INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Sarah Palin struck a populist tone and assailed corporate favoritism Saturday in a campaign-style speech to tea party activists. The Republican star visited the state that kicks off the GOP presidential race as the clock ticks down on her self-imposed deadline to enter it.

She did not announce whether she will run for the White House. But the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee did lay the rhetorical groundwork for an outsider campaign by advocating proposals aimed at addressing the nation’s stubbornly high unemployment.

And in doing so, Palin set herself apart from President Barack Obama, a Democrat seeking re-election who is rolling out a jobs plan next week, and, in a veiled way, from some declared Republican presidential candidates.

“This is why we must remember the challenge is not simply to replace Obama in 2012. The real change is who and what we will replace him with,” Palin said at a tea party rally in a rural area south of Des Moines. “Folks, you know it’s not enough to change the uniform.”

The audience of about 2,000 supporters from all over the country, dampened by heavy rains that quit shortly before the midday speech, erupted into chants of “Run, Sarah, Run!”

But Palin gave no response, and steered clear of any reference to a candidacy, even in jest as she has in the past, during her 40-minute speech.

“It would be a tremendous disappointment to a lot of people if she didn’t run,” said Mike Archambault, who traveled from Oregon to attend the rally.

Palin highlighted her two years as Alaska governor as an example of confronting powerful interests including the state’s oil industry. She accused Obama and leaders in Washington of coddling corporations, at heavy cost to the taxpayers.

And while not naming any of her would-be GOP rivals, she also said other Republicans were guilty of repaying campaign donations with policy perks.

In recent weeks, media reports have pointed out instances in which people who have donated to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaigns have received appointments. That has left Perry vulnerable to criticism of corporate influence.

“There is a name for this. It’s corporate, crony capitalism,” she said.
Asked later if she was referring to Perry, she said all GOP candidates should be on alert.

“I want all of our GOP candidates to take the opportunity to kill corporate capitalism that is leading to this cronyism that’s destroying our economy,” Palin said, while in a crush of hundreds of supporters asking for autographs and posing for pictures.

Palin also said her remarks should not be construed as a campaign address, telling reporters: “It was a thank-you-tea-party-Americans speech.”

Palin’s appearance in Iowa came as she nears a late-September deadline for announcing her future political plans, if there are any.

Her Saturday appearance in Iowa and plans to headline a tea party rally Monday in New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation primary, elevated the sense of urgency surrounding her.

Time may be running out for Palin to command the spotlight as she has throughout the summer, despite her coyness about a candidacy. There are three nationally televised debates for the declared GOP candidates, which are expected to shape the race in a way that could leave her behind.

Her speech Saturday stood out because after a summer of railing about the federal debt crisis, she switched gears and offered ideas she argued would lift the economy. She addressed jobs issue that declared candidates have only begun to tackle on the campaign trail.

She proposed expanding oil drilling and loosening regulations on it. She called for pared down business regulations. And she suggested eliminating the corporate income tax.

“It’s not just fear of a double-dip recession, and it’s not the shame of a credit downgrade,” she said. “This is a systemic crisis due to failed policies and incompetent leadership.”

Should Palin run, she may try to do so in an unconventional way.

Although she has drawn large crowds during two Iowa appearances within the past month, she has done none of the political spadework other presidential contenders have such as meeting with key party activists and officials.

Meanwhile, Republican candidates who are also popular with the tea party, including Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, have emerged as contenders for the nomination. And Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, now is making a play for tea party support.

While Palin remains popular with tea party activists, her popularity with rank-and-file Republicans has dropped sharply.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (61)
  1. Jim says:

    What a bimbo! Big booobies and a shallow personality won’t fix the economy!

    1. Alvin Frankenstein says:

      You shouldn’t talk like that about Obama. His man boobs aren’t his worst feature. The economy is!! STUPID!!

    2. Jim says:

      The only people who are bigger bimbos than Palin are the ones who support her!

