’re smarter than the laws of economics and that they make wiser choices than markets do. And they both see taxpayer money as a giant trough for feeding their political pals. Perry is actually truthful about this, sort of. "I am a pro-business governor," he told Time magazine last week. "I will be a pro-business president." What he means is that he’s pro-certain-businesses, the ones run by his friends.
As governor of Texas, Perry controls hundreds of millions of dollars in state handouts to corporations for "job creation and economic development." Not surprisingly, it turns out that the funds are especially good at developing one particular sector of the Texas economy: Perry’s campaign funds.
The Texas Observer revealed earlier this year that of the 55 companies that have dipped into the $345 million Texas Enterprise Fund controlled by Perry, 20 have been have donated money either directly to Perry’s political campaign funds or to the Republican Governors Association, his Washington posse.
We’re not talking chump change: The Observer counted donations over $2 million. Meanwhile, The Dallas Morning News looked into the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, another of the taxpayer teats under Perry’s control, and found eight companies that received $16 million in subsidies who, totally coincidentally, donated $1.4 million to the governor’s campaign.
And Perry is not content to merely pick taxpayer pockets on behalf of his corporate friends; he’ll resort to strong-arm robbery when necessary. The biggest controversy of his decade in the governor’s mansion was an arrogant attempted land-grab called the Trans-Texas Corridor, a $185 billion system of super-highways for which the state would have had to acquire as much as a thousand square miles of territory.
To deal with troublesome property owners who didn’t want to sell, Perry persuaded the legislature to pass a new form of eminent domain known as "quick-claim," in which the state could have seized any land it wanted with just 90 days of notice, then "negotiate" the price later. The super-highway plan died in 2010 only because the federal government showed more concern for the rights of bugs and bunnies than Perry did for the property rights of his constituents, pulling the plug on its chunk of the budget out of environmental concerns.
President Obama’s enemies often refer to him as a socialist. But what he really has been practicing in Washington the past two and a half years is crony capitalism, using programs like TARP and the stimulus package to funnel trillions of dollars in swag to politically connected companies. The result has been an economy that barely rises to the level of narcolepsy in its best moments. Perry has been doing the same thing with a smaller budget in Austin, though the damage hasn’t been as great because he had the foresight to run for governor in a state floating on a lake of oil.
The only change we’ll get in Washington if he’s elected is to the names of the recipients of the corporate welfare checks.
For those not familiar with the Trans-Texas Corridor, that would have been one of the largest thefts of private land in history. Texans were angered like no time in recent memory. It was stopped, for now. The result of this fiasco saw Perry draw no less that 4 primary challengers in 2006, and several hard hitting independent challengers in the general election. Had one of those indies dropped out and threw their support to the other, Perry wouldn't be Governor today. As it was, Perry won re-election with 39% of the vote.
The TTC deserves more discussion and that will come. Meanwhile, for those that want more information, check out Corridor Watch's website here.
This is corruption, pure and simple. Perry talks a good line and is good at pretending to be a Conservative, but he is far from it. Between his pay-for-play schemes, and highly questionable real estate deals, Rick Perry has become quite wealthy while never really working at anything but a government job.
I don't care how you look at it, Rick Perry isn't much of an upgrade from Barack Obama. We can do so much better than this guy. We have to do much better than this guy. The nation can't survive much more corruption in public office, and Rick Perry is nothing more than more of the same.
America deserves better.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
By Gary P Jackson
On Tuesday I addressed Rick Perry's letter in support of Hillary Clinton's plan to "reform" health care in America. I noted this was just one in a series of poor judgements, and even poorer policy, that render Perry unfit to hold the highest office in the land.
What I didn't address what his campaign's weasel words on the subject, as quoted in the Daily Caller: [emphasis mine]
Asked by TheDC about the 1993 letter, Perry’s presidential campaign defended it, saying the full scope of Clinton’s healthcare plan was not yet known when Perry signed it.
"You need to read the letter," top Perry political strategist Dave Carney told The Daily Caller. "He praised her efforts in trying to tackle the issue and urged her not to overlook rural Americans. The letter was at the onset of her efforts before she proposed anything. No one could have imagined the horrible monstrosity she cooked up, in fact not to be outdone until ObamaCare years later."
"As Agriculture Commissioner he was concerned that rural Americans would be overlooked and their options even more limited," Carney continued. "Working with the administration regardless of party, working with members of the other party, as long as you don’t violate your principles, is important to getting things done."
I'm getting old, but my memory of the events is Conservatives not only "could have imagined the horrible monstrosity she cooked up" but did from the second it was announced Hillary had started!
The socialist wing of the democrat party spent almost the entire 20th Century attempting to engineer a government take over of America's health care system. I posted video of Ronald Reagan talking about this in my previous article. It's worth revisiting.
