“We Told You So”

June 9, 2009

Sarah Palin showed up but,  did not share the stage with Newt Gingrich at the  Republican Senate and Congressional  Dinner in Washington Monday evening. Still, the Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential candidate managed to have her say before a potentially huge audience.

sarahpalin While Gingrich was headlining the dinner, Palin took the spotlight in a taped Fox News interview that aired as the former House speaker spoke. It’s early, but both of them may be looking ahead to 2012 — or  not.

In the twin speeches, Gingrich took on Obama and the Democrats on a range of  issues and Palin took aim at the president’s economic performance.

“Kind of a ‘we told you so,'” Palin said when interviewer Sean Hannity brought up a “spread the wealth” comment made by the Democrat during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“When you consider that the federal government is about 11 trillion dollars in debt, and we’re borrowing more to spend more … it defies any sensible economic policy that any of us ever learned through college. It defies economy practices and principles that tell you ‘you gotta quit digging that hole when you are in that financial hole,” Palin said. 

 Palin said she was disappointed and quite frustrated that, four months into the Obama presidency, she has not seen action to rein in spending or slow the growth of government.

“It’s expanding at such a large degree that if Americans aren’t paying attention, unfortunately our country could evolve into something that we do not even recognize,” Palin said.

“Socialism?” Hannity asked.

“Well, that is where we are headed,” Palin said. “That is where we have to be blunt enough and candid enough and honest enough with Americans to let them know if we keep going down these roads… nationalizing many of our services, our projects our businesses, yes that is where we would head.”

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Photo credit: Hans Deryk (Palin at 2008 Republican Governors Assoc. Conference)


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obama is between a barac and a hard place,as he watches the entitlement socialist governments collapse in europe mainly because of the downturn in america.liberals have criticized ” trickle down ” economics, but because of america,s prosperity this has sustained the european economies in recent years,now obama is using the same trickle down principals that has been trashed by the democrats to try to simulate the economy.the only problem is when the feds run out money the trickle stops and we are back in recession like europe.but this time higher unemployment plus inflation.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

By the spring of 2007 the US economy and financial market was in a “Kind of a ‘we told you so,’” tailspin. I wonder why GOP geniuses such as Gingrich and Palin didn’t speak out sooner.

Posted by Sonia Kermaz | Report as abusive

I had hoped that Palin would fade into political obscurity …and remain an amusing footnote to the historical record. However, she keeps popping up like a bad dream. The Republican party has become an annoying anachronism, left with the sole agenda as “spoiler.” I shudder to think what we would be doing to address the many issues Obama is tackling with McCain/Palin at the helm …who are only able to spout their laundry lists of incendiary catch phrases in hectoring and insulting tones. It is refreshing finally to hear a president address the issues, the world, and his people in a respectful and intelligent way.

Posted by Pearls Mom | Report as abusive

Brian Lee it is because of the “trickle down” house of cards built by republicans and supported by people like you that President Obama inherited a total, complete mess. For 8 long years, GWBush trashed our economy with tax cuts for the wealthiest which I argue that if they were so successful and the trickle down theory was effective then why is the economy in the shape it is in. Besides spending billions upon billions off the books on the invasion of a country that did not attack us, GWBush and his rubber stamp congress spent all surplus monies and more. Now, I have yet to hear a republican, including you, own up to what was done fiscally the past 8 years and why President Obama had to come into office and spend record amounts of money.

Own up you lying republicans and stop pretending you did so much to help this country. The lying main stream media is complicit in this cover up and that is why they are not trusted any more than the republicans.

Posted by Yurdelite John | Report as abusive

in reply yurdelite john your argument seems to sound a little bit hollow to me when you fail to mention ,frank,dodd and fannie and freddie,and a democratic congress.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Yurdelite John if you would do the research, you would find the economy under GWB was a direct result of 911 AND the mortgages that were put into place under the Clinton administration. There is enough blame to go around for everyone in politics. They are ALL out for themselves with very few exceptions. They don’t represent us, they represent themselves and we all know it. It’s just that the taxpayers are the ones who get the short end of the stick. Economics is cyclicle and anyone who has studied it knows that. It’s the things put into place that make things better or worse and the things being put into place by this administration is putting us further and further in the hole. How many of you have gotten a job lately??? Do you truly believe taxing us more and spending money we don’t have will help the economy??? How does that work in your house because in mine, if I don’t have the money I can’t have the goods. I can’t go to the money tree and get money because that is a fantasy…just like the policies and lies that our nation is being told right now. Use your common sense!!!

