Pelosi: Hey, quit your job – we’ll pay for your health coverage!

posted at 10:55 am on May 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “entrepreneur” as “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats defines entrepreneurial somewhat differently, as this clip from Nicholas Ballasy at CNS News demonstrates.  Pelosi tells an audience in DC that ObamaCare is an “entrepreneurial bill,” because it will let people quit being productive and allow them to leech off of … entrepreneurs:

We see it as an entrepreneurial bill, a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.

In other words, we should all just join the circus and let Mom and Dad pick up the bill.  That’s not entrepreneurial; it’s a welfare state.  If anyone wants to see just what kind of innovation that produces, we only need to see the economies of the Western European nanny states.  George Orwell would stand in awe of Nancy Pelosi, and not in a good way.

Update: As commenters note, Pelosi said almost exactly the same thing two months ago.  However, she was not quite as blunt about it in March:

So, you can‘t—everybody has so much to gain from this, small businesses, as I said, seniors, young people, women, our economy. Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance or that people could start a business and be entrepreneurial and take risk, but not job loss because of a child with asthma or someone in the family is bipolar—you name it, any condition—is job locking.

Or join the circus!  If you want to know where it is, go to Washington DC and look for the big building across from the Washington Monument.


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‘finger pointer in chief’?

lukespapa on May 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

You mean the finger pointer who griped about the oil execs being finger pointers and then went on a rampage pointing his finger at the GOP for everything under the sun? That makes him the hypocritical finger pointer in chief.

Mom told me once it wasn’t polite to point your finger at anyone.

scalleywag on May 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

This woman is an unmitigated a$$ and testimony to the power of the autonomous nervous system with no evidence of higher function cognitive powers.

Nanzi, prepare to lose your job come November.

ya2daup on May 15, 2010 at 1:47 PM

ctmom -

“Great minds….” LOL

underdog on May 15, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Is Nancy advocating “Going Galt”?

bitsy on May 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM
The polar opposite. She is advocating going James Taggart and letting others take all the risk, put in all the effort, produce all the wealth, and that those people will happily continue to let you ride on their coattails.

Sgt Steve on May 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Maybe I should have added a /snark tag. “Go Taggart” hah.

:)

I am sure she does not intend for all the engineers, scientists, doctors, and eeeeevil oil execs to retire early and take a ceramics class. They are supposed to build solar panels, invent new medicine, treat the sick, provide oil and gas, and prop up the welfare state just out of the goodness of their hearts.

bitsy on May 15, 2010 at 2:02 PM

All this means is that they are going to extend unemployment benefits again…

… and, oh by the way, please vote Democrat.

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM

This is just part of the Democratic myth that millions of Americans are stuck in jobs they hate and are not starting news businesses or pursuing their dreams because they are desperate to hang on their employer-provided health insurance. I think that’s a crock, and the Democrats have never produced anything but an occasional anecdote to back this up.

I have a 26-year-old nephew who has worked various odd jobs over the last 3 years while trying to start a rock band, and he has always paid for his own health insurance. So there’s my anecdote! I defy Nancy Pelosi to show me one true artist who is not pursuing his/her art because he/she needs to work in an office job just for the health insurance.

rockmom on May 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM

What a suprise – another example of how libs celebrate being leeches on society.

katiejane on May 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM

The corollary to her statement? “The illegals need those menial jobs, anyway!”

LEBA on May 15, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Pelosi is way beyond her expiration date. Unfortunately she has ‘a lock’ on the idiots in her congressional district.

GarandFan on May 15, 2010 at 2:53 PM

This has long been the utopian dream of Leftist Loons. People will work at what they love. The dream is also at the other end…the rich man will work just as hard being paid virtually the same as the “artist”

In didn’t seem to work out too well in the Soviet experience. Drs. did get extra money and better apartments. The Kirov degenerated badly over time.

But heh…you need to break a few eggs.

r keller on May 15, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Or join the circus! If you want to know where it is, go to Washington DC and look for the big building across from the Washington Monument.

Indeed. Kudos, Ed, for making known to the world what some of us have realized a while ago.

Throw all the clowns out, in the next 3 election cycles!

