The Going Gets Tough, The Weak Get Going – And Bowing

Lame duck presidents are usually weakened, after making too many enemies, by having had to make decisions which this or that group disapproved of. The groups disapproving of a presidential decision add up and before you know it the president is despised and weakened. At that point the lame duck president takes to the foreign road. [Note, President Bill Clinton left office with extraordinarily high approval ratings for his many actual accomplishments. Bill Clinton earned his approval ratings and was not gifted a Nobel for doing NOTHING.]

Foreign travel is usually a cheap way to gain popularity for a president weakened by domestic trouble. Foreign travel is a good way for a president to distract from a failed domestic agenda. Cheering foreign crowds are a way to hide domestic discontent and domestic boobery by a president.



Speaking of “you just ain’t no good”:

Unemployment hits 9.4 percent. President Obama flies to France.

Joblessness reaches 9.7 percent. Obama jets off to Denmark.

The rate of those out of work soars to 10.2 percent. Obama packs his bags for Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea.

Faced with the worst domestic economy in decades, the president has responded — by setting a record for foreign travel. An Asian swing that began Thursday will bring his total this year to 20 countries in eight trips, according to CBS News’s Mark Knoller, official statistician of the White House press corps.

That easily bests the previous record-holder, George H.W. Bush, who hit 14 countries in his first year. By the time he returns next week, Obama will have spent more than 12 percent of his presidency overseas — and he still has another trip or two in the works for this year.

George H. W. Bush was regularly condemned for being disconnected from the sufferings of ordinary Americans and running away from domestic troubles. George W. Bush was a one term president.

In defense of Obama’s constant travels Big Media and Big Boy Blogs cite Obama’s popularity overseas as an accomplishment. Many leaders are popular overseas and despised at home and the hit-the-road strategy is not restricted to American boobs.

By some measures, in fact, foreigners have a more favorable view of Obama than Americans do.

Eighty-six percent of Britons, 88 percent of Canadians, 91 percent of French and 93 percent of Germans say they have confidence in him. So do 85 percent of Japanese, 88 percent of Nigerians and 77 percent of Indians. All those figures trump Americans’ confidence in their own president — 74 percent when the poll was done in the spring.

That could explain why Obama seems to enjoy spending so much time with the foreign media. As president, he has had a dozen sit-down sessions with journalists from across the world; his first interview in the White House was with al-Arabiya television. His foreign questioners tend to be a bit less skeptical than their American counterparts. The French TV interviewer peppered Obama with such queries as, “What do you love about France, if I may ask?” and “The wine? Did you go to Provence?”

In Cairo, reporters from the Muslim world took turns congratulating Obama for the speech he had just given. A reporter from Indonesia gave the president an update on his childhood neighborhood and school. The BBC, in its interview, inquired about his personal reading. The Canadian journalist spoke about hockey. The reporter from Russia’s ITAR-Tass news agency spoke about the first lady’s vegetable garden, then presented Obama with a nesting doll of American politicians: [snip]

As he prepared to leave the White House on Thursday morning, Obama first stopped to address the cameras in the Diplomatic Reception Room. “Before departing for Asia this morning, I’d like to make a brief statement about the economy,” he said, assuring Americans that he’ll “be meeting with leaders abroad to discuss a strategy for growth” and to make sure “Asian and Pacific markets are open to our exports.”

Nineteen minutes later, Marine One and the peripatetic president were airborne again.

Four hours after that, Obama was safely over Canada when his Treasury Department announced another record monthly budget deficit.

Of course, being popular overseas is easy when you disparage the United States abroad and bow before potentates.

When we wrote The Corrupt Bow To The Corrupt it was about Obama bowing to the Saudi King. We detailed the history of Americans not bowing to the powerful. Bowing is against State Department protocol. We recalled the history of attacks on Bill Clinton:

It wasn’t a bow, exactly. But Mr. Clinton came close. He inclined his head and shoulders forward, he pressed his hands together. It lasted no longer than a snapshot, but the image on the South Lawn was indelible: an obsequent President, and the Emperor of Japan.

Canadians still bow to England’s Queen; so do Australians. Americans shake hands. If not to stand eye-to-eye with royalty, what else were 1776 and all that about? [snip]

But the “thou need not bow” commandment from the State Department’s protocol office maintained a constancy of more than 200 years. Administration officials scurried to insist that the eager-to-please President had not really done the unthinkable.

President Bill Clinton was excoriated for inclining foward when we met the Emperor of Japan. Obama bows from the waist, like a courtesan, and not a peep from Big Media. It’s happened before:



From right wing Powerline:

We criticized Barack Obama when he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. Americans do not bow to royalty. When the royal is the ruling tyrant of a despotic regime, the wrong is compounded. Obama’s bowing to the King was deeply offensive.

When the story emerged from the shadows of the Internet, Ben Smith ran an item on Politico with the White House denying the bow. “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” said an Obama aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Bill O’Reilly ran a bemused segment on it once the White House denied what Obama had done.

A reporter asked Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs about the bow. Under his own name and on the record, Gibbs denied what any fool could see. Indeed, one astute observer commented on CNN that “Ray Charles could see that he bowed.

Obama has now done it again. Andrew Malcolm asks (and reports): “How low will he go? Obama gives Japan’s Emperor Akihito a wow bow.”

Obama’s breach of protocol is of a piece with the substance of his foreign policy. He means to teach Americans to bow before monarchs and tyrants. He embodies the ideological multiculturalism that sets the United States on the same plane as other regimes based on tribal privilege and royal bloodlines. He gives expressive form to the idea that the United States now willingly prostrates itself before the rest of the world. He declares that the United States is a country like any other, only worse, because we have so much for which to apologize.

Powerline also displays a photograph of a very relaxed General Douglas McArthur with Emperor Hirochito. McArthur came from an era when Americans were sure “all men are created equal” (women were still excluded) and Americans did not bow to the powerful or the full of themselves. Now Americans worship celebrities who do nothing yet get Nobel prizes. Foreign potentates now get bows from an American president who thinks he is a Hollywood starlet dispensing air kisses.

Byron York is also waiting to hear how Obama will lie about the latest bow:

Remember when Barack Obama bowed before the King of Saudi Arabia at the G-20 summit in London last April? Even though the bow was captured by still and video photographers, the White House denied that it had taken place. “It wasn’t a bow,” an unnamed White House official told the Politico’s Ben Smith. “He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah.”

The controversy raged in the blogosphere, but most of the old press ignored the question — especially after the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee injected a bit of partisanship when it said Obama had “paid fealty” to Abdullah with the bow. Obama’s defenders, while not conceding that the president had bowed to the king, said George W. Bush had done the same thing earlier. The issue festered for a few days until a CNN reporter asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about it:

QUESTION: When the President met with King Abdullah, there was something that took place which I believe the White House explained was just the president being taller than the king. We took a look at the video, and it does appear that the president actually bowed to King Abdullah. Did he bow or didn’t he?

GIBBS: No, I think he bent over with both, to shake — with both hands to shake his hand, so I don’t–

QUESTION: Did he bow or didn’t he?

GIBBS: No.

So the official word was: Obama didn’t bow. Now, we have a new photo of the president bowing to the emperor of Japan. It’s the kind of image that just doesn’t sit well with many Americans. The president, as the elected representative of the United States, should not be in the habit of bowing to foreign leaders, royal or not. Obama’s deep, subservient bow makes it even worse; this was no little nod.

What will the White House explanation be? Emperor Akihito is certainly shorter than Obama, so perhaps the White House will roll out the old “he’s taller than King Abdullah” story. Perhaps Gibbs will deny that it happened at all. Neither will fly. This is something the president should explain.

Obama can’t be trusted. Big Media can’t be trusted. Obama provides the same stick-butt-in-the-air bow to Emperor he displayed to King and Big Media remains stick-butt-in-the-air worshipful.


In The Corrupt Bow To The Corrupt we ended our post, referencing the bow to the Saudi King not the Emperor, with words which are appropriate as well today:

Big Media and PINO Big Blogs did not take notice of corrupt Obama bowing and scraping before the corrupt monarch because silence was their own corrupt bow to the corrupt.

Corrupt Big Media and PINO Big Blog Boys will not take notice of Obama bowing and scraping before potentates. Silence is their own corrupt bow to the corrupt.

52 thoughts on “The Going Gets Tough, The Weak Get Going – And Bowing

  1. When you are faced with a fact, the video, which you cannot deny, the only form of action is to ignore it.

    The Media of course are ignoring it. However Big Pink, utube, and the internet will not.

  2. Seeing Mr. Doofus bowing made my skin crawl. What is wrong with him? Doesn’t he have anyone telling him about protocol? Or is he just not listening? Big media=crickets.

  3. make no mistake, the BO travelin’-apology-bowing-tour is done on purpose. let the word go forth, the united states is no longer a leader, but gleefully subjugates itself before all foreign friends and enemies alike.

  4. Admin,

    Bowing is one thing, it is what this moron is giving/promising behind closed doors.

    This Asia trip is a joke. bambi can bluster like he is king of the world but China owns him now. The debt is a neck strangler. The dynamics are changing because of it.