Posted by c conner | Report as abusive

Interesting that Palin is posed in front of the section of the US map that holds the sole, remaining, benighted states that remained “red”.

I am still thanking God that the Republicans were pushed out of office, with their punitive stance on nearly everything, their lies and deceit which pushed us into war, and their warping of the Constitution, their consistent support for the accretion of capital in high places, their war on the working people. Cheney is laughing as he counts his money.

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive

As a Canadian it’s rather amusing to listen to the redneck republicans critisizing the Dems. Nothing short of a miracle is neeed to save U.S. face and re-establish its position internationally. Thank god (sic) the electorate saw the light and elected a government that has a world perspective rather than a voluntary blindness on issues. Given the perponderance to “solutions through force” that color all facets of the american way of life I don’t foresee longevity for the present administration.

Posted by Norm | Report as abusive

I love how every one gives Obama praise as being highly intellignet, and yet when it comes to something as simple as giving gifts to foriegn dignitaries, he gave the British PM a set of dvds that weren’t compatable with Brown’s player, and he gives the Queen and iPod. And this is the indication of a deep, thoughtful person?

Posted by Jordan | Report as abusive

The republicans as a party is going to become extinct. Do they know how ridiculous they sound? Obama has a lot to offer this country. And all they can do is hold their breathe like little children. Give it up! Let Obama fix Bush’s mess.

Posted by Anonymous | Report as abusive

Yes. He is a terrible gift giver. Someone in his cabinet needs to take the function over. But he is a good shift in policy. Conservatives aren’t very good at accounting. Remember when McCain proposed a $5000 healthcare voucher as a way to fix healthcare? What happens to the dude who uses his voucher to buy a plasma TV or the person who uses the voucher to pay off a credit card? What about the person who doesn’t earn enough to pay 5k in taxes? Are we really going to let them die on the street? Thats the fundamental problem. Financially, health care has socialized the risk. Secondly, health care is the #1 leading cause of bankruptcy in the US. I don’t want socialized healthcare but the current system must change.

Posted by Juls | Report as abusive

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like Sarah Palin, instead of becoming more credible and serious as her time in government progresses, is getting more ridiculous as time goes on. She manages to make George W. Bush look like a sophisticated policy wonk. That so many far-right conservatives consider her their political savior is astounding.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

Jordan. Don’t forget his use of the teleprompter for even minor announcements. He sounds intelligent only becuase of the teleprompter. During the campaign, I heard him try to answer questions when a major event came up and he didn’t have time to think through a response. He was always at a loss for words and umm’d and ahh’d through the whole answer like he always does when the teleprompter isn’t his guide.

He is no more and no less intelligent than other presidents. Don’t be fooled.

BTW, he is continuing many of the Bush policies he railed against during the campaign. Looks like Bush wasn’t quite the failure afterall.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

The alternative reality that the right manages to create for themselves is really quite something to behold. In their world, a man who was the editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Review and a constitutional law professor at a top law school is some sort of empty suit who is incapable of thinking or expressing a coherent thought without a teleprompter. A man who spent much of his childhood in Indonesia, has traveled extensively overseas, and who, by all accounts, is an avid student of foreign policy is some kind of ignoramus who knows nothing about the world.

But a man who was notorious for his struggles with the English language, who achieved everything in his life by virtue of his last name, a man who admittedly had no interest in foreign policy and had traveled nowhere prior to becoming president … that guy is worldly beyond measure, a man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching genius.

What’s really sad is that TC is not alone in this belief. If you follow the right-wing media, it’s just an accepted fact that Obama is a moron. It’s as if they think that if they say it over and over again, it will somehow catch on with the public at large. The problem with this meme, of course, is that it’s so easily disproven.

