Palin on Abortion
Palin on Afghanistan
• "We should be in Afghanistan to win, not to set a timetable for withdrawal", Sarah Palin's words clearly reflect her support of President Obama's decision but at the same time signals her frustration with the latter's hesitation in adopting a surge strategy in the country.
• Palin is positive about winning in Afghanistan by motivating, training and empowering the Afghan forces to 'build a stable representative state able to defend itself.'
• She said that the United States should do everything possible to turn the responsibility over to the Afghan government so that the people can live there in peace without the interference of America. This should be the 'ultimate goal' of the US on Afghan soil.
• Palin reminds that the September 11 attacks were planned in Afghanistan. Not making the US power felt in the country will encourage Al Qaeda and the Taliban to impose their cruelty on the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
• America needs to be fully prepared to win, according to Palin. She says that the whole world is watching the US, ready to point a finger if America is not able to protect their interests in Afghanistan.
• Palin was deeply disturbed by Obama's alleged comment that troops in Afghanistan were "air raiding villages and killing civilians."
Palin on the Budget
• Sarah Palin, Vice Presidential Candidate for US elections 2008, has left behind a history of tax cuts thereby accelerating economic growth during her term as Governor of Alaska. She made history by bringing forth second largest cuts in the construction budget of the State.
• Sarah Palin opposes President Obama's long term cuts in Carbon emissions saying that it would result in job losses and higher energy costs thus showing her disapproval of the 'cap and tax' bill.
• She is against setting up of an Independent Medicare Advisory Counsel for containing Medicare Costs. She says it will not bring in reduction in deficit as the Democrats plan to achieve. Instead she advocates a market oriented, patient centered and result-driven approach.
• She calls for increasing government oversight of investment banks also advocating elimination of federal earmarks and wasteful governmental spending.
• She opposed Obama's proposal to introduce a windfall profit tax on oil companies but supports further utilization of natural gas.
• She advocates increased funding for education and supports Senior Benefits Programs for low income older people as she did in Alaska.
• She approves additional tax cuts for businessmen which would rake in more revenue and thus increase more job opportunities.
• Praised Bush $700B bailout; opposed Obama's $787B.
• While in office as Governor Sarah Palin made a $7 billion savings plan for education and transportation.
• She criticizes President Obama's spending policies to revive the economy saying that American already having a debt of more than $11 trillion and borrowing more would only lead to socialism.
Palin on Business & Labor
• Sarah Palin is a firm believer in free market capitalization saying this gives an opportunity for all parties to compete.
• She believes that workforce fundamentals are strong and economy needs oversight.
• She supports reduction of business taxes and encouraging small business growth. She criticized Obama on this issue saying that small businesses would be affected in his decision to tax people with incomes of $250,000 a year or more thus lowering productivity and job opportunities.
• She advocated that Unions should get member permissions before using dues for political donations on grounds that unions are responsible for workers and also accountable to them.
• She believed in the creation of jobs in all sectors and praised the Red Dog Zinc Mine for their efforts on this issue.
• She supported a voc-tech curriculum in educational institutions to leverage job training dollars for workforce development.
• While Governor of Alaska she brought in tax cuts and infrastructural improvements, encouraging new businesses and thereby drawing more shoppers and increasing business revenue.
• She abolished business inventory taxes during her term in the governor's office.
• Sarah Palin in association with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development started the Alaska Construction Academy which trained adults and students in various skills like carpentry, plumbing, electrical welding etc.
• She was a firm supporter for Equal Pay for Equal Work and said no way would she stand for women getting lesser pay compared to men.
Palin on Capital Punishment
• Sarah Palin is a supporter of capital punishment.
• She said that in case the legislation passed a death penalty law on capital punishment she would sign it.
• "Feeling safe in our communities is not something which we can compromise on therefore there is the need for policing in all its forms, the court system, prosecutors and corrections," Palin stated in support of the death penalty while Governor of Alaska.
• She opined that it was the right of the people to be sure that any person who rapes and murders a child or kills an innocent person in a drive by shooting does not do it again. Therefore capital punishment is required to ensure safety and law and order.
