Sarah Palin: Clueless or Lying?

When asked in September 2008 what newspapers and magazines she reads to "stay informed," Sarah Palin famously declared she reads "all of them." Well, in the sixteen months since that interview, it has become abundantly clear that's not true. When offering her take on current events, Palin routinely gets her facts wrong.

Responding to President Obama's widely-praised State of the Union address, Sarah Palin, once again, displayed her ignorance on policy issues affecting our nation.

First, she criticized the president because, "He keeps making the nonsensical claim that his massive trillion-dollar health care bill won't increase the deficit." Well, many of the thousands of newspapers she claims to read surely reported that the Congressional Budget Office found the bill wouldn't increase the deficit, and would even reduce it. For instance, the Washington Post wrote an article titled, "Health-Care Wouldn't Raise Deficit, Report Says."

Palin also objected to the President's assertion that the Recovery Act cut taxes for 95% of Americans. She wrote, "he claims that he cut taxes, but I must have missed that. I see his policies as paving the way for massive tax increases and inflation."

Well, the Recovery Act did cut taxes.

PolitiFact, a project of the St. Petersburg Times (also a newspaper), rated Obama's claim TRUE:

The fact-checking and rebutting could go on and on and on.

Most of what Sarah Palin says shows her indifference to the truth, and demonstrates how little interest she has in being a serious political figure. By constantly spouting nonsense, Palin displays her lack of respect for her dedicated followers and the American political process as a whole.

There are only two possible explanations for why a person could be as consistently wrong as Palin is. The first, she truly has no idea what she's talking about. The second, she's lying.

You decide.