Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin for VP!!! I'm no longer holding my nose in November

Sarah Palin for VP! Great pick by Senator McCain.

This is a risky, but high reward pick for McCain. Overall, I'd give it an A- (and four years from now, an A+). I have to give McCain a lot of credit here for having the guts to make his own pick and not one a lot of the establishment was hoping for (Romney).

From a personal standpoint, Palin was my 2nd choice.....of EVERYBODY. Mark Sanford was my first and would have been the A+ pick (experience edge), but what this does with me is for the first time ever, really get me to vote FOR somebody for President/VP instead of just voting AGAINST the other people.

First, what is bad about this pick? Experience. She has slightly more experience than Obama (although it is EXECUTIVE experience). It is four years two early. That is the ONLY negative. She has 16 years of political experience, (Obama has 12 years total, four in high office counting the last three years he has done nothing but run for president), and eight years in an executive role. In between her time as mayor and governor, she was on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission until she resigned in protest over poor ethics by some of the bigwigs...including the then state GOP chair of her state. She then defeated incumbent Frank Murkowski to be governor. Eight years of executive experience is not enough to be PRESIDENT (Although it is two years more than Bush and eight years more than Obama), however this is VICE president, and a VP can afford some on the job training. McCain can show her the ropes on what she doesn't know, and her experience in executive office will help her learn quickly.

What is GOOD about this pick? Several things.

1. Real change requires real change. Obama talks about change. What has he done in the Senate outside of TALK about change? Absolutely NOTHING but piggyback off of other senators. Obama talks about cleaning up Washington. Palin HAS cleaned up political messes of others. She defeated an incumbent mayor over tax issues, and then lowered property taxes. She resigned from the Oil and Gas commission because of ethics of her own party members. She then ran for governor and took out the trash there. She fought against pork spending and passed an ethics bill. She talked, and then delivered. Currently she's pushing for energy reform in Alaska, including a new Natural Gas pipelines and fighting Congress for not drilling in ANWR to increase our oil supply here at home.

2. Solidifies a fractured base. Fiscal conservatives are important again. After Bush crapped on us for eight years, we have two people with REAL records against pork barrell spending. McCain is decent on this issue, and Palin is great on this issue. McCain has problems with trust among gun owners. Palin alleviates many of those doubts and is the most pro-2nd Amendment candidate on a major ticket since Teddy Roosevelt. You won't hear any "can I get me a huntin' license" types of blunders from Palin. She's the real thing. And on the life issue, Palin walks the walk on being pro-life more than just about anybody (although John McCain's record is quite good on that issue...he's walked the walk too and more than just by voting records). McCain came through for us with this pick.

3. The Outsider. Obama talked about change and gave us a 30 year career hack whose only claims to fame is lifting other speeches, writing a gun grabbing bill, and being a self-proclaimed foreign policy expert (how so anyway?). Outside of political junkies and Delaware, nobody knows who Joe Biden really is. Palin is the only major party candidate not to come from Washington and its 17% approval rating. Washington doesn't change Washington easily.

I didn't mention the obvious here that can cut both ways. McCain named a woman to the ticket. How will that play? I don't know. I think it can gain some votes and lose others. It doesn't effect my vote. However she's very easy on the eyes, so I won't be changing the channel on my TV set when she's on there, unlike the normal reaction I have with politicians. That can't hurt.

Would I support this pick if Todd Palin was the governor of Alaska with the same record, and if Sarah Palin was the oil rig worker and fisherman instead? Absolutely. I can say that without a shadow of a doubt.

I support people who walk the walk in their politics. It is extremely rare, and it is even rarer when one is a governor, and rarest of all when one is tapped to be VP. None walk the walk better than Governor Sarah Palin. That's why I'm no longer holding my nose this November. I'm not just voting against Obama and Biden anymore. I'm voting for Sarah Palin.

5 comments:

USpace said...

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This is going to be fun. History will be made, one way or another, and it looks more likely now that it will be the right history.

Even more Hillary supporters will go for McCain now. Obama is no longer a near certainty. Heaven forbid something happens to McCain, but I believe Palin would rise to the occasion. She has the right attitude. Everyone knows Obama is NOT ready for POTUS, Palin is only for the VP. Look at Dan Quayle.

YEY SARAH PALIN! YEY John McCain! Great pick! The 1st woman for the GOP VP? SCORE!

She's conservative! SCORE! She's a Governor! SCORE! She's pro-drilling! She's a hunter! SCORE! She's a hockey Mom and played basketball in school! SCORE! She's pro-life! And she respects women! SCORE! She fights corruption! SCORE! She's high-energy! SCORE! She's tough! SCORE! She's got 5 kids! SCORE! Her son is going to Iraq in the Armed Forces! SCORE! She's married to a Blue-collar professional! SCORE! She's smart! SCORE! She's young! SCORE!

And she's a Hotty to boot! SCORE! The Left is going to go nuts! SCORE!
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absurd thought -
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never elect a woman

who's a conservative
she's just a gender traitor

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absurd thought -
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just HOPE to pay more taxes

DREAM about high fuel prices
CHANGE PROGRESS to move backwards

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Jason Gillman said...