Like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton is a Saul Alinsky communist. Unlike Obama, she knew Alinsky personally, to the point he tried to hire her as a "community organizer." Hillary wrote an analysis of Alinsky’s methods for her senior thesis at Wellesley College. They remained friends until Alinsky’s death in 1972.
This is rather common knowledge. Since many, if not most democrat politicians, are followers of Alinsky, surely Rick Perry knew of Clinton's communist leanings.Perry was a member of the democrat party until 1989.
One of Alinsky's teachings is to drop the openly radical nonsense, like the terror bombings Obama's buddy Bill Ayers was into. Alinsky advised his pupils to take a bath, cut their hair, and put on a smart suit. The idea was to blend in with the establishment, and eventually BECOME the establishment. It was a good plan that worked out well, for the hard left. They are now part of the establishment.
Hillary was able to blend in and look respectable, but Conservatives saw her coming a mile away when she pounced on health care. It was a disaster for Bill Clinton, as even some democrats opposed the idea, and would be one of the reasons the democrats lost their 40 year control of the House.
But Rick Perry's campaign would have you believe "No one could have imagined the horrible monstrosity she cooked up"? It's more like everyone, but Rick Perry, could imagine it!
This is nothing more than a typical politician trying to spin a horrible decision. A fellow who has a history of supporting plans that Conservatives will never approve of. A candidate who is saying don't look at my record, just listen to my pretty words.
In the end, there are only two possibilities regarding the Clinton letter. Rick Perry really didn't have a clue, which makes him incredibly dumb [and naive] or he and his campaign are being a whole lot less than truthful.
Either way, this is not the sort we need leading this nation. We already have Barack Obama, who is both dumb and a liar.
By Gary P Jackson
After what is expected to be a landmark speech in Iowa on Saturday, Sarah Palin will spend Monday, Labor Day, in the first primary in the nation state of New Hampshire. Sarah will headline a Tea Party Express event.
"We are always thrilled to have Sarah Palin join one of our rallies," Tea Party Express chairman Amy Kremer said in a statement released late Tuesday.
"She is an electrifying figure in conservative politics and a hero to the tea party movement."
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Letter In Which Rick Perry Praises Hillary Clinton For Her Socialized Medicine Scheme Shows A Pattern
By Gary P Jackson
One of our readers sent this a couple of days, now I see Drudge has picked up on it, and Team Perry is scurrying to explain it all. This is more than a letter from one democrat to another, it shows a pattern that Perry can't escape.
From the letter:
I think your efforts in trying to reform the nation’s health care system are most commendable.
I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration to the needs of the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and agriculture workers, and other members of rural communities," Perry continued, noting his administration’s focus on economic development for rural Texans. "Rural populations have a high proportion of uninsured people, rising health care costs, and often experience lack of services.
Again, your efforts are worthy, Perry concluded, "and I hope you will remember this constituency as the task force progresses.
Perry ends his letter:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance
Now in all fairness, Perry was a democrat back then. But despite reports to the contrary, democrats in Texas were and are just as whacked out as any other democrat. And supporting socialized medicine goes against the very fiber of the American soul.
To me, this shows a pattern for Perry, and no, I'm not just talking about the Gardasil fiasco, which was nanny statism and crony capitalism deluxe. Earlier we reported that in 2001, as the REPUBLICAN Governor of Texas, Perry backed a bi-national insurance scheme that would have included Mexico.
Let's not forget that as Charmain of the Republican Governor's Association, Perry teamed up with his democrat counterpart, Joe Manchin to write a series of letters begging Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to pass TARP. Bi-partisanship at it's "finest"!
Perry talks a different story now, but I'd much rather look at the man's actual record as Governor of Texas. No smears, no BS.
The more you dig into Perry's actual record the more you realize that he isn't all that much of an upgrade from the current president. Yes, Perry would make a better president than Obama, but so would almost anyone, that's not a very high standard.
Again, Perry has talked big lately, but with the campaign disavowing much of that fiery rhetoric, it all becomes meaningless.
We all give Mitt Romney hell for creating the first socialized medicine program in America, giving the Obama regime the needed blueprint for a national version of the same thing, on steroids. And we are right in giving Romney hell. That said what Hilary Clinton had proposed, and Perry enthusiastically backed, was not much different. Given the fact Perry backed a plan that would have not only included Texas, but another COUNTRY, please tell me how Perry is much different than Romney?
There's a lot of things in Perry's record as Governor to give Americans great pause. There are better choices.
As a reminder, here's what the great Ronald Reagan had to say about socialized medicine. This applies to HillaryCare, RomneyCare, and ObamaCare.
By Gary P Jackson
One of my favorite things that shows up in my mailbox regularly is Imprimis from Hillsdale College. If you aren't a subscriber, you are missing some great commentary. It's free, so sign up here.
