February 2, 2010
Pelosi's Last HurrahBy Jane Jamison
San Francisco's congresswoman of 23 years, the daughter of a Baltimore mayor, has a sense of self-entitlement and extravagance unimagined by most public servants and ordinary folk. Her indulgences charged to American taxpayers are now documented and damning.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has spent or authorized spending at least $3.2 million on trips, hotels, food, high-priced liquor, and military jet rides in the past two years.
Pelosi spent at least $1.1 million of taxpayer funds ushering a delegation of at least 106 people to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (the "global warming" conference where nothing was decided). The entourage stayed two nights. According to CBS News,
Speaker Pelosi would not comment about the expenses to CBS News. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Malibu) was also on the trip, but he says he "did not know" what expenses were incurred.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, has just released a report on Speaker Pelosi's extravagant use of government aircraft:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rated #8 of Washington's ten most corrupt politicians for 2009.
House Speaker Pelosi is one of the fifteen richest members of Congress, with a net worth between $33 million and $95 million. (So why does she charge us for her family's Grey Goose martinis on Air Force three? Nancy can afford to BYOB.)
There is a moral "disconnect" in the Pelosi family vineyard business. From Investors.com, 2006:
With the above facts in mind, Pelosi voted against the Fence Act of 2006 to build a fence along the American-Mexican border, against requiring ID cards for illegal aliens, against electronic data-keeping of illegal aliens, and for driver's licenses for illegal aliens.
CIA "You Lie": Speaker Pelosi was indignant at so-called "torture" of Iraq war detainees by waterboarding. When the CIA produced memos showing that she attended briefings and gave consent before the interrogation tactics were used, Pelosi publicly claimed that President Bush and the CIA lied.
The CIA's displeasure at Pelosi's self-interested slander has caused months of rumors that Steny Hoyer will replace Pelosi as Speaker of the House next year, if she is reelected and if the Democrats still have a majority. Her leadership is privately questioned by her own party.
Pelosi's Poll Pallor
Rasmussen Reports Poll:
Field Poll California, January 27, 2010:
Madame Speaker bullies on. It's not clear if she doesn't care or is just oblivious to the fact that 57% of American voters think that passing nothing would be better than passing the current health care bill. Pelosi told the San Francisco Chronicle that health care would be passed one way or the other:
From The Less-Significant-But-Still-Very-Weird Department: Code Purple.
Seated behind President Obama at his State of the Union address, House Speaker Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden were "color-coordinated." Pelosi had a lavender jacket; Biden had a purple-striped tie. Mrs. Obama wore purple. With al-Qaeda terrorists trying to blow up airplanes over American cities with underwear bombs, 10% national unemployment, and a ballooning deficit, why in the world would the second and third in line behind the president have time to think about wearing "matching outfits"?
If Nancy Pelosi were a Republican, she would have been hounded from office on the basis of any of the above. The tail-wagging national media have rarely and barely nipped at any of these Achilles' heels, but that may change soon with the release of the Pelosi expense reports.
Nancy Pelosi's home state now has an unemployment rate of 12.5 %. It has just been announced the state budget, already $21 billion in the red, will likely be out of money by April. Aren't the bluebloods of San Francisco beginning to get at least a teeny twinge of embarrassment from their congresswoman's elitist ramblings and rants? How many sandwiches could be purchased for the homeless people on Market Street in downtown San Francisco with what Pelosi spends boozing on her cross-country flights?
Since the national health care plan is ostensibly to help those same poor, elderly, and "little people" that Democrats are supposedly serving, don't any of Pelosi's liberal friends find this luxurious lollapalooza at public expense unseemly and elitist? Nancy Pelosi's effectiveness and credibility are irreparably harmed due to her own deeds and words. She can't blame Bush. There surely is a liberal "lieutenant" or two in San Francisco to take over the "reign" and run for Pelosi's seat. We can't afford Nancy anymore.
Whenever she retires from the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi will be entitled to her congressional salary and gold-plated health benefits for life, despite the fact she is a multi-millionaire and can certainly afford to fund herself and a small town.
Even so, Nancy Pelosi will be far less expensive for U.S. taxpayers as a retired congresswoman than she is when she is on duty.
Jane Jamison is publisher of the conservative news/commentary blog, UNCOVERAGE.net.