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. Ron

    Could she be a bigger idiot? The mess Obama is trying to bail us out of was caused by her people. Bush created more government than ever before. Thank God she lost, now I just wish she would shut up and go hunting or something.

    June 4, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. AnnMM

    Well the right wing neo-cons want to control people, the part of the Republican party Palin swears allegiance to. The extreme left wing wants to control people's behavior but everyone in between (about 60% of the country) has a "live and let live" attitude. Perhaps Palin should leave the dark side and take a few million steps towards the middle. We'd love to introduce "real America" to her.

    June 4, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Donna

    Sarah Palin is a foolish, ignorant woman whose ambition far outstrips her abilities or knowledge.

    June 4, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. jerry walters

    Does anyone really believe sarah even took economics 101?

    June 4, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. nbascribe

    Why is she still being touted out as a Republican leader?

    Go home beauty queen and stay there.

    June 4, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Lauren from Tallahassee, FL

    Your ignorance always amazes me, Palin. Really, if you want the republican party to survive, you need to stop talking about issues on which you are not informed and making fear-motivated accusations.

    Just stop, Sarah Palin, please. You're embarrassing.

    June 4, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Laverne

    Oh Lord, another dumb statement from a dumb person. I just don't know why when she chooses to speak that she can't ever say something helpful or intelligent. This woman has the IQ of a 5 year old!

    June 4, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Patrick

    Palin conveniently failed to mention the doubling of the national debt by the Bush?Cheney administration and ironically with Michael Reagan in tow the doubling of national debt during the Reagan/Bush 1 administration.

    As for her total lack of knowledge of rudimentary economics did she never hear of Keynes?

    June 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Now we have Sarah Palin the economist. She can barely speak english much less lecture on economic issues. Dragging out Michael Reagan who was basically an embarrassment for his father is just another example of how misguided and intellectually vacant Palin is. Don't understand why CNN or any network would even take the time to print this stuff. If anything it should be in the entertainment section.

    June 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Frank in Wilton Manors

    is this woman still around?

    June 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. kim

    now here comes the left wing nut cases, Sarah Palin is like blood to a shark with these idiots. While they continue to give the great one a pass on everything.

    June 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Arkay, MI

    It is interesting that Republicans who have played their part in increasing national debt are complaining about it now. Funny she should mention it while introducing Reagan's son. To quote Dick Cheney "Reagan proved deficits don't matter."

    June 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. David

    Wow, someone who really gets what this is all about. Who knew it would be Palin?? I bet Couric never says this. She is in the back pocket of the corporate media so that won't happen. So are all of MSM.

    June 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. brian m

    GO SARAH !
    Give the scumbag hell.

    June 4, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. greg

    Palin is right, and she was right when she said that the murder of Pvt. Long in Little Rock, by a convert to Islam, is being ignored while attention is being paid to the murder of George Tiller. We need more people who see things as they are, and isn't afraid to say so.

    June 4, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. akfame

    Her she goes again open mouth inseirt foot. Like she doesn't want to control people. Again she whins about ethics complaints shes had a lot some are right on some should never have been filed. Folks I live in alaska you palin supporters better take a good long look at her record she not that good or honest.

    June 4, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Drew

    Its the Republicans who have created a fearful population, and are still busy doing it now. Screaming about how the country is less safe and attack is imminent, burning buildings in campaign ads.

    Republicans are all about fear and intimidation tactics, because if there is nothing to fear then their main national security platform is nothing.

    June 4, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Chad

    Is she still here?

    June 4, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Drew

    If you love your country Sarah, you will spare it the sound of your god awful annoying voice, extremely subpar intellect (that's providing she has one at all), and crazy religious ideas. Have your ghost vanquishing ceremonies along with your anti-civil rights fundraisers away from the intelligent section of the country who was smart enough to vote against you last November.

    June 4, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” to save a zygote now, so it can then kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war.

    To all the neo-cons that say we progressives "hate" the half-wit, she is too pathetic to garner any emotion other than pity. Jokes about her are like shooting fish in a barrel and are no challenge.

    However, just like Brittney and Lindsey, we never know what idiotic action or comment will she/they make so we watch as though we were watching a train wreck in slo-mo.

    In other words, when this twit jumps out of the helicopter after a hunt for 2 day old bunnies, without her panties on, then we will lose interest, until then, not so much!

    June 4, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Shadysider

    *Yawn* Crazy as a Fox commentor.

    June 4, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Jeff M.

    Like controlling who gets married to whom and whether it's legal to have an abortion or not.
    More stupidty from the Great White North.

    June 4, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Dan

    Why does Gov. Palin always use the word "Fear" in every speech she gives?

    Osama Bin Laden uses fear, Iran uses fear, North Korea uses fear, Communists use fear.

    This is America, we are the country that stops leaders who use fear.

    June 4, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Joe Smoe

    Here goes this goofy oddball again,when will this nut job go away?

    She can't even give and intelligent speech.

    Every week or two if someone has not mentioned her name her she comes with some more dumb stupid remarks. Her and Boehnor did to fly off into the sunset togther they wold make and excellen pair

    June 4, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    Her paranoia about the government is based largely in her religious belief that everyone will have 666 stamped on their foreheads.

    June 4, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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