Jon Stewart to Nancy Pelosi: Why didn’t Dems pass a budget when they had the chance?

posted at 6:02 pm on November 10, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Good question, Mr. Stewart. Nancy Pelosi answers in typical Nancy Pelosi fashion — by saying “Republicans would have filibustered it.” Too bad budgets can’t be filibustered. They require a simple majority in both House and Senate to pass. What’s more: When Democrats did control both houses, they had a supermajority in the Senate. Republicans could have filibustered only with the help of Democrats. No way to pin this one on Republicans — and, yet, Pelosi still tries. Predictable.

Also, did you know Republicans “don’t believe in” Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety and public education? I surely didn’t. Honestly, I’m not even sure what it means to not believe in them — to not acknowledge their existence? To not desire them? If what she’s trying to say is Republicans don’t believe in Big Government, then sure: They’ve seen the inefficacy, the inefficiency, the clumsiness of programs that often do the opposite of what they’re intended to do — and they’d rather empower people to take personal responsibility than to continue to perpetuate dependency. But that’s rather different than not believing in programs that, like it or not, have become part of the political landscape and have to be addressed one way or another.

In fact, let’s talk about the true non-believers, for a second. To judge by their utter inaction on entitlement reform, it seems safer to say Democrats don’t believe The Big Three are headed for insolvency. Either that, or they don’t believe a social safety net is necessary, after all — because they’re willing to risk an entitlement implosion rather than implement intelligent reforms now.

According to a press release from Senate Budget Republicans, CBO projects that the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will go bankrupt by 2020. That’s less than ten years from now. Medicare Trustees have sent a funding warning to President Obama — and that warning means Obama is statutorily required to act (just like Congress is technically required to pass a budget!). But has Obama done a thing? Nope — not for three consecutive years. When will he put forward a plan to reform Medicare?

In this interview with Jon Stewart, Pelosi also suggests it would be better for the American people if the super committee had to operate in utter transparency — if their every dealing were broadcast on public television. Something tells me she’s comfortable suggesting that only because she knows it will never happen. Does she want more people to know that Democrats rejected Republicans’ most recent proposal even though it included $500 billion in new revenues? (Remember: The “reason” the super committee has been unsuccessful so far, according to Democrats, is because Republicans aren’t open to new revenues.) Republicans put forward plan after plan, Democrats reject them and then label Republicans “obstructionists.” Come again?

Pelosi says what she says — that Republicans would have filibustered a budget, that they “don’t believe in” established programs, that she wants a transparent government — just because she can and no one calls her on it. Stewart slightly does here — but not to the extent he should have. Still, someday, maybe, Princess Nancy will realize her smiling lies don’t win points with those who know the truth — and more people will know the truth than not.

You’ll have to fast-forward through her early spin to reach Stewart’s brief rebuttal. She starts listing all Republicans don’t believe in at 6:50 and Stewart points out Dems’ failure to pass a budget at 7:56.


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The Princess looks much younger for some reason…

d1carter on November 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Jon Stewart…the most trusted name in liberal journalism.

Pretty pathetic.

neoavatara on November 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I didn’t watch the clip – did his trained seal audience bark enthusiastically every time Pelosi blinked?

fiatboomer on November 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

How can we allow her to get away with bald faced lies like that?

Ditkaca on November 10, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Nancy doesn’t appear anywhere without first having questions screened.

Pelosi is so divorced from reality that her lying is second nature.

GarandFan on November 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM

You mean the same republicans who filibustered obamacare, and the stimulus Princess pelosi?

jaboba on November 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Good question, Mr. Stewart. Nancy Pelosi answers in typical Nancy Pelosi fashion — by saying “Republicans would have filibustered it.” Too bad budgets can’t be filibustered.

Good point. And yet, they were still able to pass Obamacare, which we should have been able to filibuster.

Kataklysmic on November 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I confuse Pelosi with Allred.

John the Libertarian on November 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM

There are no filibusters in the House. She is a vile creature.

andy85719 on November 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM

You mean the same republicans who filibustered obamacare, and the stimulus Princess pelosi?

jaboba on November 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Doh! You beat me to it.

Kataklysmic on November 10, 2011 at 6:13 PM

“Princess Pelosi”,

of MoonBatting EyeLids Kingdom!
(sarc)

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 6:17 PM

She hip-hops on jets, pats OWS imbeciles on the head (okay, from a far, far distance), has no idea what people are really struggling through, smiles and chats and lies, and smiles and chats and lies.

betsyz on November 10, 2011 at 6:19 PM

And…………………………

Pelosi,never used her broom,

“It just might take a women to Clean the House”,

of corruption!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Princess Nancy.

