Saturday, December 11, 2010

Governor Palin on Haiti: "I've Really Enjoyed Meeting this Community"



I'm hearing she'll speak with Greta about Haiti on Monday. In any event, Governor Palin said the following about the Haiti visit:

I've really enjoyed meeting this community...They are so full of joy. We are so fortunate in America and we are responsible for helping those less fortunate. Samaritan's Purse is still here doing the tough work.

The link above has a ton of pictures. Greta has some as well. Bristol is there as well (I believe Cissie is married to a football player on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

If you find anything else, let us know. Here's how the AP is playing it.

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Governor Palin in Haiti/Open Thread



Hopefully we'll hear more about her visit throughout the day. In the meantime, here's the open thread for the day:

-Tony Lee in Human Events: Why Sarah Palin is the Boise State of Politics

-Wall Street Journal: "I’m a hunter, and to me Palin’s show was Emmy-worthy for its honesty, modesty, and it’s effective portrayal and celebration of the hunting experience."

-Rex Murphy defends Governor Palin in the National Post.

What else is going on today?


Update by Sheya: I'm working on getting PalinTV and Organize4Palin back up, as a result there will be no In Her Own Words post tonight. You can view any of the previous videos in the series here or, if you missed it, watch the Sunday Night's on PalinTV series.

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Governor Palin Arrives in Haiti



The Associated Press reports:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has arrived in Haiti, an impoverished nation struggling to overcome post-election violence and a cholera epidemic.

Palin arrived Saturday with the Rev. Franklin Graham as part of a humanitarian mission by his Samaritan's Purse relief organization.

Group spokeswoman Roseann Denny says details about Palin's itinerary are not being released for security reasons.

The potential U.S. presidential candidate is expected to visit the Haitian capital and stop by cholera-treatment centers and other projects of Graham's charity group.

Update:
Several photos of the trip here. (ht/Bean Counter)

More here.

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Can a Supposedly Unbiased Softball Interview Television Special Possibly have a Biased Agenda?



Apparently so when it involves Governor Palin.

On Thursday night was Barbara Walters yearly special The 10 Most Fascinating People on ABC. For the third year in a row, Governor Palin was one of the ten people profiled on the special. We posted the interview here last night.

When I watched it live, I didn't think much of it, but after re-watching it a couple of times yesterday I was struck by the apparent large amount of editing that was done to the pre-taped interview (it was conducted last month when Governor Palin was in New York for FOX News election night coverage). I also remembered these two tweets from Ram later that night after the show aired:

Barbara Walters edited the hell out of that interview with @SarahPalinUSA. It would be nice if they released the whole thing.

They cut out @SarahPalinUSA's full answer about her reading habits among other things. Let's see the whole thing, ABC. Come on.

Then yesterday, John Ziegler had an interesting story in the Daily Caller which pretty much backed up my suspicions and shows how the mainstream media always seems to ever so subtly try and show Governor Palin in a negative light even in supposedly unbiased softball interviews. Ziegler writes (emphasis mine):
During the very short portion of Walters’ interview with Sarah Palin that was shown to the public, Walters managed to refer to Palin as “scary,” “polarizing,” and “uniformed” (twice). She also regurgitated the “what do you read?” question, blamed Palin for Republicans not taking the Senate (wait, I thought the media would make someone a hero if they thought they saved the Senate for Democrats!), and questioned the validity of her marriage. All of this happened on a special where the toughest question is generally “whom are you dating?” and coming right behind an entire hour where Oprah wasn’t asked about any of the numerous scandals from her twenty-five-year career.

The "uninformed" word Walters used twice to continue pushing the false narrative about Governor Palin being uninformed is especially amusing. Ironically, the media themselves continue to be the ones uninformed about Governor Palin. Ziegler continues:
OK, so ABC and Barbara Walters are biased against Sarah Palin. Obviously this is not news. However, what should be “news” is that Walters would have the audacity to twice refer to Palin as “uniformed.” This was outrageous not just because Walters didn’t even attempt to give an actual example of Palin being “uninformed,” but also because Walters herself has proven to be comically “uniformed” when it comes to alleged Palin transgressions.

When I was promoting the first release of my documentary film, “Media Malpractice… How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted,” and after Walters nearly put her shaking finger through my chest while we debated on “The View,” I did Walters’ radio show and was shocked when Walters revealed that she was likely one of the many Obama voters who was under the delusion that Palin had told Charlie Gibson, “I can see Russia from my house,” rather than what Palin had actually said which was the very different, “You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

To be fair there were some good parts in the interview which showed Governor Palin in a positive light, for example when The First Dude husband Todd joined them to talk about their life together and wonderful marriage and family. However, we don't know and will probably never know how much positive content of the interview was left on the cutting floor.

Update: Well maybe we do... late yesterday afternoon on his radio show, Mark Levin had this to say about what Governor Palin reads. Via The Right Scoop:

So I guess ABC and Walters don't want the public to know that Governor Palin reads one of most informative and best selling conservative books written in the last 2 years? By the way, C4P readers may remember this photo taken of Governor Palin in 2009:


(h/t Adrienne)

Yes, this Unbiased Softball Interview Television Special had no biased agenda to show that Governor Palin is "uninformed" or hide that she reads certain books. I would hope after 2+ years of debunking this ridiculous narrative the public will finally realize Governor Palin is VERY informed and reads many kinds of books and publications. Again, it's also interesting to note to the viewers of this Unbiased Softball Interview Television Special that the host of the show that has years of experience as a so called journalist is the one "uninformed" about Governor Palin.

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Saturday Open Thread



Charles Krauthammer: Swindle of the Year

Andrew Stiles: Flake vs. Rogers on Appropriations

Jonah Goldberg: When Words Fail

John Podhoretz: This Is What Happens When You Get Engulfed by a Wave

Jay Cost: Empty Threats From the Left

John Rosenthal: Tax Deductible WikiLeaks

Byron York: Obama Honors Nobel winner With Statement About Himself

Ed Morrissey: Nader: Obama’s a “Con Man,” Hints at Indie Run in 2012

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Joe Miller's Statement on Today's State Court Ruling



The Joe Miller campaign has released the following statement:

The purpose of the legal action is to ensure that the integrity of the vote is upheld. The Miller Campaign believes that every valid write-in ballot should be counted, but not those that fail to meet the standard established by the state legislature. Additionally, the core American values of equal protection under the law and fundamental fairness in this election require that the Miller ballots are counted and reviewed in the same fashion as Lisa Murkowski's, by hand, and that the count includes only those who are eligible to vote. When we've ensured that these issues have been addressed, then we'll have an accurate count, and if Lisa Murkowski's tally is greater than Joe's, then he will certainly honor that result.

