Video: What we need is an even broader spending freeze, says … Pelosi?

posted at 6:58 pm on January 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m at a loss. Her point, true to dovish form, is that Obama’s proposed spending freeze shouldn’t exempt the wingnut war machine at the Pentagon. If we’re going to trim the fat from domestic programs, she maintains, let’s trim all of it. Which is super keen, except that … it has nothing to do with her base’s core concerns about Obama’s proposal. Their problem isn’t the fact that defense is getting a pass, it’s that the idea of any kind of freeze flies in the face of Keynesian dogma about spending during a recession to stimulate growth. They don’t want any fat trimmed right now, let alone across-the-board trimming. Does Madam Speaker truly not understand that? Her colleagues seem to:

Some of the harshest criticism has come from the left, where interest groups and commentators have blasted the president for limiting spending during an economic recession. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said the proposal is similar to the kind of strategy “Herbert Hoover used in the ’30s to make the depression great.”

Liberal lawmakers also expressed strong objections.

“I’m just concerned that in a recessionary time, you don’t pull back government,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “What does that mean for job growth?”

Exit question: What’s she up to here? Is this actually some sly maneuver to get House Dems to reject the freeze by painting Obama as some crony of the military-industrial complex or whatever? Or is she … really this confused about the left’s issues with the plan?

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Exit question: What’s she up to here?

It made me wonder, too, especially when she repeated twice that ‘defense contractors’ and the dollars they’re paid should be subjected to close scrutiny.

But isn’t it these same defense contractors who build the jets and planes and helicoptors? And isn’t Pelosi the one who personally reserves at least two planes/jets for her personal transport needs as she shuttles between the Beltway and California?

Come to think of it, that junket to Copenhagen was pretty pricey, too. If we all must make sacrifices, as she said, then hows about she dispense with her special personal use of our military’s jets and personnel, and just get on a regular airliner like the rest of us? Hell, I’d even authorize her flying First Class, if it would make her feel more special!

KendraWilder on January 27, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Hoover raised taxes, that’s what caused the economy to slow down. The depression didn’t get going until FDR got in, really jacked up prices, and started nationalizing everything in sight.

MarkTheGreat on January 28, 2010 at 8:18 AM

I am always amazed how politicians, more that any other group, should be aware of history and do everything in their power to avoid it.

This administration is trying so hard to emulate FDR that it will either end up in bankruptcy or increase the existing military effort to make sure the military industrial complex kicks in to save the day.

MSGTAS on January 28, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Oh my holy God, can they possibly be serious? Think about it, if the federal budget were suddenly cut in half, they’d still be spending almost 2 TRILLION DOLLARS in a single year!

Do they really believe that would be too LITTLE? Is that really what they want us to believe they think???

runawayyyy on January 28, 2010 at 5:05 PM