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Newsmax is known for offering discounts on Palin books, and helping promote the “Palin” name.  However today Newsmax makes its position clear that they favor Bachmann over Palin for 2012.  It’s funny that for the last two years Newsmax has made money off of Sarah Palin, but now that the next election is on the line, Newsmax makes it clear from this article that Palin is not their choice.

This is an interesting round table discussion regarding Sarah Palin. They agree that the world is not big enough for Bachmann and Palin. They also report that Democrats would be thrilled to have Palin as the opponent of Obama. She is not a strong candidate in the general election, and what she is doing will not broaden her base. Thus there is real question about what she is doing and why.


For years we have been told the Republican Party is the political party who promotes “family values”.  Sarah Palin has given lip service to that position through her TLC show where she proclaims that she loves Alaska like she loves her family.  The title of her latest book, America by Heart:  Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, Palin attempts to reinforce the value of “family”.  However the truth is that traditional “family values” is the antonym for Palin family values.

Both Todd and Sarah have been reported as having extra-marital affairs.  Sarah was pregnant out-of-wedlock, and there is a real possibility that her first child is actually the child of another man. Todd and Sarah live in separate structures on the property in Wasilla, they don’t sleep together, and evidently throw cans at each other when tempers flare.  Her fifth child may be someone else’s first child. Bristol not only is an unwed mother, but was a 17-year-old pregnant teen at the time her mother was running with John McCain.  If McCain and Palin had been elected, it would have been the first time the Vice President’s illegitimate grandchild would be living in the white house with her.  Now with the announcement of Track’s spontaneous wedding with only parents in the “picture” and a party to be held later, there is great suspicion as to why the rush?

When Sarah Palin announced that Bristol was pregnant she was quick to say that Bristol was keeping the child, and that she would marry Levi.   The amazing thing about the announcement was that Palin thought that plans to marry would make the pregnancy acceptable.  Like her marriage to Todd, she suggested that marriage to Todd would make her out-of-wedlock pregnancy acceptable.  Sarah Palin misses the point.  If a woman is too young when having a child she risks her health and that of the baby.  If the mother is too young she may not be mature enough to be the best mother she can be. As we have seen with Bristol, completing an education is difficult or impossible if a baby is in the picture.  If a man and woman marry too young their chances of having a happy and healthy marriage decline.  It can happen; it’s just not as likely.  Sarah Palin and the Republican Party miss the point to suggest that marriage alone is a sign of traditional family values.

With the recent focus on Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and his “love child,” it is important to pause and consider the number of Republicans who have established their true attitude about traditional family values.  There was Dick Cheney’s daughter who is lesbian and she and her partner became parents.     Thomas Jefferson had 7 children out-of-wedlock.

Ted Nugent, the promoter of Palin through the Time Magazine article, had two wives and eight children, including three children out-of-wedlock.

In February of this year Congressional Republicans were involved in running a prostitution ring.

The list of Republicans who deviated from the GOP’s traditional party platform regarding family values could provide material for an entire year of SNL episodes.

Here are just a few worthy of note:

Mark Foley

U.S. Representative
(September 28, 2006)

The Crime: Sending sexually laced, grammatically challenged instant messages and e-mails to teenaged boys in the Congressional page program for more than 10 years.

The Hypocrisy: Chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children and one of the foremost opponents of child pornography in the Senate.

The Quote: “get a ruler and measure it for me”

Ted Haggard

Leader of the National Association of Evangelicals
(November 2006)

The Crime: Paying male prostitutes for sex and snorting crystal meth.

The Hypocrisy: A powerful force in the evangelical movement, Haggard participated in weekly meetings with President George Bush and top advisors where he gave spiritual advice. He taught that homosexuality was an abomination and actively lobbied against gay rights.

The Quote: “I did not have a homosexual relationship with a man in Denver.”

Larry Craig

U.S. Senator
Senate Liaison for Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign

(June 11, 2007)

The Crime: Soliciting sex from an undercover cop in an airport bathroom

The Hypocrisy: Craig twice voted against adding the words “sexual orientation” to the federal hate crimes law. Craig also voted to give states the right to refuse to recognize gay marriage–a right they already had, but the Senator wanted to really, really prove he didn’t like gay people.

