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Sarah Palin's Economic Empowerment Plan: Take Up Sports

You know, the Republicans tried really hard to fix everything just right for Sarah Palin to take her first-ever question from an actual member of the American public. They shut down public access to the “town hall” in Grand Rapids so that people in the town weren’t welcome to come. They made it a ticketed event, distributing tickets exclusively through Republican Party offices.

The one thing they couldn’t control was their candidate.

Sarah Palin faced this simple request yesterday:

Give us some details and examples of your strategies and plan for economic empowerment for women.

Palin’s response?

Sarah Palin: Well first let me take a shot at that, and I’ll tell ya, I’m a product of Title IX in our schools, where equal education and equal opportunities in sports really helped propel me into the—I guess into the position that I’m in today where…

John McCain: Could I mention she was a point guard on a state championship basketball team?

Sarah Palin: Sports were very, very important to me growing up, you know just learning about self discipline and healthy competition and about what it takes to win and even how to graciously lose sometimes. But how to win, that’s what it teaches ya. Now, I was a product of Title IX where legislation allowed that equal opportunity. Now if we have to still keep going down that road to create more legislation, to get with it in the 21st century, to make sure that women do have equality especially in the work place, then we’re there because we understand that in this age we have all got to be working together. I respect you so much that you are a Democrat recognizing that John McCain and me as a team of mavericks understand where you’re coming from, and we can work together on these issues. But yup, equality for women, for all, that’s going to be part of the agenda and I thank you for that question.

“Details and examples of your strategies and plan for economic empowerment for women”?

1. Sports are great.
2. Let girls and women play sports.
3. Let’s work together and stuff.
4. John McCain and me are mavericks.

Drill, Baby, Drill: A Drill to the Head

Drill, baby, drill.

33 comments to Sarah Palin's Economic Empowerment Plan: Take Up Sports

  • Jon Handrock

    Please, if you need batteries for that drill let me know. I understand trepanation does wonders for the mind. But I must tell you, because as your comments show you have a definite deficit of brain power, that’s not a drill bit in the end…… Empowering women and girls through sports is a very sound idea. It is after all a man’s world at this point and competing on their level is empowering. Especially when women can excel at sports that were previously male dominated. It’s the beginning, not the end of the program. Like you could give a detailed version of your economic plan in one sound bite? As far as I’ve read in your column, all you can do is comment negatively on other peoples ideas!!!

    I can see from the ad on the side of this page touting pacifism that there is a definite lack of nuance in the liberal mind, like the difference between the words kill and murder. When someone breaks into your home high on drugs and tries to take the lives of you and your family that’s called murder. When you protect your family as most men would do, that’s called kill. If you don’t understand the difference….oh well, sorry for your family.

  • Nancy

    A friend sent me this interesting comparison.

    You may or may not agree with this comparison, but it is interesting.
    Just providing info. I’m a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight…..

    * If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.”
    * If you grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.
    * If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
    * If you name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.
    * If you graduate from Harvard law School you are unstable.
    * If you attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.
    * If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.
    * If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive.
    * If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.
    * If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian.
    * If you teach responsible, age appropriate education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
    * If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in s*x education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.
    * If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America’s.
    * If you’re husband is nicknamed “First Dude”, with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable

    … OK, much clearer now.

  • Jon – you totally skipped the logic, just like Sarah Palin hoped you would.

    Sarah Palin was asked for a specific plan to assist women’s economic empowement, and she said it’s great that women can play sports.

    Sarah Palin did not answer the question.

    Sarah Palin does not have a plan.

    Sarah Palin does not have a clue.

    Sarah Palin is not ready to be President of the United States.