      1. Alvin Frankenstein says:

        Ditto for Obamy!! And the numbers fall!! Down goes Dumbo, just like the economy!!! It’s all his! But you Obamatrons, Jim just follow blindly!! TOO STUPID!! Palin ruffles your feathers and she has no power. Run scared little boy!!

        1. Jim says:

          Hey Al,

          I ain’t afraid of no-one,especially ‘lil weasels like yourself. You better stay in your trailer ’cause you might run into me one day 😉 Palin is nothing but ‘lipstick on a pig’

          Obama has this next election in the bag!

          1. Alvin Frankenstein says:

            And Dumbo is a flying elephant!!! You better be careful with the threats. Your fear is showing!!!

            Maybe Dumbo could do another flyover for the anniversary? He’s so smart that way. That might be a shovel ready job?
            BYE BYE Insane!!!

  2. AntiTeabagger says:

    Why is this moron still in the news? Who cares about her anyways?

    1. doc says:

      Anybody would be better then what we have in the white house

      1. back at you says:

        Anybody but a republican as they got us into this mess. Then they criticize Obama for not cleaning up their mess fast enough. Why would anybody want a republican in the white house after the 8 year Bush debacle? It might be time to give the independents a shot.

      2. Kathy says:

        This comment should get the prize for the most ignorant statement today… a bigot type remark. LEARNED no doubt. Anybody with the capacity to think for themself finds this sadistic and without substance… a republican mentality stemmed from a century past.

        Before Palin, republicans seemed lost and out of touch. Now, they appear foolish. McCain might agree. Politics for him included the old school when things worked for the better and value was placed on common good, and now we’re just a vote (if counted accurately).

        No more to be said…. However, I must give Tim Pawlenty credit for finally realizing that it’s over. The majority who rules are going to look elsewhere when the time comes. That includes President Obama, and Hilliary… outsourcing and hardship created for poor (Welfare Reform) are the sins you won’t be forgiven now that people are understanding something about fear, uncertainty, job insecurity, fallen realestate value, lost pensions and cutbacks in programs deemed necessary to survival. You and Bill should be given this credit where it’s due.

        I spoke to a gentleman who markets with China on a very large scale, and his knowledge is something that will give greater understanding about why products marketed are diminishing in substance….

        Outsourcing doesn’t work anymore. The cost to ship goods cuts-in to profit on a scale where it neither makes sense to move forward, or go back.

        Interesting is the fact that retooling U.S. Manufacturing is no longer feasible due to slowed growth and exhorbitant costs. Outsourcing shipping costs are dipping into profit which makes them an equally bad investmetn.

        Thank You Bill and Hilliary! You created vast fortunes and destroyed our nations good.

      3. Alvin Frankenstein says:

        Agree doc. Even an inanimate object!!! He he he!!

  3. Matt says:

    if she was elected to be president she would quit after 2 years.

    1. Alvin Frankenstein says:

      If only we could get the clown in there now to do that?

  4. sheishot says:

    I’ll give her my mushroom stamp, but she’d never get my vote!

  5. Sarah........ says:


  6. frozenrunner says:

    Jim Bitney must be getting a big laugh out of Palin assailing cronyism. She stood up to big oil by raising taxes on the oil companies so the state of Alaska would get part of the oil company windfall.
    In the same speech saying she stood up to big oil and wanting to end corporate income tax becomes yet another example of twisted minds of politicians. Shouldn’t she be running as a Democrat given a career as a tax raiser?

  7. MIke says:

    Come on Sarah, jump into the race as an independent. I would love nothing more than have this fruit cup split the Republican vote that would guarantee President Obama another four years in office.

    1. Alvin Frankenstein says:

      I don’t think I’ve seen a post by someone with a lower IQ? 4 more years of absolute failure!!! I DON’T THINK SO!!!

      1. PS says:

        It may be concidered a failure by you but t us it is treason by the rebublican congress and senete and any one who beleives anything the rebublicans are puking up is an idiot !!