Here's Tom Lamb's take on today's ruling. Miller should continue to pursue every legal avenue available until there are none left regardless of how long it takes. Remember that the results of the Alaska Senate election still have not been certified.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

More from Governor Palin's Interview with TIME Magazine



Here is a full transcript of her interview with TIME Magazine's Jay Newton-Small. Here's an excerpt:

Why do you think you can beat Barack Obama?

In 2012, Barack Obama will have what he did not have in 2008: a record in office. Americans have seen over the past two years what that record is and what he really stands for. My vision of America is diametrically opposed to his. He sees America as the problem. I see America as the solution — if only our creative energy, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial spirit were not shackled and stymied by government. He believes in radical transformation to move us in the direction of the failed ideologies that so many of our allies in Europe are now trying to shake off as they face economic turmoil. I believe in restoration of the time-tested principles of the free market and individual liberty that have historically made us free and prosperous and peaceful and strong — as "the abiding beacon of freedom" and "the last best hope of earth" that Reagan and Lincoln called us.

By the way, if anyone cites the left-leaning Marist-McClatchy Poll, let that person know that she has cut Obama's 23-point lead in half in just sixteen months.

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Obama Bombs on Mythbusters/Open Thread



Welcome back everyone. What's going on today? Here's the news:

-Obama completely bombed on Mythbusters as only 2.2 million people tuned in to watch him. Around 1.9 million watch that show the previous week. So Obama could only add an anemic 300,000 to the viewing audience. Meanwhile, his current book, along with his last two books, have completely bombed as well.

-Jay Newton-Small from TIME notes that "the book she recommended in an interview with Barbara Walters last night, Confessions of an All-Night Runner, went from No. 13,086 to No. 4,764 on Amazon's most read list overnight" and that she's focusing more on her "serious side."

-Greta provides a preview of what'll she be doing with Governor Palin in Haiti. Here's what is going on in Haiti at the moment. They are headed out tomorrow.

-Governor Palin and Cubachi respond to Richard Wolffe's attack on C.S. Lewis.

-Aaron Sorkin: clueless Hypocrite who is uninformed about hunting, livestock farms and slaughterhouses

-Aaron Goldstein responds to David Zurawik's incoherent and rambling attack on Governor Palin.

-This news may provide you with more comfort about this week's Sarah Palin's Alaska. The Governor alludes to this in her preview of the episode.

-Here's the breakdown thus far of the 2012 Republican Delegate Allocation.

PalinTV and Organize4Palin are still down. But SarahPAC is back up and running. You can make a donation to her PAC here.

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10 Qualifications Sarah Palin Has Over Five Recent Presidents (Part Two)




Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series on Governor Sarah Palin’s qualifications for the presidency. We hope Barbara Walters reads both of them so she can be more "informed" for her next interview with Governor Palin, whenever that might occur. She might even be able to ask an intelligent question.
Qualification: an essential skill, quality, or attribute that makes somebody suitable for a job, activity, or task.
In the first part of our series, we explored Governor Sarah Palin’s nearly two decades of experience as a city councilor, mayor and governor, her work as an oil and gas regulator, and as an advocate for children and families. All of which distinguish her not only from potential Republican rivals, but from five recent presidents.

In this piece we examine Sarah Palin’s personal narrative. Given that voters select presidents not just for job experience, but overall life story, these softer qualifications cannot be dismissed. Who can forget Bill Clinton’s compelling characterization of himself as the “Man from Hope,” or George W. Bush’s promise to bring a "Fresh Start" to D.C. after myriad Clinton scandals. And as a nation braved two Middle East conflicts and a Fannie Mae-fueled liquidity crisis, Obama captured voter imagination with stirring speeches and the buoyant prospects of electing our first African-American president.

Does Palin’s narrative suit the times? Let’s examine five characteristics of her biography that may resonate extremely well in 2012, and even distinguish her from recent presidents.

(Continued from Qualifications 1-5 in part one)

6. Working class.

At a time when so many Americans simply want to get back to work, Sarah and Todd Palin’s working-class background might prove a welcome contrast to the Ivy-League-attorney-power couples and bluebloods who have graced the White House in recent years. Uniquely attuned to the concerns of the hardworking little guy, the Palins don't just pay lip service to working families: they are a working family. Indeed, Todd Palin, the former “First Dude” of Alaska, is proudly blue collar – a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and United Steelworkers unions. Perhaps unlike any first spouse before him, Todd’s life work requires him to get his hands dirty, really dirty, both as a commercial fisherman in summers on Bristol Bay and also as a former oil-field production operator on Alaska’s remote North Slope.

Palin describes her husband in Going Rogue:
Todd Palin roared into my life in a 1972 Ford Mustang. Handsome and independent, he was part Yupik Eskimo. … He didn't come from a wealthy family but from a very hardworking family. […] As a blue-collar union hand, a production operator wearing a hard hat and steel-toed boots, Todd wasn't calling the shots for the [BP] corporate bosses in London. In fact, I told Alaskans, "Todd's not in management. He actually works."
Given our need to restore manufacturing jobs in this country, Todd Palin’s experience in an important industry and in North America’s largest industrial union (700,000-plus members) could prove valuable in an advisory capacity. As first gentleman of Alaska, Todd Palin counseled Governor Palin on workforce development issues for the natural gas pipeline she championed. Sarah Palin herself was given honorary membership in the IBEW union as she pursued private-sector energy projects. The overhyped emails released in February of this year, showed Todd Palin providing input to his wife on what you might expect: marine regulation, wildfires, native Alaskan issues, oil shale leasing, and Bureau of Land Management deals. While reporters suggested Todd played an alarmingly large policy role, strangely, no emails ever surfaced showing that he advised the governor on how to ban bake sales at public schools. Apparently, Todd Palin stuck to issues he knew, where he could be of value, and didn't try to impose half-baked views on others.

At the end of the day, unlike some of her would-be GOP rivals and recent presidents, Sarah Palin can authentically relate to the fears and concerns of “working families” and will no doubt continue to reach out to her union “brothers and sisters” – as she has done on Facebook. She knows union bosses in bed with liberal politicians do not necessarily represent the views of more conservative rank-and-file members. In this regard, Palin might be better positioned than two recent Republican presidents (both named Bush) to woo the elusive Reagan Democrats that powered President Reagan to two landslide victories.

