It's sort of like the old saw which suggests that if a dozen monkeys were locked in a room filled with typewriters, sooner or later one would type the great American novel. Well, Sarah Palin will obviously never write the great American novel - on a typewriter, keyboard, or a Big Chief tablet - at least not without a well-paid ghostwriter, but if she continues to spew words the way Kilauea spews lava, she eventually might utter something that makes sense. And while I am loathe to admit it, that may have already happened.
Last week the former half-term governor of Alaska gave an interview to Breitbart News on the subject of the GOP-planned replacement to Obamacare. Sarah, who once regaled friends with stories of how her parents used to bundle the family up and "sneak" into Canada to take advantage of that country's free health care, regards the new plans by Republicans as "socialism," an evil she can no longer tolerate. She is all about repealing Obamacare, but then if those newly uninsured people still want to have their illnesses and injuries treated by medical professionals, let them sneak across the border like her folks did and lie about their nationality.
Either that, or die.
In the middle of Palin's tirade with Breitbart, however, her mind began to wander. She noted that people who gave up their insurance and then tried to re-enroll later would have to pay a 30% penalty. She believes that under the proposed plan only certain companies would get to collect and keep that 30% bonus, and that those companies would be chosen by "politicians," who would make those selections on the basis of which companies had lobbied them the mo$t effectively.
Then Palin, who seemed to be forgetting that she herself is a politician, started lamenting the way corporations invest in politicians, and she proffered that politicians should have to advertise the names of those to whom they are beholden. Or, as Sarah put it:
“It would be really helpful if every single one of these politicians would do like the NASCAR drivers do ... let them wear their sponsors [the names of their contributors] plastered all over their three-piece suits ... so we know what side they’re on and who they’re actually doing their bidding for."
Ooh, somebody is sounding like a cranky, old populist - and this cranky, old populist likes it - you betcha he does!