  • krmyers

    You can also add:

    * If you support a woman’s right to choose, work to reduce the number of abortions while at the same time providing support for women who want to carry a baby to term, believe in sex education to reduce teen pregnancy and providing contraceptives to young people to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, believe the death penalty is used too frequently and inconsistently, respect the environment and the life it supports as evidenced by having the highest lifetime rating of anyone currently running for president by the League of Conservation Voters, believe in ending the war in Iraq responsibly, and believe in universal health care for all Americans, you’re a “baby killer”

    * If you are anti-abortion, yet believe in the death penalty, airborne wolf hunting, destruction of polar bears and beluga whales, pollution of salmon streams, are a life-long hunter and a lifetime member of the NRA, are for teaching abstinence only sex education and are opposed to sex education and contraception that is effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies, want to take away a woman’s right to make her own health care choices, cut funding for programs meant to help babies and young mothers, and believe “you can’t blink” when it comes to fighting wars, you’re “pro-life”

  • Tim

    What do you expect her to say?

  • Tom

    Thanks for demonstrating the Republican way of thinking “clearly” and “straight talk” via those examples Nancy (and krmyers).

    i really can’t understand how the shallow McCain Republicans, especially the Palin followers, are being deceived in this campaign when McCain is super rich and isn’t going to do anything for them (unless they are super rich too, or the CEO of some huge corporation) and the Republican record of the past BUNCH of Republican administrations is so clearly biased toward the top tier of society and the corporations over the common citizen. What are they so swayed by? Is it just racism? i really don’t get it.

    The Republicans don’t have a leg to stand on after the past 8 years and especially now that their policies have had the direct effect of ruining our economy, devaluing our currency and will burden us (the NON-millionaire citizens) and our families for generations with unwanted debt that we’ll be forced to pay. It’s just incomprehensible to me that people can be that ignorant.

  • Tim

    She is not against sex education. She just isnt for sex education for first graders like Obama. Why do you think sex education would reduce teen pregnancies? It has been around a while and teen pregnancies has only gone up.

    krmyers what does ending the war and supporting the environment have to do with “baby killer” and what does the NRA have to do with being “pro life”

  • Jim

    Tim,

    I expect her to answer the question.

  • Tim

    Tom
    “Republican administrations is so clearly biased toward the top tier of society and the corporations over the common citizen” How exactly do you mean. In Bush’s tax cuts someone who makes over 150g’s pays three times more than someone making under 45 g’s. He has spilt more money into education than any other president. I am not a bush back he has not been a good president but that has nothing to do with class warfare like you say.

  • Tim

    Jim

    There is not a lot to talk about with women empowerment. Equality and fairness in the pay scale. What else is there, someone please?

  • Jim

    Well, Sarah Palin certainly doesn’t seem up to answering that question, which is the main point of this post. She had no idea what to say, except to rattle off something about how great sports are, and something about working together, and something about “John McCain and me as a team of mavericks”.

    But off the cuff, I can give you five areas in which both John McCain and Sarah Palin ought to be able to articulate some policy inclination:

    1. Pay discrimination. Earlier this year, John McCain defended making it impossible for women to file suit for damages from pay discrimination unless they discover it and file suit within six months of the first instance of the discriminatory act. His logic: if we let women sue for pay discrimination, there will be a lot of lawsuits! Who knows whether Sarah Palin is aware of this. She couldn’t articulate a position when asked yesterday.

    2. Distribution of resources within marriage. What is the McCain-Palin policy position regarding access to economic resources within a marriage, an issue important for women in abusive marriages who find it hard to leave them?

    3. Educational opportunity. Education is more strongly correlated with income for women than for men (this is called an interaction effect). What plans do John McCain and Sarah Palin have to increase educational opportunities available to populations of women who have been historically less likely to achieve high levels of education?

    4. Pipelines. The phrase “glass ceiling” has been used frequently in this election, but factors behind it have not been discussed, especially by the mum or mumbling Sarah Palin. The economic advancement of women within the corporate sphere is not simply tied to pay scale issues, but also to what is called the “pipeline,” which is to say placement in the corporate leadership structure that either leads to upward mobility, or to horizontal mobility, or to no mobility at all. What is the policy approach of a McCain-Palin ticket to this more subtle form of discrimination?