On August 2, 2008, before she was chosen as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin gave a speech outlining Alaska's role in America's future. Specifically she's talking about energy independence, and national security. What strikes me most is Governor Palin's consistency. She was saying the same thing in 2008, before most Americans knew who she was, as she does today in 2011, when everyone knows who she is.
More importantly, she's just as correct today, as she was in 2008. Sarah is the only candidate who seems to understand the link between energy independence and national security. She's absolutely the only one talking about it. She's also the only one with actual executive experience in the energy sector. When she talks energy, she talks from first hand knowledge.
Sarah Palin actually has a solid plan for making America energy independent. A plan that will create millions of jobs, jump start our economy, and make us a lot safer and more secure.
From Imprimis online:
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on August 2, 2008, aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner in Juneau, Alaska, to Hillsdale College friends and supporters during the College’s "North to Alaska" cruise from Seward to Vancouver.
NEXT YEAR IN ALASKA we are celebrating 50 years of statehood. We are still a very young state, and we’re still experiencing some growing pains, perhaps, as we seek opportunities for Alaska to become more self-sufficient and less dependent on the federal government. And the key to our becoming self-sufficient—and doing our part for our fellow Americans—is to develop further our state’s vast natural resource wealth.
Fifty years ago, this was our deal with the federal government—that we pull our own weight. And we’ve already come a long way from being known as "Seward’s Folly," back when Alaska was purchased from the Russians for two cents an acre. We’re earning our keep, largely by tapping our energy resources such as crude oil and liquefied natural gas. In fact, Alaska has our nation’s only liquefied natural gas export facility, located in the south-central Alaska town of Nikiski. But Alaska could and should be doing much more.
Being an Alaskan today is especially exciting and historic, as the energy and fuel crisis in our nation spawns creativity and makes us reevaluate what is important and necessary. As we consider where our energy will come from in the future, Alaska can and must be a big part of the answer. In fact, Alaska has already begun to take the lead on a sorely needed national energy policy. Groundbreaking history was made just up the hill at the capitol building yesterday, as Alaska’s lawmakers voted to award TransCanada Alaska a license to proceed with fieldwork, permitting, and development of the biggest construction project in the history of North America—the building of a natural gas pipeline, a project we have been fighting to begin for three decades. Once constructed, this pipeline will supply four to four-and-one-half billion cubic feet of natural gas per day—roughly six percent of America’s demand—to our fellow countrymen in what we call "the lower 48."
Just to provide some perspective, Alaska has tens of trillions of cubic feet of natural gas under the surface, especially on the North Slope. Alaskans have longed for the right to access our gas and more of our oil to assist in supplying the U.S. market, and now we are finally on the road to doing so. This $30-40 billion infrastructure project—which will be built by the private sector—is one of the most exciting and progressive events in Alaska’s history.
This is a good start, to be sure. But Alaska has much more to offer in the way of resources. And let me tell you clearly that we can do so in a way consistent with good environmental stewardship. Each and every Alaskan recognizes that our most precious resource is the pristine environment in which we are privileged to live and where our "First People" still subsist to this day. No one can love or care for Alaska more than Alaskans. And we who live here recognize that sound science and constantly improving technology make it possible to extract oil and gas safely and responsibly. Furthermore, with gas and fuel prices reaching record highs, oil and gas must be extracted—even as we move in the direction of renewable and alternative sources of energy.
Because of the lagging economy, Americans do not have time for "all talk and no action." Here at home, Alaskans struggle with the highest gas prices in the nation—the cost of gas in parts of Alaska is four to five dollars more per gallon than gas in the lower 48—and many face the choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table. Now other Americans are experiencing the same challenges. And we are in this position only because Alaska’s vast resources are being warehoused underground by Congress—placing us in a ridiculous and difficult position.
The price of oil, and now gasoline, has always been sensitive and subject to events occurring outside the U.S. We have placed ourselves in the position of having to plead with Middle Eastern suppliers to increase production, when instead we could lift the development bans that are keeping us from our own resource independence—namely, the bans relating to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and offshore drilling.
Alaskans find it incredibly frustrating that others—many of whom have never even set foot in our state, much less lived here—dictate how and when we can best use our own resources. Whether over the barren tundra or in our majestic mountains, we have a strong history of responsible development. To date, Alaska has sent more than 15 billion barrels of oil, safely and efficiently, to the lower 48. One look at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System illustrates that development and wildlife can and do coexist.
I’ve heard it said by some politicians that Alaska doesn’t have enough oil to make a difference. I can tell you honestly that we do have enough. And while consultants and experts debate the current energy crisis, Alaska is already preparing for its next role—providing American consumers with a safe and secure domestic source of crude oil and natural gas. In fact, if energy imports were curtailed completely, Alaska could provide our nation with seven years of crude oil independence and an eight-year supply of natural gas. These are numbers that reflect known and recoverable oil and gas deposits.
