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Sarah Palin Facebook page ^ | Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 2:50am | Sarah Palin

Posted on 09/06/2011 3:20:53 AM PDT by newzjunkey

In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely what I was talking about as he declared war on concerned independent Americans and on the freshman members we sent to Congress last November by saying, “Let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out!”

What I say now, I say as a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members. So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else.

To the same degree Americans are concerned about irresponsible, greedy corporate execs who got cushy bonuses from taxpayer-funded bailouts, we should also be concerned about greedy union bosses who are willing to tank our economy just to protect their own power. As union history shows, power and greed corrupt. Just because you claim to represent union members doesn’t mean you are on the side of the angels. The greed of too many of these union bosses has all but destroyed the labor movement in this country, helped chase away our jobs, and is killing the American dream.

To see where this leads, look at what’s happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses’ greed. The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician they’re in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. They’re chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that they’ve chased jobs out of union states, they’re trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether. But these union bosses will still figure out a way to keep their gig, and so will their politically aligned corporate friends. As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out until the whole system goes bankrupt, which, I am afraid, is not very far off. When big government, big business, and big union bosses collude together, they get government to maximize their own interests against those of the rest of the country.

So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being “against the workingman.” How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people’s movement is the real movement for working class men and women. It’s rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power.

This collusion is at the heart of Obama’s economic vision for America. In practice it is socialism for the very rich and the very poor, but a brutal form of capitalism for the rest of us. It is socialism for the very poor who are reduced to a degrading perpetual dependence on a near-bankrupt centralized government to provide their every need, while at the same time robbing them of that which brings fulfillment and success – the life-affirming pride that comes from taking responsibility for your own destiny and building a better life through self-initiative and work ethic. And Obama’s vision is socialism via crony capitalism for the very rich who continue to get bailouts, debt-ridden “stimulus” funds, and special favors that allow them to waive off or help draft the burdensome regulations that act as a boot on the neck to small business owners who don’t have the same friends in high places. And where does this collusion leave working class Americans and the small business owners who create 70% of the jobs in this country? Out in the cold. It’s you and your children who are left paying for the cronyism of Obama and our permanent political class in DC.

Ask yourself if the folks you heard demonize concerned, independent Americans yesterday really speak for the working class when they’re all too happy to burden your families with the bill to bail out the President’s friends on Wall Street.

We should not forget that for all his lofty rhetoric, President Obama is a Chicago politician. Graft, cronyism, and quid pro quo are the well-known methods of an infamous Chicago political machine, of which Barack Obama emerged. This corruption isn’t just the result of a few bad apples. It’s the nature of a skewed system that’s typical of one not allowing a level playing field. If one desires opportunity for all, then the only solution is sudden and relentless reform. I know of what I speak. I too served in public office in a state that had a corruption problem. The difference is that I fought the corrupt political machine. Barack Obama used the machine in his state to advance. He never challenged it. And he’s evidently brought the same Chicago “pay-to-play” practices to the White House.

It’s sad to see much of the labor movement fall lock step behind a President whom Hoffa calls upon to partner in “waging war” against patriotic Americans. I will never forget that as a governor, in trying to be a friend to the working men and women in our unions, I gave a speech on August 27, 2008, at the annual AFL-CIO meeting in Anchorage. There, union members humbled me with a standing ovation for fighting the corruption in Alaska and for bringing parties together for progress on energy development projects. Then just two days later I landed on the national stage as John McCain’s running mate, and the union leadership turned on me from that day forward even though I had not changed one iota in my plans, principles, vision, and commitment to jobs for working class Americans. The only difference was I was challenging the politician the union bosses were committed to electing. It was almost comical, this lesson learned with their new spots revealed so quickly.

Recently someone commented: “I’m a union member. I’ve been a Democrat all my life. Now I’ll vote for anyone with a plan to save America.” I know what that person is feeling. I want all good union brothers and sisters to know that there is an alternative. The grassroots, independent Tea Party Movement articulates a real alternative rooted in free men and free markets, not the cronyism of Barack Obama and the permanent political class in DC. Their cronyism is why we have no job growth, massive unsustainable debt, and a housing market in the tank. Too many politicians are simply addressing the economic symptoms instead of fighting the underlying disease. The path forward is through reform. On Saturday, I outlined some ideas about that reform, and I will continue to do so.