NeoKong on November 10, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Stewart considers himself the smartest man in the room and yet cannot catch this evasion.

scotash on November 10, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I didn’t watch the clip – did his trained seal audience bark enthusiastically every time Pelosi blinked?

fiatboomer on November 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

She hasn’t been able to blink since the first botox injection back in ’07.

nukemhill on November 10, 2011 at 6:28 PM

EVEN IF her lie was true the Dems should have called the GOP’s bluff . If it were true. I am betting that 95% of Stewart’s audience believes her.

CW on November 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM

did his trained seal audience bark enthusiastically every time Pelosi blinked?

fiatboomer on November 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

You’re thinking of the studio audience for “The View”.

Stewart’s audience is more like trained Howler Monkeys.

Del Dolemonte on November 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

You mean the same republicans who filibustered obamacare, and the stimulus Princess pelosi?

jaboba on November 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM

+7%…!

Seven Percent Solution on November 10, 2011 at 6:33 PM

The Princess lies and Stewart basically lets her.

Fallon on November 10, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Filibuster in the house by republican minority. Bless her heart.

jdflorida on November 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM

She was not under oath, so she can lie lie lie all she wants to.

Wait, even under oath, she’d lie lie lie….. never mind.

44Magnum on November 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM

You mean the same republicans who filibustered obamacare, and the stimulus Princess pelosi?

jaboba on November 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM
+7%…!

Seven Percent Solution on November 10, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Seven Percent solution:She used the Pole on that!!:)
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Nancy Pelosi – What she is willing to do to pass Healthcare
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imUyBlc7NHQ&feature=related

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM

The nastiest skank on the planet.

docflash on November 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Pelosi’s Political Perversion Circus!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I made it through the commercial at the beginning, and about three seconds into the interview, before I had to turn it off. There’s no way that I can sit through an interview with this cow.

realitycheck on November 10, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Listen to the hidden message.

“The Banks”

………………

The socialist/communist/stalinist/marxist model is being introduced as “sexy, acceptable, desirable, and wanted”. Cloaked in a really nice suit.

Van Obama Jones.

Key West Reader on November 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Pelosi…you can put lipstick on a pig and all that. But, I cannot watch the video. Pelosi needs more than lipstick. And I really do not want to have to rinse my eyes out with Clorox.

coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

The socialist/communist/stalinist/marxist model is being introduced as “sexy, acceptable, desirable, and wanted”. Cloaked in a really nice suit.

Van Obama Jones.

Key West Reader on November 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Oh, eeh gads. Let me be clear. Nazi Pelosi is not sexy, acceptable, desirable and wanted.

Damn, I feel stupid. Somebody give me at least 420 lashes for that statement. Thank you very much.

Key West Reader on November 10, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Princesses don’t blink.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 10, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Somebody give me at least 420 lashes for that statement.

Key West Reader on November 10, 2011 at 6:45 PM

420?

Looks like We’re gonna need a bigger bag of weed.

coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Ah..mainstream America will accept a democrat saying “Republicans do not want clean air or water” yet will denounce someone candidly saying a democrat wants to punish success.

V-rod on November 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Please stop using the doublespeak term “revenues”. Thanks.

SirGawain on November 10, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Has it ever dawned on these liberals that when government, and more importantly, the American taxpayers, run out of money, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety and public education will be among the least of our worries?

coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

She’s a floozie.

So is Obama. That’s the scary part.

Key West Reader on November 10, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Why have conservatives given in to liberals in calling taxes “revenues”?

Call it what it is.

ButterflyDragon on November 10, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Has it ever dawned on these liberals that when government, and more importantly, the American taxpayers, run out of money, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety and public education will be among the least of our worries?

coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

TB is spreading in Occupy Atlanta. What the occupiers seem to be doing is infiltrating homeless shelters and spreading disease. Amongst the most needy.

Hopenchange? Or deliberate biohazard?

Key West Reader on November 10, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Why have conservatives given in to liberals in calling taxes “revenues”?

Call it what it is.

ButterflyDragon on November 10, 2011 at 7:01 PM

In my world, revenue = profit.

Key West Reader on November 10, 2011 at 7:03 PM

“Republicans… “don’t believe in” established programs”

Damn straight! At least she got this correct.
“Government isn’t the solution to our problem, Government is the problem.”- Reagan

RDH on November 10, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Key West Reader on November 10, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Didn’t Bill Ayers (Obama’s BFF) say that at least 25 million non-conforming Americans would have to die before the New Order could be established?

coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM

She’s responsible for ruining my country and my culture.

I can’t stand the sight of her.

mankai on November 10, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Democrats had a 60 vote majority in the Senate and a super majority in the House but they couldn’t pass a budget because the Republicans might filibuster? Oh yeah, like the Republicans could stop anything. What a liar!