The Quote: “I am not gay; I don’t do these kinds of things.”

Bob Allen

Member of the Florida House of Representatives
Florida Chairman of John McCain’s Presidential Campaign

(July 11, 2007)

The Crime: Offering an undercover cop $20 to allow Allen to blow him in a men’s room in a public park. After being arrested, Allen tried to explain that he only offered to blow the cop because the cop was a “burly black man” and he “didn’t want to become a statistic.”

The Hypocrisy: Allen was one of 21 Florida legislators to sign Gov. Jeb Bush’s friend-of-the-court brief supporting the state’s ban on gays adopting children, and he co-sponsored an unsuccessful bill that would have enhanced penalties for “offenses involving unnatural and lascivious acts” such as indecent exposure.

The Quote: “I certainly wasn’t there to have sex with anybody and certainly wasn’t there to exchange money for it.”

Glenn Murphy Jr.

National Chairman of the Young Republicans
Chairman of the Clark County Republican Party

(July 28, 2007)

The Crime: Murphy got a fellow Young Republican drunk and then spent the night at his house. The other young man woke up in the middle of the night to find Murphy giving him mouth-to-penis resuscitation. After this incident, a 1998 sexual battery report came to light in which Murphy was alleged to have done the exact same thing.

The Hypocrisy: Murphy was a well-paid political consultant for Republican candidates and often advised them to use gay marriage as a wedge issue to paint their opponents as out of touch with traditional values.

The Quote: “I was in the Sound of Music in High School…don’t ask” (from his now-defunct Myspace page.)

The Video: Unfortunately, the Young Republicans took down all of their videos of Mr. Murphy. So instead, I give you:

Here is a more complete list:

In considering the current we site of the Republican Party, under the “issues” section there is no reference to family values or abortion or homosexuality. Maybe they will add these in a few more weeks after the focus on Arnold, Track Palin, and Republican Rep. Paul Scott has died down.   Maybe the Republican Party and Sarah Palin should stick to politics and just consider family matters off-limits?

If case you are wondering about what’s happening with each of the potential GOP candidates, here is a helpful summary:

1, Bachmann – “LensCrafters is not happy that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has yanked the company into America’s abortion debate,” the New York Daily News says. “The international eyewear retailer requested that the Tea Party darling and aspiring presidential candidate stop using the company’s name days after Bachmann said Planned Parenthood was ‘the LensCrafters of big abortion.’”

2. Barbour – Gov. Harbour’s visit to Riley’s Gun Shop in Hooksett, New Hampshire “underscored not only Barbour’s support for Second Amendment freedoms, but also his affinity for the ideals embraced in the lead presidential primary state,” the Boston Globe writes.

3. Huckabee – Without the aid of anyone in the Huckabee camp, a group of Iowa loyalists to the former Arkansas governor have started a campaign – complete with online radio show, Facebook page and telephone campaign – to stay committed to the state’s 2008 caucus winner, the Des Moines Register writes.

4. Palin: Sarah Palin will attend a Tea Party Tax Day Rally, sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, in Wisconsin on Saturday, The Hill reports.

5. Paul: Ron Paul has formed a “testing the waters” campaign.

6. Romney : “Since his defeat in the 2008 GOP presidential primary, a few political friends have given generously to Romney’s political operation, providing him a financial and organizational edge as the 2012 campaign gets underway,”

7. Santorum: Rick Santorum told the New Hampshire Union-Leader’s John DiStaso that he found the biggest encouragement to take the next step toward a presidential candidacy in the reception he received in New Hampshire.

8. Trump: “The Donald ducked a question about how many members serve in the House of Representatives.


Fox News is reporting this morning on the straw poll results from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).   Fox admits that Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Gary Johnson were the winners, ranking them 1,2, and 3.   However without citing any excuse, explanation, or evidence, Fox suggests that the poll was the result of stuffing the ballot box.  According to Fox it was the “disrespectful libertarians” who hijacked the poll.


