In case you missed it, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is on a whirlwind national tour right now, making more than 100 stops around the nation to “educate” people on why the recent GOP tax cuts are such a terrible deal for less affluent Americans. This seems like a case of rather odd timing, particularly when you consider that even the New York Times was forced to concede this week that the country is, by and large, enjoying the results quite a bit. Perhaps Pelosi missed that or she may just be doing her best to fight the wave of approval with some opposition messaging.
During her stop in Phoenix, however, the hypocrisy on display became a bit too much for some in the crowd. Pelosi decided to lecture the audience on the evils of excessive wealth, invoking Martin Luther King Jr. to preach about God’s intentions regarding personal wealth. That might have been an inspirational moment in the right setting and coming from an appropriate speaker. But as at least some hecklers in the audience realized, they probably should have found somebody with at least a smaller collection of mansions to deliver it. (Washington Times)
House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s net worth was off limits Tuesday during a town hall meeting in which she cited Martin Luther King Jr. to condemn “inordinate wealth.”
The California Democrat was in Phoenix as part of a 100-city tour against tax reform signed by President Trump, but things briefly came to a halt when she spoke of God’s intentions for personal wealth. Mrs. Pelosi decried tax cuts touted by Mr. Trump, along with his proposed budget, when an outburst came from the crowd.
“This about the United States of America, about our children’s future,” the lawmaker said. “And again, it can’t possibly be a statement of value for us to talk about, as Martin Luther King said, God really didn’t intend … never really intended one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth while others live in abject, deadening poverty.”
The audience applauded before someone from the Grand Canyon State repeatedly asked, “How much are you worth, Nancy?”
After being asked about her net worth, Pelosi quickly shouted down the questioner, claiming that as a mother of five, she “can speak louder than anybody.” Here’s the too-good-to-miss video from the GOP war room.
It’s a good question and one which never seems to be fully answered. Just how much is Ms. Pelosi worth? That’s tough to say. As of a couple of years ago, Open Secrets claimed that she was somewhere around the $100M mark. Last year a different source pegged her at closer to $200M. We do know that she has at least a couple of mansions, including one in Napa Valley with its own fully operational vineyard.
But hey… don’t ask her about that. It’s something of a sensitive topic.
This is a running theme among Democrats. Anyone remember this golden oldie from Barack Obama back in 2010?
Yes, that was the fascinating lecture where the 44th President delivered his own thoughts on personal wealth.
“I do think, at a certain point, that you’ve made enough money.”
– Barack Obama
We haven’t learned precisely where that “point” is yet. At last count, Obama was still cutting some hefty book deals and hitting the speaking circuit, with a set of three Wall Street speeches netting him $1.2M.
You can say one thing for all of those rich Republicans at least. They’re generally neither shy nor apologetic about being successful. When Mitt Romney was hit on the campaign trail over his wealth, he simply told the country that he wanted them to have the chance to be just as well off. In retrospect it really wasn’t a bad message at all. Well… at least compared to this Pelosi fiasco.