Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sarah Palin For VP: Maverick & Maverick?

“I respect our military personnel and understand the importance of Alaska's National Guard. As I watched our military men and women being deployed I recognized how important it is for their families to know how much Alaska and America support them.” - Sarah Palin

Sarah PalinSarah Palin is the incumbent Governor of Alaska and former Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. A Journalist, she is the first Governor of Alaska born after Alaska was granted statehood. She took office at the age of 42, making her the youngest Governor in Alaska's short history, as well as the first woman Governor.

Palin's oldest child, and only son, Track, joined the Army in 2007, at the age of 18. Palin also has three daughters, Bristol, Piper, and Willow, who live at home in Wasilla. Husband Todd is a commercial fisherman. Sarah Palin has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Idaho, and is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
“I am a lifetime member of the NRA, I support our Constitutional right to bear arms and am a proponent of gun safety programs for Alaska's youth […]” - Sarah Palin

Some of her political imagery comes from her private life. When marijuana was still legal in Alaska - a true maverick state! - she admits she tried it, but didn't like it. One wonders just how good or bad Alaskan Gold is. She eats mooseburgers, and rides snowmobiles.

Sarah Palin's nice gams
Gov. Sarah Palin responds to a question in her downtown Anchorage office next to a grizzly her father shot in Denali Highway country. - photo by STEPHEN NOWERS / Anchorage Daily News

Palin's political career began with two terms on the Wasilla City Council, then was elected Mayor for two terms. She was elected President of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. From Wiki:
In 2002, Palin made a failed bid to become the state's lieutenant governor, coming in second place behind Loren Leman in a four-way race, some say due to her inability to raise campaign contributions equal to that of her opponents. After Frank Murkowski became governor, resigning from his long-time U.S. Senate seat, Palin was considered by some to be a candidate for that job; however Murkowski appointed his daughter, then State Representative Lisa Murkowski.

Governor Murkowski did appoint Palin to serve as a commissioner on the state's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission which she served on during 2003–2004, but later resigned, in protest over what she perceived to be the "lack of ethics" of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders. This included the state party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, a fellow commissioner, who was accused of doing work for the party on public time and providing a sensitive email to a lobbyist. She filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former state Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who was eventually found not guilty.

Hmmm, spunky and ethical! No wonder the MSM ignores her while deifying Oprah and Hillary. A Republican takes on the Republican Party, and it ain't the MSM's favorite Maverick, John McCain, but a woman in Alaska. But the Republican Party had a small comeuppance coming.

Palin campaigningIn 2006 Palin took on the sitting Republican Governor Frank "Bridge To Nowhere" Murkowski in the Republican Primaries. She beat the party and Murkowski. Then she went on to the general election and whipped the former Governor, Tony Knowles, by 8 percentage points in a six-candidate race. Her plurality was 48%+. How many times have we sat back and groaned as the Party went out of its way to shove good candidates aside to protect lousy, incumbent Republicans in their re-election bids? Well, Palin fought them, beat them, and then beat the Democrat. And it turns out she has been so good as Governor that, in July 2007, Palin was heralded in the national media as being the most popular governor in the country, with an approval rating often in the 90s. An August 2007 poll had her approval rating at 84%, with 5% disapproving. Wonder who disapproved? Democrats, no doubt, wishing for a bigger government and more handouts.

Wanna talk about a Maverick? Sarah Palin supports moving the Legislative sessions out of Juneau - the state Capital - on occasion. She also pushes sending the state's wealth back down to the municipalities. Which, of course, is where that wealth came from in the first place. This is Municipal Revenue Sharing, something the National Football League uses a form of to keep smaller teams in smaller cities afloat. And after all, the locals know far better what is needed in their town than some elected twit in the Capital. I know that's political Heresy to the Left, but it's a fact nevertheless. Palin seems to understand that a government's wealth comes only from taking it from those who actually worked for it. Governments do not make money, nor do they create wealth. Ever. They consume it, ravenously, if allowed.

Maverick? When Palin was elected Governor, she decided Juneau had seen enough inaugurations. She moved the ceremonies to Fairbanks, Alaska. Imagine the President of the United States being inaugurated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rather than in Washington, D.C. Where would all those Big Wigs and government muckety-mucks stay? And just who would they impress? I like Palin's idea. Maybe we ought to try it one of these days for the President's inauguration, eh?

