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Friday, September 12th, 2008
7:55 pm
Gibson-Palin Interveiw

Gibson interveiw on ABC

Unbiased Paraphrased to reflect her answer, NOT HER STYLE.

Don't not read this as an interpretation of her personality.


1. GIBSON: The central question. Can you say, I have the experience, to be president of the United States of America?

PALIN: I do, we’ll be ready. I’m ready.

2.GIBSON: When McCain asked you to take the spot on the ticket, for a moment, did you think no?

PALIN: I did not. I thought yes, right off the bat. the first thing I said to him was, if you really think that I can help the ticket, help this country, absolutely, I want to do this with you.

Short answer: She did not think.


3.GIBSON: And you didn’t say to yourself, am I experienced enough? Am I ready?

PALIN: I didn’t hesitate, no.

4.GIBSON: Doesn’t that take some hubris?

PALIN: I answered him yes because I am confident in my readiness. You can’t blink. You have to be committed to the mission, reforming this country, and victory in the war. That you can’t blink. So, I didn’t blink.

5.GIBSON: This is not just reforming a government. Its running a government on the huge international stage, in a very dangerous world. John McCain cited your command of the Alaskan National Guard and that Alaska is close to Russia as evidence of your national security credential

PALIN: But it is about reform of government. And it’s about putting government back on the side of the people. And that has much to do with foreign policy and national security issues.

Umm, What ??? Foreign Policy is about reforming American government ?


The credential I bring to this table, Charlie is that I’ve been working on energy independence for years, As both Governor Alaska and as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conversation Commission to produce more Oil & Gas.

GIBSON: National security is a whole lot more than energy.

PALIN: It is. But - but I want you to not lose sight of the fact that energy is a foundation of national security. It’s that important. It’s that significant.

Read this as: foundation of national security involves maintaining a supply of energy.

Energy equals oil and gas


GIBSON: Did you ever travel outside the country prior to your trip to Kuwait and Germany last year?

PALIN: Canada. Mexico. And then, that trip that was a trip of a lifetime, to visit troops in Kuwait and stop and visit injured soldiers in Germany. That was a trip of a lifetime. And it changed my life.


Do Canada, and Mexico really count as foreign countries?


GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

PALIN: I have not. As many vice presidents have not. The desire is in this nation is no more politics as usual. And somebody’s big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yeah, they’ve had opportunity to meet heads of state.

Ahh now I understand the answer to the experience question: Experience, understanding of whats going on, having facts, understanding the culture of foreign nations are all a bad thing. If you actually have gone outside north America and talked to foreign heads of states.


GIBSON: Let me ask you about some specific national security situations.


PALIN: Sure.

GIBSON: Let’s start with Russia and Georgia. The administration has said, we’ve got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

PALIN: First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak the other day and giving my commitment, as John McCain’s running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we have to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have asserted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable. And we have to keep …

Did she say that she talked to a foreign head of state?


GIBSON: You believe unprovoked?

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked. And we have to keep our eyes on Russia. Under the leadership there.

Sorry I have not researched whether it was provoked.

But a quick scan of seems to indicate that it was.


GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.

Didn't answer the question. Unless you interpret 'insight' as being able to physically see some thing.


GIBSON: You favor putting Georgia and Ukraine into NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine definitely yes. Yes. And Georgia. Putin thinks otherwise, obviously he thinks otherwise.

A straight answer as to her opinion


GIBSON: Under the NATO treaty, would we have to go to war if Russia invaded Georgia?

PALIN: Maybe. That is the agreement. If a NATO country is attacked, you are expected to help.


GIBSON: Do you consider a nuclear Iran to be a threat to Israel?

PALIN: In The hands of Ahmadinejad, nuclear weapons are extremely dangerous to everyone on this globe, yes.


GIBSON: So, what should we do about a nuclear Iran?

PALIN: Make sure weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons are not given t Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them. So we have got to put the pressure on Iran.


GIBSON: What if Israel decided it felt threatened and need to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?

PALIN: Well, first, we are friends of Israel, and I don’t think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves, and for their security.

