Putting the Cart Before the Farce

Nancy Pelosi’s Official Site: Pelosi Remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties

Earlier today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a speech to the Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties. I cannot say that the entire speech is worthy of Assigned Reading–we all know what she’s going to say, anyway–but there was one particular tidbit which deserves to be highlighted. From the speech (emphasis mine):

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. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform. Health insurance reform is about jobs. This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon.

Never mind the fuzzy job math. Never mind that “health insurance reform is about jobs” just like the stimulus package was “about jobs, jobs, jobs and jobs.” My favorite part was how we cannot really fathom the contents, nonetheless the effect, of this legislation until after it is passed. That’s right, folks — we have to pass the bill in order to find out what’s in it.




  1. GED's Wanted says:

    Sign this mortgage, you can read it tomorrow as you unload the U-Haul.
    What a dumb woman.

  2. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Sign this mortgage, you can read it tomorrow as you unload the U-Haul.
    What a dumb woman.

    Nice analogy. In the meantime, because the purported benefits of this reform will not be seen until after 2013 while we start paying for it immediately, it’s like we have bought a house and must start paying the mortgage each month for three years before we can even move in.

  3. Old Richard says:

    We sign the mortage, make the payments for three years before we can move
    in or before we can even see the house, and then we may have to share the house with 30 or 40 others that haven’t been able
    to make any payments.
    Little barrak is right we need change, but not his idea of change.
    Change barrack, nancy, and harry to the unemployed.

  4. BlueWater says:

    This is what the non-critical media has created – brash ignorance. If she had been held accountable all along, she would measure her words, but the media is her lap dog. Perhaps the media has done us a favor, allowing the liberals to drool without recourse …

  5. Dusty muskets says:

    This new Motherland of ours, SUCKS.

  6. Tootsie says:

    The fruit basket of San Fran will never unemploy this woman Old Richard.

  7. Chuck Darwin says:

    Why do these evolutionists embrace all this crapola about survival of the fittest, but we gotta carry all this dead weight in America? Maybe if people weren’t so damned coddled they would show some initiative. And please SHUT UP Mr President about the insurance industries 2.4% profit margin. You try running a business someday, you weak ‘constitutional scholar’.

  8. Anonymous says:

    What business does a chain smoking president have controlling the healthcare debate?

  9. Gail B. says:

    Am I the only one who gets the impression that this woman is never sober? She took $100,000 in alcohol with her somewhere (Copenhagen, I believe it was).

  10. Steve C says:

    Nearly a day after this Freudian slip from the Botox constrained lips of our speaker of the house, I had to browse through nearly 20 pages of a Google search in order to find a major news source,other than Fox, reporting it. Way to go MSM! You are perfect enablers of this country’s failure! I hope to hear it from Jay Leno’s monologue tonight for it seems he is no longer in awe of our child leader. That is in direct contrast to Letterman who no doubt needs one manual explaining the use and purpose of a jockstrap and another explaining how to drink Kool Aid without drooling on your tie!

    For Ms Nancy,I suppose,given her mindset, that she will be one of the first to take advantage of my recreational property offer. It has, limitless views of natural waterscape beauty and native wildlife. She but FIRST needs to sign the contract and THEN take the tour of her new property where, once she climbs to her elevated platform, she can experience the sun setting over sweeping landscapes of swamp grass and alligators!

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