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. Charles

    She's always had good ideas, although when she ran with J.McCain she articulated those ideas in a way that made her sound unintelligent.

    If she improves her rhetoric, and does well in the early GOP primaries, she could be a nightmare for Obama: IF she is able go consistently sound intelligent.

    She's got a long way to go, but then again, 2012 is pretty far off.

    June 4, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Proud DHS radical

    And here comes the hate letters from the Obamanites, the same ones who cries about us when we criticize their big O.

    June 4, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Joseph Sergeant of Marines

    why is this even news, economics 101. Didn't she get a D- in micro-economics. She lost a lot of credibility on the campaign trail. Credibility she can't get back. A first impression is a lasting impression.

    June 4, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Dustin

    "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."

    Fear fear fear fear fear.... knocked up, unwed daughter....
    fear fear fear fear fear... crap they didn't have any WMD lets go find some more......
    fear fear fear fear fear.... I'm anti-gay but I just got caught with a male prostitute.....
    fear fear fear fear fear.... Republicans are hawt... NOT!

    June 4, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Claudia in Houson

    Palin knows nothing about economics and certainly not proper English. Further, Palin wouldn't have ethic complaints filed against her if she did things within the law of the land. Again Palin blames others for her own personal wrong doings as usual. When will this woman ever take responsibility and that is fearful within itself.

    June 4, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sarah we don't have time for you today, our President is out there trying to fix the world. Go play outside with Trigger, Bigger, Jigger whomever! I'll call you when dinner's ready!

    June 4, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Kevin B

    Republican just do not get it, most americans are not afraid so fear and hatred do not gain traction anymore.

    Mr Obama is running circles around the GOP at every level and the last person the GOP need to run or be a spokes person against him is someone he has already soundly defeated.

    The sheer dumbness of the GOP is breath taking.....

    June 4, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. richard

    I really thought that people in Alaska were smarter that this. Will somebody please tell this bimbo to zip her lips!

    June 4, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Stephan

    Sarah who?

    Isn't she the lady who rang up someones credit card debt to the tune of $150,000 for some cloths.

    I'm having trouble remembering who she is. Governoer of Guam, or something, right?

    June 4, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Dawn in Pa

    Sarah is speaking again? Once again speaking the same rhetoric she spewed during the the campagning, fear, fear, fear. The are coming into a town near you.

    The Government is in our lives, you have to pay taxes, you have to go to school and if your child does not do that, you go to jail. Over turn Roe v. Wade and the Government and the religious zealous will be controling the woman fertility. Telling these women they can't have birth control so they don't bring into this world unwanted babies. We have that right to control ourselves.

    She maybe a Governor but she cannot put two words together,

    June 4, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. gngpp

    I knew it wouldn't be too long before this ass surfaced again. She reminds me of finger nails on a chalk board.

    June 4, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Paul

    Leaving aside the irony of the governor of the most socialized and federally-reliant state in the union complaining about government handouts, would Palin prefer the federal government to just stand aside and let states and the economy fail? I know there is a branch of the right wing that actively seeks an end to government, but this is just nuts.

    And listening to la Palin spouting off unsubstantiated paranoia about the government 'taking over' makes me ever more glad this loon will only get close to the White House as a guest.

    John McCain, what the hell were you thinking?

    June 4, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Yes Sara, and my nephew is still in Iraq. Also. To.

    Ok, Palin supporters, do we go back 20 years to Reagan or should we continue to move forward?

    Which is it going to be?

    June 4, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Sick -n- Tired

    Now suddenly Sarah Palin is an expert on economics? Give me a break! It only took her 6 years at 4 different community colleges to earn a simple Bachelors Degree in Journalism! That by itself tells me everything I need to know about this know nothing imbecile! Answer me this if she's from Alaska then why does she have an upper midwest accent?

    June 4, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. az voter

    The fear mongering pot wants to call the kettle black? Palin and the rest of the vacant-brained GOP is well known of creating FEAR in the American population.

    I guess the best way to shuck the label is to pin it on someone else.

    June 4, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Andy

    Wow. I just read Obama's Cairo speech and then read this. I wish I had read Obama's speech and then decided to take a nap. I'd think her thingamabober (speech) was sinister if it wasn't such obvious and bumbling hogwash.

    June 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. John

    Yeah, and Sarah Palins an idiot. Your point Sarah?

    June 4, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Independant from NY

    Yeah the government does want to control people. By telling people who they can and can't marry, what harmless plants people can't use and telling women what they can and can't do with their bodies. Mrs. Palin, you're just as bad as them.

    June 4, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Tomas E

    Can someone remind where that "bridge to nowhere" was built? Was it not Alaska right before Gov Palin turned down the money before she accepted it? Ahhh yes, she's qualified to speak about the Federal government helping states out. Add that to her list of being qualified to speak for unwed mothers and you've got a winner there – boy oh boy, don't ya!

    June 4, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. me

    Sit down and shut up!

    June 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Bob in Pa

    Amen Sarah !

    June 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Mark

    Palin is 100% right. Our liberal gov't wants control of everyone and everything...banks, auto makers, health care, etc....Whatever happened to our freemarket???

    June 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Jeff

    I can't understand anything this person says, even after seeing her words written down. Her sentences can barely be diagrammed.

    June 4, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Al

    "Nonsense" like having foreign policy experience by seeing Russia from your fron porch! Please, just clueless! When is the next govenitorial election in Alaska. What an embarasment!

    June 4, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. John

    "Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt?"
    Gotta spend money to make money – THAT'S Economics 101.

    "It all really is so backwards and skewed as to sound like absolute nonsense when some of this economic policy is explained."
    If something is skewed to sound like nonsense, then it makes sense in the first place. She means that it is skewed to sound like sense.
    Idiot.

    June 4, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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