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BREAKING: Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman Will Not Be on Virginia Ballot

From The Foundry at Hertitage.org

BREAKING NEWS—Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman will not be on the Virginia GOP ballot.

Federal district court Judge John Gibney has just issued a ruling in Richmond finding that the Virginia requirement that ballot petition circulators must be state residents is a violation of the First Amendment. However, he also held that the four GOP candidates who failed to make it onto the Virginia ballot because they did not meet the 10,000-signature requirement had waited too late to raise their constitutional claims. (Perry did not file suit until the end of December and the other three candidates joined his lawsuit last week.)

Under the legal doctrine of laches, parties with a claim have an obligation to assert it and cannot engage in unreasonable or unjustified delay.

It’s good to see the Rule of Law upheld, even when the result is not going to be a popular one. As I said at the time, if Newt and Perry didn’t have the organization to do something as simple as get on the Virginia ballot, they don’t have what it takes to be president. I still believe this to be true.

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Governor Palin–Leading the Fight on Debt and Liabilities

by Whitney Pitcher

This week has yielded several rather disappointing pieces of news when it comes to America’s long term fiscal health.  A disappointing debt ceiling compromise was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President earlier this week.  As Governor Palin put it on Hannity earlier this week, “ [w]hat they have just done to this country, Sean, is hand the most liberal president we’ll probably ever see in our lifetime an opportunity to spend even more money that we don’t have. To create more debt thinking that’s going to get us out of debt?” The debt ceiling deal was “supposed “ to quash economic fears and provide stability, but it has done nothing of the sort. Yesterday, the Dow fell 513 points yesterday. Tonight, a report was just released stating that Standard and Poor’s is going to downgrade America’s credit rating. News also came out today that the deficit for this fiscal year has surpassed $1 trillion with two months still to go.  With all of this sobering financial news and with an election horizon, would it not  behoove the American people to elect an executive who is willing to make tough choices with the budget and address the debt and liabilities that America holds?

Governor Palin was a frugal budgeter as the Governor of Alaska. During her tenure, she cut spending 9.5% while also vetoing nearly half a billion dollars in spending. She did this during strong economic times.  It should be noted that in addition to the traditional budget and capital budget that states are responsible for implementing, state governors are also responsible for managing their state debts and liabilities. These are often tied to bonds (both state and municipal) and state worker pensions and the like. Stacy has addressed this before, but  Pennsylvanians4Palin has a great post  that expands upon this topic by comparing and contrasting the records of Governors Palin, Perry, Pawlenty, Romney, and Huntsman in dealing with state debt and liabilities. Compared to all other candidates and potential candidates, Governor Palin increased the debt at a much slower rate and reduced total liabilities at a much higher rate than any of her fellow governors. Pennsylvanians4Palin shares:

Of the five governorships examined, Alaska under Palin saw the smallest increase in total debt outstanding (12.7% cumulatively, 4.2% per year). Texas under Perry performed worst, with total debt increasing 20.5% annually, almost tripling during his term (a cumulative increase of 184.2%).

On a per capita basis, only Utah under Huntsman performed slightly better than Alaska under Palin. Utah experienced a cumulative increase of 6.8%, versus 7.4% for Alaska (1.4% per year for Utah, versus 2.5% per year for Alaska). Again, Texas under Perry ranks last, with an astonishing cumulative increase in debt per capita of 140.4% (15.6% on an annual basis).

Average Cumulative Change in Debt Outstanding During Governorship

Average Annual Change in Debt Outstanding During Governorship

Total Liabilities

Alaska under Palin was the only state to see a reduction in total liabilities (34.6% overall, 11.5% per year), due in large part to the Governor’s insistence that the State’s surplus be used to pay down unfunded pension obligations and forward-fund education. All other states experienced cumulative increases in total liabilities, ranging from 19.5% for Massachusetts under Romney to 60.6% for Texas under Perry. On an annualized basis, other states showed increases ranging from 4.9% for Massachusetts under Romney to 8.2% for Utah under Huntsman.

Under Palin, Alaska’s total liabilities per capita fell 37.7% (12.6% per year). All other states experienced cumulative increases, ranging between 18.7% (Massachusetts) and 34.3% (Minnesota), and annual increases, averaging between 4.0% (Texas) and 4.9% (Minnesota and Utah).


