THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT
but I’m not trashing her either. While she still rubs me the wrong way, her accomplishments speak for themselves.
I’ll admit it – this year’s presidential campaign has just frustrated me to no end. I’m so fed up with the dark comments, the political slander, the bad debates and the blameshifting that I don’t know what to do. And I’m a registered Republican to boot. I’m pro-God, pro-life, pro-get the government out of the micro-management business. I believe the wallstreet/fanny mae deal was a B-A-I-L-O-U-T blunder at the taxpayers expense and not the rescue package both senators claim it to be. Yet here we are.. stuck between a rock and hard place.
Some people have brought this election down to the basics of choosing between War and Abortion.. I disagree – but then, I usually do. It really is never that simple folks.
This has been a good experience for me in that, at 43 – I have never voted outside my party lines,save once, and that was for Dole/Ferraro. I did it because I was a young women who wanted to support a female candidate. I did it because her track record and her demeanor impressed me. I didn’t do it because I was afraid of “going to hell for not supporting women.” as Sarah so casually stated in California this week. I wanted to do that again this year but so far I haven’t liked Sarah enough to tow the party line. I have also figured out this seems to be a generational thing – women my age and above seem to like Hillary more than they like Sarah while our daughters like Sarah. Interesting concept.
When I ask them why, I hear things like “Hillary is where she is because of Bill, but Sarah is a self made woman.” Do the younger women really believe that Sarah got where she is by herself, and Hillary only rode on Bills coat tails? IS that really the perception? I hope our daughters are smarter than that.
Love em or hate em… neither women got where they are today because of someone else. Both women stayed where they are today because of their own competance. I prefer Hillary over Sarah hands down. But then I am comparing apples to oranges here. Hillary presently outclasses Sarah on all fronts. Sarah’s cutsie-flirtatious public behavior is an insult to this Who’s-Who-of-National-Female-Executives-Woman – who has stared down a giant or two in her day and chose to leave corporate at the ripe old age of 33 to raise my family. I am, however, beginning to concede that Sarah might have potential. I’m not sold yet. I found her insulting to my intelligence in the VP debate and in other interviews. Cutsie won’t win me over. Strong intelligence, can.
So with a little help from my friends – I found the counter to the jokes, slander, insults, and whatnot – and have a list of Sarah’s accomplishments – provided for me – by a friend. – if for nothing else to help me in my quest to learn about politics, make intelligent choices rather than tow the line. And vote responsibly. Will this election be based on the VP candidate? No.. But learning about them is a start for me.
I won’t vote democratic – the party got it wrong, hands down. Still.. for those who want to know a different Sarah than the one SNL is showing – I offer this list…
She has been the Governor of Alaska for two years and Mayor of Wasilla Alaska for ten years. She also served as President of Alaska Conference of Mayors and was also a City Council member (1992-1996).
AGIA License bill signed August 27, 2008. Energy Package signed August 25, 2008. Administrative Order 242 signed August 20, 2008.
AGIA License bill signed August 27, 2008
House Bill 3001 for awarding a contract to TransCanada Alaska for developing and building a pipeline stretching for 1,715 miles from the Prudhoe Bay treatment plant to Alberta Canada.
Natives of Alaska have dreamed of a pipeline for more than 30 years. Sarah Palin in less than two years got the bill passed and the framework is now laid for them to move forward with the project.
More than 36,000 miles of pipeline is now operated by TransCanada Corporation in North America. They have built many pipelines also and are appreciative of the Governor’s suport.
House Bill 4001 and Senate bill 4002 were signed into law by Governor Palin on August 25, 2008. SB 4002 pays $1,200 to each resident who qualifies. The money for these payments comes from the state’s natural resource revenue. This bill also suspends the state’s tax on gasoline.
“Alaskans who signed up for direct deposit will see these funds on September 12, along with their dividend,” said Governor Palin. “In rural Alaska, particularly, many people are facing a choice between feeding their families and heating their homes, and they could use this payment from the state’s energy-generated surplus to cover some of those bills.”
