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Sarah Palin Blasts Obama ‘Cap And Tax’

From, of all places, the editorial pages of the Washington Post:

The ‘Cap And Tax’ Dead End

By Sarah Palin
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

There is no shortage of threats to our economy. America’s unemployment rate recently hit its highest mark in more than 25 years and is expected to continue climbing. Worries are widespread that even when the economy finally rebounds, the recovery won’t bring jobs. Our nation’s debt is unsustainable, and the federal government’s reach into the private sector is unprecedented.

Unfortunately, many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges. So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be:

I am deeply concerned about President Obama’s cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage.

American prosperity has always been driven by the steady supply of abundant, affordable energy. Particularly in Alaska, we understand the inherent link between energy and prosperity, energy and opportunity, and energy and security. Consequently, many of us in this huge, energy-rich state recognize that the president’s cap-and-trade energy tax would adversely affect every aspect of the U.S. economy.

There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign energy sources. But the answer doesn’t lie in making energy scarcer and more expensive! Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America’s economy.

Job losses are so certain under this new cap-and-tax plan that it includes a provision accommodating newly unemployed workers from the resulting dried-up energy sector, to the tune of $4.2 billion over eight years. So much for creating jobs.

In addition to immediately increasing unemployment in the energy sector, even more American jobs will be threatened by the rising cost of doing business under the cap-and-tax plan. For example, the cost of farming will certainly increase, driving down farm incomes while driving up grocery prices. The costs of manufacturing, warehousing and transportation will also increase.

The ironic beauty in this plan? Soon, even the most ardent liberal will understand supply-side economics.

The Americans hit hardest will be those already struggling to make ends meet. As the president eloquently puts it, their electricity bills will "necessarily skyrocket." So much for not raising taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year.

Even Warren Buffett, an ardent Obama supporter, admitted that under the cap-and-tax scheme, "poor people are going to pay a lot more for electricity."

We must move in a new direction. We are ripe for economic growth and energy independence if we responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on American soil. Just as important, we have more desire and ability to protect the environment than any foreign nation from which we purchase energy today.

In Alaska, we are progressing on the largest private-sector energy project in history. Our 3,000-mile natural gas pipeline will transport hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of our clean natural gas to hungry markets across America. We can safely drill for U.S. oil offshore and in a tiny, 2,000-acre corner of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if ever given the go-ahead by Washington bureaucrats.

Of course, Alaska is not the sole source of American energy. Many states have abundant coal, whose technology is continuously making it into a cleaner energy source. Westerners literally sit on mountains of oil and gas, and every state can consider the possibility of nuclear energy.

We have an important choice to make. Do we want to control our energy supply and its environmental impact? Or, do we want to outsource it to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia? Make no mistake: President Obama’s plan will result in the latter.

For so many reasons, we can’t afford to kill responsible domestic energy production or clobber every American consumer with higher prices.

Can America produce more of its own energy through strategic investments that protect the environment, revive our economy and secure our nation?

Yes, we can. Just not with Barack Obama’s energy cap-and-tax plan.

The writer, a Republican, is governor of Alaska.

Go, Sarah, go!

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

29 Responses to “Sarah Palin Blasts Obama ‘Cap And Tax’”

  1. BillK says:

    You just know the MSM has sent innumerable investigators out to try and determine who wrote this piece for Palin.

    After all, to quote Peggy Noonan, “Her presentation up to the end has been scattered, illogical, manipulative and self-referential to the point of self-reverence.”

    Uh, yeah.

    More to the point, thoughtful pieces like this are why the Left and Right fear her so much.

    They can’t let another one of those “populist” types anywhere near the White House.

  2. bronzeprofessor says:

    Yay! This is why I love Mrs. Palin! Shame on Peggy Noonan and the other jealous harpies who always slam her in the NY Times and WaPo. Sarah knows what she’s talking about.

    Way to go, gal!

    • catie says:

      Bobby, I lost all respect for Peggy Noonan and the way she talked about Gov. Palin. I don’t know what she thought she was going to accomplish.
      Yes, this is why I love Gov. Palin too. But I am concerned though that she may strike out as a third party candidate and then hand a second coronation for the Boy King.

  3. jobeth says:

    Palin makes such an important point in this piece.

    Should we continue to get our energy resources from countries that don’t give a fig about environmental pollution and will continue to offer up the most “dirty” energy or should we take full control of our future and our environment by putting in place sensible clean air and water regs that still allow that American will continue to be the most productive country in the world.

