Friday, July 16, 2010

The Seriousness of Governor Palin



Earlier today Governor Palin tweeted the following:

We'll smother under Obama's fantasy world if his agenda to "fundamentally transform America" goes forth. Please read http://bit.ly/blIjjP

The link the Governor references is a piece by Charles Krauthammer in which he warns Republicans to not "underestimate President Obama" on what he desires to achieve in the coming months and years. Krauthammer discusses four major "accomplishments" of President Obama's administration thus far: the health care "reform" bill, the financial "reform" bill, the"stimulus" bill, and massive budgets and subsequent increased deficits. Krauthammer warns of what Obama hopes to accomplish in his "next act", like energy, education, and immigration reforms.

The "achievements" of President Obama's "first act" are things against which Governor Palin has been vocal. Prior to stepping aside from the Alaska governor's office, Governor Palin spoke out against the stimulus bill, even when the Alaska legislature pushed back and eventually overturned her veto. Governor Palin has repeatedly spoken out against the health care "reform" bill. In fact, Governor Palin has been rather prescient about this administration's health care reform intentions regarding rationing of care specifically. Governor Palin wrote in her now famous "death panel" Facebook post:
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

Time has proven Governor Palin correct. Former Obama economic adviser, Peter Orzsag, admitted that the health care reform bill would favor quality and efficiency of care at the the cost of quantity of care (aka rationing). President Obama's recess appointment for the head of Medicare and Medicaid, Donald Berwick, had high praise for the NHS, the health care system in Britain where rationing occurs, and Berwick has even called for redistribution of wealth via health care.

Governor Palin often speaks against the "immoral" spending of the federal government and the "generational theft" that is occurring with accrued deficits. She recognizes that increased national debt makes America more beholden to foreign countries. Additionally, Governor Palin has called out the Obama administration on the "crony capitalism" that is pervasive in so-called financial reform.

Governor Palin has been a leader in sounding the warning bell against future initiatives that the Obama administration desires to pass in their "second act", such as energy and immigration reforms. Governor Palin has addressed the "snake oil science" of global warming and the negative impact of "cap and tax" on multiple occasions. Governor Palin has spoken for a secured southern border as the first step to true immigration reform.

As Governor Palin warns in her tweet and as she has mentioned on several occasions, President Obama's desire is to fundamentally transform this nation. Despite the fact that staffers for other Republicans have questioned the "seriousness" of Governor Palin and pundits, whom the Governor reads, have asked her to leave the room, Governor Palin has quite seriously and consistently sounded the warning bell to stop the transformation of this nation and to prevent Obama's "fantasy world" from coming to fruition.

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