Palin to Congress: Remember your values (and what I said last November)
July 28th, 2011
04:38 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin to Congress: Remember your values (and what I said last November)

(CNN) - Sarah Palin reminded Republican freshmen members of Congress Thursday of the promises they made during their 2010 campaigns and encouraged them to remain true to their fiscally conservative values as Congress debates an increase to the debt ceiling.

On her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor reprinted a letter she sent the then-newly elected members in November 2010 that called on them to tackle the deficit and entitlement programs to "avert a fiscal disaster."

"Republicans campaigned on a promise to rein in out-of-control government spending," Palin wrote in 2010. "These are promises that you must keep."

In her new post, Palin asked the representatives who received backing from the tea party movement to remember those who propelled their candidacies.

"I respectfully ask these GOP Freshman to re-read this letter and remember us 'little people' who believed in them, donated to their campaigns, spent hours tirelessly volunteering for them, and trusted them with our votes," Palin wrote. "This new wave of public servants may recall that they were sent to D.C. for such a time as this."

Palin, who is considering a bid for the White House in 2012, has said raising the debt ceiling is inevitable, but that Republicans "better get something out of it." She has also been a proponent of the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" pledge passed through the Republican-controlled House and failed in the Senate.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debt • Deficit • Sarah Palin
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  1. wil

    Once again Sarah "I've never finished anything I started" Palin, raising the debt ceiling pays the bills Congress ALREADY AUTHORIZED, it does NOTHING to rein in spending....and yes that has to be done, but they are completely separate issues.

    July 28, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. ronald malaney

    Fayse, the difference is we still send trillions to china, and they receive our trillions.
    Palin 2012

    July 28, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Peter E

    A reminder to the Tea Party: you are MINORITY within your own party! Republicans won't just do whatever you want, they have other constituents as well with other priorities than you! So either fall in line or stop being such cowards and actually form your own party instead of infesting the GOP!

    July 28, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Dex

    Fine example of the blind leading the blind, to the ditch the country goes.

    July 28, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Brian Dodge

    her silence on the sticking point of raising taxes indicates to me she wants to be able to say "I never advocated compromise on raising taxes" to the teaPartiers, and "I never advocated never negotiate on taxes" to independents, depending on how things turn out – a savvy case of "leading from behind"

    July 28, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Enjay in E MT

    Alright Freshmen –
    Remember what you PROMISED the voters who put you in office
    then remember the OATH you took when you were sworn into office
    "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. "
    and finally, get out the cheat sheet of all the VOWS you signed
    which one will be betrayed ?

    July 28, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |

    Now this is funny!! In case Sour Palin forgets what she says, Amazon is selling a 99-cent Kindle eBook: I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin (Kindle Single) by Michael Solomon. I wouldn't spare a dime for it, but here's their review:

    In the Kindle Single I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin, Michael Solomon assembles "poetry" from the emails that Sarah Palin dispatched while Governor of Alaska. Solomon’s constructions are meant to be humorous. The words on the page look like comic verse, with line breaks and silly titles, but they don't manage to open your senses to a broader world or your mind to new ideas. Instead these poems shine a spotlight on Palin's peculiar syntax and her indignant, prosaic language, which happens to be devoid of metaphor or imagery. Sure to offend both Palin supporters and those who enjoy poetry, this assemblage falls somewhere between absurdity, mockery, and comedic entertainment. The collection raises two sardonic questions: "What is poetry?" and "Who is Sarah Palin?" The answers: "The word 'poetry' means nothing at all, so use it as often as you'd like," and "Sarah Palin is whatever you project upon her." –Paul Diamond

    July 28, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    It is a sad day for the Grand Old Party when it starts taking marching orders from Sarah Palin.

    July 28, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. GreenJeans

    OK, now I'm seriously getting tired of this person. Enough with the shallow platitudes, enough with stirring the pot just for the sake of making mischief. What, Ms. Palin, is your contribution to the discussion? What? She has nothing to offer in terms of solution, perspective or bringing this country together. She is no statesman (person) of substance and I cannot see any evidence of her having grown in intelligence or self-awareness over the last few years. I kind of wanted her to really bring something to the table this time around, but have come to believe that she really is that limited. And that's a shame.

