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Governor Palin talked with Hannity last night after the Senate had rejected three of the House’s Continuing Resolusions. Asked for her reaction to the Senate’s rejection of the House measures, Governor Palin said she hoped that Red State Democrats will be held to account, and that are up for reelection. She said that she can think of three of them right now who had said that they recognize Obamacare’s flaws but still had to “go along like a bunch of sheep following Harry Reid with this partisan vote. Quite unfortunate.”
“Now all the hysteria anyway, Sean, over a partial government shutdown is exactly that. It’s hysteria. There isn’t going to be an actual government shutdown as long as we prioritize funding for those most important functions of our federal government I can’t believe that Harry Reid stood there on the Senate floor and said that Republicans don’t believe in government.”
“We don’t believe in burdensome, intrusive, unconstitutional government. We believe in government fulfilling its proper role, which is a whole other story.”
She said that she thought “Republicans are missing an opportunity here to not only explain more of the fatal, devastating flaws in Obamacare, which will decimate our middle class. It will make our work force a part-time work force instead of a full time work force that would require employers to provide healthcare coverage.”
She said that during the last shutdown in the 1990’s that we saw the GOP actually gain seats and retain the majority in the House while gaining two Senate seats. Welfare reform and a balanced budget were also accomplished.
She said, “There are some good things that can come out of making government as irrelevant in our lives as possible.” She said that now is the chance to go line by line through the federal budget, as candidate Obama had promised to do, and fund those things that we need. She said the GOP needs to “remind the public that this is not Armageddon, it is a pin prick. It is not the end of the world that there is a partial government shutdown.”
Governor Palin said that Congress should stand firm and demand the same exemption for the people that Congress gave themselves from Obamacare. She said that she didn’t think the GOP is afraid of a shutdown but rather of what the mainstream media will do to them. She said, “They need not be afraid. You know you’re going to get blamed, GOP. Deal with it. And use the opportunity, again, to educate the public on what is a priority for a federal government, what states’ rights and responsibilities, and even more important, what individual initiative can do for this country again and for our industry and, as was intended by our founders, how limited federal government should be.”
Asked about the name-calling rhetoric of the left and the media, Governor Palin said that Obama could do something about it “If he would kind of rein in some of his boys.” Asked what the worst case scenario for the Republicans would be, she said, “It would be to cave. That would be the worst case scenario. And this will impact the midterm 2014 elections. Many fiscal conservatives, especially, will say, ‘Well, what is the difference between the parties now, if they’re all going to kind of end up at the same end road with their capitulation and with their expenditures thath are unaffordable and unsustainable, especially with Obamacare that’s coming down the pike. What’s the difference?”
“So with these 2014 elections, unfortunately, too many people would just stay home and kind of give up on what the electorate could actually do. Red State Democrats, they need to beware that we will be watching their votes very closely, and they’re up for re-election, and of course, members of the GOP also that seem to kind of want to go along to get along and not want to do the job of the will of the people that we need done. And so – 2014 – big impact will be felt with these votes coming up.”