• The state of Alaska had abolished Capital Punishment in 1957. When she took over as governor, Sarah thought it apt to re instate the death penalty in the state.
• During a debate before the Alaska gubernatorial primary she said that she was in favor of capital punishment in especially heinous cases such as the rape and murder of a child. Her exact words were "My Goodness, hang them up".
Palin on China
• Sarah Palin said in her speech in Hong Kong in September 2009 said that she hopes for a stable, prosperous and peaceful China.
• China's military buildup poses a threat to Delhi and Tokyo since it its taking place in the absence of any significant threat to their nation.
• She said that the US was concerned with China's support to repressive regimes such as Sudan and Zimbabwe.
• Palin said that the Chinese Food and Safety records have raised alarm among the world nations.
• Sarah Palin urges China to be more open politically so that other nations will not be alarmed at their nuclear and military buildup.
• She stressed that the US is not out on a democracy crusade and will not impose their values on other nations including China.
• The US-China relationship is based on economic interdependence and she foresees a future filled with more trade and more American high tech goods in Chinese markets.
• Palin said for this to happen, China should improve its rule of law and protect the intellectual properties of the United States.
• Palin also mentioned that that the US should be more open to Chinese Investment as long as the national security interests of the nation are not threatened.
• She summed up her speech by saying that the US-China relationship will continue to thrive only if Chinese citizens and foreign corporations can hold the Chinese administration responsible for their unjust actions.
Palin on Civil Liberties
• Sarah Palin supports a full ban on Abortion and Reproductive Rights. She describes herself as pro contraception but does not make her position clear on birth control access and emergency contraception.
• Palin proposed bans on certain books in libraries during her tenure as Governor of Alaska. She has also advocated the teaching of creationism in biology classes in schools.
• She opposes comprehensive immigration reform proposals in the United States.
• Palin voiced her opposition against same sex marriages and lashed out against a bill granting domestic partnership benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.
• Her stance on civil rights bills and other issues relating to racial justice are not clear.
• She is a strong supporter of Guns Rights and received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association in Alaska.
• Palin has not made her stand on counter terrorism issues clear.
• She is accused of extending conservative hostility to First Amendment Rights to freedom of the press.
• Palin is a strong supporter of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
• She recognized March 20th as HIV day and prompted the people of Alaska to observe this day with appropriate activities and programs.
• Palin supported Equal Pay for Equal Work and not the Ledbetter Act. She strongly opposed women being paid less than a man for a day's work.
• Sarah Palin is a feminist and a strong protector of women's rights. She said her plan was to move on a ticket of reform therefore she would ask for support from women but would not go out to woo them.
Palin on the Economy
• Sarah Palin sought to spur economic growth and thereby increase energy supplies in Alaska while in office as Governor by supporting drilling in the Alaska Wildlife National refuge.
• She signed a contract with Trans Canada Corp for a natural gas pipeline. She also brought down the tax burden on the Alaskans paying high gas prices by giving a onetime $1200 rebate and repealed the state's 8 cents a gallon gasoline tax.
• Palin says that only with discipline can we foster economic growth and suggested billions of surplus funds to be deposited in state savings.
• She blames predator lenders for coaxing Americans to live beyond their means. In situations where people could afford to buy a $100,000 dollar house, they were forced to buy one for 300,000.
• In conformation with her plans to save for the future she proposed a $7.1 billion savings plan. This she planned to invest in education and transportation sector as well as energy.
• Palin is a firm believer in free market capitalization saying that it encourages best and most competitive projects and ensures a fair democratic process.
• As Alaskan Governor she said she intended to control spending by request and if necessary by veto.
• Sarah Palin believes Cap and Trade will kill the economy and criticized President Obama's plans to curb green house gas emissions saying this will only poleax the US economy.
Palin on Education
• As Governor, Sarah Palin brought forth a 3 year plan during which she funded all school districts with more than a billion dollars or more than 21% of General Fund expenditures. This was very important to education, focusing on early learning, vo-tech, work force development and encouraging children with special needs.
