Get ready to fall off your seat. Sarah Palin, a.k.a., Flawed Vessel, recently received a bit of positive press in the New York Times. According to the Time’s Anand Giridharadas, Palin’s recent speech in Iowa seemed to show a willingness to take on some sacred cows of Republican Party orthodoxy, and the relatively more silent collusion informing Democratic Party practice – in particular, the cozy relationship between big business and big government. Among her remarkable statements:
“This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk,” she said of the crony variety. She added: “It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest — to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners — the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70 percent of the jobs in America.”
I found myself thinking about these words as I looked over this chart that a friend sent to me today. If “Ponzi scheme” is the expression of the moment, “money laundering” seems to be a phrase begging to come back into fashion.