Palin knocks it out of the park

posted at 10:05 am on August 9, 2011 by J.E. Dyer

Few people in the public eye have said anything useful about the recent unpleasantness with the national debt and the national credit rating.  The president hasn’t.  The vice president hasn’t.  Surprisingly few of the declared Republican candidates have.  The MSM haven’t.  They’re busy trying to make the expression “Tea Party downgrade” go viral.

Indeed, at this hour of reckoning, with the Dow plunging and markets in turmoil around the world, the MSM have achieved another playground-taunt triumph with the silly Newsweek cover featuring an unflattering photo of Michelle Bachmann.  These people seem to have no sense of proportion, no judgment, no recognition that things have become serious and the time for sophomoric media jabs is past.

Who cares how they can make Bachmann look on a magazine cover?  The tabloids demonstrate several times a year that they can make the world’s most beautiful women look like something from the back of the refrigerator, if they photograph them in bad light with a telephoto lens.  The Bachmann cover is the equivalent of a slam-book entry, about as intelligent as holding your nose and chanting “You smell!” at a classmate.  Ridicule is the cheapest thing there is – and in politics, it’s usually deployed to shift the focus from a needed debate to specious topics and emotion.  I’d call it a reversion to high school, but it would be an insult even to middle-schoolers to pin it on their age group.

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan have had good, inspiring, on-target things to say about the US fiscal crisis.  Michelle Bachmann has had good things to say.  John Bolton had an important piece making the case that national security is inextricably linked with fiscal security, a much-needed point in the context of the recent debate.

But Sarah Palin came through today with a Facebook post that strikes the right tone and is at once simple, direct, and comprehensive.  It doesn’t rail at past mistakes, nor does it come across as a raised-voice, you’ve-got-to-get-this-people communication.  Palin takes it for granted – with refreshing common sense – that we are in a crisis, its features are obvious, and the task now is to deal with it, not continue to argue whether it’s really a crisis or how big it is or whose name we can pin on it.

She makes no bones about the significance of the problem we face.  I am particularly impressed with her point that if we don’t square ourselves away, the specter hangs over us of IMF staffers showing up on our doorstep with China and France and Germany arrayed behind them, ready to throw folders on a desk and start telling us how much we can spend on cable TV and incidentals each month.  Whether things would really play out for the US as they are playing out for Greece and Ireland is a valid question, but Palin is quite correct that the pitched confrontation is on the horizon now, as it was not six weeks ago – and she has the courage to face that possibility head-on.  It’s not pleasant to mention it, but it’s the right thing to do.

The last third of Palin’s post is devoted to laying out what we need to do.  Grow the economy by releasing the regulatory clamps on it, starting with the energy sector.  Cut spending and reform entitlements.  She doesn’t pretend the latter would be easy, but she faces head-on the fact that it is inescapably necessary.  I urge you to read her post for the discussion of particulars.  It is material and convincing without being in the weeds.

The piece is positive and encouraging for its forthrightness.  There is nothing “clever” to be done in this situation; it’s all straightforward.  The US federal government has to cut spending and let the economy grow, even if that means breaking the stranglehold of unions on the public trough and overruling advocacy groups and government bureaucrats who don’t want the economy to grow.  Pretending that the federal budget is too complex to be governed by the ordinary rules of accounting – or that the US is too special to be limited by the ordinary definition of fiscal solvency – is a dodge, not a sign of insight or expertise.

Palin focuses like any good executive on the big picture.  We have to cut spending and get government out of the economy’s way so it can start pumping out revenues again.  These things are increasingly obvious to everyone, and moreover, they constitute a plan.  Talking ourselves into corners about other, tangential things isn’t even interesting any more.  It feels so wrong that it’s hard to watch anyone’s news program at the moment: no one seems to be talking about what matters.

What is interesting is how few in our national political life have put the case together, as Palin has, without temporizing or bloviating.  I haven’t heard anyone else do what she does with this post.  She acknowledges the actual, enormous scope of the problem, envisions a solution, and outlines what to do to achieve it, with encouragement that it can be done.  It is sad and a little frightening that so many Americans have become unable to see this for what it is:  leadership.  Almost everyone else is focused more narrowly, on one aspect of the problem or another, and a good few commentators don’t seem to even have the vocabulary or the mental infrastructure to address the problem itself; they can only express opinions about the impossibility of the politics surrounding it.

It is the opposite of stupid to recognize the problem’s stark and simple outlines when all around you are swinging blindfolded at piñatas.  We spend too much, and we suppress economic growth and revenues with regulation.  Palin articulates that clearly.  Her ability to reach out directly through social media, and put her case in her terms, is a net positive for our current political climate.  She remains one of the best reasons to not let the MSM dictate our ideas and preferences to us.

J.E. Dyer’s articles have appeared at The Green Room, Commentary’s “contentions,Patheos, The Weekly Standard online, and her own blog, The Optimistic Conservative.

