Palin & Brownback sound free-market populism notes 

Sarah Palin has some credibility when it comes to battling Big Oil, and the GOP is historically closer to the oil industry than any other, which makes it noteworthy when, today, she goes after Big Oil and President Obama for his coziness to Big Oil.

Some highlights from the transcript:

these oil companies have got to be held accountable…

the oil companies who have so supported President Obama in his campaign and are supportive of him now — I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration.

And then today, Politico runs an op-ed by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., in which he decries the tendency of Big Government to disadvantage small business:

The Obama administration’s tough statements about Wall Street misdeeds mask a strange fact: For an administration that talks so much about helping the little guy, it is astonishing how many of President Barack Obama’s “reforms” work to the advantage of powerful corporate interests at the expense of small employers and independent entrepreneurs.

I’m thrilled that Republicans are talking this way. I hope it translates into action — policies that roll back government protection of Big Business.
I’m hopeful, but not optimistic. Republicans sounded these notes a few months back, talking about bailouts in the financial regulation bill. But it turns out that was just about killing the $50 billion bank tax, which was worth killing, but was (a) not the bailout in the bill, and (b) the top priority of the banks.

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