CPAC is the conference of “America’s Oldest and Largest Grassroots Conservative Organization,” and is considered the “leading entity in providing conservative positions on issues to Congress, Administration Officials, State Governments, the media, policial candidates and the public.”


The following conservative voices were heard at this year’s conference:


Rep. Michele Bachmann
Gov. Haley Barbour
Hon. John Bolton
Andrew Breitbart
Arthur Brooks
Herman Cain
Ann Coulter
Gov. Mitch Daniels
Hon. Newt Gingrich
David Horowitz
Wayne LaPierre
Sen. Mike Lee
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Rep. Ron Paul
Sen. Rand Paul
Hon. Tim Pawlenty
Gov. Rick Perry
Hon. Mitt Romney
Hon. Donald Rumsfeld
Rep. Paul Ryan
Hon. Rick Santorum
Phyllis Schlafly
Sen. John Thune
Rep. Allen West


Fox, the source for “fair and balanced” reporting reported that:

Libertarian elements, because of their strange combination of policies that add up to anarchy without moral limits, don’t mix with conservative ideals. And, because of that, perhaps they should have their own conference and let all the pot-smokers and gay marriage supporters come and complain about how the U.S. shouldn’t be fighting terrorists, while they slander public servants…”


Needless to say I didn’t attend this conference, and I don’t pretend to know what conservatives might be thinking.  However it is amazing to me that Fox thinks it knows better than conservatives what conservatives are thinking.


 Have a great weekend!  Malia

Wassup video re 2008 election

  This is a great video about McCain in the 2008 election.  Must See!!!

 “Bush shoe dodge” as you have never seen it before.

It doesn’t take an expert to realize that the national debt is the single most challenging problem facing our country at this time in history.  During the election of 2008 McCain “suspended” his campaign to focus on the economy.  Gas was $4.00 per gallon; the rate of unemployment was frightening; Wall Street was a disaster; banks were in crisis; the auto industry was on the verge of bankruptcy; and health care in the United States was more expensive than in virtually any other country in the world.  In 2008, the combination of George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, and the economy, were a fatal combination for the Republican Party.  The national debt has now increased.  If we are to have a chance of saving the country, it is incumbent upon each of us to understand how we got here, and took look for committed leaders to solve our economic challenges.

Students of history know that certain facts are incontrovertible:

1.  Our nation began its existence in debt as a result of the Revolutionary War.

2.  Before Jackson left office he was successful in reducing the national debt to $18,000.

3.  The national debt has increased as a result of every major war.  The national debt has virtually never been reduced since Jackson.

4.  Since 1946, Democratic presidents increased the national debt by an average of 3.2% per year.

5.  Since 1946 Republican presidents have increased the national debt by an average of 9.2% per year.

6.  Republican presidents, Reagan, Bush, and Bush II raised the debt an average of 10.8% per year.  That means that for every dollar a Democratic President raised the national debt in the last 30 years, Republican presidents have raised the debt by $2.52.

7.  Since 1961 the debt of the United States has never been reduced.

8.  The United States is borrowing more money than all other nations on Earth combined.

9.  The national debt has grown and continues to grow at an unsustainable rate.

10.  In the past 60 years, when the Republicans were in control of the presidency and both Houses of Congress, neither debt nor government spending was reduced.  Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for the national debt.  “We the people” have been the beneficiaries of this spending.

11.  For at least 10 years, the cost of Social Security and Medicare was known to be unsustainable.

12.  For the 2010 budget the following costs are incontrovertible:

a. 20% ($715 billion) dedicated to defense and national security spending

b. 20% ($708 billion) dedicated to social security

c. 21% ($753 billion) dedicated to Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

13.  Studies have shown that 5% of Medicare patients who die each year account for 30% of Medicare’s costs, with 75% of the expenses of the last year of life occurring in the month before death.  This translates into roughly $226 billion which represents dollars spent during the last year of life for medical treatment of people on Medicare.  Of that $226 billion dollars, $169 billion is spent in the month before death.

