Skip to comments.Some things you may not know about Sarah Palin
Posted on 10/17/2009 11:43:04 PM PDT by American Dream 246
Some things you may not know about Palin:
What A Fisherman Says About Sarah Palin by Dewie Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman
As posted in comments on Greta Van Susterens article referencing the MoveOn.org ad about Sarah Palin.
The last 45 of my 66 years Ive spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska. I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year. Heres the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it. Its not about persona, style, rhetoric, its about doing things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that Im about to mention here.
1- Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governors office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republicans Corrupt Bastards Club (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing la la la la (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar. But while youre thinking, Ill continue.
2- Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So, she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called ACES. Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them dont let the door hit you in the stern on your way out. They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.
3- The other thing she did when she walked into the governors office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as pork. She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the when-hell-freezes-over stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, well pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governors jet because it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governors cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning-I imagine-that shes packing heat herself). Im still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.
4- Now, even with her much-ridiculed gosh and golly mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesnt impress you, then youre trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.
5- For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldnt start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. This summer, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.
6- President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewable by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona . Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But thats just a cover-up. Im still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years. I wont be holding my breath.
By the way, she was content to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldnt let her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers..
And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off. Shoulda known better.
I am in the energy business and I support Sarah Palin.
Dewie Whetsell, Alaska
Go! Sarah! Go!
Thank you for this article. I only knew about half of what he mentioned. Even though I knew Sarah could handle a gun, I didn’t realize she carries one on her. Praise God for this wonderful woman. She’s got more intestinal fortitude than any one and/or all of the sissies around the beltway.
I don’t want to hear anymore stories about how Huckabee leads in the polls or Romney is the defacto nominee. If this woman or someone who is even more of a Reagan conservative (I can’t imagine that person exists) is not the republican nominee, the party can kiss my vote goodbye.
Thanks for the great post. I needed some cheering up.
1) Alaska is the only state where the citizens own the rights to all of the natural resources in the state. So, the oil companies need to pay the citizens for extracting the oil, gas, timber, gold, etc.
2) The oil companies had made deals with the corrupt boy's club to keep the royalties down. Palin made them pay a fairer price.
I'm not in the oil business, but went to college amidst that industry, and am in no way anti “big oil”. Without big oil none of these new huge (and remote) resources would get developed. A mom and pop company can operate in the midst of a developed Texas oil field. Out on the North Slope - not so much.
Whoo Hoo ! Bookmarked !
Thanks for the great article!
There are some on the right who think “big company = always good”. The big Oil companies have their own interests, which they will try to fight for at any cost and if they conflict with the constitutional rights of Alaskans, it’s the job of the Governor to protect the rights of Alaskans. Alaskan citizens are the owners of their ressources, and thus are entitled to royalties.
gosh and golly people are my favorite people.
Last spring, at ice out, our community got flooded; washed alot of the cabins away or crushed them in 35 foot high ice chunks. Palin flew in, jumped on a 4 wheeler and rode out to visit the Indians in the new village; high class. It wasn't no photo shoot either. She's for real alright; can't wait till she turns the repub party around and is our first woman pres.
I read on newmax that she is wanting to start a movement called stand up America it will be interested to see what it is and where it’s going.
Prayers for Sarah......may the devil rot in hell.
To the Tenth Power!
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Bookmarked, thank you :-)
bump - Sara is the real thing, that’s why the socialists will continue to attack her.
Thanks, always good to get another inoculation against the filthy lies that the opposition puts out.
This is a great article.
This is a great article.
Good analysis. The less the party supports her now, the less she is beholden to them later, and the greater chance she has of throwing these statist clowns out on their behinds if she wins.
I see the hand of God in all this. McCain the maverick picks her because she's a maverick who crusaded against her own state GOP. Who else would have picked her? He gives her a platform to launch herself and her story into the political stratosphere, where she eclipses the candidate himself and becomes an instant draw. She's now got an army of eager voters at her back without significant support from the party machine--which is unprecedented and miraculous. She can run as an outsider amidst what looks to be a white-hot anti-party, anti-incumbent mood among the voters. And if she wins, she is beholden to none of the party hacks and has a great opportunity to throw the careerists out and replace them with a better crop of leadership.
