Palin calls tax deal 'lousy'
December 17th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin calls tax deal 'lousy'

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin voiced strong opposition to the tax cuts passed in both chambers of Congress and revealed her 2012 timeline.

"I think it's a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people," Palin said on ABC Friday.

The tax package the president will sign Friday concludes months of contentious politicking over a compromise between the White House and members of Congress, a deal Palin said is "still not good enough."

"You can term it compromise, I term it flip flop," Palin said. "I was thankful that he did but it's still not good enough."

The bill includes a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, a continuation of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed for 13 months, as well as a two percentage point cut in the payroll tax and the revival of the estate tax at a lower level.

When asked about her presidential intentions, Palin said "it's a prayerful consideration," but that she won't make the decision for "some months."

A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday indicated Palin trailing President Obama by 22 points in a hypothetical 2012 match-up, yet Palin remained defiant about her chances, citing the length of the primary season.

"A poll number like that... doesn't look really pretty today, but a primary is months and months in the process," Palin said. "If I were to participate in that contested primary, I would be in it to win it."

The Fox News commentator and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee rarely takes questions from what she calls the "lamestream" media, but Friday's sit-down is the latest example that she's chipping away at her stance.

As a possible preview to a 2012 race, Palin revealed her biggest point of contention with Obama.

"My number one criticism of President Obama is he promised to and he's trying to fulfill his promise of fundamentally trying to transform America," Palin said. "We don't need a fundamental transformation, we need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America."


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Sarah Palin • Taxes
soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Gov. Palin continues to misrepresent issues and positions. She calls the deal lousy but provides no specific alternatives. I'm assuming she's implying that she likes high end tax breaks but doesn't like unemployment extensions. And she calims to be a supporter of the people?
    She always claims to understand best and speak for America. Instead she often speaks for extreme positions only. She is a name caller, talks down to people, misrepresents people and issues, and really outright lies at times.
    I hope people understand that policy development and governing can't be done exclusively through Twitter, Facebook and Fox News.
    She can't be taken seriously as a candidate for President or any other national office.

    December 17, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. ConsiderThis

    This is not a story. Everybody knows darn well that this cancer on society will not run for the republican nomination for president or anything else. She's pimping America and getting richer doing it. I'm sure she's amazed at how easy it is getting rich in America; especially for someone who can barely read. What a country! Continue media coverage of Sarah Palin is an insult to the intelligence of the American people – at least the few that remain.

    December 17, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Larry

    As usually, she talks about what she does not like, but provides no ideas, no sustance, no intelligent thought....other than, I don't like Obama...how about giving us one clear vision on what you would actually do...not some owe, I like what he said.

    December 17, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. RalphS

    Ms. Palin, please offer an explanation of what would have been a good tax deal. What an absolute joke this woman is.

    December 17, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Vote for Palin? No Way..

    Note her quote: "we need a restoration and renewal of what is good about America." What is that even saying? She has no plans, no ideas, no ability to transform government. She doesn't even know history. If this woman becomes the GOP nominee, I will be laughing. But you know what? It is too important–our nation's future–to risk it by nominating her. She could kill us all, and that could be what she wants. Sarah is looking forward to the apocalypse!

    December 17, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. JT

    The woman is a complete idiot....and COMPLETE idiots are rare. Her problem with the deal – which is exactly what her party wanted – is rooted in her own narcissism. John McCain should be expelled from the Senate for forcing us to endure such a skill- and knowledge-free tool.

    December 17, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. ABM

    Once again a person talks from the sidelines. If she did not QUIT then maybe she would have a leg to stand on. All this 'person' likes to do is talk, talk, talk. Please pack you bags, shut your trap, and go home. America does not need you or your media hungry family.

    December 17, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. malabar

    More Palin please. thnx

    December 17, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Dianne IL

    This morning "Morning Joe's" Mika Brzezinski said Sarah Palin is "running for billionaire." I agree.

    December 17, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Publius13

    "... it's a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people." Please, Oh Great One, enlighten us. With specifics.

    December 17, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Sean

    Leave it to Palin to speak out of both sides of her mouth and still say nothing of substance whatsoever.