To repeat, Prudhoe Bay has produced 15 billion barrels of crude oil, and there’s more where that came from in ANWR, which is home to more than ten billion barrels of oil and nine trillion cubic feet of natural gas. I know this is a controversial issue. But most Americans do not realize that of the 20 million acres that make up ANWR, we are asking for the right to access just 2,000 of them—a mere 1/10,000th of the total area. Opening up just that sliver of ANWR—which would create a footprint smaller than the total area of Los Angeles International Airport—could produce enough oil (an estimated one million barrels per day) to ease America’s fuel crisis and greatly reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
It is also estimated that there are 24 billion barrels of recoverable oil and another 104 trillion cubic feet of natural gas offshore. In other words, offshore areas that are geologically promising, such as the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, hold roughly three-and-one-half years of U.S. oil consumption and four-and-one-half years of natural gas.
Congress can make it possible to take advantage of these resources right now, by streamlining access to offshore areas. As usual, outside interests are throwing up roadblocks and manipulating the legal system to achieve their agenda. But we need to bring some sanity back to the legal and permitting processes in the area of energy production.
In calling for bans to be lifted in order to get our nation out of the chokehold of high oil prices and dependence on the Middle East, I am certainly not rejecting the idea of alternative and renewable resources. I believe that we need to move in that direction, ultimately weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels. But we can’t do it overnight—or even over a decade. In Alaska, we have almost limitless opportunities for thermal, wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy. In fact, our capital city of Juneau receives 80 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric energy. Recently we have created a renewable/alternative energy fund with an initial $50 million that will build to $250 million over a five-year period. Yet until the science is fully developed, until all our vehicles are green, we must wisely and responsibly utilize known and given oil and natural gas resources so that we can provide for ourselves.
Alaskans are a very unique kind of people. We hear this on a regular basis from our visitors from the lower 48. One thing that makes us so unique is that we are at once fiercely independent and incredibly community-minded. It may seem as though these two qualities would be in conflict, but I believe they are the complementary qualities which, in tandem, drove the American Revolution. Our forefathers fought and died for liberty and independence, but they did so together. Today, as we seek freedom from dependence on foreign oil—and freedom from having to send our presidents to plead with the Saudis for more oil production—we must join together again, in the spirit of freedom and independence, to gain access to our own energy resources.
I say this to you not just as Alaska’s governor, but as the mother of a soldier—my son, Track, will soon be deploying overseas in service to his country and to a war that is certainly complicated by our dependence on foreign resources.
We must open ANWR and lift the ban on offshore drilling. The science and technology to harvest our resources responsibly and safely are in hand. The time for congressional action and leadership is now.
~ Sarah Palin
Monday, August 29, 2011
By Gary P Jackson
Todd and Sarah Palin are celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary today. Here's some photos of them together:
Todd and Sarah share each others adventures:
Aboard the USS Stennis:
The Iron Dog!
On this date in 2008 Sarah and Todd started out a big adventure:
All things point to an even bigger adventure to come.
Here's wishing Todd and Sarah many more years of happiness together.
There is a neat slideshow of Sarah and Todd together here.
By Gary P Jackson
I have a copy of Rick Perry's Fed Up! on my bookshelf. In the book Perry sounds like the kind of solid conservative Americans would like to have in the movement. I must say I enjoyed the book, and agreed with what was written. Thing is, it seems Perry himself does not.
One of the main themes of the book was going back to the Founder's original intent of a decentralized government, with the states more in charge and responsible for things affecting the people. The entire book is an homage to the Tenth Amendment.
Another strong theme is, Perry wants nothing to do with Washington, or it's politics. He also says [as he has many times] that being Governor of Texas is the "greatest job on earth." And yet, he wants to leave that and go to the cesspool that is D.C.? The D.C. that he said in his book he wanted nothing to do with? Hmm.
Perry has also said that Tenth Amendment stuff was just BS as well, if not in words, then by his actions.
When he first got serious about running for President, and the issue of gay marriage came up, he got it right, at first. It's a states' rights issue. Then when pressured, he flip-flopped faster than Mitt Romney on his best day, and said we need a federal ban on gay marriage.
Same goes for abortion. That Tenth Amendment became meaningless as soon as Perry was approached. The reason Roe v Wade is bad law is because it usurped states' rights. The federal government has no business dealing with this issue. Left alone, most states would ban, or severely limit abortion all on their own. Perry should know this, as Texas, thanks to our legislature, is doing everything it can to limit the slaughter of the innocent.
That said, you can't have it both ways. You either believe the Tenth is the law of the land, or you don't. You can't say you are 100% for it, except when it's inconvenient.