Sarah Palin is not immune to the disease of government meddling in things economic. And she did not come out looking good. Again, from Wiki:
Gov. Palin received widespread criticism for her handling of Matanuska Maid Dairy, a state owned dairy. When the State Dairy Board recommend the closing of the unprofitable state owned business, Palin fired the board and appointed long-time MATSU Borough associates to run the board, including influential real estate businesswoman Kristan Cole. The new board quickly approved raising the price of milk offered by the dairy in a vain attempt to control hemorrhaging fiscal losses and despite the fact that milk from the state of Washington was already offered in Alaska for much less the Mat Maid milk. In the end the dairy was forced to close and the state tried to sell the assets to pay for its huge debts, but because the initial minimum asking price was set too high no bids were received.
I hope she understands that government is not the answer to every problem. She does seem to.
“As Mayor and CEO of the booming city of Wasilla, my team invited investment and encouraged business growth by eliminating small business inventory taxes, eliminated personal property taxes, reduced real property tax mill levies every year I was in office, reduced fees, and built the infrastructure our businesses needed to grow and prosper.” - Sarah Palin

Palin did sign into law Alaska's largest operating budget ever, but also used her veto pen to make the second largest cuts ever, in the state's construction budget.

As the Murkowski Administration came to a close he appointed his Chief of Staff, Jim Clark, to the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority. Shortly after her inauguration, Palin tossed Clark off the Authority. In Murkowski's closing days he okayed the building of an eleven-mile-long gravel road to a mine outside Juneau. Palin scrapped that. Although it took a few years, Palin finally managed to sell the jet Murkowski bought for the state - with state money, of course - on eBay. That was one of her campaign promises. And she kept it.

Palin tours the Bunker Hill

Can you imagine her as a Commander in Chief? Touring the Bunker Hill.

As for the Social Values voters in conservative America, here's more Wiki:
Palin is strongly pro-life and belongs to Feminists for Life. She opposes same-sex marriage, but has gay friends and has otherwise been receptive to gay and lesbian concerns about discrimination. While the previous administration did not implement same-sex benefits, Palin followed an Alaska Supreme Court order and signed them into law.

She supports a democratic advisory vote from the public on whether there should be a constitutional amendment on the matter. Alaska was one of the first states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage, in 1998, along with Hawaii.

Palin's first veto was used on legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to gay state employees and their partners. In effect, her veto granted State benefits to same-sex couples. The veto occurred after Palin consulted with her attorney general on the constitutionality of the legislation.
I don't particularly care for that last part. State Benefits are just a way of redistributing wealth. If same-sex couples need benefits they should pay for them. I pay for mine. My folks pay for their's. And there is such a thing as a Will. Gays should learn to write them and use them rather than seek governmental approval of their lifestyle. Contracts are binding. Write up a contract, people! *sigh* Rant over.

Palin unveils Alaska Quarter design

Now you know something about Sarah Palin, Republican Governor of Alaska, and fair-to-middling conservative. I hope she's on John McCain's short-list as a Vice Presidential running mate. Let's hope we don't see a replay of the 1980 Republican Party trying to shoehorn in Gerald Ford as Ronald Reagan's VP running mate/co-presidential candidate (since the Party knew that Reagan couldn't win the election on his own. Have we learned anything, Republicans?). Enough of the old Party garbage. Let's put the old Pols to bed. Maybe Palin isn't the perfect VP candidate, but she's proven electoral candidate, she has managed a growing city and a growing State. And she's smart, bold, brave, ... and a Maverick!

Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States of America!

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Palin on the Political GraphAccording to VoteMatchQuiz, Palin is a Moderate Populist Conservative.


Dardin Soto said...

Boo Yaa!!
I'm with ya' here. I first heard of her last year when I was reading up on the "bridge to nowhere" scandal and was impressed. Don't get me wrong, my first impression was "wow, what an attractive executive woman" or words to that lust, er effect... but then I calmed down and marveled at her gumption, guile and "centrism"; something I associate with in many ways.
The addition of Palin as VP may not necessarily bring core "moral majority" conservatives running to the ticket, but the balancing of it (with her youth and outside-the-box persona) can certainly make a significant dent in the general perception. Who knows,she may even put states like Oregon, Washington and California in play.... That would be something.

Great expose. Kudos ~~~

benning said...

Thanks, T-P. I didn't intend to blog today, but ran across Patrick's post, again, and got to thinking. Well, you know what happens to bloggers at that point!

McCain could do a lot worse than Palin. I hope he doesn't.

Anonymous said...

She's kinda cute, too.

Gayle said...

If she ever should become commander in chief, Benning, will she fill the White House with Grizzly Bears and Giant Crabs? LOL!

Seriously, good for her. I like her too and didn't know anything about her until I read your post. I agree that I don't like the part about State Benefits for same-sex couples, but I doubt seriously that in my lifetime I'll never see a politician where I agree on every issue.

Thanks again!

benning said...

Camo: She's no harridan like a certain Democrat candidate!

Gayle: I'm with you. There's always something we'll disagree about. But on the whole Palin is conservative. And she takes away the gender issue. She's also beaten the 'Rockefeller' Republican machine, and run a successful campaign.

I like Condi Rise, but she's not run for office. This isn't the time to start.

Anonymous said...