    We either give all the control, profits and jobs to someone who won’t take care of what the environmentalist SAY is so important to them or we bring it home and stay strong!

    As long as Obalmy is president we know what will happen. Now it’s time that the environmentalist to come clean. Is it politics (yes) or is it about the environment (no way)

  4. canary says:

    Senator James Inhofe R-Okla had put in for some recent resolutions on using natural gas and in looking for them I found them with this earlier link on energy, where he happens to mention Alaska should develope more too. Both Senator Inhofe and Palin would make a good ticket. They have alot of common, and he has major military expertise.

    ….America is far too dependent upon foreign powers for our sources of oil. I believe it is possible to explore oil sources in Alaska and produce energy nationwide in an environmentally friendly way. Oklahoma plays a key role in America’s energy independence. The oil and natural gas industry that helped to build our state years ago is experiencing a resurgence and is contributing to our economy. I have supported and consistently worked to pass legislation to encourage the production of oil and natural gas and clarify environmental regulations so that oil and gas can be produced more efficiently.


    If Obama and Gore, and their greenie scientists are so smart. They can clone humans but can’t clone oil. lol.

    Obama needs pursue his dream of acting, teleprompters galore. He can work on his life movie, and won’t be too old to play himself. Bin Laden could be his stand in and stunt man. I’m sure there’s some little Bin Laden running around that would play Obama as a child, just to get the chance to slave in his new Hollywood plantation garden.

  5. Paulajay says:

    I hope John McCain will read this piece. He’s such a stubborn supporter of “cap and trade”. Maybe Sarah can talk some sense into him.

  6. untrainable says:

    You can sum it up this way. There is a simple solution to end our dependence on foreign oil. It’s called DOMESTIC OIL. These Washington weasels and green freaks keep harping on ad nauseum about New Green energy. I’m all for it, as long as it doesn’t require government subsidies to work. But until someone INVENTS IT, we should be shoring up our own sources of energy here in the homeland. Whoever controls the energy supply will determine the future of our country. Crap and Tax will be a nightmare for everyone, especially those who cheer in the streets… “YES WE CAN!”. I’ve got news for you, at the prices electricity is going to be, “NO YOU CAN’T!”. I hope Sarah keeps talking. She has a voice, and the more the MSM tries to marginalize her, the more coverage she gets. The only way to stop all of this is for someone to lead, and right now, sad as some may think it is, she is the voice of reason.

  7. proreason says:

    There are really two reasons the Left is ballistic over Sarah.

    The first is abortion. How dare she deliver any kind of a baby after having four others, no matter a handicapped child that she knew about ahead of time.

    The other reason is that men like and admire her. That would be mildly acceptable if she was a gnarly troll like the Hildabeast, Red Sonya, or 97 pound Nancy Pelosi (the other 38 pounds are makeup). But Sarah is a babe. And men still listen to her. TOTALLY unacceptable. It shatters every illusion the withered and ugly feminazis have so carefully constructed for so many decades. They would kill her if they could.

  8. TwilightZoned says:

    So what do you want to bet Oblabla incorporates rebates, prebates, whatever you want to call it for those 43% who already don’t pay taxes. Obligating tax payers to even higher premiums on energy (electricity, etc.). At this rate, it won’t take long before most of us will be in the same boots as the current 43%. Driving us closer to a socialistic, maybe communistic, society.

    Does anyone else see a bit of Reagan in Sarah? It appears she has intrinsic values that cannot be shaken by outside forces. (MSM, etc.) Granted she needs some polishing, but IMHO Sarah is a diamond in the rough.

  9. GetBackJack says:

    Follow The Money

    Blasting Obama is needful, but the diseased seed spore for this, and damned near every trouble America suffers financially … is Goldman Sachs.



    You can’t kill Obama’s kind of insanity until you remove the financial incentives. The Federal Reserve isn’t known as Goldman’s private bank for nothing.

