Sarah Palin Lacks Common Cents!

It doesn’t take an expert to realize that the national debt is the single most challenging problem facing our country at this time in history.  During the election of 2008 McCain “suspended” his campaign to focus on the economy.  Gas was $4.00 per gallon; the rate of unemployment was frightening; Wall Street was a disaster; banks were in crisis; the auto industry was on the verge of bankruptcy; and health care in the United States was more expensive than in virtually any other country in the world.  In 2008, the combination of George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, and the economy, were a fatal combination for the Republican Party.  The national debt has now increased.  If we are to have a chance of saving the country, it is incumbent upon each of us to understand how we got here, and took look for committed leaders to solve our economic challenges.

Students of history know that certain facts are incontrovertible:

1.  Our nation began its existence in debt as a result of the Revolutionary War.

2.  Before Jackson left office he was successful in reducing the national debt to $18,000.

3.  The national debt has increased as a result of every major war.  The national debt has virtually never been reduced since Jackson.

4.  Since 1946, Democratic presidents increased the national debt by an average of 3.2% per year.

5.  Since 1946 Republican presidents have increased the national debt by an average of 9.2% per year.

6.  Republican presidents, Reagan, Bush, and Bush II raised the debt an average of 10.8% per year.  That means that for every dollar a Democratic President raised the national debt in the last 30 years, Republican presidents have raised the debt by $2.52.

7.  Since 1961 the debt of the United States has never been reduced.

8.  The United States is borrowing more money than all other nations on Earth combined.

9.  The national debt has grown and continues to grow at an unsustainable rate.

10.  In the past 60 years, when the Republicans were in control of the presidency and both Houses of Congress, neither debt nor government spending was reduced.  Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for the national debt.  “We the people” have been the beneficiaries of this spending.

11.  For at least 10 years, the cost of Social Security and Medicare was known to be unsustainable.

12.  For the 2010 budget the following costs are incontrovertible:

a. 20% ($715 billion) dedicated to defense and national security spending

b. 20% ($708 billion) dedicated to social security

c. 21% ($753 billion) dedicated to Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

13.  Studies have shown that 5% of Medicare patients who die each year account for 30% of Medicare’s costs, with 75% of the expenses of the last year of life occurring in the month before death.  This translates into roughly $226 billion which represents dollars spent during the last year of life for medical treatment of people on Medicare.  Of that $226 billion dollars, $169 billion is spent in the month before death.

14.  The national debt as of April 20, 2010 was 12.8 trillion dollars.

15.  As of April 1st 2010, the federal government spent $202 Billion on interest payments alone.

Given this historical analysis, it seems there is little about which informed people might argue.

  1. The debt of the United States is unsustainable.
  2. The solution to the economic woes of our country will require the cooperation of the President and both Houses of Congress, and elected officials, regardless of their political party, who are committed to finding solutions to economic challenges facing the country, instead of increasing their own personal wealth.
  3. Increasing military spending, increasing entitlements, and cutting taxes are inconsistent with reducing the national debt.

Sarah Palin has branded herself as a “fiscal conservative”.  How many times have we heard Ex-Governor Palin giving a speech about cutting taxes, increasing military spending, and concurrently reducing the national debt, without offering any explanation about how anyone could possibly accomplish those conflicting goals?  Of course the minor details of implementing such an economic philosophy are not her concern since she has divorced herself from any responsibility for governance of any portion of the country.  Isn’t it ironic that people pay large sums of money to hear her talk about reducing the national debt, while the debt increases each day along with Palin’s bank account?  At the end of the speech the audience lacks any idea about how these conflicting goals could possibly be achieved, but they are more adamant than ever that the government should be able to accomplish the goal, because Sarah said it was so.  Sarah Palin has become a millionaire, while our country sinks further in debt.  Who would disagree with a pretty lady when she says that we should lower taxes, protect our country from foreign enemies, and balance the budget?  Divine intervention is the only answer that Palin offers to accomplish her goals.  She is right about that.  She has also figured out how to suggest a solution to the financial crisis that would not negatively impact anyone.  If God could save us, then we don’t have to make any hard choices.  A miracle is the only solution to our national debt if we are unwilling to make some hard choices.  The problem is that if divine intervention was the answer, it seems like God would have intervened long before now.  Patience is a virtue, but if God was going to save us, surely it wouldn’t take him more than 200 years.

In the past it would have been political suicide for any politician to express a desire to limit or reduce Medicare, and/or social security, and/or to increase taxes.  People with the money are the ones funding the political campaigns, so who would win an election by advocating an increase in taxes?  People supported by social security and Medicare represent a substantial voting block.  If those senior citizens are not going to live to realize the consequences of the financial catastrophe we will face if the debt is not addressed, why would they vote to elect a candidate who would negatively impact the limited life they have left?