In the meantime, good union brothers and sisters, don’t let Hoffa tell you what to do. He doesn’t represent the real interests of working men and women. He’s not doing you any favors. He’s just living off your paychecks.


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KEYWORDS: hoffa; obama; palin; palin4america; palinpolicy; palinvsthuggee; patriotpalin; sarahpalin; unions
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I hope union members hear her words.
1 posted on 09/06/2011 3:20:56 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: newzjunkey

Sarah Palin is a rapid-response team of one.


2 posted on 09/06/2011 3:33:08 AM PDT by techno
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To: newzjunkey

Palin on top of it again. Has any of the GOP candidates issued a statement about the Hoffa/Obama crap?


3 posted on 09/06/2011 3:34:56 AM PDT by rintense (Polls are for strippers and cross country skiing. ~ Sarah Palin, 9.3.11)
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To: techno

Sarah Palin’s companion piece on unions written on February 18, 2011:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/union-brothers-and-sisters-seize-opportunity-to-show-true-solidarity/10150093967618435


4 posted on 09/06/2011 3:37:48 AM PDT by techno
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To: newzjunkey
I hope union members hear her words.

They are starting to becuase again, her words come to us unfiltered and she will not let it come in any other form than directly from her.

5 posted on 09/06/2011 3:41:17 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: rintense

I can almost guarantee that most will come way of some lacky spokesman. The way she can focus is what really scares the hell out of the political establishment.


6 posted on 09/06/2011 3:43:23 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: techno

Governor Palin beats the entire damn GOP to the punch...again. She is the ONLY out there who gives ANY indication that she would be willing to take on corruption in this country. That is why the establishment is afraid of her...on BOTH sides of the aisle.


7 posted on 09/06/2011 3:47:52 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: newzjunkey

I don’t care what Sarah Palin thinks, the unions need to be broken. Esp. the teachers’ unions. They have brought this country to where we are today.


8 posted on 09/06/2011 3:48:05 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: newzjunkey

I was highly offended by the antics and goings on at yesterday’s events in Michigan and Biden’s in Ohio.


9 posted on 09/06/2011 3:48:19 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: techno

I forgot this “union” Facebook post by Sarah Palin:

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=423051013434


10 posted on 09/06/2011 3:52:27 AM PDT by techno
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To: newzjunkey
My gosh I want to eat and or take the vitamins she does..

In less than she 24 hrs she formulated this response. To those who think she is stupid, think again, this is well written.

Quite a detailed response rooted in her/our values and showing her character as well as reflecting valuing liberty vs. succumbing to crony capitalism and tuggery.

Sarah or you team who are probably lurking.... you never cease to amaze me and my guess other Freepers...

11 posted on 09/06/2011 3:56:36 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: jocon307

Well obviously you do care what she thinks since you had to come over hear and make a post about it


12 posted on 09/06/2011 3:59:52 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: newzjunkey

Just WOW! WOW!!!!


13 posted on 09/06/2011 4:09:58 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Bovina Sancta!)
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To: taildragger

But, but, don’tcha know she has speech writers and stuff, she could never have put together this kind of argument in such a short space of time, now could she? /s

And for the other Republican leaders and candidates, what do we hear? Crickets.


14 posted on 09/06/2011 4:13:59 AM PDT by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: taildragger

I agree, I have never seen such focused energy out of a person. She is a multi-tasker extraodinaire. I can only imagine what her White House will look like.


15 posted on 09/06/2011 4:17:29 AM PDT by Sallygal
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To: techno
Sarah Palin is a rapid-response team of one.

And making all of Obama's supporters look totally unhinged in no time flat.

16 posted on 09/06/2011 4:17:48 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: newzjunkey
As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out ..

This centers the little red dot squarely on the political foreheads of Perry/Romney !

PDS folks might wanna rethink those hopes of a SP endorsement of their favorite hair models.



17 posted on 09/06/2011 4:18:03 AM PDT by tomkat (Sarah '12)
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To: jocon307

The “proud union” boasts make me uncomfortable. They bothered me in “The Undefeated.”


