Sarah Palin Blasts Donald Trump Over Carrier Deal

Sarah Palin is back in the news again with Donald Trump, but not as his friend. The former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has come out against Donald Trump for his controversial deal to persuade Carrier to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in the state of Indiana.

In a post on Young Conservatives website, Sarah Palin seemed to be biting the hand that could potential feed her, should she still be under consideration for a major cabinet position in Donald Trump’s incoming administration this January.

The deal that has been widely reported on between President–elect Donald Trump and Carrier in Indianapolis this past week has been seen by some as a major victory for Trump’s administration, but a major cop-out by others, including Sarah Palin.

To some extent, critics and opponents of Donald Trump have said that the President-elect has already assumed certain powers that the office affords him and used those powers to force Carrier’s hand, thus encouraging them to keep their jobs in Indiana or risk losing defense contracts for their parent company. But Sarah Palin and many others have seen it differently.

“We don’t yet know terms of the public/private deal that was cut to make the company stay, but let’s hope every business is equally incentivized to keep Americans working in America,” Sarah Palin wrote in her op-ed article on the Young Conservatives website. (It is assumed that she meant to say, “keep American jobs in America,” but it is unclear at this time.)

There are some elements to that Carrier deal that Donald Trump made on behalf of Hoosiers that seem to have a bit of a shady component to them. The first thing that most people, including Sarah Palin, have taken issue with is the possibility that it could fit within the mold of “crony capitalism,” or in other words, lop-sided deals that favor one company over its competition in the United States marketplace that fuels a capitalist economy.

“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent,” Sarah Palin wrote in her article.

“Meanwhile, the invisible hand that best orchestrates a free people’s free enterprise system gets amputated. Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. 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.”

What Sarah Palin is alluding to here is that Indiana Governor Mike Pence (Vice-President-elect) has reportedly given Carrier a tax incentive of close to $8 million to stay in Indiana, but the deal only included about 800 of the 2,000 jobs that are being sent overseas, thus in effect still giving the Hoosier state a loss of approximately 1,200 jobs.

In her article, Sarah Palin went on to label the deal as “corporate welfare” and accused such a tactic as being socialism.

“Politicians picking and choosing recipients of corporate welfare [are] railed against by fiscal conservatives, for it’s a hallmark of corruption. And socialism,” Sarah Palin wrote in her article.

“The Obama Administration dealt in it in spades. Recall Solyndra, Stimulus boondoggles, and all their other taxpayer-subsidized anchors on our economy. A $20 trillion debt-ridden country can’t afford this sinfully stupid practice, so vigilantly guard against its continuance, or we’re doomed.”

Although Sarah Palin did overreach a bit with her future potential boss, she did dial it back a bit at the end and tried to give Donald Trump a fair shake in the situation. Palin cited that the terms of the Carrier deal have not yet been made public, so she seemed to give Trump the benefit of the doubt and insinuated that she will be waiting until the terms of the deal are made public, presumably to comment further on the issue.

There has been no response from Donald Trump as of yet. Americans might be able to assume that at some point he will likely address Sarah Palin on Twitter, based on his previous actions.

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