No one much cares what House Democrats do these days. House rules tend to make the main job of members of the minority to show up, vote “no” and lose. Much the way the Republican Party in the Senate has been doing for the last six years. In the next Congress, Democrats will have fewer seats in the House than they’ve had since 1929 and 1930 and there is no reason to think that will change. What will change is that the bills they send to the Senate will be brought to the floor, debated and voted upon.
It was barely noticed that Nancy Pelosi’s first major intraparty defeat since she became House Democratic leader in 2003 occurred when her choice for ranking minority member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, California’s Anna Eshoo, was defeated by New Jersey’s Frank Pallone.
The election was conducted by secret ballot, and the vote was 100-90, handing Minority Leader Pelosi her first defeat and leaving the effectiveness of her leadership in question.
Nancy Pelosi has been just such a fertile ground of political class insanity over the years, including, but not limited to:
– When Congress was trying to decide whether or not to extend unemployment benefits further, she made the not quite so sound economic proclamation that sending out unemployment checks is one of the absolute best ways to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Taken to its logical conclusion, her assertion implies that the more people that are unemployed, the more jobs will be created.
– When promoting legislation to help the unemployed, she reacted angrily at the slow pace of the negotiations, claiming that “500 million Americans are losing their jobs every week.” Since there are only about 300 million Americans in the country, not all of whom are old enough to work, it appears that she counts in a different way than most of us.
– As the opposition to the passage of ObamaCare grew, she proclaimed that we had to pass the massive, 2,000+ page bill in order to find out what is in it. Why we could not know what was in the bill beforehand is still a mystery. Is it possible that she did not even know what was in it at the time? Or did she, like Jonathan Gruber, know but didn’t want the rest of us to know? Was her control so complete that Congressional Democrats were passing bills without knowing what they were passing?
– “First Bush cut taxes for the rich and the economy has rebounded with new record low unemployment rates, which only means wealthy employers are getting even wealthier at the expense of the underpaid working class.”
– Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted that the vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt was because he would vigorously fight the Republican effort to suppress the votes of minorities.
The list is endless.
The really sad part of the economic disaster that she presided over is that when she became Speaker, she declared that she would run the House Of representatives budgeting process as a “pay as you go system.” In other words, no additional spending would be approved by Congress unless cuts were made elsewhere in the budget. This seems at odds with the actual results, unprecedented TRILLION deficits every year. She actually said that this goal had been accomplished.
Funny stuff, in a sad, pathetic way. Nancy Pelosi continues to make statements that make one wonder the same thing that Frasier Crane was thinking in an old “Cheers” episode when he asked Cliff Clavin: “What color is the sky in your world, Cliff?”
Republicans have a Mandate for Change
So what did Pelosi say when Republicans wanted to start cutting waste from government… “Democrats are committed to fiscal discipline, starting with an aggressive attack on waste, fraud, and abuse in our Federal budget. But we will not do so at the expense of good jobs, a strong middle class, and a growing economy.”
What does that mean? Does it mean that people who defraud the government out of billions of dollars every year need to keep their jobs?
A lot of the excessive deficit spending, waste and fraud in government programs have happened under this administration and the message from the people seems pretty clear. Make the difficult cuts and particularly eliminate the waste. We ‘hope’ Republicans have the courage to force this ‘change’ and that enough congressional Democrats will put aside their party loyalty to do what is right. With the National Debt closing in on $18 Trillion, if they do not, this will be a very long two years.