A Study in Contrasting Responses
Put aside, for a moment, the very interesting fact that the article is one of an increasing number that place Obama in parallel with Palin and compare and contrast the pair’s responses to the question of government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Obama:
“These entities are so big and they are so tied into the housing market that it is probably true that we have to take steps to make sure they don’t just collapse,” Obama told an audience in Terre Haute on Saturday.
But Obama added that the government needed to take steps to guard against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ultimately profiting from the government assistance.
“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, they’ve gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers,” Palin said. “The McCain-Palin administration will make them smaller and smarter and more effective for homeowners who need help.”
Note Obama’s distancing of himself from the decision making — “probably true,” “we have to take steps,” and “don’t just collapse” (with no notion of what they should be) — but with a touch of anti-corporate seasoning for good measure. Palin, on the other hand, jumps right into that aspect of the question over which the administration in which she’ll play a role has a say, and she gives a direct and simple reason: “they’ve gotten too big and too expensive.”