“Investors” paid six figures to hear her speak about, well anything. If shareholders of any company will pay for her pearls of wisdom is it any wonder that the corporations they own may be at the heart of so many financial crises? Take this nonsense back to “main street”.
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She talked, of course, about the infamous “death panels” – a big smirk here from Sarah – and “market-friendly responsible ideas” (this must have been the speech-writer) and offered slippery advice: “We can responsibly develop our resources without damaging the environment.”
She spoke too fast. She gabbled her words. Scatty was the word for it. We slalomed between the fall of the Berlin Wall, the break-up of Yugoslavia and 9/11. Then it started. The war on “vicious terrorism”, the war against “violent fanatics who wished to end our way of life”, our battle against “radical Islamic extremists” with “twisted vision”. This was not a clash of civilisations but “a war within Islam”. We slalomed again. Asia – “what an amazing place!” – was at its best “when it was not dominated by a single power”.
What on earth was happening? Had Sarah just looked up from her podium and seen China? Addressing what was surely the neo-conservative wing of the Republican party, she could not “turn a blind eye” to Chinese policies that created “uncertainty”, which supported “questionable regimes” and “made a lot of people nervous”. America wasn’t going to impose its values on other countries, but America was going to have to “ramp up” its defence spending.
Then family again. “I have a husband,” she said. “I think I could have used a wife. He’s awesome.” This really floored the Chinese. Poor Todd.
Some listeners praised her forthright views on government social and economic intervention but others walked out early citing boredom or disgust.