  10. Trialdog says:

    You know the saying that there is no bad publicity? Those seeking to destroy Ms. Palin have made her a player. I hope Ms. Palin writes at least weekly, on a range of topics, and submits the articles to major newspapers. I hope she goes on talk shows on a consistent basis too. After she’s been made fun of and ridiculed for so long, it will be hard for the media to ignore her. Thus, she has a platform other potential candidates are envious of. If the media does try to ignore her, then the party needs to step up by having anyone who is talking to the media drop Sarah’s name in the discussion and mention that Sarah is the one who has been leading on the issue, having written extensively on it. Plus, contrary to the narrative, all normal people like Sarah Palin. It is only the ideological left that do not; and they wouldn’t vote for her anyway. Go, Sarah, Go. Mr. Steele, please pay attention to what you have. Develop it. Take back the White House. Build this party from the ground up. Start with the people. The people like Sarah Palin. East coast establishment republicans can have a back seat at the table but put the people first.

  11. neocon mom says:

    “The ironic beauty in this plan? Soon, even the most ardent liberal will understand supply-side economics. ”


  12. Right of the People says:

    Sarah is just what we need in these troubled times. We need to form a new political party with her and Inhofe as the leaders. Call it the Conservative Party to tell one and all what it really is. Welcome peoples of like ideology be they Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, etc, etc, as long as they believe in small government, liberty, justice and the American Way. Let the RINOs and Democraps fight it out while we would truly represent the majority of the people.

    If people had a true, third option I think they would embrace it instead of only having the option the last thirty years choosing the lesser of two evils. I know that’s what I’ve done. I haven’t really liked anyone for President since Reagan and only voted for the the Bushs, Dole and McCain because the alternative was just plain repugnant.

    Let’s take our country back from these career politicians. Politics was never intended to be a full time career, only the ultimate form of public service. Do your time in DC or the state’s capitol then come home to your real job. We need to get back to that.

  13. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Palin is a diamond in the rough and has potential. With proper mentoring she could be what the conservative movement needs. As for the antogonism from the feminazi’s they’re nothing but a bunch of jealous dried out hags. Jealous of Palin’s energy and attractiveness.

  14. beautyofreason says:

    Palin’s no-nonsense article is a breath of fresh air!

    It’s far better than any of those emotional screeds by NYTs editorial writers such as Krugman, who accused opponents of cap and trade of being “traitors to the planet”, or Maureen Dowd, a catty trollop who writes obsessed satires about Palin.

    The liberals have so much arrogance and not much to show for it.

  15. Reality Bytes says:

    My post to Hedgefund.net responding to “The Shadow Sow” who called Gov. Palin a quiter. Imagine a liberal NY’r on Wall St. Hope you enjoyed it:

    My old man gave me just two words of advice (1) Never argue from a weak point & (2) Don’t get arrested. “AND IF YOU GET ARRESTED,” I remember him booming, “I won’t be bailin’ your ass out like I did your brother!” (The result of a minor disturbance in a bar in Pearl River back in the ’70’s). Funny, I’ve found over the years that if I take care of number one, number two takes care of itself.

    About the Governor: Can’t quite say I know what the motives behind Governor Palin’s unexpected departure. Let’s look at the essence of her reason for resigning so that Lt. Governor, Sean Parnell, could take over the state’s chief executive position; She (1) decided not to run again for governor & (2) that remaining on as a lame duck was not something she was interested in. Hmmm…Seems there’s some mighty lame ducks (Harry Truman, Reagan & GW Bush – with his side kick Richard Bruce Cheney of course) in our history. What gives?!

    Perhaps the governor’s time was more dedicated to answering & having thrown out all but 2 of the 18 ethics charges that were frivolously cobbled together (with two still pending until they too are dismissed by year’s end). Funny, I don’t remember the media trumpeting her victory with the same vigor as they reported on the numerous charges when they were initially brought. I suppose the “If it bleeds it leads” principle has more to do with it than any political bent the media may have; right \;-)?

    The facts on the ground tell us that in fact Lt. Governor Parnell was working as acting governor since Ms. Palin’s nomination for the Republican VP slot including after their Presidential candidate’s fabulous face plant last Election Day. In fact, while the state spent millions on defending the governor from the aforementioned ethics charges, Sarah “Barracuda” dumped in a 1/2 million clams (no pun intended) of her own not to mention her time spent with her lawyers & state attorneys, which would otherwise have been dedicated to actually running Alaskan affairs.

    So, in reality, it’s really no big whoop that Ms. Palin is officially resigning her position as governor because for all intents & purposes she had delegated the office’s duties to her lieutenant long ago, thereby making the impact minimal while at the same time taking her off the table as an issue in state affairs.