14.  The national debt as of April 20, 2010 was 12.8 trillion dollars.

15.  As of April 1st 2010, the federal government spent $202 Billion on interest payments alone.

Given this historical analysis, it seems there is little about which informed people might argue.

  1. The debt of the United States is unsustainable.
  2. The solution to the economic woes of our country will require the cooperation of the President and both Houses of Congress, and elected officials, regardless of their political party, who are committed to finding solutions to economic challenges facing the country, instead of increasing their own personal wealth.
  3. Increasing military spending, increasing entitlements, and cutting taxes are inconsistent with reducing the national debt.

Sarah Palin has branded herself as a “fiscal conservative”.  How many times have we heard Ex-Governor Palin giving a speech about cutting taxes, increasing military spending, and concurrently reducing the national debt, without offering any explanation about how anyone could possibly accomplish those conflicting goals?  Of course the minor details of implementing such an economic philosophy are not her concern since she has divorced herself from any responsibility for governance of any portion of the country.  Isn’t it ironic that people pay large sums of money to hear her talk about reducing the national debt, while the debt increases each day along with Palin’s bank account?  At the end of the speech the audience lacks any idea about how these conflicting goals could possibly be achieved, but they are more adamant than ever that the government should be able to accomplish the goal, because Sarah said it was so.  Sarah Palin has become a millionaire, while our country sinks further in debt.  Who would disagree with a pretty lady when she says that we should lower taxes, protect our country from foreign enemies, and balance the budget?  Divine intervention is the only answer that Palin offers to accomplish her goals.  She is right about that.  She has also figured out how to suggest a solution to the financial crisis that would not negatively impact anyone.  If God could save us, then we don’t have to make any hard choices.  A miracle is the only solution to our national debt if we are unwilling to make some hard choices.  The problem is that if divine intervention was the answer, it seems like God would have intervened long before now.  Patience is a virtue, but if God was going to save us, surely it wouldn’t take him more than 200 years.

In the past it would have been political suicide for any politician to express a desire to limit or reduce Medicare, and/or social security, and/or to increase taxes.  People with the money are the ones funding the political campaigns, so who would win an election by advocating an increase in taxes?  People supported by social security and Medicare represent a substantial voting block.  If those senior citizens are not going to live to realize the consequences of the financial catastrophe we will face if the debt is not addressed, why would they vote to elect a candidate who would negatively impact the limited life they have left?

Because Sarah Palin is no longer a politician, and because she doesn’t articulate a specific plan for implementing any policies she promotes, the only yard stick available is her record as an elected official.  As mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin inherited a town with NO debt and left the town in debt in excess of $22,000,000. Certainly that would not be consistent with my definition of a fiscal conservative.  When Palin resigned as Governor, Alaska was the state with a 70% debt to GDP ratio, which was the highest state debt burden in the country.  Palin advertised herself as a politician opposed to earmarks.  The reality is that before she resigned as Governor, she requested $198 million in earmarks for Alaska.  While mayor of Wasilla, a town of 6,715 people, Palin hired a lobbyist, which led to the tiny town of Wasilla receiving almost $27,000,000 in federal tax dollars. Either Sarah Palin doesn’t understand what an earmark is or she’s lying.

This doesn’t sound like “common sense” to me; it sounds like a celebrity attempting to increase her personal wealth at the expense of America. If we are truly patriots, we must learn to recognize the motivations of people who are happy to take advantage of our fellow citizens.

Republicans, Democrats, and even Tea Baggers are all responsible for our national debt.  Republicans have been associated with increases in military spendingDemocrats have been associated with increases in entitlements. Even Tea Baggers have demonstrated their objection to governmental spending while advocating for more defense spending, and displaying signs suggesting that we should not touch their social security or Medicare.

The only commitment Sarah Palin seems to have is the commitment to increasing the balance in her personal bank account as fast as she can. Palin suggests that the current national budget is “immoral” and constitutes “generational theft”. The only thing truly “immoral” is lying to people about being opposed to earmarks, when you hired a lobbyist to obtain earmarks, and received over $26,000,000 of our federal tax dollars in earmarks.   The only “generational theft” that I have seen is the use of Palin’s own PAC funds, which were donated by retired people, that Palin ultimately used for her personal benefit.

