In a speech in Anchorage this week, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin charged that the government is planning to “bail out debt ridden states” so it can “get in there and control the people.”
Ostensibly the address was to introduce Michael Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan, to an audience, but the former GOP candidate for vice-president cut loose with some bold rhetoric aimed at the Obama administration’s fiscal policies.
Palin said that the programs the administration had unleashed “fly in the face of principles” and “defy Economics 101,” according to a report by CNN.
Conservative talk show icon Reagan took a back seat to Palin, even though the two have been something of a mutual admiration society.
After listening to Palin’s rousing speech to accept the Republican Party’s vice-presidential nomination in 2008, a bowed-over Reagan commented: “Governor Palin would have made my father Ronald Reagan proud tonight. The last great speech I heard was delivered by my father. There seems to be a new Reagan – and she’s a she.”
But Palin reserved her flourishes for lambasting the Obama policies rather than praising her guest.
“Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt?” Palin charged. “It all really is so backwards and skewed as to sound like absolute nonsense when some of this economic policy is explained.”
“We need to be aware of the creation of a fearful population, and fearful lawmakers, being led to believe that big government is the answer, to bail out the private sector, because then government gets to get in there and control it,” she said. “And mark my words, this is going to be next, I fear, bail out next debt-ridden states. Then government gets to get in there and control the people.”
“Some in Washington would approach our economic woes in ways that absolutely defy Economics 101, and they fly in the face of principles, providing opportunity for industrious Americans to succeed or to fail on their own accord,” she argued. “Those principles it makes you wonder what the heck some in Washington are trying to accomplish here.”
She also briefly touched on national security, telling the audience that “the terrorists are still dead set against us. It is war over there, so it will not be war over here. And it had better still be our mission that we win, they lose.” #
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