Lower gas prices thanks to drilling in America. Drill now, Drill here worked.
Obama and company want to stop drilling and still refuse to open federal lands to drilling and exploration.
We should elect people like Sarah now, don't you think
Hollywood and the left-wing media spent an enormous amount of time and energy mocking and satirizing Sarah Palin. They completely ignored the accomplishments she had while in public office. Here is a short list of her executive experience as mayor and governor. Keep it in mind while reading it that the only executive experience that Barack Obama had prior to being President was having access to the executive washroom at the law firm he worked at in Chicago.
Sarah Palin cut property taxes as Mayor of Wasilla. She cut the property tax mil levy every year she was in office (6 years straight) and she eliminated small business inventory taxes.
Sarah Palin’s approval rating from the time of her inauguration as Governor of Alaska until John McCain selected her to serve as the vice presidential candidate averaged 77.38%
Budgeting and Spending
Cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5%.
Reduced federal earmark requests by more than 80%
Invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program to provide support for low-income older Alaskans.
Stopped the “Bridge to Nowhere” and wanted to redirect the federal funds to Minnesota after the bridge collapse in 2007.
Rejected much of President Obama’s “stimulus money” in 2009.
Proposed a $2.6 billion investment in the Education Fund to help fund public education for the future.
Used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in 2007:
2007 vetoes included projects such as berry economic development, the AT&T Sports Center, a Salmon Study, a tennis court at the Lions Club, batting cages, gun club facility improvements, motocross course construction, a virus free seed potato project, and numerous other items placed in the budget that were not the State of Alaska’s responsibility.
In 2008, Governor Palin vetoed more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending:
Vetoed 361 line-items in 2008.
Utilized line item reductions to reduce proposed spending by $80.3 million in 2009.
Instituted a temporary hiring freeze to reduce expenditures during a period of unanticipated low oil prices in 2009.
Cut spending more than 33% in FY2010 from FY 2009’s budget.
Signed energy legislation suspending the state motor fuel tax.
Provide Alaskan residents with a “resource rebate” to help offset high energy costs:
Signed legislation opposing a federal aviation fuel tax.
Lowered unemployment insurance tax rates.
Reformed the state’s pension program by ensuring a successful transition from a defined benefits to a defined contributions system and addressing the $8 billion unfunded liability in Alaska state’s retirements, making it more solvent and leading to a decrease of 34.6% in state liabilities during her tenure.
Left office with Alaska having an improved credit rating
Spent less on travel expense than her two predecessors despite having a larger family. In fact, she spent over $913,000 less on personal expenses in her first two years than former Governor Frank Murkowski did his last two years.
Rejected a gubernatorial pay raise.
"Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t ask for a pay raise and won’t accept one during her current term.”
(She took a voluntary pay cut when she was mayor of Wasilla to set the tone for her city administration.)
ACES: In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner. Constituents had opportunity to read a draft of the bill 17 days before legislators discussed it. ACES replaced the corruption tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low while the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska— were appropriately protected as well.
AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act) — After many decades of unsuccessful attempts to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Governor Palin and her team introduced to Alaskans the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May 2007. The framework for America’s largest private sector infrastructure project—a natural gas pipeline—was signed into law by Governor Palin on June 6, 2007. In August 2008, the Alaska Legislature authorized the Palin Administration to award the AGIA license to TransCanada Alaska. In June 2009, Exxon Mobil signed an agreement with TransCanada to partner on the project.
AGIA establishes mutual commitments and responsibilities between the State of Alaska and the AGIA licensee, specifically, commitments to include regular expansions of the pipeline, local hire, instate delivery service at reasonable costs and a firm timeline for development. In exchange for meeting the state’s requirements, the successful AGIA project applicant is entitled to certain inducements that will facilitate project development, notably, up to “$500 million in matching funds, which will help reduce the financial risks that such a huge project faces in its early stages.”
Pt. Thomson: Under Governor Palin’s leadership, drilling Commenced at Pt. Thomson after Exxon Mobil had sat on their leases for more than 25 years The Point Thomson field contains one of the largest untapped and proven reserves of oil and gas on the continent.
Petroleum Systems Integrity Office (PSIO): Governor Palin created the “Petroleum Systems Integrity Office” (PSIO) in April 2007:
Governor Palin stood up for her constituents when dealing with the powerful oil companies and acquired benefits for her constituents from the big oil companies that has yet to be matched anywhere.
Served on national energy committees: Governor Palin served as Vice Chair of the National Governors Association and as the Natural Resource Committee and Chairman of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission.
Chair, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2003-200
Jobs and Business Growth
Alaska was 2nd in job growth compared to all other states during her tenure as governor.
Alaska was 3rd in the nation in terms of reduction of the unemployment rate relative to the national average.
Alaska saw a record number of jobs in both 2008 and 2009; natural resource and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Governor Palin’s tenure.
Business growth and opportunity
Governor Palin cut business license fees in half, during her tenure.
Alaska moved up to the 3rd most business tax friendly state in the nation during her tenure.
The number of oil companies doing business in Alaska doubled following the passage of ACES.
Alaska’s exports grew to a record-high $4 billion in 2006, a 12.6 percent increase.
Alaska’s exports for 2007 reached $3.9 billion, the second best year for exports.
Ethics Reform and Transparency
Governor Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws.
In the face of corruption, she took on her own party when it was necessary:
She released her ACES—oil tax bill—to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session where it was to be discussed.
She opened up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties.
Governor Palin did not allow lobbyists in her office…ever.
Forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility. She stated in an email to her staff at the time:
“My goal is to get more money into the classroom; the teaching profession will be honored and teacher profiles elevated on my watch; educ is priority; nothing’s more impt than our kids; I want Ak to feel the same vigor for educ as we have for the gasline; we’ll succeed in forward funding ( eventually ); on our watch our students will have opportunity to be successful via our innovative educ reforms.”
Offered to personally talk to students considering dropping out of school.
Opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical school
Increased overall funding for special needs education 175%.
Governor Palin shared strategic command over the 49th Missile Defense Battalion 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 unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.
As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism.
Governor Palin was also Commander- in-chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF):
She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counter terrorism plans.
Barack Obama doesn’t begin to match up against Sarah Palin’s achievements, her experience or executive abilities.
His naïveté and incompetence has cost America dearly both at home and abroad.
No matter how much the media mocks Sarah Palin they can’t argue with the success she had.
And no matter how much they worship Obama they can’t undo his failed Presidency.
But we are still talking about Alaska....think about it
Alaska the best state in the union.
Largest land mass
Largest and most diverse wildlife
Pays its citizens to live there
Tons of natural resources.
Best and Friendliest people anywhere.
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