  5. responding to last thread…

    stopping in quickly and want to respond to confloyd and birdgal in last thread…please understand my perspective…this country needs an opposition POV, ESPECIALLY in the age of O…funny how strong women on the other side seem to be the ones carrying the torch for their beliefs, the men on the other side are all a blur…”our” side, many have capitulated and are acting like walking zombies…Pelosi is a prime example…

    I am all for people speaking out and speaking up…and currently ‘our side’ is trying to shut down independence, certainly not encourage it…so if people from another POV are making common sense and actually articulating some, emphasis SOME, of the things I, perhaps many of us, believe…so be it…i lost confidence in ‘our’ side during the primaries and no longer walk around with rose colored glasses on…no more blind party loyalty…we need the best of ideas regardless of where they come from and we need to break the stranglehold that is taking us all down, except for the ones in power…

  6. All those poll numbers in other countries is just what the Dr. ordered, I mean Dr. Soros. Of coarse they all want to see us get our day of reconing and our Potus and his puppet master will be sure to dole it out.

    It appears the world is ready for the one world govt., all that is needed is to make the american people want it. How is that going to be, it will be from being unemployed for a loooong time, food prices skyrocketing and gas prices the same. It is what Dr. Soros is counting on.

    admin: great article!

  7. Having lived in Europe, I find the Europeans very introvert with their personnel feelings, meaning, I am not sure if the opinions they give to a survey are the opinions they really hold.

    American are considered very open and forth coming in their opinions. I guess I would reserve judgement on what they really think. After all, they don’t have to live with the consequences, we do.

  8. s, I support Palin, even voted for her, I unfortunately had to vote for McCain when I did, but nevertheless I think even as she is light on foriegn policy I think she would be a great President if we could not have Hillary. As far as I am concerned there is NO ONE better at this point in history than Hillary Clinton. If I did not think so I would not be still reading and commenting on blogs at this point in time.

    Sarah is a real reformer, I merely mentioned that the Isles is a place where Soros has a home among others. It could be Sarah has taken one of her book signings into the belly of the beast. Hillary would do that, after all she regularly goes on MSNBC and thats about as close to the “belly of the beast” as George Soros living room.

    I agree that Soros stabbed her in the back along with many others during the primary. He truly is the devil. He is smart, rich and has NO CONSCIOUS and is the old, white version of Bambi.

  9. Since it was the topic of the Sunday programs, I will share my feelings on the decision to have the terror trials in New York.

    Its all about politics folks, the longer they can keep the waterboarding, GWB’s failures on the minds of Americans the better chance they have to win in 2010.

    They are also placating to their constiuents who want the poor little terrorists to get a fair trial. The longer they can wait on a decision to send more troops to Afganistan the better for the lefties, its all so apparent and they will do it at the expense (dollarwise & emotional) of New Yorkers. They don’t care about anything except getting re-elected.

  10. Will it be Hillary in 2012?

    By Tony Blankley
    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    I write this from New Orleans, where I am participating in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Inaugural Political Summit. The conference has assembled about 20 top Democrat and Republican political strategists and operatives.

    In the process, we have been asked to consider how the next presidential campaign is shaping up. It’s a little early, you might think, but in less than 18 months both parties’ presidential aspirants will be organizing their primary campaigns.

    The Republican primary field is wide open, but it struck me that the Democratic Party’s potential aspirants really are already down to two. Obviously, the president will be one of them, and if things aren’t going so well for him by the spring of 2011, his only plausible challenger would be Hillary Clinton.

    She made a recent obligatory denial of interest in running for president, but such denials are not taken seriously.

    It is not implausible that by 2012, the Democratic Party will see Hillary Clinton’s nomination as its best chance for keeping the White House.

    Of course, if the economy comes booming back, unemployment is cut in half and there are no foreign policy disasters, President Barack Obama surely will get an unopposed nomination and probably his re-election. But if current estimates are right, that unemployment still may be close to double digits at the end of next year — and particularly if foreign affairs go badly — Hillary just might be the one.

    As secretary of State, Hillary cannot plausibly be assigned any responsibility for a bad economy and high unemployment. Nor, perhaps ironically, would her fingerprints be on a stunningly unpopular health care plan.

    Nor, curiously, is she likely to be seen as responsible for the Obama administration’s foreign policy. It has been reported repeatedly in major newspapers that she is one of the most marginalized secretaries of State in modern times.

    It isn’t forgotten that foreign affairs were the major policy disputes between Clinton and Obama during the primary. She accused Obama of “being naive” about agreeing to unconditional meetings with leaders of Iran, Venezuela, North Korea and Cuba. She was — and is — a strong supporter of Israel and, during the campaign, was opposed to forcing Israel to freeze West Bank settlements unconditionally.

    Regarding Iran, she favored immediate economic sanctions — last year. She threatened military force if necessary to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

    This year, as each of those issues emerged, President Obama took a different approach. He had to reverse himself on the unconditional settlement freeze. Iran is pushing the United States (and the world) into a corner on its nuclear development. Israeli/Palestinian “peace” talks are about 98 percent of the way to complete failure of administration objectives.

    The worse things get in foreign affairs — and those dark clouds are getting darker and closer — the better Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy will look compared with President Obama’s.

    In the 2012 Democratic Party primary, we may once again hear Hillary’s advertisement that asked Americans whom we want answering the red phone at 3 a.m.

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/s_653095.html

  11. I found this at Hillbuzz as it also has good discussion on how to defeat the embicile we have now in office. This is only excerpt, but it nails my feelings about both of these women who I believe this country could use now.

    The Cliff’s Notes for you, since we brought this up here, boils down to the following:

    (1) Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin both love this country with their full hearts and would gladly lay down their lives to protect our liberty, freedoms, and soveriegnty.

    (2) Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are both tough as nails, and have proved their mettle in grueling battles with lunatics entrenched against them for many years.

    (3) Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin both work hard, wake up every day to do their best for this country, and have never offered an excuse or asked for a free pass for anything.

    (4) Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin have both had every vile, sexist, misogynistic, disgusting attack lobbed at them imaginable. Both are mercilessly excoriated on a regular basis by the MSM in what passes for entertainment to these people. Both are relentlessly hounded by so-called feminists like Camille Paglia, and other jealous frauds who hate seeing women succeed without kowtowing to these self-proclaimed poobahs.

    (5) Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are both painted as “polarizing” figures and extremists, when neither of them is extreme in any way, and neither has ever done anything to warrant that polarizing label.

  12. I’m a Whole Foods Nation treehugging leftist, and I admire and support Palin.*

    Her Alaska record (as of fall 2008) was not as far Right as painted (see USA Today old article “Palin governed from the center”), but she’s still offering quite different things from Hillary. Still what Palin offers are good things: tame the corporations (oil in Alaska, now dare we dream health industry nationwide), make some honest budget reforms, etc.

    Also of course supporting her is a blow against the glass ceiling and against the way women politicians have been treated lately.

    *subject to update, if she’s changed positions lately

  13. November 15, 2009

    Historic Continental Congress 2009 Convenes
    Liberty in the Making:
    FREE Live Webcast All Day, Every Day!

    Independence Hall, Philadelphia

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 may one day be known as the day the American People convened, for the first time in over two centuries, an Assembly of representatives of the People in order to fully exercise of the “Capstone Right” — i.e., the Petition clause of the First Amendment.

    At approximately 3:00 pm Wednesday, WTP Chairman Bob Schulz convened the Assembly to begin the selection of Congress officers from the ranks of elected Delegates who will preside over the 11-day long Assembly. Constitutional scholar and former Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik was selected as the presiding officer of the Congress while Delegate .

    Following the ceremonial Liberty Banquet dinner at the St. Charles, Illinois Pheasant Run venue, the Delegates gathered in the main deliberation hall for the Opening Ceremony which was broadcast live. The song-centered ceremony featured presentation of the fifty state flags by the Delegates, as well as several patriotic group songs and inspirational prayers.

    For over a decade, WTP Foundation has championed an intensive, well-researched and coherent effort to hold the Government accountable for its escalating violations of fundamental Rights and the Constitution through use of the Right of the People to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Those ongoing abuses include violations of the Constitution’s tax, money, war, general welfare, privacy and other clauses that are at the heart of the conditions that now plague our nation. (See our Petitions for Redress)

    Although the public has known little about the history or nature of the Right to Petition, scholarly and historical research has established without argument, that the Right, first articulated as the cornerstone of Western Law in Magna Carta (1215), provides the People an individual Right to hold Government peacefully accountable for its abuses.

    Far beyond the right to merely send “complaints” to the government (which are virtually ignored by all officials), the Right of Petition embodies the profound Right to enforce the Right to Petition by withdrawing support from the Government until Redress is secured.

    Summaries of this important research can be reviewed as part of the legal pleadings of the 2004 landmark WTP lawsuit, We The People vs. United States, which sought to have the Judiciary declare – for the first time in history – the legal and constitutional meaning of the last ten words of the First Amendment. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear this controversial case involving the essence of Popular Sovereignty.

    Continental Congress 2009 will take the process of holding Government accountable and restoring the Constitution to the next level by first creating a formal record of the vast violations of the Constitution and Individual Rights now suffered by the People. Next, the Congress will debate and decide upon a series of practical but strong “Civic Actions” the People may take in order to restore their Liberty.

