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August 2, 2010

MAYBE SHE SHOULD AVOID USE OF THE WORD 'IDIOTIC'.... On "Fox News Sunday" yesterday, Chris Wallace chatted for a bit with former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) about, among other things, tax policy. Wallace noted, for example, that taxes went up during the Clinton years and the economy did really well. For that matter, Palin demands keeping all of Bush's failed tax cuts in place, but as Wallace reminded her, she doesn't say how she'd pay for them.

She replied:

"Yeah. No. This is going to result in the largest tax increase in U.S. history. And again, it's idiotic. And my palm isn't large enough to write -- to have written all my notes down on what this tax increase -- what it will result in.

"Let me just go through a couple of things that I want people to be aware of, because, you know, the spin coming from Gibbs and the White House -- you're never going to get the truth out of their messaging.

"But Democrats are poised now to cause this largest tax increase in U.S. history. It's a tax increase of $3.8 trillion over the next 10 years, and it will have an effect on every single American who pays an income tax. Small businesses especially will be hit hardest."

When Wallace asked what Palin had written on her palm, she explained, "$3.8 trillion, next 10 years, so I didn't say 3.7 and then get dinged, you know, by the -- by the liberals saying I didn't know what I was talking about."

Well, I'm a liberal, and I'm still comfortable noting that she doesn't know what she's talking about.

For one thing, Democrats, at a minimum, want to keep the current tax rates in place for those making less than $250,000 a year. Palin's assumption is based on a full repeal of all the cuts, which isn't the plan. Palin either (a) isn't paying enough attention to the debate, (b) doesn't know how to use a calculator; or (c) is lying and hoping the public is too confused to know the difference.

As Ruth Marcus noted, "No matter how many times Sarah Palin writes it on her palm, it's not true." In a message to the conspicuously unintelligent Fox News personality, Marcus added, "Sorry, you don't know what you're talking about."

For another, the $3.8 trillion figure is also wrong, even if Dems intended to let all of Bush's cuts expire, which they don't.

And finally, the most sensible approach to dealing with a struggling economy is to increase spending and stimulate growth. Palin wants to cut spending and keep tax cuts for the wealthy which already failed.

Something to keep in mind the next she's tempted to call something "idiotic."

Steve Benen 11:15 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (27)

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Palin: This is going to result in the largest tax increase in U.S. history.

Fine by me. If so, it's a tax increase passed by Republicans in Congress and signed into law by President Bush.

Posted by: Gregory on August 2, 2010 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

palin should follow bush wishes and let it expire in 2011 like he wanted

Posted by: Kill Bill on August 2, 2010 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

Why does Palin hate Bush's ideas, and so by extension, hate America?

Posted by: In what respect, Charlie? on August 2, 2010 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

"the largest tax increase in U.S. history".

Scheess, they're so predictable. We could be writing the copy for them.

Posted by: leo on August 2, 2010 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

You really can't make up stuff like this. If you tried, no one would believe you.

Posted by: Rasputin22 on August 2, 2010 at 11:33 AM | PERMALINK

This by far the stupidest thing she has ever said and there's been a lot of competition for that prize.
Outdoes herself on a daily basis......also

Posted by: john R on August 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

"...(c) is lying and hoping the public is too confused to know the difference."

This strategy has been very successful for Sarah Palin so far. In fact, it has worked for the entire conservative movement. Some Americans will support any paranoid delusion or failed policy as long as the media propagandist/politician lying to you is a pretty conservative, and you get some emotional gratification from believing it.

Posted by: PTate in Mn on August 2, 2010 at 11:37 AM | PERMALINK

Who gives the shit-fer-brains red neck broad her talking points, her retarded baby or her I just had sex with the entire high school hockey team whore daughter?

Posted by: Shoot the Bitch in the Face on August 2, 2010 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

A recent Pew Poll suggests Americans disagree with the half term governor.

http://people-press.org/report/639/

58% want to allow either all or the top level tax cuts to expire.

Whose policies are better for the economy?
Obama 46, Bush 29 , Neither 17

Posted by: RolloTomasi on August 2, 2010 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

"Palin either (a) isn't paying enough attention to the debate, (b) doesn't know how to use a calculator; or (c) is lying and hoping the public is too confused to know the difference."

That's an easy choice - I'll take (c). It is tempting to select the first two and assume she is stupid but selecting (c) proves the same thing.

Posted by: Vandal on August 2, 2010 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

It's also worthwhile to note that Palin herself is only in that top tax bracket as the result of a successful grifting career.

Posted by: DH Walker on August 2, 2010 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

It is downright embarrassing having to respond to that woman.

Pass.

Posted by: Bob M on August 2, 2010 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

Palin either (a) isn't paying enough attention to the debate, (b) doesn't know how to use a calculator; or (c) is lying and hoping the public is too confused to know the difference.

