Sarah Palin: Is she spinning her record in Alaska politics?
Here, according to a several sources in the lamestream media, is one of the things she said in Pella, Iowa, on Tuesday where a pro-Palin documentary, “The Undefeated,” was playing:
“I’m very grateful that someone would bother to go to these efforts to make a documentary about the record of my team in Alaska that worked so hard for energy security and ethics reform and privatizing businesses that should never be in government’s hands.”
Palin, everyone in Alaska in general agrees, push through ethics reform as governor.
[Sarah Palin pushed it through to know how to undermine the whole process, Craig!
Palin abused her power! She has the distinction to have had 28 ethics complaints filed against her! Why? because she was not behaving ethically! Ha! And it’s Palin filing the first ethics complaint against herself!
Palin charges the state of Alaska for sleeping in her own house, travel for her 5 kids for no apparent reason. See WPo ]
But the references to “energy security” and “privatizing businesses” are head-scratchers. Why? Because in Alaska, the government owns:
-The only railroad, the Alaska Railroad.
-One of the biggest investment banks, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.
-The marketing organization for the state’s huge seafood industry, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
-The only major university, the University of Alaska.
But in America, unlike in Saudi Arabia, a government takeover of that business isn’t possible. So, under Palin, the state simply taxed the oil industry to the limit. And why did the state tax the oil industry to the limit? So Alaskans wouldn’t need to pay any state personal income or sales taxes, and so the government could actually give them money instead. Every Alaskan — rich or poor, newborn infant or doddering old fool — gets an annual check (usually more than $1,000 and up to $3,269 in 2008, which included an energy rebate that year) from the government. It is called a Permanent Fund dividend, and it is what Alaskans consider their “fair share” of Alaska’s oil, though most Alaskans did absolutely nothing to produce this oil.
Under Palin, when Alaska was imposing these big, new taxes on the oil industry in 2008, U.S. Congress was refusing to follow suit.
The reason, according to those who opposed new oil taxes in Washington, D.C., was that the increases would discourage the search for new oil and threaten “energy security” — the same energy security Palin now says she “worked so hard” to ensure for somebody.
Maybe the residents of North Dakota. Since Palin and the Democrat-led Alaska legislature imposed the new taxes on the oil industry in Alaska, North Dakota has seen an oil boom.
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