Tuesday, July 29, 2008


The Nancy Pelosi of Fantasy

Yup, she's a storm trooper.

"From Medicare to housing to the new GI Bill, her Democrats have driven the legislative train more than the White House has in recent months. And even when the Democratic Party gave ground to the White House on terrorism surveillance, Pelosi’s credentials were such that Obama felt safer embracing the deal — after she did so first publicly.

Yet with this success comes new danger — like explorers lost at sea without longitude. Until now, Pelosi has been perceived as a counterweight to President Bush. But after the Democratic convention in Denver, and going into November, voters will take a closer measure of her performance — and fairness — since Democrats could very well be the new ruling party, controlling Congress and the White House in January.

At the same time, the wave of change her party has ridden could come crashing down. The pressures facing the nation — troubled financial markets, falling housing prices and rising energy and food costs — are genuinely historic. The next president will inherit a projected deficit of close to $500 billion, and Democrats admit privately that they were caught off guard by the spike in gasoline prices and the hardship it has imposed on middle-income and working-class voters.

With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.

“I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”

Failed policy indeed. If Pelosi could bother to glance she's see that oil prices are falling. This is taking place as investors and speculators withdraw from the oil market due that failed policy of allowing companies to drill for their own oil.

While this bird-brain has been glancing at the stars and dreaming of "Saving the Earth", the fact is that since 2006 the Democrats have done exactly squat to fix any of the issues facing the country. Every one of the financial woes, from gas to banks, to housing happened under their watch and by the lack of watch by committees they head.

Just take the Banking Committee for instance. Senator Chris Dodd's "no shows" on the committee and lack of guidance and what appear to be sweet mortgage deals for himself contributed to the problems we see now. Many of these subprime mortgage issues were surfacing about the time Dodd decided to run for President in which case he completely abandoned his committee. In fact how he is not resigning or at least being investigated by the ethics committee is all you need to know about Pelosi's "governance".

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