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November 02, 2010

End of the Pelosi Era of Irresponsibility


Nancy Pelosi’s numbers among independents according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll are almost unbelievably bad–8% favorable, 61% unfavorable.

End of the Pelosi Era of Irresponsibility

by Lurita Doan

Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s election, the close of the 111th congress punctuates Nancy Pelosi’s tenure as, arguably, the worst Speaker of the House in the history of the United States. No other Speaker has eroded American competitiveness as thoroughly, practiced such a vile and bitter partisanship where friends and allies in Unions and other left-wing causes were rewarded at the expense of others, all while deliberately encouraging Americans to become increasingly dependent upon government.

What a sad spectacle.

Repairing the damage should be the first task of the 112th Congress, and the first order of business is to stop the madness of unrestricted spending. Speaker Pelosi has boasted of the $5 trillion increase in the national debt and the punitive, legislative warfare that she championed through Congress that has squandered our treasury and left us the greatest debtor nation on earth. Restoring some level of fiscal sanity will not be easy, but it is the most urgent task. Fiscal discipline will require a line-by-line review of the budget, a practice that elected officials love to discuss but rarely execute.

Americans cannot continue the Pelosi madness of borrowing money from China to redistribute to union activists and favorite left wing causes. Nor can our nation, once again, extend unemployment benefits for additional years after making payments for the already mandated two years.

Another of Speaker Pelosi’s damaging legacies is the coarsening of our politics. We can no longer afford the incivility that has become the norm in political discourse. During her tenure, Pelosi has overseen multiple pieces of legislation shoved through the House using arm twisting, veiled threats and “bribes” that take the form of political pork. The various pieces of legislation involve tens of thousands of pages of gibberish which neither the Speaker, nor many who allegedly drafted the legislation, has read.

Small businesses have endured their own special hell as a result of Pelosi’s complete lack of understanding of what it takes to create the kinds of jobs that grow the economy. Pelosi, with no business experience to fall back upon, has not allowed her colossal ignorance to stand in the way of making intrusive, destructive, confiscatory policies that have crushed small businesses across the nation. This, too, will take time to repair.

Perhaps most egregious of all, Nancy Pelosi has opened a Pandora’s box of double-speak, often achieving a level of incoherence, that has masked her hostile intent and determination to effect a wealth transfer from those who have worked hardest to those who have hardly worked at all. Prudent Americans that were careful to live within their means, buy houses that they could actually afford, and save their own money have been punished for these sins during Speaker Pelosi’s term.

Instead, an elaborate wealth redistribution system has been established to confiscate money from the hard-working to reward many that were most irresponsible. In Pelosi’s world, it’s okay to reward a homeowner who unwisely bought a house he knowingly could not afford and who then fails even to make interest payments for months on end. In Pelosi’s world, it’s okay to support bail outs for failed companies, especially those with huge union representation, by raising taxes on smaller companies. Pelosi has promoted mediocre Democrat statesmen from obscurity to prominence.

For example, Pelosi has followed her septuagenarian friend, Henry Waxman, down the rabbit hole into a wilderness where there are no limits to the amount of bureaucracy embraced by Congress and the Obama Administration. Waxman has proposed, and Pelosi endorsed, a system where all national issues and challenges are solved by an ever expanding amount of government oversight. Of course, according to this view, no amount of oversight, and no amount of cost for the oversight, is too much. Chaos and disruption to our energy production, power generation and healthcare delivery system were viewed as less consequential if the primary goal of inserting more governmental bureaucracy, oversight, and control over the private sector could be achieved.

Our nation now faces a dismal truth: Speaker Pelosi has been a disaster. Should Republicans take back the House, as is widely expected, a new and, let us hope more competent Speaker will assume responsibility for re-exerting American power, economic vitality, and civic health.

So it is time for goodbyes. Americans should wish Mrs. Pelosi well as she exits the national leadership. Her place in history, as the first female Speaker of the House, is secure. Unfortunately, Mrs. Pelosi will likely be recorded as the most irresponsible Speaker of the House that left the nation, in every way, worse off than when she first took over the gavel. It’s time for her to go.


Wild Thing's comment........

I wish it could be that easy to get rid of her and restore sanity in government but this is only the beginning and we must continue to elect conservatives.

It is astonishing that this woman actually thinks she did a fine job as speaker.

Posted by Wild Thing at November 2, 2010 02:48 AM


That picture looks like Pelosi's impression of "Captain Quig" in Caine Mutiny..."Ah, but the strawberries! That's, that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes, but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, and with, with geometric logic."

Posted by: Mark at November 2, 2010 07:33 AM

In her mind she did do a fine job. When she took the gavel is Speaker, the unemployment rate was 4.6% and the economy created 5.7 million jobs that year. When she relinquishes the gavel, unemployment will be over 9% and the economy will have lost millions of jobs. She was very successful in her cause to weaken this nation.

Posted by: BobF at November 2, 2010 07:37 AM

You've summed up Speaker Pelosi's tenure very well, BobF.

It's Election Day !

It is a day when each of us needs to be a citizen.

American soldiers in uniform have crossed oceans and remain in harm's way defending what we only have to cross a street or two to do.

With head high, shoulders back, a confident swagger, and with one foot before another, like a citizen soldier, walk those couple blocks. Do your duty.

We are Americans.

I refuse to be a mere inhabitant. Steadfast and solemn in a belief in God and country, I choose to be a citizen. I never miss an election and vote conscious, respectful and “subservient to the wisdom” of Americans that have come before me.

On this Election Day November 2010, here are three favorites:

“I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the AFL-CIO.

I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth.

That is a program of sorts, is it not?

It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and liberals at bay. And the nation free.”

-William F. Buckley.

“Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends?

Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor's fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can't socialize the doctors without socializing the patients.

Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last.”

-Ronald Reagan.

"The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live."

-John Jay.

The stars and stripes forever !

Posted by: Carlos at November 2, 2010 09:28 AM

And while American's go to the polls to vote out the communist party, our real heroes who are fighting and dying are refused the right to vote.

If it were up to me, anyone who had a part in this anti-American travesty would be hung with chicken wire until their heads snapped off.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at November 2, 2010 11:09 AM

Megalomania and Narcissism all in one bitch of a package.

Posted by: Jack at November 2, 2010 12:19 PM