        1. Alvin Frankenstein says:

          Does your leader take responsibility for anything? For 2 years he had control of congress and the senate so your point is you don’t know how to spell and you don’t know the history so time for Obamy to go back to wherever he came from!!!
          The majority says so!!!

  8. Sue J says:

    So nice to see the haters with stupid comments and nothing to bring to the table! Must be Libs or Socialists!! LOL

    1. AntiTeabagger says:

      No, just right minded people who think this idiot should get out of the spotlight, she will never win an office of any kind every. Like her opinion matters about anything!

    2. frozenrunner says:

      What did you bring to the table with your comment? Where is there anything intelligent or thought provoking? More name calling.

    3. PS says:

      like your smart comment sue j GET REAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. StraycatStrut says:

    Go Palin… tell it like it is without Liberal Spin. A thorn in the Liberal side. I paid more in income taxes then GE and who cares about the horned frog toad living over a ground oil well in ND (a state for you libs if you do not know). 2012 is a time to rid the nation of OBAMA our all talk, weak, lead from behind, phoney birth certificate Kenyen born Muslim President….

    1. Mark says:

      Will all you republicans please give it a rest! The man has shown he was born in Hawaii, and has atended a Christian based church, even though he has the right in this nation to practice any religion that he chooses. What 8 years of non-funded wars, and failed tax policies don’t you understand? Or is it just something in that tea you’re drinking that doesn’t allow you to think with an understanding mind?

      1. stubby says:

        Wake up Mark, for 2 and half years this loser of a pres had complete control of the house and the senate, yet did nothing to help the economy and the unemployment rate. Right now food stamps useage is at an all-time high, unemployment is over 9%, stock market struggling, foreclosers continue, home prices falling like a rock, black unemployment at 27%….the list goes on and on. So tell me Mark, what does this pres have to run on to get re-electec? The only thing the dems can do is to attack personally the repubs running for office. What has obama done that has been so great as to get him re-elected?

      2. StraycatStrut says:

        Mark…… as the saying goes…” No rest for the Wicked”…… no rest for the incompetent Obama. Christain Church…. would that be 20 yrs with Rev Wright who slams the WHITE population? Racist? Failed tax policies…. correct… GE paid no taxes….Immelt is in bed with BO bigtime. And my tea taste just fine…… thank you!!

      3. Alvin Frankenstein says:

        C’mon Mark! respond to the logical posts from stubby and straycatstrut. Bet you can’t!!!

    2. David J. Conklin says:

      >phoney birth certificate Kenyen born Muslim President

      I was always told that if you are going to lie, lie well–not badly.

    3. Linda says:

      Straycat, You seem to be a bit confused. The GOP is the reason that you paid more taxes than GE. Democrats want to tax corporations. As for the rest of your Obama tripe, please turn off Fox and go read a book–preferably one that is not by Beck or Limbaugh.

      1. Alvin Frankenstein says:

        Linda, you should turn off MSNBC! You’re more than confused! You’re downright stupid!! Another 4 years of Insane? DON’T THINK SO!!! We won’t be fooled again!!!

        1. Linda says:

          First of all, I don’t watch MSNBC. Secondly, I didn’t say that I necessarily support Obama for another four years. I commented on the birther, Muslim, Kenya nonsense. Did you ever notice how so many of you repeat the same things in the same words over and over and over again? That doesn’t say intelligent people with critical thinking abilities to me. Go ahead and call me stupid. I’d rather be a stupid thinker than a trained parrot.

          1. Alvin Frankenstein says:

            Linda, I did notice that you all say the same thing in the same words all the time. Funny that. I guess assuming someone gets their news from Fox alone would be unbiased? You voted for the fool Obamy and now you’ve got your tail between your legs. This economy can be blamed on you then? I don’t necessarily believe in the birther theory but I do hate Obamy for what he has done to this country. NEVER has it been so divided!! EVER!!

