Former Speaker: “The cupboard is bare” on spending cuts

posted at 6:31 pm on September 22, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

This one was getting a lot of play after the morning shows, and while it’s no longer possible to attach any superlative adjectives to the alternate universe of things which come out of Nancy Pelosi’s mouth these days, the quote here surely deserves honorable mention.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that while deficit reduction is a laudable goal, there are precious few spending cuts left to negotiate in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.

“The cupboard is bare,” the California Democrat said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There’s no more cuts to make.”

“We all want to reduce the deficit,” she added. “Put everything on the table, review it, but you cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts. Right now you’re taking trophies.”

Yes, we could start out with just a review of the most recent headlines and find waste which could be cut if we truly wanted to be tedious. The story about NASA blowing $24M per year on facilities it no longer needs or uses just came out yesterday. We could talk about training videos by the IRS and all of the other ludicrous waste which peppers the headlines on a weekly basis. But perhaps we could help the former Speaker out with some ideas which take place at an easier to digest, 10,000 foot level.

Let’s start by noting that the Sequestration Monster arrived, primed and ready to devour the nation and doom us to a dark pit of despair. And somehow we managed to keep on keeping on. Various agencies were informed that there wasn’t going to be quite as much money for the next year as had been previously anticipated and they responded by finding ways to make do. And the world didn’t end.

So here’s a thought for Ms. Pelosi and the rest of Washington to ponder. Let’s not make any targeted cuts for the new budget. Because any time you pick out one specific program or office to trim, the defenders of that particular rice bowl will summon their allies, demonize the people asking for the cuts, and turn it into yet another endless circus to keep the cable news networks in business. So instead of doing that, if you really agree that “we all want to reduce the deficit” and that it is “a laudable goal” to achieve, let’s just pass an across the board one percent reduction in every aspect of the budget. Just one little bitty percent out of every aspect of spending. Have it include the salaries of every man, woman and child drawing a check on the public dime, from the President all the way across the board to the person who shampoos the carpets in the Congressional office buildings. (Though that’s a rather unfair comparison, as the carpet shampooer is arguably providing a valuable service.)

Trust me. Everyone would find a way to get their jobs done and every worker would survive. You could also make the argument to the voters that it was leveling the playing field a bit for the many working class Americans who have gone with no raise for several years in the economy Washington has been overseeing while federal workers have largely continued to get mandated raises in most periods. And if you lopped one percent off of a budget that size, you’d be shocked at how much money you’d save. Heck, you could make it one half of one percent and ring up some real savings.

There. Now was that so hard? You can thank me later.


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She’s just trying to get a toehold in the public eye.

Akzed on September 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Well, it made me laugh.

supernova on September 22, 2013 at 6:34 PM

“The cupboard is bare,” the California Democrat said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There’s no more cuts to make.”

Uh, no it is not, since you failed to do your job, we should be cutting your pay to zero.

RealMc on September 22, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Former Speaker: “The cupboard is bare” on spending cuts

Since they’re still going on about this stuff, there’s obviously still more to loot so we’re not done yet. When they give up and disappear into their well-guarded compounds and Caribbean enclaves, then we’ll truly know the “cupboard is bare.”

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Nancy is crazy for cocoa puffs and nutty nut nutz!!!

albill on September 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Let me guess: because airplanes will fall out of the skies and stuff.

John the Libertarian on September 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

She is just saying that to appease her base. She has to make those kinds of stupid statements or Moonbeam can’t be made to come out and vote for her next time.

Johnnyreb on September 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

WHAT is this crazy b!t@h talking about?!

We are almost $17 trillion in debt, economists say $20 trillion is the ‘magic’s number that, once reached, means our economy collapses, this President has added more debt than every President from Washington to Clinton COMBINED, the Democrats have have passed 2 bills that have horribly failed while already costing a total of $2 Trillion (stimulus, $875 billion, & Obamacare, $1.2 trillion), & this crazy b!itch is talking like a balanced budget (or any budget), reducing the debt, and cutting spending is an OPTION?!

This President has aided & abeted Al Qaeda, the perpetrators of 9/11/01, take over their own country, sacrificed 4 Americans to them in Benghazi while simultaneously arming them in Syria…

easyt65 on September 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Former Speaker: “The cupboard is bare”

…between her ears!