Does that mean if you are our friend you can do what they want


GIBSON: So if we didn’t second guess it and if they decided they needed to do it, because Iran was an existential threat, we would be cooperative or agree with that?

PALIN: I don’t think we can second guess what Israel has to do to secure its nation.

GIBSON: So if it felt necessary, if it felt the need to defend itself by taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, that would be all right?

PALIN: We cannot second guess the steps that Israel has to take to defend itself.

What does she mean by 'second-guess' Does that mean it is ok?

We can have no opinion. Or that we should not interfere?

From free dictonary : evaluate or criticize with hindsight, explain or interpret something

To criticize or correct after an outcome is known. To outguess. To predict or anticipate To criticize a decision after its outcome is known.


GIBSON: Why did 9/11 happen? Why did they want to hurt us?

PALIN: A very small percentage of Islamic believers are extreme, violent, and they do not believe in American ideals. And they attacked us. And now we are at a point, here, seven years later, on the anniversary, in this post- 9/11 world, where we are able to commit to never again. The only option for them is to become a suicide bomber, to get caught up in this evil, in this terror. They need to be provided the hope that all Americans have, instilled in us, because we’re a democratic and we are a free, we’re a free-thinking society.

Answer: They do not believe in American ideals.

The rest of the answer is interesting. Why is that their only option ?


GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?

PALIN: In what respect, Charlie?

GIBSON: The Bush — well, what do you interpret it to be?

PALIN: His world view?

GIBSON: No, the Bush doctrine, annunciated September 2002, before the Iraq War.

PALIN: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell-bent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made, and with new leadership, and that’s the beauty of American elections, of course, and democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

GIBSON: The Bush doctrine as I understand it is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with us?

PALIN: Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligent and legitimate evidence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country.

A lot has been made about this answer so I left it as if. Figure it out for your self.

What I hear her say is that yes we can invade preemptively if she thinks it is right.

It opens up many more questions, in light of the 'evidence' used to invade Iraq, Who vets the information


GIBSON: Can we make cross-border attacks into Pakistan,without the approval of the Pakistani government?

PALIN: As for our right to invade, we’re going to work with these countries, building new relationships, working with existing allies, but forging new also, in order to, Charlie, get to a point in this world, where war is not going to be a first option. In fact, war has got to be and military strike a last option.


Does not in any way answer the question. It sound admirable

In the light of her previous responses, the short answer is yes.


GIBSON: But governor, I am asking you, do we have the right, in your mind, to go across the border, with or without the approval of the Pakistani government?

PALIN: We must do whatever it takes, and we must not blink. In making those tough decisions of where we go, and even who we target.

Now this is one that truly scares me. She used the phrase about not blinking, to answer how much thought she put into whether or not she should be VP and that answer was No thought I just knew I should do it because J McCain Said I would be of help.

(See Question 4)



GIBSON: Is that a yes? We have the right to go across the border, with or without the approval of the Pakistani government?

PALIN:America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists, we have got to have all options out there on the table.

No Direct answer but yes.



Again much has been made of this exchange so I left it intact:

GIBSON: You said recently in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.”

PALIN (on video tape): Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right, (pray) also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God.

GIBSON: Are we fighting a Holy War?

PALIN: That’s a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words, when he said, first he suggested, never presume to know what God’s will is, and I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak god’s words, but what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that’s a repeat in my comments, was, let us not pray that God is on our side, in a war, or any other time. But let us pray that we are on God’s side. That’s what that comment was all about, Charlie.

Today is the day that I send my first born, my son, my teenage son, oversees with his Stryker brigade. Four thousand other wonderful American men and women to fight for our country, to fight for our freedoms.

GIBSON: But you went on and said, “There is a plan, and it is God’s plan.”

PALIN: I believe that there is a plan for this world, and that plan, for this world, is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country, to be able to live and be protected within inalienable rights, that I believe are God-given, Charlie. And I believe those are the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That in my world view is the grand plan.

“There is a plan, it is God’s plan and I believe we are following it.”

Please tell em I am wrong, please I am scared !!!


GIBSON: Then, are you sending your son on a task from God?

