Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said a vast majority of Americans believe the federal government spends money “recklessly” and many politicians who are not in tune with the nation’s needs should be issued “pink slips.” Palin was responding to a new Gallup poll that shows 81 percent of Americans believe the federal government is doing a bad job.
“Well, first, I think 81 percent of Americans are realizing that we have politicians who are spending our money recklessly, and we’ve said enough is enough,” Palin told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “And yes, there needs to be pink slips sent to those politicians who are so disconnected from what's going on in the real world.
“What’s going on in the real world — which outside the political Beltway they call fly-over country, I guess, the heartland of America — is we’re having a tough time finding jobs, and keeping jobs, and believing that our economy is going to be solvent and we won’t be a country on a road towards bankruptcy,” Palin said. “And this disconnect that we’re seeing made manifest in our politicians in Washington, D.C. — where they’re just incurring more debt and they’re creating more regulations, which kill more jobs — and they’re just engaging in these nonsensical policies like Obama’s new ‘jobs bill’ that he’s proposing.”
Palin said the Gallup poll shows the intensity of the disconnect between the average American and Washington politicians and emphasizes elected officials are just not listening.
“We’re saying: ‘You just don’t get it, politicians — you really are absent from what’s going on in the real world, where we have to balance our budgets, and we have to be productive in order to make it, make that bottom line,” Palin continued. “And you know we have to live within our means. And you know, the elites in a faraway place in institutions in Washington, D.C., they’re not living in the real world.”
Van Susteren asked Palin how the “disconnect” can be overcome and politicians become more in tune with the needs of the average American.
“I think what helps is for that politician is to have a foundation of having come from the real people of America — the working class — those who make up the majority of Americans who are so extremely concerned about the direction of our country,” Palin said. “Take [Herman] Cain: Look at why he’s doing so well right now. He’s, I guess you could say — with all due respect — the flavor of the week because [he] is the one up there who doesn’t look like he’s part of that permanent political class.”
Van Susteren then asked Palin — who noted she is still considering a presidential run — what she thought about all the speculation surrounding whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christies plans to enter the race.
“I think that we can take Governor Christie at his word and say: You know, he’s been saying for a year now, his first year in office, that he was not interested in the presidency,” Palin said. “And I think he kind of put the nail in the coffin of speculation that he would run by the announcement that he made today.
“Many Republicans — but also just many in the media because for many in the media this is like a reality show,” she said. “I think Newsweek, an article that came out the other day, really nailed it when they said that there are media outlets that kind of create this reality show, this intrigue, and who’s going to be the next flavor of the week — and they prop somebody up in order to crush the person, it seems, later on.
“But I think that a lot of the push for Chris Christie and for others comes not just from those within the party, but those inside baseball — within the media,” Palin said.
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