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Can Sarah Palin hear herself talk?

Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity’s show last night. Hannity asked her this question: “You actually use the phrase ‘I fear for our democracy’. What did you mean by that?”

Here is Palin’s verbatim answer: “I do. I fear for our democracy. Because, um, I recognize and I know you did, too, Sean and you try to sound a warning bell uh, through your commentary through the campaign as I was nominated for VP and running with one of my heroes, Senator John McCain, as we were witnessing what the other campaign was actually telling America people warning them what they were going to do to America. They warned Barack Obama did as candidate that he would fundamentally transform America. That he would redistribute somebody’s wealth. He would take it and give it to somebody else. Those things that do erode our free market and our freedoms and our disincentives to a strong work ethic and productivity and now what see are some manifestations of what he had warned us of what he would do in that campaign. We’re seeing that come home to roost now. We see with the quantitative easing of the feds that Barack Obama has now come out and supported as the fed says that we’re going to print more money out of thin air and we’re going to incur more debt and we’re going to devalue our dollar and we’re going to mess with China’s currency and we’re going to preach to them that they can’t be messing with it, but we’re be messing with our own. All these things that are taking place right now. Especially this occurrence of this huge debt, Sean. What it is doing is eroding our opportunities which eventually erodes our democracy and our freedoms. And, we cannot succeed this way – this is no way – with the quantitative easing, with this new 600 billion dollar infusion of fake money into our system. That’s not how we get our economy back on the right track. We became the foremost super power by incentivizing producers and job creators and work ethic, not by punishing work ethic, but that’s exactly what Barack Obama and those in the White House and leftists in Congress are doing to our economy and our job creators. They’re disincentizing our work ethic.”

Anyone know what any of that means or how that answers the question?

Sarah Palin takes on Michelle Obama and Healthy Eating

I was going to call this article Sarah Palin – Hypocrite, but then I went and looked up the definition of hypocrite and realized that it didn’t apply.  Imagine that, I’ve been using hypocrite incorrectly for most of my life.  A hypocrite is someone who does one thing and says another.  Sarah Palin is many things, but she certainly doesn’t spout off things she doesn’t believe.  At least I don’t think she does.  And, thanks to my newly understanding of the word hypocrite, it turns out that I’m not one either.

I was reading my Bloomberg BusinessWeek and I saw an article on page 44 with the title “Duck, Sugar! It’s a Food Fight”. (The online version calls it: “Sarah Palin Stews Over Government Food Rules”.)  Now, as most people know, since her husband became President, Michelle Obama has been working to improve the health of our children and ourselves.  The First Lady is passionate about ending childhood obesity, which I believe is a good thing.  Remember when we were kids?  The only time we were inside a house was when it rained.  We ran around, played sports and didn’t come home until we heard Mr. Robinson’s famous (at least in our neighborhood) whistle.  Our Moms and Dads would have dinner on the table and we rarely went to a fast food restaurant.  We didn’t have to worry about what we ate, we burned calories at a massive rate.  Childhood was our diet plan.

Kids today grow up eating McDonald’s like it is part of the food pyramid.  With all of their after school activities, they don’t have time to run around the neighborhood.  It’s no wonder their little bodies are getting pretty thick around the middle.

According to the article, the government revises the guidelines every five years.  On this go around, the guidelines are pretty strict about salt and sugar intakes. As we’ve been hearing in the past year or so, we eat too much salt in this country. Changing the food pyramid to reflect these facts sounds like a good thing to me.  But, apparently, to the right wing, the Tea Party and even to Mama Grizzly herself, getting our kids healthy is not a priority the government should undertake.  Somehow, they make these guidelines out to be the devil.  Now, I just don’t get it.

What is the big deal with working with the companies who feed our children their school lunches and get them to “pledged to double the amount of fruit and vegetables in their meals within 10 years?” How can that be a bad thing? It’s not even mandated by law. But, to Sarah Palin and the gang, it’s big-government interference. According to the article, ” she showed up at a Pennsylvania school bearing dozens of cookies, a gesture intended to show her disapproval of a state proposal to limit the sweets served in public schools.” Has the woman hit her head? Or, is she and the right wing so adamant about their beliefs, so rigid that they can’t see what is a good thing?

On top of that, I thought the right-wing gang believed in states’ rights? So, wouldn’t the State of Pennsylvania have the right to determine what is served in school lunches?