    The agenda for the CC2009 Assembly also provides for the development and adoption of formal “Remedial Instructions” to be served upon federal and state officials, in essence ordering them to cease and desist their official abuses and giving them formal Notice as to the “Civic Actions” of (peaceful) resistance the People may take, en masse, if those officials, yet again, choose to ignore the People’s Petitions for Redress.

    Most of the CC2009 event can be viewed live each day at these links: http://www.GiveMeLiberty.org/CC2009 or at http://www.CC2009.us.

    The professionally produced webcast includes news commentaries and highlights/wrap-up segments each day. On-demand archive streaming will soon be available for those unable to watch the live video streams.

    It will convene from Nov 11-22, 2009.

  14. Haven’t gotten the chance to read Hillary is 44 for awhile…just catching up. I’ve missed it.

    As for BO’s bowing, could he possibly have bowed to the Japanese Emperor to provide “cover” from bowing to the Saudi Muslim King? By bowing to the Japanese he is “proving” that he does not just bow to Muslims???

  15. ATTENTION: Fellow Hillary Supporters

    This is an urgent message that you all need to read and inform everyone you know. First thing many of you may not be aware, but right now in Illinois there is a Continential Congress convening now until November 22nd. There are delegates from at least 48 states who are supposed to be trying to rein in our Congress to follow the Constitution. They are to come up with ways on how to do that. The Congress airs live streaming during the day on its website—cc2009.us. One of the main issues they addressed on Saturday was Obama’s eligibility. When they have come up with resolutions they will put a petition on the Continental Congress website for all of us to sign. They want at least 8 million signatures. They also would like us to get groups of people together and do peaceful, civil disobedience activities across the country. I will be meeting with a group on Wed to talk about doing this. The delegates said if 10 percent of the population, which would be 20 million people, would do this we could get our country back.
    On a different matter—while many of you already know about what they are putting in the swine flu vaccines—are you aware of what they are putting in our food, water, and daily items we use that are poisonous? If not, you may want to google some items: Agenda 21, mercury poisoning, fluoride poisoning, and a great resource is prisonplanet.com which is Alex Jones’ website. I personally was having severe medical issues, and discovered that it was being caused by mercury poisoning from our city water and what I was eating/drinking. They put chlorine in diapers, toilet paper, etc and high fructose corn syrup is mercury.

    Raw milk is great. There is so much good stuff in it that can build up your autoimmune system. realmilk.com is a great website to locate farmers in your local area that sell raw milk and raw milk products.

  16. Don’t know if this was posted already but here goes:
    Hillary Clinton Looking Forward To Coffee With Sarah Palin

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fished for a coffee date with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her book “Going Rogue” — and one day she will get it.

    Clinton, in Singapore with President Obama, was asked about Palin’s hat tip to her in her book, out this week. Clinton, a 2008 presidential candidate, and Palin, John McCain’s runningmate, have never met.

    Palin writes, “Should Secretary Clinton and I ever sit down over a cup of coffee, I know that we will fundamentally disagree on many issues. But my hat is off to her hard work on the 2008 campaign trail. A lot of her supporters think she proved what Margaret Thatcher proclaimed. ‘If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.'”

    George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s This Week asked Clinton if she would sit down with her.

    Clinton replied, “Well, you know, I’ve never met her. Look, I’d look forward to sit down and talk with her. Obviously we’re going to hear a lot more from her in the upcoming weeks with her book coming out and I would look forward to having a chance to actually get to meet her.”

    Clinton sidestepped Stephanopoulous asking if the media was fair to her.

    “Well, you know George, I’ll leave that for my book if I ever write another one,” she said.

    Over at NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory asked Clinton not only if she would have coffee with Palin-but if she would read her book. Clinton was even more enthusiastic about meeting Palin in this reply.

    “Well, I absolutely would look forward to having coffee. I’ve never met her. And I think it would be, you know, very interesting to sit down and talk with her,” Clinton said.

    “And I’ve got more than I could say grace over to read, but obviously in the next week there’s going to be a lot of attention paid to her book. And I’m sure that, you know, I’ll see excerpts printed and, you know, snippets of interviews as I, you know, channel surf in, in Singapore and in Shanghai and in Beijing. But, you know, I’m ready to have a cup of coffee. Maybe I can make a case on some of the issues that we disagree on.”

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/11/15/hillary-clinton-looking-forward-to-coffee-with-sarah-palin/

  17. jle222, Thanks for the info, I would like to know who in Texas do I contact or more information on how to get involved. I fully believe both parties are corrupt and we must find people who are not in line with either party and are willing to step out and step up for the American people and not the corporations.

  18. What is up with that man? We don’t bow to royalty. Thats not who we are.

    Now tell me once again why we couldn’t have Hillary.

  19. I hope Hillary does sit down and have a cup of coffee with Sarah, wouldn’t they make a dynamic running mates for an independent run at the White House?? The women would get it done!

  20. I hate to say it but I haven’t finished reading the Clinton Tapes. I must do it tonight when I am at work. I have to get ready for Sarah’s.

  21. http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/Patrick_Dorinson_5DBDBAD0-822E-4F82-A455-FA6ED4230B86.html

    On Obama bowing to Emperor Akihito: During World War Two, allied prisoners were forced to bow low before their Japanese captors or risk severe beatings, beheading or in some cases being used for bayonet practice. I am sure that the remaining survivors of the Bataan Death March and the other unspeakable horrors perpetuated by the Japanese Imperial Army were shocked to see their President so easily bow before the descendant of Emperor Hirohito, Japan’s wartime leader– and just three days after Veteran’s Day. General MacArthur never bowed before Hirohito. Has anyone of advisers ever studied history?

  22. wbboei, Here ya go, more on the sos grab by Soros.

    Soros Grabs State Positions That Control Elections

    Dec. 10 (EIRNS)—According to the website of the “Secretary of State Project,” created in 2006 by the George Soros apparatus, the state position of Secretary of State, with power over the election process, has recently been won by candidates sponsored by the Soros Project in Ohio, Montana, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, and New Mexico.

    Writing for the Norfolk, Virginia Examiner, former Denver election commissioner Jan Tyler reports that the “Colorado Secretary of State’s position is up for grabs. Many questioned why Governor Bill Ritter would appoint a committee to recommend a candidate when he has the authority to do so on his own. Instead of giving us confidence in the Governor, we should be skeptical. George Soros’ Secretary of State project works behind the scenes to influence the Secretary of State positions. They have been successful in Ohio and other states. Shouldn’t someone be asking what George Soros is up to in Colorado?”

  23. admin; No I don’t think his administration has ever read any book on American history, they are too busy reading Mao’s life story.

  24. You all be careful looking up Soros and his Sec. of State placemnts, I just got a trojan virus, of coarse my virus stopper killed it, but its out there.

  25. wbboei, Here’s the link to the above mentioned article. Scroll down to 3 or 4 articles.

    h t t p : / /w w w .larouchepub.com/eiw/public/2008/2008_50-52/2008_50-52/2008-51/usnews.htm

  26. wbboei, Not only should we look at this sos thing but we need to find a way to see how much stock/ownership does Soros have in the voting machines/diabold. I wish I knew which states have the untraceable voting machines, it might help us to see where he is going to cheat the most. He’s been working on this for years and we don’t have much time to get some safety in place before 2010 and 2012.

  27. C.Y.A.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iwYEFasV3WqznkJoN2-BwTxAN4fgD9BV8RHG1

    Obama on Saturday urged Congress to hold off on any investigation of the Fort Hood rampage until federal law enforcement and military authorities have completed their probes into the shootings at the Texas Army post, which left 13 people dead.

    On an eight-day Asia trip, Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.” He said those who died on the nation’s largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft.

    “The stakes are far too high,” Obama said in a video and Internet address released by the White House while the president he was flying from Tokyo to Singapore, where Pacific Rim countries were meeting.

    Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, was charged on Thursday with the shooting spree at Fort Hood last week. Army investigators have said Hasan is the only suspect and could face additional charges.

    Obama already had ordered a review of all intelligence related to Hasan and whether the information was properly shared and acted upon within government agencies. Several members of Congress, particularly Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, have also called for a full examination of what agencies knew about Hasan’s contacts with a radical Muslim cleric in Yemen and others of concern to the U.S.

    Hoekstra confirmed this week that government officials knew of about 10 to 20 e-mails between Hasan and the radical imam, beginning in December 2008.

    A joint terrorism task force overseen by the FBI learned late last year of Hasan’s repeated contact with the cleric, who encouraged Muslims to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. The FBI said the task force did not refer early information about Hasan to superiors because it concluded he wasn’t linked to terrorism.

    Lawmakers, however, already have announced they want their own investigations and were frustrated with what they view as a less-than-forthcoming administration.

    Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif., said he wanted to go ahead with an investigation from the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the top Republican. He said he wanted an investigation that wouldn’t compromise law enforcement or military investigations that were continuing on separate tracks.

    In the Senate, Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, said his Homeland Security Committee was opening an investigation.

    Obama said he was not opposed to hearings — eventually. But he strongly pressed lawmakers to hold off until the probes now under way are completed.