AND, Pelosi touts her 40% approval at the beginning of her second term as SOTH. Beginning in January 2009 the Democrats owned the Senate, The House and The Oval Office.

I think the 2010 election explains what the public thought of their ownership!

CA_Conservative on November 10, 2011 at 7:15 PM

They edited out the monkeys flying out of her butt!

profitsbeard on November 10, 2011 at 7:20 PM

I never saw him “point out the dems failure to pass a budget”

He was asking a very stupidly put question and she said, ‘Because the repubs would have filab…”

and then**** commercial break.

Not even worth watching. What happened when they came back from commercial? Was THAT when he actually POINTED OUT THAT THE DEMS HAD CONTROL ????

unbelievable.

bridgetown on November 10, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Still, someday, maybe, Princess Nancy will realize her smiling lies don’t win points with those who know the truth — and more people will know the truth than not.

No. More people do NOT know the truth than not. They won’t get it from most of TV. I know people who are SO brainwashed that they will vehemetly argue for evil simply because all of TV has told them that it is actualy good. They will be passionate, and so convinced of their rightness and my moral wrongness that they will cut my response off and think of me as a nazi war criminal. It is very rare to be able to educate them on a simple issue in the time that they will allow me. It is the triumph of the 30 second sound bite, repeated ad nauseum.

They will think themselves informed because they listen to 2 news programs, not realizing that both speak from the same mouth. Their ability to reason will also have been impaired by years of baseless assumptions swallowed sweetly, slanted facts, lack of examples of actual reasoning, lack of presenting 2 sides to an issue, master classes in mocking, pent up outrage, avoidance of the substance of issues, and a hyper medium that must change the camera angle more than every 30 seconds.

It is to these public educated, below average thinkers that Democrats can ply their lies with every bit of Goebbels and PLO cunning. It is up against theses lies that we must stand, clearly, often, and both with and against the medium. In other words, we have to have the 30 second sound bite ourselves, but we must also present reasoning in longer slower formats. This is one reason why namecalling by our side is not helpful.

AnotherOpinion on November 10, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Do they really think people believe Republicans WANT dirty water, dirty air, etc. etc.? They really believe their constituents are that stupid? I would be insulted.

ctmom on November 10, 2011 at 7:37 PM

bridgetown on November 10, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Nevermind. I went over to the daily show and watched part 2 of this bullsqueeze interview….

What a TOTAL IDIOT this woman is.
You should have posted the second part of this interview in this blog post.

bridgetown on November 10, 2011 at 7:39 PM

asking that question, letting her give such a ridiculous answer and no follow up shows what a lib stooge he is. im betting the questions were coordinated. the dems needed some budget cover and this allows stewart to claim he asks dems hard questinos too.

win-win huh?

chasdal on November 10, 2011 at 7:51 PM

….aaand I just watched the 3rd part of this interview.

Wow. ANY Liberal that sat there and watched this and gives her ANY Kudos is freakin’ brain dead. ’nuff said.

bridgetown on November 10, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I am John Galt.

psychocyber on November 10, 2011 at 8:01 PM

I can’t click on that. The sound of her voice will cause me to punch my monitor.

Yakko77 on November 10, 2011 at 8:10 PM

She was not under oath, so she can lie lie lie all she wants to.

Wait, even under oath, she’d lie lie lie….. never mind.

44Magnum on November 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM

That guy who measured voice stress in Cain’s denial of sexual harrassment (and found that he was being truthful) should analyze this beeyotch’s yammerings.

disa on November 10, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Stewart’s audience is more like trained poop-flinging Howler Monkeys.

Del Dolemonte on November 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

What you meant to say…..

roy_batty on November 10, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Pelosi is such a lying hypocrite she should be voted out but the issue with that is she is exactly representative of the 20% of Americans who will unapologetically hail the collectivist soviet holy grail after the millionth time its failed.

Speakup on November 10, 2011 at 9:07 PM

The Princess looks much younger for some reason…
d1carter on November 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM

That’s called digital masking ;-)

Catseye on November 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM

That’s called digital masking ;-)

Catseye on November 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM

not Botox? :-)

jimver on November 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Stewart’s audience is more like trained poop-flinging Howler Monkeys.

Del Dolemonte on November 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

sycophants…and brainwashed too…you bet there’e a teleprompter in the studio that tells them when to laugh and at what the intensity…

jimver on November 10, 2011 at 10:23 PM

what intensity that is…

jimver on November 10, 2011 at 10:23 PM

AnotherOpinion on November 10, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Liberals like an “open mind” so they can put stuff in it.

Axeman on November 10, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Judging from Occupier Wigging-out Syndrome cases and the headpats they have gotten from every liberal, liberals don’t believe in bathing.

Course, you have to think that it keeps the water cleaner if they stay out of it.

