Skip to comments.Sarah Palin emails: Palin stood with Democrats over oil profits tax, pressed GOP
Posted on 06/11/2011 2:52:45 PM PDT by UniqueViews
"Sarah Palin was presiding over a legislature in open warfare in 2007 over what would become her singular lawmaking legacy - a substantial boost in the petroleum profits tax that would force oil companies to share billions of dollars more of their profits with the state.
Palin had initially proposed a modest hike, coupled with a crucial new "progressivity" component that jacked up the rate when oil prices rose above normal market levels. But her Democratic allies in the Legislature saw the chance to do more and raised it to 25%, with Palin's enthusiastic support."
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Judging from the animosity of some of the posters tonight, a few of us can expect to be drawn and quartered at sunrise. ;-)
Yep. You caught me. I've been hanging around FR since 1998 (read my about page if you are confused by the mouseover) just so I can participate in some conspiracy to bring down Sarah Palin. And the money I donated to SarahPac, that's just part of my elaborate cover. I wonder if I can get them to send it back to me.
But there is a conservative utopia just over the rainbow....
Clap your hands together, shut your eyes tight, and click the heels of your ruby red shoes
we will be there soon
So might someone explain to me how Palin is not merely yet another tax and spender?
Palin raised taxes on private employers to create revenue for government bureaucrats
Is there some sort of nuance — or some might say spin control — that should be pondered?
Is Sarah Palin really a conservative if she is a tax-and-spender?
I agree with what you are saying. She raised taxes on private business. Used the income to compliment a redistributive scheme that Alaska has been running for decades to pay every man, woman and child annual welfare payments from the permanent fund. In the meantime the higher gas and oil costs are passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices.
What am I missing here? Maybe someone can explain to me whether these monies were agreed upon royalty payments to the State for the oil or a separate tax.
Hey genius, why do you think they call it the EXECUTIVE Branch?
“Hey genius,... “
My compliments on your perceptiveness.
You’re quite welcome. And since you are a genius, perhaps you can explain to me why they call it the Executive Branch?
Other questions: What does Sarah Palin really stand for? Is Sarah Palin really a conservative?
Can someone tell me any of the following regarding economic issues:
1. Does Palin support a tax cut from the current levels, does she support permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts, does she want to raise taxes?
2. Should the current income tax system be replaced with a consumption tax of some sort?
3. Will she repeal of ObamaCare forthwith?
4. Will she repeal Cap & Tax?
5. will she return spending levels to the 2007 FY budget — or even an earlier FY?
BTW, the answers better be: Yes, she’d better be for lower taxes and she had better be for a flat tax, probably capped at 10 percent
6. She should be for zero corporate tax rate. She should be for zero capital gains taxes — and zero shelters for capital losses.
7. She should be for a zero death tax
She had better repeal ObamaCare
She had better repeal Cap and Tax
Her budget should be no larger than the 2007 budget — passed by Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s Congress — yet it’s a fraction of the size of the Obama budgets. And really, it should be considerably smaller than that budget
Those are the minimum economic requirements I need from any candidate for president.
That would be a hard thing for Sarah Palin to do BECAUSE IT NEVER PASSED!
Me thinks you are a bit too much of a perfectionist in your demands for the perfect Conservative. I want a CORE conservative and not a PERFECT conservative. Reagan was no perfect conservative by any measure. He raised social security taxes among other things. He was the best we could get at the time. Sarah Palin, for all her faults is, IMHO the best we can get at this time.
Governor Sarah Palins Accomplishments that garnered her a whopping 92% approval rating:
Energy Independence, Development, and Environmental Stewardship
*Governor Palins cornerstone accomplishment is AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act). During the Palin administration, TransCanada and Exxon formed an alliance to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48. Under Governor Palins governance, the project was expanded and revised from what previous governors had proposed with an open policy process for the Alaskan people. More progress was made on this effort than in the previous 30 years. This is the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history and helps put us on the path to energy independence.