Recently Perry, who talks tough, was called out for statements he made about Social Security. Neil King Jr writes in the Wall Street Journal: [emphasis mine]
Texas Gov. Rick Perry used to be pretty frank when it came to the country’s Social Security system. In his fiery anti-Washington book, "Fed Up!", published last fall when he had no plans to run for president, Mr. Perry called the program, which turned 76 on Monday, "a crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal."
He suggested the program’s creation violated the Constitution. The program was put in place, "at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government," he wrote, comparing the program to a "bad disease" that has continued to spread. Instead of "a retirement system that is no longer set up like an illegal Ponzi scheme," he wrote, he would prefer a system that "will allow individuals to own and control their own retirement."
But since jumping into the 2012 GOP nomination race on Saturday, Mr. Perry has tempered his Social Security views. His communications director, Ray Sullivan, said Thursday that he had "never heard" the governor suggest the program was unconstitutional. Not only that, Mr. Sullivan said, but "Fed Up!" is not meant to reflect the governor’s current views on how to fix the program.
The issue bubbled up Thursday, when a gaggle of protestors confronted Mr. Perry outside a café in Portsmouth, N.H., accusing him of trying to destroy Social Security and Medicare. Mr. Perry didn’t respond when one of the protesters inside the café accused him of believing the Social Security system was unconstitutional.
In an interview, Mr. Sullivan acknowledged that many passages in Mr. Perry’s "Fed Up!" could dog his presidential campaign. The book, Mr. Sullivan said, "is a look back, not a path forward." It was written "as a review and critique of 50 years of federal excesses, not in any way as a 2012 campaign blueprint or manifesto," Mr. Sullivan said.
The campaign’s disavowal of "Fed Up!" is itself very new. On Sunday evening, at Mr. Perry’s first campaign stop in Iowa, a questioner asked the governor to talk about how he would fix the country’s rickety entitlement programs. Mr. Perry shot back: "Have you read my book, ‘Fed Up!’ Get a copy and read it."
In the book, Mr. Perry dings politicians who don’t have the courage to take on Social Security. So what is his position now? "The governor wants to see the benefits for existing retirees and those close to Social Security be strongly protected," Mr. Sullivan said. Beyond that, "he believes a full review and discussion of entitlement reforms need to be had, aimed at seeing that programs like Social Security and Medicare are fiscally responsible and actuarially sound."
The fact that Perry's campaign is saying the book is not a "2012 campaign blueprint or manifesto" while Perry himself is saying "read my book" [rather than just answer a question] should bother voters. It should bother them a lot.
The Perry campaign is saying "don't believe a word in it, it's irrelevant now" while their guy is saying hey, go read my meaningless words!
We already know we can't trust the words written on the page, so why bother?
It's also hypocritical for to Perry call out others who don't have the courage to do something about Social Security, when it sure sounds like he doesn't either.
Now wait, hold the phone, as I write this, I see a new report from the Los Angeles Times. It's all OK now, Perry is back to attacking Social Security again![emphasis mine]
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is standing firm in insisting that Social Security, the federal government’s insurance programs for retirees and disabled, is a Ponzi scheme designed to deceive the young.
In a weekend campaign stop in Ottumwa, Iowa, Perry, who has surged into the lead in the Republican presidential sweepstakes in at least one major poll, repeated his characterization of the social insurance program that is generally supported by the electorate. He has made the same point before, especially in his book, "Fed Up!," though at one point his campaign tried to explain that he had softened his language.
So Perry "softened" his rhetoric, his campaign disavowed his book, and now it's all back on. See, it's all better now!
The Hill reported a few days ago that something else Rick Perry was all for in the book, the "flat tax" is being distanced by the campaign:
The campaign of Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry is being hounded by statements he has made.
The Perry campaign on Monday was, once again, trying to distance itself from another policy prescription in Perry’s book, "Fed Up!," which was released last year.
In the book, Perry argues that the federal government should repeal the 16th Amendment — which grants Congress wide leeway to levy income taxes — and institute instead a "flat tax" that would tax all Americans at the same rate, regardless of income.
But a Perry spokesman conceded Monday that dramatic income tax reform was likely a non-starter, according to The Washington Post. The campaign declined to reaffirm support for the repeal of the 16th Amendment or the passage of a flat or national sales tax, despite continuing to assert that the current tax code is "onerous, complex and confusing."
Read more here.
So which is it?
The book is a full throated defense of the flat tax, and Perry laid out a reasonable plan, but now the campaign "declined to reaffirm support"? Does Perry believe a flat tax is the answer, or not? Or is it all just too damned hard?
How does one count this anyway? Is it a flip-flop, or pure political cowardice?
Sorry, but I want a candidate who says what they mean, and means what they say. I don't want "nuance" or "softened" rhetoric. I don't want someone who'll write a book, and when asked a question, instead of answering, refers people to that book, while at the same time his campaign is saying you can't really believe a word in that book!