18 posted on 09/06/2011 4:20:24 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.orgI've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.Patrol the border 2 control)
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To: Bigtigermike

You know the Unions basically declared war on the Tea Party yesterday, so yeah, I wanted to post about this.


19 posted on 09/06/2011 4:22:15 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: newzjunkey

Well said Sarah. The only thing I have to say is ‘you got balls’ lady.


20 posted on 09/06/2011 4:26:07 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: techno

Sarah Palin is one amazing lady. I am just blown away by this. It took a lot of courage to put this in writing and make it public. She called out jimmy hoffa by name...AND the chicago thuggocracy. Lord, have mercy!


21 posted on 09/06/2011 4:29:05 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Bovina Sancta!)
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To: jocon307

I was being sarcastic


22 posted on 09/06/2011 4:32:27 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: newzjunkey

Palin fires back... not as much as a word from any candidate or elected republican leader... yet... and this is why Sarah WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT. The only candidates that we Conservatives have that have brass balls and balls that are big enough that they fear not to use them... ARE BOTH WOMEN!

GOD bless Sarah!

LLS


23 posted on 09/06/2011 4:34:36 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: hocndoc
"The “proud union” boasts make me uncomfortable."

Understand - but you don't want to alienate those you don't need to.
Her (our) beef is against the union leaders. Like with education - it's not the teachers themselves (as a whole) that we despise (many Freepers are teachers), it's the union bosses (and the legislators they own)that suck.
She's trying to peel union members away from them and into our ranks.

24 posted on 09/06/2011 4:40:27 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: hocndoc

Oh, go suck an egg, okay? If she bothers you, steer clear. Must irk you no end you can’t find anything to criticize about this...to twist or turn to make it sound bad.
So how does it feel to see REAL leadership in action that no one has to exaggerate or add bells and whistles to to give it a significance it doesn’t deserve?
Bet you wish you could do that.


25 posted on 09/06/2011 4:43:31 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Bovina Sancta!)
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To: Psalm 73
Correct statement.

Additionally, while union membership represents probably the smallest percentage of the workforce in perhaps history, this election is going to be won or lost at the margins and any peeling off a Republican can do is critical for victory.

26 posted on 09/06/2011 4:44:29 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: newzjunkey

This looks to me like she is trying to make a play to win over union members (i.e. Reagan Democrats) against their leadership. So far I have seen more strategy coming out of her “amateur” campaign than all the other candidates’ put together.


27 posted on 09/06/2011 4:52:15 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: newzjunkey

Plain threading the middle. She’s going to run against both corrupt/crony Repubs and Dems. Bring it!


28 posted on 09/06/2011 4:52:39 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: LibLieSlayer

and this is why Sarah WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

I believe she should be, but am not sure she could be, but I do hope she gives it a go. She has obviously been more vetted than the current resident of the White House.


29 posted on 09/06/2011 4:53:32 AM PDT by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: rintense
Has any of the GOP candidates issued a statement about the Hoffa/Obama crap?

I don't think so. They want to see what Sarah says first. :-)

30 posted on 09/06/2011 4:53:45 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: vicar7

IF she decides to run... just stand back and watch... and please show up to vote. If Sarah cannot be elected in these times... America is lost anyway and the war will start. Like Levin said... “If we cannot get a true Conservative elected today... then when”? I just happen to disagree with his definition of who a Conservative is.

LLS


31 posted on 09/06/2011 5:02:39 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Has any of the GOP candidates issued a statement about the Hoffa/Obama crap?

I don’t think so. They want to see what Sarah says first. :-)

Thank you very much for the laugh of the morning “Is that not the truth”


32 posted on 09/06/2011 5:03:49 AM PDT by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: newzjunkey

Just for the record, and for what it’s worth, whether I prefer Palin or not in the best of all possible worlds, in this world, I will vote for Palin in a heartbeat over Obuttocks. And I will vote, not simply sit on the sidelines and let others choose for me.


33 posted on 09/06/2011 5:05:48 AM PDT by Oceander (Let's Beat Obama in 2012, not Each Other)
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To: newzjunkey

How can anyone not support this woman. She’s the bomb.


34 posted on 09/06/2011 5:08:08 AM PDT by McGruff (Why settle for second best.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Not sure I would disagree with Levin on who is a conservative though. He would know what a constitutional conservative is. Anyway, the Republicans are not picking a candidate but a President. Choose well conservatives.