    Now What?! Well, seems the Barracuda is headed down stream (no pun I swear!) to the lower 48 where she will undoubtedly make a bigger splash (uh, OK I admit it, I’m a pun sucker) with the media who zealously tried to sink her (I’m hooked!) on one side & like minded less government/taxes/regulation political movement types manning the opposite oar (how can something so wrong feel so good) by pumping millions into her PAC ice chest (got a cigaretter?)on the other.

    Simply, there isn’t a person in Washington that knows more about the logistics & requirements of delivering oil to the lower 48 than Sarah Palin; not since Dick Cheney left town anyway. This combined with her Western Lifestyle & working knowledge of stewardship of a wild frontier that is twice the size of Texas (but without the really great BBQ), will make her a formidable force.

    Remember how successful Bill Clinton was against the majority Republican Congress? (His acquiescence on 70% of the Contract with America notwithstanding of course); how they became so twisted in their hate for the guy only to have him escape with even higher approval ratings? Perhaps Sarah Palin is the conservative’s Bill Clinton (without the immoral sexual escapades, God Willing).

    Both prove the old adage, “Though people hate you, they can not destroy you. But when you return that hate, you destroy yourself.”

    Richard Nixon said that the day he left the White House as our disgraced President.

    Just something to think about as we go through the coming years with our new fearlessly feckless leaders.

  16. pdsand says:

    Maybe I’m nitpicking, and maybe Republicans think there just simply isn’t room in politics today for rock-ribbed conservativism, but I take issue with a few of the premises here. It’s what Rush has been saying forever, you can’t accept the Democrat premises and let them frame the discussion, because then you’ve already lost.

    “There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign energy sources.”
    I could deny it. So could she.

    “We must move in a new direction. We are ripe for economic growth and energy independence if we responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on American soil.”
    Why responsibly? Why not burn the stuff up with reckless abandon? We are not running out of oil.

    “Many states have abundant coal, whose technology is continuously making it into a cleaner energy source.”
    Why does it always have to be clean coal? Good old fashioned dirty coal still works just as good as it always has.

    • proreason says:

      Every major “issue” today, except national security, has been invented by the liberals.

      Energy – no shortage. Energy doesn’t damage the planet.
      Poverty – hardly exists. “poor” people have cars, ipods, A/C, and more. Biggest poverty issue is obesity.
      Health Care – not a crisis. People live longer than ever. Live even longer by not smoking or abusing food and drink.
      Privacy – not an issue by any standard, ever
      Global Warming – doesn’t exist, and even if it did, nothing can be done about it.
      Economy – tanked by the liberals to get an idiot elected
      Abortion – use birth control if you don’t want to have children
      Crime – yes, an issue, but not when the criminals are in jail
      Education – unwind everything that has changed since 1955.
      Homelessness – nothing that impacts less than .1% of the population can be a big issue
      Medicare – could be solvent in one minute by making this year’s funding = last year’s collections
      Social Security – could be solvent in one minute by adjusting the retirement age for people under 50
      Self Esteem – certainly no liberal has a self esteem problem
      The Deficit – 95% a liberal problem. Can be fixed instantly by fixing outgo to income.
      National Debt – 99% a liberal problem. Can be fixed quickly by fixing outgo to 95% of income.

      and on and on

    • pdsand says:

      You said it pro, and I hate when a Graham or McCain or Lott wants to get in there and really slog it out in committee with democrats about the best way to address global warming or whatever it may be. I guess the idea being that they’ll put a conservative spin on the expansive new federal regulations, or give a conservative flavor to the debate that the liberals are having with themselves. Well I’m sorry, but that’s not conservatism in any meaningful sense.

    • jobeth says:

      Pro, I really like what you wrote. Very true. I think I will print that up and drop it under the nose of the lib at church that is a pain in my neck.
      LOL Not sure she would understand the truths in it, but she can’t say she wasn’t told!

  17. Reality Bytes says:

    PD – “If you run like a democrat, they’re just gonna vote for the real thing anyway.” – My Old Man to the county’s “County Club Republicans when he was their president.

    Besides, they never knew a properly made RBtini anyway.

  18. peacequiet says:

    Hello !
    I am on this site every day,thought maybe I should register.

    I love Sarah Palin to bits !

    Msnbc talks about her nonstop..
    I am so sick of Maddow berating her non stop.
    I am sick of everybody on MSNBC

    Obama is turning out exactly how I pictured…an empty suit.
    He is so out of his league.
    This health care plan will be a disaster .

