Sarah Palin is Not an Idiot

 

The conventional wisdom about Sarah Palin is that she is an ignorant snowbilly, too stupid to be trusted with any responsible position. John McCain’s choice of her as his running mate was such an obvious blunder that it cost him the election.

English: Sarah Palin speaking at a rally in El...

Well, if Sarah Palin is really so stupid, how is it that she understands the necessity of the federal government putting its fiscal house in order better than anyone who is actually in Washington D.C. ?

          D.C.: Cut the Drama. Do Your Job.Americans are sick and tired of yet another ginned-up crisis. D.C. needs to grow up, get to work, and live within its means. The real economic Armageddon looming before us is our runaway debt, not the sequester, which the President advocated for and signed into law and is now running around denouncing because he never had any genuine intention of reining in his reckless spending.

Remember that this sequestration deal came about because of the long debt ceiling standoff in the summer of 2011. It wasn’t the ideal outcome for anyone, but it did at least include real deficit reduction of about $110 billion per year for 10 years, which is still nowhere near enough to close our massive deficit. Keep in mind that since the sequester passed, the President has already hit American families and small business owners with his tax increases, or “more revenue” as he likes to call it. The American public doesn’t want tax increases; we want government to rein in its overspending.

If we can’t stomach modest cuts that would lower federal spending by a mere 0.3% per year out of a current federal budget of $3.6 trillion, then we might as well signal to the whole world that we have no serious intention of dealing with our debt problem.

If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion dollar annual deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.

If we ARE serious about putting our fiscal house in order, then let’s stop the hysterics, tighten our belts, and take our medicine.

- Sarah Palin

I have to make one small correction here. The 0.3% spending cuts are not cuts at all, at least not in the way that normal people would understand cuts, they are simply cuts in rate of growth.

 

I guess that Sarah Palin lacks the superior intelligence and budgetary management skills of Joe Biden.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Samizdata for posting Sarah Palin’s comments first.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Sarah Palin is Not an Idiot”

  1. walthe310 Says:

    According to Dick Cheney, the deficit, if temporary, is not a problem. Cheney for once is right and Sarah Palin is wrong as usual.

    • David Hoffman Says:

      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately the deficit the federal government has been running is not temporary but permanent and systemic. Sarah Palin is correct. If we are unable to make the miniscule cuts in the rate of spending that the sequester calls for without a lot of political theater and apocalyptic pronouncements, then there is little chance we will ever be able to summon the political will to make the real cuts the situation needs. We cannot spend a trillion dollars more than we take in indefinitely. At some point, it will become obvious that Washington will never be serious about its finances and confidence in our government’s ability to pay back its loans will vanish. To put it bluntly, unless our political class gets serious, we will end up like Greece, only there will be no one in the world large enough to bail us out.

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