7. Tea Party folk hero.

Galvanized by opposition to mounting federal debt and a shared belief that our leaders aren't listening, the Tea Party  has emerged as the most powerful grassroots political movement in America since the 1960s anti-war movement. In actuality, it's much larger than the anti-war movement because of its broad popular appeal. In her book America by Heart, Palin said of the Tea Party:

“This is the central political struggle facing America today, being played out right here … [Tea Party opponents] want something more from government … [Tea Partiers] are the ones paying the bills.”
Tea Party groups began sprouting up seemingly overnight in 2009 after CNBC’s Rick Santelli griped on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile about another federal bailout for defaulting mortgage holders. Santelli, like others before him, lamented our government’s flippant disregard for moral hazard, the principle that poor choices should result in negative consequences, not rewards. Santelli and other free marketers believed that bailing out irresponsible behavior erodes the incentive to work hard and to make wise choices. Not to mention the fact that it creates artificial markets, like the one that drove the mortgage option market and crashed the nation's financial system in 2008. Santelli encouraged Chicago traders to dump mortgage derivatives into Lake Michigan in protest. Subsequent outrage over further bailouts and the stimulus package led Tea Party groups to host April 15th tax protests, and make their voices heard at spirited townhall meetings in the summer of 2009. An estimated one million Tea Partiers marched on Washington on September 12, 2009, in advance of the Obamacare votes in Congress.

The Tea Party showed up to vote in the 2010 midterms, helping the GOP flip a modern record of more than 70 seats in the house and senate as well as pick up 11 governorships. High-profile wins included Marco Rubio, and Palin-endorsed Rand Paul, Nikki Haley, Pat Toomey, Sean Duffy, Renee Ellmers, and Allen West.

Governor Sarah Palin arguably stands at the heart of the Tea Party movement, along with sympathetic Congressional leaders such as Ron Paul, Jim DeMint, Mike Pence, and Michelle Bachmann. Palin was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Tea Party Nation convention in February 2010, as 200-plus members of the worldwide media hung on her every word (and hand note). Palin would go on to rally with the Tea Party Express in Boston, Searchlight, Nev., and Phoenix, and was the only politician invited to speak at Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally that attracted some 500,000 Tea Party-minded folks to the nation’s capital this past August.

Conservative blogger and Oklahoma Tea Partier C.B. Kurtz described Sarah Palin’s influence on the movement, starting almost from the moment she appeared on the national stage.

“In the months that followed the announcement of Gov. Palin’s addition to the McCain ticket, millions of people quite similar to Gov. Palin in attitude, background and yes, politics, began to get fed up about the direction of this country. Following her stem-winding, cork-popping, status-gouging speech at the Republican National Convention, suddenly millions of Americans realized that we don’t have to sit back and take it quietly. Tea Parties started brewing, quietly at first, and then, all the sudden, they were everywhere. Gov. Palin was that first bubble of black gold (like the oil discovered by Jed Clampett), and all of us behind her have come rushing out in a tidal wave ... ”
8. Former journalist.

Governor Palin communicates regularly with her 2.5 million Facebook friends , giving her a potential audience roughly the size of the paid circulations of the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times combined. She also tweets to 325,000 Twitter followers, imparting wisdom in 140-bit snippets. Anyone who has ever actually read a Palin Facebook essay or op-ed, sees her ability to write concise, timely and even witty copy on a variety of topics from economics to national security. She has penned two best-selling books in the two years since running for vice president. Going Rogue chronicled her upbringing and two decades in public life, while her new book, America By Heart, lays out her political vision grounded in her love of family, faith and country. Palin’s prodigious writing should surprise no one given that she actually studied to become a journalist, earning her degree and a minor in political science from the University of Idaho.

She describes her favorite journalism experiences in her memoir, Going Rogue:

During semesters in college and summers back in Alaska, I interned at a couple of TV sports desks. I covered high school and college sports, putting together packages and writing sports copy [and anchoring]. I loved the intensity of the newsroom, the deadlines, the adrenaline. Unmarried and with no kids, I spent hours and hours at the station… I also began paying more and more attention to the [political] chatter from the news desk, especially at an Anchorage NBC affiliate. In Alaska, we don't have big-league professional sports teams or many celebrities (except famous dog mushers), so for many up here politics is just another sport. So even as I covered sports, my interest in public policy and how it affected people continued to grow.
As a former journalist, Palin remains fiercely outspoken about the importance of press freedom, calling it a keystone of our democracy. She also believes in holding the media accountable, challenging unprincipled reporters to “Stop making things up.” Her critiques of the "lamestream media" proved sagacious this summer when the JournoList scandal revealed hundreds of liberal journalists conspiring to prop up Obama’s candidacy in 2008 and to smear Governor Palin from the day she was nominated for vice president. This unethical behavior among some reporters has taken a toll. Gallup recently found that a record 57% of Americans don’t trust the media. Another Pew study showed a whopping 82% of Americans think the press is biased. In calling attention to this bias, Palin has done more than perhaps any other political leader to demand media accountability. Through her speaking and writing, she also has shown the ability to “go around the media,” directly to the people, similar to another famous ex-Governor. President Ronald Reagan, also a former sports reporter, was called the “Great Communicator.” Palin may as well be tagged as the “Great Social Mediator”.

9. Commercial fisherwoman.

President Obama’s administration has brought together a team with less real-world business experience than any administration in 100 years. Indeed, Obama himself is a career social activist who eschewed private sector work his entire life. His key advisers are also glaringly inexperienced when it comes to owning or managing an enterprise, except the enterprise called government and government largess. If she were to win the nomination and compete for the presidency, Sarah Palin no doubt would attack Obama’s business-unfriendly policies, and his hostility to the entrepreneurial spirit that built this country. And she will speak from personal experience – as a small business owner. Palin has been fishing the waters of Bristol Bay in summers with her husband since their courtship days. As co-owner of his commercial enterprise, she is well-familiar with the ups and downs of business cycles, and well aware of the risk-taking mindset required for success. She also knows the impact of government policy on business decisions.

Todd and Sarah Palin hail from extended families that have owned gas stations, hotels, and stores, in addition to fishing operations. As mayor, Palin spurred business growth by reducing tax and regulatory burdens. She recognized that businesses thrive on predictable government policy, a point she makes in speeches lamenting the current uncertainty of the tax code and the scepter of Obamacare hanging over entrepreneurs' heads. She also sees natural kinship between a family fishing enterprise and a family farm. Both rely on hard work, God's grace, and a devotion to natural resource stewardship. Palin understands that no one cares more about the land or water than those who earn their livelihood from them. More than most others, Palin understands the need to protect the environment, because prosperity depends on it.

