Sarah Palin Chooses Not To Disclose Her Presidential Bet

Former US vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin already chose who to root for in the on-going tussle for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party during a district convention in her home town of Wasilla, Alaska. However, the ex-governor refuses to name her presidential bet.

A field reporter for CNN caught Palin after she cast her ballot and asked her who gets her support. Palin declined to be specific and would rather keep her silence on the matter.

“I would not tell you who I voted for in this presidential preference poll,” Palin flatly told the reporter. The former running mate of John McCain during the 2008 US presidential election also expressed her interest to see the current presidential nominees go through the long process of selection.

“I do believe that competition makes all of our candidates better,” Palin said.

Palin’s husband Todd already announced that he is supporting Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign.

The interview also provided Palin a platform to hurl some comments against President Barack Obama and his administration. Palin has been a vocal critic of Obama and his policies, especially on the War on Terror campaign and the rising deficits of the government.

“I want to see the process continue, more debate about who it is who can bust through the Orwellian Obama rhetoric and pandering that we see in the incumbent.

“Remember, there are five men running for president, and I think Barack Obama is the worst choice, is the last choice. So the four in front of him, as they duke it out in the arena of ideas and solutions to propose, the more of that, the better,” Palin stated in an interview.

Although not explicitly, Palin slightly hinted of a possible presidential run in 2016. When pressed for a concrete statement about running in 2016, the former Alaska governor simply said “anything in this life, in this world is possible.”

She also added that she is seriously considering “whatever I can do to help our country to put things back on the right track.”

Her appearance on CNN caught many by surprise, since Palin is now a paid analyst for Fox News.

Palin started her political career as a councilor of the City of Wasilla in 1992. Four years later, the former Miss Alaska third runner-up caused a momentous upset by beating incumbent Wasilla City Mayor John Stein. In 1999, Palin ran for mayor and faced Stein again and won by a huge margin, 909 votes to 292.

After her second term as Mayor of Wasilla, Palin ran for lieutenant governor in 2002 but was defeated by Loren Leman in a five-nominee Republican primary. In 2006, she successfully wrested the Republican gubernatorial nomination from incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski. She went on to defeat ex Democratic governor Tony Knowles by a margin of 48.3% to 40.9%. In the process, Palin became the first female-governor of Alaska.

Palin is well known to the world as the woman who ran for vice president in 2008. Since registering in 1982, Palin has remained a solid Republican.…

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The Flaws of the Two-Party System

Perhaps one of the most unique features of how politics works in the United States is the two-party system. On one side there is the Republican Party. On the other end, there is the Democratic Party. While there are other political organizations that exist in the United States, only the two mentioned gets any real attention on a national scale, mainly because it has been that way for as long as any of us can remember.

For years, there have been organizations and independent individuals who have tried to break the two-party system to introduce their own brand of politics. Texan Ross Perot ran for president in 1992 and 1996 and received 19% and 8.5% of the total number of votes respectively. Perot is the only independent candidate to garner that many votes. Another independent candidate, Howard Phillips, also ran twice, both in 1992 and 1996. None of them succeeded.

As they say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and even today many people believe that the two-party system has been working well for the United States. It is not hard to understand that most people tend to side with tradition, especially if concepts like familiarity and loyalty are part of the equation. There are more than 300 million Americans living right now and about 170 million are registered to vote. 72 million are registered as Democrats while the Republicans have 55 million. Around 42 million are registered as independent voters. Basically, it is a numbers game.

That said, a significant number of Americans are now emerging to question the effectiveness of the two-party system. Many say the system is polarizing not only the political makeup of the country, but the entire structure of how Americans should live their lives. It has become an “either or” and leaving no room for everything else.

Arianna Huffington debated in her column that the two-party system is only good in providing short-term solutions to big crises such as the increasing costs of health care, the dwindling quality of public school education, and the dilapidation of infrastructure. And because voters are primed and conditioned to choose either one, choices are not only narrowed, but potential alternatives that might stem outside the two-party system are not even considered anymore.

Huffington summed the two-party system as “a stale marriage that needs a third party to spice things up.”

It might take a while before the desired effects of anti-two-party system campaigns becomes concrete. But it is clear that breaking the system down is a better alternative. It is only a matter of time before most Americans will realize that.…

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Obama Plans Higher Pay for Teachers

The Obama administration has always shown support for education in the United States. President Barack Obama calls on congress to pass education reforms for his Obama-Biden plan. These education plans that President Obama pushes through promise to restore the quality of America’s public education and will ensure the future of America through children’s creativity and adequate teaching. Some of the plans included in the Obama-Biden plan include the Zero to Five plan, No Child Left Behind Reform, and the Reward Teachers plan. For President Obama, rewarding good teachers is very important because the teacher is the most important factor in the child’s learning in the classroom. Research confirms that teachers play a very important role in the success of students.

