Sarah Palin--The GOP's "Maggie Thatcher"?
If more proof is needed, check out the article in today's Los Angeles Times, relating how Governor Palin has stood up to Big Oil in defense of the State of Alaska's interest in its natural resources. According to the Times:
Since becoming governor in December 2006, Palin has tripled production taxes on oil and seized control of a proposed $30-billion natural gas pipeline from the traditional oil giants.Now, I am not normally an advocate of tax increases on energy companies, but this story underscores what Newt Gingrich said today on CNN--the McCain-Palin ticket may be the toughest reform ticket fielded by the GOP since Teddy "the Trust Buster" Roosevelt. When the voters begin to compare the records of Senator McCain and Sarah Palin in defying entrenched special interests in their own political party to the non-record of Barack Obama in that regard, they may realize who represents real change.
The Palin administration now stands in a nerve-racking faceoff with the multibillion-dollar oil industry interests that have for 40 years been the bedrock of the state's politics and economy. Who blinks first -- Palin, or companies like BP Alaska, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil -- will determine who controls transport of Alaska's massive untapped gas resources and future tax revenues for a state dependent on petroleum revenues for 85% of its budget.
Most analysts are predicting that it won't be Palin who yields.