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Palin Blasts Trump For “Crony Capitalism”

Give her credit. Sarah Palin is nothing if not consistent.

In an op-ed today, the former Alaska governor blasted president-elect Donald Trump for engaging in “crony capitalism” on his deal with Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana.

“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent,” wrote Palin. “Politicians picking and choosing recipients of corporate welfare is railed against by fiscal conservatives, for it’s a hallmark of corruption. And socialism.”

Palin was often critical of the Obama administration for using tax dollars to support various businesses, and despite being considered for a spot in Trump’s cabinet, she did not hold back with her opinion that a deal like the one with Carrier is a “sinfully stupid practice.”

Although some details behind the deal remain unclear, the state of Indiana offered Carrier $7 million in tax subsidies over 10 years to stay.

“However well meaning, burdensome federal government imposition is never the solution,” wrote Palin. “Not in our homes, not in our schools, not in churches, not in businesses. Gotta’ have faith the Trump team knows all this.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial board has also come out against the Carrier deal, arguing that it sacrifices free market principles.

Palin, according to sources close to the Trump transition team, is in the running to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

About Jim Heath

Jim Heath is the author of the new best seller Front Row Seat at the Circus - One Journalist's Journey through Two Presidential Elections. The book is about Jim's experiences covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns - from South Carolina, the first southern primary state, to Ohio, the ultimate battleground state in presidential elections. A recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, Jim is also a two-time Emmy award winner with more than 15 years experience as both a main evening anchor and political reporter. A longtime advocate of social media, GQ Magazine listed Jim on their Top 5 political "Power List" and the Washington Post named him to their "Best Super Tuesday Twitter List." Jim's news career has taken him from Arizona to South Carolina to Ohio.

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