Because Sarah Palin is no longer a politician, and because she doesn’t articulate a specific plan for implementing any policies she promotes, the only yard stick available is her record as an elected official.  As mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin inherited a town with NO debt and left the town in debt in excess of $22,000,000. Certainly that would not be consistent with my definition of a fiscal conservative.  When Palin resigned as Governor, Alaska was the state with a 70% debt to GDP ratio, which was the highest state debt burden in the country.  Palin advertised herself as a politician opposed to earmarks.  The reality is that before she resigned as Governor, she requested $198 million in earmarks for Alaska.  While mayor of Wasilla, a town of 6,715 people, Palin hired a lobbyist, which led to the tiny town of Wasilla receiving almost $27,000,000 in federal tax dollars. Either Sarah Palin doesn’t understand what an earmark is or she’s lying.

This doesn’t sound like “common sense” to me; it sounds like a celebrity attempting to increase her personal wealth at the expense of America. If we are truly patriots, we must learn to recognize the motivations of people who are happy to take advantage of our fellow citizens.

Republicans, Democrats, and even Tea Baggers are all responsible for our national debt.  Republicans have been associated with increases in military spendingDemocrats have been associated with increases in entitlements. Even Tea Baggers have demonstrated their objection to governmental spending while advocating for more defense spending, and displaying signs suggesting that we should not touch their social security or Medicare.

The only commitment Sarah Palin seems to have is the commitment to increasing the balance in her personal bank account as fast as she can. Palin suggests that the current national budget is “immoral” and constitutes “generational theft”. The only thing truly “immoral” is lying to people about being opposed to earmarks, when you hired a lobbyist to obtain earmarks, and received over $26,000,000 of our federal tax dollars in earmarks.   The only “generational theft” that I have seen is the use of Palin’s own PAC funds, which were donated by retired people, that Palin ultimately used for her personal benefit.

Most politicians are quick to say that the debt is “unsustainable.”   Yet who have you seen that is willing to run on a platform of raising taxes, reducing entitlements, or reducing military spending?  Sarah Palin is the worst offender.  She intentionally misleads and/or lies. She chose to remove herself from a political position where she might actually have had a chance to facilitate change.  She is quick to criticize those with more education and experience than she, suggesting that they must not be praying hard enough to be worthy of divine intervention. Thus to criticize Sarah Palin is perceived by some as criticizing God.  The only divine intervention for which I pray for is the recognition of the hypocrisy of Sarah Palin.  The United States desperately needs solutions, and politicians willing to do that which is necessary to facilitate them.  Sarah Palin is no longer a politician.  She is a wealthy celebrity.  If Lady Gaga were to become an advocate for a political ideology, her celebrity status would suffer.  Lady Gaga has the common sense to limit her performances to singing.  Unfortunately Sarah Palin lacks common sense, though she does have a lot of personal cents.

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  1. Excellent post. I have never understood the perennial Republican demand to “cut taxes” when they also demand an increase in military spending and wind up spending the same if not more than Democrats.

    We really need to be honest with ourselves. Every year there are more citizens who require the use of basic services: fire protection, police protection, court systems, infrastructure usage, public schools and universities, health care, et cetera. If we were to list all the ways in which our taxes are fundamental to our way of life, we would have a very long list. Our civilized society depends upon common systems paid for through taxation.

    None of us like the idea of paying taxes, but we all depend upon and even enjoy the services those taxes provide. I, for one, do not mind paying taxes as long as those services are provided because there is no way I could afford to provide myself those services were I responsible for paying for any of those services. I am not capable of building roads, sidewalks, maintaining stoplights or any other commonplace item or service which I depend upon.

    I think the time has come for us to grow up and accept the responsibility we all have to pay fair taxes across the board. We know in our hearts that we cannot “use that money better than the government” because none of us individually have enough money to cover even one essential service to ourselves nor can we or do we want to do themselves. Seriously, do you want to sweep your street – even for a block on a regular basis? It is only one example, but it is at least that might be possible to do for ourselves yet I bet no one is eager to do that – pick up road kill, sweep the leaves and trash and dig out the drains.

    If we all would just sit down and create even a short list of things our tax monies pay for that we as individual citizens rely upon each and every day, then we might not be so eager to have everyone’s taxes slashed each and every year.

    I, for one, am disgusted at the way education is being destroyed. It is the first thing that Republicans go for when budgets get tight. What are they thinking? Our national culture, our national worth is based upon a solid and shared educational system. I gladly pay taxes to support a quality public education system from pre-kindergarten through college because I know that without it, our nation will slide into chaos and third-world status.

    Taxes are a means to an end: a strong, thriving country in which the security and well-being of each citizen is maximized. We have to start thinking and caring for ourselves as a country instead of individual units. We are Americans first and foremost, and private citizens of this country secondarily because together we can achieve much more than we can alone.


    1. ks, I agree and would reiterate from the post, that none of us would like to increase our taxes, or have a cut made to our social security or medicare, but we all have to pay the price if we are serious about addressing the national debt. It seems disengenuous to me when Republicans say that they are “fiscal conservatives” when they advocate a stronger military or are opposed to abortions. What would be the cost of supporting an additional 200,000 babies and their mothers every year, or the cost of another war? People seem to feel O.K. about being committed to their convictions, as long as it doesn’t cost them anything. If they had to start paying, I bet their views would change. Malia


  2. I know I’ve seen these points outlined before, but, nevertheless this commentary should be repeated over and over again on as many media outlets as possible for as long as possible — maybe, finally, it may sink in to the intellects of people who label themselves “conservative” that some of their beliefs are just so much hot air.


