Tuesday, September 8, 2009

In Defense of Sarah

by Dewey Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman - Written in Defense of his former governor from the latest Moveon.org ad

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% renewable's 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.


Anonymous said...

Hey Dewey: Did You Forget a Few Things

While we like Palin too... She has comes across
as a bit of a "Goody Two Shoes." everyone's
got dirty skirts but her??. I think this got
some Demo-RAts elected here in Anchorage...
{ Gunny French - Back Stabber & Former Marine
for a Day}

She accused every GOP member of being on payroll
of Oil [her husband isn't] She & Demo-Rats
killed the N Slope Oil Refinery.. 600 jobs /3yrs
Now we are importing oil from Puget Sound..Now that we know the local FBI was sleeping with
Bill Allen & towing Czech trainers [FBI called
them War Birds] from Palmer to Elmendorf..
FBI ...locals are in facing prison indictment
for their corruption... [ These yahoos. chased
Alaskan Legislatures around for $3000 surveys..
meanwhile...Obamas Illinois Govenor is selling
the Senate seat..] Dewey you are very forgetful!

All this "hostile attitude" toward oil industry
has resulted in a total of 8 remaining working wells Alyeska Pipe Line is running at 30% capacity !!
Dewey...you think anyone is going to fund $60 Billion for a stupid Gas Line ???[without a
nice fat subsidy from Palin???]
We have lots of gas locally.. 100 mile radius of Anchorage without having to spend Billions for Bull Sh-t Line/or boomdoggle Trans Canada.
Palin ..DNR has killed the leases.in Cook Intet..& Slope. Next-thing are going to be the State /oil company meetings behind closed ..{ Murkowski had the right idea.for this...]
By the Way...We need a "jet" Did you forget how incredibly big this state is.

Dewey...We are so SCREWED:

{I just got back from "Long Beach /S Los Angeles" [Barbara Boxer/ Begich Magical Mystery
Tour Leader} and they have" working rigs " every quarter mile!! The old oil fields are
back & California needs the money.

Under Palin ...6 State Taxs & ACES TAx/federal taxes.are a ----.Progressives dream & business disaster
When Oil was @ $130 a barrel... state & fed tax was $105!!!

Yeh Dewey!!..we were oil tax rich for 6 months ..now what do we face?....$ 11 Billion Runaway Budget with only $7 Billion tax income...

Should I mention the extra 2ooo govt state
workers newly hired during her tenure..

Give me a Break.... Turn her lose on the
Lower 48.... but please get her out of our

J Wilkes Anchorage

Go figure

Nicole said...

This is such a great article. I really had no idea she did all of those things. Honestly, I haven't heard much about her doing anything, everyone focuses solely on the negative about her. Thanks for posting this and letting me in on the positives of Sarah Palin!

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