  28. Hi confloyd! I’m so happy you saw my posts! I was afraid they would get buried. To contact your delegates go to http://www.cc2009.us which is the continental congress webpage. At the top of the page you’ll see a map of the U.S. with the phrase Are you a patriot? Click on the map. Then click on your state. Your state page will come up and all of your delegates will be at the top. Click on each delegate to get their contact info. The group I’m involved with is Campaign for Liberty. I know they have TX chapters. Their goal is to get back to the constitution. Please tell everyone about the continental congress!

  29. Sarah is a real reformer, I merely mentioned that the Isles is a place where Soros has a home among others. It could be Sarah has taken one of her book signings into the belly of the beast. Hillary would do that,***************

    She is learning

  30. Got this as an email. Since ya all were talking about Sarah I thought you would like a refresher

    *****************************

    Subject: Fwd: What a Fisherman Says About Sarah Palin

    >
    >

    >
    > 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.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > 1- Democrats forget when Palin
    > was the
    > Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the
    > Governor’s
    > office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank
    > Murkowski,
    > she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards
    > Club” (CBC) and sent
    > them packing. Many of them are now residing in State
    > housing and
    > wearing orange jump suits. The Democrats reacted by
    > skipping around the
    > 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.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > 2- Now with the CBC gone, there
    > were fewer
    > Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil
    > companies here. 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 told them “don’t let the door hit you in
    > the stern on your
    > way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from
    > being merely
    > wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course the other huge
    > international
    > oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name
    > of any other
    > governor in the country that has done anything similar.
    >
    >
    3- The other thing she did when
    > she walked
    > into the governor’s office is she got the list of State
    > requests for
    > federal funding for projects, known as “pork”.
    > She went through the
    > list, took 85% of them and placed them in the
    > “when-hell-freezes-over”
    > 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 jet because it was
    > extravagant.
    > Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the
    > governor’s
    > cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family),
    > 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.
    >
    >
    4- Now, even with her
    > much-ridiculed “gosh
    > and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together
    > a totally new
    > approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which 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.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > 5- 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. No governor for 30
    > years could make
    > them get started. This 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.
    >
    >
    >
    > 6- President Obama wants the
    > nation to be on
    > 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went
    > to the
    > legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50%
    > renewables
    > by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more
    > specifics about
    > things done, as opposed to style and persona . Everybody
    > wants to be
    > cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a
    > cover-up. I’m still
    > waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors
    > who can
    > match what mine has done in two and a half years. I
    > won’t be holding my
    > breath.
    >
    >
    > By the way, she was content to
    > return to AK
    > after the national election and go to work, but the haters
    > wouldn’t let
    > her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not
    > scuba divers.
    > And no one ever told them what happens when you continually
    > jab and
    > pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around
    > and tear your
    > face off. Shoulda known better.

  31. bitterpoliticzFront Page About Blue’s FAQS November 15, 2009 · 8 Comments
    Japan expert to ABC: Yes, Obama’s bow made him look like an idiot
    posted at 7:45 pm on November 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

    So much of an idiot, in fact, that according to Tapper’s source, at least one Japanese paper isn’t running the photo out of embarrassment. This tool actually groveled himself into a minor international incident.

    The good news for O-bots? It wasn’t unprecedented. Nixon evidently made a modest bow to Hirohito in the early 70s. The bad news?

    “Obama’s handshake/forward lurch was so jarring and inappropriate it recalls Bush’s back-rub of Merkel.

    “Kyodo News is running his appropriate and reciprocated nod and shake with the Empress, certainly to show the president as dignified, and not in the form of a first year English teacher trying to impress with Karate Kid-level knowledge of Japanese customs.

    “The bow as he performed did not just display weakness in Red State terms, but evoked weakness in Japanese terms….The last thing the Japanese want or need is a weak looking American president and, again, in all ways, he unintentionally played that part.

    A senior White House official (read: Axelrod or Emanuel) assured Politico this morning that no Japanese observers “would say anything other than that he enhanced both the position and the status of the U.S., relative to Japan.” Consider that spin exploded, thanks to ABC.

    And yet, having said that, I’m not convinced that the “groveling” explanation for the bow is necessarily the correct one. For one thing, his protocol office is famously run by imbeciles. They may very well have simply given him bum advice: “Be sure to hunch way the hell over and stare at the ground. They all do it that way.” For another thing, and somewhat notably, Japan isn’t a stop on The One’s world apology tour. It could have been, but he declined the opportunity to turn it into one. So why give the emperor the full Hopenchange treatment, then? Is it just … reflex at this point? Or is it actually a sign of how keenly aware Obama is of the messianic hype that follows him around the world? Maybe he figured that, as the newly anointed global Jesus, he’d better go out of his way to show deference to Japan’s divine ruler lest it seem like he was “pulling rank.” Think of it as “Superman II,” if the main characters had landed on Earth convinced that they had to “rebuild Krypton’s relationships” with the universe. In that case, you don’t kneel before Zod; Zod kneels before you.

  32. birdgal
    November 15th, 2009 at 12:23 pm
    Seeing Mr. Doofus bowing made my skin crawl. What is wrong with him? Doesn’t he have anyone telling him about protocol? Or is he just not listening? Big media=crickets
    &&&&&&&

    Any mistake made by “Junior” is attempted to be spun as “he is so smart and confident that he is not afraid to do what no previous president has done”.

    And they can get in a second dig, “And, he’s the only SITTING president to win a Nobel Peace Prize”.

    Notice “Junior” is a term of disparagement that was applied to another incompetent boob president; not far back in history, but the 43rd president.

    Can the contry survive two inept egotistical babies in a row???

  33. GonzoTx, thanks for the Tapper story. It was the night’s laugh. 🙂

    Here is the link to the Tapper ABC story about that international man of boobery:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/11/on-president-obamas-bow-to-the-japanese-emperor-an-academic-friend-writes-that-both-the-left-and-the-right-are-wrong.html

    An old friend — an academic with expertise about the Japanese Empire, and in general a supporter of President Obama — sends me the following note, relating to photographs of President Obama bowing to Emperor Akihito of Japan.
    “This picture shows two things,” my friend writes.

    “1) The ‘right’ is wrong about Obama’s bow.

    “2) The ‘left’ is wrong about Obama’s bow.

    “His bow is neither (1) unprecedented nor (2) a sign of cultural understanding.

    “At their 1971 meeting in Alaska, the first visit of a Japanese Emperor to America, President Nixon bowed and referred to Emperor Hirohito and his wife repeatedly as ‘Your Imperial Majesties.'”

    (See that picture HERE.)

    “Yet, (and?) Nixon gets the bow right. Slight arch from the waist hands at his side.

    “Obama’s handshake/forward lurch was so jarring and inappropriate it recalls Bush’s back-rub of Merkel.

    “Kyodo News is running his appropriate and reciprocated nod and shake with the Empress, certainly to show the president as dignified, and not in the form of a first year English teacher trying to impress with Karate Kid-level knowledge of Japanese customs.

    “The bow as he performed did not just display weakness in Red State terms, but evoked weakness in Japanese terms….The last thing the Japanese want or need is a weak looking American president and, again, in all ways, he unintentionally played that part.

    “BTW, Obama’s bow at Suntory Hall was much better. Correct angle, slight bow. His hands were wrong but the physical tone was correct and appropriate.

    “But if Obama can get the dollar to stop bowing to the Yen I take it all back.”

  34. Here is a comment from an OBOT re: comments on Tapper’s story. I laughed out loud.

    ” am outraged at the tone of this article by Tapper. Even by asking these questions about President Obama’s respectful greeting of the Japanese Emperor he casts a very negative light on a very positive international moment. It is snarky, cynical, and destructive. It even has a racist tone. From this moment on I will consider Tapper a very biased right wing partisan. He has lost all credibility as a journalist.”

  35. wbboei, Here’s an OLD story about Soros and the dem party and Soros’s view on how to count votes. Its fairly interesting since we now know the outcome of the voting. I am still trying to piece together the voting machines and Soros.
    h t t p : / /w w w .on linejournal.com/evoting/012904Landes/012904landes.html

  36. American Thinker

    November 14, 2009
    The AP goes rogue fact checking Sarah Palin
    Monte Kuligowski

    An AP article was released today which purports to fact check Sarah Palin’s claims in her new book. It took a village of AP writers to denounce Palin under the guise of fact checking. Weighing in at 1,594 words, it’s a booklet against a book. Eleven writers in all contributed to the piece. Here is the link.

    The piece is filled with biased representations, characterizations, conclusions, and a loyal defense of Obama. Interestingly, the Internet piece does not provide one link to the facts or sources upon which the AP relies.

    The funniest evidence of the AP’s willful blindness in my opinion has to do with its comparison of Reagan’s recession vs. Obama’s. The writers note that the recession Reagan dealt with lasted for 16 months; while Obama’s recession is on its 23rd month; and the recession is still going strong, I might add.

    Those facts are supposed to imply the basic liberal narrative: Obama inherited a mess like no one before him. But he will bravely spend his way out of it! What’s funny to me is that it never occurs to liberals that maybe, just maybe, the recession continues onward because of Obama’s policies.