PALIN: I don’t know if the task is from God, Charlie. What I know is that my son has made a decision. I am so proud of his independent and strong decision. What he decided to do, in serving for the right reasons in serving something greater than self, and not choosing a real easy path, where he could be more comfortable and certainly safer

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
1:59 am
McCain's  Plan For America
    • John McCain .. will be telling oil producing countries and oil speculators that our dependence on foreign oil will come to an end - and the impact will be lower prices at the pump.
    • John McCain's policies will increase the value of the dollar and thus reduce the price of oil.
For Other Amazingly New Ideas Please click this link:


Oh and extra Point if you find this line in his White Paper:
"In 1997, President Clinton and the GOP Congress agreed to balance the budget by restraining the
growth in spending and cutting taxes over a ten-year period."
(emphisis added)

In the next few days I will be attempting to compare & Contrast both McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden stated view's along with their voting records on those issues.
1:59 am
Obama's Plan
In the interest of fairness it must be said that I do have a personal opinion as to whom I would like to see lead this Nation in to the new century.
If that position become obvious enough that you readers can spot it please tell me. It will be a good indication that I need to be more even handed in this endeavor.

Now for the other side:

A few high lights:
Energy Plan.
  • Provide short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump
  • Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
  • Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
  • Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars -- cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon -- on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America.
  • Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
  • Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
  • • Increase Fuel Economy Standards.
    • Get 1 Million Plug-In Hybrid Cars on the Road by 2015.
    • Create a New $7,000 Tax Credit for Purchasing Advanced Vehicles.
    • Establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
    • A “Use it or Lose It” Approach to Existing Oil and Gas Leases.
    • Promote the Responsible Domestic Production of Oil and Natural Gas.
  • • Ensure 10 percent of Our Electricity Comes from Renewable Sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
    • Deploy the Cheapest, Cleanest, Fastest Energy Source – Energy Efficiency.
    • Weatherize One Million Homes Annually.
    • Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology.
    • Prioritize the Construction of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline.
One thing I noticed on Obama's website is that at the end of each policy statement is a section that details his voting record.  Kinda nice to not have to dig to find that Info.
1:58 am
New Land that is currently available to be leased for oil and gas exploration.

Currently 68 million acres of federal land and offshore sites now leased by oil companies sit idle has potential reserves to nearly double U.S. oil production and increase natural gas output by 75 percent.

An interesting bit of info can be found here:


2008 NPR-A Lease Sale Acreage at a Glance

National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

Acres Currently Leased

Acres Available for Leasing

Number of Parcels Available













What does the size of the total available acres for lease compare to?
1. Just over the total area of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
2. Approximately 6% of the public lands managed by BLM in Alaska.

1:57 am
can someone explain this statement to me ?
"The McCain administration would reserve all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan
operations in the fight against Islamic extremists for reducing the deficit. Since all their costs were
financed with deficit spending, all their savings must go to deficit reduction."

My question is this: Savings is defined as "
The total accumulated amount of 'money' that is not spent on consumption." and the money came from deficit spending, how can one save what we dont have ?
1:57 am
Obama Social Secruity plan

Protect Social Security
Obama is committed to ensuring Social Security is solvent and viable for the American people, now and in
the future. Obama will be honest with the American people about the long-term solvency of Social Security
and the ways we can address the shortfall. Obama will protect Social Security benefits for current and
future beneficiaries alike. And he does not believe it is necessary or fair to hardworking seniors to raise the
retirement age. Obama is strongly opposed to privatizing Social Security.

Obama believes that the first place to look for ways to strengthen Social Security is the payroll tax system.
Currently, the Social Security payroll tax applies to only the first $97,500 a worker makes. Obama supports
increasing the maximum amount of earnings covered by Social Security and he will work with Congress and the American people to choose a payroll tax reform package that will keep Social Security solvent for at least the next half century.