• She recommended revamping 'No Child Left Behind' by introducing more flexibility in it. There needs to be more emphasis on teaching according to Palin.
• She supports creationism involving healthy debates along with evolution in schools to stimulate imaginative and creative skills among the new generation.
• Sarah Palin ardently supports the K through 12 foundation formula. She also said that she would introduce a separate education appropriation bill to provide local schools with more predictability so that they know early enough what they are going to work with and create more efficiency through planning.
• She supports full funding for pupil transportation and municipal school debt reimbursements. There must be provision for increases in salaries, utilities and insurance.
• Sarah stands for alternative methods of education like charter schools, home tutoring and rural boarding schools, vocational/technical and magnet schools.
• She opines starting early education programs for at-risk groups so that they get access to high quality programs and obtain a safe and positive environment in early years.
• She perpetrates ABC, a local program of teaching which involves core principles of trustworthiness, fairness, caring and good citizenship.
Palin on the Environment
• Palin supports offshore drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "We're talking about a sliver of the coastal plain of Alaska being explored and drilled for oil. It's about a footprint of a 2,000-acre plot of land. That's smaller than the footprint of LAX." she also added that, "I get frustrated with folks from outside Alaska who come up and say, 'You shouldn't develop your resources.'" . She also said, "I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can't drill our way out of our problem or that more supply won't ultimately affect prices. Of course it will affect prices."
• Concerning global warming Palin says that, "A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute (global warming) to being man-made."
• Palin supports the idea of a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope. "When I look every day, the big oil company's building is right out there next to me, and it's quite a reminder that we should have mutually beneficial relationships with the oil industry."
• Sarah Palin opposes the idea of putting the polar bear in the endangered species list. She even went on to the extent of suing the Interior Department over its decision. Palin is also in favor of allowing mining in Bristol Bay, which, according to environmentalists, may disrupt the vulnerable species of animals such as bears, salmon and caribou.
Palin on Foreign Affairs
• Sarah Palin, widely considered inexperienced in matters of foreign policy issues defended herself by saying that she has an insight into Russia by saying that ?you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska?. This comment was made famous and ridiculed by "Saturday Night Live."
• Palin believes that democracy should be spread to the entire Arab world. Palin wants the nation to "make every effort possible to help spread democracy for those who desire freedom, independence, tolerance, and respect for equality."
• Palin views that the true motive behind the counter terrorism measures adopted by the United States is the promotion of democratic ideals. "It's not just to keep the people safe, but to be able to usher in democratic values and ideals [around] the world," Palin said.
• Palin is for friendly relations with the state of Israel. The policies she adopted in her state points out to the fact that she wants to affirm "strong bonds of friendship" between the United States and the state of Israel. Palin also feels that her nation is in no need to "second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves, and for their security."
• On the question of Iraq, Palin believes that the US has a 'task that is from God' and Iraq forms the 'central front' in the war against terrorism. She stated, "In Iraq, change happened, and that's a great thing for America".
Palin on Guantanamo
• Sarah Palin is against Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and believes his plan is a reckless one. Palin is generally against Obama's approach to terrorism, viewing it as fundamentally flawed.
• Palin believes that the terrorists of Guantanamo should be treated as wartime enemies and not as suspects who are only alleged to have committed crimes. Palin feels that a terrorist who is responsible for the massacre of hundreds of people should not be treated as a common criminal.
• Palin believes that taking strong military measures might be the right approach in dealing with the terrorists. The real nature of terrorism must be addressed in the form of a military commander-in-chief. Dealing the terrorists by a constitutional law professor is by no means a wise decision. Thus Palin discredits the importance of law and legal mechanisms in dealing with the terror suspects or terrorists.
• Palin believes that radical Islam extremism, with which America is at war, is not a mere law enforcement issue. It only tends to compromise the nation's security as was witnessed in the 1990s and most importantly on 11th September 2001.