Those who fear for experience, might be satisfied after watching this:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=836304396&play=1
It shows the comfort level this conservative has with her policies and political positions. She appears to know more about realistic energy policy than Granholm knows about raising taxes. (which is considerable knowledge)

NorthernModerate said...

I have 2 hot-button issues: national security and animal welfare. I was a Romney supporter. However much I admire and respect McCain's military service, I, a young senior citizen many years from retirement, believe his health issues and age alone make him a risky choice for president. And as much as I admire and respect his military service, I have always thought him too confrontational to be the leader of the free world---his style is dead opposite to that of Reagan. When Palin's name came up some months ago I did the research and dismissed her as obviously too inexperienced to be seriously considered as McCain's successor should the worst happen. Since hearing that Palin will be McCain's running mate, I, a female active in the politics of my male-dominated profession, have reluctantly concluded that the Republican strategists have lost their minds. Although I believe Obama and friends would doubtless wreak havoc on the lives and pocketbooks of those who pay for the lion's share of their salaries and benefits, if I had to cast my vote today, it would be for the ticket strongest on national security, and that would not be the GOP. Someone please persuade me I'm wrong.

Jason Gillman said...

Northern Moderate, much will be said about the experience level, but the question you ask is quantity or quality?

1. On the quantity point. Obama has no Executive experience. Has No real foreign experience, and Biden has some. Obama will be the "decider" not Biden. McCain has Foreign experience, and would be the "decider"

2. Palin has experience fighting her own party on corruption and winning handily. She seems to have a pretty natural common sense quotient, as becomes obvious in the video I linked to above. McCain has actually shown a bit of diplomacy and has demonstrated how best to pick an ally which will help his positions.

Palin's fight against corruption, and pragmatic approach to the economic realities in Alaska made her successful, and quite popular for it. It is quite frankly the kind of leadership that shouldn't be discarded lightly.

Appreciate your concern. You aren't the only one who will be asking that. But bottom line as for dealing with real and present threats, McCain has a better angle on the Russia situation which is very real. We could not trust the "O-Who" team which includes Biden's (most often wrong) experience.

liberalshateusa said...

Northermoderate: You need to get your head out of the Global warming sun. You state your pocket book will be affected.The following will prove this fact. How you think the liberals are strong on national Security behooves me.





Anybody interested in the facts??!!





2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE COMPARISON TALKING POINTS
ISSUE


JOHN McCAIN


BARAK OBAMA

Favors new drilling offshore US


Yes


No

Will appoint judges who interpret the law not make it


Yes


No


Served in the US Armed Forces


Yes


No

Amount of time served in the US Senate


22 YEARS


173 DAYS

Will institute a socialized national health care plan


No


Yes

Supports abortion throughout the pregnancy


No


Yes

Would pull troops out of Iraq immediately


No


Yes

Supports gun ownership rights


Yes


No

Supports homosexual marriage


No


Yes

Proposed programs will mean a huge tax increase


No


Yes

Voted against making English the official language


No


Yes

Voted to give Social Security benefits to illegals


No


Yes

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

MCCAIN


0% on home sales up to $500,000 per home (couples). McCain does not propose any change in existing home sales income tax.

OBAMA


28% on profit from ALL home sales. (How does this affect you? If you sell your home and make a profit, you will pay 28% of your gain on taxes. If you are heading toward retirement and would like to down-size your home or move into a retirement community, 28% of the money you make from your home will go to taxes. This proposal will adversely affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.)

DIVIDEND TAX

MCCAIN


15% (no change)

OBAMA


39.6% - (How will this affect you? If you have any money invested in stock market, IRA, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, retirement accounts, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on taxes if Obama becomes president. The experts predict that 'Higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains would crash the stock market, yet do absolutely nothing to cut the deficit.')

INCOME TAX

MCCAIN
(no changes)


Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $31,250

OBAMA (reversion to pre-Bush tax cuts)


Single making 30K - tax $8,400
Single making 50K - tax $14,000
Single making 75K - tax $23,250
Married making 60K - tax $16,800
Married making 75K - tax $21,000
Married making 125K - tax $38,750
Under Obama, your taxes could almost double!

INHERITANCE TAX

MCCAIN


- 0% (No change, Bush repealed this tax)

OBAMA


Restore the inheritance tax

Many families have lost businesses, farms, ranches, and homes that have been in their families for generations because they could not afford the inheritance tax. Those willing their assets to loved ones will only lose them to these taxes.

NEW TAXES PROPOSED BY OBAMA

New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet. New gasoline taxes (as if gas weren't high enough already) New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating gas, water, electricity) New taxes on retirement accounts, and last but not least....New taxes to pay for socialized medicine so we can receive the same level of medical care as other third-world countries!!!






You can verify the above stats at the following web sites below:


http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/election/2008/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/issues/issues.taxes.html

http://elections.foxnews.com/?s=proposed+taxes

http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourworld/politics/articles/mccain_obama_offer_different_visions_on_taxes.html

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/candidates/barack_obama/

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/candidates/john_mccain/