No one who watched Obama give his hour-long prime-time press conference in February, for example, where he gave lengthy professorial answers to every question asked — would entertain for even a moment the suggestion that he is stupid or unknowledgeable or incapable of speaking without a teleprompter. The right-wing peanut gallery might as well be trying to convince the public that Obama is white.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

TC, it was still Bush’s and the GOP’s war. That’s a billion a week down the drain.

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive

Liberals out there enjoying the “death” of the GOP, remember USA is a Democracy, ideas need at least too parties. Only one party is totalism and even dictatorship if every form of goverment obey one Party only like the former Soviet and Hitler’s Germany. We can not become that, the Chavez and the Castros are annoying enough.

Posted by anarene | Report as abusive

how did he do as governor of texas getplanning?he seemed to be very popular his rating were very high.you seem to have a complaint that is quite common among lefties it is called liberal amnesia.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Actually Brian, Texas under Bush became one of the most polluted states and saw a record low in education test scores and a higher student drop out rate. He may have been popular coming into office in Texas but not so much when he left. A familiar pattern for him don’t you think? The campaign for governor was the start of his dirty campaign style, Rove was there doing a number on Ann Richards that was slanderous and border line criminal. I think we’ve established before that not all of my views are far to the left so no amnesia here.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

thanks for the reply eric,i am looking at the texas in comparison to where i live in califoria,apparently there have been more jobs created in texas during the recession than all the other states combined.is this not part of bushes legacy?in the 80s i worked for a company who were one of the worlds leading pollution problem fighters.we where working on a system that would allow coal to be burnt under ground,but the research was stopped i assume because coal became politically unpopular and they did not want to help the resurgence of the powerful nation union of mineworkers.but they could extract the oil from the east coast without the pollution to get some revenue ,but they would prefer to legalize pot.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

For Palin to ‘preach’, a We told ya so mantra, on the Hannity show will neither help nor hurt her. The vast majority who would tune in to absorb ‘mockers gone wild’ voted for the Republicrats. Most who vote for Demogogues would have to be threatened with waterboarding to immerse themselves in what SH delivers nor would they vote against the socialist leftists that now run DC.

The only ‘attack’ that would have weight has to appear from moderate Dems who actually have courage to say the truth… ‘The Emperor has no clothes’. It may soon develop.

Posted by Folklight | Report as abusive

This whole argument is idiotic. The article is about Palin, somehow she has been equated to Bush, do some research, they’re pretty different. Moreover, assuming the argument WAS Bush vs. Obama… WHY? Bush sucked, why is it legitimate for you ridiculous liberals to assume you’re winning some huge victory in proving that Obama is better than a horrible president? I wish NEITHER of them had ever been president in a lot of ways, but I’ve been saying to my friends lately that I’m GLAD we have Obama, because I don’t think our country NEEDs a good president right now. How enlightening is it for Americans to see that both Republicans AND Democrats are capable of being HORRIBLE presidents? We get to see Bush fail and we’re certainly seeing Obama fail. He’s Roosevelt and Kennedy all over again. Any economist would agree that if Roosevelt had just left it alone, the economy would have kicked back. Also, people seem to forget that our beloved Kennedy used all his charisma to put more troops in Vietnam. What good is a charismatic socialist? None, not in this country, not any better than a hick from Texas with a big name, who cares if he’s not worse? They both suck.

Posted by Gus | Report as abusive

“Socialism?” Hannity asked.

“Well, that is where we are headed,” Palin said. “That is where we have to be blunt enough and candid enough and honest enough with Americans to let them know if we keep going down these roads… nationalizing many of our services, our projects our businesses, yes that is where we would head.”

Alaska is unique in having a vigorous wealth redistribution system. The state offers collective ownership of natural resources, which in turn generates revenue for the state. Using the Permanent Fund, the government distributes the natural resource rents to the general public.

Furthermore, Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) programs helps redistribute windfall oil profits, bringing in so much money that the state needs no income or sales tax. This year ACES will provide every Alaskan with a check for an estimated $1,200. Sarah Palin openly boasts about giving oil money “back to the people”, and then goes on Fox and accuses the Obama administration of “heading towards socialism?” The hypocrisy here is staggering.

Posted by Satyam | Report as abusive