Quotes of the day

Taking questions from liberal activists at the Netroots Nation conference this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a number of claims about Obama administration jobs data that don’t hold up to close scrutiny…

During her talk, Pelosi also made the claim that the economic stimulus bill “saved or created 3.6 million jobs.”

Yet that’s a number that’s completely made up by the administration, and even Christina Romer, chair of the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisers, admitted to me earlier this year that it was hard to accurately make these sorts of economic forecasts…

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, seeking to console liberal activists who were disappointed by the final version of the national health care law, assured them that there would eventually be a public option.

“We’re going to have a public option,” Reid said. “The only question is when.”

“Social Security is the most successful social program in the history of the world,” he said.

While the federal government sinks deeper into debt than any time since World War II, former White House “green jobs” adviser Anthony Van Jones said it was time to stop worrying about budget deficits and pressure Washington to take more money from American businesses to fund larger social and infrastructure projects.

“This is a rich country. We have plenty of money, and if you don’t believe me, ask Haliburton,” Jones told a group of progressive bloggers and activists at the Netroots Nation convention Friday. “There’s plenty of money out there; don’t fall into the trap of this whole deficit argument.”

“The only question is how to spend it,” he added.

[Grayson] went on to outline an agenda for “working people” that included making it easier to unionize, and guaranteed paid sick leave and paid vacation.

“We need to have paid vacation,” he declared. “Why? Because we are not slaves.”…

In closing his speech, he announced that, “What we’re promising people is a new New Deal.”