Cracking the whip

In case the Tea Party congressmen are feeling wobbly, Mama Grizzly reminds them today who to dance with.

Congressional Freshmen – For Such A Time As This
by Sarah Palin on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 1:03pm
Out here in proverbial politico flyover country, we little folk are watching the debt ceiling debate with great interest and concern. Today I re-read the open letter I wrote to Republican Freshman Members of Congress in November 2010, just days after they were ushered into office in an historic landslide victory due in large part to the activism of commonsense patriots who are considered part of the Tea Party movement. I respectfully ask these GOP Freshman to re-read this letter and remember us “little people” who believed in them, donated to their campaigns, spent hours tirelessly volunteering for them, and trusted them with our votes. This new wave of public servants may recall that they were sent to D.C. for such a time as this.

The original letter is pasted below, with added emphasis to certain passages that I feel are especially relevant to the current discussion.

All my best to you, GOP Freshmen, from up here in the Last Frontier.


Sarah Palin

P.S. Everyone I talk to still believes in contested primaries.

This kind of shows why the GOP establishment hates her.

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51 Responses to Cracking the whip

  1. votermom says:

    remember us “little people”

    aka hobbits

  2. ralphb says:

    Love her or hate her, she has the courage of her convictions and is straight up about those convictions. Even if I disagree, I’ll take that over a lying asshat any day.

    • WMCB says:

      HONK!! People think I’m nuts because I have great respect for both Sarah Palin and Bernie Sanders, despite one being far left of me and one being far right of me.

      But you nailed it, Ralph – I am so tired of lying asshats and political strategists. I’ll take a sincere common person who tries to be on the side of the little guy, regardless of the form it takes. I feel better with honest, straightforward-about-what-they-believe people in office, even if I have to fight them on this or that issue. I’d rather the honest fight than the posing and posturing and greasing the R/D machines

      • HONK HONK! Me too. I prefer Bernie’s approach but Sarah did a good job and when in office was reasonable and really did stuff that both sides wanted. I’d love to see Sarah POTUS and Bernie in charge of Congress.

        • WMCB says:

          bemused, Sarah would likely have less govt than you’d prefer. Bernie would likely have more govt than I’d prefer. But both would try to make sure the govt we HAD was honest, and efficient, and corruption-free. Neither are prone to backroom deals and palm-greasing. I could live with that.

        • WCMB, I dunno Bernie very well. But what Sarah did in Alaska wasn’t just compromise … or an honest job as you say … or even Bill’s good ‘triangulation.’ She looked for some tasks that EVERYONE ALREADY agreed on — and got on with them. (And got the Democrats to cooperate by being real nice to them and staying out of wedge issues.)

          Kind of like the Zen story about the butcher who never had to sharpen his knife.

      • SYD says:

        Agree. There’s more to liking a politician than just liking his or her “politics.”

      • ralphb says:

        I like Paul Wellstone for that reason. He put his vote where his mouth was almost every time.

  3. yttik says:

    “P.S. Everyone I talk to still believes in contested primaries.”

    LOL! Ouch.

  4. ralphb says:

    It appears that Boehnergeddon has hit the House and the Speaker doesn’t have the votes to pass his debt ceiling bill. Meanwhile, in the Senate, Dirty Harry can’t pass his own plan either.

    Apparently, it’s gonna be time to play Let’s Make a Deal before the Doom date. This is politics at it’s very worst on everyone’s part.

  5. Sarah! Telling it! She earns my admiration for speaking put and the PTB be damned.
    She did quite a good job in Alaska- from PTA to Governor. Gives 100% to all she does.
    Sounds quite American to me.

  6. ralphb says:

    Boehner’s actions in this mess leave me scratching my head. While everyone else is kind of sitting around waiting for Godot, he’s been coming up with this plan or that plan and seemingly negotiating with himself. Once the House passed CCB, I don’t understand why he didn’t just say to Dirty Harry “It’s your turn now” and await results from the Senate. That would have been regular order of business and put any failure on the Senate.

    • WMCB says:

      I don’t understand that approach either, ralph. Why is the onus on the R’s to “come up with a plan that the Dems will vote for”?

      Boehner ought to do that now (though it would have been better after CCB). Just adjourn the House and tell the press “We’ve PASSED two detailed plans that raise the debt ceiling. Ball is in the Senate’s court to come up with something, and then we’ll see if it’s something the House will vote for.

      I do not understand the mindset of not holding the Dems accountable for having a plan that the R’s can vote for. Who is stonewalling here? It’s not the R’s, in my book. They at least tried. The Dems haven’t done Jack Shit legislatively.

      • yttik says:

        Harry Reid had a stonewalling response yesterday. Boehner was talking about how they had to pass a bill and then it would go to the Senate and the Senate would be able to make changes to it. Reid was like, oh we promise we’ll be changing it, alright.

        It just struck me as really arrogant, really rude. You’re demanding all this work but promising to slash it up once it’s finished? Okay, I get the point Reid, you don’t like Republicans, but still, you catch more flies with honey. It doesn’t do anybody any good to say you hate everything they haven’t even come up with yet.

        • ralphb says:

          Harry had all 53 Dem senators sign a letter to Boehner yesterday promising to vote against whatever he passed. I think the onus for any problem should be pointed right at Harry Reid.

        • Mary says:

          Maybe this kabuki will finally piss off the regular people enough to sweep em ALL out in 2012.

          I can dream……

      • ralphb says:

        It’s media driven, of course, but there is no reason for Boehner to fall for it. Maybe he’s been inside the beltway too long and mistakes Meet The Press for actual public opinion from inside the bubble?

        He has sure screwed this up by accepting what looks like responsibility for both parties now.

