June 4th, 2009
06:11 PM ET
2 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. jerry walters

    She's an idiot. Who really cares what she says?

    June 4, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. the southern progressive

    tell me again,, who exactly wants to tell the american people who they can and cannot marry... isnt that the goverment telling its people what to do? dont be a hypocrite,, either you want the government banning stuff or you dont. which is it palin?

    mitt sucks!

    June 4, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Norbert

    This morning I watched President Obama make a major policy speech to the world. This afternoon I read these comments by Sarah Palin. The contrast between the two could not be clearer. Like so many in her Republican party she seems so small, so petty, almost irrelevant except, I suppose, to those in the "Real America."

    June 4, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Tim

    "You betcha, there gonna get in there and control the people!!" Two words...shut up!

    June 4, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. LoLo

    What does she know about economics? Nothing. She needs to crawl back in her hole. Then she has the audacity to mention foreign policy? Pleeeeeeeease. This women is like an in-grown toenail, a pain. Please shut up Sarah Palin and go back to school so that you can really learn about history and government. Not to worry though, we will be rid of you after your term of governor is up.

    June 4, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. eddie123

    Palin has it correct, about big goverment. The push by Obama and his cronies, then Obama and his choice of Supreme Court. Then we have the man who is giving Illegals preference treatment. at the federal level.. Then Governor of Wisconsin wants to give illegals driver licenses and build a nusring school for those who can't pass tests like most hard working persons. This is a start of distroying the U.S.??????? Democrats are work????

    June 4, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. carlo

    This from a person who barely passed Readingn 101.

    June 4, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Sharon Kitchen

    say it ian't so sarah.
    do you not have enough to do with Alaska?

    Oh......T-paw looks to be getting ready for 2012/so you do not have to worry.......take care of your state.......if you can.

    goos ,golly, gee ............................................................

    how is Russia lookin' lately?

    June 4, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Jim

    You're an idiot! The Republicans will be doomed should they ever be foolish enough to nominate you again for high office.

    June 4, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. FL for Change

    She can't even control her own family...who is she to talk about controlling the country. We've had a few days w/o this nut in the news...thanks CNN for ruining my day...

    June 4, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. brian

    was just wondering when this simpleton will make news again, I haven't heard about her in awhile, just her knocked up 'abstinence only' daughter.

    June 4, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. kevin, ABQ

    She doesn't really think we believe she understands Econ 101, does she?

    June 4, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. monica

    God, can somebody please get this woman a speechwriter! Her language is atrocious and clearly she doesn't know what she's talking about.

    June 4, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Joe Cotton

    She sounds so, so stupid all the time...people will do and say anything for the love of money...period!

    June 4, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Ajw

    "I can see Russia from my house! You bectha!"

    June 4, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. DS

    We need to be aware of the creation of a fearful population, and fearful lawmakers
    --------------------------------
    That is astounding from a Republican. WOW!

    June 4, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. David

    Have we forgetton this was all started by Republicans? If he said we are not helping, he would then be call a president who does not care about the people. Let's remember how we got into this situation and let history judge. It is impossible to have one branch of government take over and control the people, our system has checks and balances.

    June 4, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Jane

    Gov Palin:

    I'd suggest you maybe should go back & read up on how FDR steered the US out of the Great Depression for a bit of a clue. That does required you to read. You still sound like you did last fall to me – very scary.

    June 4, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Jim D, IL

    Stupid is, as stupid does, Sarah. You of all people know that.

    June 4, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Seattle Sue

    Isn't she just a wonderful woman? Not

    June 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Melissa

    Nooooo, the Republicans want to control people. Its the Republicans that are anti abortion, anty gay marriage, anti science, and basically anti anything good at all that will help the people. Its the Republicans that want to remove any social programs, and any benefits people may have, and give all the money to the military.

    Stop Palinizing everything by twisting it until it no longer resembles the truth but something else entirely. Enough is enough Palin. Enough of you. Go back and hide under your rock, you slimey snake.

    June 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    Does Palin run out and break wind once a month just so CNN will put her in the news? Well, it is working.

    June 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Steph

    Oh for the love of God, I thought we were done with the daily reports on what a specific governor from one state has to say. Please, if you have to report on her, then make sure you also include quotes from every other governor.

    By the way, no one wants an Economics 101 speech from someone who took 6 years to get a Journalism degree!

    June 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I thought she went away...

    June 4, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Mike, TX

    So...she supports Reagan's fiscal policies, which ran up huge budget deficits, and she supported Bush's $700 billion dollar bailout of the financial sector, but she opposes Obama's fiscal policies? Does this woman have any idea what the hell she is talking about? Does she actually expect us to believe that when a Republican bails out the private sector and runs enormous deficits they're saving the economy/country, but when a Democrat does it, they're "fly[ing] in the face of principals?" It is beyond me why there are so many people that are dumb enough to support this woman.

    June 4, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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