Pelosi: GOP cuts will interfere with government’s “biblical power to cure”

posted at 12:55 pm on March 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Where’s the separation of church and state when you need it? According to Nancy Pelosi, there may be no such concept, since government offices have “biblical power to cure” illnesses. Pelosi made this remark while responding to the budget cuts proposed by Republicans in Congress that include the NIH, as CNS News reports today:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the House Republicans’ proposed cut to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget would hurt biomedical research’s “biblical power to cure.”

Pelosi, speaking at a press conference on Capitol Hill celebrating the first anniversary of the health care bill’s passage, said, “There’s a cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health. This is not a healthy thing for our country because that research has answers. You know that every family in America is one telephone call, one diagnosis, one accident away from needing the kind of biomedical research that can cure–really have the biblical power to cure in a very, very special way and so to cut back on that research is wrong.”

Technically, of course, the NIH doesn’t actually cure anyone directly, as they don’t treat patients.  The NIH acts as a clearinghouse for medical research, and a funding agency for some of that research as well as researchers themselves.  That’s not to say that their work isn’t important or needless, but they’re not laying on hands at the NIH, either.

The question of funding isn’t a yes/no issue, either.  The GOP isn’t closing down the NIH, but cutting back on its funding in FY2011 by $1 billion.  That would actually return the NIH to the same level of funding they received last year, $31 billion, as the NIH asked for an increase of $997 million.  In other words, the “cut” is almost entirely — 99.7% — a decision not to increase funding.  Furthermore, NIH got along fine in FY2009 with $30 billion, and managed to do its “biblical” work with $28 billion in FY2006, FY2007, and FY2008.

Unless the NIH got its “biblical power” from its latest budget request, the only thing biblical in this equation is Pelosi’s chutzpah.  Maybe Pelosi should reread the Bible, and inform us of the passages where healings occurred through the laying of greenbacks on bureaucrats.


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Liberalism
Seeks to replace God with Man.
Predictable Results…

Haiku Guy on March 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM

It’s hard to remember when it’s acceptable to invoke religion.

katiejane on March 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM

mankai on March 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM

I say that, because the Left always uses the reality of death to scare people into thinking that if we’d just cede them more money and more power they’ll be able to eliminate death.

Obviously, they never say that directly, but they act as though somehow it’s possible. This is why they love disasters and anecdotes that involve death, they can then imply that death is merely the result of too little spending mixed with too much personal liberty.

mankai on March 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I couldn’t focus on what she was saying due to the fact that I wanted to punch the head-nodding suck ups behind her.

espnjunkie on March 11, 2011 at 2:37 PM

I can hardly wait
For the “Human Backdrop” trend
To become passé…

Haiku Guy on March 11, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Cures for stuff = money

The Pharmaceutical companies spend billions trying to find cures and they have a much stronger incentive… profit. Government researches have an incentive NOT to find cures, because they need to always have the perception that our hope lies in them.

Tax dollars can be spent with reckless abandon whereas a company will be far more efficient with its funds as they are come by through hard work and innovation, not via some political party robbing from their constituents.

mankai on March 11, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Just heard that the government has the “biblical power to cure.” It was from the same politician who said we have a duty to pursue policies “in keeping with the values of [Jesus]“. Nancy Pelosi… right wing nut!

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mankai on March 11, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Can she rise Christopher Reeves from the dead?

Tim Burton on March 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Raise. Stupid typo.

Tim Burton on March 11, 2011 at 3:01 PM

She’ll be hanlin’ snakes ‘fore it’s over.

esnap on March 11, 2011 at 1:26 PM

She knows they wouldn’t bite her.

Professional courtesy.

iurockhead on March 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Rubber room.

Straight jacket.

Bite guard.

madmonkphotog on March 11, 2011 at 3:03 PM

They’re going to have to create a special handicapped placard for people like Nancy. It will be the usual symbol, but wearing a helmet with a “D” on it.

Hard Right on March 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Were all those people leaving so they wouldn’t throw up on camera?

LooseCannon on March 11, 2011 at 3:08 PM

It’s official — the woman is insane. It’s time she started spending how own money and no one else’s.

sadatoni on March 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Most of the time when liberals talk about health care they’re talking about killing babies through abortion. Is Nancy talking about real healthcare here or abortion funding?

RJL on March 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM

You know, I just can’t seem to remember who this woman is.

nico on March 11, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Despite her insistence she is an “ardent practicing Catholic,” Pelosi is a Biblical illiterate. An example of the kind of schtuff she gets away with is this oft-repeated remark:

“As the Bible teaches us, to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship, to ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.”

That’s not a misinterpretation of scripture, that passage is completely non-existent, resembling no Bible verse whatsoever. She either confused some new age claptrap with the Word of God, she was told it was in the Bible by someone who misled her, or she made it up out of thin air thinking nobody would ever call her on it.

I tend not to think the final option is the case — she ain’t smart enough.

L.N. Smithee on March 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Ain’t she dead from a botox overdose yet? She’s like a Zombie, keeps comin’ back….

adamsmith on March 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

she made it up out of thin air thinking nobody would ever call her on it.

Sort of like Gore’s “quote” from 2nd Corinthians. Leftists hate GOD unless they’re making up things they wish HE had said. Or unless they’re saying things that god would say if they and GOD were one in the same.

oldleprechaun on March 11, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Technically, of course, the NIH doesn’t actually cure anyone directly, as they don’t treat patients.

That is not true. They do do clinical research there. It is a small part of their funding. You better have political pull to get into one of their programs.

burt on March 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM

What is wrong with this woman. She really thinks she is God.

petunia on March 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Most of the time when liberals talk about health care they’re talking about killing babies through abortion. Is Nancy talking about real healthcare here or abortion funding?

RJL on March 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Of course! I forgot they get to define the words anyway they want to. That is the explanation.

petunia on March 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM

This is SOP for Pelosi and crew.

Government can fix anything as long it can spend all of your money.

rukiddingme on March 11, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Would someone please throw a net over this mental case already?

UnEasyRider on March 11, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Hasn’t Nana got some responsible relatives that can do an intervention and get her some help?

slickwillie2001 on March 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Is this gutter trash still in the news?

royzer on March 11, 2011 at 9:40 PM

The only things that government does on a biblical scale is waste money, and wreak destruction. Sadly nuclear weapons are not their most potent tool.

Slowburn on March 11, 2011 at 10:34 PM

When is this woman ever going to GO AWAY?!?!

Khun Joe on March 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Government is the disease masquerading as its own cure.

– Robert LeFevre

fossten on March 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM

test

Dire Straits on March 13, 2011 at 4:11 AM

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