    5. Family and medical leave. Women are more likely than men to encounter career discontinuity over the life course, with children being born, children needing care, parents needing care being just three sources of that discontinuity. Career discontinuity has a strong relationship to career outcome and therefore to economic empowerment. What is the McCain-Palin understanding of this pattern and its approach (if any) to addressing it?

    I limited myself to five answers so I wouldn’t write a book. There’s a lot to talk about in this regard, and someone who would be President — as Sarah Palin would be if any increasingly likely thing happened to John McCain — should be aware of them and able to talk about them. It’s that sort of non-moose knowledge and experience thingamabob that Sarah Palin just hasn’t picked up, obviously, given her vapid answer yesterday.

  • Handrock

    “If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, ………

    Recruited by the way by students of Saul Alinsky! Two Quotes from Alinsky:”Rules for Radicals,” where Alinsky wrote:

    “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: From all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”

    In his Rules for Radicals, Alinsky outlines his strategy in organizing, writing,

    “There’s another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevski said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families – more than seventy million people – whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don’t encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let’s not let it happen by default..”

    Some one right out of a Marxist/ Satanist Manifesto….Go Obama

  • Jim

    Excellent tactic, “Handrock.” If you can’t deny, change the subject.

    That’s good work, following well on Ann Coulter’s “Obama is Lucifer” spam e-mail sent far and wide today. Make it a meme, Handrock: Obama is the devil!

    P.S. You have room for improvement. You should have mentioned that Doestoevski was Russian. The Russians have horns, you know.

  • scripto

    “… They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future…”

    Well, the current administration is doing a good job of it. Who knew Bush was a true revolutionary?

  • kevin

    “She is not against sex education. She just isnt for sex education for first graders like Obama”

    a) she is against giving advice on how to avoid getting pregnant or STDs, EXCEPT, the failed abstinance only classes. Studies show that girls in abstinance classes have sex at the same rate but a greater number of STDs and babies…

    b) I guess she wouldn’t want to kids to learn about pedophiles and child abusers. . .cause if they don’t know they can’t be hurt…or sumtin…

    nice lies.

    oh and JClifford…that’s some J Leno chin you got there….

  • Handrock

    Jim

    It’s not that I disagree with you about the nature of what could be done to “improve the world” We just disagree about who should be responsible for the changes. I also believe that we differ in the old analogy about whether the glass is half empty or half full. I believe that the glass is half full and when I was born in the early fifties it was less than half full. That many things have gotten much better as a result of social pressures. But I also know that radical change and revolution can lead to The Regin of Terror, The Bolshevik Revolution and Moa’s Cultural Revolution. As for the statement from Alinsky about:
    “… They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future…”
    I do agree that there is a force at work that seems to be pushing us toward a place where we may not want to go. whether it it Marxist or neocon is up for grabs. They both have a common theme ( Alinsky/Strauss ) the leading of the masses by a illuminated few. I think that both of us would be uncomfortable with allowing that to happen.

    Back to the point I was making before, we may agree in principal about the need for improvements in the “system” however we disagree about how best to implement those changes. I would like to keep the Federal government out of it. I would like to keep the Federal government’s powers limited to a few brief areas, and mandating hiring or health care are not among those areas. I am distrustful in the extreme of bureaucracy, and I believe for good reason.

    We also have differences in our opinion about religion and that is fine.. I believe religion is a personal matter, and your beliefs are yours and mine are mine. However, I do believe we all have a religion, even if that is no religion. Whereas my religion allows you the ability to not believe in God, secularist want to erase God from the public arena. I don’t demand that you worship I only ask that I be allowed to do so freely,and that Atheism not be sanctioned as the official religion.