KOOLAID2 on September 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

How would she ever know?

TimBuk3 on September 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

“We all want to reduce the deficit …”

You know, moron, that there’s not a living plant or animal on this here Earth that doesn’t know that’s a condescending, bald-faced lie.

Like a classical narcissist, you actually believe that the rest of us are idiots who will buy whatever lie you’re selling today?

You’re a caricature of patheticism …

ShainS on September 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Cupboard = her brain

SouthernGent on September 22, 2013 at 6:53 PM

(Cont) He aided & abetted the terrorist group The Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt. He has added more debt than any President. He has armed Mexican Drug Cartels & terrorists. He has destruoed the American health care system. He has destroyed our credibility & single-handedly elevated Russia & its ex-KGB President to the position of premiere world leader. Although Nixon was.forced from office for participating in 1 cover-up, Obama remains in office in the midst of no less than 5 on-going scandals/cover-ups.

He has already violated the Constitution over and over, he continues to do so regarding Obamacate, modifying it with no power to do so.

He has far surpassed Jimmy Carter as the WORST President in U.S. history, as Carter never aided terrosts who slaughtered Americans not only on 9/11/01 but 9/11/12 as well AND never violated the Cinstituoon & US law over and over.

Surpassing ‘political correctness,’ as the worst ‘disease’ to ever infect tserving it is.e U.S., ‘partisanship’ has spread like an ‘armageddon’ wildfire that.has blinded Americans to the fact that Obama in not only an enemy to/of the United States but has on his hands the blood of the victims of Fast &.Furious, Benghazi, Nigeria, Ann’s more! They can not see he should be punished far more severely than that but it will not happen because of the impact of Impeaching the 1st black President, no matter how fer

easyt65 on September 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

(Correction) …no matter how swerving Impeachment is.

easyt65 on September 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Cupboard = her brain

SouthernGent on September 22, 2013 at 6:53 PM

The cupboard is full of botox?

Gingotts on September 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

She is insane.

CW on September 22, 2013 at 7:17 PM

The bank account is empty. But there are plenty of bones in the cupboard Mother Hubbard.

petunia on September 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I think Pelosi has never been poor. If you have ever been poor you know how to get by, make do, decide what is a want and a need. I bet she never had to decide what things in life are necessary and which are just really nice to have.

petunia on September 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

One of the ten most evil people in America.

22044 on September 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Don’t raise the debt ceiling, then balance the budget by eliminating the Depts of Education / Energy / Interior / … slash the EPA budget. Get rid of the DEA. And others. And while we’re at it stop paying social security and medicare to the wealthy. People will notice, but it won’t be a massive huge deal. Balance the budget.

anotherJoe on September 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

What a completely nonsensical way this crazy woman puts things together. I’m pretty sure she is mentally ill.

Mimzey on September 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The effects of botox on display.

Dingbat63 on September 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

She’s only worth a zillion million.How does she even relate with us slaves?

docflash on September 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I’ve got no brains to hold me down…”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAykOz1gWi4

Your media spews are worthy of lots of Pinochios, toots.

onlineanalyst on September 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I rather like your 1% cut across the board idea, Jazz.

onlineanalyst on September 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Idiot!!

jeglinas on September 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I think Pelosi has never been poor. If you have ever been poor you know how to get by, make do, decide what is a want and a need. I bet she never had to decide what things in life are necessary and which are just really nice to have.

petunia on September 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

That seems certain. When she was born, her father was a Congressman, and he went straight from Congress to being the mayor of Baltimore. She was 19 years old before she spent one day not having her father be a powerful politician.

J.S.K. on September 22, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Who knew that Old Mrs. Hubbard was actually a fake persona so that a withered up old corrupt partisan whore could avoid FOIA inquiries.

Happy Nomad on September 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Andy McCarthy exposes the Senate’s GOP con job. When the votes count, the spineless run away or back stab.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/359201/senate-gop-con-job-opposition-obamacare-andrew-c-mccarthy

onlineanalyst on September 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Are her eyebrows migrating upwards?

ooonaughtykitty on September 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

The brains of Gracie Allen,
The charm of Roseanne Barr
The face of Joan Rivers and
The personality of Hitler’s dog.