    Spending money we don’t have and creating multi-trillion dollar deficits is an interesting way to end a recession. I wonder what would have happened if Obama would have immediately cut the capital gains tax rate and cut the spending of the federal government?

    Hopefully, the Heritage Foundation will fact check the AP.

  37. Birdgal, it’s “racist”? Did we read that right? Criticism of Obama at Emperor belt level is “racist”? Is it possible that someone would say about Tapper’s story “It even has a racist tone”? How is the story in any way “racist”? The comment must be a joke or an anonymous post by Michelle (assisted by Elizabeth Edwards a.k.a. “Cherubim”.

  38. wbboei, this can’t be good, I think Soros is knee deep in this.

    Originally published Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Diebold selling US voting machine unit
    ATM maker Diebold Inc. has sold its much-criticized U.S. voting-machine business to its bigger competitor, Election Systems & Software Inc. of Omaha, Neb.

    The Associated Press

    NORTH CANTON, Ohio —
    ATM maker Diebold Inc. has sold its much-criticized U.S. voting-machine business to its bigger competitor, Election Systems & Software Inc. of Omaha, Neb.

    Diebold, based in North Canton, announced the sale of its Allen, Texas-based subsidiary Premier Election Solutions Inc. on Thursday and said it will get $5 million plus payments representing 70 percent of collections of the unit’s accounts receivable as of Aug. 31.

    Diebold said it would disclose the additional payments at a later date.

    Diebold expects to recognize a pretax loss on the deal in the range of $45 million to $55 million.

    Last year Premier generated 2.8 percent of Diebold’s revenue. Diebold faced repeated criticism of the reliability and security of its touch-screen voting machines and began looking for a buyer for Premier more than two years ago.

    In 2007, Diebold distanced itself from the election unit, renaming it Premier, allowing it to operate more independently and giving it a separate board of directors.

    Its touch-screen voting machines used in elections across the country often drew criticism that the technology could be manipulated. The company has insisted touch-screen voting is reliable and an improvement over punch-card ballots that resulted in the disputed recount in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.

    The sale reflects Diebold’s decision three years ago to focus on key markets, including ATMs and security systems, according to spokesman Mike Jacobsen. The company is determined to move forward and not reflect on past election-system problems, he said.

    Diebold’s Brazilian subsidiary, which makes voting machines for Brazil’s national elections board, is unaffected by the Premier sale.

    Premier has about 180 employees in the United States and Canada. Premier operates in 33 states and ES&S operates election services in 39 states and overseas.

    Aldo Tesi, ES&S president and CEO, said the company was determined to fulfill its responsibilities in the high-profile voting-machine market.

    “This acquisition is an opportunity to continue fulfilling our company’s core mission of maintaining voter confidence, and enhancing the voting experience,” he said in a statement.

    Candice Hoke, an election law professor at Cleveland State University, said the sale raises questions about the consolidation of election services. “It’s a massive consolidation of voting-system vendors,” she said.

    The increased size and influence of ES&S could make it harder for smaller, innovative companies to enter the market, she said. “The market power (of ES&S) will be so significant,” she said.

    At the same time, Hoke said, ES&S’s growth could allow it to spend more on research to develop better voting machines.

    Diebold shares were up 44 cents to $30.47 in Thursday afternoon trading.

  39. wbbboei, I think the Sec. of States in each state certifies the voting machines also, so not only do they certify the election results they also certify the machines.

    Soros is close to full power, I hope we still have time to stop this.

    We need to look into this quickly!

  40. Wbboei, I think this is the person that they were speaking about on Hillbuzz as being a corrupt member of Soros team of Sec. of States.

    SECRETARY BRUNNER CERTIFIES NEW VOTING SYSTEM FOR OHIO

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner announced Wednesday that as a result of the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) certification granted to Elections Systems & Software (ES&S) for new voting equipment, Ohio has also certified it for use in the state.

    This marks the first time, in almost three years, that new voting equipment has been available for purchase and use by Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections.

    The Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners (BVME) had conditionally approved the Unity 3.2.0.0 for use in Ohio elections pending the issuance of a Certificate of Conformance and a federal certification number from the EAC at its July 10, 2009 meeting. The certification of the ES&S and other equipment pending certification marks the next generation for voting systems in the United States.

    “Now that the EAC and BVME have approved this equipment for use it is available for boards of elections in Ohio,” Brunner said.

    “The availability of this new equipment will benefit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections who have been waiting to purchase the new equipment to complete their successful transition to a new system for election administration in Ohio’s county with the highest number of registered voters,” Brunner said.

    An EAC certification is an official recognition that a voting system meets the requirements established by the EAC in the testing environment. This current level of testing meets the 2002 Voting System Standards which are the most current in effect by the EAC. Newer standards are still under consideration but not yet adopted by the EAC. The certification process resulting in approval by the EAC began in 2007.

    The upgraded system that includes the new equipment, especially the new DS200 – a precinct optical scan unit incorporated features that will be helpful to voters and boards of elections such as:

    A larger display screen to more easily alert voters of an overvote or undervote on their ballot.
    Clearer instructions to voters on the scanning/processing of their ballots.
    A pdf (photographic)scan of each ballot as it leaves the voters hands to easily prevent any ballot tampering after the ballot has been voted.
    Easy retrieval of ballots for recount efforts.
    Efficient paper reporting on the ballots cast.
    Compatibility with existing components such as existing ballot boxes and tabulation systems.
    “We appreciate the movement on the part of the EAC to certify this equipment, making it available to elections administrators across Ohio,” said Brunner.

    “We look forward to the certification of other vendors’ equipment to provide all counties and their election administrators with tools and resources that feature up-to-date technology, enhanced security and increased efficiency to provide our voters with the best possible election efforts,” said Brunner.

    At present, 39 counties use ES&S voting systems. Of those 30 use all optical-scan machines, and 9 use touch screen voting machines in election precincts and scanners for absentee and voluntarily requested paper ballots.

    Letter from Secretary Brunner certifying the Unity 3.2.0.0 (PDF)

    – 30 –

    Media Contacts:
    Jeff Ortega, Assistant Director of Communications, Media (614) 466-0473

  41. Admin: It sounds like a joke, but most obots are seriously deluded by BO’s true character and abilities.

    Here is the comment time: Nov 15, 2009 9:54:31 PM

    Maybe, Axelrod has some astroturfers at work, but that comment made me laugh and scratch my head. Tapper a conservative? A racist? Racial tone? The comment couldn’t be more off base, if the commenter had tried. Or, maybe MO is up late. Who knows, but there are some strange posters on the internet.

  42. From Discover the Networks, more on this Brunner and the SoS Project.

    DTN DIRECTORY GROUPS ISSUES FUNDERS INDIVIDUALS MEDIA ACADEMIA POLITICS ARTS & CULTURE

    GROUPS VIEW LIST OF ALL GROUPS

    RESOURCES
    SECRETARY OF STATE PROJECT (SOSP) Printer Friendly Page

    Major Introductory Resource:

    SOS in Minnesota
    By Matthew Vadum
    November 7, 2008

    Additional Resources:

    Al Franken — Democrat from Acorn
    By Investor’s Business Daily
    July 2, 2009

    Secretary of State Watch
    By Dan Pero
    May 13, 2009

    The Stealing the Election Project
    By Fred Lucas
    January 8, 2009

    ACORN, Soros Linked to Franken Vote GrabBy David A. Patten
    December 22, 2008

    The Soros Connection in the Minnesota Senate Race Vote Count
    By Ed Lasky
    November 17, 2008

    Questions Surround Role of Minnesota Secretary of State in Hotly Contested Senate Race
    By FOXNews.com
    November 14, 2008

    Another ACORN Secretary of State in Minnesota Will Be Running the Coleman-Franken Recount
    By Soren Dayton
    November 7, 2008

    Secretaries of State Give Dem Firewall
    By Avi Zenilman
    November 2, 2008
    URL: Website

    Project of the Democracy Alliance
    Works to help Democrats get elected to the office of Secretary of State in selected swing, or battleground, states
    Receives funding from Democracy Alliance members George Soros and Rob Stein

    A project of the Democracy Alliance, the Secretary of State Project (SoSP) was established in July 2006 as an independent “527” organization devoted to helping Democrats get elected to the office of Secretary of State in selected swing, or battleground, states; these were states where the margin of victory in the 2004 presidential election (between George W. Bush and John Kerry) had been 120,000 votes or less.

    The idea for SoSP germinated shortly after that 2004 election, when the group’s Democrat founders blamed Kerry’s defeat on then-Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican, who had ruled that Ohio (where Bush won by a relatively slim 118,599-vote margin) would not count provisional ballots — even those submitted by properly registered voters — if they had been submitted at the wrong precinct. Though the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ultimately upheld Blackwell’s decision, SoSP’s founders nonetheless received the ruling with the same bitterness they had felt regarding former Florida (Republican) Secretary of State Katherine Harris’s handling of the infamous ballot recount in 2000 (when Bush defeated Al Gore in the presidential election). Moreover, SoSP’s founders accused Blackwell and Republicans of conspiring to suppress Democratic voter turnout in Ohio. “We were tired of Republican manipulation of elections,” said SoSP co-founder Michael Kieschnick, who also serves as President of Working Assets. “It seemed like lots of decisions were made by people who were pretty clearly political operatives.”