She described the devastation to the fishing industry from the Exxon-Valdez spill in Going Rogue:

The effects rippled through the state like aftershocks. ... Alaska fish products make up an $8 billion industry and produce more than 62 percent of all the United States' wild seafood. ... Fishermen watched helplessly as fish processors posted the price they'd pay for our wild salmon caught that season; it plummeted by 65 percent, from $2.35 to 80 cents a pound. The fish will fetch ten times that much once it hit markets in the Lower 48 and overseas, but processors insisted they could pay the fishermen only minimal prices for a product perceived as "tainted." With the polluted Sound unfishable and incomes dried up, banks repossessed scores of commercial fishing vessels, leaving hundreds of people jobless, unable to pay their mortgages and other bills. Entire commericial salmon and herring fisheries closed after the disaster.

No doubt should Sarah Palin run for president, one of her first stops might just be the Gulf Coast. In the wake of the horrific BP spill this year (four times worse than Valdez) and botched government response, Palin, more than any recent president can empathize with the struggling fishery enterprises there. Moreover, as a former oil and gas regulator, she knows the delicate balance between opening up energy development and requiring that firms operate responsibly.

10. Mother of a combat vet.

If being a “wise Latina” counts as one credential toward serving on the Supreme Court, then surely being a “soldier’s mother” bolsters the bonafides of a potential commander-in-chief-- especially when combined with all of Governor Palin’s other accomplishments in elected office. After all, this is a self-made woman who fought corruption and the good old boys all the way to the top of her rugged state while raising five children, including now one with special needs (Trig) and another, Track, who completed a tour of duty in Iraq before the end of combat operations there. In interviews, the patriotic Palin counts raising a soldier son as her proudest accomplishment. Indeed, the fact that one of her children enlisted to serve in a time of war distinguishes her from five recent presidents and potential 2012 rivals.

In America By Heart, Palin reflects on Track's service:

I look at these kids and I think, They could be off partying on spring break or working their way up a high-powered career ladder. What motivates them to put all that aside for a military enlistment? ...During the year they spent in the Diyala Province, [Track's] Stryker Brigade lost many soldiers. ... Our military men and women fight -- and die -- to defend our freedom. They do their duty. But we have a duty as well. Our duty is to cherish the great gift they have given us; to honor their service and their memory by preserving what Lincoln so memorably called "government of the people, by the people and for the people."
War will be on the ballot in 2012 as the United States attempts to extricate itself from the lingering quagmire in Afghanistan, where more American soldiers died this year than in any other year of the conflict. Sarah Palin has articulated the need for a clear mission and strategy for victory. She not only has the experience of serving as Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska National Guard, and visiting troops in Kuwait, she knows the anguish of waiting for news on a loved one overseas, giving her a unique viewpoint from which to evaluate military decisions. Unlike our current president beholden to his liberal base, she would be less likely to play politics with war. She's seen it up close and personal: Track enlisted on September 11th 2007, and embarked on his service to Iraq on September 11th, 2008, just as she was running for vice president, only the second woman to do so. For one year, while simultaneously taking round-after-round of political hits, Sarah Palin endured the worry only a soldier's mother knows. She suffered a media lynching, ironically, while her son bravely defended freedom of the press and the other freedoms we so often take for granted in America.

As she tells it, her son's service to our country is something no one can take away from her. This would be true whether she runs for president, or settles down to a quiet life in Wasilla with her family, two scenarios that for her probably hold equal value.

But since we know her life will never be quiet regardless, we're hoping she steps up to show the world just how qualified she really is for the highest office in the land. We've laid out ten points of distinction in this series, but the real list might be as vast as the golden Alaskan horizon and as deep as a mother’s love.

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News You Might Have Missed



We've been on-and-off this past week. It turned out to be a busier week than expected in terms of Palin news. Here's the news for the week that you may have missed as we were dealing with dedicated cyber-thugs:

-She's on the cover of this week's TIME Magazine. She tells Jay-Newton Small that she'd be willing to give up the life she has right now because "because the country is more important than my ease."

-Even Mediaite concedes "Joe Scarborough Is Dead Wrong on Sarah Palin."

-Another Democrat Party lie about Governor Palin bites the dust. Did Governor Palin really leave a comment in response to a post by C4P regular Canary in that blog post on SPAlaska?

-America By Heart is #9 on USA Today's Best-Seller list among all books. As you can see from the same list, Obama's new book continues to bomb in the same way his last two books bombed.

-She'll be signing books at the Anchorage Costco on the 18th from 11 AM-2 PM.

-She endorsed Paul Ryan's roadmap in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. The socially moderate Ace of Spades said that Palin did "the one thing she could have done to get me on board with her candidacy." James Pethokoukis says it's a "huge 2012 move."

-The Samaritan's Purse blog announces Governor Palin and Greta Van Susteren "are scheduled to accompany Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham on a trip to Haiti this weekend to help highlight the desperate needs in the country."

-It's unclear whether she's planning on going to England and Israel next year.

-Politico concedes the following about Palin's hunting. "Technically, it wasn’t perfect, but to me it seemed honest. Unlike a lot of shows that cut everything out, that was a fairly honest hunt...She has probably hunted big game a number of times. She probably hunts once a year or every couple years."

-She previews this Sunday's episode.

I hope we are now all caught up. Did I miss any other major story?

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Susannah Fleetwood: Sarah Palin Makes Liberals Act Like Weirdos



Palin (Family) Derangement Syndrome has risen to heretofore unseen levels with the Left going after 20-year-old Bristol Palin in various and diverse ways as well as coming after 16-year-old Willow Palin, while still saving time for mouth-foaming at everything their mother Sarah does. Between whining over Bristol's DWTS success and body size, to obsessing over Willow's Facebook page, to failing to understand Sarah's obvious snark, who can argue that the left isn't stark-raving mad?

This is a fun takedown of some of the recent PDS outbreaks by Susannah Fleetwood of RightWingNews.

Question–hey Lefties, first of all, you have to know that calling Bristol Palin a “fat hooker” is not a good way to win friends and influence people, right? I mean, Bristol Palin probably wears a size six or a size eight–most American women wear a size ten (Marilyn Monroe wore a size twelve). Do you really think that calling the majority of American women “fat” is a winning strategy for you?

Second of all, you guys do realize that this is just a television show and that normal people don’t freak out or want to shoot the TV because Bristol Palin won, right? Full disclosure here–I’ve never seen an episode of Dancing With the Stars (I’ve watched clips on YouTube), but if one of the Obama girls happen to make it to the finals in a few years, I would be quite happy for her (even if she wasn’t that great of a dancer).

Now, having your head explode over Bristol Palin making it to the finals on Dancing With the Stars is not the only symptom of Palin Derangement Syndrome–apparently, Sarah Palin’s Facebook postings are enough to give a lot of liberals the vapors. For instance, Andrew Sullivan recently wrote a piece whining about Sarah Palin mocking Barack Obama’s famous “57 states gaffe”, and accused her of “trashy behavior” (but, he didn’t say what was “trashy” about her behavior).

