While the Lamestream Media continues its war against the former governor of Alaska, maintaining a narrative about Sarah Palin that has out-lived its validity in the face of all evidence in opposition, Mrs. Palin takes on the serious work of addressing the lack of leadership on the issues of debt and deficits in a manner that our current President will not. His shills in the media insist that he’s the adult in the room, but the view of most Americans is that he’s become like a petulant, intransigent child who is resisting parental correction. One would think he’d understand the meaning of the elections of last November, and turn from his radical course in favor of something slightly more moderate that recognizes the mathematical certainties involved, but alas, our President is absent in all but rhetoric, though even there, he’s coming unraveled at the seams. Governor Palin has sounded an alarm that is ringing throughout conservative circles, and she’s making it clear that the weak-kneed Republican leadership, particularly in the Senate, is every bit as much a part of the problem as our recalcitrant President.
In a Facebook note entitled, “The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar; Now We Need New Leaders,“ Palin makes a scathing mockery of the DC establishment class in both parties that seeks to delay substantive action in the name of short run political insulation:
“To paraphrase Hemingway, people go broke slowly and then all at once. We’ve been slowly going broke for years, but now it’s happening all at once as the world’s capital markets are demanding action from us, yet Obama assumes we’ll just go borrow another cup of sugar from some increasingly impatient neighbor. We cannot knock on anyone’s door anymore. And we don’t have any time to wait for Washington to start behaving responsibly. We’ll be Greece before these D.C. politicians’ false promises are over. We must force government to live within its means, just as every business and household does.”
This statement tells us a great deal about Governor Palin’s view of the problem. Fundamentally, she recognizes that we don’t have a revenue problem, but a spending crisis that threatens to consume us. As she points out, it’s not as though we hadn’t known this day was coming, but that politicians have happily punted the problem, kicking the can down the road to another Congress and another President.
Relying upon the tide of history to make her argument, and striking a populist note, Governor Palin tells us:
“The same “experts” who got us into this mess are now telling us that the only way out of our debt crisis is to “increase revenue,” but not by creating more jobs and therefore a larger tax base; no, they want to “increase revenue” by raising taxes on job creators who are taxed enough already! As Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That’s where we are now. Hard working taxpayers have been big government’s Sugar Daddy for far too long, and now we’re out of sugar. We don’t want big government, we can’t afford it, and we are unwilling to pay for it.”
She also recognizes that there’s no way in which we can eliminate the deficit in a single day, or a budget year, and probably not even in two, but she insists that it can be done, and must be done, in earnest. She recognizes the tendency of Washington politicians to pay lip service to the issue, but questions their sincerity in actually pursuing a solution that will endure:
“We can’t close our $1.5 trillion deficit overnight, but we must get as close as we can as soon as we can. Little nibbles here and there over 10 years (spun to sound like they’re huge budget cuts) aren’t anywhere near enough. I know from experience that cutting government spending isn’t easy. As governor, I made the largest veto cuts in my state’s history, and I didn’t make many friends doing it. But we will never recover, we will never get free of devastating debt, unless we make tough choices now. We don’t hear talk like this from leaders in D.C. or from those running for office because they say what they think we want to hear rather than what must be said.”
In considering this, one must admit that her lament is much as those you’ve probably said a thousand times, yourself. In this sense, Governor Palin is little different from you or me: It pains her to watch this orgy of spending go on, and like the rest of us, she’s resolved to oppose it. Having squarely framed the issues at the heart of the matter, she goes on to explain what it takes to solve the intractable problem:
“Real leadership requires deeds even more than words. It means taking on the problems no one else wants to tackle. It means providing vision and guidance, inspiring people to action, bringing everyone to the table, and with a servant’s heart dedicating oneself to striking agreements that keep faith with our Constitution and with the ordinary citizens who entrusted you with power. It means bucking the status quo, fighting the corrupt powers that be, serving the common good, and leaving the country better than you found it. Most of us don’t see a lot of that real leadership in D.C., and it’s profoundly disappointing.”
She closes by issuing a warning, and while it’s surely aimed at Barack Obama’s obstinate stance, it also serves as a reminder to those Republicans who seek elected office:
“But first and foremost we must tackle our debt. We don’t have the luxury of playing politics as usual. We need real leaders who will put aside their own political self-interest to do what is right for the nation. And if they don’t emerge… well, America has a do-over in November 2012.”
More importantly, however, she’s also writing to her fellow conservatives, and raising an alarm about the direction of our Congress. Even today, we have seen that a group of Republicans in the Senate is now in the process of trying to sell us down the river. Mrs. Palin mounts up with a her usual flair, and tell us in essence, if not in form, to be wary because “The RINOs are coming.”
She’s had dealings with them before. In Alaska, she defeated them. Don’t be surprised when it happens again. Attentive and genuine conservatives will have recognized the note of warning she sounded, and would be wise to take up the alarm and take action. Mrs. Palin is right: We cannot afford to continually delay the inevitable, because each postponement merely guarantees a deeper and more enduring collapse. It’s time the cavalcade of RINOs in the US Senate get that message loudly, and since they’ve begun the process of selling us out, it’s time to answer the call…and make some calls. Demand of your Senators an answer for why they would even contemplate such a deal of this sort at such a late date.
Barely more than a week ago, Sarah Palin warned you about this. The day has arrived, so let’s answer this call to action.