Strengthen Retirement Savings
Reform Corporate Bankruptcy Laws to Protect Workers and Retirees: Current bankruptcy laws protect
banks before workers. Obama will protect pensions by putting promises to workers higher on the list of
debts that companies cannot shed; ensuring that the bankruptcy courts do not demand more sacrifice from workers than executives; telling companies that they cannot issue executive bonuses while cutting worker pensions; increasing the amount of unpaid wages and benefits workers can claim in court; and limiting the circumstances under which retiree benefits can be reduced. Require Full Disclosure of Company Pension Investments Obama will ensure that all employees who have company pensions receive detailed annual disclosures about their pension fund’s investments. This will provide retirees important resources to make their pension fundmore secure.

Eliminate Income Taxes for Seniors Making Less Than $50,000
Obama will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will provide
an immediate tax cut averaging $1,400 to 7 million seniors and relieve millions from the burden of filing tax

Create Automatic Workplace Pensions
Obama’s retirement security plan will automatically enroll workers in a workplace pension plan. Under his
plan, employers who do not currently offer a retirement plan, will be required to enroll their employees in
a direct-deposit IRA account that is compatible to existing direct-deposit payroll systems. Employees may
opt-out if they choose. Experts estimate that this program will increase the savings participation rate for low
and middle-income workers from its current 15 percent level to around 80 percent.

Expand Retirement Savings Incentives for Working Families
Obama will ensure savings incentives are fair to all workers by creating a generous savings match for low and middle-income Americans. His plan will match 50 percent of the first $1,000 of savings for families that earn less than $75,000. The savings match will be automatically deposited into designated personal accounts. Over 80 percent of these savings incentives will go to new savers.

Prevent Age Discrimination
Obama will fight job discrimination for aging employees by strengthening the Age Discrimination in
Employment Act and empowering the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to prevent all forms of
1:56 am
McCain's Social Security
Reform Social Security:
John McCain will fight to save the future of Social Security, and he believes that
we may meet our obligations to the retirees of today and the future without raising taxes. John McCain
supports supplementing the current Social Security system with personal accounts – but not as a
substitute for addressing benefit promises that cannot be kept. John McCain will reach across the aisle to
address these challenges, but if the Democrats do not act, he will. No problem is in more need of honesty
than the looming financial challenges of entitlement programs. Americans have the right to know the truth
and John McCain will not leave office without fixing the problems that threatens our future prosperity and
1:56 am
McCain's Tax Plan
Taxes: Simpler, Fair, Pro-Growth, And Competitive
Keep Tax Rates Low:
Entrepreneurs are at the heart of American innovation, growth and prosperity.
Entrepreneurs create the ultimate job security – a new, better opportunity if your current job goes away.
Entrepreneurs should not be taxed into submission.
Captial Gains:
John McCain will keep the top tax rate at 35 percent,
maintain the 15 percent rates on dividends and capital gains, and phase-out the Alternative Minimum Tax.
Small businesses are the heart of job growth; raising taxes on them hurts every worker. John McCain's
opponent wants to increase the marginal income tax rate which applies to the nation's 23 million small
business owners who pay their taxes under the individual tax rate system.
Cut The Corporate Tax Rate From 35 To 25 Percent:
A lower corporate tax rate is essential to keeping
good jobs in the United States. America was once a low-tax business environment, but as our trade
partners lowered their rates, America failed to keep pace. American workers deserve the chance to make
fine products here and sell them around the globe.
Allow First-Year Deduction, Or "Expensing", Of Equipment And Technology Investments:
American workers need the finest technologies to compete. Expensing of equipment and technology will provide an
immediate boost to capital expenditures and reward investments in cutting-edge technologies.
Establish Permanent Tax Credit Equal To 10 Percent Of Wages Spent On R&D: This reform will greatly
simplify the tax code, reward activity in the United States, and make us more competitive with other
countries. A permanent credit will provide an incentive to innovate and remove uncertainty. At a time when
our companies need to be more competitive, we need to provide a permanent incentive to innovate, and
remove the uncertainty now hanging over businesses as they make R&D investment decisions.
Estate Tax:
Allow Families To Keep Their Businesses: John McCain proposes reducing the Estate Tax rate to 15
percent and permit a generous $10 million exemption.
1:55 am
from Obama's Website

The Problem

Increasing Debt: Under President Bush, the federal debt has increased from $5.7 trillion to $8.8 trillion, an increase of more than 50 percent.