            1. Linda says:

              You are correct. I should not have made the Fox comment. It was a biased statement.

  10. Murph says:

    Todd is just glad she’s not home!

  11. When will the truth sink in? says:

    You libs must love the economic doldrums. Seriously, it aint working and it’s time for reality to set in. If I didn’t already have money, I would be really mad at the Obama economy.

  12. Bachmann says:

    2000 people bussed in from around the country. Tea party members should ask who’s paying for this.

  13. StraycatStrut says:

    -Natl Debt $14 Trillion
    -Unemployment 15% +(count those not looking)
    -Food Stamps up 33%
    -NO Gitmo closure he PROMISED Jan 2010
    -No More Oprah Support (inportant to BO)
    -Sues States protecting themselves-illegal immigration
    -Failed “Fast and the Furious” gun runner to eliminate the 2nd Amendment
    -Has Eric Holder at DOJ
    -“Sign the bill before you read it” Obamacare- oops we’re now broke.
    -40 Czars? Leading from behind
    -Pre-67 borders for Israel
    -No budget for the first 2 years
    -$400 per person stimulate the economy Sch M of 1040 (are you kidding?)
    -The Drone King…. war in Lybia w/out Congressional approval

    Do I need to go on?….. Vote: NOBAMA in 2012.


    1. hard rains says:

      But you are backing the very things that got us to this point…Bush…

      1. Tom says:

        @ hardrains

        It does seem that Straycatstrut is condeming for continuing some of things that Bush started that know doubt Straycatstrut supported. But I did notice somethings that Straycatstrut left out.

        1. Tax cuts not paid for
        2. Two wars not paid for.
        3. Bush was given a surplus and blew that surplus in no time.
        4. Bush handed Obama the deficit.
        5. Obama put the two wars on the books which is something Bush did not do.
        6. We were losing about 500,000 jobs a month BEFORE Obama came into office.
        7. Obama got Bin Laden. Maybe Bush would have if he hadn’t wasted his time going into Iraq.
        8. Yes Obama has done more drone attacks and look at the results.
        9. People like Straycutstrut are compling about Obama’s big spending. But ask Straycatstrut who he voted for in 2004 if he or she says Bush then he or she voted to keep a big spender in office.
        10. People like Straycatstrut preach about fiscal / personal responsibility, but yet who are they blaming now? The person that is in the Whitehouse.
        11. Speaking of Bush tax cuts they were in acted in Bush first 4 years and have been extended twice and what do we have to show for it?

        1. DC says:

          Hey Now, Tom, that isn’t fair. Bush looked relentlessly for bin Laden…all the way up to March of 2002.

          1. Tom says:

            @ DC

            I know you are being sarcastic. But this mess in the Middle East actually had nothiing to do with getting Bin Laden as much as imuch as it had to do with the neo-cons fixation with Hussein.

      2. Tom says:

        @ hardrains

        It does seem that Straycatstrut is condeming for continuing some of things that Bush started that know doubt Straycatstrut supported. But I did notice somethings that Straycatstrut left out.

        1. Tax cuts not paid for
        2. Two wars not paid for.
        3. Bush was given a surplus and blew that surplus in no time.
        4. Bush handed Obama the deficit.
        5. Obama put the two wars on the books which is something Bush did not do.
        6. We were losing about 500,000 jobs a month BEFORE Obama came into office.
        7. Obama got Bin Laden. Maybe Bush would have if he hadn’t wasted his time going into Iraq.
        8. Yes Obama has done more drone attacks and look at the results.
        9. People like Straycutstrut are compling about Obama’s big spending. But ask Straycatstrut who he voted for in 2004 if he or she says Bush then he or she voted to keep a big spender in office.
        10. People like Straycatstrut preach about fiscal / personal responsibility, but yet who are they blaming now? The person that is in the Whitehouse.
        11. Speaking of Bush tax cuts they were in acted in Bush first 4 years and have been extended twice and what do we have to show for it?

