Monday, November 08, 2010

NY Sun: Palin Ahead of the Curve on Economic Fallout

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal also praises Palin's economic take:
"The former Alaskan Governor showed sound political and economic instincts by inveighing forcefully against the Federal Reserve's latest round of quantitative easing. According to the prepared text of remarks that she released to National Review online, Mrs. Palin also exhibited a more sophisticated knowledge of monetary policy than any major Republican this side of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan."
[emphasis added]
From an editorial of the New York Sun:
"One of the questions in respect of 2012 is how it has happened that the only major Republican figure, aside from Congressman Ron Paul, to stand up and be counted on the dollar is Sarah Palin."
. . .
"At the time [October 2009], the value of a dollar had slid to just less than a 1,000th of an ounce of gold. Today it has plunged to barely better than a 1,400th of an ounce of gold. In other words, in the year since Mrs. Palin took up this issue, the Bernanke Dollar — or the Obama Dollar, or the Pelosi, as we’ve sometimes called it — has lost a third of its value."
. . .
"We were struck, reading the Robert Costa’s National Review advance on Mrs. Palin’s speech*, with the reach of her warning. She attacked QE2, as the second quantitative easing of monetary policy is called, head on. 'The Fed hopes doing this may buy us a little temporary economic growth by supplying banks with extra cash which they could then lend out to businesses. But it’s far from certain this will even work. After all, the problem isn’t that banks don’t have enough cash on hand – it’s that they don’t want to lend it out, because they don’t trust the current economic climate. And if it doesn’t work, what do we do then? Print even more money? What’s the end game here?'

"Mrs. Palin is looking over the horizon: 'Do we have any guarantees that QE2 won’t be followed by QE3, 4, and 5, until eventually — inevitably — no one will want to buy our debt anymore? What happens if the Fed becomes not just the buyer of last resort, but the buyer of only resort?' She comprehends how it is going to get to the voters she’ll be courting. '[E]veryone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher. And it’s not just groceries. Oil recently hit a six month high, at more than $87 a barrel. The weak dollar — a direct result of the Fed’s decision to dump more dollars onto the market — is pushing oil prices upwards. That’s like an extra tax on earnings.'

"The worst part of it, in Mrs. Palin’s warning, is that 'because the Obama White House refuses to open up our offshore and onshore oil reserves for exploration, most of that money will go directly to foreign regimes who don’t have America’s best interests at heart.' In other words, she is reasoning out a coherent economic and geopolitical argument that she and her party — Tea, if not the mainstream GOP — can take to the voters. She is moving effortlessly from her Facebook page, which has more than 2.3 million friends, to our intellectual journals. So as we asked at the outset of this editorial, how has it happened that she is the first to brand this issue?

"Was it her time running a state whose economy is tied to oil, which often tracks gold? Is it that she can see Russia from her door? Is she just smarter than the other candidates? Is it her savvy, and her husband’s, at running a fishing business? Is it her journalistic instinct? Or does she read more papers than Katie Couric? No matter, she is now out in front of yet another issue as there is about to convene a new Congress of the United States in which she has a brace of allies indebted to her for her help in getting elected. Mr. Bernanke seems to have blithely ignored his other critics, but it will be more dangerous to ignore the Mamma Grizzly."
[emphasis added]
This is a follow up, in less than a week, of Palin's advice on how to win in 2012 which John Podhoretz called "brilliant".

Two brilliant analyses in less than a week. That's why, as the New York Sun says, Palin "is moving effortlessly from her Facebook page, which has more than 2.3 million friends, to our intellectual journals."

Like another attractive conservative labeled a lightweight who went on to win the presidency in 1980 and the Cold War as well, Palin is proving that those doing the labeling don't seem to have a clue.
*Link to the text of Palin's speech quoted on National Review's The Corner

H/T Conservatives4Palin

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