by AWR Hawkins….In just a bit over two years, Barack Obama has exponentially expanded the size of the federal government and the number of Americans dependent upon it for their well being. He has taken over our healthcare system, two of our largest automobile manufacturers, and overseen spending that has placed our national debt at over $14,000,000,000,000. Gas prices are up sharply – more than 100% increase in per-gallon-price since Obama took office – yet his solution to such prices is characterized by a continued reliance on OPEC, coupled with a de jure ban on offshore drilling and a de facto ban on the expansion of onshore drilling (in places like the western states and Alaska). Unemployment is at 9%, illegal immigrants are largely getting a pass, the housing slump continues, and inalienable rights are quietly being attacked “under the radar.”
At times like this, when the American people feel their wallets and bank accounts squeezed more tightly at every turn, it’s only natural to wonder how things might be different if we were to take the reins of power out of Obama’s hands in 2012 and put them in the hands of someone else.
And what if that ”someone else” was Sarah Palin?
In other words, what would it be like to live under government according to President Palin?
For starters, there would be a vast reduction in the size of government instead of an exponential growth of the same: the record spending spree would stop. Palin has said repeatedly that she supports “cutting taxes and shrinking government,” that we need to “go back to what Reagan did in the early 80s, [and] stay committed to those common sense free market principles that work.” As she said during her speech in India in March of this year: “We need job growth. And that won’t come from ‘top-down government planning’…[but] from the ‘Free Market Ingenuity’ of ordinary American entrepreneurs.”
Concerning our energy quandaries, is there anyone who touted “Drill Here, Drill Now” louder than Palin? And she understands that the reasons behind Obama’s refusal to drill boil down to politics. As she told Rush Limbaugh in the wake of Vice President Joe Biden’s claim that “drill here, drill now” was too simplistic: “It’s not that complicated, it’s political.”
Like so many Americans, Palin finds it simply unacceptable that, “we’re not tapping into the abundant domestic supplies that God created right under foot on American soil and under our waters.”
FYI – I know this all sounds like common sense, and it is common sense, which is why the Republican establishment fears Palin so much. Common sense is an anathema to political elites in both parties because it removes the need for endless political discussion (and grandstanding) and gets right to the heart of the matter. It lets Palin explain the justification for stronger border security with simple statements like, “Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason.” And it allows her to sum up her views on the War on Terror by saying, “We win, they lose.”
I’m not even going to bother explaining how different Palin’s approach to gun rights would be, compared to Obama’s. But I will say that this is one of the greatest areas of differentiation that exists between the two. (And I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about it, but whereas Palin goes out into Alaska’s wilds to track and shoot Caribou, Obama goes to Martha’s Vineyard and wears a helmet to peddle his bicycle around in the grass.)
In concluding, let me sum all this up by saying government according to President Palin would be far less intrusive and much, much smaller. Taxes would be lower, borders would be stronger, and more and more of the oil required to fuel our economy would come from here, rather than OPEC.
Moreover, I betcha Palin wouldn’t have had to “sleep on it” before giving a SEAL team the green light to kill a first class scum bag like Osama bin Laden.