If you haven’t heard about Sarah Palin’s latest inanity (it’s hard to keep current…), she offered an ungrateful nation this utterance:
But after this, for several minutes that we as a nation will never get back, you rambled about a bakery called the “Spudnut Shop,” that doesn’t want the government telling it how to operate, or something:
Well, the spudnut shop in Richland, Washington — it’s a bakery, it’s a little coffee shop that’s so successful, 60-some years, generation to generation, a family-owned business not looking for government to bail them out and to make their decisions for them. It’s just hard-working, patriotic Americans in this shop.
We need more spudnut moments in America. And I wish that President Obama would understand, in that heartland of America, what it is that really results in the solutions that we need to get this economy back on the right track. It’s a shop like that.
Leaving aside the utter idiocy of charting our nation’s course for the 21st century through a massive expansion of the custom baked goods sector, one of Digby’s readers explains why this is such a stupid thing to utter:
Palin’s quirky invocation of the “Spudnut Shop” here in Richland Washington as an example of American “can-doism” is far more ironic than you and most of your readers likely realize.
The fact is, the town of Richland was literally built by the federal government as a part of the Manhattan Project. All of the houses that surround the Spudnut shop were built by the Army. To this day, the only employer in Richland of any consequence is the Department of Energy and the contractors that work on DoE contracts at the Hanford site, just north of Richland. As a result, virtually all of the Spudnut shop’s customers are paid by tax dollars. Those that aren’t are retirees, drawing government pensions and social security.
Were it not for government spending, the Spudnut shop would be bankrupt in a week.
By now, the ‘keep-the-government-out-of-my-Medicare’ conservative hypocrisy is nothing new. But a little humility from the welfare Red States–those that receive more in federal tax dollars than they generate–would be nice. Even if we aren’t ‘real’ Americans.
It’s almost as if they’re trying to rationalize something away, isn’t it?