I can only take credit for The Title and the comments that will follow part two:
By Dewie Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman. As posted in comments on Greta's article referencing the MOVEON ad about Sarah Palin.The last 45 of my 66 years I've spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska. I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year. Here's the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it. It's not about persona, style, rhetoric, it's about doing things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I'm about to mention here.
No matter where you fall in the wide spectrum of thought Governor Sara Palin's ability as a person and as a person of integrity and what the record shows about her stewardship as Governor of Alaska says it and says it all........
It's about the things she did and how she went about doing them. It's about her integrity. Its about her love of America. It's about her love of Americans. Even Governor Palin's supporters never mention these attributes. Now, with your permission, I will do my level best to set the record straight about Governor Sara Palin
Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took over the Governor's office from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, She tore into the Republican's "Corrupt Bastards Club" (CBC) and courageously threw them out.....
And sent them packing. I say courageously because they were from the same Republican party she belonged to.
Many of them are now justifiably residing in State housing and wearing Orange jump suits.
Back then the Democrats reacted by skipping around the school 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 you're thinking, I'll continue.
Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies in Alaska.
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 stood her ground and told them "don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out." of Alaska.
They stayed and coughed up their share as well, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy, to being filthy rich.
Of course, the other huge international oil companies meekly fell into line.
Again, I ask you, give me the name of any other governor in this country that has done anything similar.
The other thing she did - When she walked into the governor's office, she got out the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as "pork" or "EAR MARKS". Sara went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in a "when-hell-freezes-over" stack. The "Bridge to Nowhere" went into this stack.
She let locals know that if we need something built, we'll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor's luxury jet. She felt it was too extravagant for her.
Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor"s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), And 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 she's packing heat herself).
I'm still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.
Now, even with her much-ridiculed "gosh and golly" folksy mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built. This project will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America.
No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn't impress you, then you're trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.
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 couldn't start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment waiting for the price of oil to move up and up before selling its oil.
For 30 years, no governor could make them get started. This past 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.
Part two will follow, stay tuned
My comments on Sarah will follow part two.
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