National Debt Is as Close to Being ‘Like Slavery’ as Sarah Palin Is to Being President

A quick news alert for those who are still holding out: Sarah Palin will never, ever be president. She may be able to work a mic, bring in big crowds at rallies, draw some massive Tea Party donors to large dollar events, and even throw wrenches into GOP races with her intense hatred of “moderate” Republicans. Despite all of that, the likelihood that she will ever hold a major office again, much less be the leader of the free world, is slim to none.

Frankly, a lot of people should be okay with that.

The former Alaska governor turned Vice Presidential candidate turned Tea Party figurehead and reality television star is continuing to do the one thing she has always been best at: creating headlines with ridiculous, often offensive statements regarding public policy. Her latest? National debt is really a lot like slavery.

Speaking in Iowa at a fundraiser for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a gathering of far right social conservatives usually prepping for the first in the nation Iowa caucuses, Palin plugged her new book about the “war on Christmas,” but also dropped a few choice words about the country’s debt issues.

“Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China,” she said, according to the Des Moines Register. “When that money comes due — and this isn’t racist, but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master.”

Nothing solidifies how racist a comment is than when a speaker has to stop in mid-sentence and state that it is not in fact racist.

As the Daily Beast discusses, for the GOP “slavery” has turned into a ready shorthand for “thing I think is pretty horrible and I don’t like at all.”áGun control is slavery. Abortion is like slavery. Public schools are like slavery. Welfare is like slavery.

“It’s not hard to understand why anyone would use slavery or any other evil–like the Holocaust–to attack policies they oppose. Among co-partisans, it’s an easy way to claim the moral high ground. To everyone else, however, it’s foolish,” writes Jamelle Bouie. “If you oppose something, you should argue against it on its own terms. To compare everything you don’t like to evil is to do a disservice to yourself, and–in a small way–minimize the reality of suffering.”

There are, of course, other ways to make points about the national debt if you truly believe it is an issue. Iowa Rep. Steve King did so recently, when he used his own newborn grandson as a staged photo-op to oppose it. “New grandson, Wallace King (5:21 am today:-) Priceless miracle & gift from God. National debt share $54,310,” the Iowa Republican announced on Twitter.

Whether one sees the national debt as an albatross that must be discarded, or an inevitable cost of addressing the myriad of needs of our country, from social safety nets to public education, to caring for our poor and elderly and preparing for our future (and, don’t forget the massive, massive amounts dedicated solely to our military endeavors, a line item the GOP shows no interest in cutting), the fact is if it is to be debated it must be done so respectfully and honestly. As part of that honesty, it should be recognized that the deficit has actually decreased since President Obama took office, despite the repeated reaching of the debt ceiling during his time in the White House.

Can we talk about our policy disagreements without using incendiary, hurtful and in this case dismissively racial rhetoric? Yes. But probably not with Sarah Palin, which is the clearest sign that she will never, ever be President.

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L3 years ago

Sarah Palin is like an actress; she is handed a script by one of the right-wing groups and with her skillful acting she delivers it well, convinces no one with an once of sense but her delivery is good. She proved during her debate with Biden and her interviews with real journalist that she cannot think on her feet or more importantly hasn't a clue what most of the answers should have been. She was a very small town Mayor of a town of less than 5,000 people; she was a poor governor and in fact walked away from that job with it being unfinished.

“…the fact is if it is to be debated it must be done so respectfully and honestly. As part of that honesty, it should be recognized that the deficit has actually decreased since President Obama took office, despite the repeated reaching of the debt ceiling during his time in the White House.” The deficit can be reduced and quickly by raising taxes on the very wealthy first and then when the economy starts to level raise it on everyone else. Get out of Afghanistan and stay out of situations in the Middle East and concentrate on the USA and the American people. Selfish? Maybe but this is one American that is tired of giving and giving and sacrificing American lives when all we get is a slap in the face in return and too many times those slaps come from our allies.

Brian Foster
Brian F3 years ago

Sarah Palin is just a paid liar like all republicans, who will say anything, for the money her corporate masters pay her. She will never be president, because she is stupid, and unelectable.

Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld3 years ago

Mary b.
Ultimately, the choice of Sarah Palin had no bearing on the election. McCain was behind, and the campaign felt that bold action was needed. She was a gamble that looked good for about two weeks. The glimmer faded quickly, and McCain would up losing by the same amount he trailed prior to the convention. Are her morals any more questionable then the rest of Washington?

Nuno Moreiras
Nuno Moreiras4 years ago

The fact that the U.S. owe more than 10 times all the money circulating in the world is way beyond slavery. It means that if the economical (and political, of course) fields are not reformed there are going to be serious social problems in the future.

That being said, I don't have any particular thoughts about Sarah Palin, she is not better or worse than any other US politician, all of which are there for INDIVIDUAL and not public benefits. The dirt that goes on in the political/military/secret agencies bullshit in the united states if far more concerning that the US debt.

Marc P.
Marc P4 years ago

And to top off the irony I sent the message below to myself when it was intended for David F! Now THAT is irony!

Marc P.
Marc P4 years ago

Marc P.: Thank you for once again displaying your ignorance. I chose my avatar, currently named Alfred E. Neuman because in all actuality the caricature is steeped in political history. Alfred's caricature was seen in politically motivated satire in the 19th century and early 20th century. The caricature was not named Alfred then. Mad Magazine was actually sued for copyright infringement regarding Alfred in 1914 and again in 1936. Prior to the caricature becoming "Alfred" it played a role in political satire. Political satire was often used against despotic countries where dissent was stifled. Indeed Mad Magazine hired several political dissidents including Anthony Prohias, a Cuban Political exile that authored "Spy vs Spy for Mad Magazine. So to me your feeble attempt at ridicule is just more evidence of your pathetic level of ignorance. I use the A. E. Neuman Avatar with pride and tongue-in- cheek honor!

Carole R.
Carole R4 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Phillip Ferrell
Phillip Ferrell4 years ago

@David F. That's fine. We don't have nothing to do with you either. So why do you keep hanging around?

Brian Foster
Brian F4 years ago

She's just a nobody, who got elected as Governor of Alaska based on luck, and nepotism. Then, she got lucky, and got picked to run as the republican VP. Of course, the embarrassing disaster, and humiliating defeat of her campaign didn't sway her. She quickly cashed in on her 15 minutes of fame, and signed with Fox news for millions more than her $125,000 a year job as governor of Alaska. Now, she makes millions as a Fox news paid liar, in the ranks of Ann Coulter, Huckabee, Hannity, and other worthless scumbags. She makes millions off her speaking engagements to private conservative audiences, who are as brainless, and stupid as the Tea Party. She will always be remembered for the failed VP run, and as a paid liar, who serves her corporate masters.