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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sarah Palin's comparison of the federal debt to slavery

Former Alaska Governor and Vice President candidate Sarah Palin recently compared the federal debt to slavery in a speech to the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s fall fundraiser: 
“Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China...When that money comes due—and this isn’t racist, but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master.”

What are your reactions to this comment? We're posting this quote and video clip for you to discuss openly in the Comments section below. 

For more about her comments, check out the Desmoines Register's "Palin compares federal debt to slavery at Iowa dinner" and Newsweek/The Daily Beast's "The Right’s Slavery Obsession."

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