Things you need to know about Sarah Palin:

Sarah Palin, aka Sarah Chavez, proposed and pushed through the largest raise in taxes in Alaska's history. She supports the idea that the State can seize the property of oil producers in Alaska if they don't do what she wants. She has attacked almost the entire Republican majority in the house and senate. She stood by and giggled when a radio shock jock called the Republican President of the Senate a "bi*ch" and "a cancer". She threatened to support Democrats running against Republicans if they did not support her tax and spend policies.

Don't be fooled by a pretty face.

Batya said...

Very impressive. Does she have an "Israel policy?"

benning said...

No idea, Batya. But it's something to delve into should she get the nod from McCain.

Xeno said...

I will note here that State Benefits to gay couples is NOT aan income redistribution issue; it's a discrimination issue.

Here's how.

Prior to Governor Palin's actions, the state of Alaska gave its married heterosexual employees benefits that gay couples - being barred from marriage - were unable to receive; that's de facto discrimination.

What the Governor did was require that State employees be treated equally in terms of their benefits eligibility; that, for the specific issue of employment benefits in a state job, gays and straights were to be considered equal.

This is not, I suspect, what you were referring to; I rather took your comments - although you are certainly free to correct me if I'm misreading this - to mean that you thought she was giving gay couples something from the state that straight couples weren't getting, and that's not true.

She was dealing specifically with the job-related benefits package of state employees, and the fact that due to the Alaskan law forbidding gay marriage, gays were ineligible for dependent benefits, regardless of their familial arrangements.

At any rate, great post, great information, and I concur; I hope she's our next Vice President.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how your ignorance becomes the fuel that empowers those you fear most. It is in and of itself the explanation as to why we need change. Read a book or two before you continue to make unsubstantiated claims with incomplete information.

I am a life time NRA member who truly understands what being a good AMERICAN is all about. The enemy is all of those who do not love this country and are not willing to die for it and its children. The enemy is not all who choose to be here. The enemy has no understanding of the flag, as to how long it has flown higher and prouder than any other symbol of freedom unity and strength. It is not about religion, race, creed or color of your skin. It is about those who have defended it and sacrificed everything for it. Take the time and understand what makes a constituency and who literally is the army made up of that proudly stands for this Flag, this beautiful American flag known to all.

Anonymous said...

To Sergio Garcia,

While your message might endear you to many of your fellow countrymen an women, you must certainly realize that you could change about three words and your declaration could be attributed to a member of the Soviet politburo circa 1980.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin: An act of desperation

mystere's moonbat slayer club said...
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mystere's moonbat slayer club said...

I hope Sarah Palin helps "Johnny Mac" in giving Borat Osama a political royal "Caining".

mystere's moonbat slayer club said...

Obama's going to be like Michael Jackson when the elections are over: "Palin" comparison to McCain!

Anonymous said...

A few points - Municipal Revenue Sharing that you attributed to Palin has been an Alaska practice for some time.

Bridge to No where -
If you check out today's (Sunday, Aug. 31) Anchorage Daily News you will see that she first promised to follow through on the bridge, then after her election dumped it. Her change in position didn't save the government any money as Alaska got the money anyway and could use it for any transportation project in the state.

Also, her exceptionally high approval rating may by influenced by recent legislation to give $1200 in energy rebates to every individual in the state, in addition to the PFD so this year all Alaskans will get checks for about $3000 (Yes, that's three thousand dollars) each and she is having them sent out early this year - Families with say two parents and two children, will be receiving checks for $12,000 all at one time. TV sales are soaring - among other things.

You can also check a Youtube video showing an Anchorage TV stations report from weeks before McCain's announcement - so no, it is not some attack to discredit her nationally - to see how she is under investigation by the Alaska State Legislature for possible misuse of her office.

Just a few notes from Alaska on our governor - who hasn't been in office long enough to finish anything she has yet started - ! - seems like she is abandoning her work here for the 'bright lights' in the lower 48.

Anonymous said...

McCain's choice is shaping Alaska:

Da Martyr said...

A man or woman who is married to someone of the opposite sex deserves the benefits and not someone who is a homo because they actually have the chance of creating offspring naturally in a healthy atmosphere. These gays are trying to change the definition of marriage to collect on what they don't deserve.

P.S. Palin is a total milf.

mystere's moonbat slayer club said...

Hey very careful about the milf remark. That was uncalled for! Yes, Palin is a very attractive woman, but let's not get dirty! She definitely has the smarts to get things done, and the far left behind folks are going to be miserable when McCain and Palin get into office. That's why they're desperate to get their hot aired Messiah into office...let's burst their big balloon now! Palin can aim her guns high, and shoot their balloon down! I hear she's a great shot! Ha Ha Democrats!

Jim Gardner said...

My quest is over. I've found the stupidest person in the world! Well done.