[Hey Andrew, by "trashy behavior", do you mean spreading internet rumors that a woman's baby is not really her own, and is that of her teenage daughter? Because that would be you Andrew, not Sarah Palin. But, I digress.]

Well, if Sullivan had any sense of humor at all, he would have written that Palin’s Facebook post was funny and admitted that she had a point that the media tends to give Obama a pass on his gaffes, but tends to hammer everyone else on theirs (as even SNL pointed out during the Democratic primary). Normal people like people who can laugh at themselves and respond very well to self-deprecating humor.

However, Sullivan was not only upset by Sarah Palin’s recent Facebook post, but her daughter Willow’s as well (where she gets involved with trash-talk with another teenager when she defends her sister Bristol). First of all, does Sullivan realize that Willow Palin is a sixteen year old girl, and that normal Americans find it to be very strange and distasteful when grown men pick on other people’s children? Even Jon Stewart told liberals to back off and to “stop making me feel sorry for the Palins”

Read the whole thing and (and watch the PDS clips) here.

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We're Back!



I am putting up this post with a lot of trepidation considering that it seems that I've put up a similar type of post several times this past week. First, here is an explanation as to why our transition to WordPress has been tabled at the moment.

When we first transitioned to Wordpress, the new site was operating relatively smoothly. After a couple of hours, our hosts advised us that we were using an excessive amount of CPU and memory, exceeding the fair use policy of their unlimited bandwidth. They advised that as a result, their systems were about to crash and they would therefore need to shut us down and they ultimately did.

After a thorough investigation, we couldn’t pin point the reason why we were using an excessive amount of CPU and memory. We assumed that the problem was related to our blog's high traffic volume and decided to move over to a dedicated server to give us much more flexibility. However, when we moved to a dedicated server, we had the same issue and things just got worse as the blog just slowed down even more. Sheya brought in an IT professional who determined that our databases were hacked and that our Apache configuration was compromised. The IT professional showed Sheya databases being created at the very moment he was examining what was wrong with the blog. It adversely impacted the site, our emails, etc.

We decided to do a clean installation. We formatted the server and reinstalled everything from fresh, including WordPress, databases etc. We even decided that we’d keep the site with a simple basic theme that contained no plug-ins at all. After this re-installation, there was no reason for the site to slow down. In fact, it should have worked faster, and as we expected, when we went back live, the site did work faster.

However, no longer than 10 minutes later, the site began to slow down again. We checked the CPU usage and it was at 100%. We checked the number of users online to determine whether we had an excessive amount of traffic and that was not the case. We received an email from our hosts that our site was compromised again. At that point we decided to move back to blogger till we manage to sort things out.

PalinTV and Organize4Palin have also been hacked and are down at the moment. At this time, both blogs are being moved to a new host with extra security and both should be up within 48 hours. Politico also published a story about how Palin-supporting blogs were down.

We will move back to Word Press hopefully by the end of the year. The cyber-thugs will eventually get bored with trying to silence Palin-supporting blogs and move on to harassing others. I want to thank everyone for their patience. It was clearly a difficult week but we're satisfied that moving back to Blogger is the best thing to do at this time. Welcome back.

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Craig Medred Doubles Down on Stupid



Editor's note: The following is a collaboration between Whitney, Stacy, and myself.

The night before last, Ian linked to this absurd bit of nonsense written by Craig "Scoop" Medred (no need to go to the website and give them the traffic). Medred, of course, is the inept hack who, inexplicably, gets paid to write for the left-wing blog, Alaska Dispatch. His sole raison d'être for the Dispatch, evidently, is to channel his obsessive hatred of Governor Palin by taking random bits of information and twisting them into discordant narratives to make her look bad. No deception is out of bounds, whether it's taking things out of context, making them up out of thin air, or drawing conclusions wholly inconsistent with the facts, Medred has done it all.

In the piece to which I referred above, Medred has outdone himself. He uses Governor Palin's prescient Facebook Post on the need for states to end irresponsible spending by, among other things, ending lavish and unaffordable pensions for public employee unions, as an excuse to launch into a 2160 word screed that's as lengthy as it is farcical. In his article (I'm being charitable), Scoop, among other things, manages to laud the fiscal responsibility of Frank Murkowski while comparing Governor Palin to Hugo Chavez and Joseph Goebels. You can't make this up. Medred undoubtedly had to wipe the drool off his computer (and fellow Dispatch colleagues) as he maniacally banged away on the keyboard.

Medred's tirade presents such a target rich environment that it's difficult to know where to begin...or what to leave out. We'll highlight a few of the most asinine "points" Medred attempts (and fails) to make. He first recycles the oft-repeated, but easily debunked (most recently in the New York Times), liberal talking point that Governor Palin doesn't write her own Facebook Notes before taking issue with her record of fiscal responsibility. Specifically, Medred singles out an excerpt from Governor Palin's Facebook Note:

Alaska, it was posted on Facebook, knew how to manage a budget back when Palin was governor and "ran a surplus because we incentivized (sic) businesses, I didn't spend it on fun and glamorous pet projects for lawmakers -- though that would have made me quite popular with the earmark crowd. In fact, I vetoed more excessive spending than any governor in our state's history, and I used the state's surplus to bring our financial house in order ..."

First, Scoop attempts to twist what Governor Palin wrote in order to leave the implication that she doesn't understand earmarks:

Earmarks are government expenditures dictated by the legislative branch of government instead of the executive branch. Alaska's Legislature doesn't do earmarks, which left some legislators wondering about Palin's earmarks comment.

This is sophomoric on Medred's part, and constitutes an aggressive and willful missing of the point. Either that or a sign of his unfamiliarity with the English language which, after reading Medred's musings, is not altogether implausible. Medred's apparent lack of recognition of the word "incentivize", which Merriam Webster defines as "to provide an incentive", lends credence to this possibility. But I digress. At no time does she write, or even imply, that she had the ability to stop non-existent earmarks passed by the Alaska legislature. It's crystal clear to everyone (other than Medred, so it would seem) that she is simply suggesting that the same people who are so addicted to earmarks would also have loved to receive some "free" taxpayer money from her for their pet projects. On this point she is absolutely correct, as the Alaska legislature's decision to override her veto of Obama's Porkulus plan demonstrates. Stupid statements like this are why jokers like Medred, and the lefty blogs they write for, have no credibility.

Medred's next demonstrates his...er...mastery of the budgetary process:

...everyone in Alaska knows precisely where Palin's huge budgetary surplus came from.

It came from oil.

