“I think it’s a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people,” said the 2012 presidential hopeful Sarah Palin Friday on the “new” tax package, the same day that President Obama had signed off on it, thereby pushing it forward as a bill. The new bill includes a two-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts, the continuation of employment benefits for the long-term unemployed for 13 months, as well as a two percentage point cut in payroll tax and the revival of the estate tax at a lower level. The signing of the bill concluded months of heated battle between Congress and the White House, all of which Sarah Palin dubbed as “flip flop” instead of compromise. Palin goes on further, commenting that her biggest criticism of Obama is that “he promised to and he’s trying to fulfill his promise of fundamentally trying to transform America.” She goes on to say that “We don’t need a fundamental transformation, we need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America.”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. These renegade warriors, better known as the “Tea Party,” look to distance themselves from anything… well… sensible, or at least it seems. And don’t make the mistake of calling them plain conservatives. I’m sure they hate that. They see themselves as new-age political revolutionaries and refuse to associate with any one political ideology. In fact, Palin’s criticism of Obama’s administration can be construed as ultra-conservative, but make no mistake that even the most staunch conservatives believe that swift change is necessary to place the US back on track toward economic recovery and renewed prosperity. After all, desperate times call for desperate measures. Palin and the “Tea Partiers” think that cutting taxes beyond what was sanctioned in the Bush era will give Americans the break they need while at the same time solve the nation’s budget deficit problems. Are they nuts? Oh wait, yes, they are.