Unless you’ve been in a coma for the past four days or so, you already know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) initiated an illegal scheme to target conservative groups. While many have come forward to condemn the unconstitutional activities, former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went a step too far.
Today, Pelosi too said the guilty must be punished, but then went on to blame the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) decision.
“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi . . . Blamed The Supreme Court For Opening The Door To Broader Political Activity.” (Stephen Dinan, “Pelosi: IRS Problem Stems From Court Ruling,” The Washington Times, 5/13/13)
In an op/ed for The Washington Post on Monday, April 30th, Marc A. Thiessen covered the “explosive memoir” by “former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez” which “provides new evidence that Rep. Nancy Pelosi lied when she declared she had not been briefed about the use of waterboarding.”
In the wake of the widely expected downgrade of America’s credit rating by Standard & Poor’s, Democrats are predictably trotting out their tried-and-true call for tax increases.
“Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the nation's credit rating reinforces Democrats' call for increasing tax revenue, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday.” (Jamie Klatell, “Reid: S&P Downgrade Backs Dems’ Call For More Revenue,” The Hill, 8/5/11)
Shot: July 1, 2010: Nancy Pelosi Unemployment Benefits “Biggest Stimulus”
Pelosi: “Let me say about unemployment insurance, we talk about it as a safety net and all that. One of the biggest stimulus’ to our economy, economists will tell you, this money is spent quickly, it injects demand into the economy and is job creating. It creates jobs faster than any other initiative you can name because again it is money that is needed for families to survive and it is spent so it has a double benefit. It helps those who lost there jobs but it is also a job creator…”
Chaser: August 5, 2011: Barack Obama Unemployment Benefits “Create Jobs Right Now”
It was a busy day yesterday, so I didn’t get around to pointing out something that struck me as rather funny. With unemployment still at 9.2% and likely to increase in the coming months with an economy that has slowed to near-double-dip recession levels, President Obama and his fellow Democrats are talking about pivoting to job creation.
August 2, 2011: “OBAMA AND SENATE DEMS PLAN PIVOT TO JOBS: Senate Democrats hope they now have ‘checked the box’ on debt reduction and can move to an agenda focused on job creation and economic growth, through a combination of spending and tax cuts.” (Mike Allen, “DEMS PLAN PIVOT TO JOBS: Transportation, Infrastructure, Tax Breaks On Fall Agenda,” Politico’s “Playbook”, 8/2/11)
As is often the case with closed door negotiations, details leak after the fact. Such is the case with the parties involved in the discussions to raise the debt limit ceiling. While many have complained about President Obama’s leadership, or lack-thereof, this report by Molly Hooper over at The Hill is really quite telling. According to sources, Republican and Democrat negotiators asked President Obama to leave the room. Not just any old room though, this was in the White House.
“GOP aides and lawmakers, speaking on background, portrayed Boehner as the calm negotiator who repeatedly exasperated President Obama.” (Molly K. Hooper, “How John Boehner Escaped Disaster,” The Hill, 8/3/11)
I just finished a piece on how U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spent her weekend and was turning my attention towards things I actually get paid to do, when I saw this report from Mary Bruce over at ABC News…
“As the debt ceiling stalemate continues, President Obama will take a break from the ongoing deficit negotiations today to focus on the Hispanic community when he addresses the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.” (Mary Bruce, “The Presidential Planner: Obama Courts Latino Voters,” ABC News, 7/25/11)
On Saturday evening, I was at Brabo enjoying a cocktail, preparing to take a seat with friends and have dinner. As we sat in the small bar, in walked U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), accompanied by her security detail.
Now, before I go further, I am not about to take issue with an elected official and national political figure going out for dinner and enjoying a Saturday evening. However, it did strike me as odd, given the timing. I did tweet about the encounter, and noted at the time that while the country faces a “supposed financial Armageddon”, Pelosi is dining at a fairly upscale restaurant, rather than working to solve the potential crisis.
Pelosi wasn’t hashing out an agreement over dinner with Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), or even strategizing with one of her colleagues from her own party.
Today, the U.S. Deptartment of Labor reported the unemployment rate climbed again to 9.2%, setting a record post World War II record of 29 straight months of unemployment above 8%. Back in March 2010, Nancy Pelosi sold ObamaCare as a "jobs bill", stating "this bill is not only about the health security of America it's about jobs. In its life it will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately. Jobs again in the healthcare industry, but also in the entrepreneurial world as well." Nearly a year and a half has passed since Democrats rammed ObamaCare through. Where are those jobs?
A while back we noted that when it comes to budget deficits and national debt, Democrats are part of the problem, not the solution. So with that mind, it was with great interest to read Walter Alarkon’s piece in The Hill yesterday about President Barack Obama looking to ask Congress for a “tool similar to a line-item veto that would let him single out new spending cuts.”
First of all, it’s laughable that President Obama says with a straight face that he wants to do something about runaway deficits and soaring national debt. Seriously, how can anyone take Obama and Democrats seriously after spending nearly $1 trillion on that boondoggle of a stimulus, the $410 billion omnibus spending package, a $3.5 trillion budget and the trillion-plus dollar takeover of healthcare (all on partisan line votes mind you)?