Sarah Palin at the Florida GOP fundraiser dinner had this to say about Occupy Wall Street:
Speaking before a crowd at the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Victory Dinner at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in Florida, Gov. Palin said she wanted a federal government that understood the difference between empowerment and entitlement.
“To see this struggle in action, look no further than the Occupy Wall Street movement,” she said. “When it first kind of got off the ground… I looked at it as thinking, well these folks, they feel legitimate indignation about the Wall Street bailouts – financial institutions behaving recklessly, and then we get stuck with the bill… many of us still quite ticked off about it all, because we don’t have assurances that those who caused the financial collapse in the first place… are being held accountable and that it won’t happen again.”
She said though the movement may have begun in earnest, positions have evolved, and its organizers have drawn the wrong conclusions. Of the protesters, she said, “They say, ‘Wall Street ‘fat cats’ got a bailout, so now I want one too,’ and the correct answer is, ‘No one is entitled to a bailout.’”
Palin spoke to Republicans gathered for the state party fundraiser on Thursday and spent much of her time talking about the protesters.
“The American dream, our foundation, is about work ethic and empowerment, not entitlement,” she said. ” In fact, the nation’s dividing line today is how you answer this question: Are you entitled to other people’s money? The Wall Street crony capitalists, the Obama Administration, the leftist politicos, big union bosses and the occupiers, they all say, ‘Yes!’ The rest of America says, ‘No!’”
From the AP:
“Barack Obama is owned by Wall Street. The fat cats, as he calls them, they’re his friends. They’re his pals. That’s where he gets his campaign donations. And he’s very generous about giving these cats their cat nip — bigger returns on their investments in bailouts…My question to the Occupy Wall street crowd is, “Where have you been the last three years?” I suggest if they want to vent and want to change the situation, then they vent in the right direction. They need to hop on a bus and travel south — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where there’s plenty of space to occupy.
More of the speech:
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