Sometimes, I wonder if that woman is just crazy and then I think, she’s crazy like a fox. She knows to keep up the anti-everything rhetoric, because I can’t believe for a second that any good mother wouldn’t want nutritional facts on the food they serve their kids and wouldn’t want their kids to have healthy choices for their school lunch? How is it possible that Sarah Palin would come out swinging about making healthy decisions when feeding out kids? What is wrong with her? This seems like a no-brainer to me.

Get it, Sarah Palin and no-brainer. Get it?

A Nation of Lemmings…

I saw this video (see below) on CNN regarding Sarah Palin’s mistake on rising grocery prices. Anderson Cooper says in the video that this is a minor issue, but I’m going out on a limb here and say that this is a huge issue. Often times, when Palin gets a fact wrong, she blames the “lamestream media”. Her followers believe that mainstream media is consistently wrong and unfairly picks on her. She encourages this belief.

To me, that makes her attacks on a reporter (Sudeep Reddy) who points out Palin’s mistake threatening to the ability of the American people to separate fact from fiction. We’re becoming a nation of lemmings. We pass on emails filled with errors and outright lies without checking their facts and figures. We pass on “information” without researching it ourselves.

By not doing our own fact-checking, we are fast becoming a nation of non-thinkers. Worst, I read about a series of studies conducted by the University of Michigan that “when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs.”

That scares the Hell out of me — does it do the same to you?  People who can be told a fact do not change their beliefs to match that fact.

Which brings me back to Sarah Palin…

She stated the following:  “everyone whoever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so.”

Sudeep Reddy pointed out that “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact. The consumer price index’s measure of food and beverages for the first nine months of this year showed average annual inflation of less than 0.6%, the slowest pace on record (since the Labor Department started keeping this measure in 1968).” Instead of admiting her mistake, as Anderson Cooper points out in the below video, she went on the attack.

This means, to me at least, that Sarah Palin is one of those “misinformed people” who, when confronted by the facts, cannot change their beliefs to meet them.

This woman wants to be President of the United States.  She ran for Vice President, for pete’s sake.  And, yet, when confronted with a fact that goes against her beliefs, she attacks the messenger.  She cannot wrap her head around the idea that she might be wrong.

Isn’t the sign of a good leader someone who can admit that they were incorrect and adjust accordingly?

Isn’t that the sign of a good employee?  And, doesn’t the President of the United States work for us?

Have you ever worked with someone that attacks back when a mistake of theirs is pointed out?  I have.  I wouldn’t want that person being President of Dog catching, much less President of the United States.

In the next two years, I believe Palin has a long way to go to prove to the American public that she could, indeed, run this country.

That is, if someone can convince her she’s wrong.

Pot, Sarah Palin and Me

In my wildest dreams, I never thought this day would come.  Today, while reading the latest Newsweek magazine, I learned the Sarah Palin and I actually agree on something.  Before I tell you just what it is, I want you to ponder that for a moment.  If Sarah and I can agree on something, then it must be something that should be done.  If two polar opposites are on the same side, something good should come out of it.
I know, you’re wondering, what the heck could it possibly be?
Pot.  We agree on pot.
On page 20 of the Newsweek dated June 28 & July 5, Sarah Palin is quoted as saying, “If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint n their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at.”
It is unfortunate that I don’t know when she said or what the context of the statement was or know what else she said.  I wish I did.  But, what I do know is she’s right – mark that on your calendars, I said Sarah Palin is right (but only on this particular instance).
We spend billions of dollars patrolling our borders, not only for illegal immigrants, but for pot smugglers (and, yes, other drugs).  Perhaps, we could put that money to better use.  Perhaps – and I don’t know if Sarah agrees with this – we should end the legal status of marijuana.  (In the interest of full disclosure, I have tried pot on two occasions and have never been a regular user of any illegal drug.  I barely drink.)
Even though we still would spend money to defend our borders, if we legalized marijuana, we could do three things that would be good for the economy:

  • Tax it.  I believe that California has all ready earn $80 million in taxes for their new prescription marijuana.  One article has estimated 1.2 billion dollars if they completely legalize it.  Over the full nation with federal and state taxes, we could make a mint!
  • Regulate it. Only safe marijuana would be on the market.
  • Put people to work in our fields.  Instead of subsidizing farmers to not grow food, we could have each one put in a pot field and let them earn some cold, hard cash.

I don’t know why more states on jumping on California’s bandwagon.

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