During the fiscal years for which Sarah Palin exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Alaska (FY08 through FY10)

•   Debt outstanding increased 12.7%, or 4.2% per year

•   Per capita debt outstanding increased 7.4%, or 2.5% per year

•   Total liabilities decreased 34.6%, or 11.5% per year

•   Total liabilities per capita decreased 37.7%, or 12.6% per year

During the fiscal years for which Jon Huntsman exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Utah (FY06 through FY10)

•   Debt outstanding increased 21.0%, or 4.2% per year

•   Per capita debt outstanding increased 6.8%, or 1.4% per year

•   Total liabilities increased 41.1%, or 8.2% per year

•   Total liabilities per capita increased 24.5%, or 4.9% per year

During the fiscal years for which Tim Pawlenty exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Minnesota (FY04 through FY10)

•   Debt outstanding increased 66.0%, or 9.4% per year

•   Per capita debt outstanding increased 58.5%, or 8.4% per year

•   Total liabilities increased 40.7%, or 5.8% per year

•   Total liabilities per capita increased 34.3%, or 4.9% per year

During the fiscal years for which Mitt Romney exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Massachusetts (FY04 through FY07)

•   Debt outstanding increased 44.3%, or 11.1% per year

•   Per capita debt outstanding increased 43.3%, or 10.8% per year

•   Total liabilities increased 19.5%, or 4.9% per year

•   Total liabilities per capita increased 18.7%, or 4.7% per year

During the fiscal years for which Rick Perry exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Texas (FY02 through FY10)

•   Debt outstanding increased 184.2%, or 20.5% per year

•   Per capita debt outstanding increased 140.4%, or 15.6% per year

•   Total liabilities increased 60.6%, or 6.7% per year

•   Total liabilities per capita increased 35.8%, or 4.0% per year

Please read the whole post (which includes more tables and graphs) from Pennsylvanians4Palin here.

As  Pennsylvanians4Palin mentioned in their post, Governor Palin reduced Alaska’s liabilities in part by addressing their pension system. Governor Palin wrote in a Facebook post in December of 2010:

My home state made the switch from defined benefits to a defined contribution system, and as governor, I introduced a number of measures to build on that successful transition, while also addressing the issue of the remaining funding shortfall by prioritizing budgets to wrap our financial arms around this too-long ignored debt problem. When my state ran a surplus because we incentivized businesses, I didn’t spend it on fun and glamorous pet projects for lawmakers – though that would have made me quite popular with the earmark crowd. In fact, I vetoed more excessive spending than any governor in our state’s history, and I used the state’s surplus to bring our financial house in order by paying down our unfunded pension plans that some other governors wanted to ignore. This fiscal prudence didn’t make me popular with the state legislature. In addition to vetoing hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending, I put billions of dollars into savings accounts for future rainy days, much like most American families do in responsibly planning for the future. I also enacted a hiring freeze and brought the education budget under control through a commitment to forward-funding. I returned much of the surplus back to the people (it was their money to start with!) through tax relief and energy rebates. I had proven as the mayor of the fastest growing city in the state that tax cuts incentivize business growth, and though the state legislature overrode some of my veto cuts and thwarted an additional tax relief request of mine, the public was supportive of efforts to rein in its government.

It’s one thing to veto spending and reduce the size of government when your state is broke. I did it when my state was flush with revenue from a surplus – though I had to fight politicians who wanted to spend like there was no tomorrow. It’s not easy to tell people no and make them act fiscally responsible and cut spending when the money is rolling in and your state is only 50 years shy of being a territory and everyone is yelling at you to spend while the money is there to build. My point is, if I could fight this fight in Alaska at a time of surplus, then other governors can and should be able to do the same at a time when their states are facing bankruptcy and postponing this fight is no longer an option.

Governor Palin had courage enough to take on pension reform and reduce spending when times were good. Now, with the economy circling the drain, America is in need of a leader who is willing to do the same…again. That is why she has spoken of the need to reform entitlements. That is why she called out President Obama for his hypocrisy and inability to prioritize spending during the debt ceiling debate. That is why she criticized Governor Romney for weighing in on the debt ceiling only after a deal had been reached. Now is not the time for hypocrisy, incompetent leadership, or retrospective armchair governing. Now is the time for a President who already has “womaned up” and led on a state level and is ready to do the same on a federal level.


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Liberals Turn On Each Other: Huntsman Wants To Know Where Romney Stands On Boehner’s Plan

If you took Obama’s plan and Romney’s plan, and just met in the middle, you’d be in the middle of nowhere

By Gary P Jackson

Blue on Blue violence!!!!!11!!!!!

Normally I couldn’t care less about former Obama regime employee turned GOP presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, but this is delicious.

As we noted earlier, Mitt Romney has refused to take a position in the debt debate. Evidently the human windsock can’t figure out which way the prevailing winds are blowing, so this Profile in Courage is remaining silent. On a positive note, it’ll save him the trouble of flip-flopping later.

Now Hunstsman, a liberal from Utah is calling out Romney, the liberal from Massachusetts.