    I have been in health care for 35 years.
    MOST people like their insurance.
    We are changing every bodies insurance for a small portion of Americans who don’t have insurance,or have not purchased insurance,whatever.

    At the hospital,the waiting room had to be expanded to two rooms to accommodate the illegals…
    Don’t kid yourself that all these people are working..hardly ever do we see one with insurance.
    It really stands out when you do see their policy..it’s rare.

    The welfare mommas will be taken care of..Obama loves em.

    It’s the middle of the road workers that will be really taken for a ride..believe me,it will be a whole lot worse.
    who on earth is going to pay for this ???

    We have patients leave the hospital with pain and the Oxycontin that they took in the hospital is suddenly cut off..”It’s too expensive “..even tho it works so well for long acting relief.
    The lady I speak of is on Medicaid.
    She lost her job due to her illness and now is on Medicaid.

    Can you imagine this…Obama wants millions of people to all be supported on the same system that can’t even afford to buy this poor soul her pain pills. She cried and said she had worked all her life,now has major collapse in her spine,and can’t work again.
    She is 58 years old.

    You have no idea of how many people need help when a major event happens with their health.
    It is dismal.

    I have a sister who is 62 who cries,not old enough for Medicare,and can’t find a job..
    This woman is the finest person outside of my mom,that I have ever met.
    She couldn’t find a job at the local animal shelter !!

    They like her on the phone,but when the grey haired lady arrived.suddenly they don’t want her.

    Her cobra will be between 500 and 600 dollars..
    My heart breaks for her.

    I am soon to be 61 and am working with collapse in my neck after injuring myself at work.
    After one year you are “stationary” and you are on your own.
    Hospital signs off…

    I work because my Cobra will be same as sister..I will have a pension that the insurance will take up almost one half off the pension.
    I will need insurance but I can’t afford to buy it at 62 retirement.
    Sure..i can draw the S.S but gosh that will be close to 1000. ..
    I will be barely getting by.

    My sister and I are poster perfect examples of the boomers about to retire.

    Hope I have not been too windy..

    • Steve says:

      You certainly haven’t been too windy.

      Thanks for posting, PQ!

    • proreason says:

      Great post, peacequiet. It’s like a messge from the front.

      If the free market were given it’s free reign and medical malpractice lawsuits were capped (or the losing party had to pay the costs of the lawsuits), health insurance costs would drop like a rock.

      We could still help the 3-5% who are genuinely needy.

      Remember, 40 years ago, health care was not in “crisis”. Key reasons costs are so high now are because of government intervention, lawsuits, and health insurance masking the true costs from the medical consumer.

      If I was going to mandate anything, I would mandate that every business that provides health insurance would have to offer a high deductable option (5 to 10K). That would have an immediate impact on costs that some have estimated at 20%, all by itself. The way it would work is that a lot of people would take the option, and then actually begin shopping for medical care. The competition would drive costs down very quickly, just like what has happened with plastic surgery and laser eye surgery, which are not covered by insurance.

      It’s tragic that your sister has to endure pain because of systemic problems that could be easily corrected, and even sadder that it is much more likely to get worse than better. And the saddest thing of all is that the Universal Health Scare isn’t designed to improve health at all. It’s designed to increase the power of government.

      All politicians should be thrown in jail. That may be the best fix of all.

  19. eskimomommy says:

    Excellent comments. I will pass on the liberal list from proreason. As a public school teacher and living in the land of Liberal (California), Sarah Palin sparks hateful overreactions in our staff room. Whatever it is about this lady that “bugs” liberals is powerful in its ability to reveal just how venomous and vitriolic liberals can be.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      eskimo, I teach at a college, and I have a picture of Sarah Palin on the wall over my computer. People have convulsions at the sight of her. They ask me, “why do you have her picture, of THAT WOMAN, up there?”

      And I say, “because I love it when bigots like yourself reveal yourselves for who you are.”

    • pdsand says:

      She does make all the right people mad. I personally had the time of my life the last eight years speaking up proudly in support of Bush and the Iraq war. If you do it around the right liberals you can see what it actually looks like when a person suffers a minor stroke.

    • Curmudgeon says:

      The poster of Reagan I had in my college dorm room sparked the same reactions… it was amusing how little informed the most vitriolic were.

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