Axeman on November 10, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Still, someday, maybe, Princess Nancy will realize her smiling lies don’t win points with those who know the truth — and more people will know the truth than not.

Sadly, many people still believe Nancy is telling the truth. Or at least is somewhere close to the truth.

There are entire parks full of people who think that Republicans are in bed with Wall Street and working to steal Social Security money for hedge fund managers and Big Oil.

hawksruleva on November 11, 2011 at 12:18 AM

I am still waiting for her to drain the swamp like she promised. She had 4 years and all she did was allow the slime to muddy the waters even further.

karenhasfreedom on November 11, 2011 at 5:10 AM

Wait!.. What?

Seems I recall, that President sissy-pants put out a budget that everyone “filibustered” it was so outlandish.

franksalterego on November 11, 2011 at 7:05 AM

I couldn’t get past the part where a room full of retards were screaming, like she was Justin Beiber or something.

MNHawk on November 11, 2011 at 7:24 AM

And the answer is…buzzzzzzz…wrong, Nancy. The most bestest speaker evah! Good thing she was on a comedy show, it fit.

Kissmygrits on November 11, 2011 at 7:40 AM

I admire her in some ways.

As a representative of her district, she is doing EXACTLY what HER constituents sent her to do.

I may view her constituents as a gaggle of loons, but nevertheless, she crazily, tirelessly and passionately fights for HER district.

Throughout congress/senate, the only person that comes close to her in that regard on our side is DeMint.

Most Republicans feel they have to work in the middle in fear of losing office. Some rightfully so.

The most interesting thing is there seem to be many different levels of conservativism right of center, from RINO to Tea Partier to Bat Shit Crazy. Lately on the left, there is only one level…bat shit crazy.

DLEW on November 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM

I was thinking as I hear them become more and more emboldened in their blame shifting and childish in their utter inability to accept responsibility for their own actions or inactions…

Pelosi blamies repubs for no budget (for impossibly filibustering a budget never presented) Biden blames republicans for rapes and murders or something, President Obama blames everything and everybody under the sun for his failings, I’m missing many here but…

Here is my suggestion for a replacement for the donkey as the democrat party symbol.

RDuke on November 11, 2011 at 9:18 AM

And…………………………

Pelosi,never used her broom,

“It just might take a women to Clean the House”,

of corruption!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Did she use it to fly back to Frisco?

Steve Z on November 11, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Princess Pelosi. What a liar.
She knows the truth (she does work there), but like every other excuse-making Democrat, bets the interviewer and audience doesn’t. They really will say any lie that serves them for the next 5-minutes.
Having no shame is truly a handy trait. It makes available the catchall Bart Simpson defense, “I didn’t do it.”

jim4hotair on November 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Jon Stewart to Nancy Pelosi: Why didn’t Dems pass a budget when they had the chance?

Because the didn’t want to.

Question isn’t merely why they didn’t, but specifically why they didn’t want to.

Lawrence on November 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM

And…………………………

Pelosi,never used her broom,

“It just might take a women to Clean the House”,

of corruption!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

When addressing abnormal conditions it is often easier to make the abnormal become the norm.

If the conditions in question become normal conditions, how then can we argue they are wrong?

In this case the abnormal was the corruption (eg: efforts contradicting what was considered normal). What Pelosi accomplished is to make these contradictory conditions into the normal conditions.

In the end, what was once corruption is no longer corruption, but simply the normal mode of operations.

Lawrence on November 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I wouldn’t say it about many people, as I do believe most democrats are misguided but well intentioned people, but this woman is truly an awful, awful person. Dishonest to her very core.

Scrappy on November 11, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Nancy is never to blame for anything, that is why her and Obama get along so well, he isn’t either. The Democrat House did not pass a budget because the Republicans WOULD have filibustered it. They did not, but it is their fault because they WOULD HAVE, so the Democrats never even tried to put one together. Now legislation not getting past is the Republicans Fault, but there are 22 Bills passed and sent to the Senate that Harry just tabled and there is no discussion or even reading it. Now that is still the Republicans being the obstructionist. So when the Democrats THINK the Republicans will filibuster they do not act because the Republicans won’t let them, but when the Republicans are passing Bills in the House and submitting them to the Senate where they get put aside never to be seen again, the Republicans are the ones not doing their job. Only in Pelosi Land.

old war horse on November 11, 2011 at 7:02 PM

How sad watching a discussion between two people that love each other soooo much.

Mr. Stewart tries so hard to sound like a person on the right, but his drivel says he is a liberal so the audience will laugh on Que.

Speaker Pelosi phonetically (Fuloshit) tries so hard to make the point
that Congressional popularity was better under her reign or dictatorship. A point that is wrong in so many ways. She is basically saying it’s all about me, you be damned.

MSGTAS on November 13, 2011 at 7:58 AM