I want someone, who when talking tough, and prescribing tough medicine, has the courage of their convictions. Someone who not only knows what must be done, but will actually do it, if elected.
This is vintage Rick Perry though. Talks a good game, but when it's post time, he comes up limp. Texans know this already.
I read Fed Up!. I enjoyed Fed Up!. I'd vote for the character "Rick Perry" portrayed in Fed up!. Sadly, "Rick Perry" is a fictional character, and doesn't exist. The real Rick Perry is just another politician, and not a particularly appealing one at that.
I've asked readers before to look at Perry's record. Not the media nonsense, not the smears, just his actual record as Governor of Texas. That's all one needs to know to understand Perry is not suited for the job of President of these United States.
The book deal proves Perry is just another pandering political hack who wrote Fed Up! because he figured that's what people wanted to hear. I'm not saying Perry didn't believe some of what he wrote. [though his campaign is] What I'm saying is Perry isn't prepared to defend what he said, or live by it.
Perry, like most career politicians can talk the talk, but has no intention of walking the walk.
America deserves better.
By Gary P Jackson
On Sunday night Jedediah Bila and Peter Singleton were guests of Stephen Bannon on KABC Radio’sVictory Sessions.
RuBegonia has the audio. Click here and listen.
By Gary P Jackson
Jedediah Bila takes on the chattering class in a big way. She challenges them to talk about Sarah Palin's actually record, instead of the ridiculous nonsense they are talking about now. It should be noted that she's talking to the Republican Establishment™.
While some pundits are busy calling Sarah Palin thin-skinned, claiming that there is "no space for her" in the 2012 race and incessantly speculating about her potential announcement date, some of us are sitting by laughing, sufficiently amused by typical establishment tactics that have grown tired, old and frankly a little boring.
In a previous column, Jedediah talks about attending a Manhattan cocktail party, filled with hard core lefties. They are quite worried and know that Sarah can win it all, and they understand why.
I'm amazed that it's been "
Jedediah goes on to list what we really need to be discussing. Here are just a few of them:
As governor in 2007, Palin was responsible for the largest veto totals in state history, while investing $1 billion in forward-funding education and fulfilling public safety and infrastructure necessities.
1. Palin invested $5 billion in state savings during a time of economic surplus.
2. Palin reduced spending by 9.5% from 2007 to 2010 and slashed earmark requests by over 80% during her time as governor.
3. Under Palin, Alaska’s total liabilities were reduced by 34.6% overall.
4. As governor, Palin was the CEO of the state and had substantial authority. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, "In Alaska, the Governor has line-item veto power over the budget and can only be overridden by a three-quarters majority of the Legislature."
Jedediah has much more, read it all here.
We all know why the Establishment™ [in both parties] don't want to talk about Governor Sarah Palin's record. Not even Mayor Sarah Palin's record. Both independently and separately, either record shows more ability and success than Barack Obama or any of the current Republican candidates could ever muster.
If we talk about Sarah Palin's actual 20 year record, instead of all of the media created nonsense, it's all over for Obama, the other GOP candidates, and more importantly, the Republican Establishment™. And just like those ladies in Manhattan, they know it too.
**Here is what Sarah Palin's résumé looks like:
* Sports Reporter/Anchor, KTVA-TV Anchorage/KTUU-TV Anchorage/Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (1987 – 1992)
* Co-owner, Commercial Fishing Operation (1988 – present)
* City Council Member, City of Wasilla (1992 – 1996)
* Co-owner, Snow Machine, Watercraft, & All-Terrain Vehicle Business (1994 – 1997)
* Mayor/City Manager, City of Wasilla (1996 – 2002)
* Board Member, Alaska Municipal League (199x – 1999)
* President, Alaska Conference of Mayors (1999 – 2002)
* Chairperson, Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (2003 – 2004)
* Director, Excellence in Public Service, Inc. (2003 – 2005)
* Board Member, Valley Hospital Association (2005 – 2006)
* Governor, State of Alaska (2006 – 2009)
* Chairperson, Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (2008 – 2009)
* Chairperson, National Governors Association Natural Resources Committee (2008 – 2009)
* Vice Presidential Nominee, Republican Party (2008)
* Founder, SarahPAC (2009 – present)
* Speaker, Washington Speakers Bureau (2009 – present)
* Author, Going Rogue: An American Life (2009)
* Contributor, Fox News Channel (2010 – present)
* Author, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag (2010)
* Host/Executive Producer, Sarah Palin’s Alaska (2010)
* Board Member, Salvation Army
* Member, Alaska Miners Association
* Member, Alaska Outdoor Council
* Member, American Management Association
* Member, Chambers of Commerce (Various)
* Member, Iditarod Parent-Teacher Association
* Member, National Rifle Association
* Member, Resource Development Council of Alaska
* Member, Youth Court Steering Committee
* Coach/Hockey Team Manager, Valley Youth Sports
This doesn't include all of the work she did in 2010, helping take back the House, and add numbers to the Senate, or the work she did in local and state elections. Nor does it count the many ways she has changed the national debate since 2008. It does however show someone who has a wealth of experience both in politics and the real world. Please note that as Mayor, Palin was term limited, and the terms were three years long.
