Did Nancy Pelosi REALLY Think We Were That Stupid?
By now, you’ve heard of the infamous attempt by Nancy Pelosi to defend the blatantly irrelevant ‘family planning’ agenda item inserted into the quite pork-laden stimulus bill:
Controversy over the contraception provision was sparked over the weekend when George Stephanopoulos asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about it on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?” asked Stephanopoulos.
“Well, the family planning services reduce cost,” said Pelosi. “They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those — one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”
“So no apologies for that?” asked Stephanopoulos.
“No apologies,” said Pelosi. “No. We have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy…”
If there were any justice in the world, Nancy Pelosi would be expelled from politics (and decent society) for life for trying to pass off such a blatant load of hogwash. As the Heritage asked today, what’s the multiplier on a pack of condoms?
Barack Obama, however, has once again proven himself to be far more astute than the Democratic congressional leadership, and while he payed lip service to the idea behind the provision, he said it was out of place in the stimulus bill (no kidding!) and called Henry Waxman to pressure him to remove it (successfully).
So, even if this was all a bit of ‘good cop, bad cop’, I once again find myself pleasantly surprised by the new POTUS. Now, if he would only realize that increasing emission standards is a very stupid thing to do when the auto industry is going bankrupt…