    To establish “election protection” against similar disappointments in subsequent political races, SoSP in 2006 targeted its funding efforts on the Secretary of State races in seven swing states — Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado, and Michigan. Democrats emerged victorious in five of those seven elections — all except Colorado and Michigan. As USA Today reported at the time: “The political battle for control of the federal government has opened up a new front: the obscure but vital state offices that determine who votes and how those votes are counted.”

    In a 2008, pre-Election Day article assessing SoSP’s overall strategy, Politico.com reported:

    “In anticipation of a photo-finish presidential election, Democrats have built an administrative firewall designed to protect their electoral interests in five of the most important battleground states. The bulwark consists of control of secretary of state offices in five key states … With a Democrat now in charge of the[se] offices, which oversee and administer their state’s elections, the party is better positioned than in the previous elections to advance traditional Democratic interests —such as increasing voter registration and boosting turnout — rather than Republican priorities such as stamping out voter fraud. Perhaps more important, in those five states Democrats are now in a more advantageous position when it comes to the interpretation and administration of election law — a development that could benefit Barack Obama if any of those states are closely contested on Election Day.”

    In addition to the aforementioned Michael Kieschnick, SoSP was co-founded by James Rucker (a former director of MoveOn.org Political Action and Moveon.org Civic Action) and Becky Bond (a young woman who today is affiliated with Working Assets, US PIRG, and the New Organizing Institute). Said Bond: “Any serious commitment to wrestling control of the country from the Republican Party must include removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count.”

    According to political analyst Matthew Vadum, SOSP’s founders and foot soldiers

    “religiously believe that right-leaning secretaries of state helped the GOP steal the presidential elections in Florida in 2000 … and in Ohio in 2004…. The secretary of state candidates [whom] the group endorses sing the same familiar song about electoral integrity issues: Voter fraud is largely a myth, vote suppression is used widely by Republicans, cleansing the dead and fictional characters from voter rolls should be avoided until embarrassing media reports emerge, and anyone who demands that a voter produce photo identification before pulling the lever is a racist, democracy-hating Fascist.”

    SoSP raised a total of $500,000 for the 2006 Secretary of State candidates whom it supported. Because few Americans realize the importance of the Secretary of State’s duties, races for that office tend to draw fewer (and smaller) donations than do the more prominent races. Consequently, even a modest injection of cash from a small handful of generous donors can make an enormous difference in the comparative financial resources of rival campaigns, and thereby tip the scales decidedly in favor of the better-funded candidate.

    When Jennifer Brunner defeated incumbent Kenneth Blackwell in Ohio in 2006, twelve of the eighteen individuals who contributed the maximum $10,000 to Brunner’s campaign resided in states other than Ohio. (One of those donors, incidentally, was Teresa Heinz Kerry.) Said Brunner, “I received significant support from the SoS Project, which helped me toward the election.”

    Brunner went on to make her influence felt in the 2008 election cycle, when she ruled that Ohio residents should be permitted, during the designated early-voting period extending from late September to early October, to register and vote on the very same day. Citing the potential for voter fraud under such an arrangement, Republicans objected. But on September 29 of that year — the day before early voting was scheduled to commence — the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed Brunner’s decision.

    In a separate matter, Brunner sought to effectively invalidate a million absentee-ballot applications that Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign had issued. Each of those applications had been inadvertently printed with an extra, unnecessary checkbox, and Brunner maintained that if a registrant failed to check the box — even if he or she signed the form — the application could be rejected. On October 2, the Ohio Supreme Court overturned Brunner’s directive on grounds that it served “no vital purpose or public interest.”

    Brunner’s most noteworthy claim to fame took place in October 2008, when she refused to provide county election boards approximately 200,000 voter-registration forms in which the name did not match the driver’s license or Social Security number.

    Another 2006 beneficiary of SoSP support was Mark Ritchie, a former community organizer with close ties to ACORN, who defeated a two-term incumbent Republican in the race for Minnesota Secretary of State. Ritchie acknowledged his debt to SoSP when he said, “I want to thank the Secretary of State Project and its thousands of grass-roots donors for helping to push my campaign over the top.” Other contributors to Ritchie’s campaign included George Soros, Drummond Pike, Deborah Rappaport (wife of venture capitalist Andrew Rappaport), and Heather Booth.

    Like Jennifer Brunner, Ritchie went on to play a significant role in a key state election two years later. In 2008 the conservative watchdog group Minnesota Majority exhorted Ritchie to conduct “a thorough review and verification of all voter-registration records,” citing some 261,000 duplicative registrations and 63,000 voters listing invalid or nonexistent addresses. But Ritchie dismissed these pleas as efforts “to create a cloud over an election so people don’t accept the outcome.”

    In Minnesota’s 2008 election for U.S. Senate, incumbent Senator Norm Coleman, a Republican, finished 725 votes ahead of Democrat challenger Al Franken. But Franken refused to concede, and the thin margin of victory triggered an automatic recount. With Mark Ritchie presiding over the recount process during the ensuing weeks, Coleman’s lead gradually dwindled due to a host of what journalist Matthew Vadum describes as a long series of “appalling irregularities” that almost invariably benefited Franken. A detailed account of these irregularities can be found here. By the time the recount (and a court challenge by Coleman) ended in April 2009, Franken held a 312-vote lead. On June 30, 2009, after the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected a Coleman lawsuit, the Republican officially conceded and Franken was declared the victor.

    In 2008, SOSP supported Democratic Secretary of State candidates in Missouri, Montana, Oregon and West Virginia; all four Democrats won. Again SoSP realized a high return on a relatively small financial investment. As of September, the group had raised $280,000 for the campaigns it was targeting — not a large sum by any means, but enough to have a profound effect on the lightly funded Secretary of State races.

    Among the more notable contributors to SoSP are Democracy Alliance members George Soros, Rob Stein, Gail Furman, and Susie Tompkins Buell

  43. wbboei, SoS project has its own site and they want contributions made directly thru ACTBLUE (Soros/Gore). Here’s the link!
    h t t p ://www.secstateproject.org/

    All this happening while we are fighting over healthcare, where the 9/11 terrorists will be tried, Cap/Trade and the Beer Summit. People need to wake up and quit taking the freaking bait.

  44. wbboei, Here is an old story about Election System & Software, Inc. in 2003 and Chuck Hagel’s landslide victory using these voting systems. The company has recently been sold and Jared S. Polis the founder is a Congressman who got 1/2 million for his congressional run from none other than ActBlue which is a Soros foundation.

    Plutocracy vs Democracy
    By Christopher Bollyn – American Free Press

    Voting Machines vs Hand Counted Paper Ballots.

    The widespread use of electronic voting machines has completely undermined the integrity of elections in the United States. Behind the Omaha-based company making most of the flawed voting machines is a small, and very secretive, group of men, which includes a well-known U.S. senator from Nebraska, who also happens to belong to part of the REAL “shadow government,” i.e. Bilderberg group.

    Is it much of a surprise then that the unexpected “upset” U.S. senatorial election in which that U.S. senator [Charles T. Hagel] was elected in 1996, the voting machines that counted the votes that brought him to the U.S. Senate were made and operated by the company of which he had, until recently, been chairman [from 1988 until March 15, 1995].

    Furthermore, isn’t it odd that Mr. Hagel did NOT disclose his relationship with that vote-counting company on his required documents and financial disclosures?

    In 1997, that same company, American Information Systems (AIS), had been a “wholly-owned subsidiary of Omaha World Herald Company, a large company of which the newspaper is actually but a small part. They are much more involved in data accumulation and more profitable ventures than newsprint.

    This company, AIS, seems to be guided by billionaire and millionaire conservatives of the “Christian Coalition” type, who have been politically active, and successful, in making the Republican Party into a extreme pro-Israel, Christian “fundamentalist” party – one that will do ANYTHING to win.

    The recent mid-term elections have been described as “revolutionary” due to the unusual success of Republican candidates while a sitting president from the same party occupied the White House. However, the upset election results that heralded the Republican revolution have been accompanied by a largely ignored credibility gap because of the more significant and historic devolution in how Americans cast their votes.

    As a result of the 2000 election fiasco in Florida, expensive electronic voting machines have replaced paper ballot voting systems in a growing number of jurisdictions across the United States. However, the electronic touch-screen voting and ballot-counting machines lack the transparency and credibility of hand-counted paper ballots. As Rick Fulle, in Chicago, head of technology for the Illinois Board of Elections told AFP about touch-screen voting machines, “Nobody knows what happens inside of those machines.”

    Furthermore, troubling revelations about the people who own the companies that make these voting machines raise a host of serious questions about the condition of the democratic franchise in the United States – even whether it actually exists on a national level, or not.

    The companies that design, build, and operate most of the voting machines currently being used in America, are privately held and extremely secretive. Before the 2000 elections, when this reporter [Bollyn] tried to learn who owned Omaha-based Electronic Systems and Software (ES&S), the largest voting machine company in the United States, the information was simply not available. A visit to the ES&S office in Chicago [across the street from the Board of Elections] resulted in no answers from ES&S, but a number of men in suits escorting Bollyn to the door – Chicago style.