It is the teachers who are able to reach out to students most often, and they have a very challenging role in the educating and shaping of the students minds. This is why President Obama insists on improving the performance standards of teachers. He wants more accountability for teachers, and one of the ways to push teachers towards quality performance is to give them rewards such as a higher salary. The President wants teachers to be trained and allowed to perform like the professionals that they are. This new approach to education plans to increase the teacher’s salary up to as much as $150,000 annually, if possible.

Obama wants to extend the education in the United States as well as raise the U.S. wages for teachers to further improve education in America. Obama sited that students from other countries around the world go to school on average a month longer than those in the United States. This one month creates such a big difference that it puts the other countries at an advantage and gives them an economic edge. Obama said that the students should be competent in areas such as math and science, as these are the subject areas where American students lag behind other countries.

The President also supports merit pay for teachers. Merit pay means that the teachers will be given salaries or bonuses based on their performance and on the results they produce in class. Merit pay for teachers could mean that they get paid bonuses based on an assessment of what students have learned. Merit pay also means additional pay for teachers working in high risk schools. Money would also be given to teachers specializing in subjects like science, math, and special needs. Another set of teachers who can benefit from merit pay are those who take on leadership roles and to those who complete higher education such as an additional degree or certification.…

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An Open Letter to the Left Establishment

This letter is a call for active support of protest to Michael Moore, Norman Solomon, Katrina van den Heuvel, Michael Eric Dyson, Barbara Ehrenreich, Thomas Frank, Tom Hayden, Bill Fletcher Jr., Jesse Jackson Jr., and other high profile progressive supporters of the Obama electoral campaign.

With the Obama administration beginning its third year, it is by now painfully obvious that the predictions of even the most sober Obama supporters were overly optimistic. Rather than an ally, the administration has shown itself to be an implacable enemy of reform.

It has advanced repeated assaults on the New Deal safety net (including the previously sacrosanct Social Security trust fund), jettisoned any hope for substantive health care reform, attacked civil rights and environmental protections, and expanded a massive bailout further enriching an already bloated financial services and insurance industry. It has continued the occupation of Iraq and expanded the war in Afghanistan as well as our government’s covert and overt wars in South Asia and around the globe.

Along the way, the Obama administration, which referred to its left detractors as “f***ing retarded” individuals that required “drug testing,” stepped up the prosecution of federal war crime whistleblowers, and unleashed the FBI on those protesting the escalation of an insane war.

Obama’s recent announcement of a federal worker pay freeze is cynical, mean-spirited “deficit-reduction theater”. Slashing Bush’s plutocratic tax cuts would have made a much more significant contribution to deficit reduction but all signs are that the “progressive” president will cave to Republican demands for the preservation of George W. Bush’s tax breaks for the wealthy Few. Instead Obama’s tax cut plan would raise taxes for the poorest people in our country.

The election of Obama has not galvanized protest movements. To the contrary, it has depressed and undermined them, with the White House playing an active role in the discouragement and suppression of dissent – with disastrous consequences. The almost complete absence of protest from the left has emboldened the most right-wing elements inside and outside of the Obama administration to pursue and act on an ever more extreme agenda.

We are writing to you because you are well-known writers, bloggers and filmmakers with access to a range of old and new media, and you have in your power the capacity to help reignite the movement which brought millions onto the streets in February of 2003 but which has withered ever since. There are many thousands of progressives who follow your work closely and are waiting for a cue from you and others to act. We are asking you to commit yourself to actively supporting the protests of Obama administration policies which are now beginning to materialize.

In this connection we would like to mention a specific protest: the civil disobedience action being planned by Veterans for Peace involving Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Joel Kovel, Medea Benjamin, Ray McGovern, several armed service veterans and others to take place in front of the White House on Dec. 16th.

Should you commit yourselves to backing this action and others sure to materialize in weeks and months ahead, what would otherwise be regarded as an emotional outburst of the “fringe left” will have a better chance of being seen as expressing the will of a substantial majority not only of the left, but of the American public at large. We believe that your support will help create the climate for larger and increasingly disruptive expressions of dissent – a development that is sorely needed and long overdue.

We hope that we can count on you to exercise the leadership that is required of all of us in these desperate times.

Best Regards,…

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What Is Left Establishment ?

A self identified leftist, progressive or leftist/progressive organizations with connections and/or direct access to high traffic websites, network television networks, major publishing houses, “alternative” news weeklies, and also to foundations and progressive think tanks. Seen by the alternative and mainstream media as “credible” voices for progressive causes-regardless of whether the actual positions endorsed by them (most notably support for an objectively reactionary candidate) are in any way definable as progressive, let alone leftist.

Their responsibility: The Left Establishment functioned as an enthusiastic sales force for what the campaign itself referred to as “Brand Obama”. (See what they were saying). They continued to do so long after it became obvious that the Obama administration was hostile to the left agenda and to leftists themselves.

New Voices Wanted: The left needs a principled, unapologetic commitment both to transformative anti-capitalist governance and to protest and resistance on the scale and intensity necessary to bring it about. We would welcome all to join in our efforts to achieve these goals.

*Please note, not all signers of the Open Letter to the Left Establishment have reviewed or endorsed the opinions of the additional material on this site. Each, however, supports the Open Letter.…

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