I'll get a lot of hate mail for saying this, but I'm not a big fan of Sarah Palin. Check that...I'm not a big fan of Candidate Sarah Palin. When she was a spitfire governor of pristine Alaska, that Washington outsider narrative had some pop to it. Today, her Gomer Pyle-with-lipstick schtick wears thin. But what do I know? I'm considered by many to be an insider myself.
I will say this: Palin has put her finger smack dab on the pulse of this country when it comes to frustration and outright disdain for the federal government. And like a PETA activist with a piece of fur, she's not letting go.
The public's disgust was documented again in historical proportions last week with the Pew Research Center's release of a poll surveying voters' trust in government. Four in five Americans - Democrat, Republican and independent alike - told Pew's researchers they've reached their tipping point. The Federal City is a modern day Sodom. They can't trust our national government, and they no longer have faith the federal machine is capable of addressing our nation's most significant problems, no matter how much money officials throw at them or how many bureaucrats they hire.
This isn’t an epidemic peddled only by a disgruntled few from the Tea Party Movement. This sentiment is pervasive, and brewing to the top of every American’s mind. Enough is enough. In less than 18 months, President Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men have managed to create a twisted economic cycle where the unemployment rate actually tracks increased percentages in federal spending: the more the White House cuts checks, the more businesses cut jobs. Somebody please tell me he didn't do that on purpose. The tag line for this White House's style of financial fixes should now read, "It's the economy, by stupid." Friar Geithner's policies fail to grasp even basic fundamentals of supply and demand, notwithstanding the intrinsic, long-term value of private over public investments.
What has gone unnoticed and unreported, however, is that while economic indicators worsened, the federal government quietly began setting aside millions in hopes of changing American lifestyles over fixing Americans’ lifelines.