So, according to Medred, there is only one side to the budget equation: revenue. That, of course, is nonsense, which I suspect even Medred knows as he quickly changes the subject and provides his few readers a history of rising oil prices, which is as tedious as it is irrelevant. Government revenue almost always rises. The problem is government spending, under most governors and presidents, rises even faster. Not so under Governor Palin, who actually cut state spending during her tenure. But this fact doesn't fit with Scoop's narrative, so he twists, spins, and obfuscates, as Ian noted the other night, in a futile attempt to portray Governor Palin as, well, an irresponsible Democrat (pardon the redundancy). Governor Palin is anything but fiscally irresponsible, although other liberals have tried (and failed miserably) to make this charge.

In the real world where, evidently, Medred doesn't reside, Governor Palin has a long history of tight-fisted fiscal conservatism. She has fought against reckless government spending her entire career and has consistently and repeatedly cut government outlays. As governor of Alaska, she was one of the few political leaders who actually reduced the amount of government spending year to year, as opposed to simply reducing the rate of growth in spending which, incidentally, is what career politicians consider a "spending cut".

The late Kathy Carpenter extensively documented Governor Palin's fiscal conservatism in a post in April of 2009, although her analysis is likely over Medred's head. Incredibly, after accusing Governor Palin of fiscal profligacy, he contradicts whatever point he was trying to make by allowing that Governor Palin's final budget "did mark a reduction in state spending". He then whines about Alaska's infrastructure, implying that she should have spent more money. So essentially, Scoop accuses her of spending like Obama, then admits she didn't before lamenting that she should have. Heh.

Scoop also has a problem with this line from Governor Palin's Facebook Note:

"I returned much of the surplus back to the people (it was their money to start with!) through tax relief and energy rebates."

Very simple, straightforward, and true. But not to the "brilliant" Medred, who sees through this nefarious subterfuge:

Yet another half truth from the half-term governor. Alaskans did get a $1,200 energy rebate in 2008, supposedly because oil and gas prices had skyrocketed at retail. There were no more rebates even though oil, gasoline, natural gas and electricity prices are now almost back to where they were two years ago and, in a few cases, higher.


Medred accuses her of telling a "half truth" because, although she provided an energy rebate in 2008, she hasn't provided one since, despite the fact that energy prices are "almost back to where they were two years ago". Precisely what private citizen Sarah Palin is supposed to do about energy rebates now is unclear to everyone but Scoop. But Medred isn't done yet, as he can't resist doubling down on stupid:

As for tax relief - to what tax relief does former Gov. Palin refer? Alaskans don't pay income tax, so there's no way to provide relief there. And the state didn't up revenue sharing with cities and boroughs to provide them the money to drive down the property taxes in Anchorage or get rid of sales taxes in the many small Alaska communities from Kotzebue east to the Kenai and north to Wasilla, Palin's stomping grounds. Palin did dump the tax on gasoline, but it was already so small that it was often lost in the week-to-week fluctuations in fuel prices.

This is bizarre. Medred is making the argument that because Alaskans pay virtually no taxes, her claim to have cut taxes must be false despite the fact that she eliminated one of the few they do (did) pay, the gasoline tax, as Medred himself notes. Get it? Medred appears to feign surprise that Governor Palin didn't reduce or eliminate the taxes he would have preferred, but I doubt Governor Palin attached a high degree of priority to tax policy advice from a liberal blogger at the Alaska Dispatch, and given the mental acuity Medred demonstrates with his writing, can you blame her? Can anyone?

Medred also took a page out of Dan Fagan’s playbook of misrepresenting one of Governor Palin’s key piece of legislation—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES):

ACES was not a business incentive for the oil industry. It was, Palin once liked to boast, Alaskans taking their "fair share" of the black crude pumped up from deep beneath the state's North Slope.

Governor Palin, as with all of her policies, based ACES on the Alaskan constitution which indicates that resource development should be done for the "maximum benefit of the people". Alaskans are the resources owners per their state constitution, so returning revenue from the oil companies to Alaskans is simply akin to stock holders receiving their portion of a company's profit--their fair share.

Medred also claims that ACES hurt the oil industry in Alaska:

But it is worth noting the "equitable share" (or in the view of state conservatives, the big, fat tax) appears almost certain to be reduced by the Legislature this year because it appears to discourage the oil companies from drilling new wells. One might say ACES "disincentivized" the state's biggest and most profitable business.

To the contrary, ACES incentivized oil exploration. As we highlighted this past summer when Dan Fagan made a similar claim:

ACES has been a business booster for oil companies. As was reported last summer, companies found Alaska's oil tax plan to be rather conducive for business--both for business to thrive and the Pt. Thomson leases to be appropriately utilized after 30 years of inactivity (emphasis mine):

Alaska oil and gas production makes up about 12 percent of ConocoPhillips’ worldwide output. In the first quarter of this year, Alaska operations earned the company $240 million, or 29 percent of its worldwide exploration and production income.

In an April 23 analyst presentation, ConocoPhillips’ top executives in Houston made a point of acknowledging Alaska production tax credits as being a significant component in the company’s profit.

[...]

[E]ven though, under ACES, ExxonMobil and its partners should be able to recoup more than 45 percent of their $1.3 billion cost of developing their phase 1 Point Thomson project, it is doubtful the Point Thomson partners would have made the decision to move forward with the high pressure gas cycling project under ACES if they were not in danger of losing their leases to the State of Alaska.

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Additionally, since ACES was implemented, the number of wells started has followed a positive trajectory, which would run completely contrary to Fagan's false assertions.


Regarding any potential recent decreases in new oil well drilling, Medred conveniently fails to mention that following the Gulf oil spill this past Spring, the Obama administration suspended new drilling in the Arctic, which would decrease the number of wells drilled in the state of Alaska as a whole. Additionally, improper environmental oversight by the federal government halted new drilling in the Chukchi Sea.

Medred wrongly suggests that the AGIA pipeline is at a "stalemate." He writes:

But's now more than two years on and the pipeline still hasn't begun. Not a shovel of dirt has been turned. And it's beginning to look like no dirt will ever get turned unless Congress comes up with some sort of cap-and-trade plan for greenhouse gases to encourage the development of clean energy (gas) over dirty energy (coal). Palin is, of course, opposed to cap and trade.

Craig Medred did manage to get one thing right in his piece. Governor Palin is indeed opposed to the cap and tax scheme, as are most Americans. He then claims that the only way to get AGIA rolling is to impose an energy tax on Americans. Huh? You don't need to force massive regulations and burdensome taxes on to this nation to "encourage" energy development. We use energy, therefore we need it, and it's irresponsible not to develop it ourselves.

