Anyone lucky enough to catch half-term Gov. Sarah Palin's response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Wednesday was treated to a veritable smorgasbord of knee-slapping zingers, courtesy of the wildly unpopular would-be pol. After droning on about "Obamacare" and "Cap and Tax" and how the speech was full of "WTF moments," she threw a hat tip the Spudnut Shop in Richland, Wash., for its ability to stay in business despite "not looking for government to bail 'em out."
She said we need a "Spudnut moment."
The reference was a parody of Obama's call for a "Sputnik moment" that he hoped would infuse the country with a drive to succeed--like the time the Soviets launched the first satellite into space in 1957 and America responded by putting a man on the moon 12 years later.
In her own words:
"What we need is a Spudnut moment and here's where I'm going with this Greta . . . 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 of family owned business that's not looking for government to bail 'em out and make their decisions for them, it's just hardworking, patriotic Americans in this shop. We need more Spudnut moments in America."
Here's the interview:
Thanks for the reference there, sport. But as the HuffPo points out on Thursday, Richland and the entire Tri-Cities area (undoubtedly the principal customers at the Spudnut Shop) are the direct benefactor of $2 billion in stimulus funds spent to clean up the Hanford Nuclear site (aka jobs).
In fact, as the AP reported earlier this month, 1,600 people are scheduled to be laid off from the Hanford site soon because that same stimulus funding is scheduled to expire this year.
That's 1,600 people that will likely no longer be buying Spudnut donuts once the government quits "bail(ing) 'em out."