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I guess all of those philosophy and dance majors will now have all the time in the world to pursue their careers while waitressing or “modeling” until they reach their goals.

Huh.

madmonkphotog on May 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Or join the circus!

right because pro photography is like joining the circus? whatever, I call it self-employed.

triple on May 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM

We are being governed by clowns and 50% of voters are just fine with that.

chimney sweep on May 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Good idea, Nancy! Quit your job.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 15, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Two stupid things I noticed here.

One, pelosi is wrong. If you make money as an artist, congratulations, you’re self-employed. This means the OBC mandate kicks in and you must pay for your own insurance entirely out of pocket, or pay the fine to the IRS.

Two, pelosi says something stupid, so.. hot air gangs up on all artists? Compares people in fine arts to the circus? What the eff, guys?

triple on May 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM

At the next Tea Party protest in DC, all the protesters should take 1/2 an hour to do improvisational dance movements.

J_Crater on May 15, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Great.

I’ve always wanted to play the cello.

The Ugly American on May 15, 2010 at 5:23 PM

If you tie her hands behind her back, I bet she can’t talk. I’ve never seen a person gesture so wildly when trying to form sentences.

Grace_is_sufficient on May 15, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Good idea, Nancy! Quit your job.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 15, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Awesome. Teh winner !!!!!

dissent555 on May 15, 2010 at 6:11 PM

What else can they hurry and pass? We need to pass it so we can see whats in it. Insane. Just insane. Like, hurry and buy a house so we can drive you out and show it to you. Or take this pill then read the label to see if its gonna help you any. Get these people OUT OF OFFICE ASAP.

johnnyU on May 15, 2010 at 6:12 PM

And yet somehow, inexplicably, this disaster is going to reduce the deficit……. what a world.

Yakko77 on May 15, 2010 at 6:20 PM

NANCY! YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR OWN ADVICE TO KNOW WHAT’S IN THE BILL!

Cybergeezer on May 15, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Good idea, Nancy! Quit your job.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 15, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I get the feeling finger painting would be her hobby.

CWforFreedom on May 15, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Pelosi has got to be driving her keepers nuts! You can sometimes catch glimpses of them off to the side trying to signal her that IT’S TIME TO LEAVE.

Translation: STFU!!!

GarandFan on May 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM

The best part is that those “focusing on [their] talent” will have no market for their creative wares, because those of us who work and pay taxes through the nose will have no discretionary $$ with which to patronize them.

But hey, I’m not stupid, I know that’s when the Dependocrats will have a trillion dollar bailout bill to recognize the important contributions of “artists” to keep them in rubber cement so they can keep pasting their pubic hair onto foam core. Poetry slams will be to big to fail. I see it coming, because KAFKA IS LIVING IN MY HEAD!!

Western_Civ on May 15, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Nancy Pelosi is crazy with power. No other way to put it.

Badbrucskie on May 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Can someone help me, anyone that knows something about this… My husband and I attended a Feingold koolaid seminar today and someone asked him why wouldn’t he and others in the Senate and Congress have to have the same healthcare plan we would all have. He said they will. Is that accurate? He called them “exchanges”. He said everyone that believes “they” get a different plan is ill-informed. If they are exchanges, are they just like employer plans, some are good some are bad? I really hope he is unseated, but it won’t be likely.

wi farmgirl on May 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

This reeks of the “Cloward/Piven Strategy.” Overload the system with impossible demands, thereby collapsing the economy & at the same time creating a lifetime entitlement class. No wonder Piglosi is pushing the pro-illegal immigrant cause. It’s always been part of the Left’s Playbook, we just never put the pieces together.

All Dems must go or we can look to Greece to see our future!

redridinghood on May 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Nancy Pelosi is a socialist pig along with Reid and Obama. November cannot come soon enough. These people must go. Unfortunately we will have to wait until 2012 to get rid of the head socialist, unless impeachment becomes an option when the people realize his intention to destroy the country.

afotia on May 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM

I see it coming, because KAFKA IS LIVING IN MY HEAD!!

Western_Civ on May 15, 2010 at 6:35 PM

OMG! I just sprayed my puter, ROFLMAO!

Archimedes on May 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Nancy Pelosi has not escaped the orbital pull of stupid.

