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Archive for July 3rd, 2009

Those who think Palin is leaving politics either aren’t thinking or aren’t listening. – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on July 3, 2009

Editor’s note: These are the comments I left on Patterico’s blog today (7/5)  –

Guys, no one can run any kind of national media or fund raising campaign while stuck in Alaska. No one can start collecting political IOU’s from there also.

Look at how Obama has used TARP and other programs to pick winners and losers of companies who will get our tax dollars and will now cycle some of that money back to his re-election campaign.

Anyone who plans to take Obama on needs to start raising money now. Obama is the wall street corporate/lobbyist owned candidate and lobbying reports from DC is making that pretty clear.

Obama did not hold one hearing for the subcommittee he chaired as a senator, not one. He made a speech to the DNC and used one office to immediately start running for the next. Obama was a do nothing senator.

Palin at least made it clear that she got her legislative agenda passed and instead of just collecting a paycheck and doing nothing she is moving on. – Really some of the comments (seen across the blogosphere) show that some of you just are not thinking.

Governor Palin said today that most of the pundits told her to stay quiet and go with the flow, well my husband and I are commercial fisherman and we know that the only ones who do that are dead fish.

What does she have to do to make it more clear? Perhaps she should have said, “If you want a fight , I’ll give you one?

She also said, “I can now effect change on a different scale”.

John Batchelor, who is considered one of the finest intellects in conservative news radio, has a great piece in the Daily Beast (LINK). Batchelor really gets it and his piece is a must read. Palin is the party nominee, she can step into the void of Republican leadership now and start raising money.

Palin took shots today directly at Obama’s policies and then said that she was “not retreating, we are advancing in a different direction”.

Palin Spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton tells Fox News Sarah Palin is “not running from pressure” and “this is a fighting move”.

It’s on.

In the last election, as the bottom of the ticket she was subject to the mishandling of Steve Schmidt and others on the McCain team. Now we will be able to see how she can perform with Sarah in charge.

Mark Levin comments:

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ITS ON! Palin announces that she will not seek new term as governor. Guess what comes next!!

Posted by iusbvision on July 3, 2009

Palin has a book to write and a new Washington PAC to run. She also needs to raise money and redefine herself because of the hatchet job the media has done to her.

While Palin has her critics, notice that you don’t see critics talking about Palin’s record as governor, or taking her to task on the policy positions she has taken. If they did they would lose, which is why they just keep tossing insults and smears and unspecific platitudes at her.

My advice to Palin, it is time to do the “maverick” ticket the right way (that means not sabotaging your campaign brand as the McCain campaign did) and position yourself as the experienced corruption fighter who is willing to take on her own party if need be. Get John Bolton on the horn too and see if you can get him on board. Make another call to Dick Morris and have him start making ads for you.

Palin is no fool, she is going to start raising money now, it is no secret that she is a fund raising machine.

Also Palin will not be beholden to what were incompetent communications strategists like Steve Schmidt and others like she was in the last campaign. Expect hostile and grossly unfair media figures to be treated as they deserve to be treated, like political opponents.


UPDATE – Todd Palin just told Fox News that Palin will be addressing Alaskan as well as national concerns. Chuck Heath, Sarah Palin’s brother, tells Fox news the same.

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Congressional travel junkets up 50% since Democrats took power.

Posted by iusbvision on July 3, 2009

They have large majorities on both houses of Congress, so why not take a bunch of trips to Paris, New Zealand and Italy and have YOU pay for them!


Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON — Spending by lawmakers on taxpayer-financed trips abroad has risen sharply in recent years, a Wall Street Journal analysis of travel records shows, involving everything from war-zone visits to trips to exotic spots such as the Galápagos Islands.

The spending on overseas travel is up almost tenfold since 1995, and has nearly tripled since 2001, according to the Journal analysis of 60,000 travel records. Hundreds of lawmakers traveled overseas in 2008 at a cost of about $13 million. That’s a 50% jump since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago.

The cost of so-called congressional delegations, known among lawmakers as “codels,” has risen nearly 70% since 2005, when an influence-peddling scandal led to a ban on travel funded by lobbyists, according to the data.


In mid-June, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii) led a group of a half-dozen senators and their spouses on a four-day trip to France for the biennial Paris Air Show. An itinerary for the event shows that lawmakers flew on the Air Force’s version of the Boeing 737, which costs $5,700 an hour to operate. They stayed at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, which advertises rooms from $460 a night.

The lawmakers were invited to a dinner party at the U.S. Embassy and had cocktails at a private party at the Eiffel Tower. Mr. Inouye attended a dinner sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, a U.S. trade group. Another senator on the trip, Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, took a cruise on the River Seine with defense-industry executives and elected officials from Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

Mr. Inouye and Mr. Shelby declined to comment.


Often, lawmakers combine trips to war zones with visits to more tranquil spots. In February, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a delegation of Democratic lawmakers to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan for a day. Before landing in Kabul, the eight lawmakers and their entourage of spouses and aides spent eight days in Italy, spending $57,697 on hotels and meals.

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