Got your attention?
Little wonder. It seems like the only way to crack the news is report on Palin's mind-numbing fantasies. No matter how ridiculous the comment or concept, what she says becomes news. What's even more worrisome is that she won't go away. And that means there is some chance, however slim, that she could become a "serious" presidential contender, and even, heaven help us, become our president. That last nightmarish thought scares the hell out of me. And when I get scared enough, I try to imagine a way it might happen...with the hope that by exposing the path, it might get blocked. So here's another Palin story that I hope we'll never see:
Special to UFO News:
Governor Sarah Palin told advisors today that she plans to lead a massive populist march on Wall Street to demand an end to sky-high salaries. "She joked that we might even need a death panel for multi-millionaires who have been ripping off Main Street," said a source close to Palin whose name is withheld because he is not authorized to speak on the record.
"You know I got quite a rise with my little 'death panel" ploy on health care," Palin told her advisors. "Just imagine what I could do with one for bankers."
Palin plans to lead a march of millions of angry "real Americans against the millionaires who are collecting fat checks and bonuses while cashing fat checks from the government," a Palin advisor told UFO News. "I'm sure she could draw several million people to march right down Broadway to the stock exchange. We could raise quite a ruckus in that godless canyon."
(Apparently she got the populist idea after reading, The Looting of America.)
Aides said Palin saw an enormous opening to whip up public sentiment against Obama who seems unable to take on the bankers. "I mean the guy opposed wage caps on ripoff artists," an aide said, "And now he says it's OK for that CitiGroup Hall guy to get $100 million from a bank that is entirely subsidized by the taxpayer? Real Americans won't put up with it."
Palin apparently quipped, "Hey I can see Siberia from my house. Wasn't that were they sent rip-off Russian bankers?"
Palin's anti-Millionaires March would hop from unemployment center to unemployment center, rounding up dislocated workers. At each stop she plans to pass out lists of bankers and banks who are gorging themselves at the taxpayers' expense.
"Obama thinks Joe the Plumber was a problem? Just wait until he sees Palin leading a march of the unemployed right through Sodom and Gomorrah," said the advisor.
When asked about this report, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told UFO News, "She can do what she wants but that kind of populist grandstanding is only going to upset markets, discourage investors, and set back our economy. It's a fact of life that we need prosperous bankers and profitable firms to get our financial markets functioning properly again." After a moment's pause he added, "And I'll bet the bankers would even fund her dumb march."
End of spoof and back to reality which is bad enough. Unless progressives jump on this issue, it will jump all over us. Unless Obama gets pushed from the left, he will succumb to the right. And here's a "what if" that is all too real: What if we hit a double-dip recession and unemployment jumps up by another ten million people? As it is, 57 percent of the public says the stimulus package is having no impact on the economy or making it worse, according to a recent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
It's all set up for a populist revolt. Who's really got the nerve to lead it?
Les Leopold is the author of The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It, Chelsea Green Publishing, June 2009.