The Real Truth About Sarah Palin
By Dewie Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman.
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 Democratsreacted 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
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
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. Then,
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 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