what Palin may do tonight

Discussion in 'Politics & Law' started by MenInTights, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. MenInTights

    MenInTights not a plastic bag

    Alaskans get a check every year called the Permanent Fund(PFD). Its basically an oil revenue share. The PFD amount was supposed to announce yesterday, but it didn't. The gov always makes the announcement and I had assumed that would be forgone given the circumstances.

    This is my guess. If Palin can legally do it, she will do it on a semi-national stage. Not making a big deal of it, but just saying, excuse me I need to record something for Alaska. She steps aside and pulls out a big check for $3300 and talks about the surplus rebate she passed and the PFD. That is a story the national media cannot ignore. $3300 for every Alaskan and $1200 of that she is directly responsible for.

    That would throw water on the negative press and get things moving in the right direction. Just by the fact that it didn't announce yesterday, I'm sure McCain's people are working on something along these lines. If the Permanent fund division will let them do it, its a homerun. We'll see.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2008

  2. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    Wiki tells me that the PFD was begun in 1980, even before Palin had earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" on her high school basketball team. If she wants to take credit for the dividend on national television, fine by me. I can always use a chuckle.

    It could also be interesting to see how that would play among residents of the other 49 states, who may rightfully question why revenues from oil extracted at American well sites under the aegis of Federal oversight isn't shared with all of the country's citizens equally.
  3. MenInTights

    MenInTights not a plastic bag

    The PFD will be around $2100. There is an additional $1200 added to the PFD that Palin pretty much single-handedly fought for and passed.

    $1,200 rebate approved: Legislature | adn.com

    America's not that socialist yet.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2008
  4. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    I know. Do you reckon she'll make the distinction in her speech tonight between her politically-motivated gift and the larger amount automatically disbursed under the 28-year-old program when she whips out that oversized check and pauses for the photographers?

    More important, do you think people will be so naively Pavlovian as to observe that spectacle and remark, "Hey, she done gived away a tubload o' gubmint money! Tarnation, I'ma vote for HER!"

    Oh, I see; only Alaska is. Damn it, that's what we get for admitting a state so elbow-rubbing close to the Russkies.
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  5. MenInTights

    MenInTights not a plastic bag

    yeah - you just keep making fun. I'll be thinking of you when my bank account swells by $20,000 on September 12.

    Alaska knows how to get energy out of the ground. Give America a Presidential ticket that will make that a priority and its a winning ticket.
    Give America a Presidential ticket that makes inflating tires a priority and they will lose. Simple stuff.
  6. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    Okay, I have no idea where that came from or what it meant. Always nice to be thought of, though, so TIA.

    Simple, indeed. No matter what the question, oil is always the answer.

    Makes you wonder why ol' 32 PSI Obama is so far ahead in the polls.
  7. MenInTights

    MenInTights not a plastic bag

    ...or you know, we could just inflate our tires...
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  8. Obsessiforge

    Obsessiforge - Diderot Reborn -

    hey! its not JUST inflating our tires!

    ...we also have to check our oil!
  9. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    Did you forget to insert some text in post #7? The empty gap between the second and third quotes looks odd to me.

    Anyway, instead of repeating Rushbo the Junkie Clown's bullshit version of Obama's energy policy, why not read the truth?

    Barack Obama | New Energy for America

    His plan will:

    • Provide short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump
    • Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
    • Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
    • Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars -- cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon -- on the road by 2015, cars that he will work to make sure are built here in America.
    • Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
    • Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

    Not that I'm under the delusion that you're interested, but there it is.

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