NoFanofLibs on May 15, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Don’t Do quit your day gig.

Little Boomer on May 15, 2010 at 7:43 PM

What % of the U.S. population does Pelosi’s insanity represent?

How many aspiring world-class painters and flutists are “job-locked” down at the Home Depot?

Forced retirement is too good an ending for you, Pelosi.

I’d like to see you suffer for what you have wrought on this country.

David2.0 on May 15, 2010 at 7:49 PM

This would only make sense if all these new “musicians” and “whatevers” provide free albums, concert tickets, and widgets to the rest of us who have, essentially, already paid for them.

stevezilla on May 15, 2010 at 8:01 PM

for FREE, I mean.

stevezilla on May 15, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Nancy and her husband are rich. Please send them the bill for their kind gift to the delayed adolescents of the world.

A land where 26 year olds are considered children and encouraged to live off mom and dad.

R Square on May 15, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Pelosi needs to go

whiskeytango on May 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Pelosi: Hey, Pelosi! quit your job – we’ll pay for your health coverage!

I like the sound of that much better.

American Elephant on May 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Hey Nancy, will you be covered when we fire your sorry ass.

Wade on May 15, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Dimmycrat with a capital D-I-M. She doesn’t have clue #1 as to what “entrepreneurial” means.

n0doz on May 15, 2010 at 10:49 PM

I’ve always thought it is for this very reason why so many musical groups and solo rock stars come from Britain. For decades they have been doing this; living on the dole and rocking out. They have a roof over their heads, enough food to eat, medical care, they can sleep in, practice during the day and play the pubs at night. In the U.S. the band members have to work to survive and find the time and energy to play.

This works out well for the British bands until those that “make it” are suddenly outraged by the high taxes they suddenly owe. Then they play the game of living in Britain only for certain periods of time to avoid paying. Of course, they still espouse liberal views on most things like, for example, health care…

yubley on May 15, 2010 at 10:57 PM

We see it as an entrepreneurial bill, a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.

Um…Stretch failed to mention that they will have really, really, really crappy government run health care. Fair warning to those of you “creative, musician, or whatever” people who are thinking about quitting the real world – those Death Panels just might impact you after all.

redwhiteblue on May 16, 2010 at 1:41 AM

How dreadful are the curses which the democrat congress lays on its votaries! Besides it’s fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a congress as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this narcissistic hatred of the Constitution. The effects are apparent in many ways. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of legislating and insecurity of law exist wherever the members of this party rule. The final extinction of tyranny in America must be delayed until the democrat party has ceased to be a great power among men.
- “Winston Churchill”

MB4 on May 16, 2010 at 2:52 AM

Our regime is a crapfest of the highest (lowest?) order.

On my new placard:

“I will not work for food!”

Sherman1864 on May 16, 2010 at 3:15 AM

“Most people who read “The Communist Manifesto” probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of “the workers”.

-Thomas Sowell

“…you can leave your work…”

That goes for members of Congress too – Nancy.

labrat on May 16, 2010 at 8:12 AM

I’ve always thought it is for this very reason why so many musical groups and solo rock stars come from Britain. For decades they have been doing this; living on the dole and rocking out. They have a roof over their heads, enough food to eat, medical care, they can sleep in, practice during the day and play the pubs at night. In the U.S. the band members have to work to survive and find the time and energy to play.

This works out well for the British bands until those that “make it” are suddenly outraged by the high taxes they suddenly owe. Then they play the game of living in Britain only for certain periods of time to avoid paying. Of course, they still espouse liberal views on most things like, for example, health care…

yubley on May 15, 2010 at 10:57 PM

That explains why the British music scene sucks so bad.

Slowburn on May 16, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Please Nancy leave your job and become a welfare recipient, at the street level.

MSGTAS on May 16, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Somebody needs to tell Nancy that she and the other “I never met an entitlement program I didn’t want to fund” Dims have run out of other peoples’ money to spend. In fact, they ran out a few trillion dollars ago, and yet they’re still spending . . . .

AZCoyote on May 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Pelosi betrays an amazing ignorance of the motivations driving professional artists. She seems to think the only thing holding back the advent of a new Renaissance is the cost of insurance. That isn’t how it works. That isn’t how artists work.

