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Oh God… Palin Interview Part 2

Posted by Brian Becker on September 13, 2008

WARNING: RANT INCOMING!

Okay, I just got done watching the final part of Charlie Gibson’s interview of Sarah Palin. Oh lord where do I start. The number one issue in this election is the economy. Energy is also a big issue somewhat related to the economy. You’d think that since John McCain believes Sarah Palin is the most informed person on energy in the entire country that she would understand the economy and the federal budget a bit more. Nevermind how incredibly stupid John McCain is for thinking that in the first place, Palin’s view of the economy and the role of government is extremely incoherent. Ugh. Here we go.

GIBSON: Governor, John McCain and you are now talking about the GOP as a party of change. We’ve got a very sick economy. Tell me the three principal things you would do to change the Bush economic policies.

PALIN: And you’re right, our economy is weak right now and we’ve got to strengthen it, and government can play an appropriate role in helping to strengthen the economy. Our 6.1 percent unemployment rate is unacceptable, also, across our nation. We need to put government back on the side of the people and make sure that it is not government solely looked at for all the solutions, for one.

Government has got to get out of the way, in some respects, of the private sector, being able to create the jobs that we need, jobs that are going to allow for the families to be able to afford health care, to be able to afford their mortgages, to be able to afford college tuition for their kids. That’s got to be the principal here, reform government, recognize that it’s not government to be looked at to solve all the problems.

Taxes, of course, I think is one of the most important things that government can obviously control and to help with this issue.

Excuse me Ms. Palin, but isn’t government “getting out of the way” and not regulating the financial and housing markets the reason we are in this crisis? So you want to fix the economy by having even less regulation? Have you been paying attention to the past seven years at all?

And how is the private sector going to reduce healthcare costs and college tuition? First of all, we have left healthcare to the private sector for decades and prices have done nothing but go up. Creating more jobs will not reduce the prices, and its not going to help people get healthcare because the prices continue to go up while wages are stagnant. Many colleges are not even fully privatized. A lot of colleges are state schools which are, in a lot of states, just as obscenely high priced as the private schools. People with jobs now can’t even afford the tuition. You say the government needs to be on the side of the people but you are saying we need to bow to the private sector to fix all these problems. How is that on the side of the people? Sounds like you are on the side of the corporations and special interests from my perspective.

Sigh. Here’s another excerpt:

GIBSON: So let me summarize the three things that you’d change in the Bush economic plans. One, two, three.

PALIN: Reduce taxes, control spending, reform the oversight and the overseeing agencies and committees to make sure that America’s dollars and investments are protected.

GIBSON: So let me break some of those down. You talk about spending. How much smaller would a McCain budget be? Where would you cut?

PALIN: We’re going to find efficiencies in every department. We have got to. There are some things that I think should be off the table. Veterans’ programs, off the table. You know, we owe it to our veterans and that’s the greatest manifestation that we can show in terms of support for our military, those who are in public service fighting for America. …It’s to make sure that our veterans are taken care of and the promises that we’ve made to them are fulfilled.

GIBSON: So you’d take military off the table, the veterans’ benefits. That’s 20 percent of the budget. & Do you talk about entitlement reform? Is there money you can save in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?

PALIN: I am sure that there are efficiencies that are going to be found in all of these agencies. I’m confident in that.

GIBSON: The agencies are not involved in entitlements. Basically, discretionary spending is 18 percent of the budget.

PALIN: We have certainly seen excess in agencies, though, and in — when bureaucrats, when bureaucracy just gets kind of comfortable, going with the status-quo and not being challenged to find efficiencies and spend other people’s money wisely … then that’s where we get into the situation that we are into today, and that is a tremendous growth of government, a huge debt, trillions of dollars of debt that we’re passing on to my kids and your kids and your grandkids … It’s unacceptable.

Ok, this is the part that reminded me of Ms. South Carolina from a few years ago talking about maps and Iraq. Not only is she demonstrating she doesn’t know what shes talking about, she is basically telling us they have no, zero, zilch in terms of specifics on how they are going to cut spending and improve efficiency. She says that they are going to find places to make the system more efficient. You should already have these plans mapped out! You can’t talk about reforming Washington without giving a single specific thing you are going to do to reform it! Sarah Palin – You are clueless!

The thing I just cannot fathom about Republicans is how they think government shouldn’t be responsible for anything, but at the same time they want to run it. Then they talk about accountability. Well if Government isn’t responsible then who are we to hold accountable? If you don’t believe in government why do you wish to run it? This is the same mindset that brought us the crony incompetent appointees of the Bush administration, and everything I know about Sarah Palin’s record is that she is exactly like Bush in this respect. She values loyalty over competence. If we had a competent F.E.M.A. director when Katrina hit, things probably would have been different. If we had a competent Secretary of Defense when the Iraq war started we might have saved thousands of lives. Harriet Miers anyone? I could go on all day… Sarah Palin is no different. Not only is she, herself, incompetent, but she values loyalty above all else. Just look at troopergate and her appointing a known sex offender in the safety commissioner’s place, her firing of the Wasilla police chief as mayor for not supporting her candidacy, and trying to get the local Librarian fired for the same reason. Palin is Bush in a skirt!

The McCain campaign is running as if the last seven years didn’t happen and that their old policies that have been proven to be devastating to the country have not been discredited. We cannot allow these two anywhere near the whitehouse. Anyone reading this, if you are thinking of voting for these two incompetents, think about the last eight years. Think about the wars, the economy, the loss of civil liberties. Do you really want to continue digging ourselves into a hole? Its time to get serious about this election. All the Republican’s talk of reform is a con! Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes. Remember when you vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin you are not just voting for them, you are voting for the entire Republican party to control the government for another four years. You really think they are going to appoint Democrats and Independents after McCain caved to the far right of his party? I don’t think so. Its time to get serious. Nobody in their right mind could seriously think John McCain or Sarah Palin could be a good president.

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