        1. sarcasm is great says:

          Barack Obama gets it. It’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs. And not like it was back in January 2009 (when he promised 3.5 million jobs over the next couple of years) or December 2009 (when he pushed for clean-energy jobs) or January 2010 (when he announced that jobs would be his “number one focus” in his State of the Union address) or even September 2010 (when he promised employment via road-building projects that weren’t undertaken as part of the 2009 stimulus’ stated emphasis on shovel-ready infrastructure projects). This time he means it. Of course he does. After all, this time, it’s not just about the economic vitality of the nation. His political future rests upon a jobs program so urgently needed that he’s going to announce it mere days after Labor Day weekend. Nothing focuses the mind so much as worries about losing your own job.—Nick Gillespie

    2. Alvin Frankenstein says:

      You forgot the 3rd war in Libya without permission!! The man’s a downright dirty liar!!! Insane stinks!!

    3. AntiTeabagger says:

      Let’s see bush’s stats smarty pants!

  14. IntheMidwest says:

    Why Inequality is the Real Cause of Our Ongoing Terrible Economy By Robert Reich

    Sunday, September 4, 2011

    THE 5 percent of Americans with the highest incomes now account for 37 percent of all consumer purchases, according to the latest research from Moody’s Analytics. That should come as no surprise. Our society has become more and more unequal.

    When so much income goes to the top, the middle class doesn’t have enough purchasing power to keep the economy going without sinking ever more deeply into debt — which, as we’ve seen, ends badly. An economy so dependent on the spending of a few is also prone to great booms and busts. The rich splurge and speculate when their savings are doing well. But when the values of their assets tumble, they pull back. That can lead to wild gyrations. Sound familiar?

    The economy won’t really bounce back until America’s surge toward inequality is reversed. Even if by some miracle President Obama gets support for a second big stimulus while Ben S. Bernanke’s Fed keeps interest rates near zero, neither will do the trick without a middle class capable of spending. Pump-priming works only when a well contains enough water.

    Look back over the last hundred years and you’ll see the pattern. During periods when the very rich took home a much smaller proportion of total income — as in the Great Prosperity between 1947 and 1977 — the nation as a whole grew faster and median wages surged. We created a virtuous cycle in which an ever growing middle class had the ability to consume more goods and services, which created more and better jobs, thereby stoking demand. The rising tide did in fact lift all boats.

    During periods when the very rich took home a larger proportion — as between 1918 and 1933, and in the Great Regression from 1981 to the present day — growth slowed, median wages stagnated and we suffered giant downturns. It’s no mere coincidence that over the last century the top earners’ share of the nation’s total income peaked in 1928 and 2007 — the two years just preceding the biggest downturns.

    Starting in the late 1970s, the middle class began to weaken. Although productivity continued to grow and the economy continued to expand, wages began flattening in the 1970s because new technologies — container ships, satellite communications, eventually computers and the Internet — started to undermine any American job that could be automated or done more cheaply abroad. The same technologies bestowed ever larger rewards on people who could use them to innovate and solve problems. Some were product entrepreneurs; a growing number were financial entrepreneurs. The pay of graduates of prestigious colleges and M.B.A. programs — the “talent” who reached the pinnacles of power in executive suites and on Wall Street — soared.

    The middle class nonetheless continued to spend, at first enabled by the flow of women into the work force. (In the 1960s only 12 percent of married women with young children were working for pay; by the late 1990s, 55 percent were.) When that way of life stopped generating enough income, Americans went deeper into debt. From the late 1990s to 2007, the typical household debt grew by a third. As long as housing values continued to rise it seemed a painless way to get additional money.

    Eventually, of course, the bubble burst. That ended the middle class’s remarkable ability to keep spending in the face of near stagnant wages. The puzzle is why so little has been done in the last 40 years to help deal with the subversion of the economic power of the middle class. With the continued gains from economic growth, the nation could have enabled more people to become problem solvers and innovators — through early childhood education, better public schools, expanded access to higher education and more efficient public transportation.

