Dear old Nancy, then and now. What does the future hold for bipartisanship?
Posted by Liberty on February 7, 2009
Nancy Pelosi, quoted in an October 28, 2008 KGO-TV article:
“Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan.”
From a November 6, 2008 Boston Globe article:
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday pledged that the Democratic-controlled Congress would take a bipartisan approach in working with the incoming Obama administration, saying Democrats need to ‘govern from the middle’to accomplish an ambitious agenda on the economy, energy independence, and healthcare.”
Speaking of the immigration bill in an interview with Al Hunt, re-printed on Real Clear Politics June 15, 2007:
“…we’ll work together in a bipartisan way. This bill affects too many people over a long period of time. We want it to be bipartisan and comprehensive.”
“In a statement sure to rile Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday dismissed calls for bipartisanship as ‘process’ arguments extraneous to passing a stimulus bill — and warned Senate Democrats against slashing proposed increases to education spending.
Pelosi — speaking to reporters on the second day of her retreat with House Democrats at a swank Williamsburg, Va., golf resort — was clearly annoyed with Senate attempts to slash up to $100 billion in spending from the $819 billion package the House passed last week.
At the same time, she urged the need for speed in passing the package — and stopped short of saying that she’d insist on her demands during upcoming conference negotiations with the Senate.
‘Washington seems consumed in the process argument of bipartisanship, when the rest of the country says they need this bill,’ the California Democrat said, seeming to sweep aside the Obama administration initial desire to have broad GOP support for the plan.”
Democrats only like bipartisanship when Republicans cross the lines and vote like Democrats! They like to pretend that they’re just naturally more open-minded and cooperative [ie. bipartisan] than Republicans but it’s a myth. The word “bipartisan” has become misconstrued to mean “Democrats getting their own way.”
I say, it’s time to chuck the concept of bipartisanship. Our elected Republicans [with the notable exceptions of Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter] should be reveling in their new-found strength and mentally deleting the word “bipartisan” from their vocabularies.
I appreciate how the majority of Republicans in the Senate have hung together in opposing this shameful pork-packed “stimulus” bill. If the stimulus is such a great and necessary piece of legislation as the Democrats claim, why don’t they just pass it themselves and get it over with? They have the votes, especially with human jellyfish pseudo-Republicans like Snowe, Collins and Specter on their side. Better yet, why don’t they write it up as an Executive Order and Obama can just sign it all into law with a stroke of his mighty pen? [Picture this…Obama signs the Executive Order to socialize…I mean, “stimulate” the economy and then he turns to Greg Craig to ask what exactly is in the bill.]
The answer is, of course, that the Democrats don’t want to own the consequences of this massive spending plan. They don’t want the American people to blame them when the economy gets worse instead of better. They don’t want the electoral consequences when the voters figure out that the stimulus has less to do with fixing the economy and more to do with paying off Democrat supporters like unions, bureaucrats, community organizers and abortionists.
Republicans have probably had about as much influence as they will get over what goes into this bill and how much is spent. The only thing to do now is to take a principled stand against the stimulus. We’re going to lose this argument but at least we can go down fighting.
This entry was posted on February 7, 2009 at 10:15 am and is filed under Arrogant politicians, Conservatism, Future of the GOP, Innate hypocrisy, Liberalism, Obama, Redistribution of wealth, Social engineering, Socialist economics, Sticking to their guns, Stupid legislation, Taxes. Tagged: Bipartisanship, Collins, Conservatism, Democrat, Government spending, Human jellyfish pseudo Republicans, Hypocrisy, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, Payback, Republicans, Snowe, Socialism, Specter, Stimulus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.