From Jim Geraghty:

Two days ago, Jon Huntsman appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show” and mentioned his support for Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit plan. His campaign notes, “Jon was the first Republican presidential candidate to support the plan and is the only Republican candidate standing in support of Speaker Boehner’s plan.

This morning, Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller is taking some jabs at Mitt Romney. Romney’s communicators adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, Tweeted this morning, “Romney is a social media leader.

Miller responded, “Too bad he’s not willing to be a leader on debt ceiling debate.

Read more here.

Neither one of these two cats have a chance in hell at being the Republican nominee, let alone President, but it’s entertaining to see Huntsman, who is wrong on his stance, call out his fellow traveler who won’t even take a real stance at all!

This also underscores how this debate is separating the leaders from the followers, as well as those who show up, and those who hide out.

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Governor Palin’s Record on Jobs Beats the GOP Field

by Whitney Pitcher

Conservatives4Palin commenter, Steebo77, crunched the numbers and posted an excellent piece at Pennsylvanians for Palin about Governor Palin’s record on jobs during her tenure compared to the tenures of Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Perry.  Analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, he shows how Governor Palin has a better record on jobs than any of the candidates or potential candidates. During her time as governor unemployment decreased more sharply compared to other “governor candidates” and greater job growth was seen:

During Sarah Palin’s governorship (December 2006 – July 2009)
·    Alaska ranked 2nd in the nation for job growth.
·    Alaska ranked 3rd in the nation for change in the unemployment rate
relative to the national average.

During Jon Huntsman’s governorship (January 2005 – August 2009)
·    Utah ranked 4th in the nation for job growth.
·    Utah ranked 12th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate
relative to the national average.

During Rick Perry’s governorship (December 2000 – May 2011)
·    Texas ranked 4th in the nation for job growth.
·    Texas ranked 23rd in the nation for change in the unemployment rate
relative to the national average.

During Tim Pawlenty’s governorship (January 2003 – January 2011)
·    Minnesota ranked 33rd in the nation for job growth.
·    Minnesota ranked 17th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate
relative to the national average.

During Mitt Romney’s governorship (January 2003 – January 2007)
·    Massachusetts ranked 47th in the nation for job growth.
·    Massachusetts ranked 34th in the nation for change in the unemployment
rate relative to the national average.


Full data set:

For more great charts and information about Governor Palin’s job record on job creation, see the full piece here.

The economy as a whole will be a key point of discussion as the primary season ramps up and during the general election. Despite President Obama’s claim that the “stimulus” package would mean that the unemployment rate would not go above 8%, right now the unemployment rate sits at 9.2%. When the stimulus was signed into law, the unemployment rate was 8.2%. It has not gone below 8.6% since then and actually went over 10% in October of 2009.

Liberals argue that government can create jobs, while conservatives argue that the government cannot jobs, it can only provide the conditions for jobs to be created. That is why Governor Palin has been a strong advocate for decreased regulation and a vocal critic of cap and tax and raising corporate and other business related taxes. Her record also shows that under her leadership, the proper conditions for a thriving  job market can be created. A report on ACES, the oil tax structure passed by Governor Palin in 2007, showed that 2007-2009 yielded state record highs each year for jobs in the oil industry. An analysis of by the Tax Foundation showed that Alaska moved up two spots from number 4 to number 2 on the list of the most business tax friendly states.

Once again, the boys can’t hold a candle to the lady.


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Ronald Reagan Speaks At Liberty State Park


By Gary P Jackson

I thought it would be interesting to compare the speech the great Ronald Reagan gave in 1980 at Liberty State Park with the speech a recent Obama regime employee gave today, as he announced his bid for the Republican Party nomination.

President Reagan shows how it’s done. The former Obama employee shows how it’s not.

You can read a complete transcript of President Reagan’s speech here.


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Jon Huntsman’s First (and hopefully last) Campaign Commercial

By Gary P Jackson

Jon Huntsman is one of the “saviors” the GOP establishment is hanging their hats on. Huntsman is the former Utah governor who quit his job to work for the Obama regime as the Ambassador to China. Evidently, when not cozying up to the Chi-coms on behalf of our Marxist president, Huntsman spent a lot of free time plotting against his boss.

Huntsman then quit THAT job, this time to run against Obama, as get this a “Republican“!

Yeah, it is all so confusing.

Huntsman, a young Mitt Romney clone, thinks health care is a “right” [as do all good commies] wants “universal health care,” and recently said he believes in the global warming hoax because “90% of ‘scientists’ do.

Oh my.

Enjoy it while you can, because despite what our “betters” in the Republican elite would like for you to think, Huntsman is the biggest non-starter to ever consider at run at the GOP nod!

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