*Governor Palins administration opened up drilling for oil and natural gas at Pt. Thompson for the first time in decades.
*Governor Palin created the Alaskas Petroleum Integrity Office to oversee all aspects of energy development and to make sure oilfield equipment was safe to operate and a Climate Change Subcabinet to comprehensively and honestly evaluate climate change.
*Governor Palin reduced earmark requests for the state of Alaska by 80% during her administration, requesting only earmarks that would benefit the country as a whole.
* Governor Palin reduced spending in her budget for Fiscal Year 2010 by more than one billion dollars from the previous governors Fiscal Year 2007 budget, a 9.5% real reduction in spending. Her FY2010 budget was $10.57 billion compared to Governor Murkowskis FY2007 budget of nearly $11.7 billion. At the same time, she fulfilled her campaign promise to forward fund education, allowing districts greater flexibility and predictability in their planning.
*Governor Palin opposed much of the “stimulus”, wanting only to accept 55% of the money allocated to Alaska, specifically only dollars dedicated to infrastructure [projects. Although the Alaskan legislature ultimately overturned her veto, she stood firm on her commitment to help Alaska to become more self-sufficient while not adding to not add to the skyrocketing national debt.
* Governor Palin invested $5 billion in state savings.
Walking the Walk on Fiscal Responsibility
*Governor Palin sold the private jet purchased by the previous governor. She state it was an unnecessary financial burden on the state and was unable to land on many of the states landing strips.
* To cut costs that would be incurred by continuing to use a personal driver like previous governors, the governor drove herself from Wasilla to her office in Anchorage. She also dismissed the governors personal chef stationed in Juneau, Alaskas capital.
* Governor Palin accepted less state per diem for herself and her family than her predecessors even though she had a larger family.
10th Amendment Advocacy/Promotion of State Constitution
*Showing that she is a strong supporter of the 10th amendment, Governor Palin advocated for the sovereignty of the state of Alaska.
*Governor Palins administration sued the federal government for placing the polar bear on the endangered species list, as this restriction affected energy development which would increase energy costs.
*A Constitutionalist, Governor Palin signed Alaskas Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) bill into law. The Alaska constitution states that the Alaskan people own the oil and other resources. This law ensures that the “owners”, the people of Alaska, receive a clear and equitable share of oil profits.
*Governor Palin supported ground-based missile defense Ft Greely and other Alaskan Bases around to protect America from Americas enemies. She criticized the Obama administration for cuts that they made to this national defense system.
*Governor Palin, with Senators Murkowski and Begich, fought for retirement benefits from the federal government that were due to the Alaska Territorial Guard members who fought during World War II. These benefits were eventually rewarded to these veterans by the federal government.
* Governor Palin visited Alaskan soldiers in Kosovo and Kuwait.
*Governor Palin signed bipartisan ethics reform legislation into law that helped to hold both the legislative and executive branches accountable.
*Governor Palin put the state checkbook online, allowing all constituents to see how state money was being spent.
*Governor Palin introduced health care transparency legislation which aimed at putting information in the hands of consumers about cost and quality of health care as a way to make health care consumer driven and accessible.
Sanctity and Dignity of All Life
* Governor Palin strongly supported both parental consent and parental notification legislation.
*Governor Palin increased educational funding for special needs children.
*Governor Palin implemented the Senior Benefits Program to support low income seniors.
Positions Held while Governor
* Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
*Vice Chair of the National Governors Association Natural Resource Committee.
* She served as chair of the Alaska Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaskas most valuable non-renewable resources: oil and gas. She was elected by her peers to serve as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. In this role, she worked with local, state and federal officials to promote solutions to the needs of Alaskas communities.
She exposed legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders, including the former state Attorney General and the State GOP Chairman (who was also an Oil & Gas Commissioner), who was doing work for the party on public time and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail. Several went to jail.
