June 4th, 2009
06:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin: Government wants to 'control the people'

Sarah Palin spoke in Anchorage on Wednesday.
Sarah Palin spoke in Anchorage on Wednesday.

(CNN) – Alaska governor Sarah Palin let loose Wednesday on the Obama administration for enacting fiscal policies that "fly in the face of principles" and "defy Economics 101."

In a speech introducing Michael Reagan - the son of former President Ronald Reagan - to an audience in Anchorage, Palin warned that the government is planning to "bail out debt ridden states" so it can "get in there and control the people."

"Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt?" Palin asked. "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 said. "Those principles it makes you wonder what the heck some in Washington are trying to accomplish here."

Though the bulk of her remarks focused on government encroachment into the private sector, and praise for former President Reagan's views on limited government, the former vice presidential candidate briefly touched on national security. She told the crowd that "the terrorists are still dead set against us" and that her son Track is still deployed in Iraq.

"It is war over there, so it will not be war over here," she said. "And it had better still be our mission that we win, they lose."

She also pointed to the recent dismissal of another ethics complaint against her, one that accused the governor of having a conflict of interest for wearing a jacket to the opening of the Tesoro Iron Dog race in February that feautured the logo of the sponsor of her husband's team. Palin has been forced to set up a legal defense fund to help pay for fees related to an onslaught of ethic complaints.

Palin said of the people who have filed the complaints: "Those are the folks who want to tell me, they want to tell you, to sit down and shut up. We will not do that. I just can't, because I love my state. I love my country."


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soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. Candy West Virginia

    The clueless pathological liar lies again! Question, when bush was bankrupting this country rebuilding a foreign country where was all the outrage from the republicans? Now that President Obama is trying to rebuild this country why are the republicans so outraged??

    June 4, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. bsmith171

    well, she's right about attempted gov't control.

    June 4, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Grrr-awful-o

    Correction Ms. Palin: the government wants to control the engines that drive our economy: financial institutions, health care, the automotive industry, and so forth. Next we'll have a "5 year plan" for productivity, comrade. For those of you who work...

    June 4, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Linda

    Hey Sarah, sit down and shut up!

    June 4, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Phat Elvis

    Add "New World Order Conspiracy Theorist" to the list of qualifications for this whack job.

    June 4, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. ron

    How did this woman get elected? Oh wait, hot chick in a state full of lonely outdoorsmen.

    June 4, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. John B. from new Hampshire

    well if anyone knows "Speaking absolute nonsense" it would be Palin! She reads every magazine out there don't ya know!? i think you should clean house at home before preaching to the president as to how he should run OUR country!!

    June 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. dave

    Now she's sounding like right wing extremist groups

    June 4, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Big Ed

    Palin is irrelevant. What she has to say is irrelevent. She needs to do her job and pipe down!

    June 4, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Tim, Seattle

    So again I say.....where are your ideas? Any idea....just a little one?....something other than NO?

    Say all you want Sarah, your party is still shrinking, no one is listening seriously and you still dont have a plan as a party.

    So you dont have to 'sit down and shut up', Sarah.
    But unless you have anything productive to say or to contribute to the way forward, then perhaps you may as well.

    Just give us a plan...a new idea......something beyond tired rhetoric and pining for the Reagan era. No one in the GOP is doing this.

    Until you do, no one is listening except the 18% of the country that says they are a republican.

    June 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Randolph Carter

    "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"

    Sounds eerily like the "war on terror." Have a nice day!

    June 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Dan VA

    Simple truth she speaks. Thank you Sarah. Now attack dogs go ahead with all your derogatory remarks about Palin. Russia may be looking pretty good from Alaska.

    June 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Jefe

    While its not a good thing, "printing" and spending massive amounts of money IS a way to get out of debt. The downside is inflation, but it can and does work.

    I also find it funny that someone from the Big Brother faction of the Republican Party is crying about government wanting to "control the people". The folks most guilty of trying to control private lives complaining about government trying to control the people is simply comical to me.

    June 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Mike from Iowa

    I honestly wonder if she actually took economics 101

    June 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Dean in PA

    When is the media going to stop covering the rantings of a deluded moron who can't speak, clearly can't think, can't be open-minded, and can't be trusting. Unbelievably, she seems to be getting more and more paranoid. She now sounds like a conspiracy freak.... We need to ignore her. Please stop covering her. Intelligent people do not care what she has to say.

    June 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Joe Fattal

    Thank you Mrs Palin to tell me that. I like to have the government control me, to feed me, cloth me and take care of me. That's their job.

    June 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. JPC

    Yap, yap, yap.....talk about sounding like absolute nonsence.....I see she sill can't put together a decent sentence.

    June 4, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Steve M Killeen, TX

    Shut up Sarah, you had your shot and you were rejected, go back to shooting moose.

    June 4, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Elana, Melbourne Florida

    Sarah, the only thing people need to fear is YOU. You are certifiably insane. Tell us O enlightened one, what is YOUR solution. Until you have a better idea, zip it.

    June 4, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    I don't want government to control people, but I would like to see governmetnncontrol Sarah Palin!

    What a mouth full of meaness.

    June 4, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Lisa B

    When is this ding bat going to go away? Enough already. Just like she's trying to control the people of Alaska, starting with her daughters baby daddy Levi. How ironic to front him doing the campaigning season and then drop him out of their lives like a hot potato. Palin, you are a psycho loser with the rest of your right wingers.

    June 4, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Jeff Brown

    Keep talking Sarah! Every time you open your trap you dig yourself and your party a deeper hole! Stop, listen and absorb President Obama's speech to the Muslims this morning. You might learn something about professionalism and class!

    June 4, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. D-MI

    ...as opposed to to fundamentalist Christians, who only want to control what you are allowed to read and say, what you can do in the privacy of your own home, what medical procedures you can undergo, what you can ingest, drink and smoke, who you can marry...

    ...yeah them gub'ment people is power hungry...

    June 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Cynthia

    Who in the hell with a half of brain listens to this idiot. It's obvious she does not know a thing about a recession. Read your history stupid woman, FDR had to spend money to move us out of the depression. why is this ignorant loser always getting any air time?

    June 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Rut-Roh... A Palin post...

    Be prepared for the most vile hatred your eyes may ever witness.

    June 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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