Irresponsible Tax Cuts: President Bush's policies of giving tax breaks for the wealthy will cost the nation over $2.3 trillion by the time they expire in 2009.

Barack Obama's Plan

Restore Fiscal Discipline to Washington

  • Reinstate PAYGO Rules: Obama believes that a critical step in restoring fiscal discipline is enforcing pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budgeting rules which require new spending commitments or tax changes to be paid for by cuts to other programs or new revenue.
  • Reverse Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy: Obama will protect tax cuts for poor and middle class families, but he will reverse most of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers.
  • Cut Pork Barrel Spending: Obama introduced and passed bipartisan legislation that would require more disclosure and transparency for special-interest earmarks. Obama believes that spending that cannot withstand public scrutiny cannot be justified. Obama will slash earmarks to no greater than year 2001 levels and ensure all spending decisions are open to the public.
  • Make Government Spending More Accountable and Efficient: Obama will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid. Obama will also increase the efficiency of government programs through better use of technology, stronger management that demands accountability and by leveraging the government's high-volume purchasing power to get lower prices.
  • End Wasteful Government Spending: Obama will stop funding wasteful, obsolete federal government programs that make no financial sense. Obama has called for an end to subsidies for oil and gas companies that are enjoying record profits, as well as the elimination of subsidies to the private student loan industry which has repeatedly used unethical business practices. Obama will also tackle wasteful spending in the Medicare program.

Make the Tax System More Fair and Efficient

  • End Tax Haven Abuse: Building on his bipartisan work in the Senate, Obama will give the Treasury Department the tools it needs to stop the abuse of tax shelters and offshore tax havens and help close the $350 billion tax gap between taxes owed and taxes paid.
  • Close Special Interest Corporate Loopholes: Obama will level the playing field for all businesses by eliminating special-interest loopholes and deductions, such as those for the oil and gas industry.

Barack Obama's Record

  • PAYGO: Obama voted in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to reinstate pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) federal budget rules.
  • No-Bid Contracts: Obama has introduced and helped pass bipartisan legislation to limit the abuse of no-bid federal contracts.
  • Against Raising the Federal Debt Limit: In 2006, Obama voted against misguided Republican efforts to raise the statutory debt limit at the same time the Republicans were pushing through massive debt-financed tax cuts for the wealthy.
1:55 am
Obama' Tax Plan

The Obama Tax Plan


Sen. Obama believes that responsible candidates must put forward specific ideas of how they would pay for their proposals. That is why he would repeal a portion of the tax cuts passed in the last eight years for families making over $250,000. But to be clear: He would leave their tax rates at or below where they were in the 1990s.

- The top two income-tax brackets would return to their 1990s levels of 36% and 39.6% (including the exemption and deduction phase-outs). All other brackets would remain as they are today.

- The top capital-gains rate for families making more than $250,000 would return to 20% -- the lowest rate that existed in the 1990s and the rate President Bush proposed in his 2001 tax cut. A 20% rate is almost a third lower than the rate President Reagan set in 1986.

- The tax rate on dividends would also be 20% for families making more than $250,000, rather than returning to the ordinary income rate. This rate would be 39% lower than the rate President Bush proposed in his 2001 tax cut and would be lower than all but five of the last 92 years we have been taxing dividends.

- The estate tax would be effectively repealed for 99.7% of estates, and retained at a 45% rate for estates valued at over $7 million per couple. This would cut the number of estates covered by the tax by 84% relative to 2000.

Overall, in an Obama administration, the top 1% of households -- people with an average income of $1.6 million per year -- would see their average federal income and payroll tax rate increase from 21% today to 24%, less than the 25% these households would have paid under the tax laws of the late 1990s.

Sen. Obama believes that one of the principal problems facing the economy today is the lack of discretionary income for middle-class wage earners. That's why his plan would not raise any taxes on couples making less than $250,000 a year, nor on any single person with income under $200,000 -- not income taxes, capital gains taxes, dividend or payroll taxes.

1:53 am
Should Palin's daughter be cited ...........

............as a reason to discredit her mother ?
I posted this as a comment on another blog:

I think that everyone here is missing the point. HER DAUGHTER SHOULD NOT BE USED AS AN EXCUSE. PERIOD.

