After 'big stick' rebuke, Palin goes after new stimulus
September 13th, 2012
02:38 PM ET
10 years ago

After 'big stick' rebuke, Palin goes after new stimulus

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took quick aim at new stimulus money announced Thursday by the Federal Reserve, calling the new attempt at spurring the nation's struggling economy a "sugar fix" designed for political gain.

It's the second rebuke in as many days from Palin, who late Tuesday took President Barack Obama to task for his handling of attacks on American diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya. She wrote on her Facebook page if Obama "doesn't have a 'big stick' to carry, maybe it's time for him to grow one."

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In that post, she also harked back to one of the most famous lines from the 2008 presidential campaign.

"Apparently President Obama can't see Egypt and Libya from his house," Palin began, mimicking a line Tina Fey used to mock her on Saturday Night Live.

In Thursday's post, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee wrote Obama "is clearly revealing his rapid loss of any grip on the economic and security issues that are of utmost importance to our country."

"His economic and foreign policy blunders are manifesting chaos," Palin continued. "On the same day when we see more chaos erupting in the Middle East and President Obama declaring that Egypt is no longer considered our ally, the Federal Reserve announced that it will spend $40 billion a month to purchase mortgage-backed securities with no end date set. QE3 is upon us."

While presidents appoint chairmen of the Federal Reserve to a 14-year term, the bank operates independently of the government, and presidents traditionally do not comment on the actions taken by the bank's board. Actions taken by the Fed do not have be approved by the president or Congress.

That fact didn't stop Palin Thursday from casting the news stimulus as blindly political.

"Is it any wonder that the dollar is down against major currencies?" she asked. "This temporary, artificial economic 'stimulus' bought at the expense of high inflation is no substitute for a stable currency and genuine long-term economic recovery. This is what happens when big government centralized planners try to "plan" our economy."

"President Obama is no doubt happy, though, that this latest sugar fix comes 53 days before the election," she concluded.

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soundoff (470 Responses)
  1. pflatman

    P = pinhead
    A = airs
    L = lousy
    I = info
    N = nonstop

    September 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. marioacc1

    sara as you open your mouth, you should something constructive, not being ridiculed yourself

    September 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I do believe unprovoked. And we have got to keep our eyes on Russia. Under the leadership there.

    (Off-camera) What insight into Russian actions particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of this state give you?

    They’re our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.

    And this is the woman endorsing Mitt Romney's foreign affairs experience?

    September 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Gulfbuster

    Major league moron, AKA Queen of the airheads.

    September 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. marioacc1

    who is she?

    September 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Ron McCain

    This poor sick human is so incensed that she was rebuffed by her own party and was not seen in Tampa. She just cannot stand being quiet. She has nothing to say, nothing to offer and no one cares and it kills her. She was stupid four years ago and has gotten progressivly dumber as time goes by. She is that poor soul you see on the bus who strives to be noticed but no one cares. The world has passed this aged, big headed hack, and she is the only one who does not know this.

    September 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. RH

    Can't wait for Saturda Night Live !!! Sooooo much material to choose from !!! Woohoo

    September 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. ljjm

    Every time she speaks she reveals again that her upbringing lacked in many ways—she has no class, no integrity, no intellect.

    September 13, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Pete in Guilford

    Palin doesn't have a brain. Maybe it's time for her to grow one.

    September 13, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Duhhhh

    What a waste of oxygen. She's so dumb she had to use a catch phrase that another republican used to decribe Obama's recent surge in the polls. A post convention "sugar high". Now does everyone know why Pro Choice is so important ???

    September 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. SJR

    Isn't this the same woman who jumped ship at her old job. How is it that her ignorant raving holds any relevance and why is it that her empty rhetoric still manages to find its way into print? Who cares what Sarah Palin has to say on any topic.

    September 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. chill

    And to think that this trash talking lunatic could have been VP. What an embarrasment!

    September 13, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Matt

    There's never a shortage of ignorant comments from this poorly educated bimbo. Given that four years ago she didn't even know what the Fed is, could anybody with an IQ above room temperature care what she thinks about this? My
    goodness, even Fox News doesn't want her around anymore.

    September 13, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Cat

    What a blithering idiot. Please please please, give us a break, stop writing about what this moron says, she is a stupid moron.

    September 13, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. NickAnast

    That woman is an idiot.

    September 13, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Joel

    You have about as much experience in macroeconomics as I do in brain surgery: zero. Until that changes, either you need to quit flapping your yap, or I need to start weighing in on more medical procedures.

    September 13, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. scottf

    Here is a fake human being making money on hate and ignorance. We have really set the bar LOW.

    September 13, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Maybe CNN should get new photos of this woman after all the surgeries she has had. She looks like her face is on hold on TV.

    September 13, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. n stone

    The “Republican Illiterate” as she is known in DC is at it again. Saying anything to stay in the limelight. Irrelevant as ever but still trying to stay in the news. Long past time to ask Glenn Rice for her brains back.

    September 13, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. wm Scot

    Why is she still being covered by the media ! She just is not relivent to what is going on anymore ! Excuse me she never was !

    September 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Sarah please sticks with sugar coated stick , every time you talk about stick and Dick Cheney you look so smart

    September 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. blue19

    I'm not sure what's worse, that she thinks her hateful rhetoric stands for American values or that's she's too dumb to realise what a joke she's become. To go from VEEP candidate 4 years ago to a persona non-grata at the RNC speaks volumes. Even the majority of the GOP understand that this women is a liability. Only Faux news gives her air time because it plays into their fair and balanced attacks against the POTUS and Dems.

    September 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Edde B

    This woman is a complete idiot and is totally irrelevant. I don't even know why people report on her any more. She obviously knows nothing about international policy, defense, and the national economy. The more she talks it just is a great reminder of who the GOP is made up of.

    September 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |

    I can't stop laughing at this one. This has me thinking of the scene in Game Change when Steve Schmidt asked her "does she know what the Fed is?" The woman was clueless until Steve schooled her on what it was. And I'm sure with that chia pet brain of hers that she still doesn't kow the purpose of the Federal Reseve Bank. I wish a good journalist will ask her does she know what the IMF is. Better yet, ask her what the Nikkei is.

    September 13, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. squosh1110

    Stop reporting on anything this Palin says. She's not even fun to make fun of any more, she's just sad. If you're going to report on here, you might as well go down and interview the guy on the corner who is talking to himself wearing the aluminum foil hat! come on guys guys, home some real news!

    September 13, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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