Video: Political leader who couldn’t pass a budget lectures on fiscal responsibility

posted at 10:12 am on March 16, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If you had to pick the poster child for budgetary irresponsibility over the last few years — and certainly for 2010 — it would have to be former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Not only did Democrats under her Speakership raise discretionary spending 18% in three years, not only did she pass a Pay-Go law and then fail to adhere to it even once, Pelosi became the first Speaker since Watergate to fail to pass a budget resolution for a fiscal year.  In 2010, despite having a 77-seat majority in the House, a Senate which her party held by 18 seats, and a Democrat in the White House, Pelosi failed — or refused — to pass a budget for FY2011.  Instead, she pushed continuing resolutions in order to hide spending until after the midterms, and failed even then to pass a budget.

So of course, she’s the perfect choice for a lecture on … wait for it … fiscal responsibility (via QandO):

The level of chutzpah here is almost biblical, no? “Democrats have long fought for fiscal responsibility…”?  With an entitlement bomb approaching, Democrats added nearly $300 billion annually to discretionary spending in just three budget cycles.  Pelosi refused to fulfill the primary constitutional duty of Congress throughout 2010 merely for political maneuvering, spending 52 weeks shirking her responsibilities.  Now she’s complaining because Republicans have taken 11 weeks in 2011 cleaning up the mess she left behind in 2010.

There may be better examples of shamelessness, but I’m not sure I’d want to see them.


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While I accept it’s not easy for the GOP to get out unedited unfiltered messaging, they better realize that they are out of choices. Pay for ads, do whatever it takes.

I don’t want a 3rd party, but the GOP is risking losing us conservatives with this wimpy approach. If they don’t count us into the equation, act on it, and talk to us, we’ll move on.

The Tea Party is not organized or functional as a political party, but tea party support is broad, and very seriously concerned. Telling us what we want to hear, then doing something different is not going to work out for the GOP.

jodetoad on March 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM

As of now, she will be less-than-affectionately referred to as “Nancy Pelosi (D-MORON).

pilamaye on March 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

The Tea Party is not organized or functional as a political party, but tea party support is broad, and very seriously concerned. Telling us what we want to hear, then doing something different is not going to work out for the GOP.

jodetoad on March 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Really now? What are you gonna do, vote for the democrats? Face it, you are trapped, just like me, into voting for the only people who even TALK like they care about what you think. You are trapped into voting for republicans. And they know it too.

There is no third party, only sniping at the margins by people easily demagogued by leftists.

runawayyyy on March 16, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Don’t expect a response. Not only does the GOP lack chutzpah, it lacks basic self-respect.

rrpjr on March 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM

The GOP membership are too hung up on being “gentlemen” and dare not confront this skag over her duplicity and outrageous statements.

Pelosi is a street fighter, having learned the lessons of seizing power by any means possible in those mean streets of Baltimore. She must use threats and manipulation to her caucus in line, and no doubt uses far worse on her political adversaries.

Have you ever seen an interviewer contradict her with facts or ask her to justify her claims? The newsies are not even slack-jawed or nonplussed by Pelosi’s brazenness.

How does one defeat an amoral egotist?

onlineanalyst on March 16, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Really now? What are you gonna do, vote for the democrats? Face it, you are trapped, just like me, into voting for the only people who even TALK like they care about what you think. You are trapped into voting for republicans. And they know it too.

There is no third party, only sniping at the margins by people easily demagogued by leftists.

runawayyyy

I will do what I did when Bush senior broke his no tax promise and what I did when the GOP decided a rino like McCain was a good candidate – I did not vote in the presidential race; I skipped down ballot.

Over50 on March 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Skank.

Jaibones on March 16, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Hideous botox filled pot meet hideous shriveled up kettle.

MJZZZ on March 16, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Who says God does not protect fools, drunks, and children?

Roy Rogers on March 16, 2011 at 11:20 PM

When you’ve lied long enough and often enough, you lose the capacity to know when you’re lying. To Pelosi, fiscal responsibility means raising taxes to match your Socialist dreams.

flataffect on March 17, 2011 at 4:34 AM

its YOUR fault ya dumb b*tch!
You didn’t pass the budget when YOU had the chance. You had control both houses of congress and a democratic president meaning your bill was veto proof and yes you FAILED to pass a budget.FAILED did I mention FAILED!
its YOUR fault.

ColdWarrior57 on March 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM

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