• According to Palin, the constitutional provisions which Obama's plan tries to implement will grant the foreign born terrorists the privilege to remain silent which will further risk the lives of many Americans. Giving them access to the American courtrooms will only result in the manipulation of the legal system. This might also give them the access to classified information too.
• Acts of terrorism are not isolated events but well orchestrated events. They are to be dealt with stringently. Closing down the Guantanamo prison and giving them a trial in the mainland US is not the option.
Palin on Gun Control
• Sarah Palin is a full supporter of the right to keep and bear arms as stated in the Constitution. In her own words, "I am a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, I support our Constitutional right to bear arms and am a proponent of gun safety programs for Alaska's youth."
• Sarah Palin has been a hunting and fishing enthusiast from the age of ten when she shot her first rabbit. She learned hunting and fishing skills from her father and describes the sports as her hobbies. Palin herself has commented that her freezer is full of wild game.
• Being the lifelong member of NRA, Palin supports the campaign to end the ban on handguns that had been in place for more than three decades.
• Palin vehemently opposes restrictions on access to firearms. Palin, as Governor of Alaska, signed a multi-state amicus brief, part of which reads as follows: "The Framers were understandably wary of standing armies and the powers of a potentially oppressive government ... The introductory clause [of the Second Amendment], properly understood, confirms the primary benefit of the operational clause -- a citizenry capable of defending its rights by force, when all other means have failed, against any future oppression."
Palin on Immigration
• According to Palin there are 12 million illegal immigrants in the US and deporting them is not possible economically as well as it is not a humane way of dealing with the issue. They should be made to follow rules and made to understand that legal immigrants should have the first preference of opportunities provided by this great country. If they follow the rules they can be treated fairly and equally in the country.
• Not having expressed her views on illegal immigration often, Sarah supports citizenship for illegal immigrants but feels there is no amnesty for the illegal immigrants. Priority should be given to the legal immigrants before granting opportunities to the illegal ones.
• She has reached out to the illegal immigrants requesting their needs. She feels that they require more vocational training, the end of gang violence, assistance to seniors and mostly outreach and communication within their communities. Palin insists on a diversity task force.
• Illegal immigrants in Alaska are at loggerheads over obtaining driver's licenses before Palin was elected Governor. The state Senate then approved a Bill banning licenses to illegals tightening the requirements for obtaining a license only if they prove their legal identity. This has affected the illegal immigrants in Alaska severely.
• Sarah Palin has stated that she is sick to death about the immigration nonsense and has not expressed her views often on illegal immigration. She feels that the new administration needs of Alaska should be energetically started early to enable a co-operative relationship with Canada.
Palin on Israel
• Sarah Palin is extremely pro-Israeli in many ways. This has been proven by her strong stand on the security of Israel and its importance to the United States of America.
• Palin is reported to have signed a resolution honoring Israel on its 60th birthday.
• Palin has always been conscious of the Jewish community in Alaska and intends to look at this community globally for future plans.
• Palin has interests and ties with the Holy Land and is a very effective personality in this issue across party lines.
• Palin received support and praise from Chabad Rabbi Yosef Greenberg for lending support for the building of a Jewish museum showing that she is a religious person who believes that God works his will in everything.
Palin on National Security
• Palin has stated that both a nuclear Iran and an unstable Pakistan are terribly unsafe.
• She proclaimed that she would try her level best to reach out democracy for those who want freedom, independence, tolerance, and respect for equality and fight terrorism.
• She also feels that countries which house violent economic terrorists are the most dangerous threat to America.
• Palin feels that energy is the basis of national security.
• Palin has repeatedly conveyed to the military work force how very much she supports them.
• She supports efforts to do away with Islamic extremism, and terrorists whose main goal is to ruin the United States of America. In her interview with Charlie Gibson, Palin stated that "If there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the President has the obligation, the duty to defend."
• When questioned about what important cause Sarah Palin would campaign for if she was contesting for the post of President, she replied that "I would push a strong military and a sound energy policy. I believe that Alaska can help set an example on energy policy."
• As governor of Alaska, Palin proclaimed May 1st 2007 as 'Loyalty Day' and called upon Alaskans to come forward and support this national observance, exhibit the flag of USA and confirm their loyalty to the country.