She also signed a proclamation declaring September to be energy efficiency month in Alaska. She encourages residents to use energy more efficiently during this month.
Administrative Order 242 signed August 20, 2008.
This order puts together a co-op of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Revenue to work with organizations who wish to commercialize Alaska’s North Slope natural gas.
“This solidifies our commitment to facilitating an LNG project that is a product of market interest,” Governor Palin said. “By committing both project capital and natural gas resources to a pipeline that would transport North Slope natural gas to tidewater, an LNG project can remain an integral element of the state’s effort to deliver Alaska’s gas to market”
The Order encourages the departments to support any who are pursuing development of natural gas projects which are liquefiable and economic.
The jet was purchased on payments by the former governor as a person would buy an automobile. Payments of $62,492.79 were made quarterly.
It was sold to a businessman from Valdez named Larry Reynolds, who paid $2.1 million for the jet, shy of the original $2.7 million purchase price, according to contemporaneous news reports, including a story in the New York Times.
Upon entering office as Governor, the first thing Palin did was fire the chef. She said she is able to make meals for her children and the chef is no longer necessary.
Internet rumors have been going around claiming Palin cut funding for Special Needs Education by 62%. The rumor has been found to be false and the funding in fact tripled for these special needs children education.
That is just a few things. She tackled corruption in her own party and some heads did roll. She is not getting a fair shake by our media and I don’t expect she ever will. She doesn’t just go along with politics as usual. When she sees something she doesn’t agree with, she tackles it head on. She is not afraid to stand up for herself or up to corrupt men in her own party. She’s accomplished quite bit for being a hocky mom, imo.
-Forced former Alaskan Attorney General and the state Republican Party Chairman Rudy Ruedrich to resign over ethical violations relating to the Alaskan Oil and Gas Commission
-Swept corruption out of the Alaskan state govt. This included rescinding over 30 appointments made by the outgoing Governor prior to her election and obtaining a conviction against the previous Governor’s Chief of Staff for campaign violations which included funnelling state money to his former bosses campaign.
-Took on the oil companies and won. She raised big oils taxes and gave the money to Alaskans to help them buy energy to heat their homes.
-invested 5 billion dollars in a state savings account, including a 2.6 billion dollar Education Fund and a 1 billion dollar fund to be used to help develop Alaska’s transportation infrastructure.
-Enacted legislation to spend $ 250 million dollars over 5 years on renewable energy projects including solar, wind, hydroelectric and natural gas
-She enacted the Alaskan Gasline Inducement Act, which took a no bid contract awarded by the previous corrupt Gov of Alaska and allowed the Alaskan pipeline to be built without Alaska having to give up its tax rights saving Alaska hundreds of millions of dollars.
-Vetoed 240 million dollars of pork barrel projects in the state budget. Over 300 projects cancelled.
-Enacted a sub cabinet group to address environmental issues, in the aide of balancing energy exploration and being environmentally friendly as possible.
-Created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office, this office provides oversight of all of Alaska’s energy related contracts as well as ensuring that the infrastructure of oil field infrastructure is well maintained, protecting the environment and Alaska’s economic interest.
-Visited Alaskan National Guard members in Kuwait. As Governor, Palin commands the Alaskan National Guard
-Cancelled the “Road to Nowhere” An 11 mile road that would have been a result of a no bid contract awarded by the Murkowski Administration
-Cancelled the Bridge to Nowhere after it became apparent that it was a pork barrel pet project of Congressman Don Young and Senator Ted Stevens. She did keep the federal money for the bridge though and spent it on other projects.
-She was Co-Chair of the National Governors Association and now heads it’s Natural Resources Committee
-Palin is Chairperson of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. This commission promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and gas resources in an environmentally friendly manner.
It’s this writers opinion that while the democratic party got it wrong (it should be Hillary up there, and not Obama), our Sarah will prove herself to be a force to be contended with and is not likely to go away anytime soon.
Peace – Deana