In an interview with Charlie Rose, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that she doesn’t approve of Congress and blamed the Republicans for blocking the president’s agenda.

Rose: Americans in overwhelming numbers show that they don’t approve of the Congress. Why do you think that is?

Pelosi: Well they don’t see- I don’t approve of the Congress, so count me among them.  The fact is that we’ve had a period of time where ther’s been obstruction to anything the president wants to do. The public isn’t aware of the process…

Rose reminded Pelosi that Obama had overwhelming majorities in Congress during his first two years to which she replied that they had approval ratings of 40% and now it’s at 25%.  Actually according to Gallup during Pelosi’s tenure as Speaker, Congress’ approval ratings were 23% and 25% respectively, though they have fallen even further since then.

The fact is that even with large majorities in Congress the Democrats struggled to pass the legislation that the administration wanted so it wasn’t just the GOP that stymied the administration and made Pelosi one of the most ineffective Speaker’s in history.

Maybe if they had spent more time on actually trying to pass substantive legislation rather than name post offices, they might not have lost control of the House in 2010.

Of course if she doesn’t approve she could always leave, but Pelosi is delusional enough to believe that she will get her old job back so she is sticking around for now.

Now that the payroll tax holiday has passed and will remain in effect through the end of 2012, the question remains as to what happens next year.

President Obama and the Democrats have promoted the tax holiday as a middle class tax cut benefiting the average worker to the tune of $1,000 per year or roughly a $20 a week boost to workers  paychecks.   Since that tax holiday went in to effect in 2010 the real effect is that workers won’t see that $20 a week benefit disappear this year.  Next year however could be a different question.

When the talk of an extension came up late last year, Republicans demanded that there should be spending cuts to offset the drain on the Treasury and more specifically the Social Security Trust Fund so that the tax holiday wouldn’t cost the government any more money than it already had in terms of increasing the deficit.

The president along with the Democrats in the House and some help from the mainstream media portrayed the GOP as cold-hearted and not wanting to give middle income Americans a much needed tax cut. Plus it was only temporary.

This was a very effective strategy, as Congress passed a two-month extension so they could go home for Christmas and in essence punted the ball into 2012.  When the time came to deal with the “tax cut”,  Republicans seemed to have lost their resolve and passed an extension without demanding that it be paid for somewhere else in the budget.

Score this as a victory for Obama, but a loss for taxpayers and their future generations who will eventually have to foot the bill for this folly.

For the Democrats it was all part of a strategy of pulling together a populist message that was also a pocketbook issue in an election year.  Who cares about paying the Piper when you have an election to win? Certainly not House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who told PBS Newshour’s Judy Woodruff that she wasn’t worried about how the reduced payroll contributions will be repaid by saying “I think that this should be the last year for it. One or two years, no, the trust fund can handle that.”

What’s $70 billion in lost revenue when you have a national debt of over $15 trillion?

The bigger problem with the “tax cut” as Obama prefers to refer to it is how do they revert to the old rate once the extension expires without calling it a tax increase as the president accused Republicans who were against the extension of favoring.  Oh yeah I forgot.  It will be after the election which Obama hopes will result in a second term and by that point he will find another way to rephrase it so that he doesn’t look like the bad guy.

In the end this supposed “tax cut” will do little to stimulate the economy as most workers have either been saving the extra money in their paycheck or spending it on gas which is soaring towards record highs instead of making purchases of items that help create new jobs.

Even Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner admits that one result will be that we will have to increase our debt ceiling limit ahead of schedule which should give voters a clue of the bum hand that they have been dealt by Obama and the Democrats.

Tick, Tick, Tick goes the debt bomb.

 

 

 

 

With Catholic bishops and the Obama administration still locked in a battle over the president’s plan to  require that all health plans provide free birth control,  The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler has noted that one oft-repeated statement by the media has now seemingly become a fact, even though it is inaccurate.

Yesterday that “fact” was given more prominence when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mentioned it during her press briefing.

“98 percent of Catholic women, I am told by all of you, use birth control to determine the size and timing of their families.”

Pelosi’s reference to “all of you” meaning the media piqued Kessler’s curiosity and so he looked into where that figure came from and he found that the mainstream media has used it as if it was an undisputed fact.  That’s because the media wanted to give the impression that the president’s initiative is really no big deal since virtually all Catholic women have used birth control at one time or another in their lives.

“Birth-control is widely used even by Catholics: 98 percent of American Catholic women have used contraception in their lifetimes.”

— The Washington Post, Feb. 12

“Birth-control is widely used even by Catholics: 98 percent of American Catholic women have used contraception in their lifetimes.”

— National Public Radio, Feb. 10

“Studies have shown that 98 percent of Catholic women have used artificial contraception at some time in their lives.”

—The New York Times, Feb. 10

But,as Kessler points out, the figure which came from an April 2011 study written by Rachel K. Jones and Joerg Dreweke of the Guttmacher Institute, has been misinterpreted by the media.

