Sarah Palin went to Chinese Hong Kong, an area run by the Chinese Communist Party, and an area with an adaptation of Britain's dreaded "socialist medicine" to attack the President of the United States. There was a time not so long ago when politics stopped at the water's edge; sure we'd have ferocious internal debates about foreign policy--debates which, mind you, are clearly over Sarah Palin's head. But a politician who went overseas to attack the sitting President of the United States would rightly be seen as a disloyal idiot--the modern day version of Benedict Arnold if you will.
According to the Huffington Post, Palin attacked government intervention in the economy--government intervention which she supported when she was the Vice Presidential nominee of the Republican Party:
"Palin spoke out against government intervention in the economy. "We got into this mess because of government interference in the first place," Palin said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "We're not interested in government fixes, we're interested in freedom," she added.
She didn't refer to President Barack Obama by name, the Wall Street Journal reported, but said she called his campaign promises "nebulous, utopian sounding... Now 10 months later, though, a lot of Americans are asking: more government? Is that the change we want?"
This was clearly an attack on President Obama's health care reform on foreign soil. Most of the people there don't really care about health care reform; they're foreign nationals, and chances are they have universal health care in their home country--universal health care that allows their country to spend less on health care while providing everyone access to the doctor's office. Generally, these health care systems are quite popular with their electorates, just as Medicare--government-run, single payer health care--is quite popular here in the United States.
Still, I can't miss this opportunity to point out that we are already living under Sarah Palin's health care reform plan, and that it has been a complete disaster. Last September, Palin told Katie Couric that the bailout was her health care reform plan in September:
"PALIN: Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions."
Nearly a year has passed since Sarah Palin's health care reform plan became the law of the land, and 48 million Americans are still uninsured. Thousands of Americans are being denied care they need to stay alive, and are forced to spend years fighting corrupt insurance bureaucrats in the court system. Americans who don't have insurance are literally left out in the cold; this year thousands of them have stood in line for days just to be able to get medical treatment.
Meanwhile, insurance bureaucrats who keep Americans from seeing the doctor for a living are rewarded with glowing performance evaluations, and massive bonuses. And the executives who oversee this sad system of death by delay are rewarded with 7 figure bonuses.
Just like Palin's health care reform through the bailout plan, Palin's speech to foreign investors was a massive failure:
"As fund managers we want to hear about the United States as a whole, not just about Alaska. And she criticised Obama a lot but offered no solutions."
Two US delegates left early, with one saying "it was awful, we couldn't stand it any longer". He declined to be identified."