Monthly Archives: August 2011

What pundits should be talking about when it comes to Palin

What pundits should be talking about when it comes to Palin

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.

Mark Levin addressed the pontification by pundits about a potential Palin announcement on September 3: “They’re throwing that out there because they want to create the impression that if she doesn’t announce by the third, that she’s incompetent or it’s impossible for her to win. And you have to keep in mind all these people you see on TV who are operatives or consultants, they’re working for other candidates behind the scenes. Maybe they’re not on their payroll, but they’re trying to promote them … I also believe that Rove and Dick Morris and some of the others are throwing that out there as a setup to attack her when she doesn’t.”

I couldn’t agree more.

So while the business-as-usual boys and girls play their games, I thought we could do something productive and revisit ten aspects of Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial record worth highlighting. Whether she makes a run for the presidency or not — and I personally believe that she will — let’s take a look at some things the media and the D.C./Manhattan elite haven’t quite gotten around to mentioning.

  1. 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.
  1. Palin reduced spending by 9.5% from 2007 to 2010 and slashed earmark requests by over 80% during her time as governor.
  1. Under Palin, Alaska’s total liabilities were reduced by 34.6% overall.
  1. 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.”
  1. Palin’s free-market approach to AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act) featured full transparency with respect to competitors and no back-door meetings. It also unlocked the ConocoPhillips, BP and ExxonMobil monopoly and marked an enormous step toward energy independence.
  1. Palin tossed out the corruption-ridden, structurally-flawed Petroleum Profits Tax of the Murkowski administration and put forth ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share), which incentivized development while seeing to it that Alaskans — resource owners as per the Alaska Constitution — would receive “A CLEAR and EQUITABLE SHARE (ACES) of the value of their commonly-owned oil and gas.” The result? Alaska was left with a $12 billion surplus. Also, as reported at Big Government, “The number of oil companies filing with the Alaska Department of Revenue has doubled, indicating that competition has indeed increased. Alaska has the second most business friendly tax set-up — up two spots since the passage of ACES. Additionally, a report from Governor Parnell’s Department of Revenue indicated that 2009 yielded a record high in oil jobs.”
  1. Palin held ExxonMobil’s feet to the fire when it wasn’t abiding by a lease agreement to drill in Point Thomson. (You thin-skinned hockey mom, you!) After over 25 years of sitting on leases with no activity, ExxonMobil finally got to it.
  1. Palin served as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors, chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, vice chair of the National Governors Association Natural Resources Committee and chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
  1. Palin’s commitment to free-market competition and transparency is well-evidenced by her establishment of the Alaska Health Care Strategies Planning Council (HCSPC) and her introduction of the Alaska Health Care Transparency Act. The American Spectator points out that although it didn’t make it through the legislature, “The Alaska Health Care Transparency Act confirmed that Sarah Palin means it when she says she’s in politics to ‘challenge the status quo and to serve the common good.’ Moreover, her push for greater competition also demonstrates that she understands the potential of the free market to cure much of what ails American health care.”

Whether you’re supporting her for president or not, Sarah Palin is a woman who has been consistent, tough and principled. In fact, the same woman speaking out vigorously against the Obamacare mandate once spoke out just as vigorously against people being mandated to pay for weekly trash removal!

At a time when the Obama administration is directly inhibiting a successful path toward energy independence, I think there’s plenty of room for a presidential candidate who knows a thing or two about how to tap into our God-given resources in order to spur job growth and protect our national security.

So pundits, take on her record if you’d like to. Ask tough questions. Hold her accountable for what she has said and done. But how about letting her announce when she’s ready?

And as far as the “thin-skinned,” “no space for her” nonsense — give us a break.

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A Conservative Icon Prepares the Troops for Battle Filed under: Media, New, Politics by MarkAmerica

17 August, 2011

The Great One

There are a number of great radio talk-show hosts who I’ve enjoyed immensely over the years. I first became familiar with the format listening to Larry King late at night on the way into a night-stock job at a grocery warehouse. It wasn’t so much that I liked Larry, as it was that his callers were at least somewhat entertaining. Most of a decade later, after spending much of my time as a soldier in Europe, I came at long last to Texas. When I got out of the Army, I got a job and joined the civilian workforce again. It was some time later, working in that job, in a moment of downtime, listening for news of the impending hostilities against Saddam’s forces in Kuwait, that I made a discovery that turned out to be much more important to me in the long run.

