Sarah Palin has blasted President Obama’s State of the Union address in a lengthy diatribe of Facebook that some analysts believe is an attempt by the former governor of Alaska to establish herself as a Republican candidate for the White House in 2012.
Real leadership is more than just words; it's deeds, Palin wrote. The president's deeds don't lend confidence that we can trust his words spoken.”
Echoing many other Republicans, Palin characterized Obama’s entreaties for increased investments in infrastructure and education as just another form of runaway spending by the Federal government.
She also accused Obama of ignoring the mounting federal deficit.
Our country's future is at stake, and we're rapidly reaching a crisis point, Palin said. Our government is spending too much, borrowing too much, and growing too much. Debt is stifling our private sector growth, and millions of Americans are desperately looking for work.
She further added: [Obama] couched his proposals to grow government and increase spending in the language of 'national greatness,' Palin said. This seems to be the Obama administration's version of American exceptionalism – an 'exceptionally big government,' in which a centralized government declares that we shall be great and innovative and competitive, not by individual initiative, but by government decree. Where once he used words like 'hope' and 'change,' the president may now talk about 'innovation' and 'competition'; but the audacity of his recycled rhetoric no longer inspires hope.
Palin also indicated that Obama is in bed with big business and is not the friend of the common man.
“It's basically a corporatist agenda – it's the collaboration between big government and the big businesses that have powerful friends in D.C. and can afford to hire big lobbyists, she said.“You can't be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.
President Obama's proposals, she said, “stick the little guy with the bill, while big government and its big corporate partners prosper.
Making a playful remark, Palin indicated that the title of Obama’s speech “Winning The Future should have been abbreviated into its acronym (WTF).
Palin’s attacks on Obama’s speech is the first time she has returned to the public eye since she defended herself from critics who partially blamed her for the caustic political rhetoric that preceded the massacre in Tucson, Arizona, which killed six people and severely wounded a Democrat congresswoman.
Palin made things even worse by accusing her detractors of committing an act of “blood libel” in blaming her for the violence.
Palin has not formally announced her candidacy for the 2012 GOP ticket.