Most politicians are quick to say that the debt is “unsustainable.”   Yet who have you seen that is willing to run on a platform of raising taxes, reducing entitlements, or reducing military spending?  Sarah Palin is the worst offender.  She intentionally misleads and/or lies. She chose to remove herself from a political position where she might actually have had a chance to facilitate change.  She is quick to criticize those with more education and experience than she, suggesting that they must not be praying hard enough to be worthy of divine intervention. Thus to criticize Sarah Palin is perceived by some as criticizing God.  The only divine intervention for which I pray for is the recognition of the hypocrisy of Sarah Palin.  The United States desperately needs solutions, and politicians willing to do that which is necessary to facilitate them.  Sarah Palin is no longer a politician.  She is a wealthy celebrity.  If Lady Gaga were to become an advocate for a political ideology, her celebrity status would suffer.  Lady Gaga has the common sense to limit her performances to singing.  Unfortunately Sarah Palin lacks common sense, though she does have a lot of personal cents.

For over one year our political leaders have been besieged by the health care crisis. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents have been consumed by debates over the best way to provide needed health care, and how to pay for it. Sarah Palin has caused “death panels” to become a household word, even though they are a figment of her imagination.  She suggested that “…my baby with Down’s Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s death panel so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their level of productivity in society, whether they are worthy of health care.  Such a system is downright evil.”  Yet, the problem that politicians are wrestling with is how to get health services to millions of average people, who have ordinary needs.

Women are dying unnecessarily from breast cancer.  Children are dying needlessly from illness and disease that could have been prevented with minimal health care, if provided initially, rather than after a crisis had occurred. Almost 46 million American have absolutely NO health insurance, and another 25 million more are underinsured.  These millions of Americans may include some with special needs but most are average people who have no way to obtain the basic health care services.  The issue facing the country is not about special needs children, but about ordinary Americans who go to work every day and still can’t afford basic health services.

Many employers have stopped offering health insurance because the cost is prohibitive.  In 2007 the United States health care spending totaled $2.4 trillion dollars, or $7,900 per person (according to an analysis published in the Journal of Health Affairs). The United States spends 52 percent more per person than the next most costly nation, Norway, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.   Thus everyone seems to agree that health care reform is necessary, including Republican and Democratic members of Congress, the American Medical Association, and America’s Health Insurance Plans, which represent the insurance industry.  The problem is reaching agreement on how to accomplish the goal.

What we need is bi-partisan support for a real solution.  Sarah Palin has not offered any solutions but only made it harder to solve the problem.  By causing fear and discontent she has added additional obstacles to the challenges that face politicians.  Since she has resigned her position as Governor, she doesn’t have to be accountable for solving the problems, but is able to spend her time criticizing those who are searching for a solution.  Palin gets paid thousands of dollars and increases her notoriety by adding to the discontentment.   Instead of offering solutions, she simply criticizes.

The hypocrisy of Palin has never been more evident than in her verbal attacks on health care reform.  We now know that she went to Canada as a child to take advantage of Canada’s nationalized health care, when her father, a school teacher, couldn’t afford the health care her family needed.  Even though Palin suggests that it is the family’s responsibility to provide health care for its members, and even though Palin is making millions for speaking engagements and book deals, her own grandchild relies on governmental health care.

Sarah Palin is not part of the solution this country needs; she is part of the problem.  “Common sense” tells me that if 71 million Americans can’t afford the basic health care, something is terribly wrong.  Palin is adding salt to our wounds!

Having worked as a nurse, I have seen ordinary ailments turn into a life-threatening crises, due to a patient’s inability to receive basic medical services in a timely fashion.  Having worked as a trial attorney representing medical doctors, I have seen frivolous lawsuits result in outrageous expense to the doctors and their insurance companies, which are passed on to the consumer.  At the same time, I have seen a limited number of medical doctors, allowed to continue practicing medicine when their patients were harmed by gross malfeasance.

