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Pelosi: Stimulus Bipartisan, Obama Brilliant

Some excerpts from an EXCLUSIVE interview the most partisan powerful woman in the world granted to ABC News:

Pelosi Defends Stimulus as Bipartisan

‘We’re Open to Them,’ Pelosi Says of GOP Proposals in Exclusive Interview


Jan. 25, 2009—In an exclusive "This Week" interview, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defended the $825 billion economic stimulus package against Republicans’ accusations that Democrats are ignoring their proposals.

The recovery package cleared the House Appropriations, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees this week, but the voting has been along party lines.

"Because the Republicans don’t vote for it doesn’t mean they didn’t have an opportunity to," Pelosi told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. "The Republicans asked for a couple things. … They didn’t vote for the final bill but we voted for some of their amendments."

House Democratic leaders are preparing to bring the stimulus package to the floor next week. Following a bipartisan meeting with President Obama on Friday, Pelosi told Stephanopoulos that Democrats are "open" to ideas put forth by Republicans.

"We will judge them by their ability to create jobs, to help turn the economy around, to stabilize the economy and to see how much they cost," she said. "But we’re open to them and we’ll review them and it all has to be done right away because our bill has to come to the floor this week."

One Republican proposal would cut the two lowest tax brackets from 15 percent to 10 percent and from 10 percent to 5 percent. But Pelosi rejected it.

"When we had the recovery package last year we brought the tax credit all the way down … using payroll tax as tax and therefore you get a credit," Pelosi said. "We built upon that in this legislation and we prefer that route."

Republicans, however, say that approach gives a check to people who don’t pay taxes rather than cutting taxes for people who do…

Pelosi was also asked about some of the more controversial spending in the stimulus package, including hundreds of millions to expand family planning services.

"The family planning services reduce cost," Pelosi said. "One of the elements of this package is assistance to the states. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those — one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government."

Pelosi said she has "no apologies" for the spending

"We have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy," she said. "What the economists have told us from right to left. There is more bang for the buck, a term they use, by investing in food stamps and in unemployment insurance than in any tax cut…”

Pelosi told Stephanopoulos that the American taxpayers should have a stake in the banks that have received billions from the government.

She was hesitant, however, to use the term "nationalization."

"Some people call that nationalization. I’m not talking about total ownership … would we have ever thought we would see the day when we’d be using that terminology? Nationalization of the banks," she said.

"You see the impact it has on the stock market. Just terrible in terms of the bank stocks going down. Because if you’re a shareholder and you see what would be a dilution of your investment because now the federal government — if we’re putting — if the taxpayer is putting money up, the taxpayer should have equity," she said.

Pelosi also said she is open to Obama’s request for billions more from Congress to direct to the banks, but argued there has to be accountability for the first $350 billion in TARP money…

Responding to the president’s executive order this week to close the detention camp at Guantanamo, Cuba, Pelosi, the longest serving member on the Intelligence Committee, suggested detainees be sent to their home country or a third country.

"I don’t even know that that is a possibility. If a detainee — using the standards that the president is putting forth, reviewing why they are there, how they got there in the first place, I think there is — I know that there is provision for sending them home or to another country," she said. "There are all kinds of options. But I think you have to take the first step to say, ‘Who are these people? Why are they here? Should they be freed and sent home? Should they be prosecuted? Do we not have enough evidence to prosecute them? And in what courts are they prosecuted, a military court, a civilian court?

"If you look very carefully at what President Obama did this week, it was really brilliant," she said. "It’s our first responsibility to protect the American people, as elected officials. And what the president puts forth was very wise. He said he’s going to close Guantanamo, take the time to do it. You can’t just go down there today and say, everybody out and lock the door. They’re going to review the cases, narrow it down, and then go from there."

Of course when the measure fails, the Democrats and the media (but we repeat ourselves) will insist the “stimulus package” boondoggle was bi-partisan.

"Because the Republicans don’t vote for it doesn’t mean they didn’t have an opportunity to," Pelosi told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

How can you argue against such scintillating logic?

Or this:

“[I]f the taxpayer is putting money up [for a bank bailout], the taxpayer should have equity,” she said.

Just how exactly are we going to enjoy this equity in these banks? Can we spend it?

Or isn’t it really just the government who will have equity. Which will really only mean that they can tell the banks what to do. Such as make more bad loans to Mrs. Pelosi’s constituents.

And speaking of Mrs. Pelosi’s intellect, her exegesis on Mr. Obama’s Guantanamo executive order is also quite telling:

"If you look very carefully at what President Obama did this week, it was really brilliant," she said. "It’s our first responsibility to protect the American people, as elected officials.”