35 posted on 09/06/2011 5:09:32 AM PDT by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: newzjunkey
So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa

I was a USW member {in the early 60s after I got out of the Army}, my dad was one for over 40 years and the union corruption has done more to harm the union worker than anything that "the bosses" could possibly have even thought about.

As a former union member Sarah knows how corrupt the union bosses were/are.

They steal, intimidate via violence, stuff ballot boxes and when required, murder their enemies.

Tony Boyle did it, Richard Trumka did it, and Jimmy Hoffa senior did it. Jimmy junior hasn't been caught yet.

36 posted on 09/06/2011 5:12:35 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: vicar7

:-D


37 posted on 09/06/2011 5:20:32 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: newzjunkey

Printing this one out. Thank you, Sarah, you’ve nailed it again.

I’ve had so many exasperating disucssions/arguments with the boyfriend (union carpenter)on this subject. She says exactly what I’ve been telling him.


38 posted on 09/06/2011 5:22:48 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: newzjunkey; 1_Rain_Drop; 4woodenboats; Abbeville Conservative; abigail2; ABQHispConservative; ...
SARAH PALIN'S PING LIST

39 posted on 09/06/2011 5:31:03 AM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: "You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: newzjunkey

What frosts me is that Hoffa called my recently deceased mother a bitch.


40 posted on 09/06/2011 5:35:51 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: MestaMachine
The dems and LSM pundits in defense of Hoffa are parsing his words like maniacs.

But, with a piece like this by Palin, no one has to parse her words one iota.

41 posted on 09/06/2011 5:37:30 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: McGruff

“How can anyone not support this woman. She’s the bomb.”

The main stream media whores all falling on top of themselves to not get this information out like they do Ron Paul’s or Mitt Romneycares or Omorons. Even when she was with McLame, they only concentrated on the ridiculousness of her outfits and slang she used in her speeches and not the substance.


42 posted on 09/06/2011 5:40:38 AM PDT by oust the louse (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: hocndoc
The “proud union” boasts make me uncomfortable.

It's called "co-opting the the opponent's language". The left has been doing this for years -- it's about time someone stepped up and gave them a taste of their own medicine. Palin does this especially well with unions and feminists.

43 posted on 09/06/2011 5:40:41 AM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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To: techno

“Sarah Palin is a rapid-response team of one.”

Yup. She beat Rush by at least two days!


44 posted on 09/06/2011 5:40:41 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: rintense

I haven’t heard one, and I don’t expect to.

Sarah is the only good candidate in the whole mess and she isn’t running——yet.


45 posted on 09/06/2011 5:41:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: jocon307

The union bosses declared war on the Tea Party and Gov. Palin is trying to drive a wedge between the bosses and members and she is using cold hard facts to do so. It’s a good strategy.


46 posted on 09/06/2011 5:41:15 AM PDT by StandUpChuck
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To: USS Alaska
I was a member of the USSW back in the 1960s when worked in a defense plant. The crap the Steel Workers leadership did there bordered on treason, Hanoi Jane would have been proud of them.
47 posted on 09/06/2011 5:42:44 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Has anyone asked Michele Bachmann if she agrees with SP on this?/ s


48 posted on 09/06/2011 5:43:02 AM PDT by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: kevkrom
It's called "co-opting the the opponent's language". The left has been doing this for years -- it's about time someone stepped up and gave them a taste of their own medicine. Palin does this especially well with unions and feminists.

As much as I dislike unions I have to agree with you completely on both points. It is definitely long past time for us to start turning liberals' own weapons against them and Palin is particularly good at doing so.
49 posted on 09/06/2011 5:44:02 AM PDT by Oceander (Let's Beat Obama in 2012, not Each Other)
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To: DJ MacWoW; vicar7; rintense
Has any of the GOP candidates issued a statement about the Hoffa/Obama crap?

Herman Cain did fairly soon after it went public. But, he happened to be in the right place at the right time. He was on Fox and was asked about it. He has nothing written about it that I know of, however.

50 posted on 09/06/2011 5:45:52 AM PDT by numberonepal (Palin/Cain 2012)
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