    [Bollyn, writing for the court-killed SPOTLIGHT newspaper of Washington, D.C. received a thinly-veiled death threat for asking questions about who made the “control cards” which record the data and tell the vote-counting machine what to do.]

    ES&S, whose motto is “Better elections every day” claims to have counted 100 million ballots in the 2000 election and 56 percent of the vote in the last four presidential elections. However, ES&S company officials repeatedly refused to discuss the [electronic] security of their voting machines or divulge who owns and directs the company.

    Two independent writers, Bev Harris of Talion.com and journalist Lynn Landes of EcoTalk.org have investigated the voting machine companies operating in the United States and have discovered a number of political connections to the Republican Party and a well-known senator from Nebraska. These connections are too important to ignore.

    THE OMAHA CONNECTION

  45. The Audacity of Failure: The 4-year presidency of Barack Hoover Obama

    by Mike Whitney
    November 16, 2009

    Barack Obama is on his way to becoming a one-term president. According to Politico: “President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year’s State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 – and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning. The president’s plan, which the officials said was under discussion before this month’s Democratic election setbacks, represents both a practical and a political calculation by this White House.” (www.politico.com)

    Er, now who exactly is telling Obama that raising taxes or cutting spending in the middle of a severe economic contraction is a good idea?

    This clip from Politico tells us more about the people surrounding Obama, than it tells us about Obama himself. Clearly, his chief lieutenants are just as committed to savaging Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as their GOP counterparts. This is obvious by the way they’ve handled the fiscal stimulus. Where are the jobs programs, the boost to Green Technology, the massive infrastructure rebuild?

    Nowhere. Because the industry-reps and bank lobbyists who fill out the Obama roster adhere to the same pro-business credo as the members of Team Bush, that is, that all public assets and resources should be strip-mined from their rightful owners and transferred to the robber barons at the top of the economic food-chain. There’s no way that Geithner, Summers and the rest of the Wall Street insiders would ever dream of rebuilding the public safety net they’ve been trying to destroy for the last decade or more. That’s not in their interests at all.

    The administration’s announcement is tantamount to a stealth-attack on Social Security in the name of “fiscal responsibility”. It’s another public relations ploy intended to enrich the parasite class by stealing crusts of bread from penniless retirees. Surely, there must have been a quid pro quo between the two-year Illinois senator and his political backers about how they planned to deal with “entitlements problem”. In other words, Obama must have given the green light to the party bosses who wanted to purloin the last few farthings in the Social Security trust fund.

    So, how will Obama’a attack on Social Security etc. effect the so-called “jobless recovery”?

    For one thing, it makes a double-dip recession unavoidable. After all, (according to Goldman Sachs) last quarter’s surge in GDP to 3.5% was entirely a result of government stimulus. Take away the stimulus, and the economy slips right back into to recession. Is that what Obama wants, another stretch of negative growth, plunging economic activity, lower demand and higher unemployment? Why? To satisfy the GOP “deficit hawks”?

    All the handwringing over deficits is just more gibberish from the same people who brought us the Iraq War. The deficits are about as big a problem as the fictional WMD, maybe less. Here’s a clip from an article by Marshall Auerback which sheds a bit of light on the deficit fiasco:
    “Large deficits are not the problem….Let’s all take a deep breath here: Whilst the dollar index has fallen some 15% from the high sustained earlier this year, it is still above the lows sustained at the height of the credit crisis reached about a year ago. Secondly, there seems to be a fear that the current fall in the dollar could well engender inflation, and create a panicked response from policy makers where the Fed actually does raise rates and the Treasury begins to reduce government spending. Given high prevailing debt levels and the weak state of the consumer’s personal balance sheet, this would be an unmitigated disaster.

    It is true that excessive government deficit spending can be inflationary, and could therefore cause some impact on exchange value of dollar. But this can’t be viewed in some sort of vacuum. The size of the deficit is irrelevant in itself. There is no meaning in the terms ‘large deficit’ or ’small deficit.’ You have to relate them to the extent of labor and capital underutilization, which is a human measure of the aggregate demand deficiency. The fact that labor underutilization is now in excess of 16 per cent in the US (combined unemployment, underemployment and hidden unemployment) and capacity utilization is in the 60-65 per cent range rather than 90 per cent range sends one very clear message – the deficit is not large enough.

    So the correct policy response is to spend until we get to full employment. That is the only consequence of excessive deficits — insolvency is not possible. Your social security check will never bounce in a country issuing debt in its own freely floating non-convertible currency.” ( “The US Dollar – Don’t just do something, stand there!” Marshall Auerback, newdeal 2.0)

    The best way to restore economic well-being is to increase the fiscal stimulus, expand the deficits and put the country back to work. There’s no chance of inflation until unemployment drops to roughly 5%, which could be a decade away. And don’t believe the doomsayers about the dollar either. It’s a bunch of malarkey. Check this out: “As I have shown in two recent papers, even very large currency depreciations in developed economies have no effect on inflation unless they are caused by policies that attempt to hold an economy’s unemployment rate below its equilibrium level. With US unemployment currently at 10 percent, there is no chance that inflation will rise in the near term. Whether inflation rises in the longer run will depend on whether US monetary and fiscal policy stimulus is withdrawn appropriately as the economy recovers (and tighter macroeconomic policies would tend to support the dollar).” (“Who’s Afraid of a Falling Dollar”, Joseph Gagnon, Baseline Scenario)

    The dollar is dropping because the Fed is doing everything in its power to push it downwards. “It’s the policy, stupid.” A falling dollar increases exports and speeds up recovery. But once the Fed stops printing money via quantitative easing, (which is set for the end of 1st Q 2010) watch out. The dollar will rebound. Here’s an excerpt from an article in the Economist: “This dollar declinism is overblown. It exaggerates the scale of the slide and misunderstands its cause. Much of the recent weakness simply reverses the earlier safe-haven flight to dollars, a sign of investors’ optimism about riskier assets rather than their fears about America’s currency. On a trade-weighted basis the dollar today is close to where it was before Lehman failed. Yields on Treasuries have not risen and spreads on riskier dollar assets continue to shrink. If investors were growing leerier of dollars, the opposite should have occurred.” (“The Diminishing Dollar”, The Economist)

    When the financial crisis broke out two years ago, investors around the world flocked to the dollar for safety. Now that the crisis has (somewhat) abated, those same investors are less risk-adverse, which means they are putting that money in other assets (stocks, bonds, commodities) Naturally, that is weakening the dollar, but it is not a sign of impending collapse. And while it is true that the greenback faces stiff headwinds in the long-term–due to the US’s deteriorating fiscal situation–the dollar is in no immediate danger of losing its position as the world’s reserve currency. That will take a decade or more. The growing fear about the dollar and the deficits is understandable given the amount of money that is being hurled at the financial system. But that shouldn’t dissuade reasonable people from doing what needs to be done. The dollar and the deficits are NOT the issue. The issue is jobs, jobs, jobs. Here’s an excerpt from an article by Henry Liu which sums it up perfectly: “An economy that has collapsed under the burden of excessive debt cannot recover until such debt has been extinguished. And debt can only be extinguished by wealth creation, not by creating more debt with easy credit. And wealth can only be created by employment and not by financial manipulation.” (Federal Reserve Power Unsupported by Credibility; part 1 “No Exit” Henry Liu)

    Bingo. The Fed is bailing out unproductive speculators, while tossing the “creators of the nation’s wealth”, the workers, a few table scraps. That’s why we need a different policy which focuses on jobs programs, fiscal stimulus, and more deficit spending so households can rebuild their tattered balance sheets and the “engine of global growth” (the US middle class) can be re-energized. We don’t need more belt-tightening, as Obama seems to think. That is precisely the wrong approach.

    Henry Liu again: “Thus we have financial profit inflation with price deflation in a shrinking economy. What we will have going forward is not Weimar Republic type price hyperinflation, but a financial profit inflation in which zombie financial institutions turning nominally profitable in a collapsing economy.”

    Right again. The soaring stocks and commodities prices prove that central bank policies can create asset bubbles even during periods of severe deflation. (like now) Fed chair Ben Bernanke’s policies have had no material effect on households, consumers or workers. This is why credit contraction is in its 8th straight month and jobless claims continue to mushroom. Bernanke–a disciple of Milton Friedman–has taken the monetarist “trickle down” approach throughout, which is why stocks are surging even though the broader economy is still flat on its back. The Fed chief is doing what he’s always done, stimulate demand by creating more bubbles. Only this time it’s not working because liquidity is unable to flow through the clogged credit system. The administration needs to bypass the credit system altogether and provide direct relief via state aid, tax cuts and jobs programs to jump-start the economy and reduce the widening output gap. What’s needed is more stimulus and an aggressive reform agenda aimed at putting the country back to work. Here’s Paul Krugman:

    “It’s truly amazing, and depressing, how completely deficit-phobia has swept the field in Washington. The economy remains in deeply dire straits….Yet the respectable thing, all of a sudden, is to claim that we can’t possibly afford to spend any more money on job creation.

    History says differently…Other advanced countries have been substantially deeper in debt without either defaulting or having runaway inflation….

