Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says the fact President Barack Obama’s advisers are calling his trip to Martha’s Vineyard a working vacation, does not excuse his absence from Washington at a time the nation is entwined in fiscal disaster.
Palin also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday his trip shows Obama is “burying his head in the proverbial sand.”
“It does matter where he is tonight, Greta, and I don’t know why our president bothers even making promises at this point or spewing those platitudes. One in particular: He said he promised to not rest until every American who wanted a job got that job,” Palin said. “And yet there he goes — jetting off to tickle his toes in the sand of Martha’s Vineyard and probably burying his head in the proverbial sand, ignoring the fact that 14 million Americans cannot find a job, that 40-plus million Americans are relying on food stamps to make ends meet.
“You know, economies are crashing — markets are crashing — there’s a lot of turmoil right now. And he just seems so extremely absent from the reality that the rest of us are facing in this country today,” she said. “And that’s illustrated by his desire and now his action to go on vacation again, this time for 10 days . . . where the rest of us are kind of shaking our heads saying: Really? At this time? Perception being reality in politics, why in the world would he do this?”
Palin said that Obama’s ideology prohibits the president from allowing “empowerment of individuals in our small businesses and our families to make decisions on our own and to invest according to our own priorities, so that the private sector can grow and thrive and jobs can be created.”
“No, his ideology is one of big, centralized government that can plan an economy and make decisions for our businesses and for us as individuals,” Palin said. “So I think that he is not the one to provide that inspiration and that empowerment that is so desperately needed today to get us out of this really chaotic situation that we’re in.
“And we saw markets today react to that tumultuous chaos, as they’re forward-looking — these investors — who are really taking money out of the market right now because of the uncertainty,” she continued. “And it’s caused by President Obama’s ideology that will not allow the private sector to do what it does best and stimulate the economy itself.”
Palin said Obama’s claim that he will present a plan in September that will create more jobs will just be more of the same big-government rhetoric.
“What his jobs plan will be — I guarantee you, it will be based on this foundation: Spend more money, incur more debt, spend money that we do not have so we’ll have to borrow money from foreign countries like China or print more money so that we can spend more money,” Palin said. “And it all has to do with government — his ideal that government is the answer — when it’s proven in these last two-and-a-half years that government is not the answer.
“Too often, it is the problem — and truly, he needs to allow the private sector to start stimulating the economy the way that America used to,” she said. “And you know what that was based on? That stimulation of the economy was based on development of our natural resources and reward for work ethic. And we’ve gotten so far away from that in our political — the policies coming out of Washington — that, you know, it’s going to take a while to get this train back on the right track.”
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