That said, where he gets this notion that AGIA is at a "stalemate" is beyond me. He is dead wrong about that. The project is still right on schedule, receiving multiple bids during its first completed open season. It's so successful that there's even a rival bid which has just completed its own open season.

KTUU reports:

Natural gas pipeline firm TransCanada’s completion of an open season Friday is a first in Alaska’s history -- and a key to financing the project.

TransCanada's open season closed at 2 p.m., and the company announced shortly afterward that several major players have made offers to ship their gas through its line.

“So here we are two years later, and we've received bids for significant volumes,” said Tony Palmer, the company’s vice president for Alaska development. “That's very encouraging from our standpoint.”

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“The bottom note, there's going to be some serious negotiations between many parties -- that's great,” said state Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin.

Irwin and his deputy, Marty Rutherford, are among the key architects of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, which set the stage for the open season process and for competition. They say the conclusion of TransCanada's open season is proof that AGIA is working.


Regarding the stimulus money, Medred then repeats the revisionist history of Dermot Cole from the Fairbanks News Miner. He states:

And then there are all of Palin's claims, again in the Facebook note, about what she did as governor with federal stimulus money sent north by Obama, money the state honestly didn't need because it was in the luxurious position of funding its own stimulus from savings, instead of adding to the federal deficit.

Palin took nearly all of the money anyway, but now claims she did so against her wishes.

Obviously, it's beyond Medred's comprehension why running up huge deficits with wasteful spending, via Obama's"Porkulus" boondoggle that failed to create any jobs or economic growth, might be a big problem. This might explain why he never understood Governor Palin's argument against the state accepting money from the federal government with "big fat strings attached."

Governor Palin has been an outspoken critic of Obama's "stimulus" plan, and was so at that time when it was implemented during her term. To suggest she willingly took any money from the federal government under this misguided policy is to rewrite history. If it was up to her, the Omnibus Stimulus Project never would have happened in the first place. However, it wasn't up to her and accepting any funds to her state was also a decision she did not have authority to make entirely by herself.

A comment left by a reader on the Dermot Cole, Newsminer piece caught my eye. I think this individual summed it up well. They said:

I don't necessarily support Sarah Palin's politics, but evidently you don't remember that she was very publicly against the stimulus. There was a lot of recriminations toward her in the news and from the Legislature.

In the end, she went with the vote of the Legislature, against her better judgment. The flak she received on her veto of the $28 million was a stand that received extreme criticism from across the state. How soon the folks forget their own place in these decisions. The Governor has followed the will of the people. Wasn't that her job?

It was her job, and she did everything she could to not burden Alaskans, indeed all Americans, with the onerous cost of the ill-conceived bill, even recommending that Obama veto it:



However, our spendthrift President didn't listen, and with a stroke of the pen wasted nearly $1 trillion in borrowed money we could ill-afford. Once he signed that bill, the money was essentially spent, and there was nothing any Governor could do to stop it. The money could either be spent in Alaska, or some other state. Governor Palin, correctly, preferred it be spent in Alaska provided it didn't come with strings attached. She vetoed that part of the stimulus that did. This, not surprisingly, is beyond the ability of Scoop (and Cole) to grasp. In the end, the politicians overruled her ability to do as much as she would have liked to have done to stand against this horrible policy. Her opposition was and is well known, the moronic musings of Medred and Cole to the contrary. Any "reporter" claiming otherwise is twisting the facts and distorting historical reality.

Update: This is hilarious. This Medred buffoon corrects one of his myriad falsehoods, then blames Governor Palin for not notifying him of his incompetence. That Governor Palin has better things to do than fact-check a third rate hack from a left-wing tabloid never crosses his mind. Ignorance is bliss, I guess. I still can't believe he gets compensated for his tripe. Maybe he doesn't, as Dan Riehl speculated when he caught Medred in a rather large whopper a few weeks ago:

He doesn't read like someone intelligent enough to be a lap dog...maybe he gets his take home in dog bones and chew toys and humps legs in the office occasionally for a bonus, who knows.

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John Hayward: Palin And The Ryan Roadmap; UPDATED



John Hayward, the artist formerly known as Dr. Zero, has penned a great article in Human Events. In his piece, Hayward analyzes Governor Palin's brilliant op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal as well as her principled opposition to the recommendations put forward by Obama's deficit commission. Excerpts follow:

Writing for the Wall Street Journal today, Sarah Palin unfurls the fiscal “road map” prepared by Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and likes where it leads.

She didn’t much care for the recommendations of the President’s bipartisan deficit reduction panel, co-chaired by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, although she commends the authors for taking the problem seriously. “The report shows we're much closer to the budgetary breaking point than previously assumed,” Palin says. “The Medicare Trust Fund will be insolvent by 2017. As early as 2025, federal revenue will barely be enough to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest on our national debt. With spending structurally outpacing revenue, something clearly needs to be done to avert national bankruptcy.”

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Palin judges the deficit commission’s report inadequate because it leaves three major financial tumors largely untreated: Social Security, ObamaCare, and our incredibly convoluted tax system. The commission would address Social Security by raising the retirement age, long after the point where the system would have become insolvent – and even at that, it would be making an already rotten deal for future retirees even worse. Ryan’s “Roadmap For America’s Future,” on the other hand, offers a program for younger workers to opt into a private retirement account, while preserving existing benefits for those 55 and older. There is, quite frankly, no other approach that will save the system.

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The common liberal knock on the Tea Party movement in general, and Sarah Palin in particular, is that they have no ideas, only complaints and sound bites. Palin expresses her own concrete proposals on a regular basis, and now she’s signing on to the reinforced concrete of Paul Ryan’s comprehensive plan. As Americans watch the Democrats dissolve in a petulant meltdown over their own childish demands, economic fantasies, and utter irresponsibility, they would do well to learn that people like Palin, Ryan, and Pence are the adults in the room.

Another important point, I think, is that by promoting Ryan's plan, it will get a lot more attention. We constantly hear from Obama and his shills in the Lamestream Media that Republicans have no ideas, that they are only the party of "no". Governor Palin's bold decision to support Paul Ryan's plan will give it a much needed shot of publicity, and make it much more difficult for Democrats to push this false narrative. Ryan's plan, though not perfect as Governor Palin notes, is to date the only credible plan by either party to deal with the deficit in a sober manner.

Raising taxes won't solve the problem, but will only exacerbate it by further discouraging economic growth. A combination of pro-growth tax reform and spending discipline, primarily in the area of entitlements, is the only way to put America back on the path to fiscal sanity, and Ryan's plan provides a workable blueprint toward that end. The deficit commission's plan to ignore the the disastrous fiscal implications of Obamacare and other unsustainable and unaffordable entitlement programs will not solve the problem: the math simply doesn't work. Read the rest of Hayward's piece here.

