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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  1. henry

    Does anyone still listen to this lady?She has shown how ignorant she is on every subject u can think of.GOP is drowning.

    June 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Gary

    Palin / Romney 2012!!!!!!!

    I would be ok with Romney / Palin 2012 also

    June 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Amazed

    When will this idiot just shut up and go away?

    June 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Ken in Mt

    She wants government in the uterus but she dosen't want to controll people? Give me a break!!!!
    Besides all of that govenrment spending was to bail out the parts of soceity that had been sucking up Republican liberalism since Reagan started his "supply side " economics.

    June 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. commonsense

    "We need to be aware of the creation of a fearful population, and fearful lawmakers....
    Yep, sounds like republicans..spreading fear.

    " so it can "get in there and control the people."
    Yep, sounds like republicans again..saying no to gay rights and no to pro-choice.

    And just what would Palin know about Economics 101??????

    June 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. David S. Robins

    Actually, all the government wants is to control stupid, obnoxious people like Sarah Palin. Her trailer trash values are bad for America.

    June 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Ted

    would someone tell Palin she is a moron?

    June 4, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. CR

    When will this ignorant woman go away!?

    June 4, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. N.S

    While it's quite obvious that she skipped over the chapters on Keynesian economics, my main complaint is that people are still talking about her. Please, let her sink back into obscurity.

    June 4, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Jim C

    Palin hahahaha, You are a joke. Time to go to school first, Sarah for commenting on our President.

    June 4, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Bob Dog

    Thank goodness for Repubs. They don't want to control us like those bad Dems!

    Except for telling us who we can or can't marry....., and except for telling us what we can and can't do about our bodies.....and except for, etc., etc.

    Palin is such a bozo. She promises to provide so much wonderful entertainment in the years ahead. Non-stop laughs. And significant damage to the authority and respect of the Republican Party.

    June 4, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. s. walcott

    Sarah loves power and Sarah only.

    June 4, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. russell

    somebody needs to take this idiot into them there Alaskan woods , and send her by the way of a dead moose , how can CNN even give her a forum to say anything , this woman preaches hate at it's fullest intent , why would we want to listen to what she has to say , totally irrelevent in the lower 48 .......

    June 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Agrippa

    Jesus says Palin should keep her eyes to the floor, stick to keeping house and childrearing, and do what her husband says. She's nothing but a Godless heathenette.

    June 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Charly

    If there was a God, She would be gone. Oh God, hear my prayers. Make anything that even resembles the Palin family disappear off of the face of the earth. Amen

    June 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Sick Of The Repug Machine

    She should know, Economics 101 was the only economics class she took.

    June 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Cooper

    She knows about Economics 101? Did she even take that class and pass? After taking 7 years to get a Journalism degree by attending 5 different schools, I doubt it.

    June 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Dawn

    I think that this woman has nothing better to do than come up with BS, so she can get herself mentioned on CNN ever week or so. Economically her state is in a mess and she keeps flapping her jaws. Put a sock in a Sarah, no one wants to hear your noise.

    June 4, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Russia from my house?

    On a clear day . . . You can see Russia fom my house!!! And we still listen to her? Hmmmmm.

    June 4, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. PaulMoATX

    This woman has no credibility whatsoever. She's like a flea fart in the wind.

    June 4, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Anthony R. Seta

    Did she even take an Econ 101 class?

    June 4, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. ANNY

    you have all this advise but NO solutions........thats the republicans motto......THE PARTY OF NO SOLUTIONS......the public was doing just fine with out your comments.......crawl back in your hole and shut up........

    June 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. michael

    Of course – just what we need: economic advice from the party whose policies destroyed the American economy. And especially from the governor of a state whose economy is wholly dependent on government paybacks to its citizens.
    Maybe if Palin and her colleagues actually enrolled in "Economics 101" the country wouldn't be in such a mess right now.

    June 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. jim from S.C.

    HUH! so does christian fundemenalist. Palin is a whack job, she's a govenor and she controls the people in the state of Alaska by not taking the stimulus money to help the people of here state. talk about being a hypocrite!

    June 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. bailey

    Go Sarah at least some one knows what is truly going on

    June 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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