However, by choosing her, McCain's showed a lack of judgment.

1. She spoke at a libertarian (?) convention
2. She he put forth, or supported the secession of Alaska
3. She has at least one possible scandal, with another 2 in the works.
4 Supported the 'bridge to nowhere as 'Pork' then reversed her position (Can you say 'Flip-Flop')and when all was said and done took the money anyway.
5. How does her record match McCain's statement that the only requirement for a VP be '........ready, on day one, to take over as president.'
6. Her total lack of National experience.
7 Her absolutely lack of forgiven policy exposure.
8. She has never governed more then 670,000 people. Less then the population of the top 15 U.S. Cities
9. She has been in that position for less then a 2 years
10. She was the former Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (The role of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission... (is to) determining how best to bring North Slope gas to market. http://www.state.ak.us/admin/ogc/Gas/PBU_Gas_Offtake.pdf)

If Palin refuses to take a look at her stance on teen age pregnancy prevention Vis-a-vis(sp.?) her Daughter pergnancy  it will indicate, (not prove), a possible inability to judge issues based on fact rather then religious beliefs.

Use Palin's experience to judge her fitness (Damn I did not want to use that word) for office.

1:50 am
Palin asked the police chief, librarian, public works director, and finance director to resign because they had different views
She instituted a policy requiring department heads to get her approval before talking to reporters.[19]
She tried to fired the Librarian when she would not ban books that included language she deemed inappropriate.[20]
Palin fired the police chief, citing a failure to fully support her administration. Both had publicly supported Palin's opponent.

Palin fired Walt Monegan, who later said he felt pressured to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law, Mike Wooten, a trooper who had been locked in a child-custody battle with Palin's sister.

As mayor, Palin  increased the city sales tax to pay for a new indoor ice rink and sports complex while voting against a muesum and libary expansion.

Palin hired a lobbying firm  led by Steven Silver, a former chief of staff for Sen. Ted Stevens,[28] to secured nearly $27 million in earmarked funds. The earmarks included, "$500,000 for a youth shelter, $1.9 million for a transportation hub, $900,000 for sewer repairs, and $15 million for a rail project"" linking Wasilla and the ski resort community of Girdwood, Stevens' hometown.

Governor Murkowski appointed Palin to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission,  Palin resigned and  filed formal complaints against the state Republican Party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich,[37] and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes.[38]
She accused Ruedrich, one of her fellow commissioners, of doing work for the party on public time and working closely with a company he was supposed to be regulating. Ruedrich and Renkes both resigned and Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.[6][34]

Palin served as one of three directors of "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a 527 group that was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in Alaska.[39] Stevens was indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts. Stevens is specifically charged with violating provisions of the Ethics in Government Act.

Palin also publicly challenged Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about investagation, yet shortly before his indictment, she held news conference "to make clear she had not abandoned (Stevens) politically."[39]

She helped pass a tax increase on oil company profits.[44]
Created a new sub-cabinet group of advisers to address climate change within Alaska
However her postion on  climate change states,  "I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made."[53]

In response to high oil and gas prices, and the resulting state government budget surplus, she proposed to send Alaskans $1,200 directly, paid for from the windfall surplus the state is getting because of the high oil prices.[65]

Palin objected to listing polar bear as endangered amid fears that it would hurt oil and gas development in the bears' habitat off Alaska's northern and northwestern coasts. She said the move to list the bears was premature and was not the appropriate management tool for their welfare.[66]

Palin signed into law a $6.6 billion operating budget—the largest in Alaska's history.[69]
She then used her veto power to make the second-largest cuts of the construction budget in state history.
The $237 million in cuts represented over 300 local projects, and reduced the construction budget to nearly $1.6 billion.

The Alaska Creamery Board recommended closing an unprofitable state-owned business. Palin objected, citing concern for dairy farmers and a recent infusion of $600,000 in state money. Palin subsequently replaced the entire membership of the
Board of Agriculture and Conservation
After reversing
the decision the unprofitable business was eventully put up for sale and converted it into heated storage units.[74]

Palin ran on a "build-the-bridge" platform[75][76] but later decided to use the bridge funds for other projects and allocated tens of millions of dollars of federal funds to begin construction of the Gravina island road meant to link to the bridge.