    I’d be a little more forgiving of the nonsense if all the people screaming about the deficit were sincere. And some are. But many, if not most, are perfectly happy to incur huge unfunded liabilities for the wars they want to fight, and/or to eliminate inheritance taxes for the heirs of multimillionaires. It’s only deficits incurred to help working Americans that get them all moralistic.

    The point is that the economy desperately needs more help — and yes, we can afford to provide it.” (“Fiscal Perspective” The conscience of a liberal, Paul Krugman, New York Times)

    Yes, we can afford it. We just need to shrug off the deficit hawks and the dollar demagogues and provide the necessary resources to get the job done. It’s that simple.

    Here’s more from Marshall Auerback: “The Administration … must free themselves from the discredited dogmas of neo-liberalism and channel the spirit of FDR’s bold experimentation. We need less deficit terrorism. Fiscal policy must be much more oriented to personal balance sheets, not bank balance sheets. We need to turn around the private sector and begin to produce more tax revenue, so that the large deficits would be short-lived. If we continue down the current path, we slow recovery and court large budget deficits for many years to come. Far better to spend now to create jobs and get the private sector growing again.(“New Agenda for America: How to Start Anew”, Marshall Auerback, newdeal 2.0)

    Economists know what it will take to put the country back to work; debt relief, loan modifications, wage growth and full employment. But it will require a fundamental shift in ideology; a rejection of neoliberalism and a strong commitment to rebuild the middle class. Obama can either help in that process or follow the beggarly path to early retirement. So far, there’s no reason to be hopeful.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16108

  46. Does ACORN trail lead to White House?

    Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 11/16/2009

    An Iowa congressman is questioning the timing of the sudden resignation of a controversial Obama administration official, whose husband has had close ties to ACORN and has recently been named President Obama’s White House counsel.

    In serving as White House communications director, Anita Dunn had created a stir when she told school children earlier this year that Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse Tung was one of the people she admired the most. She also launched a public attack against the Fox News Channel for its reporting on the ACORN prostitution scandal.

    Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) thinks it is curious that Dunn abruptly resigned from her White House post, just four days after Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell raided ACORN’s national office, seizing paper records and computer hard drives.

    He says Dunn’s husband, Robert Bauer, has been a staunch defender of ACORN.

    “During the McCain campaign in the fall of 2008, he wrote a letter to the Justice Department defending ACORN and recommending that they not investigate ACORN — [arguing] that ACORN’s alleged transgressions were simply a political product of Republicans,” says the Iowa lawmaker.

    King believes Bauer’s letter was a contributing factor in convincing the Justice Department not to investigate ACORN. But he says with the Louisiana attorney general’s action, the administration appears to be in damage-control mode.

    “Are they trying to cover up a trail? Are they severing ties? Is the investigation [of ACORN] in Louisiana…going to lead all the way up through Robert Bauer and perhaps his wife in the White House?” King wonders. “Because I believe the ACORN ties do go right to the White House in multiple ways.”

    King believes that as the newly named White House counsel, Bauer will be in a position to help President Obama erase his ties to ACORN.

    http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=767638

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    One item of respect for Sara – she resigned, not as a stepping stone to higher office (Obama), not as a result of scandal (Dollar Bill Jefferson) – she resigned to quash the attacks on her family and her office. It was a tough but shrewd move on her part.

    Obama’s supporters, critical of Palin, never mention he quit the State of Illinois – more like used its voters – to go off after a bigger payoff.
    The hypocrisy of his supporters is epic and cynical.

    Why I support and respect Sarah. by Mike Terrwilliger

    First, there is no government closer to the people than at the municipal level. Palin spent eight years in city government, winning a seat on the Wasilla City Council in 1992 mostly thanks to her opposition to tax increases. She went on to serve two council terms from 1992 to 1996. She was elected mayor of the fast-growing Anchorage suburb in 1996 and again in 1999. Mayor Palin had a record of reducing property tax levels, increasing municipal services and attracting new industry to her town. During her tenure in Wassilla, she was elected chair of Alaska’s conference of mayors.

    Next for Sarah Palin was service as chair of the Alaska Conservation Committee, a board which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry. In this appointive position she began to gain what would become extensive and valuable knowledge and experience in the area of one of America’s most pressing issues – energy. It was in this job where Palin first really demonstrated the toughness, political courage and maverick spirit that would years later so impress presidential candidate John McCain.

    She resigned in January 2004 as head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after complaining to the office of Governor Frank Murkowski and to state Attorney General Gregg Renkes about ethical violations by another commissioner, Randy Ruedrich, who was also Republican state chairman.

    State law barred Palin from speaking out publicly about ethical violations and corruption. However, she was vindicated later in 2004 when Ruedrich, who’d been reconfirmed as state chairman, agreed to pay a $12,000 fine for breaking state ethics laws. She became a hero in the eyes of the public and the press, and the bane of Republican leaders.

    In 2005, she continued to take on the Republican establishment by joining Eric Croft, a Democrat, in lodging an ethics complaint against Renkes, who was not only attorney general but also a long-time adviser and campaign manager for Murkowski. The governor reprimanded Renkes and said the case was closed. It wasn’t. Renkes resigned a few weeks later, and Palin was again hailed as a hero.

    In 2006, Palin ran for governor and was elected in a landslide. According to Fred Barnes:

    With her emphasis on ethics and openness in government, “it turned out Palin caught the temper of the times perfectly,” wrote Tom Kizzia of the Anchorage Daily News. She was also lucky. News broke of an FBI investigation of corruption by legislators between the primary and general elections. So far, three legislators have been indicted.

    In the roughly three years since she quit as the state’s chief regulator of the oil industry, Palin has crushed the Republican hierarchy (virtually all male) and nearly every other foe or critic. Political analysts in Alaska refer to the “body count” of Palin’s rivals.

    “The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah,” says pollster Dave Dittman, who worked for her gubernatorial campaign. It includes Ruedrich, Renkes, Murkowski, gubernatorial contenders John Binkley and Andrew Halcro, the three big oil companies in Alaska, and a section of the Daily News called “Voice of the Times,” which was highly critical of Palin and is now defunct.

    As governor, Sarah Palin’s list of accomplishments lengthened rapidly. She used her line-item veto to cut $268 million from Alaska’s state budget.

    She stood up to some of Alaska’s most entrenched interests, including three big oil companies (BP, ConocoPhilips, and ExxonMobil) who hold the lease rights to much of Alaska’s oil and gas wealth:

    Once in office, Palin took an aggressive stance toward the oil companies. Her nickname from high-school basketball, “Sarah Barracuda,” was resurrected in the press. Early in her term, she shocked oil lobbyists when she was so bold as to not show up when Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson came to Juneau to meet with her. Palin, after scrapping Murkowski’s deal, would not give Big Oil the terms they wanted, yet insisted that the companies still had an obligation under their lease to deliver gas to whatever pipeline Alaska built. She invited the oil companies to place open bids to build a pipeline, but they refused. A bid by TransCanada, North America’s largest pipeline builder, was approved by the legislature in August.

    Palin also raised taxes on oil companies after Murkowski’s previous tax regime produced falling revenues in 2007, despite skyrocketing oil prices. Alaska now has some of the highest resource taxes in the world. Alaska’s oil tax revenues are expected to be about $10 billion in 2008, twice those of previous year. BP says about half its oil revenues now go to taxes, when royalty payments to the state are included. Recently, Palin approved gas tax relief for Alaskans, and paid every resident $1,200 to help ease their fuel-price burden.

    Some other Palin accomplishments include supporting and signing an ethics bill passed by the Alaska legislature and creating the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council to find innovative solutions to effectively provide access to, and help reduce the costs of, healthcare.

    As governor, Palin is commander of her state’s National Guard. Not content to merely sit on the title, she traveled to Kuwait to learn about her troops’ mission there. On the return trip to Alaska, she stopped in Germany to to visit wounded soldiers in the hospital, an activity that Barack Obama did not see fit to engage in during his own overseas venture, blaming the Pentagon for his snubbing of the wounded.

    More accomplishments: Gov. Palin signed a resolution in opposition to the FAA’s plan to increase taxes on aviation fuel, impose user fees and slash airport funding. Also, before Palin became governor, her predecessor Frank Murkowski had purchsed a Westwind Two business jet for the governor’s use at a $2.5 million price tag, despite the objections from the state legislature and the public. Her first order of business after taking office was to put the jet up for sale.

    Palin did keep the governor’s state-owned Chevy Suburban, but she got rid of the driver, saying it was wasteful for the state to pay someone to drive her around, since she was perfectly capable of driving herself. The governor’s gourmet chef also got changed from a full-time to a seasonal-only basis because Palin considered it a luxury she didn’t think Alaskans should be paying for. Her political enemies called all this “superficial pandering.”

    Alaska is the only one of America’s states which borders on two foreign countries. Sarah Palin is chief executive of our most important energy state, one which lies only a few miles from Russian territory. She has negotiated sensitive agreements on fishing rights and other matters to keep the peace up there. She’s also worked on important trade deals with other countries. She has received foreign heads of state and had discussions with them.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704431804574537882681089404.html#articleTabs%3Dcomments

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