Twisting the dial on that beat-up AM radio, listening for the sound of intelligible human speech, I had discovered EIB and Rush Limbaugh. This would provide a good deal of entertainment, as back in those days, Rush played parodies more frequently, and generally provided a flood of information to the pre-Internet world, delivered from a point of view I’d seldom heard anywhere before. He was unashamedly conservative. I’d never heard a show like this, and I became a “Dittohead” in short order. It was in the course of my years listening to this show that I was introduced to many amazing people, including my favorite living economist, Walter Williams, still a frequent fill-in host, and also my favorite attorney: Mark Levin. I was thrilled when I discovered that Levin had gotten his own radio show, and more thrilled yet when it went to a full three hours. If it’s fair to say that Sarah Palin unknowingly delivered the inspiration for this blog, (a fact that if she knew, she might very well regret,) it’s likewise fair to say that Mr. Levin provides its beating heart, with a passion shared for the love of our country.

It’s not to say that I never disagree with Mr. Levin, but it is to declare that our differences are perhaps more superficial or trivial. What I have always enjoyed most about him is what I can hear in his voice, not in mere words, but in the tone in which he speaks: He means it. Mark Levin has some health problems, and it’s more than ironic that he should suffer from heart troubles, because you’d never know it to hear him speak. He has real passion for this fight. He makes it clear that it’s our fight. As he frequently points out, “It’s our country,” and he’s not afraid to let it rip, and he has no need to be afraid as millions in “fly-over country” love what he has to say, and we respond to the passion with which he says it.

Some people are put off by his voice. I find it distinctive, and sharp. but what makes it stand out is the force of intelligence and wisdom driving it. The logic is equally clear and sharp, leaving listeners no confusion as to where he stands on an issue. Some people think he can be too short with some callers, but the truth is that his sense of which callers are too annoying to suffer suits me very well. He has more patience with some of them than I could possibly muster. If you tune to Levin, that’s part of the fun. My daughter and I have listened to his show, making friendly bets on how long he’ll tolerate the next leftist “drone” before losing patience and dumping them. If only he knew how much entertainment that has provided to one father and daughter, he’d probably humbly deny culpability and laugh.

One of the things I enjoy most about Levin is his instinct for a political story. He’s among the few who possess the insight to see what’s going on before it becomes obvious to the rest of us. Maybe that provides some of his passion too, because he’s always warning what’s coming next from some politician, and he’s always waiting expectantly for people on the Republican side to catch up. Certainly, among the RINOs in Washington, he can see a sell-out coming from a mile or a light-year away. Having worked in Reagan’s administration, I’m certain his experience in dealing with all the nutty leftists inside the DC Beltway provided him a deeper understanding of how both the leftist and RINO mind works, and what he learned is: Both are proponents of statism.

If you tune in to his show these days(and you should-daily,) what you’ll hear is a man who is as passionate about this country as any of the greats in our history. He is intelligent enough to make a logical case, wise enough to see things coming in advance, discerning enough to focus on the most pressing issues, and engaged and passionate enough to make clear that this isn’t contrived. There are many talkshow hosts, but what Mark Levin delivers isn’t a show. It’s an education, and it’s a conservative sermon, but he’s not merely preaching to the choir. One co-worker walked into my office as we worked late one evening, preparing to replace some major network equipment, and he heard Levin on my radio. He stopped, listening, as Mark dealt harshly with some nefarious “Re-pubic,” and my co-worker asked: “Who’s this guy, and what’s his issue?” As we continued our work, I told him a little about Levin, his history, and his show. He nodded politely, and we worked on. It was one of those weeks.

I suppose a month or so had passed, that particular project well behind us, and there was an incident that required our attention at the office. Our normal work hours are 8-5, but in our line of work, it’s seldom confined to that schedule. I arrived first, and waited for my co-worker as it was a two man job. As he pulled up in the parking lot, and shut off his car’s engine, the radio played on, and I could hear that distinctive voice I had only moments ago abandoned while exiting my own car. As he locked his car and walked toward me, he saw the grin on my face. “Yes, okay, you got me hooked. I can’t help it. He’s good. Now, did you hear what he said a minute ago about…” That provided the fodder for discussion while we worked through a technical problem.

