Friday, January 12, 2018
It Is Nancy Pelosi Who Is "Pathetic" and "Insignificant," not the Trump-GOP Tax Reform that Benefits Middle Class America
THE REAL NEWS TODAY IS THAT NANCY PELOSI IS A FAKE. She is as Fake as the Fake news she tosses out like popcorn. Her most recent Fake news came on Thursday. • • • PELOSI CALLS TAX PLAN BONUSES "INSIGNIFICANT." It is not just Democrat House Minority Leader Nance Pelosi -- it is most Democrats who are trying to downplay the bonuses employees are now enjoying thanks to the historic tax reform package Republicans passed last month. Major companies are awarding workers with salary increases and bonuses thanks to the slashed corporate tax rate, but Democrats say the good news should be welcomed with caution. Why?? Because, Pelosi said during the tax plan debates, the tax law is an "Armaggedon" -- for the ProgDems. • Well, for Pelosi, there was more Armageddon news Thursday when Walmart announced that it is going to be raising employees' wages, handing out more bonuses, and expanding paid maternal and parental leave thanks to -- you guessed it -- tax reform, which is expected to cut taxes for 80% of Americans, including 91% of the middle class. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon further explained the benefits of the tax plan in a letter to employees : "We’ve got some really good news to share today. As you know, the President and Congress have approved a lower business tax rate. Given these changes, we have an opportunity to accelerate a few pieces of our investment plan. We plan to continue investing in you, in our customers through lower prices, and in our future -- especially in technology to help improve your jobs and the experience for our customers. So, we’re pleased to tell you that we’re raising our starting wage to $11 an hour for Walmart US, Sam’s Club, Supply Chain, eCommerce and Home Office hourly associates effective in February. I’m also excited to tell you that we’re making an important change to benefits by expanding our paid leave policy to provide full-time hourly associates with 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. This expanded parental leave also applies to salaried associates and to parents who adopt. We will also contribute $5,000 to the cost of adoption. I recently heard from two associates on this topic -- one through an open door note and one at a town hall. Both pointed out how limited our policy was for adoptive parents so we’re happy to be addressing that concern now." Walmart has been a regular target of Progresives and their demands that government force the company to raise the minimum wage. No thanks to Pelosi and her ProgDems, Walmart did just that -- voluntarily -- because the government tax bite is less. Over the past two weeks, dozens of companies have announced major benefits for employees as a result of the corporate tax rate being significantly lowered through Republican tax reform. Meanwhile, companies who were thinking about moving some activities to overseas locations have suddenly decided to stay put in the USA. • So, now, Pelosi and the ProgDems are being forced to acknowledge the bonuses, but Pelosi insists they are "insignificant" when you look at the bigger picture of how corporations unfairly benefitted from the bill. “In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs they are giving to workers, to kind of put the schmooze is so pathetic, it’s so pathetic,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday when asked about companies investing more in their workforce. Besides Pelosi -- who referred to one of the bonuses that was "already in a union contract" -- Democrat Senators Claire McCaskill and Chris Murphy are among the other Progressive lawmakers who can't fully appreciate the positive consequences of what they see as a "make-rich-people-richer tax bill." • • • WHO GOT RICH UNDER OBAMA? Of course, under Pelosi and Obama, nobody got richer. Right?? The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) prepare estimated ranges of Congress members net worth based on public disclosures. In 2014, CRP reported Pelosi's average net worth in 2014 was $101,273,023 -- ranked 8th out of 25 wealthiest members of Congress.That was a doubling from 2009 when Obama took office and CRP reported Pelosi's average net worth was $58,436,537 -- ranked 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress. The Roll Call's Wealth of Congress Index reported that Pelosi and her husband, Paul, hold properties "worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco." Roll Call said Pelosi's earnings are connected to her husband's heavy investments in stocks including "Apple, Comcast, Facebook, Shutterfly and Walt Disney." Roll Call reported that the Pelosi couple have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties. • If that sounds a lot like Hillary Clinton's lucky trades in cattle futures, who knows, maybe it is. Consider this. In November 2011, 60 Minutes alleged that Pelosi and several other member of Congress had used information they gleaned from closed sessions to make money on the stock market. The program cited Pelosi's purchases of Visa stock while a bill that would limit credit card fees was in the House. Pelosi denied the allegations and called the report "a right-wing smear." Maybe a "vast right-wing conspiracy"?? When the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (or STOCK Act) was introduced the next year, Pelosi voted for the bill and lauded its passing. Of Representatives Louise Slaughter and Tim Walz, who drafted the bill, Pelosi said they "shined a light on a gaping hole in our ethics laws and helped close it once and for all." • We have to admit that there is nobody as good as Nancy Pelosi at making Fake news out of her shameful political positions, turning them into the work of a choir-girl. • • • PELOSI ATTACKS HER OWN HOUSE MINORITY WHIP FOR BEING WHITE. Townhall reported on Friday that : "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mocked the group of men leading immigration talks as “the five white guys” after this week's discussions on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program did not include any minority members of Congress. In fact, she likened the men -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, to the hamburger chain Five Guys. Pelosi said in her weekly news conference : “The five white guys I call them, you know. Are they going to open a hamburger stand next or what?” Pelosi's take on thee "five white guys" work on immigration was : "That could have been done months ago. The very idea that this week they're saying, ‘oh let's get four white guys and General Kelly to come and do this....The Democratic Party has “great diversity. You have to understand, in our caucus we are blessed with great diversit -- the understanding of the issues, the ability to translate policy into the lives of people, the sensitivity even on the wording is really important for people who have been engaged in these issues to be there at the table." • The “white guys” comment was quickly rebuked by Hoyer, who called it “offensive." Hoyer told Politico : "That comment is offensive. I am committed to ensuring DREAMers are protected and I will welcome everyone to the table who wants to get this done.” Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill downplayed the remarks, noting that they were not meant to be a criticism of members of her party : "Leader Pelosi has every confidence in the leadership of Whip Hoyer and Senator Durbin, which they have demonstrated on this topic for years. It’s not a question of who’s there but who’s not there.” • • • WHO IS NOT THERE IN PELOSI'S SEARCH FOR PROGDEM "DIVERSITY." Pelosi said in October 2008, when she was stumping for candidate Obama, that : "With Americans worried about losing their jobs, their savings, their homes and their chance at the American Dream, the New Direction Congress will work in a bipartisan way to lift our economy and help America's middle class." • Unfortunately, for Nancy Pelosi, "Americans" never really includes the middle class majority, who are white taxpayers with Christian and rule-of-law ethical standards. Here are some of Pelosi's "bipartisan" efforts to "lift our economy and help America's middle class." • Shortly after winning re-election in 2004, President George W. Bush proposed reforming Social Security by allowing workers to redirect a portion of their Social Security withholding into stock and bond investments. Pelosi strongly opposed the plan, saying there was "no crisis," and as Minority Leader she imposed intense party discipline on her caucus, leading them to near-unanimous opposition to Bush's proposal, and subsequent defeat of the proposed plan that would have helped the American middle class control their own retirement program while saving the US government money. • In March 2009, the New York Post wrote that the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained emails sent by Pelosi's staff that requested that the United States Air Force (USAF) provide specific aircraft -- a Boeing 757 -- for Pelosi to use for taxpayer-funded travel. Pelosi responded that the policy was initiated by President Bush due to post-9/11 security concerns (Pelosi was third in line for presidential succession) and was initially provided for the previous Speaker, Dennis Hastert. The Sergeant at Arms requested, for security reasons, that the plane provided be capable of non-stop flight to San Francisco, requiring a larger aircraft. The Pentagon said "no one has rendered judgment" that Pelosi's use of aircraft "is excessive." Okay -- but Pelosi ordered some $80,000 worth of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks to be kept on the plane when she was using it. And, finally, a smaller plane was put at her disposal when the story refused to die. • Pelosi's position on abortion is neither what the majority of Americans want nor what the unborn human beings she chooses to allow to be aborted would agree to. Pelosi voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and earlier attempts at similar bans, and voted against the criminalization of certain situations where a minor is transported across state lines for an abortion (HR 748, passed). She has voted in favor of lifting the ban on privately funded abortions at US military facilities overseas (rejected), in favor of an amendment that would repeal a provision that forbids service women and dependents from getting an abortion in overseas military hospitals (rejected), in favor of stripping the prohibition of funding for organizations working overseas that uses their own funds to provide abortion services or engage in advocacy related to abortion services (rejected). She also voted in favor of the 1998 Abortion Funding Amendment, which would have allowed the use of district funds to promote abortion-related activities, but would have prohibited the use of federal funds. In fact, in February 2009, Pelosi, a Catholic, met with her bishop, Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer of San Francisco, and with Pope Benedict XVI as a result of comments she made to Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press that many observers felt inaccurately portrayed Church teaching on the subject of abortion and the beginning of life. Why? Maybe because in a January 25, 2009, interview with George Stephanopoulos for ABC News, Pelosi said : "Well, the family planning services reduce cost. 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." Does Nancy Pelosi really support contraceptives and abortion as a way to eliminate babies and lower the costs to government of "children's health, education"??? • In February 2013, Pelosi called for the "boldest possible move" on gun control, similar to a stance then afloat by former Representative, mass shooting victim and fellow gun control advocate, Gabrielle Giffords. In 2012, Pelosi was given 0% ratings by both the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America for her stances on gun control. • As Speaker of the House, Pelosi quietly moved the statue of Robert E. Lee from the National Statuary Hall of the US Capitol to the Capitol crypt. In Lee's place, she had a statue of Rosa Parks erected. • Back in 1999, Pelosi voted against the Ten Commandments being displayed in public buildings, including schools. • In 2006, Pelosi voted against the Secure Fence Act of 2006. • Pelosi's votes have been great ProgDem political positions and votes meant