But while the study says that 98 percent of “sexually experienced Catholic women” have “ever used a contraceptive method other than natural planning,” the data shown in the report does not actually back up that claim. In fact, a supplementary table in the report, on page 8, even appears to undermine that statistic, since it shows that 11 percent of Catholic women currently using no method at all. That has led to criticism of the statistic.

 The Guttmacher Institute, citing “confusion” over the statistic, on Wednesday posted the actual data behind it. It turns out it was based on a question that asked self-identified Catholic women who have had sex if they have ever used one of 12 methods of birth control. Jones, in an interview, said the women were asked to answer “yes” or “no” whether they had used each of the different forms; only two percent had said they had used only natural family planning.

 In other words, a woman may have sex only once, or she may have had a partner who only used a condom once, and then she would be placed in the 98 percent category. Jones said the correct way to describe the results of the research is this:

 “Data shows that 98 percent of sexually experienced women of child-bearing age and who identify themselves as Catholic have used a method of contraception other than natural family planning at some point in their lives.”

But by counting women who may have used some form of contraception only once as part of the 98%, the Guttmacher Institute has only distorted the picture even further.

I would venture to say there are plenty of Catholic women who used birth control once and only once and yet it appears that thanks to the wording the media uses that it is widespread even though as Kessler points out that the numbers are lower for the overall Catholic population since the study focuses only on women between the ages of 15-44.

While the media isn’t involved in a complete lie, it’s a half-truth at best and since Guttmacher started off as an arm of Planned Parenthood, the data should be looked at with a jaundiced eye to boot.

Pelosi’s 98% mention at the  2:58 mark.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)  and her fellow Democrats have quietly dropped the word “stimulus” from their vocabulary.

Pelosi apparently feels the word has gone from being an asset to the party to nothing less than toxic as evidence has mounted that talking about the stimulus only raises voters ire and hurts the party.

Even though the Democrats haven’t stopped working on an economic stimulus agenda, they have changed the terminology to use the words “job creation” rather than stimulus in an effort to distance themselves from the negative connotation the word has engendered in the last couple of years.

According to The Hill Pelosi’s office issued more than 80 “fact sheets” highlighting media reports about local projects the stimulus law was supporting.

In December one month after the Democrats were swept out of power in the House the stimulus releases stopped.

The Democrats confidence in the nearly $800 billion stimulus package was high indeed, but as evidence surfaced of just how much taxpayers were paying to create new jobs and the limited boost the package gave to the economy touting  it became an albatross around their necks.

It doesn’t really matter what the Democrats want to call their economic stimulus package.  It’s still the same plan just worded differently. Call it a brand makeover.  Same stuff, new packaging.

But the voters should be able to see right through this Democratic ploy which is comparable to putting perfume on a pig.

 

House Minority Leader faced a barrage of criticism from constituents yesterday at a town hall in Oakland, California over her vote on the debt ceiling deal.

As Pelosi spoke the crowd called her a sell out and questioned why she voted for a deal that she admitted she “did not like at all” with one constituent labeling it a “Satan sandwich.”

While the anger hasn’t risen to the level of two years ago when Obama’s health care proposal stoked anger across the country, it must be disquieting for Pelosi to see that not even her liberal constituents are buying the Democrats line that it’s all the Republicans fault.

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In another one of those classic moments in Congress Democrats Sheila Jackson Lee and Nancy Pelosi both agreed that President Obama was singled out by the GOP during the recent debt ceiling debate because he is black.

This is just another smokescreen since what really angers them is that Obama didn’t hold firm to the Democrats position and let the GOP get the best of him on the debt ceiling debate.

In an interview with the liberal Think Progress, House Minority Leader (Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?) Nancy Pelosi said that the debt ceiling fight wasn’t about deficit reduction but really a desire by the GOP to destroy the public space.

We just passed a bill, $1.2 trillion in cuts. If it were about reducing the deficit, the statement has been made about seriousness to do that.  This isn’t about that.  It’s about destroying, it isn’t about reducing the deficit.  It’s about destroying the public space. It’s about destroying federal involvement in public education. It’s about clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety, you name it they’re there to diminish it. Destroy it.

All Republicans and in particular Tea Party members wanted was for the government to behave in a fiscally responsible manner and to rein in the spending that has saddles us with $14.3 in debt and thanks to the debt deal will allow it to grow up to $16.7 trillion.  That isn’t destroying the public space or government it’s only encouraging them to do business as usual and kick the can down the road.

Spending cuts can be tough but our government has grown into a monolithic force that has found its way into almost every facet of our private lives and it needs to end now.

The economy will not grow if the the government continues to regulate businesses out of existence but that seems to be lost on Pelosi and her colleagues.  Try creating jobs when there are no businesses to hire them.

If the current members of Congress aren’t willing to stand up and fight to save this country from economic disaster then it’s time to clean house once again and find someone who will.