Monday, September 8, 2008

Sarah Palin Fails First Economic Policy Exam

Looks like all those late night cram sessions with tutor and domestic policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin aren't paying off for Palin:

Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs [yesterday], the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." The companies, as McClatchy reported, "aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization."

Economists and analysts pounced on the misstatement, saying it demonstrated a lack of understanding about one of the key economic issues likely to face the next administration.

"You would like to think that someone who is going to be vice president and conceivable president would know what Fannie and Freddie do," said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. "These are huge institutions and they are absolutely central to our country's mortgage debt. To not have a clue what they do doesn't speak well for her, I'd say."

1 comment:

littlequeenie said...

Unfortunately, it does not seem to matter. She is like teflon, nothing seems to stick. Why hasn't the media made a big deal of this gaffe - along with her statement on 9/11 that her son's unit was being dispatched to Iraq to fight those responsible for the WTC bombing?