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And how is Obama as a speaker off TOTUS??? HORRIBLE..

reshas1 on August 10, 2011 at 11:16 AM

So what? Palin is as bad as Obama and that is supposed to give us confidence? WHY in goodness name do you people always compare Palin to Obama?

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM

She should have taken that advice when she was deciding if she would abdicate her governorship.

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Of course. Because no one takes her seriously now.

/PDS

gryphon202 on August 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM

So what? Palin is as bad as Obama and that is supposed to give us confidence? WHY in goodness name do you people always compare Palin to Obama?

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Because it’s all the ways in which she is DIFFERENT from Obama that are actually important.

gryphon202 on August 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Kind of interesting that nobody has commented on the following, especially the last:

One doesn’t need a Harvard Law degree to figure this out! Just look across the pond at Europe. European nations with less debt and smaller deficits than ours and with real “austerity” plans in place to deal with them have had their ratings downgraded. By what magical thinking did we figure we could run up perpetual trillion dollar deficits and still somehow avoid the unforgiving mathematics of a downgrade? Nothing is ever “too big to fail.” And there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Didn’t we all learn that in our micro and macro econ classes? I did at the University of Idaho. How could Obama skip through Columbia and Harvard without learning that?

All common sense. Nuking “too big to fail” with “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” In so doing, attacking both the President and the Establishment (of both parties) and their taxfarming big contributors. And laying a trap for the LSM with her categorical statement that she took both micro and macro economics at the University of Idaho. That’s a punch to the Ivy Leaguer’s nads if ever I saw one. The LSM will try to catch her in a lie and thereby raise the question of what DID our fearless leader actually learn at Columbia and HahVahd? Sweet.

Mongo Mere Pawn on August 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM

All common sense. Nuking “too big to fail” with “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” In so doing, attacking both the President and the Establishment (of both parties) and their taxfarming big contributors. And laying a trap for the LSM with her categorical statement that she took both micro and macro economics at the University of Idaho. That’s a punch to the Ivy Leaguer’s nads if ever I saw one. The LSM will try to catch her in a lie and thereby raise the question of what DID our fearless leader actually learn at Columbia and HahVahd? Sweet.

Mongo Mere Pawn on August 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM

But she doesn’t speak like she writes. So she doesn’t deserve to be president or something.

/PalinHaters

gryphon202 on August 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM

gryphon202 on August 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I don’t discount the possibility that she gets some help with her FB posts, but going after the President’s academic record in this manner is vintage Palin, absolutely her fingerprints on that salvo.

Bottom line, I have rarely disagreed, if ever, with one of her substantive FB posts. I have rarely, if ever, disagreed with her substantive public comments. Her record is one of walking the walk, not just talking the talk. She can take a punch and give as good as she got. She makes mistakes, and actually learns from them. If she runs, I will vote for her. If she does not, I will listen for who she chooses to endorse, then make up my mind. But nothing in her personal and political history, IMHO, including her resignation, suggests that she intends to do anything other than run.

Disclaimer: I have supported Governor Palin since before Senator McCain tapped her for the VP, blogging for her selection way back then. So, I do have some personal skin in the game, as it were. If she runs, wins, and governs well, I will feel vindicated. If she does not, it will reflect poorly on me personally and politically. Right now, I like my odds.

Mongo Mere Pawn on August 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Mongo Mere Pawn on August 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM

I don’t discount that possibility either, but there is a reason I put that tag at the bottom of my post: I couldn’t care less either way. The substance of every one of her FB posts is practically inviolable and the criticisms say more about the critics than they say about her.

gryphon202 on August 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

WHY in goodness name do you people always compare Palin to Obama?

Doc Zero @ human events:

Palin Conquers the Storm
Not everyone was surprised by the Obama Downgrade.
by John Hayward
08/09/2011

Sarah Palin​’s Facebook page is a battleship from which many powerful broadsides have been launched. On Monday afternoon, she wrote one of her longer posts, called “Conquering the Storm,” to address the Obama Downgrade.

It’s a big piece, but well worth reading in full. Compare it to the weary talking-point retread our clueless President delivered in his statement on the same afternoon, and you can see why the markets were nose-diving even as Obama spoke. Palin wrote the speech he should have given, but is utterly incapable of conceiving.

Because it is a very useful comparison, since it is Obama that she will be defeating next year.

It also makes Obama look even worse than he does on his own.

That’s why.

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Palin is fading fast.

This threads used to go to 800 immediately, let alone 24hrs later. Take away the half dozen fanatics that post 100 times each and there is not much left.

Moesart on August 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Moesart on August 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Another day, another turd.

Yawn.

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Because it’s all the ways in which she is DIFFERENT from Obama that are actually important.

gryphon202 on August 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Because it is a very useful comparison, since it is Obama that she will be defeating next year.

It also makes Obama look even worse than he does on his own.

That’s why.

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 1:08 PM

LOL! Nice try you two. He compared how they were similar! All of you Palin worshipers do it.