One could see how his matter-of-fact manner appeals to middle-aged men who work with computers and networks. The logic of his arguments is simply irrefutable. What’s more astonishing is how my wife reacts to him. She hates radio talk-shows, just because the format annoys her, but among all the talk-show hosts, there’s only one who will prompt her to tune in. Yes, Mark Levin. Why? Well, my wife is a sort of no-nonsense person, (and therefore amazing to all who know us that she’s still my wife after all these years,) and she appreciates how Levin leaps right in and gets to the heart of the matter. He zeroes in on the subject, and he forcefully, relentlessly pursues it. His sense of certitude combined with his convincing deluge of facts swamps the unsteady listener with a certitude of their own. After all, conservatives are reviled and demeaned in popular culture, and here is a man who says it, says it well, and makes no apologies for it. She admires that, and besides, he’s kind to animals too.

I think among all the things that Mark provides to his listeners is a sense of purpose and duty about the future of the country. He’s not willing to surrender it to the latest in statist ploys, and he’s willing to do what he can to oppose them. He does so daily, and to be honest, none do it better, and few have done it so well. He’s a mobilizing force, like the General Patton of the radio, and he tells any who will listen the whole truth about what it’s going to take to save our country. Every day, he lays out the logical case underlying his views, and he presents all the evidence you’ll need to leave no reasonable doubt. On this basis, he motivates and inspires people to activism, and that’s something for which the conservative movement has long waited: A spokesman who says it and means it, and whose arguments demand that you do something about it.

I still enjoy Rush and the others, and probably always will, but there’s something terribly, and wonderfully engaging about Mark Levin. Love him or hate him, he gets under your skin. He’s the beating radio heart of conservatism, and he’s a powerhouse. He truly is the “Great One.”

It’s Certainly Big of You!! Geez!

Given the kind of rhetoric emitted from the White House, this is a ridiculous comment from our President.

Obama: I reversed recession until ‘bad luck’ hit | Campaign 2012

The Federal Election Committee refused to stop, or prosecute, that credit card donations were flying in from the Middle east in amounts just under $200.

The Black Panthers interfering with elections in Philly were not prosecuted as that stinking Eric Holder said he could not prosecute his people.

Even the LA Times was prescient in defining that Obama could not be touched as he was black when they penned, “Barack, the Magic Negro”:

It’s a great thing for a red-blooded American who is a decedent of slaves to become President. Unfortunately, Obama is not that man, has led a life of luxury from sources still unknown, and has had involvement with subversive groups his entire life. Those groups and the very wealthy have brought him to power and he has exceeded their wildest desires. The rest of us are getting a depression.

A great read is by former IMF president Simon Johnson (2007-2008) in The Atlantic Monthly (online) entitled “The Quiet Coup”. In May 2009 he urged America to not do what third world nations do and build an oligarchy as they will control the government when all is said and done. Obama is just one of many puppets; raised from birth to ascend to positions for others to profit. An informative book is “Dupes: How America’s Enemies Have Used Progressives Against Us For 100 Years”. It appears that they managed to get one to the highest office in the land. Obama should be impeached for many violations of his oath of office and breach of the law. John Locke would be asking us if we need the chains to rattle before we realize we are all slaves. Anarchy is no form of government, so we should do this now under the law to remain a nation of laws. If he is given 4 more years I fear we will be past the ability to restore this great nation through the ballot box. And if so, all is lost.

Do not waste your time trying to convert liberals. That is their religion. Few of the brainwashed will ever be awakened enough to find that they do not have minds of their own. Speak to independents and get them out to vote, for at the ballot box is where they need to be defeated. Then, with the republicans unfortunately being the only viable choice, we need to run good men and woman against those who have locked themselves into their do-nothing jobs and obtain a Congress that works for the people. We have 2 years to change this nation. Then all is lost if this despicable Liar-in-Chief manages to retain power and feed his oligarchs as the rest of America lines the food stamps rolls.

Semper Fidelis

via Obama: I reversed recession until ‘bad luck’ hit | Campaign 2012.

The P/Oed Patriot: Grinding Down America: How the Communist Agenda to Destroy America is Working