(h/t JC)


Update: (h/t jimr3) The Weekly Standard's John McCormick wonders when other potential 2012 candidates will get off the fence and follow Governor Palin's lead.

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Friday Open Thread



Gary Jason: Crony War Capitalism

Ilya Shapiro: Is Congress Above the Law?

The Economist: Three Way Split

Kim Dixon and Donna Smith: Democrats Defy Obama, Oppose Tax Deal

Paul Kengor: Obama's 'Missing Link'

Mark J. Fitzgibbons: Why Constitutional Conservatism Is Ascending

Peter Wilson: Small Complicated Climate Building Codes

Jerry Shenk: America's Political Class: In Business for Themselves

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Governor Palin: Leather-Bound Edition of “America By Heart” and Alaska Book Signing Date



The leather-bound collectible edition of “America By Heart” is now on sale and can be purchased online here. I was honored by the thoughtful review of the book by Melissa Clouthier, which you can read here.

We had a great time on the book tour. It was wonderful meeting and speaking to so many fellow patriots. “America By Heart” was inspired by my travels around the country meeting great Americans following the “Going Rogue” book tour; so this was like coming full circle. Thank you to everyone who helped out on the tour and to everyone who attended the signings!

Our book signing in Alaska will be on Saturday, December 18, 11-2:00pm at the Costco in Anchorage.

I look forward to seeing you then. In the meantime, please enjoy the following photos a friend took at the Tulsa book signing.

- Sarah Palin


Gov. Sarah Palin at the “America By Heart” book signing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Nov. 26, 2010. rights reserved


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Governor Palin: Why I Support the Ryan Roadmap, Let's Not Settle for the Big-Government Status Quo, Which is What the President's Deficit Commission



The Governor has penned the following editorial in the Wall Street Journal:

The publication of the findings of the president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform was indeed, as the report was titled, "A Moment of Truth." The report shows we're much closer to the budgetary breaking point than previously assumed. The Medicare Trust Fund will be insolvent by 2017. As early as 2025, federal revenue will barely be enough to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest on our national debt. With spending structurally outpacing revenue, something clearly needs to be done to avert national bankruptcy.

The commission itself calculates that, even if all of its recommendations are implemented, the federal budget will continue to balloon—to an estimated $5 trillion in 2020, from an already unprecedented $3.5 trillion today. The commission makes only a limited effort to cut spending below the current trend set by the Obama administration.

Among the few areas of spending it does single out for cuts is defense—the one area where we shouldn't be cutting corners at a time of war. Worst of all, the commission's proposals institutionalize the current administration's new big spending commitments, including ObamaCare. Not only does it leave ObamaCare intact, but its proposals would lead to a public option being introduced by the backdoor, with the chairmen's report suggesting a second look at a government-run health-care program if costs continue to soar.

It also implicitly endorses the use of "death panel"-like rationing by way of the new Independent Payments Advisory Board—making bureaucrats, not medical professionals, the ultimate arbiters of what types of treatment will (and especially will not) be reimbursed under Medicare.

The commission's recommendations are a disappointment. That doesn't mean, though, that the commission's work was a wasted effort. For one thing, it has exposed the large and unsustainable deficits that the Obama administration has created through its reckless "spend now, tax later" policies. It also establishes a clear bipartisan consensus on the need to fundamentally reform our entitlement programs. We need a better plan to build on these conclusions with common-sense reforms to tackle our long-term funding crisis in a sustainable way.

Keep in mind that she did not endorse all aspects of the Paul Ryan roadmap. She acknowledges in the editorial that his plan is not perfect and that the deficit commission produced some good ideas. Nevertheless, she's the first likely presidential candidate to endorse Ryan's imperfect but very ambitious plan. You can read Palin's entire editorial here.

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Governor Palin is Headed to Haiti This Weekend with Franklin Graham



She's headed to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan's Purse:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to visit Haiti amid a period of political upheaval this weekend to aid humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean country.

A Palin staffer confirmed Thursday that Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee and a potential 2012 presidential contender, planned to travel to Haiti with the Rev. Franklin Graham as part of the outreach of his Samaritan's Purse relief organization.

A spokeswoman for the group confirmed Palin planned to visit relief sites this weekend....

Graham said he appreciates Palin's willingness to visit Haiti during such troubled times.

"I believe Gov. Palin will be a great encouragement to the people of Haiti and to the organizations, both government and private, working so hard to provide desperately needed relief," he said in a statement.

Graham heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, founded by his father, the Rev. Billy Graham. His Samaritan's Purse has maintained a presence in Haiti, treating thousands of people, building a cholera clinic and bringing in plane loads of medical aid, according to its website.

Palin staffer Rebecca Mansour said plans called for Palin to be joined by her husband, Todd, and, Mansour believed, daughter Bristol as well. She described the plans as fluid.

She's worked with Graham before on relief missions in Alaska when she was Governor. Greta Van Susteren is also planning on going to Haiti this weekend with Graham. As for the report that she is planning a trip to Israel and England, Mansour says that "the governor has no firm plans that she will announce right now for an Israel or UK trip."

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Reloading



You're probably aware by now that the new C4P Wordpress site has come under attack by hackers. We're moving back to Blogger temporarily until we've resolved this issue. We will have more details for you tomorrow.

We won't let the hackers get us down. Like the Governor says, we're not retreating, we're reloading.

In the meantime, here's Governor Palin's interview with Barbara Walters:

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Governor Palin Wins Hot Air's First 1st Annual HARRY Award



Readers are well aware of my contempt for unscientific polls such as straw polls. However, as we struggle through the technical issues arising from our move from Blogger to Wordpress, you may find this interesting food for thought on a slow news day. Hot Air released their their 1st Annual "HARRY" awards yesterday based on a straw poll of about 4,000 of their readers which found Governor Palin to be the "preferred presidential candidate" for 2012, via Patrick Ishmael:

And the winner for Best Politician in a Hopefully Leading Role is Sarah Palin, beating Chris Christie handily and in a substantial reversal from the last poll we took at Hot Air on the topic. Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, and Mitt Romney round out the list at three, four and five.



Hot Air readers were also asked to select their "Republican of the Year":

And the HARRY goes to…



Read Ishmael's entire piece here.

(h/t Josh Painter)

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Sunday Open Thread



IBD: Keynesianism, RIP

Hot Air: Is Keynesianism dead?

R. Emmett Tyrell: Liberalism: An Autopsy

Washington Examiner: Your tax dollars at work: The rest of the story on those Andy Griffith Obamacare ads

WSJ: Iran Rules Out Halting Nuclear Enrichment

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