    To a more civil dicourse…

  • Handrock

    Jim

    It’s not that I disagree with you about the nature of what could be done to “improve the world” We just disagree about who should be responsible for the changes. I also believe that we differ in the old analogy about whether the glass is half empty or half full. I believe that the glass is half full and when I was born in the early fifties it was less than half full. That many things have gotten much better as a result of social pressures. But I also know that radical change and revolution can lead to The Regin of Terror, The Bolshevik Revolution and Moa’s Cultural Revolution. As for the statement from Alinsky about:
    “… They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future…”
    I do agree that there is a force at work that seems to be pushing us toward a place where we may not want to go. whether it it Marxist or neocon is up for grabs. They both have a common theme ( Alinsky/Strauss ) the leading of the masses by a illuminated few. I think that both of us would be uncomfortable with allowing that to happen.

    Back to the point I was making before, we may agree in principal about the need for improvements in the “system” however we disagree about how best to implement those changes. I would like to keep the Federal government out of it. I would like to keep the Federal government’s powers limited to a few brief areas, and mandating hiring or health care are not among those areas. I am distrustful in the extreme of bureaucracy, and I believe for good reason.

    We also have differences in our opinion about religion and that is fine.. I believe religion is a personal matter, and your beliefs are yours and mine are mine. However, I do believe we all have a religion, even if that is no religion. Whereas my religion allows you the ability to not believe in God, secularist want to erase God from the public arena. I don’t demand that you worship I only ask that I be allowed to do so freely,and that Atheism not be sanctioned as the official religion.

    To a more civil discourse…

  • NeeNee

    Wow, I can not believe this comment, you would think after the PIT BULL comment she would KEEP her FOOT Out of her MOUTH….

  • Handrock, the key to a more civil discourse is not to repeat ourselves.

    Honesty also would help. Secularists do not want to “erase God” from the public arena. God is not in the public arena. Ever seen him there? No. Stop trying to shove your religion into everybody else’s business. It’s rude.

    Logic also helps to make a civil discourse possible. Saying that having no religion makes as much sense as saying that having no money is a kind of money.

    Kevin, that’s not me. Really. I know it looks an awful lot like my byline graphic, but there’s a good reason for that – Jim and I are identical twins. Honest to bubble gum. Separated before birth.

  • Jim

    Continuing to change the subject from Sarah Palin’s inability to competently answer a question, “Handrock?” Good work. Perhaps we can discuss the stock market next. Anything but the incompetence of the Republican vice presidential candidate.

  • Handrock

    And your man Obama has the answers? You haven’t understood a word that I’ve written have you. Change for the sake of change or to revolutionize is a fire. Obama was a community organizer with the Alinsky crowd, later he worked with Bill Ayers former member of the Weather Underground. He went to an Afro centric church headed by J. Wright a rabid America hating racist. All of his explanations are dubious at best.. To me he represent the penultimate liberal/ marxist. Apparently Stalin, Mao and Marx are your poster boys!
    Even if Palin’s answer didn’t have the perfect sound bite by you standards, she represent what I find best about America. Although I am sure she is an anathema to you, but you and your kind would have thought the Continental Soldiers where redneck hillbillies. I would rather have one redneck as a friend the a dozen of you kind, an elitist snob too good for the working class. I’d be willing to bet most liberals have either never done a days hard work, or live off the government through endowments or welfare. This country was built by rednecks, white trash, poor blacks, and every other feckless minority there is. Sorry we don’t measure up to your standards of articulation. But the Obama can’t even work up a coherent sentence without a teleprompter or 3 second intervals between each word.

    Best of luck to you…so much for civil discourse.

  • Jim

    Oh, cut the crap with your “civil discourse” this-and-that. I’m asking for you to be honest, and you’re complaining that I’m rude, which is really bizarre considering that your first comment here was a suggestion that I ought to liquify my brain and that you’d be the first to show up with the batteries.