Bwahahahahahahaha!!!

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

LOL! Nice try you two. He compared how they were similar! All of you Palin worshipers do it.

Bwahahahahahahaha!!!

Complete lack of comprehension, either through dishonesty or incompetence, maybe a combination.

Bwa. Ha. Ha.

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Me: Palin doesn’t communicate well.

reshas1: Neither does Obama!

Bwahahahahahaha!!!

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Moesart on August 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Outside of H/A you never even hear about her antics any more. She isn’t in any of the polls or making any appearances these days. Give it another month and most people wouldn’t be able to pick her out of a line up. But the Palians will go on, keeping hope alive. They’ve invested so much of their emotions in her that they’ll be carrying that torch until Perry’s or Romney’s inauguration day.

MJBrutus on August 10, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Me: Palin doesn’t communicate well.

reshas1: Neither does Obama!

Bwahahahahahaha!!!

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Uh, no. Let me help you.

csdeven: WHY in goodness name do you people always compare Palin to Obama?

Me:

Doc Zero @ human events:

Palin Conquers the Storm
Not everyone was surprised by the Obama Downgrade.
by John Hayward
08/09/2011

Sarah Palin​’s Facebook page is a battleship from which many powerful broadsides have been launched. On Monday afternoon, she wrote one of her longer posts, called “Conquering the Storm,” to address the Obama Downgrade.

It’s a big piece, but well worth reading in full. Compare it to the weary talking-point retread our clueless President delivered in his statement on the same afternoon, and you can see why the markets were nose-diving even as Obama spoke. Palin wrote the speech he should have given, but is utterly incapable of conceiving.

In short:

Obama’s speech was useless rehashed political hackery.

Palin’s statement went right at the problem and made total sense.

Obama=not good

Palin=excellent

There. Now try and digest that for a moment.

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Outside of H/A you never even hear about her antics any more.

MJBrutus on August 10, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Completely false, and ignorant.

This Facebook post was picked up all over the place, including Human Events, LA Times, WaPo, CNN, Fox News, Real Clear Politics, and many, many blogs on both sides.

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Straw man arguments don’t count. Try the context of the comment next time.

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Straw man arguments don’t count. Try the context of the comment next time.

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 4:04 PM

What straw man?

I illustrated exactly my point TWICE, but you refuse to contemplate it.

It IS useful to compare Palin and Obama, precisely because they are so opposite from one another, especially in the substantive approach to our nation’s problems.

It is quite useful and constructive to contrast what he says versus what she says.

The brilliant and articulate former Greenroom contributor Doc Zero agrees with me, as I have provided for you on two occasions. You don’t even have to click, it’s right there for you to see.

I don’t know how much simpler I can make this for you.

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Hahahahaha!!! rashas1 tried to justify Palins inability to speak cohesively by pointing out that Obama is a terrible speaker also. Who cares? I don’t think Obama is qualified either! So by his standard, neither is Palin. So why do you people ALWAYS compare her to him?

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Hahahahaha!!! rashas1 tried to justify Palins inability to speak cohesively by pointing out that Obama is a terrible speaker also. Who cares? I don’t think Obama is qualified either! So by his standard, neither is Palin. So why do you people ALWAYS compare her to him?

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I’m talking about what I said. That other person isn’t here.

Stop using that person to dodge the obvious fact that you are completely, totally off base.

Of course Obama is going to be compared to Palin, and any other possible opponent.

You entire line of argument is one of two things:

Just wrong and stupid

or

A deceptive way to avoid a discussion where Palin comes out ahead every time, such as when comparing what she said to what Obama said.

That is really the bottom line.

Why aren’t you assailing Doc Zero for comparing Obama’s speech and Palin’s statement?
He did you know.
I showed you twice.

Is he also one of “you people”?

Is he “delusional”?

I don’t think so.

He’s right.

You’re wrong.

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Palin is fading fast.

This threads used to go to 800 immediately, let alone 24hrs later. Take away the half dozen fanatics that post 100 times each and there is not much left.

Moesart on August 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Using that metric, well, let’s see: the typical Perry thread doesn’t break 200 comments in a week, and the typical Romney or Bachmann thread doesn’t break 100 in the same period of time. So what?

ddrintn on August 10, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Dear Lord … the anti-Palin obsessive is still here.

darwin on August 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Dear Lord … the anti-Palin obsessive is still here.

darwin on August 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I’m sure it’s not done yet.

It never, ever is.

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Brand new thread on the main page:

Surprise: Palin’s bus tour to roll into Iowa this week

posted at 5:58 pm on August 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

Well, lookie there!

Somebody is going to have some fun this week!

Bwahahahahahaa!!!!1!!!111!!!!11!!

Brian1972 on August 10, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Moezart cdseven and Brutus are too afraid to troll alone

it must suck being do wrong, in so many ways and yet still continue with their quest

holy sheet you fools are dumb

Sonosam on August 10, 2011 at 6:33 PM

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