Oh, yes, closing – but not closing – Guantanamo was “brilliant” We all feel much safer all ready.

God protect us from dangerous buffoons like this woman.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Pelosi: Stimulus Bipartisan, Obama Brilliant”

  1. proreason says:

    Can’t resist….

    The Drudge headline:

    Maybe for the economy, but not for Stretch.

  2. proreason says:

    Pelosi said she has “no apologies” for the spending…

    Well, of course not.

    As has been pointed out before, she’s a gazillionaire, and as such pays as much in taxes for a year (%-wise) as we pay in a week.

    She does it all for “the children”……..her citizens (and 20 million or so illegal aliens).

  3. jobeth says:

    Lovely picture of her…captures her true self.

    “…would we have ever thought we would see the day when we’d be using that terminology? Nationalization of the banks,” she said.”

    “Next we Nationalize medicine”, she says in a husky orgasmic voice

  4. DGA says:

    “….if the taxpayer is putting money up, the taxpayer should have equity,” Yeah, my thoughts too SG, I will need my equity out at some point, and not just a damm loan, it will be my money to keep cause pigloser will have taken it from me in higher taxes. You know, I have read this before somewhere, the $8500000000 “stimlis” package, yes, that’s billion, divided by 320 million people is $26,000 EACH! ( I think I got enough zeros in that calculation, not used to working with numbers that large!) Instead of throwing all this cash down a sinkhole, into companies that have college idiots that mis managed their way into the red, if you gave all that money out to we, the people, what would all that do for the economy, and like right now? GM, instead of being a bleeding money pit that is having trouble selling anything, would not be able to keep cars on their lots, the economy would take off like the space shuttle on steriods, Etc., Etc. Just a thought…..

    • proreason says:

      you have a zero too many, but the point is valid.

      A better way to think about it is in terms of what a taxpayer will owe. Since 850B is just a bit less than 1 year of national income tax receipts, 1 year’s income tax for you is what you will owe.

      For you, it might well be over $26,000.

      But of course, for those who don’t pay any income tax, it’s “free”, or should we say, it’s your “gift” to them for being losers.

      Rush says, and I agree, that it isn’t about stimulating the economy at all. It’s about entrenching the dependent class and establishing that there can never again be a tax cut for producers. That way, the big government spenders control you and basically put business out of business, leaving only government, and endless power for them. Roosevelt got there, but WWII washed the idiocy away. What do you think will happen this time?

  5. bill says:

    The porkalosa is nothing of the kind. It’s just payoff for Odummer voters.

    You notice how rational thought never penetrates botoxed heads?

  6. caligirl9 says:

    We’ve just got to thank the libtards that populate sanctuary city San Francisco for continuing to re-elect Pelosi.

    If I didn’t live so darn close to SF I’d suggest it as a replacement for Gitmo. The wonderful, open-minded citizens of SF could no doubt turn them into fine productive human beings, just like they’ve done with all of the MS-13 gang-bangers they’ve welcomed.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    What is that stench coming from the Piglosi face?
    Why… its none other than Barrys’ butt funk!!

    Here is a classic example of a sycophant. Nothing BeelzaBarry does is wrong.
    C’mon Nancy….you libtards aren’t going to reach across the aisle for no amount of $$ to make a show of working with the GOP. It’s not in youse guys DNA. so cut the act!

  8. The Redneck says:

    “Because the Republicans don’t vote for it doesn’t mean they didn’t have an opportunity to,” Pelosi told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

    Anybody remember that old joke about the farmer who’s incensed that the hotel charged him and his daughter for a Continental breakfast they didn’t eat?

  9. Anonymoose says:

    It’s “brilliant” to not shut down a prison of dangerous terrorists right away and release them. Really? I would have thought common sense.

    Now they can’t figure out where they should go, whether they should face charges, or where to be tried. I try not to play Conspiracy Theorist too often but I think most of Obama’s campaign and major talking points were scripted and sounded out over and over to address any possible question or conflict of interest. So I’m really puzzled the Chicago Machine didn’t think far enough ahead to address this can of worms. What happened to the small army of analysts he had looking everything over when it was the Office of the President-Elect? Too busy gloating on the election?

    Now if they haven’t figured out how to take care of one of the big campaign promises, imagine all the other things that are just now entering unscripted territory…….

    • jobeth says:

      I seriously believe you are right about the “machine” behind him. I’ve said more than once it’s not “O” talking but the “Machine” behind him.

