Sarah Palin, who endorsed Donald Trump early in the primary, is now calling his deal with Carrier ‘crony capitalism’ because he’s targeting one company, picking winners and losers so to speak, instead of creating policies that work for all companies:
POLITICO – Another conservative is calling “crony capitalism” on Donald Trump’s deal with Carrier, albeit an unexpected one — Sarah Palin.
In an op-ed for the website Young Conservatives, the former Alaska governor allowed that the details behind the manufacturer’s decision to keep some 1,000 jobs in Indiana at the president-elect’s behest, rather than move them to Mexico, are not yet clear. But touting the value of free markets, Palin signaled her disapproval if it was a case of “political intrusion using a stick or carrot to bribe or force one individual business to do what politicians insist.”
“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent,” she asserted.
And in an apparent jab at Trump, whom she famously endorsed in a rambling speech earlier this year, she asked: “Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail.”
The op-ed is not subtle: Palin described such government intervention as a “hallmark of corruption” and “socialism,” and then compared it to policies of the Obama administration, which she regularly rails against.
“A $20 trillion debt-ridden country can’t afford this sinfully stupid practice,” she cautioned, “so vigilantly guard against its continuance, or we’re doomed.”
So all of a sudden Palin’s conservatism comes out again? Where was this in the primary, when Cruz or another solid conservative candidate could have used her support? Instead she went all in for Trump to help him win Iowa when he was selling out there to the ethanol industry, even promising bigger subsidies!
This is why so many now have disdain for her, as she doesn’t seem like a credible conservative voice any longer.