** H/T Pennsylvanians for Palin
On November 6, 2003, Mexican President Vicente Fox publicly thanked Rick Perry for offering in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.
By Gary P Jackson
How is it, people from another country, whether they are here legally or illegally, can get a deal on college tuition, when American citizens from other states cannot?
Something to ponder, just as RomneyCare was the blueprint for ObamaCare, Rick Perry's Dream Act will serve as the blueprint for a national version. In fact, it already is.
Something else, how is allowing illegals a chance to attend Texas universities, and subsidizing it with in-state tuition, not a form of Amnesty? Think about it. Instead of arresting them, they are giving them a college I.D.
Is this the sort of America we want?
By Gary P Jackson
Barack Obama is a thug. A Chicago street thug, and nothing more. In case you really don't know what a "community organizer" is, at least as far as democrats go, they are like mob enforcers. Groups like ACORN, where Obama used to work, and the purple shirted SEIU union leg breakers, are nothing more than thugs for hire. They are paid mobs who show up where ever they are told to to intimidate whoever is being targeted. Often violence occurs.
This is the environment Barack Obama spent his formative years working in.
There are many examples of the Obama regime targeting specific businesses and organizations for destruction. The latest is Gibson Guitars. The regime has been hassling the company over the exotic woods it uses for it's fretboards. The same wood other companies use without any problems whatsoever.
Last week the regime's Justice Department went after Gibson again, over their use of Indian rosewood. It should be noted the Indian government, as far as we can tell, has lodged no protests or asked for any investigations. Again, other guitar companies use the same exact wood, and the regime has no issues with them.
It should also be noted that Gibson's CEO Henry Juszkiewicz is a Republican and support's Republican candidates. Also Gibson is a non-union shop. These tactics are an obvious attempt to intimidate Gibson in the fine tradition of another famous Chicagoan, Al Capone.
Dana Loesch interviewed Henry Juszkiewicz for her radio show:
This wood must be certified before it's used, and according to Juszkiewicz the wood Gibson is using has been certified as good to go.
The plot gets thicker, as it always does with the regime. John Nolte at Big Hollywood reports:
One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of elections
Nolte goes on to point out Martin uses the exact same wood Gibson does. Read more about this here.
This is how Obama and the regime work.
The story of how Obama and his campaign chief-of-staff Pete Rouse, along with Phil Munger, recruited Alaska bloggers and other malcontents to harass Sarah Palin during the 2008 elections, and after she returned home, filing dozens of bogus ethics complaints, as well as planting false stories in the media, is well documented. Once in office, Rouse ran the operation out of the West Wing of the White House. In case you're not familiar with all of this, here's our latest on the subject.
This is not the only attempt by Obama to intimidate Governor Palin though. In 2009 Obama decided to target the surviving members of the Alaska Territorial Guard, the brave men who defended Alaska when the Japanese invaded during WWII. The group is now known as The Alaska Defense Force. We're talking a handful of men, 26 in all, but Obama cut off their pensions, citing priorities for a military spending bill. There was no reason for this, other than to mess with Alaska. As Commander-in-Chief of the ADF, Governor Palin took quick action, fought the regime, and got these men reinstated. She also signed into law a bill that insured they were paid by Alaska while all of this was going on.
This was a thuggish and childish act. The regime has tried to stop Governor Palin's gasline, as well.
There are plenty more examples: Also in 2009, when the regime basically took over the Chrysler Corporation, breaking centuries worth of contract law in the process, it was noted many of the dealerships forced to close were owned by Republicans. Mark Tapscott reported:
Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Republicans. What started earlier this week as mainly a rumbling on the Right side of the Blogosphere has gathered some steam today with revelations that among the dealers being shut down are a GOP congressman and closing of competitors to a dealership chain partly owned by former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty.
The basic issue raised here is this: How do we account for the fact millions of dollars were contributed to GOP candidates by Chrysler who are being closed by the government, but only one has been found so far that is being closed that contributed to the Obama campaign in 2008?
Read more here.
Of the the action by the regime, Todd J. Ziwicki wrote:
The rule of law, not of men -- an ideal tracing back to the ancient Greeks and well-known to our Founding Fathers -- is the animating principle of the American experiment. While the rest of the world in 1787 was governed by the whims of kings and dukes, the U.S. Constitution was established to circumscribe arbitrary government power. It would do so by establishing clear rules, equally applied to the powerful and the weak.