Ted Torgerson on September 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Cupboard is bare, but the Obamaphone budget just keeps getting bigger

skeeterbite on September 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Oh there are plenty of cuts out there to make, SanFranNan, starting with you!

There are only two things you have done since you have been in Congress, namely JACK and S**T, and JACK has been out of town for quite some time!

Maybe it’s time for the 12th District of San Francisco to consider someone who will actually do some good in the name of their district, other than one who makes a total jackass of herself every chance she gets!

pilamaye on September 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Remember when Pelosi was going to “drain the swamp” of corruption and institute “pay-go”?

The pathetic dingbat cannot even remember what she says from day to day.

oohnaughtykitty: Pelosi’s eyebrows are experiencing the same anti-gravitational pull as are John Kerry’s.

onlineanalyst on September 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Former Speaker: “The cupboard is bare” on spending cuts

Editorial question:

Why refer to this worthless whore as “former speaker” when her current position is “minority leader?”

Happy Nomad on September 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Heck, you could make it one half of one percent and ring up some real savings.

There. Now was that so hard? You can thank me later.

You know pointing out some wasteful program or recommending an across the board percentage cut may sound nice, but we’re way past that point. If we cut every aspect of federal government except the Military, Social Security and Medicare by 100% we would still be running deficits. Cut all of it, every government agency, every program, every salary, all of it and it still isn’t enough.
That should be our message. Our entitlement system is bankrupting us and nobody seems to care, hell in less then a week we start a new entitlement. It’s madness.

lowandslow on September 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Remember when Pelosi was going to “drain the swamp” of corruption and institute “pay-go”?

onlineanalyst on September 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Yeah I do. Good times. :0

Happy Nomad on September 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

All that Pelosi really wants is attention.

That is the only reason (outside of a serious mental illness) literally anything that comes out of her mouth is either a lie, libel, slander or poorly executed hyperbole.

Even though Pelosi is a perfect photo op, it would be better to embargo any and all coverage of her. Same with MSNBC posts. There is nothing unique to offer as a rebuttal, and there hasn’t been for years.

Hatred actually implies that you care about the person. Indifference is the worst thing.

Myron Falwell on September 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM

All that Pelosi really wants is attention to be Speaker of the House again.

Myron Falwell on September 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM

FIFY.

Happy Nomad on September 22, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Once again we are provided with uncontestable evidence to remind us that Amendments 16-19, inclusive, were just bad ideas.

Adjoran on September 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

She’s a lunatic.

rrpjr on September 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

I’ll bet you $1 million that if we gave–to their personal bank accounts–every congress critter a bonus of 5 percent of the money they cut from the federal budget to be split among the 535 of them… the federal government’s budget would be less than $2 trillion again within two election cycles. That would amount to about $46M per member of congress for every $500 billion cut. Sounds like a real bargain to me.

Can you imagine the attack of honesty that would ensue? Goodbye ObamaCare, goodbye ethanol subsidies, goodbye farm subsidies, goodbye Departments of Education, Energy, DHS, HHS, Planned Parenthood, CPB, National Endowment for the Arts, Amtrak, mohair subsidies, IRS, Federal Reserve.

Two provisos:

1. All spending and tax increases FROM NOW ON would have to be approved by the NEXT congress. The current congress could only cut spending and taxes and propose spending and tax increases that would have to be approved by a future congress.
2. Any congressman that received a congressional savings bonus would forfeit 95 percent of it if he–or anyone in his immediate family–took a job (either private or public sector) in any capacity within ten years.

PD Quig on September 22, 2013 at 8:41 PM

She’s a lunatic.

rrpjr on September 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Speaks volumes about her constituents.

Murphy9 on September 22, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Robotic squirrels.