When introduced as McCain's running mate, Palin told the crowd, "I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere"


1:49 am

McCain spoke about how Sarah Palin, upon coming into office, put the jet on eBay, And "Sold it for a Profit"
She did put the Jet on eBay. It did not sell
The Plane then went to a private broker. It was sold at a Loss.

1:47 am
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1:46 am
Oh Boy.....................just what we need
"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right also for this country," Gov. Palin said, in a video of the talk posted on the church's Web site. Pray "that our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure we're praying for: that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."

Scary !!!!
1:45 am
Just a regular gal........................
Vanity Fair Estimates Cindy McCain's Outfit Cost $313,000.
The median US home price went from appox. $230,000 in Jan. 2007 to a low of Appox. $198,000 before rebounding to about $210,000 12 months later.

Where do I go to scream................................
1:44 am
Why am I pissing myself off ????

From the web EIA website.


"Seven to 12 years... are required... to explore and develop ... the ANWR Area for oil production"
There is a 95% chance that we'll get an average of 350 MMBbs a year

So if America tapped the Oil in Anwr, all the oil, it would be about 350 MMBbs a year(avg)
America imports 4600
MMBbs a year. Now check my math but that about 7% of what we use
If the oil companies gave us that oil for free, it would mean that $3.95/gallon gas would drop to $3.65/gallon.
1:43 am
    350 million Barrels
X $120 per barrel
That number is $42 Billion
I don't even know how to read that number !!!!
Yea, Lets open it up. More money for the oil companies.
We'll get all that tax revenue............. oh wait there getting tax breaks.............
1:40 am
Deep Water Drilling

n talking about relief from having to pay royalties on the Gas & Oil from off shore drilling that are designed to encourage more exploration.............

The DWRRA apparently has helped stimulate interest in developing deep-water leases............Of the 7,800 active oil and gas leases in the Gulf, 54 percent are in deep water...........However, MMS has acknowledged that relatively few of the deep-water leases sold in the initial DWRRA sale have been tested. Of the 3,200 deep-water leases issued from 1996 to 2000, only 6.5 percent of them have been drilled.

Yet they want more areas to be opened.....for what????
Why are they not drilling what has already been leased?
1:39 am

ethics reform

In a futile effort to keep this synopsis anonymous,

I have Use the term “I” as a stand in for the candidates name

1. I have been a tireless warrior against wasteful spending, and one of the few leaders who has the guts to challenge abusive Congressional earmarks and the pork barrel politics that grip Washington. I understand that, fundamentally, wasteful spending is an issue of ethics.

2. As President,I will shine the disinfecting light of public scrutiny on those who abuse the public purse, use the power of the presidency to restore fiscal responsibility, and exercise the veto pen to enforce it.

3. I have fought the good fight against the practices that alienate the public from their elected leaders. I have fought for public disclosure of those who lobby lawmakers for a living, and to prohibit them from providing gifts to elected officials. Fought for greater transparency regarding the official activities of lobbyists, disclosure of those who arrange for lawmakers' travel, and require members to pay full charter rates when using corporate aircraft.

4. I have fought the "revolving door" by which lawmakers and other influential officials leave their posts and become lobbyists for the special interests they have aided. As well as fought for an independent ethics office in Congress to help restore the public's faith in the integrity of the legislative branch.

5. Since campaigns require money to communicate to voters, you can never take money completely out of politics, nor should we. We have a right to financially support the candidates and the parties they choose.

6. I have fought to enforce prohibitions on corporate and union contributions, for sensible donation limits, disclosure of how campaigns are funded, and the diligent enforcement of these common sense rules that promote maximum public participation in the political process and limit opportunities for corruption.

7. I understand that the America people are sovereign, deserve a political process worthy of the sacrifices made to keep us free and proud. As President, I will see to it that the institutions of self-government are respected pillars of democracy, not commodities to be bought, bartered, or abused.

All information take from the candidates website

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