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Sarah Palin Has An Op-ed Today!

Her subject matter is the House bill to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Palin argues against it by ignoring the entire question of carbon dioxide emissions and instead arguing that expensive energy is bad and cheap energy is good. I'd be tempted to suggest that this signals her total intellectual unsuitablity for office, but, sadly, this is par for the course on the right these days.

The subtext of the op-ed is Palin's attempt to position herself as, if not a policy wonk, then somebody whose views on public policy deserve to be taken seriously. The whole tone of the op-ed is reminiscent of the movie star who wants
us to know that he's more than just a beautiful body, he has serious
thought about the issues of the day. "Unfortunately," she writes, "many in the national media would rather focus on the
personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of
these challenges."

The op-ed was clearly written by Palin herself. It has that 9th grade, five paragraph essay style along with random bits of right-wing jargon sprinkled throughout in appropriate contexts. It is best read if you imagine that some of the lines were written to be delivered with winks:

I am deeply concerned about President Obama's cap-and-trade energy
plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would
undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent
damage. ...

There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we
need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign
energy sources. But the answer doesn't lie in making energy scarcer and
more expensive! ...

In addition to immediately increasing unemployment in the energy
sector, even more American jobs will be threatened by the rising cost
of doing business under the cap-and-tax plan. For example, the cost of
farming will certainly increase, driving down farm incomes while
driving up grocery prices. The costs of manufacturing, warehousing and
transportation will also increase.

The ironic beauty in this plan? Soon, even the most ardent liberal will understand supply-side economics. ...

We are ripe for economic growth and energy independence if we
responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on
American soil. Just as important, we have more desire and ability to
protect the environment than any foreign nation from which we purchase
energy today.

You betcha!

--Jonathan Chait


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