Nuff said…

JohnGalt23 on September 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Old Mother Pelosi, who lived DC. She had so many on food stamps, she didn’t know what to do.

freemarketer on September 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Nancy Pelosi, 2006:

Over the past decade, the Republican controlled Congress took our nation in the wrong direction. Too many Americans are paying a heavy price for those wrong choices: record costs for energy, health care and education; jobs shipped overseas; and budgets that heap record debt on our children. For millions, the middle-class dream has been replaced by a middle-class squeeze…

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

Nancy Pelosi, 2007:

After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

- New Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 01/04/2007

The FY 2007 budget that Speaker Pelosi inherited, which had been passed in 2006 by a Republican House, Republican Senate, and President Bush, featured:

Receipts: $2.568 Trillion
Outlays: $2.729 Trillion
Deficit: Less than $161 Billion

Data Source: FY 2007 budget numbers shown on the White House’s own Office of Management and Budget web site

Under Speaker Pelosi, outlays and deficits skyrocketed. Now, after six straight fiscal years of Democrats having majority control of budgeting and spending (holding 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency since Jan 3, 2007), Democrats have created the six largest deficits in the history of this country.

I say that we would be just fine to return to FY 2007 spending levels… $2.729 Trillion

So, how much could we cut?

2013 Estimated Outlays $3.803 Trillion
- 2007 Outlays $2.729 Trillion
= $1.074 Trillion

The cupboard that Pelosi claims is bare actually has over $3.8 Trillion in it, and even if you took a Trillion dollars out, there would STILL be more in that cupboard than there was when the Republicans last controlled the cupboard six years ago.

ITguy on September 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

I’m sure she believes every word of it.

More’s the pity.

BD57 on September 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

These politician love massive overspending because it:

1. Gives them fodder for campaigns to feed the sheeple with.
2. Justifies their existence (because there’s always an ongoing “fiscal crisis” that only they can solve).
3. Most importantly, muddies the water so that their money-laundering and embezzlement scams are almost impossible to detect.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Around 1990, the federal budget went over 1 million millions per year. It’s now at 3.6 million millions per year. I think we have 2.6 million millions to look at to find some cuts.

How about just cut all federal agencies by 10% (like we do in industry), and tell the department heads to deal with it.

Maybe they’d actually earn some of their bonuses if they can handle it, which I think they can’t. If they could, they’d be in the private sector and not on the government hammock.

Wino on September 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Don’t bother, Jazz.

Liberals are literally insane and incapable of intelligent thought.

Midas on September 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Are her eyebrows migrating upwards?

ooonaughtykitty on September 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

She’s one facelift away from having a beard, IYKWIMAITYD.

Midas on September 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Well, when you only have a 17 Trillion dollar budget, there isn’t a lot of fat to trim…

rgranger on September 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Pelosi is no different than any other lying elected representative. And the people say, “Amen, and pass the beer!”

HiJack on September 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM

The only thing that is “bare” is the inside of her skull.

NoPain on September 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM

I don’t know, Nancy. Are we still subsidizing Cowboy Poetry Festivals in northern Nevada every year? Are we still funneling money to PBS, when there are five hundred other networks to choose from? Is the DOEd still around? The Commerce department? Do we still have bases in Europe, seventy years after that war was won?

I’m thinkin’ the cupboard’s still quite full.

Kafir on September 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

The “cupboard is bare” because O’Barky and Moochelle looted the kitchen.

viking01 on September 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM

ITguy on September 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

…thanks ITguy…that was good!

KOOLAID2 on September 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Quick! Someone get the poor dog a bone!

inspectorudy on September 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM

And somehow we managed to keep on keeping on. Various agencies were informed that there wasn’t going to be quite as much money for the next year as had been previously anticipated and they responded by finding ways to make do.

The sequester did indeed affect the meat in certain programs essential to the national defense. That, I think was by design. At the same time, you can bet that if a Government shutdown is needed, Mr. Obama will make sure that programs dear to the Republicans, such as defense, are the first to suffer. You can safely bet that long before anyone ceases receiving their 99 weeks of unemployment, members of the services will be furloughed without pay.

I believe the Democrats are willing to play that game, and that they may well win by playing that game.

unclesmrgol on September 22, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Do we still have bases in Europe, seventy years after that war was won?

I’m thinkin’ the cupboard’s still quite full.

Kafir on September 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

I wouldn’t be so quick to close all those forward bases in Europe. The Russians are resurgent and those bases are a lot closer to our new enemies than the United States. At the very least, one of those bases is a hospital which has saved thousands of wounded servicemen.