    We might have enlarged safety nets — by having unemployment insurance cover part-time work, by giving transition assistance to move to new jobs in new locations, by creating insurance for communities that lost a major employer. And we could have made Medicare available to anyone.

    Big companies could have been required to pay severance to American workers they let go and train them for new jobs. The minimum wage could have been pegged at half the median wage, and we could have insisted that the foreign nations we trade with do the same, so that all citizens could share in gains from trade.

    We could have raised taxes on the rich and cut them for poorer Americans.

    But starting in the late 1970s, and with increasing fervor over the next three decades, government did just the opposite. It deregulated and privatized. It cut spending on infrastructure as a percentage of the national economy and shifted more of the costs of public higher education to families. It shredded safety nets. (Only 27 percent of the unemployed are covered by unemployment insurance.) And it allowed companies to bust unions and threaten employees who tried to organize. Fewer than 8 percent of private-sector workers are unionized.

    More generally, it stood by as big American companies became global companies with no more loyalty to the United States than a GPS satellite. Meanwhile, the top income tax rate was halved to 35 percent and many of the nation’s richest were allowed to treat their income as capital gains subject to no more than 15 percent tax. Inheritance taxes that affected only the topmost 1.5 percent of earners were sliced. Yet at the same time sales and payroll taxes — both taking a bigger chunk out of modest paychecks — were increased.

    Most telling of all, Washington deregulated Wall Street while insuring it against major losses. In so doing, it allowed finance — which until then had been the servant of American industry — to become its master, demanding short-term profits over long-term growth and raking in an ever larger portion of the nation’s profits. By 2007, financial companies accounted for over 40 percent of American corporate profits and almost as great a percentage of pay, up from 10 percent during the Great Prosperity.

    Some say the regressive lurch occurred because Americans lost confidence in government. But this argument has cause and effect backward. The tax revolts that thundered across America starting in the late 1970s were not so much ideological revolts against government — Americans still wanted all the government services they had before, and then some — as against paying more taxes on incomes that had stagnated. Inevitably, government services deteriorated and government deficits exploded, confirming the public’s growing cynicism about government’s doing anything right.

    Some say we couldn’t have reversed the consequences of globalization and technological change. Yet the experiences of other nations, like Germany, suggest otherwise. Germany has grown faster than the United States for the last 15 years, and the gains have been more widely spread. While Americans’ average hourly pay has risen only 6 percent since 1985, adjusted for inflation, German workers’ pay has risen almost 30 percent. At the same time, the top 1 percent of German households now take home about 11 percent of all income — about the same as in 1970. And although in the last months Germany has been hit by the debt crisis of its neighbors, its unemployment is still below where it was when the financial crisis started in 2007.

    How has Germany done it? Mainly by focusing like a laser on education (German math scores continue to extend their lead over American), and by maintaining strong labor unions.

    THE real reason for America’s Great Regression was political. As income and wealth became more concentrated in fewer hands, American politics reverted to what Marriner S. Eccles, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, described in the 1920s, when people “with great economic power had an undue influence in making the rules of the economic game.” With hefty campaign contributions and platoons of lobbyists and public relations spinners, America’s executive class has gained lower tax rates while resisting reforms that would spread the gains from growth.

    Yet the rich are now being bitten by their own success. Those at the top would be better off with a smaller share of a rapidly growing economy than a large share of one that’s almost dead in the water.

    The economy cannot possibly get out of its current doldrums without a strategy to revive the purchasing power of America’s vast middle class. The spending of the richest 5 percent alone will not lead to a virtuous cycle of more jobs and higher living standards. Nor can we rely on exports to fill the gap. It is impossible for every large economy, including the United States, to become a net exporter.