Try all three. This bimbo moron doesn't have an actual positive-number IQ.

As my feminist wife says, the fact that 40-odd years of the women's movement working to have women taken seriously has resulted in a situation where a total fool like Palin can be taken seriously about anything by any part of the public is truly ironic.

Posted by: TCinLA on August 2, 2010 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

As my feminist wife says, the fact that 40-odd years of the women's movement working to have women taken seriously has resulted in a situation where a total fool like Palin can be taken seriously about anything by any part of the public is truly ironic.

At last, women reach parity with men!

Posted by: AK Liberal on August 2, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

"Well, I'm a liberal, and I'm still comfortable noting that she doesn't know what she's talking about."

Well, I'm an idiot, and I resent being classified with this shit-for-brains moose turd. If congress did nothing to prevent this bill from expiring, it is STILL not a reflection on Obama. The expire date was set by Republican congress-critters specifically to avoid taking responsibility for the massive deficit effect this thing has. Be it far from them or their dip-shit spokeswoman to take responsibility for anything.

Posted by: Chopin on August 2, 2010 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

Palin knows better - she is just poisoning the actual policy debate about whether the rich should have their tax cuts expire.

I love the "small businesses" angle, though.

Posted by: Bokonon on August 2, 2010 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

You forget that she her neo-con ally, Bill Kristol, want to start a 3rd war with Iran, a 4th war with Mexico (in order to "seal the border"), and keep the two wars we have, Iraq and Afghanistant going indefinitely.

And the sad thing is she has a shot at being President.

Posted by: sherparick on August 2, 2010 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

PALIN: “Small businesses especially will be hit hardest.

Tough to do when 98% of small businesses are not in the tax brackets that would rise.

Posted by: Joe Friday on August 2, 2010 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

I live in a small town, sometimes help out with income tax & small business books, somehow I cannot recall in the last 10 years any small business owner that had taxable income of 250,000.00.

Posted by: js on August 2, 2010 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

Please Steve..I'm begging you. Go back to NOT writing about the spectacularly misinformed Ms. Palin! If you can't help yourself put her in the snippets and link to some stupid thing she said...

Posted by: SYSPROG on August 2, 2010 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

Bush's failed tax cuts in place

Failed? Au contraire. The rich got ultra-rich and the ultra-rich got uber-ultra rich. Sounds like Republican brand success to me.

Posted by: ckelly on August 2, 2010 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

If this moronic bimbo runs for president, Democrats need to push her as hard to release her college transcripts as the Republicans pushed Obama to release his birth certificate!

The results would be far more entertaining, I assure you!

Posted by: Sam Simple on August 2, 2010 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

If a store has a weekend sale where everything in the store is half-off, does that mean that on Monday the store has doubled its prices? That would have to be the biggest price increase in the store's history.

Posted by: josef on August 2, 2010 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Sarah. You have outdone yourself. I'm sure that the Fox News elite 'journalists' will all be on your side, but that doesn't make any of it true. I think you are just against letting those tax cuts expire because you are now on the top side of earners and you will have to pay! Better start donating to something other than SARAHPAC, which doesn't qualify for tax exemption. You know, donate to Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross: organizations that actually help real people, really POOR people, the ones you don't care about one iota. You take money from non-profits when you speak instead of returning it to them to help others. You are a poor excuse for a Christian, Ms. Cojones.And, too, also, a poor excuse for a caring human being.

Posted by: Sally on August 2, 2010 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

Dear idesign:

I've read your posts before, and the crazier your Queen gets, the crazier your posts get. BTW, I voted for Obama, and I'M DAMNED GLAD I DID.

Your queen, however, is GOING DOWN, DOWN, DOWN. Count on it -- she looks more ludicrous every. single. day. And I saw it coming!! I wrote an editorial in our city's paper two days after McCain "picked her" for VP post. A woman's intuition about a poor excuse of a woman/VP candidate? YOU BETCHA.

Posted by: endofmyrope on August 2, 2010 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

It's wrong for a Democrat to refer to something as "retarded" but ok for Sarah Palin to use "idiotic" (from the word idiot http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idiot )

Maybe it would have been ok if he had said 'retardic'....since we get to make up our own words now.

Posted by: Marc on August 2, 2010 at 11:15 PM | PERMALINK

Um, what the hell is up with her still writing things on her hand? Does she think it's cute or something?

I feel like Obama needs to give America a basic lesson about how taxes, budgets and deficits work, as well as point out why the GOP is only pretending to care about deficit spending (they did it for years) and that you can't say you care about deficit spending AND want to lower taxes at the same time-- it's totally contradictory on its face.

Posted by: zoe kentucky on August 3, 2010 at 8:07 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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