    I grew up in a farm town, I work for my living, and I’m not about to stand here and listen to you call me a nancy boy, spew bullshit lines like “Stalin, Mao and Marx are your poster boys” and then tell me that I’m deficient in civility. Not without telling you that I refuse to allow you to change the subject from this:

    SARAH PALIN CANNOT ANSWER THE SIMPLEST QUESTION REGARDING THE ECONOMY, AND SHE WANTS TO BE OUR PRESIDENT.

  • Handrock

    “Oh, cut the crap with your “civil discourse” this-and-that. I’m asking for you to be honest, and you’re complaining that I’m rude, which is really bizarre considering that your first comment here was a suggestion that I ought to liquify my brain and that you’d be the first to show up with the batteries.”

    Hey I was just trying to be helpful! Your’e the one with the drill to your head. Or maybe in your subtle way you were wanting to drill Palin’s head for her, what a gentleman. You really are a sensitive individual! Maybe you have anger issues that you need to work on. Aleast get it right, she wants to be Vice-President! GO Mc Cain / Palin 08

    Jim I suggest move to Cuuuuba! Where everyone thinks the same way you do. That way you won’t get so bent.

  • Jim

    No, she wants to be our President. That’s what a Vice President is: the person who wants to be President, should the current President die or be incapacitated.

    Even suggesting that people who disagree with you should leave the country (now that’s Stalinist) will not change the subject, which is that:

    Sarah Palin says she’s ready to be President of the United States, but she can’t answer the simplest questions regarding our economy.

  • Ralph

    I’d rather a Humas hitman as my friend than one of those rightwingnots. I love Barrk Obma, he will give eveyone a job and money from those rich people who have keeped us down. Viva Barrk

  • Sam

    Yea Ralph…he’s down for the struggle…was broke, couldn’t even pay for a cab when he spoke at the Dem National Convention in 2000, now has a personal wealth of 40 million…and not have a real job too…yeap, a toaster for everyone!

  • Handrock

    Hey Jim how damn big can you make that type. Get my friggin drift, you hate Palin and everything she stands for as do all your liberal comrades. I would be willing to bet that the text you quote is chopped and misrepresented. Hate has a wonderful way of clouding the mind, and you are filled with hate pal. So how big is the type going to be now? And noooo being up for vice president doesn’t men you want to be President. Your point is a sophomoric argument. It means you want to support the presidential candidate. Otherwise that idiot Gore would be president now!!!!!!

  • Jim

    No, it isn’t. It’s her entire answer.

    Losing your temper? How frustrating it must be that

    Sarah Palin can’t answer a question about the economy, and she’s telling the world she’s ready to be President.

  • Handrock

    Ok you’re right! And here’s Obama’s plan! Gee, I am glad you made me see the light! Losing my temper? Not even close, and I can still even prove you are wrong. Look at how Obama wants to spend our money..

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-2433

  • Jim

    You might want to post a comment that is at least internally consistent.

  • Handrock

    You really are dense! Sarcasm is the word. And don’t use my phrases…

  • Ralph

    What a curious attempt to pose as me.

    If you try to do so again, let me suggest you put some more effort into emulating my writing style. For instance, though I let the occasional error slip, I know how to spell and conjugate verbs. Perhaps if you learned to do that, you could pose as me more convincingly.

  • Handrock

    “Greenspan’s Warning

    The clear gravity of the situation pushed the legislation forward. Some might say the current mess couldn’t be foreseen, yet in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for it to act in the clearest possible terms: If Fannie and Freddie “continue to grow, continue to have the low capital that they have, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they need to do for interest rate risk aversion, they potentially create ever-growing potential systemic risk down the road,” he said. “We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk.”

    What happened next was extraordinary. For the first time in history, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill gave a regulator power to crack down, and would have required the companies to eliminate their investments in risky assets.

    Different World

    If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.

    But the bill didn’t become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn’t even get the Senate to vote on the matter. ”

    Quote from Bloomberg .com

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