    Reviving the middle class requires that we reverse the nation’s decades-long trend toward widening inequality. This is possible notwithstanding the political power of the executive class. So many people are now being hit by job losses, sagging incomes and declining home values that Americans could be mobilized.

    Moreover, an economy is not a zero-sum game. Even the executive class has an enlightened self-interest in reversing the trend; just as a rising tide lifts all boats, the ebbing tide is now threatening to beach many of the yachts. The question is whether, and when, we will summon the political will. We have summoned it before in even bleaker times.

    As the historian James Truslow Adams defined the American Dream when he coined the term at the depths of the Great Depression, what we seek is “a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone.”

    That dream is still within our grasp.

    1. Reality sucks says:

      The article is fabulous if you are a left leaning liberal, independent, journalist or economist. Unfortunately, we are far beyond our ability to repair the damage. The state of our economy favors the top since the ratio has been unmoved for generations and, if at all, will have a slow journey down. Looking into yesteryear does no good in providing a plan for tomorrow. What’s done is done and the game has changed. Blame gaming is an irrational response to what is at hand. Example: does anyone really believe that we can turn the housing catastrophe around by regulating this, or regulating that (after the fact) and in return get the housing prices to return to its pre-bubble status again? No, because we’ve all learned our lesson and there is no fear of repeat. Same goes with everything in that article. We will never see the juicy free flow of credit of the 80’s-90’s and mid 2000’s either. I consider it a failed project for the world, not just the U.S. The world invested in America by buying up our debt (bonds) wanting more and more so to build their own economies on our backs…and we delivered. Rich, middle, poor all jumped on board and grabbed a loan and a credit card. America’s answer of “Don’t worry, go shopping” needs to change. Our consumer economy needs to become stronger by becoming a blended one. We’re already the best in this category, we need to improve upon it and produce more. That’s where the jobs will come in and American’s will prosper.

  15. Best3800 says:

    Best article I’ve read in a long time. I Believe in this logic that the economy recovers when EVERYONE prospers not just the top 2% When the middle class has purchasing POWER,we will get out of this mess! O.K haters, come out and debunk this article, tell us how trickle down is suppose to work again!

    1. Alvin Frankenstein says:

      Too bad you buy into Obamy’s class warfare. Would you be interested in some land I have in FL or a bridge in NY? I just bet you would!!!

      1. WW says:

        Alvin, you seem to have a lot of misdirected anger. Please gets om help.

  16. Reality sucks says:

    If you believe in the logic of purchasing power of middle America etc. is going to get us out of this mess, you must first have legitamate belief that the purchasing power of our government will remain unchanged. The last I heard, we were downgraded and our debt is 7 times our revenue and 40 cents of every dollar we spend is borrowed. Who will continue to borrow us this 40% of “world welfare?” We take in 200 billion PER DAY of foreign investment. What happens when they don’t want to invest in us anymore?

  17. Best3800 says:

    Linda, you got game! Alvin is a parrot. Who’s going to beat Obama, he needs a challenger, let’s say someone with Brains,oh that’s RIGHT, they haven’t found one yet to lead this country. Maybe they could talk Rush into running,he’s the leader of the what ever party anyway.

    1. Linda says:

      I think you’re the parrot! You didn’t read my whole comment. I don’t like Obama. Sorry! A lot of people have more brains than Obama and that is becoming very evident. Good luck though?

  18. Best3800 says:

    Straycat, Tom’s list was the abreviated version we’d be here till next week if we added his V.P,s disgusting antics which if Obama pushed hard enough he’d end up in Jail

    1. Linda says:

      I hope Obama does end up in jail!!! You’ve got that right and the clown Biden? The sheriff stole the money!!

    2. pss says:

      and we could be here until the end of time if we published all thee rebublican moronic antics bush and cheney should be in jail NOW

  19. anti bachmann says:

    OH MY GOD if this is all the republicans can give us GOD HELP US
    palin is just as stupid as bachmann they would make a great couple!

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