    December 17, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. C Smith

    The best way for us to renew and restore what is good about America is for Palin to go back to Alaska, shut her mouth, and never be reported on again. What a world that would be!

    December 17, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Antha

    All she does is criticize... she has no ideas (well, that WOULD involve thinking). She is a piece of work. Please Sarah, go away!

    December 17, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. MAhole

    I remember a song that was popular about 10 years back called "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"............
    Why is it that every time this moronic woman opens her mouth to criticize someone else it is all I can think of??? I wonder.....
    OK Silly Sarah – teel us what you would have done if you don't like what President Obama did.
    We are ALL ears – C'mon – tell us!!!!!
    And we NEED a "Fundamental change and transformation" of America – just in case you hadn't noticed – it is almost 2011 – not 1911 – the world has changed and America needs to change with it to keep up – or we will fall behind even further than we already have thanks to the inept politicians who are obstructing the mechanations of government.

    December 17, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Dave

    Where is the timeline?

    December 17, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Kenneth

    "I think it's a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people,"

    What is this WE business? She quit her government job. Now she's just another Fox News loudmouth.

    December 17, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Oh, God, does this mean that we have to continue hearing about her for the next 22 months? By the way, Sarah, if this tax bill was so bad, how would you have changed it? It is real easy to criticize. It is much harder to govern, but you already know that as you found it was too hard for you so you quit!

    December 17, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Yolanda

    Please stop giving her so much exposure....it's too depressing.

    December 17, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Canuck

    When asked about her presidential intentions, Palin said "it's a prayerful consideration".

    Lets keep God out of poilitics, please. Look at the advice he gave GWB.

    December 17, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Ellie Gaccetta

    Why do we continue to give Sarah Palin so much media space? Mr. Scarborough is right on target when he says she has a very paltry resume and that she is unqualified to lead this country. She abdicated her responsibilities to the people in Alaska by leaving the office of Governor to pursue fame and fortune. Now she's in prayerful consideration whether to run in 2012 or not. She never talked about praying until she went to haiti with Rev. Graham.....divine intervention – I think not. As a professional woman with a Master's Degree I find it insulting that we'd give so much credence to such a ditz. Mamma Bush is right on target – she needs to stay in Alaska and the media needs to use space for more important issues and people.

    December 17, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Reggie from LA

    Lousy deal, you say. Is it lousy because it will only protect your new ill-gotten wealth for only 2 years? Yes, ill-gotten. People pay you as a motivational speaker while you profess to provide political leadership. Your books are shallow. Your thought processes are shallow. Or is it because you don’t like socialist unemployment INSURANCE? Yes, insurance. Not a hand out. Stupid people, please take the time to understand (with depth) how unemployment works and how little it pays. I suppose you will ally yourself with Pence to extend the cuts forever. When folks see the rich get richer, with no real improvements, try to run on that in 2 years. Unemployment HAD TO BE DONE. Middle class (and lower) tax cuts HAD TO BE DONE too. Yes, lower class pay taxes too, surprise.

    December 17, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Marc

    Oh Sarah, you are a genius, you have all the answers.....please, oh please, PLEASE run in 2012.

    December 17, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. Loopman

    Just what my Friday needs, more talking-head rhetoric from Caribou Barbie. When she's old and grey and sitting in her rocking chair on the front porch staring at Russia, she will realize that snubbing what she admittedly calls the 'lamestream media" is what kept her from even making a respectable showing in any primary race, whether in 2012 or beyond. That's what gets and keeps your face, name and political policies forefront in the public's mind. Her continuous stumping to small crowds will only burn through her limited campaign budget and wear her out so completely that even if she were to get elected, she would need to run her administration from a hospital bed or a mental ward. CNN gives her an overabundance of press and face time to the point of turning most people's stomachs. I'm not even sure she gets this much free publicity from her own employer Faux News.

    December 17, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. tstorm

    What's the matter, Sarah? Not enough tax breaks for the mega-rich in that bill?

    December 17, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. MR AMERICA

    Pure drivel, no substance.

    If it's "lousey" what is her big idea?

    P a t h e t i c

    December 17, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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