I didn’t see Ms. Palin speak live last night, but I did see the clips on YouTube and have to say I was mighty impressed with what she had to say.
When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities.
So what is Wasilla was a town of under 7,000 people. Being mayor of that town is still being accountable to the needs of 7,000 people! And she held that position for multiple years. She may be only two years into the governship, but her political life stretches back to the early 1990s.
Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems — as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.
I’m all for drilling on American soil to create a source of oil. Actually, let me restate that to say: I’m all for investing in alternative energy sources (primarily putting up wind turbines all throughout the midwest a la the Pickens Plan), but until that becomes a reality taking advantage of our own country’s resources and drilling on American soil for oil to end our dependence on foreign oil.
Taxes are too high … he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific. The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes … raise payroll taxes … raise investment income taxes … raise the death tax … raise business taxes … and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.
One need look no further than this chart at Investor’s Business Daily to see that Obama’s idea of “middle class” starts at $31,000 – and their taxes are going UP on Obama’s plan. That article goes on to say (bold is my emphasis): “Under the Obama plan, a family of four with an income of $31,000 to $45,000 could end up with a marginal tax rate 34% to 39%, 13 percentage points higher than under the current tax code. Even with lower overall tax takes, higher marginal rates could reduce the incentive to work or improve skills to seek higher-paying jobs.”
I saw the Democratic pundits on CNN go on and on last night about how Palin’s speech was all about fearmongering, but in reading Palin’s speech I don’t see the speech as being a fearmongering speech at all. She mentioned her son going to Iraq in talking about her family. She mentioned Russia wanting to control an oil pipeline in her points about this country’s energy crisis. She mentioned adverse countries seeking nuclear weapons in a point about Obama’s desire for big government. She mentioned Al-Qaida by name ONCE. So in a 30-minute speech she was a “fearmonger” for all of about 2 minutes sprinkled throughout a speech that otherwise addressed energy, taxes, her own record, and John McCain’s history.
I like Gov. Sarah Palin. Much like Hilary, she’s got moxie. And obviously showed that she’s not the shrinking violet that some in the press tried to make her out to be over the past week since her nomination was announced. She’s strong, determined, well-spoken and tough. And that’s a good thing.
Oh, and for the record – if you want to know who I really want for President? Try looking at Bob Barr or Ron Paul. Having looked at their platforms and history, those are the guys I WISH were still serious contenders. I am NOT necessarily a McCain supporter.
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