As a patient with Multiple Sclerosis, I met a patient who was unable to leave her cheating husband because she was dependent upon him for her health care.  This patient was already blind in one eye, had limited vision in the other, so she could not drive.  This was a woman in her 30’s who had been in a wheel chair, but due to a new medicine she was receiving she was able to walk with a cane.  If she were to leave her husband she would be without medical insurance, her medicine would no longer be covered, and Multiple Sclerosis would be a pre-existing condition.  She would have returned to a wheelchair and would likely become totally blind.  When she confronted her husband about the fact that he was having an affair, he responded by asking, “What are you going to do about it?”  She was a prisoner in her marriage due to her inability to receive health care.  When I think of a “special needs” person, I think of this mother.  What are we doing about her special needs?

Shame on you John McCain! When it was clear to McCain that he needed something to energize his campaign in 2008, his attitude towards women became clear.  McCain assumed that women would vote for a female candidate, regardless of whether she was in fact a woman’s candidate, and quickly determined which woman he found to be most qualified. The standard he used was appearance. Even though there were five other female Republican Senators and three other female Republican Governors at the time of his selection of Sarah Palin, none were as attractive as Palin.

With only a short meeting with Palin, and a very cursory background check, McCain made his selection.  After all, he was able to assess her “hotness” within a few minutes, so why would he waste his time assessing anything else?  In the book “Game Change”, there is even a suggestion that McCain’s aides discovered Palin by doing a Google search of female Republican politicians.   Although there was a short lived surge in popularity of McCain, within two weeks of his designation of Palin, McCain’s approval ratings began a sharp downward spiral that never recovered.

After the election was over, McCain would not endorse Palin for President. Meghan McCain, John’s daughter, a Republican blogger, also refused to endorse Palin.  Yet, now that McCain seeks re-election he is more than willing to associate himself with Palin. Palin is willing to help him campaign and raise money.  I guess this is the least she can do for a man who facilitated her celebrity status and wealth.

On March 26, 2010, Sarah Palin will be appearing at a John McCain fundraiser at the Arizona Biltmore.  A couple can attend the VIP reception where they can have a photo taken with Palin for a mere $5000.00.  For this modest amount the couple can enjoy dinner and preferred seating at no additional charge.  If money is tight and you need to save for your health care insurance coverage you may attend dinner, sit in the preferred seating area, but forgo the photo opportunity for $3000.00 per couple.  If things are really tight you can have dinner for $1000.00 per couple, but forget the preferred seating.

It seems McCain hasn’t learned much from the election of 2008.  Maybe he is too old to learn new things.  Maybe he still doesn’t use a computer, so he wouldn’t know about all the foolish things Palin has done over the last year.  Maybe he still thinks she is the Governor of Alaska. Perhaps the women of Arizona will help educate him.

Having spent the last year listening to Sarah Palin espouse the importance of “common sense conservative” values, yet not explaining what that means, I am tired of listening to her ramble.  Dick Cheney, former Vice President, and Dale Robertson of the website, have both been openly critical of Palin.  Sarah Palin, are you paying attention?  It seems that you have fallen from grace among both the Republicans and the Tea Party members.

Today I received an interesting chart from David Plouffe, not because he knows me, but simply because I am on the e-mail list of the many people who worked to elect Barack Obama.  Our President analogized having to bail out Wall Street to a root-canal.  Having had two root canals, I agree with his characterization.  The truth is that Sarah Palin, and the Republicans in general, have not offered any plan but only criticism of the measures followed by President Obama.  It is easy to criticize, especially when you don’t offer an alternative.  Given the damage done by the Bush Administration, does anyone really think Palin could have done better?

One year ago tomorrow, after tens of thousands of you shared stories and called your representatives, the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. And while this anniversary isn’t a cause for celebration, there is reason to be optimistic. This chart makes it clear: We’re on the road to recovery.

We are on the road to recovery and I am optimistic.  Please join me in being a part of the change you wish to see in the world, rather than a constant source of criticism and negative energy.  Together we can make a difference.

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