to help the "American middle class"??? -- Right !!! • • • PELOSI AND OBAMACARE. The best is always saved for last. Nancy Pelosi has been credited for spearheading President Obama's health care law when it seemed that it would go down in defeat. After Republican Scott Brown won Democratic Ted Kennedy's former senate seat in the January 2010 Massachusetts special election and thereby causing the Senate Democrats to lose their filibuster proof majority, Obama agreed with then chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's idea that he should do smaller initiatives that could pass easily. Pelosi, however, dismissed the President's fear and instead mocked his scaled- back ideas as "kiddie care." After convincing President Obama that this would be their only shot at health care because of the large Democrat majorities they currently had, she rallied her Democrat caucus as she began an "unbelievable marathon" of a two-month session to craft the health care bill, which successfully passed the House with a 219–212 vote. In Obama's remarks before signing the bill into law, he specifically credited Pelosi as being "one of the best Speakers the House of Representatives has ever had." • Pelosi will forever be known for one remark she made about Obamacare. In March 2010, Pelosi spoke to the National Association of Counties annual legislative conference, which drew about 2,000 local officials to Washington. Pelosi said : "You've heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don't know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention -- it's about diet, not diabetes. It's going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy." Many in the dimly lit ballroom at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel gave Pelosi tepid applause. Only about two-thirds of the room -- with leaders from around the country -- gave Pelosi a standing ovation at the end of her address. And, in the interim, as Americans are gouged by Obamacare costs and healthcare poor choices and services, they certainly do not see Pelosi's godfathering of the Obamacare fiasco as "very, very exciting." • Even in 2010, America knew that Obamacare was not going to do anything good for Americans. • • • PROGDEMS ARE WEARY OF PELOSI's NONSENSE. In 2017, after Democrats lost four consecutive special elections in the House of Representatives, Pelosi's leadership was seriously called into question. On June 22, 2017, a small group of House Democrats held a closed-door meeting in the office of Representative Kathleen Rice of New York to discuss a strategy for selecting new Democratic leadership. Kathleen Rice publicly called for new Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives, as did other House Democrats, including Tim Ryan of Ohio, Seth Moulton, and Filemon Vela. Cedric Richmond, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, also attended the closed-door meeting on Pelosi. Rice said in a CNN interview about Pelosi's leadership : "If you were talking about a company that was posting losing numbers, if you were talking about any sports team that was losing time and time again, changes would be made, right? The CEO out. The coach would be out and there would be a new strategy put in place." • In a press conference, Pelosi responded to the criticism by saying : "I respect any opinion that my members have but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them." Think about that -- neither the Americans in her San Francisco district nor the elected Democrat representatives from all over America can decide when Nancy Pelosi goes. Only Pelosi decides. • When asked specifically why she should stay on as House Minority Leader after numerous Democratic seats were lost, Pelosi responded : "Well, I'm a master legislator. I am a strategic, politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do." • And Pelosi dares to criticize President Trump for calling himself a "stable genius." • • • DEAR READERS, The conservative CNS News reported on Friday that CBS Late Night host Stephen Colbert said in his Thursday monologue : "America, not countries like Haiti, is a sh*thole country." • Put aside the issue of whether Trump actually said that -- he says he didn't. Colbert called all of America a “sh*thole country” -- because it elected President Donald Trump. Colbert said : “Several of these lawmakers suggested lifting restrictions from immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and various African countries. Donald Trump, reportedly, said, ‘Why are we having a lot of the people from ‘s*hole come here?’ Sir, they’re not a [bleep]-hole country. For one, Donald Trump isn’t their President.” Colbert, then, declared it “racist” to want people with (what he considers) the wrong skin color and hair color -- Norwegians -- to immigrate to America : “But, the President didn’t just complain, he offered an alternative. He thinks the United States should, instead, bring more people from countries like Norway. Norway -- you get what I’m saying? Norwegian people? You catch my drift, people with blond hair who need a lot of sunscreen. You get what I am saying? I’m saying I’m a racist? Are you getting that part?” • We "catch your drift," Mr. Colbert. BUT, if I lived in a country that I considered a "sh*thole," and if I had any sense of the pursuit of happiness, I really would think about leaving. Why stay in a smelly cesspool? Naw -- Progressive lapdog entertainer that he is, Colbert just uses his TV show to attack America and all it stands for -- including the right to choose who enters the country, which is a constitutional right that the President manages. So, we won't take Colbert seriously -- it isn't nice to attack the mentally weak -- and ProgDems are certainly mental cretins. • And, after all, Colbert's remark is peanuts compared to Nancy Pelosi's thoughts about voting for a bill in order to know what's in it or seeing abortion as a cost reduction program for government. And, if Pelosi really thinks the increased salaries, bonuses and other employee benefits being made possible by President Trump and the GOP Congress's new tax reform are "insignificant" and "pathetic," she should just tell her San Francisco constitutents to refuse them. Try it, Mrs. Pelosi. Try it.