Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 21, 2016
Earlier this week former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin publicly announced her endorsement of billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate.
Donald Trump, in a most conservative interpretation, it is more akin to the liberal wing of the Republican Party exemplified in earlier times by Nelson Rockefeller, than he is to conservative Ronald Reagan. His Progressive views have related to big government, the Clintons, abortion, and financial bailouts. These positions are diametrically opposed to those espoused by Palin in her Tea Party days. Her willingness to do an about-face and endorse Trump indicates that Palin waffles in the wind like so many Washington politician’s she has criticized.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 18, 2011
An American proverb states: “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This is one of many that Progressives just don’t get.
She’s a woman, married to the same man for 20-plus years, a mother, attractive, not a graduate of an Ivy League school, religious and a political conservative. To Liberals, that makes her unintelligent and fare game for attack. She is Sarah Palin. But Palin is more than some list adjectives. She is a self-made success that should make her the poster women for the feminist movement. However, that movement has degenerated into a mere puppet of the Radical Left.
Ms. Palin published an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journalthat correctly points to the major challenge facing America today; the corruption of the political and elitist class (How Congress Occupied Wall Street). This corruption is supported by a Congress that is exempt from laws that apply to We the People for whom they are suppose to be working, including Whistleblowers statutes and Freedom of Information Act requests.
Palin simplifies the problem by asking a series of questions:
- How do politicians who arrive in Washington, D.C. as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires?
- How do they miraculously accumulate wealth at a rate faster than the rest of us?
- How do politicians’ stock portfolios outperform even the best hedge-fund managers’? I answered the question in that speech.
The Immoral Acts:
Palin the offers examples of inappropriate, but technically legal, actions of members of Congress in both political parties that include:
- Accepting sweetheart gifts of IPO stock from companies seeking to influence legislation.
- Insider trading with nonpublic government information.
- Earmarking projects that benefit personal real estate holdings.
- Subtly extorting campaign donations through the threat of legislation unfavorable to an industry.
In typical Palin, her proposed solutions are simple to understand and implement, which is why they are so opposed by mainstream politicians and elitists:
- Congress should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act like everyone else.
- We need more detailed financial disclosure reports, and members should submit reports much more often than once a year. All stock transactions above $5,000 should be disclosed within five days.
- From now on, laws that apply to the private sector must apply to Congress, including whistleblower, conflict-of-interest and insider-trading laws.
- Trading on nonpublic government information should be illegal both for those who pass on the information and those who trade on it. (This should close the loophole of the blind trusts that aren’t really blind because they’re managed by family members or friends.)
- No more sweetheart land deals with campaign contributors. No gifts of IPO shares.
- No trading of stocks related to committee assignments.
- No earmarks where the congressman receives a direct benefit.
- No accepting campaign contributions while Congress is in session.
- No lobbyists as family members, and no transitioning into a lobbying career after leaving office.
Palin’s conclusions are as transparent as her problem definition. “Politicians derive power from the authority of their office and their access to our tax dollars, and they use that power to enrich and shield themselves. …… This call for real reform must transcend political parties. The grass-roots movements of the right and the left should embrace this. The tea party’s mission has always been opposition to waste and crony capitalism, and the Occupy protesters must realize that Washington politicians have been “Occupying Wall Street” long before anyone pitched a tent in Zuccotti Park.”
Most not inflicted with Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS) will agree her observations and proposed solutions. Those still bothered by PDS will need to wait for the cure. Maybe it will be covered under ObamaCare, should Congress be able to fund it.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 2, 2011
Ever since Sarah Palin rose to national prominence the mainstream media has been all over her. They have critiqued the way she looks, dresses, her religion, and yes her family too.
John Hawkins of rightwingnews.com has merged the presses’ obsession with the Palin family and its total lack of diligence on President Obama’s family into a tong-in-check role reversal, posted below. It is a bit humorous and a dose of reality at the same time. If Sarah Palin is to be defined by her family, so too shouldn’t the President?
The Wacky Palin Hillbilly Clan Strikes Again!
By: John Hawkins
The Palin family circus just NEVER stops, does it? It’s just one embarrassing incident after another. How could any sophisticated, serious person consider someone with a family like that for the Presidency?
First off, look at the people Palin grew up around. Her father was a polygamist who abandoned the family when she was still a baby. Palin was then abandoned by her mother who left her in the United States to go overseas. Then there were her grandparents. Palin’s grandfather was a pot smoking Communist with a FBI file while she’s admitted that her grandmother muttered “racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.“
Is it any wonder that Palin is the way she is after growing up around people like that? Then there’s her backwards family. I hate to be unkind, but you may have never SEEN a bigger collection of misfits!
Look at her half-brother George. The man was living on a dollar a month – in a hut. Yet, with all the money that Sarah Palin has made, has she done anything to help him? Nothing. So much for her “Christian compassion.” Of course, it could be worse. Palin’s other half-brother Samson (What is it with the weird names in that family?) has been accused of trying to sexually assault a 13 year old. Then there’s Palin’s parasitic aunt who’s in the country illegally and living on the dole. Apparently, that sort of behavior runs in the Palin clan because her drunk driving uncle is here illegally, too.
Although we need to treat Sarah Palin with compassion – after all it’s not her fault that she grew up like this – we also need to admit the truth. Anyone who grew up in this type of atmosphere is going to have some serious issues, ones that would dramatically impact her performance in any high stress, important job like the presidency.
PS: Wait a second …. did I say “Palin?” Oh gosh, in all the places I said “Palin,” I meant to say “Obama.” On the other hand, his narcissistic out-of-touch, emotionally-stunted behavior makes a lot more sense now, doesn’t it?
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 30, 2011
On June 10 we posted an article titled “Palin Derangement Syndrome”. That day the state of Alaska released over 24,000 pages of Palin email messages from between December 2006 and September 2008. The news media has since been scavenging through them attempting to dig up dirt on Palin. Guess what? There isn’t any dirt.
According to Louise Radnofsky of the Wall Street Journal, the “emails to and from Sarah Palin have so far produced no major revelations about her tenure as Alaska governor. But they’ve painted a behind-the-scenes portrait of her as focused on her state, with few close ties to the national Republican Party or its key issues.”
The only surprise for the Left from the Palin emails is that she is what she presets. We have heard but a whimper from the Leftist press on this reality.
The Plain email affair raises an interesting question: Does anyone believe Barack Obama’s past could stand up to such scrutiny?
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 23, 2009
The coverage that Sarah Palin has received in recent weeks is remarkable for a private citizen who holds no office. While much of this publicity is due to her book tour for “Going Rogue“, a lot of the noise is being made by those who have a profound dislike for the woman. Understanding what is behind this irrational reaction helps show insight into the American Left.
Let’s start with history. Senator John McCain took a gamble when he chose newcomer Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running-mate. While Palin was an instant success with conservatives, she just as quickly became the bane of liberals. During the campaign Palin showed a lack of experience that presented itself in a few weak interviews with the press.
McCain lost the election and those on the left were almost gleeful at placing the blame at the feet of Palin. That was undeserved. With the economy heading rapidly south and a strong dislike of the Republican president, a Cocker Spaniel could have defeated any Republican ticket.
Two examples show a gross double standard that the Leftist media has taken with Sarah Palin involving experience and fact check. Read the rest of this entry »
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