We do what we do and make what we make because we must, whatever the obstacles. Some of us–an admittedly fortunate few–are good enough to make a living at it. That’s the way it is, the way it has always been. She’s a fool.

troyriser_gopftw on May 16, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Hey Nancy, quit your job and we’ll pay for your insurance.

dragondrop on May 16, 2010 at 2:51 PM

I am a professional artist, and I would never in a million years expect anyone to pay my way. The funny thing is, I can’t tell you how often last year, before I had to close my business down, how many people would pick up my drastically price reduced merch, and say wow, this is pretty, and I love it, but I can’t afford it right now. What idiots like Pelosi don’t get is that art is a cultural phenomenon that only occurs in wealthy societies. Art is a luxury, both for the creators and the buyers. This is the typical mindset of libs- they want luxuries that someone else pays for. Sort of sounds like having a House or Senate gig, doesn’t it?

Kristamatic on May 16, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Should be health coverage/insurance.

dragondrop on May 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

We do what we do and make what we make because we must, whatever the obstacles. Some of us–an admittedly fortunate few–are good enough to make a living at it. That’s the way it is, the way it has always been. She’s a fool.

troyriser_gopftw on May 16, 2010 at 2:50 PM

You are exactly right. I stopped making money doing my art last year- and yet I still wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for something that I must make. It is like an itch that has to be scratched. “Culture” is not free.

Kristamatic on May 16, 2010 at 2:54 PM

We need to pry that gavel out of Pelosi’s hands and wack her in the head a few times to see if we can knock some common sense into her. I figure it is too late for that, but the would be fun to do anyway.

SmallGovtGuy on May 16, 2010 at 3:49 PM

I would prefer to give her a pie in the face…

Khun Joe on May 16, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Just when you thought is was safe to step out your door and not get hit by some falling sky, Pelosi comes up with this. This woman is a clear and present danger to America. Of course she now wants amnesty for 12M illegals. Once they’re legal they can quit their jobs to persue their dream job, like a singing/dancing waiter or waitress. A dancing crop picker. And anybody who is actually working will be happy to pay these slackers health care and welfare. What a country this admin. is making. Hugo Chavez move over you’re being replaced.

Wills on May 17, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Speaker Pelosi it is our country not yours why not read the Constitution before acting on you socialist ideas.

MSGTAS on May 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Anyone can be an “artist”

The question is will anyone buy your crap?

Odie1941 on May 17, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Two, pelosi says something stupid, so.. hot air gangs up on all artists? Compares people in fine arts to the circus? What the eff, guys?

triple on May 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM

I think the real issue is with deadbeats who claim they are artists but never produce anything.

hawksruleva on May 17, 2010 at 11:08 AM

We used to call living off someone else as being a bum. Now it’s being inspirational. Had a brother-in-law that was inspirational for over 40 years.

Herb on May 17, 2010 at 11:50 AM

My cousin is a potter living in S. IN.
He does not leach off of the govt, though he probably could.
He does any menial job he can since he had to quit making his pottery bcs no one can buy anything now.
He was a real entrepreneur, not bcs he was an ‘artist’ ‘living his dream’, but bcs he made a BUSINESS out of his art & was living his dream by SELLING it at various art shows, galleries, & craft shows.
I respect him bcs he is choosing not to take the welfare benefits he would most certainly be qualified to receive.
I hate this welfare mentality people have.
It’s really disgusting & the govt perpetrates it for votes.

Badger40 on May 17, 2010 at 1:59 PM

If Pelosi’s Democrats would quit their jobs, I would have more money to spend, which would actually create JOBS!

Oh, and, what happens to Obamacare if I decide to quit my job and have no payroll/federal taxes to contribute?

TN Mom on May 17, 2010 at 11:21 PM

This is long but worth the read if you haven’t seen it…obamanomics in action…

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.

“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.” Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20 declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!”

“That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Georgia

PatriotPete on May 18, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I’m probably the 7th or 8th guy but it gets worse if I decide I have had enough of the first six…or, if my dignity and self respect would allow it, joined the first four, which is what the crypt keepers wife is suggesting.

PatriotPete on May 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM

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