    1. KarenJ, I have to admit that before I did the research, I assumed it was the Democrats who got us into this financial mess, and although I support virtually all the views of the Democratic party, I was very worried about the debt. When I discovered this information that the Republicans are just as much to blame, or even more so, I was appauled! I just had to write about it. Malia


  3. Many of us see the vacuous nature of Beautiful Sarah. In my microcosm of the universe, it is a constant topic of conversation. She is getting rich spewing platitudes, divisiveness, and hatred. She is influencing national political debate. It is mind-boggling what a determined nitwit can accomplish.
    But she isn’t doing it without powerful enablers. We are small voices, but at least we are voices trying to expose this fraud. You have a bigger platform now. I appreciate it.


    1. djmerritt, And I appreciate your support. The only reason I have a bigger platform is because of people like you who follow my blog, and helped me get the attention of people at Huff Post. I have the impression that they are very focused upon number of viewers and comments, so people like you can really make a difference. Malia


  4. When history is written, $Palin will come off as the biggest hypocrite, liar and divisive politician in the history of the Republican Party, and that is going some.

    Since her fundi following is willfully blind to her almost biblical failings, the Republicans had best wake up to the fact that those fundis are poison to the Party and rebuild without them.


  5. I think she may have hoist herself on her own petard with the 10 commandments nonsense.

    I wonder how many she has broken.

    Well over 4000 comments and 115 pages last I looked. Getting dozens of comments every minute. It may end up breaking huffingtons records. I haven’t read the comments, but I’m sure they will be overwhelmingly negative.

    Her total hypocrasy will end up doing her in before her obvious lies and other failings.

    Now THAT is a lack of commen SENSE, that she claims she is so full of.

    I think the American public is fed up to HERE with politicial hypocrites.


  6. Good example for Palin. How to dismantle a religious hypocrit.

    West Wing. The President and a Biblical nut in the White House


  7. Excellent comment!

    Generational theft? Is this the same lady that thinks Global warming is a hoax? That to leave a debt is more important/terrible than then to leave an unsustainable planet? Please! I guess people who have millionS think that way, personally I prefer to be able to breathe and drink the water.

    Or is it because of her religious beliefs, does she not care about the planet, because she is waiting for the rapture and she does not give a damn of those left behind?
    I think is is very very important to determine palin’s religious beliefs and how they affect her supposed “policies”. Yet how can we know when she refuses to engage in any kind of give and take except with fox news?

    She lies and lies and lies. She will never answer any questions.
    She is a hypocrite, dishonest and she is very scared. She hides behind face book and fox news. She will not answer any questions that are not pre screened. She will not allow media into her speeches. She is a fraud and she knows it. She surrounds herself with yes people and will make her millions on the back of the little guy. Does anybody really believes she writes her own face book diatribes after listening to her speeches?
    She is not the person this country needs to lead us into the 21 century.
    It is up to the rest of us to prove it.


    1. Diane, Thanks for your vote of confidence! I was hesitant to write about economics, but felt if I could do the research and write about it, and understand these concepts, that everyone could. Thanks for reading along! malia


  8. Picked up a book by Alan Dershowitz. America Declares Independence. On the flyleaf.

    “Drawing on the personal letters and published writings of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and others, Dershowitz demonstrates that the men who wrote and revised the Declaration had no intention of establishing a Christian nation. He revealed that Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration, “rejected all the central tenets of orthodox Christianity” and closely resembled what today’s religious right would call a “secular humanist.”

    This is what everyone but the Palinites have been saying. She can’t remake the constitutioin or recast what the founding Fathers intended.

    I think Palin may well be destroyed by her 10 Commandments remark.

    Most of us know this country has a separation of Church and State. Palin obviously doesn’t. She is a poorly educated woman who has no place in public discourse.

    Faux News should be ashamed of themselves. But it is obvious they are incapable of shame, as is Palin.


    1. Lilly, Thanks for the info on Alan Dershowitz. I would love to read this as soon as I can. I am hopeful too that Palin and Fox have gone far enough to discredit themseves. malia


  9. Most of the founding fathers were Unitarians. Dershowitz writes “Whether Unitarianism-which rejects much of Christian theological dogma-can be considered a Christian religion remains a hotly debated issue.”

    I don’t know why I having a feeling that this issue will be her downfall, but I do. She picked up a little from Glenn Beck about the Founding Fathers, but knows absolutely nothing about American History or anything else. Similar to her googling up factoids on the Statue of Liberty.

    Palin is a thieving Magpie, picking up shiny objects, and she thought this one would go over big with her base. That she would come over as erudite as Bible Spice. Maybe for her fundi base.

    Her shelf life is nearing its end, and many people are tired of her stupidity.

    If you go by Huffington, it looks like it has legs. People are mad as wasps. I don’t read much of the comments at Huffington, who has the time, but I get the definate impression that enough is enough.

    Faux really blew it big time.


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