Saturday, March 5, 2011
Governor Palin appeared on Fox Business Network last night with David Asman. The video is below. The buzz last night and today is how she pointed out the difference between cutting spending when you have no choice and cutting spending when you have a surplus simply because it's right. She does so by contrasting what she did as governor of Alaska and what Governor Chris Christie is doing in New Jersey.
You can find those comments early in the first video, and here's the transcript:
And with all due respect to Governor Christie, you know he has no choice but to cut budgets because he’s broke. His state is broke. What courage really is, is in the face of having a surplus when you have opportunity to spend, spend, spend other people’s money, you still choose to reign in government to let the private sector soar. That’s real courage, and by the way, that’s what I did as Governor here when I engaged in hiring freezes, and reduced earmarks by 86%, and vetoed the largest amounts in our state’s history. Despite having a surplus that’s real leadership, and that’s courage.
But I do appreciate that Governor Christie is willing to face the reality in his state, and that is that they are going bankrupt. So he has to cut. He has no choice.
Real leadership is also recognizing and giving credit to others who are taking a stand for the right thing, which Gov. Christie apparently cannot do, and Governor Palin can--and does, as you'll see in the video.
Watch the two short videos below, and listen to this particular discussion as well as other topics. I found the conversation regarding unions in the public vs. private sector to be most interesting.