        • Mary says:

          Ironically, I don’t think Boehner will get the blame.

          The public is watching this, and they’ve seen the Obama arrogance, the Reid snottiness, and the Pelosi ignorance.

          They’ve watched Boehner work his heart out, with Obama (who blew it), with Congress, with his own party.

          We little hobbits out here aren’t as dumb as the trolls think we are. , you know. And we ain’t listening to the media crap.

          Lying eyes, and all that.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    Here’s a laugh from the past:

    Obama audio shows he’s scary… smart

    No, the author wasn’t snarking – that’s from October 2008

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Sarah and the Teas may be our only hope to end the R-D Duopoly.

    Hey, Sarah…..

  9. 1539days says:

    You have to ask the question. If we end up on August 2 with a watered down bill that passes a debt ceiling increase and promises $2 trillion dollars in cuts a decade from now that will never happen, what was the point of this crap? I thought early on that this vote was a way for Republicans to get one big ticket item, like repealing Obamcare or passing a balanced budget amendment. Instead, the best they’ll get are reductions in the increase in projected spending and a vote on an amendment that will fail.I just hope they kick Harry Reid’s ass a little and start the fight over at FY2012 budget time.

    • ralphb says:

      This has been the most useless piece of political theatre I’ve ever witnessed. Does no one there know how to play this game?

      Huge risk for almost no gain, at best.

    • ralphb says:

      Oh and repealing Obamacare was the original plan, or so I thought.

  10. ralphb says:

    A comment from Hot Air’s Boehnergeddon thread.

    If conservatives vote no, Congress does not act, and bad things happen after August 2nd, those Republicans will get the blame because they assigned it to themselves over the prior few months.

    I’m sorry, am I the only one who noticed that the conservatives passed a goddamned ceiling hike in CCB and that Reid et. al. tabled it?

    How is that NOT the goddamned Democrats fault if there is a default? (Which, to my mind, would be a good thing anyways)

    Apparently, he’s the only one who noticed. Don’t let the awful be the enemy of the horrifically bad.

    • yttik says:

      The buck always stops with the president. When congress screws up, it reflects on the president. Congress voted for the war…that’s Bush’s fault. Congress voted for all this spending….that’s Obama’s fault.

      The Republicans are in a win/win position right now. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a reflection on the president. I think that’s what Obama’s problem is right now, he knows he can’t come out of this looking good. Well he could, he could show some leadership, compromise, bring the two sides together, take credit for averting disaster. Unfortunately he just hasn’t got the experience or the humility to do that.

  11. ralphb says:


    The Fed does not want to be a player in this debt ceiling/potential default debate. It didn’t want to be a player in the Bear Stearns debacle, or the Lehman situation. But when push comes to shove the Fed will do what it can to avoid a default.” In summary there are three avenues that the Fed can pursue in order to help Tim Geithner prolong the cash illusion modestly longer. The three options for Bernanke are to i) book profits; ii) prepay expenses and, yes, iii) sell gold. Combined, these three approaches could squeeze out well over half a trillion dollars, giving the Treasury breathing room not only past August 2, but potentially into 2012! That said, “The Fed would not want to advertise to Congress the possibility of delaying default. It does not want to take Congress off the hook on increasing the debt ceiling.” But it will, if it has to, and the end result will be a delay potentially of up to a month. And if it means selling off the Fed’s gold, so be it.

    So there you have it: combined across all there alternatives, the Fed could probably generate over half a trillion in emergency cash, which would last the country well into next year! So perhaps everyone should immediately forget the relentless lies and fearmongering from Tim Geithner (who could not possible see a US downgrade from AAA as recently as three months ago, which is now imminent) and force the Fed to actually help the one entity that it is supposed to help: the United States, instead of the likes of Goldman Sachs or JP Morgan.

    The Fed coould also take off the books over $1 Trillion in bonds bought at auctions in the past 2 years. Social Security can be paid because technically the bonds are in trust and can be resold as soon as the checks are written without new debt. What’s the problem?

    • djmm says:

      Very interesting, Ralph — thanks!


      • ralphb says:

        Been wondering why I haven’t heard anything from the Fed. If they came up with Trillions of dollars to bail out the Banksters and other crooks on Wall St, surely they can fulfill their mandate to help the country itself.

        • Karma says:

          The Fed is probably saving that gift until SS is privatized.

        • Mary says:

          FYI, Ralph—I read an article from Ron Paul’s website summarizing what his forced audit-the-fed revealed:

          That was SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLARS they provided for banks in the US and all around the world in the bailout.

          SIXTEEN TRILLION. I almost fainted reading it.

        • “The Fed is probably saving that gift until SS is privatized.”

          Or till SS is cut. They want to hold SS hostage, then eventually cut it as a ‘necessary compromise’ — rather than pay it by a simple solution.

    • yttik says:

      Wait, I don’t think you people are taking this as seriously as you should be! Pelosi has said, “We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today!”

    • Three Wickets says:

      Interesting. The Fed, the banks, the market are all willing, able and interested in buying more treasuries. But they are blocked by this Congressional rule on the debt ceiling. Here is the gobbledygook statutory langugage.

      As far as making social security payouts using the accounting asset in the SSI trust fund, that may require a Congressional decision (not sure). I believe the shortfall in payouts last year (the first time in history) was paid for with more debt, adding to the deficit and the public/national debt.

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  13. Mary says:

    Incredible, really. After all this, S&P says the $2.5 trillion cut won’t be enough. We may not default, but we’ll still get downgraded (AAA to AA), cuz S&P suggests that it’s the debt and not the ceiling that really matters.

    Dick has really fucked this up, huh?

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