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Bought -- kind of follow the money this is a cover the Wall Street Journal today governor's -- -- it looks like a rare outbreak of sanity is infecting state capitals across the country.
Governors vote Democrat Republican.
Are attacking their states runaway budget with spending cuts.
And almost no new taxes what's gotten into that.
I -- -- former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin governor thanks for joining us some holding it up here it is governor's top spending.
Is this realistic by the way they they say both Democrats and Republican governors -- -- looking to chop spending and not raise taxes.
Yes absolutely realistic and it's needed and governors are there on the front lines understanding what it that.
What is gonna take to get the economy back on the right track and like it seems like so many officials on the federal level.
-- governors have if not in their individual states being constitutionally mandated to have balanced budgets.
They know at least a baby on the front lines and having constituents right there in their face if you well.
They know that they have that obligation that duty to be spending other people's money so wisely it's a secret -- so I think yet makes sense that.
Governors are gonna tackle this problem and not wait for the -- to try to fix anything defense keeps screwing things up Eric.
And par a -- -- reaction that you're seeing with these governors and legislatures having to cut budgets now is have to do what the Fed screwing things up that trillion dollar stimulus package.
It created an environment -- our State's two years ago.
-- fat strings attached to these funds where managing the public's expectations.
For these projects and programs.
That's the debt ridden finds.
-- kind of jump started and were infused to welcome now the public like well hey wait a minute that money's all drying up and it's gonna dry up starting in July.
Who's gonna continue those programs in those projects up.
Merry go governors -- haven't Clinton and I've read manage -- -- well bad public expectation.
Very good point -- with the article points out that over the last two years 20092010.
Billion dollars of stimulus money is gone to the states how do they stop when they -- really hadn't in influx of -- inflow of of free money.
Keeping them caught up on the jump cut again to get off the -- governor.
Exactly and that's why the governors have to cut not just freeze spending at historically high levels but unlike what the feds are -- -- as they.
Say that they're gonna -- free spending no governors have to actually cut.
And be very realistic with constituents and say hey this is never free money to start with two years ago fat strings attached to these finds.
You should've known back then a lot of governors a lot of us conservative governors -- he told -- -- We were over -- by even Republican led legislatures to accept the funds anyway and look where we are two years down the road is like.
We -- And I were lower looking at I I'm sorry Oregon governor John kids ever looking to.
Cut -- spending also pension reforms across the board California New York to democratic governors.
-- that doesn't sound like Democrats doesn't.
No but they got these Democrats are -- in the light and the public pension reform is absolutely needed what we did in our state right before I was elected governor the previous governor got in there and change from the defined.
Benefits program to a defined contribution program and of course the public sector unions just.
And they just freaked out about this and they want everybody recalled would be a part of that and when I was elected we continued that new program for new enrollees things had to change.
Other states -- -- doing the same thing and it's really getting the public unions up in arms about what that that pension reform is -- -- be but that's necessary because our states are.
Tens of billions of dollars.
In debt that essentially with the obligations that they have to the pensions and so it have to be reformed otherwise are personally know every single one of of them gone bankrupt.
-- new enrollees I think across the -- all these Democrats and Republicans say you know the new enrollees we have to tackle that issue but what about existing roads what do people work.
Who are retired right now is is that days you know the third rail or can they really go after that.
Do you know what a pension as a promise.
I look at.
I look at folks like -- let me personalize this my -- retired teacher think you know he paid into the system all those years.
And when he started out as a teacher -- they didn't make too much money back then.
And part of is is salary his promise of course was at least to secure retirement see you can take that away from people -- paid into the system but you gotta stop.
These got to stop the bleeding right now -- change -- system for the new.
All right let me turn the page a little bit yesterday the -- ball as I call that on my FaceBook and Twitter page and people -- so well really really it was a it was that was our winner -- -- let me play a -- -- away and Bill O'Reilly says to the president mr.
Rabbani says by the way a lot of opponents say you're moving to the right.
Check out this reaction take a listen to this.
But the pundits that's -- you're moving to the center.
To raise your approval and century amusement moving to the center -- I don't -- -- because we were set up over there and then they moved a little -- Here's your here's -- here's what I think is true.
Over the first two years my presidency we had a complete disaster and now our focus.
Does not on the refight the battles last two years -- not -- until December but if I hope I haven't -- I didn't move to -- where do you want to move anywhere that you the same -- what I'm the same guy.
I'm not sure that's good the bad news for those of us -- -- or or or conservative but what about it got carried away and not get pretty many in our country did hear our president constantly denying the need to move to the -- Away from his far left policies that really are gonna lead to some kind of and European styled socialist a -- -- gonna destroy the economy no why I think it's -- she -- but it's a lost opportunity.
This is one case worth it.
It's just that too bad that he's wasting convincing -- -- this crisis go to waste this isn't a crisis.
And he needs to be able to know that.
Yeah he say he needs to go to the -- he needs to do what their works and that is get back to -- the economic principles that'll work.
Governor I don't think he's moving to the senator when he when he goes ahead and -- -- for for the bush tax cuts to be extended and gets two years.
He didn't want to do that he was forced to do that if that was via public opinion couples but he sure put a lot at stake -- And -- lawmakers to legislate tours there in congress who knew that they were gonna get elected -- -- they.
Put their foot down and said yeah we're gonna extend these tax that's so he didn't want to but.
I think it's just cut -- and -- extremes that he doesn't.
Understand the need to move from the far left economically speaking in two more of the center more of where the American public expects him to be in order to get the economy moving again.
Well I recall -- believe is on the campaign trail when he met a plumber named Joseph.
Who said you know we need to spread the wealth a little bit I think that seems pretty far left now.
It's far left and -- here's -- -- we need to remember is from henceforth after hearing that comment he just made he has no intention he could maybe.
Pretend you could -- out.
-- some a bit that he.
He'd move into the center but no fundamentally.
He has no desire to move to the center he just that to Bill O'Reilly he just that essentially -- denied the need to move.
To the center.
Our Governor Palin appreciate your time especially on short notice thank you very much for your time.
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