Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Heartbeat away!

Think Sarah Palin is ready to be Vice president -- or potentially the President?
When asked her opinion of the recent government takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, Palin ignorantly stated that the two had “gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers,” which shows a basic ignorance of what were not government programs, but private corporations!

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are privately owned banks that were no burden at all to taxpayers. As the federal government takes them over, they will now become our burden. This basic ignorance of these two well-known institutions, and Palin's ignorant comments about them should concern anyone who votes for McCain. Do we want someone in the white house who is so ignorant that they don't even know the basic facts of a currently in-the-news organization?

Of course, what happened to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is not unlike what happened in the Savings and Loan crisis in the late 1980s. Guess who was receiving bribe money from Charles Keating during that scandal, and publicly rebuked by the senate back then? You guessed it -- John McCain! Can we really trust this guy, who helped bring about one of the costliest financial scandals in US history, and who willingly accepted bribe money and attempted to obstruct justice? Because of people like McCain accepting bribes to lobby on behalf of financial criminals, US taxpayers had to shell out 160 billion dollars. Neil Bush, son of former president George H. Bush, alone, cost taxpayers 1.6 billion dollars!

In the Savings and loan Scandal, McCain was cleared of impropriety, but publicly condemned for exercising poor judgement. What does this speak of his character, even now? He makes poor judgements, apparently, and his running mate is clueless. What a great combination!


Pocket Nerd said...

Alternate hypothesis: Palin actually is familiar with the basics of FHLMC and FNMA, but felt the comment about "too big and too expensive to the taxpayers" would resonate better with her potential voter base. Conservative voters are deluged with messages from Faux News and other right-wing noise boxes insisting that paying taxes is a bad, bad thing, and nobody would have to do it ever if not for those silly spendthrift Democrats.

David W. Irish said...

I doubt it. Remember, she's the same person, who when asked about the possibility of her being selected for Vice President, pooh-poohed it, saying "I don't know if I even know what the Vice president's job is... What exactly does the Vice President do, anyway?"

Seeing that she's from a dumb-shit Fundy church in a state that has fewer people than the city of Boston, where most jobs don't require much intelligence to begin with, it's not difficult to accept that she's just another redneck dumbass.

Pocket Nerd said...

True, that's also possible. I'm cynical, though, and I suspect an awful lot of the dumbfuckery we see from Republican leaders is a ploy to exploit the culture of anti-intellectualism in the United States.

I think Shrubby really is that stupid, though.

GamingAsshole said...

Well, I agree with that point there, pocket nerd.