Governor Palin signed several pieces of legislation and resolutions during July 2009. They were:
SB-125: Encourage aerospace development in AK
SB-177: Extend sunset for sport fishing guides and address harvest data collection
Pro-energy development and missile defense resolutions
HJR-27: Alaska a Sovereign State
HJR-25: Hydro-Electric a Renewable Resource
HJR-28: Oppose Federal Restriction on Oil and Gas Development
HJR-12: Support Missile Defense System
SB-88: Power cost equalization
Defending Second Amendment rights.
SB-201: Extends Concealed Carry Permit Expiration to 5 Years from Birthday
HJR-17: Urges Congress not to pass HR-45.The federal legislation would put burdensome licensing and registration controls on individual gun owners.
SJR-10: Urges Congress to pass S-371. The legislation was to ensure that citizens of each state who are licensed or authorized by their home state to carry a concealed weapon, could do so in another state as long as they comply with the laws of that state.
SJR-3: The resolution expresses support to Congress for repealing the ban on carrying a firearm on National Park Service lands.
SB-3 Requiring information sharing between two agencies.
HRJ-19 Supports requirement of escort for loaded tankers traversing Prince William Sound.
The Governor appointed 29 people to boards, commissions and councils and made three judicial appointments between July 6, 2009 and July 26, 2009.
Governor Palin’s total appointments for 2009 was123, including 116 to boards, commissions and councils, five judicial appointments, one legislative and one attorney general. Governor Palin averaged one appointment every 1.67 days during 2009.
The Governor vetoed $28.6 million in stimulus money that would have involved federal interference with the state of Alaska.
Governor Palin signed bills removing experience caps on teacher’s salaries and extending boat safety programs.
Governor Palin signed legislation that gave struggling charter schools a one-year grace period to increase enrollments or integrate with other charter schools. She also signed legislation that authorizes Alaska “to enroll in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.”
Governor Palin signed legislation granting birth certificates for stillborn babies
Governor Palin signed legislation authorizing the state to fund retirement benefits for Alaska Territorial Guard veterans. The federal government ceased funding benefits on April 1, 2009
Governor Palin signed legislation safeguarding student loans
Sarah Palin was Commander of the Alaska National Guard. Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the first line of defense unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. Its on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units in the United States. As governor of Alaska, Palin was briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism daily.
Governor Palin was the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans
p-marlowe stated, in part:
Me thinks you are a bit too much of a perfectionist in your demands for the perfect Conservative.
So perfection is not demanded from Gov. Palin. Yet perfection is demanded by more than a few Freepers from other GOP candidates
I want a CORE conservative and not a PERFECT conservative.
Gov. Palin raised taxes. Are those core principles?
Do you seek the perfect conservative?
Do you want to find the conservative who agrees with you 100 percent?
Do you want to find your conservative soul mate?
Good news! It’s easy to find that person!
Just take the following steps:
1. find a mirror
2. look in it
Reflected in that mirror is the one person in the world who agrees with you politically, 100 percent of the time. To wit, the “perfect conservative.”
Perfect agreement, however, doesn’t automatically mean you’re qualified to be president.
Hardly. All of the candidates have their issues and some of them are core conservatives. Romney pretends to be a core conservative, but he is, in fact, a core liberal and a good actor.
Gov. Palin raised taxes. Are those core principles?
In the case of the "Big Oil" Companies (i.e., international corporations) YES.
She negotiated a royalty based on the profits that the oil companies drew from the oil they pulled out of the Alaskan State Property. That is not only a core conservative principle, but a shrewed capitalistic move. To do any less would have been to violate her oath of office and her fiduciary duty as the Chief Executive for the State and People of Alaska.
I suppose you would have preferred the prior situation where the State of Alaska was basically giving the oil away to these oil companies at a bargain basement price in exchange for hefty campaign contributions?
I'll betcha that Sarah Palin didn't get any campaign contributions from Exxon after she took them to the woodshed.
So you’re in favor of raising taxes on “Big Oil” because they’re multi-national corporations.
Sounds like a “punish the rich” and redistribute their wealth to people who didn’t earn it.
