Nancy Pelosi's World
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and Congressional Representative from San Francisco's 8th District, is the distilled essence of hyper-partisan hard-left liberalism. We submit to you this collection of quotes which she has made over the years. They make interesting (and maddening, and horrifying, and wince-inducing) reading. Enjoy, if you can.
- "Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs."
– January 18, 2009, during an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News.
The population of the whole United States is roughly 307 million. Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
- "Without it (the stimulus), we would never have dug out of the deep recession that the Bush administration had taken us in."
– July 15, 2010, at a news conference in Washington D.C.
By every economic indicator used to determine such things (unemployment rate, jobless claims, GDP, etc.) the economy is in far worse shape now than it was when President Bush left office.
- "I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels... [natural gas] is cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil fuels."
– August 4, 2008, on NBC's Meet the Press.
Does Madam Pelosi not realize that natural gas is a fossil fuel?
- "Democrats will create the most open and honest government in history, and put power back where it belongs – in the hands of all the people."
– January 18, 2006, Press Release from Nancy Pelosi's Congressional Office.
The more fervently a politician touts their honesty, the closer you have to watch them, and the more likely they are to be corrupt.
- "And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition."
– August 24, 2008, on NBC's Meet the Press.
As Hugh Hewitt said at the time of these remarks, Nancy Pelosi's attempt to cloud the issue of when life begins is "despicable and deeply dishonest, a display of her fear of explaining her own position." The Catholic Church has been on record declaring the sanctity of life – from conception – for many hundreds of years.
- "Can we drill your brains?"
– August 26, 2008, to protestors chanting "Drill now!" at a press event.
We'd ask if we could drill yours, Nancy, but even if you said yes it might not be worth the effort.
- “I have always loved longitude... I love latitude; it’s in the stars. But longitude, it’s about time. ... Time and clocks and all the rest of that have always been a fascination for me.”
– July 29, 2008, during an interview with David Rogers of Politico.
Nancy could prove her love of latitude by giving more of it to Americans who want to take charge of their own healthcare.
- “I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet!”
– July 29, 2008, in response to Republican attempts to lift the drilling moratorium in the gulf.
Rather than save the planet, Nancy, you should focus on saving your job as House Speaker in the November elections. Good luck.
- "You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."
– March 9, 2010, in a speech to the National Association of Counties, on passing healthcare reform.
No, Nancy, we want to know what's in the bill before it becomes law. That's not too much to ask. And that you should even say such a thing is as frightening as it is absurd.
- "Bipartisanship is a two-way street. A bill can be bipartisan without bipartisan votes. Republicans have left their imprint."
– February 28, 2010 in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.
We'll find out in 2011 if Nancy Pelosi really believes this, when Republican majorities are setting the agenda and drafting the legislation.
- "An ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades. Health care is complex. It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts."
– August 10, 2009, writing in an editorial published by USA Today.
This is a striking example of the psychological phenomenon known as projection, where a person attributes his/her own motives and intentions to other people. Nancy's accusations against healthcare opponents apply perfectly to herself and to the Democrat party. The August town hall protests last year were in fact a glorious eruption of grass-roots democracy.
- “The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.’ On this Earth Day, and every day, let us honor the earth and our future generations with a commitment to fight climate change.”
– February 13, 2007, in a speech before the House Science and Technology Committee.
In the words of Claude Mariottini,
Old Testament Professor at
Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois: "These are touching words. This biblical admonition is very important and highly relevant to the pressing issue of global warming. Too bad this biblical admonition is not in the Old Testament."
- “The gavel of the speaker of the House is in the hands of special interests, and now it will be in the hands of America’s children.”
– October 23, 2006, speaking on the prospect of Democrats winning back Congress.
If only this were true, Ms. Pelosi. America's children would do less damage to the country than you and your fellow Democrats.
- “I think that the President’s, not only his appeal to pass it but his explanation to the American people as to what the possibilities were was a very powerful statement that will be helpful to us.”
– January 8, 2010, at a press conference the day after President Obama's national address on healthcare reform.
Picking our way through Ms. Pelosi's mangled syntax, we think she's saying that the President's speech helped his cause. We beg to differ. There was nothing new in it. It was full of the same straw-man arguments, anti-capitalist sentiment and class envy that we have come to expect whenever Obama opens his mouth.
