Here is more of what she had to say in Sacramento according to the Sacramento Business Journal:
“Our leadership in Washington is at war with American business,” former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said in a speech to Sacramento business leaders Friday.
“We just need to turn this thing around,” she said.
The sentiment played well before a large audience of Sacramento Metro Chamber members and friends as she closed out the organization’s annual Perspectives speakers forum at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Palin followed former presidential candidate and governor of Vermont Howard Dean, in something of a point-counterpoint, with most of the clapping going to Palin from the pro-business audience.
“America’s prosperity, our security and our safety depends on American business,” Palin declared in a rousing talk heavily sprinkled with sound bytes from former President Ronald Reagan, but few specifics.
Noting that private-sector experience should be a prerequisite for running for office, Palin said the country is moving from government of the people to government by regulation.
“It’s time to put an end to this antibusiness climate,” she said. “We need government on our side, not in our way.”
Expect to see changes when voters go to the ballot box Nov. 2, Palin said.
“We’re ready to take government back and put it on the side of the business owner,” she said. “We rise up, we show up, we vote and we’ll fire those officials.”
Palin had both praise and criticism for California’s recently signed state budget.
Pointing to her own record of scaling back pension benefits for new state workers in Alaska — and a switch from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution — she applauded pension reform in California that curtails benefits for new workers.
“But how long can you all keep kicking the can down the road?” she quipped of the patchwork of cuts, transfers and new revenue cobbled together to fill the $17.9 billion budget gap. “It’s accounting tricks and a big dose of federal dollars. Hope isn’t a budget tool. The next governor will have to make tough decisions about spending — and she will,” Palin said in support of Republican candidate Meg Whitman, the former chief executive officer of eBay Inc.
Turning to federal health care reform, Palin’s message was clear: “It’s gotta go.”
The “mother of all unfunded mandates” will kill private insurance, Palin said. “And, of course, there will be rationing of health care.”
Update by Doug: For more information on Governor Palin’s efforts to restore fiscal sanity to extravagant public employee pension benefits go here. The salience of this issue can’t be overstated. This will be the major cause of bankruptcy for governments at all levels moving forward. California is just one example. New York and Illinois are not far behind. Public employee unions live on the public dole, and their lavish taxpayer financed pensions are a national scandal. The continuation of these outrageously profligate retirement plans is entirely dependent on the continued gullibility of taxpayers.
Public employee unions are the primary constituency for higher taxes as well as the source of campaign funds to finance initiatives for higher taxes. In short, they are using tax payer dollars to argue for more taxpayer dollars for their own benefit. This is wrong and, frankly, should be illegal. Governor Palin is absolutely correct in her determination to switch the structure of public employee pensions from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans. Public employees are not royalty, and should not be treated as such while those who pay for their lifestyles have to struggle to make ends meet in the real world. Pensions, as with everything else, have an element of risk. Why should those who live off the taxpayer be immune from that risk?