    July 28, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    I have to agree with Sarah on this point. All of these Teabagger candidates ran on a platform of going to Washington and "knocking the hell out of the place"...remember? All of the voters knew exactly what they were doing and voted to destroy our economy. Who are we to second guess their decisions...only they can. When the Republicans gut Social Security, Medicare, and Planned Parenthood....maybe the collective voters will put their heads in their hands....and whisper to God what have I done...Their remedy to this madness is to vote them ALL OUT next election cycle!

    July 28, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Chris

    Like a Christian trying to learn how to live a better life by taking Satan's advice.

    This woman is a failed politician. Period. She couldn't even retain her post at the state level and her intelligence level is akin to that of a mediocre 6th-grade middle school student. Anyone taking advice from her needs a serious reality check.

    These freshman reps should be looking to people who have actually earned a place in history as to how to deal with debt and deficits. Not a failed personality who serves self first and nation last.

    July 28, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. CaliforniaBC

    Does anyone still listen to her? Will anyone take her calls.

    July 28, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. LMC

    The Founding Fathers that Sarah is so fond of, believed in compromise! Sarah's political record includes leaving Wasilla in debt and quitting in the middle of her term as governor. I just cannot understand why anyone listens to her with this record!

    July 28, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    While Granny Sarah Scorpion is in Iowa..her daughters are back home in Arizona having sex with all of the new illegal immigrant boys in the neighborhood...

    July 28, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. mark

    This woman is a pig. Go away already..from wiki...."On February 6, 2010, Palin appeared as the keynote speaker at the inaugural Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Palin said the Tea Party movement is "the future of politics in America."[239] She criticized Obama for rising deficits, and for "apologizing for America” in speeches in other countries. Palin said Obama was weak on the War on Terror for allowing the so-called Christmas bomber to board a plane headed for the United States.[240] Palin’s speaking fee was reported to be $100,000. Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation, the social networking site that sponsored the convention, did not confirm the amount paid to Palin saying he was contractually obligated not to speak about it."

    July 28, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. Jeff

    So she wants the world economy collapses. She would be an AWESOME President ( hopefully sarcasm is coming through). I assume it is he location near Russia that makes her an expert on world economics.

    July 28, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Givemeabreak

    America, wake up!!! This woman is the female Donald Trump. She's doing all this to pad her bank account. She has absolutely no credibility nor standing to comment on national politics in place of the "common american" in the street. Nor is she even remotely qualified to run for any political office of any kind. Those of you who think she speaks for you, you're dreaming. She loves to hear herself talk, and enjoys even more if the media chases after her for sound bites. If you don't believe me, check out where the revenues of her book & her documentary go. If the media didn't promote her, she'd be yesterday's news. Heaven help this country if this is who some (lunatic fringe) believe is qualified to be President.

    July 28, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Just Me

    I cant believe this idiot still has her mouth open. Close your mouth Sarah. We sensible Americans don't care to hear what's coming out of it.

    July 28, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Kate

    Why does her opinion matter? Why do we need an article stating her opinion on every issues?

    July 28, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Jack

    And look who bailed on her Governor's responsibilities! Lady I won't trust you with my kids, let alone this country.

    Barbara Bush was right, stay in Alaska.

    July 28, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. TPF

    I don't think anyone cares what Plain said about anything. And who is this person Palin anyway?

    July 28, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. captinwim

    It is always interesting to read to comments from people about Palin who has accomplished and experienced much more than our inexperienced would-be president who does not have the best interests of this country in mind. Anything we elect in 2012 is better than we have now.

    July 28, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Darrell

    "my fellow Americas" are so stupid it is no longer funny. Anything Palin says is blasted because we dont like her, BUT a lot of the things she says is true. Case in point, the Paul Revere thing, She was called an idiot by "news" sources that should know better but in fact she was 100% CORRECT. In writings Revere wrote approx 10yrs later he did say was of the thoughts behind his famous rant was to in fact warn the British. We all know the debt ceiling has to and will be raised but what is wrong with a party or movement asking for responsible cuts to our out of control spending?

    July 28, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. josh

    remember i promised to serve the full term?????
    but i quit i'm telling you guys to do your

    July 28, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. Dan in FL

    There's nothing conservative about destroying the economy to make a point. I wouldn't be surprised if our representatives are heavily invested in gold and other precious metals. That way, they can make a fortune while ruining the economy for everyone else and then blame President Obama for the economic mess they helped create. We'll then go to the polls and reelect them in 2012 for all their hard work. I guess you really can't fix stupid (my apologies to Ron White).

    July 28, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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