Palin Lashes 'Clueless' Obama for Debt Debacle

Stop dithering, drill for natural gas, she urges
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2011 1:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sarah Palin skewered President Obama on Facebook last night over the nation's credit rating downgrade, saying he doesn't have "even a notion" of how to deal with the current fiscal meltdown. She blasted his latest press conference as another orgy of "old talking points and finger-pointing." Though compromise-allergic Tea Party members have been blamed by critics for helping to paralyze Congress, Palin argued that "blaming the Tea Party" is "akin to Nero blaming the Christians for burning Rome." We "commonsense fiscal conservatives were the ones grabbing for the extinguishers while politically correct politicians buried their heads in what soon became this bonfire," she writes in the 2,300-word piece.

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There’s "no such thing as a free lunch," she adds. "Didn’t we all learn that in our micro and macro econ classes? I did at the University of Idaho"—where Palin earned a BA in communications. What's Palin's solution to the mess? For one thing, the US should be "investing in things that matter," such as drilling at home for natural gas, instead of wasting time with "happy talk" and "solar shingles" and "really fast trains," she writes. And we must drop "burdensome regulations" to let corporations know that "America is open for business again," she crows. The Washington Post calls the broadside "hardly a traditional approach to campaigning" by a potential candidate who hasn't appeared publicly for any length of time since May. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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