..... It strikes me that the only thing Sarah Palin needs to win is (a) funding, and (b) an honest public media platform. But IMO she needs to start NOW putting that in place if she really wants to make a viable run in 2012.
Another suspicion of mine is that, if she gets a fair media hearing, she will develop huge traction among women.
Finally, I would LOVE to see her energy-development approach applied to the US as a whole. Open up everything for drilling. After allowing for exploration and drilling costs, the energy firms pay the feds or the states (or both) a price per barrel equal to the going OPEC world price.
Chaos brings opportunity. Given the present state of our nation, I think that the right person in the right spot will be able to accomplish some very important reforms. Sarah Palin may be the right person.
I think your points are true. Sad part is, apart from hosts like Beck and Rush, I don't see her getting "honest public media" from many other sources, even the so-called conservative media.
Sheesh, here I thought that good ol’ Dewie was going to tell us stories about Sarah’s set-netting and battles with other set-netters, and so on. Like what was her best year, best price, the highest number of salmon caught in one season, who corked her and what was her response, ever have any problems with driftnetters? You know the inside scoop, the stories we’ve never heard.
Loved this! I did some research on Sarah, myself, not as inclusive as this...and thanks, by the way! I was THRILLED that McCain chose her. But then he misused her and I will never forgive him. I’d have voted INdependent party until he chose her...and she brought a lot to the ticket. He let us all down and let us all see what he really was...a jerk! So, Sarahcuda...we are still with you and you are looking good for 2012! Even if on an independent ticket! I hope the Republicans stick with you, but if not...we will find a way for you!
Alaska is the only state where the citizens own the rights to all of the natural resources in the state.
Alaska is a very different animal that’s for sure. However the biggest owner of land in Alaska is the Federal Gov’t at something around 65% depending upon which source you read. The State of Alaska owns the vast majority of the remainder with private ownership being a smaller amount. Alaska is basically a government owned land mass as opposed to other states where the individuals [non gov’t] owns the vast majority of the land mass. Alaska did pay something like $1200 annually to each citizen from royalties derived but I’m not sure what the figure is today.
My vote is hers thus far.
Thanks for the story. We need more of such.
WOW!! Simply can't imagine!
I couldn't either until I started seeing some amazing photos last spring. This one is from around Eagle, which was basically swept away.
As was said about Margaret Thatcher....she’s the best man in her party.
Palin really left an impression on the community, as they expected to see the average govt people; not somebody who really cared like Palin, no joke.
I just wish the world could see the Palin I have watched over the last dozen or so years;;; and not the person the media makes her out to be. I couldn't blame her if she said the heck with them all; after doing all the good she has done for all Alaskans over the years.
Something else: Palin won't ever burn her bridges to the repub party; she could have done so years back and still won the gov race up here. I do believe Palin will change the repub party which I believe has to occur with the changing demographics and problems facing our country. Sarah Palin always did what was right for the Alaskan People as governor. Often the good ole boy repub network hated her, tried destroying her, but she had the trust & faith of the people. Palin's insight & judgement always proved up in the end; like I said: the only political I would trust. I just hope the repubs in lower 48 have the sense to keep an open mind to her ideas. I watched Palin fund dem issues such as education, health care for kids, cost efficient in the long run;;; and the right thing to do. The repubs wanted to kill much of what she supported and she fought them tooth & nail; but in the end she won and the people's opinion of her went thru the roof. She also really made big cuts in wasteful spending, graft, and reeally went after the crooked repubs up here; put a bunch of them away in the big house.
The dems never hated her until she ran for VP. Just keep an open mind to her ideas, she's aa libitarian/conservative deep inside; quite a good tghing actually.
Bookmark for future reference.
Thanks for making my day!
Thought you might like this, SCP
Thanks for the notice!
Looking for to reading Sarah’s book when it comes out next month.
Thank you for this article.
How can you Back To The Top an article?
And you all, if you could email this to everybody you know, that would be nice. Thanks :-) We need to fight for her non stop.
Hey Eska, I hope your cabin made it all right and your pet wolverine is doing well.
This has been around for almost a year!
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