No, but if they are pulling oil out of my state and selling it abroad and I am the Governor, I'm going to get the best price I can for the royalties.
I guess you think the oil companies should just be able to yank all the oil out of the ground in Alaska and sell it to the Japanese and Chinese and keep all the profits for themselves?
You'd make a really lousy governor if that were your attitude about the mineral resources in your state.
The only time any Alaskan oil was sold to Japan (or China) was during the period 1996-98, when there was a temporary glut of crude on the West Coast.
Otherwise, every drop of Alaskan oil has been refined and consumed in the USA.
And much to your chagrin, I'm sure, those big, nasty oil companies still got to "keep all the profits for themselves".
They have always had to share those profits with the State of Alaska. Palin just negotiated a better deal for her state to get a larger share of the profits.
You got a problem with that?
Should she have just sat on her hands and traded her inaction for campaign contributions, like her predecessors?
You got a problem with that?
Who said I did?
The oil companies in Alaska had a sweetheart deal until they met up with Sarah Palin. She didn't take their campaign contribution bribes and she stood up for the people of her state.
I can't seem to fathom why so many Freepers think she did something wrong.
I agree with you she did nothing wrong, they keep trying though.
She did everything right. She stood for the best interests of her state and her constituents. That's her job!
And unlike so many of her predecessors, she was incorruptible.
By the same token, though, I have no problem with oil companies making profits, either. I gathered you did.
Not at all. When the oil companies faced off with Sarah Palin, they negotiated the best deal that THEY could.
In the end it was a win/win situation for Alaska and the oil companies.
Unfortunately it may have resulted in slightly higher prices at the pumps in the lower 48. But Palin was not elected governor of the lower 48.
At least not yet.
I apologize for mis-interpreting your comment.
OK, so you apparently agree that Gov. Palin raised taxes on corporations in Alaska — although you’re trying to spin things because it’s OK for her to raise taxes so long as it’s levied on “Big Oil”
Is Sarah Palin a conservative?
Let’s look at government spending.
According to www.usgovernmentspending.com ....
In fiscal 2008, Alaska’s operating budget (ex cap spending) totaled $8.6 billion. That was +10.3 % compared with the FY 2007 level of $7.8 billion
In fiscal 2009, Alaska’s operating budget totaled $8.9 billion (ex cap expenditures). That was +3.1 % above FY 2008
Palin took over as governor of Alaska in December 2006 and departed in late July 2009.
The Alaska fiscal year runs from July 1st of a given year through June 30th of the following year. So these are the only two fiscal years over which she had complete control.
Now, in FY 2007, she had partial control over the budget in terms of being in office for the legislative approval part of the budget. But she didn’t propose that budget due to when she took over.
In FY 2007, the $7.8 billion in operating spending was +5.4 % compared with FY 2006.
So is cutting government spending a “core conservative principle?” Or does that go in the “let’s make an exception for Gov. Palin” pile?
Do we conservatives favor cuts in government spending?
Or do we prefer increased government spending?
I prefer massive cuts in government spending, in government regulation, and in taxes at all levels of government.
— Income taxes should be one rate, no higher than 10 percent.
— Corporate tax rate should be zero
— Death tax rate should be zero
— Capital gains taxes should be abolished
— Capital loss shelters should be eliminated
— The following federal agencies should be eliminated: Education, Commerce, Housing & Urban Development, Energy. The only remnants of Energy should be the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, whose sole task would be to determine whether a given nuclear plant is operating or is constructed safely
— All federal subsidies for Corporate America should be eliminated
— The federal budget should be no higher than the FY 2007 level
Would GOP prexy nominee Sarah Palin agree to any of these proposals? Is she a conservative?
You are an idiot.
***** You are an idiot *****
Dear Phil: Your “riposte” proves that in your case, “brevity is the soul of witless.”
Looks like the unique views aren’t that ‘unique’.
IBTZ... just because you smell like a troll....
LOL... I just started reading this thread and smelled a troll on this one.... ; ~ )
; ~ )
For a former Democrat?