Be careful what you wish for — it might come true.

unclesmrgol on September 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

How about just cut all federal agencies by 10% (like we do in industry), and tell the department heads to deal with it.

Maybe they’d actually earn some of their bonuses if they can handle it, which I think they can’t. If they could, they’d be in the private sector and not on the government hammock.

Wino on September 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Absolutely. And yes, they could handle it, they would have no choice, and those who can’t get it done with less just aren’t trying and should be replaced.

Even if we imposed a 1% annual cut over 10 years (the maximum a budget can specify under current law), the fact that it was being done would act as a greater economic stimulus than all the government give-aways and FRB “easing” put together.

Adjoran on September 22, 2013 at 11:52 PM

What an incredibly dumb cow the scumhag is.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 12:42 AM

“We all want to reduce the deficit,” she added. “Put everything on the table, review it, but you cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts. Right now you’re taking trophies.”

Elizabeth Titus, politico.com, 9/22/13 9:35 AM EDT

.
What the (expletive) is this “taking trophies” business ? !

We want cuts to recover the country.

The problem isn’t a “bare cupboard”. It’s you and your party’s insistence on illegitimate government spending.

listens2glenn on September 23, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Is the Air Force still paying $59/gallon for biofuel? The cupboard is not bare.

munseym on September 23, 2013 at 2:28 AM

..will someone kindly give this raving beyotch the hook? I cannot imagine how wonderful it will be when this sclerotic old hag retires and heads back to her adoring throng in that festering cesspool called Frisco.

The War Planner on September 23, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Let’s throw a bucket of water on her and see if she melts.

trigon on September 23, 2013 at 2:42 AM

The cupboard is bare

Bwahahahahahah

Pretty much Charles Ponzi’s last statement…. huh

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 23, 2013 at 2:52 AM

I agree with those that say she’s mentally ill. We see the waste.

dogsoldier on September 23, 2013 at 5:24 AM

Tell the lady to sell the cupboard. If it’s as empty as she says, it’s just taking up space.

apostic on September 23, 2013 at 6:14 AM

There is your private jet.

kcewa on September 23, 2013 at 6:18 AM

In the cupboard, “the income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012 to an inflation-adjusted $66,583.

During the same period, median household incomes for the nation as a whole dropped 6.6%, from $55,030 to $51,371. And only five states — North Dakota, Louisiana, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming — registered increases of more than 2% during this period.

If one considers the D.C. metro area as a whole, which includes the surrounding suburbs in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, the disparity is even more acute. The median household income for this area is $88,233, the highest among the nation’s most populous metro areas.”

Viator on September 23, 2013 at 7:07 AM

I wouldn’t be so quick to close all those forward bases in Europe. The Russians are resurgent and those bases are a lot closer to our new enemies than the United States. At the very least, one of those bases is a hospital which has saved thousands of wounded servicemen.

Be careful what you wish for — it might come true.

unclesmrgol on September 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Oh, I don’t think those bases should go away, I just think the Europeans should man them. We’ve been providing for their security for so long that they’ve had time to divert resources into their fat nanny states that have become the envy of leftists here. I’ll bet they’d have to dismantle all that if we told them they had to defend themselves from now on. I would be OK with leaving Ramstein open as a jumping-off point to the middle east and as a hospital for our wounded. Outside of that, let the Euros take care of themselves.

Kafir on September 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Hundreds of billions lost in waste, fraud & abuse every single year & no one is interested. What are the Obama 36 czars doing anyway?

RdLake on September 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Congress has an 8% approval rating. How about we cut their salaries 92% and get our money’s worth?

I’m glad it’s just the cupboard that’s bare and not Miss LubeRack.

NoPain on September 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

You drooling stooge, there has been 7 trillion MORE spent under Obowma in 5 years.
Where did you dig up the money for that?

Cut these:

Obowma phones, 50% more on food stamps, more on disability, financial aid cut to countries who despise us, green energy failures cut, cut farm subsidies, pen up drilling for oil on more land and offshore.

dthorny on September 23, 2013 at 7:56 PM