      Except I don’t think it’s a little machine from Chicago.

      I think it’s a lot bigger…can we all say “communist”?

      Call me a conspiracy theorist or nut but he and his minions have every mark of that beast.

      He has been groomed for years just for this election. And not even the Clintons could beat this one. Now who is bigger or tougher than the Clinton machine?

      If you remember, there were a ton of really shady goings on with them against anyone who crossed or disagreed with them.

      There are so many markers here it isn’t funny.

    • proreason says:

      How did he support himself for his adult life when he had 1) a clerical Wall street job for 6 months (he felt like he was in the enemy camp), 2) worked 3 years proudly as a Community Organizer with a salary in the low 20’s, 3) worked 1 year in Civil Right’s law with no cases to his credit, 4) worked a few years as a part-time law professor, and 5) a few years as a state legislator?

      Of course, he is the only person ever to be given $160K to write a self-absorbed auto-biorgraphy even though he didn’t have a published work to his name (followed by $40K when he failed the first time period).

      Adding all that comes to a double-wide outside the city limits, yet he was living in a Chicago brownstone townhome prior to the “immaculate transaction” when he bought the manse with Rezko’s money.

      And that is just one example of, as you say,”a ton of really shady goings on”.

      He was selected and brought to Chicago 20 years ago by his puppet-masters because he is bi-racial and glib, and trained since then to enable the Marxist take-over of the country. His “job” was debate practice and the art of pretending to be moderate.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      It is a pretty good puppet show. You can hardly see George Soros lips move as Hussein moves his mouth up and down. It has taken a long time for George to be able to fit his hand up Barrys’ butt. Take makes Barack Obama Georges’ Butt Puppet!! (Que the music)

  10. Odie44 says:

    Sorry Nancy – even your own party can’t claim its a stimulus at all, no less a “bipartisian” one.


    This is just dandy. Imagine a sports team who just made the playoffs decides to fire the coach and hire a new one with the “promise” : “we will need to miss the playoffs for a year or 2 before I can return the team back to the playoffs”

    Its been widely reported this shit sandwhich wont even go into effect until 2011!!! Never mind the so-called “across the board tax cuts” to the new income number – $75k/year (as opposed to the $250k, $200k, $150k, $125K “promise” from Bambi and Biden) won’t be useful until 2010 filing season.

    Essentially – build up “hope and change” to the lemmings when campaigning, then write up an inane socialistic policy embedded with pork, then “move the cheese” to a much later date that will have zero real effect within the next 2 years – only to claim victory at some future date, which would be occurring naturally.

    If thats a stimulus, whats breaking even???

    • JohnMG says:

      That future date being the next election cycle, perhaps? How convenient!

    • Odie44 says:

      John –

      As many here and elsewhere have been saying – Bambi’s greatest ability is to set up his next gig, upon getting a gig.

      2011 is exactly the year everything goes into effect, which happens to coincide with the beginning of election campaigning for the POTUS.

      I have a funny feeling their disregard for 2010 election cycle will hurt them in the end, the same way said football team example wouldn’t thrive by preparing for game 18 on the schedule, on Sept 1st.

  11. pdsand says:

    “”There are all kinds of options. But I think you have to take the first step to say, ‘Who are these people? Why are they here? Should they be freed and sent home? Should they be prosecuted? Do we not have enough evidence to prosecute them? And in what courts are they prosecuted, a military court, a civilian court?‘ ”

    Because the Bush administration and the U.S Military never thought to ascertain this information. This is the beginning of the Democrat flip-flop on Guantanamo. Now that Obama won the presidency on the naive claim that he would close Gitmo, he’ll suddenly upon looking at the evidence that the secretive Bushhitler administration hid from the American people decide that these aren’t a bunch of girl scouts that got arrested for singing too loud in church after all. But it’s all Bush the Bastard’s fault for not posting any and all relevant information regarding these people and their activities and the activities of the U.S. troops and intelligence assets that captured them on the whitehouse.gov webpage, as well as full details of future plans to capture additional terrorists and what particular locations they plan to be looking for terrorists in.
    Besides, wasn’t Pelosi herself one of the priviledged Democrats who always got full briefings on Guantanamo suspects and their interrogations and all the intelligence gathered from them since back when Guantanamo opened?

  12. Reality Bytes says:

    OK! She’s Done It! Any more face stretching & Professor Hawkins will probably declare Pelosi as proof of his theory on Time & Matter. I think I saw a worm hole.

  13. Confucius says:

    The woman has taken too many Botox shots to the head.

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