Palin and Alaska Show Nation What Republican Politics Is All About
Often I’ve heard my friends in the Mahoning Valley bemoan the corruption and so called “blackeye” the Valley gets with political figures such as ex-Congressman James Trafficant and ex-State of Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann, but it is obvious that there’s more in Alaska to bemoan than my “Valley” friends can point to with the “hometown” gang.
The Associated Press, in a story yesterday, has found that one of the McCain/Palin “platforms” for success in achieving American energy independence is basically just the Republican VP Candidate Palin doing business as usual and in true Republican fashion.
In the VP debate, Palin asserted that “We’re building a nearly $40 billion (dollars) natural gas pipeline, which is North America’s largest and most expensive infrastructure project ever, to flow those sources of energy into hungry markets.”
It appears that those “hungry markets” really were friends and associates of Governor Palin.
AP found, through interviews and review of the records that:
1) “Instead of creating a process that would attract many potential builders, Palin slanted the terms away from an important group, the global energy giants that own the rights to the gas.
So much for the free interprise system.
2). “Despite promises and legal guidance not to talk directly with potential bidders, Palin had meetings or phone calls with nearly every major candidate, including TransCanada.”
Contrary to the Governor’s “you betcha” attitude to a fair and smart bidding process, it would seem that her terms were crafted to favor only a few independent pipeline companies and the ultimate winner, TransCanada.
3). “The leader of Palin’s pipeline team had been a partner at the lobbying firm where she worked on behalf of a TransCanada subsidiary. Also, that women’s former business partner at the lobbying firm was a TransCanada’s lead private lobbyist on the pipeline deal, interacting with legislators in the weeks before the vote to grant TransCanada the contract. Plus, a former TransCanada executive served as an outside consultant to Palin’s pipeline team.”
Boy, does this sound familiar. Sort of like the McCain for President staff from Rick Davis down through all the lobbyist that work for the campaign.
4). “Under a different set of rules four years earlier, TransCanada had offered to build the pipeline without state subsidy; under Palin, the company could receive a maximun $500 million (dollars).”
Hey that’s good stewardship of the taxpayers money and really does “spread the wealth” to the wealthy.
5) Now the kicker, “…there’s no guarantee the pipeline will ever be built; at a minimum, any project is years away, as TransCanada must first overcome major financial and regulatory hurdles.”
What a “sweetheart” deal. Getting a $500 million (dollar) reimbursement when you don’t even have the financing to build the pipeline.
Palin seems to be more like Chaney than just trying to “run” the Senate.
So my friends in Warren and Youngstown, look North, the “Northern Lights” burn bright and casts a larger shadow of misdeeds than you’ll find in the “Mahoning Valley”.