Palin Gives Thumbs Up to Op-Ed Suggesting BP Escrow Fund Will Give Us a Nazi State
Sarah Palin never seems to disappoint -- she is, as one of my friends would say, deep-fried in crazy. Her latest stunt is surely worth. Huff Po writes:
On Friday, Sarah Palin took to Twitter to direct her followers to read a recent op-ed from conservative columnist Thomas Sowell that compares President Obama to Hitler and warns that establishing a BP escrow fund could lead to further embrace of Nazi-like dictatorial powers. "GOP: Don't let the lamestream media suck you into "they're defending BP over Gulf spill victims" bs," Palin wrote. "This is about the rule of law vs. an unconstitutional power grab. Read Thomas Sowell's article."Sowell's piece is truly appalling. Here's sample:
Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere. And yet that is precisely what is happening with a $20 billion fund to be provided by BP to compensate people harmed by their oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Huh? Actually, as Joshua Holland writes today, that's actually the president's job:
Last week, the nation witnessed an act of good governance when the Obama administration put the full-court press on oil giant BP to set aside $20 billion in assets to compensate the thousands of Americans whose livelihoods -- and in some cases, lives -- are being devastated by the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. It was an example of exactly what government is supposed to do; whatever it can, within the limits of the law, to protect its citizens' interests.Once again the conservative right has slipped free of reality.