Fleecing lenders to pay off politically powerful interests, or governmental threats to reputation and business from a failure to toe a political line? We might expect this behavior from a Hugo Chávez. But it would never happen here, right?
We all remember the huge floods that devastated Nashville and the surrounding areas. Obama was nowhere to be found. And when half of Texas was on fire this year, the regime flat out refused to send disaster relief.
The regime is going after Boeing because they dared to build a new aircraft in the Right-to-Work state of South Carolina, out of the reach of union thugs.
One could fill an entire book with instances of Obama's gangster government intimidating businesses and groups. It's evil, and immoral.
I know one thing, if you are looking for a new guitar, check out Gibson's line-up. They could use our support. Don't let the regime get away with bullying them!
Let's end this with one of our favorite Gibson guitar slingers, Carolyn Wonderland from Austin, Texas, as we think about Obama's judgement day, which will come real soon:
Friday, August 26, 2011
By Gary P Jackson
Erick Erickson, editor of Red State and CNN commentator, weighs in on Sarah Palin's potential run for the presidency. As expected he finds nothing new, or even creative, to tell his readers, only that Sarah Palin likely won't run, and surely couldn't win if she did.
I'll give him this, unlike the rest of his fellow travelers in the Republican Establishment™, at least he admits Sarah has said she won't be announcing on September 3, in Iowa, something Palin supporters already know.
That said, it's just the typical boring crap everyone else says, including the "she can't string her supporters along forever" tripe. Palin's supporters know her and trust her, most have been solidly with her since 2008, some of us long before. She's our candidate, not only because of who she is, but who she isn't. By that I mean she is not like anyone currently in the field. She has a solid record, can point to big accomplishments, and is by far the best vetted candidate we've seen in our lifetimes. There are no surprises with Sarah Palin waiting to bite us in the butt.
We don't think she's stringing us along, we feel she has a solid strategy and is sticking to it. We also feel she has the best record and by far the best ability to do what must be done to save our Republic.
What gets me about Erickson is he quotes Organize4Palin's Peter Singleton, a man he claims to "know and respect," in his little tirade. Our readers know who Singleton is. He spent much of the day with Sarah Palin when she was at the Iowa State Fair. In a lengthy interview with Tammy Bruce, Peter describes what he has been doing, and is asking for volunteers to mount a solid 2012 campaign.
An honest man, especially one who "knows and respects" Singleton, would understand that none of this would be going on if signals weren't sent during the meeting between Sarah and Peter. And yet ....
Of course, the truth wouldn't help Erickson's latest flavor of the month candidate, Rick Perry, who announced at Erickson's yearly get together. Now I know some will be angered at me for calling Erickson a Perry shill with an agenda. Deal with it..
Perry supporters have been spreading the "she'll sit this one out and endorse our guy" BS for months, something Governor Palin herself put an end to when she tweeted an article by Contributing Editor Whitney Pitcher, something we discussed here.
Since that won't work any longer, the "it's too late for her to run" or "she can't win anyway" silliness is in full bloom from these clowns. Funny, there are four or five others who have said they may jump in the race, and there is never any mention of it being too late for them. I wonder why!
Riddle me this: If it's too late, and she can't win, why is so much effort being expended trying to stop her from even attempting a run?
Erickson as much as admitted his nothing more than a puppet for his corporate masters when he abruptly stopped supporting solid Virginia Tea Party senate candidate Jamie Radtke and got behind George Allen, because Allen is buddies with the owners of Red State's parent company. All well and good, but it sort of takes Erickson and Red State out of the "trusted and respected" category of websites, doesn't it.
You'll be reading a lot more about the Red State- Radtke fiasco in the coming weeks, some are even calling it a "proxy war between Governor Palin and Governor Perry. I don't know about that, but according to what I'm reading, Erickson blew that last ounce of what little credibility he had, by the actions he's taken against Jamie Radtke, a fine, solid Tea Party candidate, he once supported.
In other words, Erickson is nothing more than the type of paid political mercenary we all detest. The sort whose convictions are tied to a paycheck. A paid shill.
Full disclosure, when I first started blogging, and was trying to figure all of this out, I had a dairy at Red State and was banned. Being a Palin supporter I was never all that welcomed, and several of the regulars there were loud and nasty Palin haters, posting the same old lies we've all seen before in the comments section. It seems they got quite upset when called out for it. And as our readers know, none of us here are bashful. We'll call people out. That didn't set well with the frat boys at Red State!
That was a blessing though as it got me off my butt, and I started my own blog.
That was a long time ago. This is today. And today we have a serious problem with a phony conservative posing as a journalist, giving an opinion of a candidate that is not based in reality.One who'll throw his support behind good candidates one minute, then throw them under the bus the next.
All of us have strong opinions, that's why we got into blogging in the first place, but most of us try to base our thoughts and opinions on facts, not who writes our paychecks.