Sudden and relentless reform
It was her best speech since she accepted the vice presidential nomination. Sarah Palin clearly articulated what was wrong with the policies of the current administration and then clearly articulated an indisputable plan to fix it.
In a well written and well delivered speech, Palin lambasted the Obama presidency by reading a passage from her RNC Convention speech of 3 years ago which clearly shows how she called what was going to happen. Pointing out that now he has a record, the former governor of Alaska made it clear that the movement should not just be about getting rid of Obama, but be about bringing an end to business as usual (the status quo) and crony capitalism.
The staple of the Palin plan is energy. "I promise you this will bring real job growth, not the politicians' phony green jobs fairy dust sprinkled with wishes and glitter..." There are enough conventional energy projects waiting in the wings, she said, that could create more than a million of high paying jobs. She called it a "stimulus project that actually helps dig us out of debt instead of digging us further into it."
"America's economic revival starts with America's energy revival."
She advocated the elimination of all federal corporate income tax. This could be done by eliminating corporate welfare and all the loopholes, she said. Speaking as a pure capitalist she explained, "this is how we break the back of crony capitalism because it feeds off corporate welfare which is just socialism for the very rich.." The message to job creating corporations, she said, is "we'll unshackle you from the world's highest federal taxes, but you will stand or fall on your own just like all the rest of us out on Main Street."
The latest Fox News poll which shows a majority of Americans don't want her to run for president may no longer be valid after today's speech and Monday's when Governor Palin is scheduled to speak again in New Hampshire. "Polls are for strippers and cross country skiiers," she said.
Clearly, this speech shows she is presidential. The substance of the speech was thick with stats and a plan. The plan she laid out is arguably the best of any of the plans being laid out by the GOP presidential candidates. To not have this woman on stage explaining it to the American people in the debates would be a disservice to the political process.
"Like you, I'm not for sale," Palin said.
The entire speech is substance. Just quoting bits and pieces of it in an article can't do it justice.
Many will find both the substance and the delivery of the speech to be Reaganesque. She was repeatedly interrupted with crowd chants of "run, Sarah, run." Although she said "you don't need a title," one of us in this movement will have to have a title if this plan is to ever be implemented. The speech is the vision. To carry out this plan, she willl need the title of Madam President and all of her supporters will have to have her back.
Thanks to Brian at The Right Scoop for the video.
Thanks to Ron Devito for the transcript.
For more, read these great articles:
Sarah Palin rocks Iowa: ‘The status quo is no longer an option’ by Jedediah Bila at The Daily Caller
Root Causes: In Iowa, Sarah Palin Lays Out a Governing Philosophy that Should Worry Both Sides of the Aisle by John Nolte at Big Government