Palin on the Palestinian Issue
• Sarah Palin states that USA should not second-guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves, and for their security." She was referring to Israel acting against nukes in Iran.
• Sarah Palin's stand on the two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not made clear. She has also not commented on whether she favors negotiations of USA with Hamas.
Palin on Poverty
• Sarah Palin has been a firm supporter of the Salvation Army and as a result has not only provided them with recognition but has also encouraged charity to the organization as a whole.
• Through her various statements, Sarah Palin feels that although there is adequate funding for faith-based initiatives, the municipal revenue should be shared between the states so that each of the local areas can attend to their own priorities.
• In her opinion, there should be a rural energy plan which should be established and followed by each of the states.
• One of the points about which Sarah Palin has been particularly vociferous throughout her campaign is the Earned Income Tax Credit, also known as EITC. According to her, since EITC is a work support program for low-income families, people who are qualified must put in their applications and avail the various benefits. It is on her initiative that thousands of welfare recipients were incorporated as a part of the active work force by the EITC.
• Sarah Palin has categorically stated that she opposes actions which cut off Alaskans from the American Fisheries because of the fact that today many coastal villages depend on commercial fishing as the main economical activity.
• Her support for the Salvation Army springs from the fact that it is an organization which is deeply rooted in the region's history and has served people not only in the region but all over the world. It is in recognition of their efforts that Sarah Palin has proclaimed the celebration of Red Kettle Day in Alaska and has also urged with the people of Alaska to support the Red Kettle campaign.
Palin on Prescription Drugs
• Sarah Palin is of the opinion that the market of prescription drugs is controlled to a great extent by Government regulations which should be relaxed and made more flexible. According to her, this would lead to the growth of competition in the sector which in turn would help to control prices of prescription drugs.
• Due to the heavy expenses incurred by families in buying medicines, Sarah Palin has proposed a tax credit for families so as to enable them to buy a suitable insurance plan of their choice which would cover all the related bills.
• Having let the prescription drug database law take effect in her state without her signature, Sarah Palin has expressed doubts with regards to the privacy of the program. Although she expressed support for the program, she claimed to have heard concerns voiced by healthcare providers that care may be denied by patients due to the privacy factor.
• Sarah Palin has been one of the front-line supporters for the prescription drug monitoring program which requires the pharmacies to register the prescriptions mentioning abuse-prone drugs.
• Sarah Palin is of the opinion that there should be more competition in this sector as it would not only lead to more choices but would also make medicines more affordable to common people. This would not only make the sector business driven but would also leave less room for litigation.
• Being a firm believer in nature, Sarah Palin is against the use of medicines in general as she holds the opinion that it is the individual who is responsible for his health and therefore everyone should take personal responsibility for their health by making responsible and healthy choices, thereby eliminating the need for pills.
Palin on Same Sex Issues
• Sarah Palin has clearly expressed that she does not support anything which goes beyond the traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Her support for same-sex marriage continues only as long as it does not redefine the traditional definition of marriage.
• Although Sarah Palin is willing to provide equal rights to the same-sex couples and prevent any discrimination which happens due to this reason, she has denied support for same-sex marriage.
• Sarah Palin is well known for having vetoed a bill as Governor of Alaska which denied the state from providing health benefits to same-sex couples. Her stand was that it would have been unconstitutional to have passed such a bill although she did admit making amendments in the constitution to convert the bill into law.
• Although Sarah Palin did not agree with the ruling of the Supreme Court of providing state benefits to same-sex partners, she decided to abide by the law saying that since she, as a Governor, did not have any legal options left it would be unconstitutional not to obey.
• Saying that she was not aware if people chose to be gay on their own, Sarah Palin refused to support any rights provided to homosexual couples as she felt that that it was in violation of the traditional family structure.
• Sarah Palin has further made her stand clear on the same-sex issue by supporting the teachings of creationism in schools and by maintaining ties well known conservative groups like Family Research Council who have declared themselves to be anti-gay.