Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin slammed President-elect Donald Trump’s deal with Carrier, even though it risks her potential nomination as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Palin starts off her op-ed in Young Conservatives by expressing joy for those Carrier employees who are not losing their jobs.
“I am ecstatic for Carrier employees! Their bosses just decided to keep shop onshore. What a relief for hundreds of workers. Merry Christmas Indiana!”
However, she blasts the deal as “crony capitalism” and an example of the “hallmark of corruption” and “socialism.”
“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent. 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.”
Ahead of the President-elect’s formal announcement of the deal at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Carrier would receive $7 million in tax breaks over 10 years in order to keep the 800 jobs in Indiana.
Liking the Carrier deal to what she claimed the Obama administration dealt out “in spades,” Palin said, “Politicians picking and choosing recipients of corporate welfare is railed against by fiscal conservatives, for it’s a hallmark of corruption.”
“However well meaning, burdensome federal government imposition is never the solution. Never. Not in our homes, not in our schools, not in churches, not in businesses.”
Palin apparently believed that the deal was a big enough problem to set aside the fact that she is reportedly being considered for a Cabinet post. It is unclear whether the public lashing that she handed Trump on this first “success” which is so proudly touting will have any effect on any potential appointment.