- “You go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole-vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in. But we’re going to get health care reform passed for the American people.”
– January 28, 2010, at a press conference, vowing to continue Democrat efforts to ram healthcare into law.
Except for the last two words, this statement of fanaticism from Nancy Pelosi may be the most truthful thing she's ever said.
- "Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program. It injects demand into the economy. It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.”
– July 1, 2010, speaking to reporters in favor of another extension of unemployment benefits.
Stupid? Ignorant? Dishonest? These are the only options to choose from in trying to understand this quote from Nancy Pelosi.
- “I think they’re AstroTurf. You be the judge. They’re carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care.”
– August 8, 2009, replying to a reporter's question about the authenticity of town hall protests against Obamacare.
Would Nancy Pelosi know a genuine grassroots protest if she saw one? Would she acknowledge it if she did?
- "I promise to do everything in my power to achieve energy independence ... and to stop global warming."
– January 18, 2007, speaking to reporters in Washington D.C.
Change the climate of Planet Earth? Piece o' cake! Secure the southern border of the United States from illegal aliens? Can't be done!
- "It's true. I've seen it. The polar ice is melting."
– Summer 2007
We're sure Speaker Pelosi saw arctic glaciers melting in the summer of 2007. If she'd flown her Lear jet back again in the winter she'd've seen them freezing.
- "They had to make up that story about weapons of mass destruction. Because that was the only thing that would sell to the American people, and that wasn’t true."
– November 30, 2005, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
The story of Saddam's WMDs pre-dated the Bush presidency. Bill Clinton believed they existed. The UN inspectors believed it. Saddam's own defecting Generals believed it. And Saddam acted as though he had them. Like many other liberal Democrats, Nancy Pelosi either cannot or will not acknowledge the difference between a lie and a mistake. And let's not forget the very real possibility that those weapons were moved into the Bekaa Valley in Syria, in the year-long run-up to the war, when President Bush was making his case for war to the country.
- "With Americans worried about losing their jobs, their savings, their homes and their chance at the American Dream, the New Direction Congress will work in a bipartisan way to lift our economy and help America’s middle class."
– October 15, 2008 press release from Nancy Pelosi's Congressional Office.
Nancy Pelosi has presided over the most ideologically extreme and financially irresponsible Congress – the 111th Congress – the country has ever seen. Good riddance to it, starting this November.
- “Take it to the bank. I’m very pleased with how the primaries have been going in terms of the votes that my members have received. Looking at the other side and who the challengers are, I feel pretty good about it."
– June 11, 2010, in an interview with NBC.
When it comes to whistling past the graveyard, Nancy Pelosi can carry a tune with the best of them.
- "We can't tell 12 million illegals 'Go back to wherever you came from or go to jail.'"
– May 9 & 10, 2010, speaking to the Catholic Community Conference.
But we can change the climate of Planet Earth?
- "With tax cuts for the wealthiest few causing red ink as far as the eye can see, incomes falling, and our jobs moving overseas, the economic record of President Bush is dismal for middle-class families."
– April 7, 2006, in a written statement.
The unemployment rate in the country at the time Nancy Pelosi made this statement was 4.7%. Today it's 9.3% (and actually much higher if you count the under-employed, and people who've given up looking for work altogether). The national debt at the time Nancy Pelosi made this statement was $8.5 trillion dollars. Today, after a year and a half of Barack Obama's presidency, it's almost $12 trillion... And by the way, "the rich" get a bum rap. They employ the middle class and the poor. They pay most of the country's taxes. Economic policies that hurt the rich hurt everybody else, too.
- "The point is we want to make sure everyone has healthcare. We all have to do our part... The legislation is very fair."
– November 11, 2009, responding to a reporter's question about the fairness of sending people to jail if they don't buy health insurance.
In other words, Nancy Pelosi sees no problem with sending people to jail for the "crime" of not buying government-mandated healthcare.
- “Today, President Bush became the first President in history to sign a law banning a safe and medically-accepted medical procedure. By signing this bill, President Bush continues his assault on a woman’s right to make private medical decisions. He is putting women’s health in serious danger by signing a bill that fails to contain an exception for what is best for the health of a woman..."
– November 5, 2003, in a written statement.
The "medical procedure" Nancy Pelosi is defending is partial-birth abortion. Here's a (bloodless) depiction of it:
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