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Palin invokes "nanny state"

Sarah Palin took a page out of the Reason playbook for an attack on Barack Obama on Saturday, invoking the image of a "nanny state" and virtually pleading for Americans to not give the Democrats control over all the Legislative and Executive branch power in the US. From CNN:

Campaigning Saturday in Iowa, a state where polls show Barack Obama enjoying a healthy lead just 10 days before the election, Sarah Palin warned that putting Obama in the White House along with Democrats running both chambers of Congress will turn the country into a nanny state.

Palin cautioned Iowans that under Obama's "big government agenda," their income, property and investments would be "shared with everybody else." She labeled Obama's plan to provide tax credits to lower and middle-income wage-earners "the philosophy of government taking more, which is a misuse of the power to tax."

"It leads to government moving into the role of taking care of you, and government and politicians and, kind of moving in as the other half of your family to make decisions for you," she said. "Now they do this in other countries where the people are not free. Government as part of the family, taking care of us, making decisions for us. I don't know what to think of having in my family Uncle Barney Frank or others to make decisions for me."

With audience members shouting "socialist!" throughout her speech, the Alaska governor said that time is running out for Americans to realize the danger of a having a Democrat in the White House.

"Are we hearing what he is saying with 10 days to go?," she asked plaintively. "Are voters hearing what he is saying about his plans for bigger government?"

Of course, such rhetoric carries only limited value from a woman who seems able to contradict her self contradictions at any and every turn. In other news, Joe Biden finally gave an interview (he hadn't held a press conference in over a month... but you didn't see the "Evil Left Wing Liberal Fire Breathing Media" demanding he be available to the public did you? Gotta love the hypocrisy at every turn. And the greatest irony... the interview of Biden apparently got so tough that the interview sessions were called off mid-stride. Which VP candidate was the one we said couldn't stand up to international pressures if they had to take the White House office?

Anthony Randazzo is Director of Economic Research


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