15 Nov 2010
Sarah Palin is advising new members of Congress to stick to the principles that propelled them to victory in the 2010 midterm elections. On Palin’s Facebook page, the 2008 vice-presidential candidate challenged incoming GOP freshmen to keep to their campaign promises to rein in out-of-control government spending and extend tax cuts for high-income earners.
Meanwhile, the newbies should keep an eye on the press, the former Alaska governor says.
Repealing President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, ending burdensome regulation of business, and strengthening border security to shut out illegal immigrants also should be part of the Republican agenda, Palin writes in an open letter.
“These are promises that you must keep. Obamacare is a job-killer, a regulatory nightmare, and an enormous unfunded mandate. The American people don’t want it and we can’t afford it. We ask, with all due respect, that you remember your job will be to work to replace this legislation with real reform that relies on free market principles and patient-centered policies. The first step is, of course, to defund Obamacare.”
Palin warns new members of Congress not to become isolated inside the Beltway, far removed from the economic pain out-of-work Americans feel.
“Please remember that, if we want real job growth, we must create a stable investment climate by ending the tidal wave of overly burdensome regulations coming out of Washington,” Palin writes. “Businesses need certainty –– and freedom that incentivizes competition –– to grow and expand our workforce.”
Palin suggests that Republicans, who now control the House and gained in the Senate, extend an open hand to Obama and the Democrats, but only if the president shows a willingness to accept the party’s ideas for change, including cutting the deficit, stopping all earmarks, canceling all further spending on the failed stimulus program, and rolling back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels.