Taking the Country Down the Rabbit Hole, Too

If this is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s idea of “draining the swamp,” it’s a good thing she wasn’t put in charge of cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina.  New Orleans residents would still be getting around in rowboats and floating home the spoils of the occasional “beer run.”

So far, in the past two weeks alone, if anything Pelosi has added more of her own brand of odoriferous, partisan bilge to the already putrid mix.  After all, consider what we’ve learned:

First, Pelosi defended now-former House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel, who conveniently forgot to pay taxes on rental properties and to disclose more than $500,000 in assets on financial disclosure forms.  Only after being lambasted by usually friendly reporters did she switch her mobile phone ringtone from Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” to Ray Charles’s “Hit the Road, Jack.”

Then, it came out that Pelosi knew about the complaints of sexual harassment and other improper behavior at the [tickling] hands of New York Congressman Eric Massa.  She knew for a long while now that he was living with unmarried male staffers — staffers that he liked to tickle, and whose hair he liked to tousle.  Far be it, though, for Pelosi to decry party leadership for sitting on such knowledge, right?

And then, finally, one day before she and her Democratic Party cronies tried to change the rules in order to avoid voting on the Senate version of the health care bill in the House, Pelosi imparted her brilliance on all of us, when she explained that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

Huh? Thus babbled the House Mad Hatter, a.k.a. Speaker Pelosi, in a speech she delivered to the Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties this week in Washington. It is the virtual inverse of the Jedi Knight admonition: “These are not the ‘droids you’re looking for” and Pelosi is the Imperial storm trooper.

And, speaking of Mad Hatters, check out today’s political cartoon by Mike Ramirez, unquestionably one of the most talented and insightful visual satirists applying pen to paper these days. Unbelievably on target.  Mad Hatter Pelosi now gives breathtaking new meaning to the term “Orwellian Doublespeak.” Depp should be concerned. She’s Oscar-worthy. Now, let us further parse Pelosi’s words.

First, “…we have to pass the bill….”

No, you don’t. Where is it writ that any piece of proposed legislation must be passed, no matter what the consequences and, more importantly, without first reading it to know what it does? Answer: only in the Democrats’ and Mad Hatter Pelosi’s Wonderland.

Second, “… so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy….”

Say what? You’re not allowed to see what’s in the proposed legislation until after it has been approved and passed? What ever happened to review and reflection? What ever happened to her promise in November of 2006 that she would run “the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history?” What ever happened to “partnership, not partisanship” and “transparency?” What ever happened to the admonition that one should never buy (or vote for) a “pig in a poke?”

Throughout the civilized world, the danger of  “accepting an idea or plan without a full understanding of its basis” is common knowledge. Which, of course, explains why Mad Hatter Pelosi rambles on as she does, presumably because either (1) she believes that the House is no longer part of the civilized world, or (2) she believes that pigs–even ones smeared with lipstick and concealed in a poke–are to be preferred over no pigs at all. In addition, it is possible that (3) she fears that if the “fog of the controversy”–sometimes known as “constructive obstructionism” and “representative democracy”–gets burned off by the light of examination and rational thought, the truth about the lunacy of Obamacare will ooze out, and that the King of Hearts at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will get irritated and off will go her head.

And today, things got worse for the Mad Hatter and her coterie of political dilettantes following the ruling on that aforementioned shifty rule change by the Senate Parliamentarian, holding that the president must sign Congress’ original health care reform bill (i.e., the pig) before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package.  Talk about being hoisted on one’s own pitard.

To reiterate the bumper sticker closing line from a number of prior pieces, and normally directed to the folks who voted these idiots into power: “How’s that hope and change thing workin’ out for ya?” Here’s a hint: Not well.



  1. Gail B. says:

    “Yes, Dear.” (Far be it from me to argue with YOU!) Besides, you’re right on spot!

  2. Bye liberty says:

    Down the rabbit hole, into the septic field.

  3. Hollywood ignorance says:

    NEWS FLASH: Tom Hanks has lost his mind regarding our military and its role in history. Sad to say. Might wanna do a story on that, Jeff.

  4. Tora Tora Tora says:

    Tom Hanks, talking our country down the rabbit hole. Have that pansie talk to my father-in-law who was on the USS Yorktown when it was bombed, strafed and torpedoed right out from under him at Midway. I can’t stomach these Hollywood empty suits anymore!

  5. kj says:

    What will be Pelosi’s fate if health care does not pass? Will she be removed from power or will Political Correctness allow her to remain until the Democrats no longer control the House?

    The fate of Ms. Pelosi may foretell the fate of Mr. Obama should his hold on power become untenable before his term is up.

  6. William A. Rose says:

    And to think, Hanks starred in Saving Private ryan which was a very good film in so many ways. The messages contained within it are the very spirit of the kind of people would should all be. How Hanks can depart so dramatically from that pespective is really beyond me to understand.

    Maybe he’s had one or two too many of those left-handed cigarettes. I dunno.

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow, slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?”

    Tom Hanks

    I have to go throw up now. To the entombed souls on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, we other Americans want to apologize for this mans blathering. We appreciate your service, and those that followed to END that war. Including my father at The Battle Of The Bulge. Tom Hanks you have lost your mind.

  8. Dee says:

    I am beginning to think that politicians need to pass a psychological test before they run for office. That should keep government small. I always thought Nancy was a wacko but when I heard that statement from her, I knew for sure that she is one. Did they not understand the last time that the people want them to READ the bills BEFORE they vote on them. Maybe DC is another country and they do not have contact with the rest of the US.
    I did not hear what Tom Hanks said, but I have never listened to the opinions of movie stars. I figured that they do not know anymore than I do and the reason that people listen to them is the same reason that they voted BO into office. My uncle was a gunner’s mate in WW II and fought in the Pacific when they went out at night. I am very proud of him and of all who serve in the military. Hollywood somehow thinks that they are better than the rest of us, just like BO. They know what is best for everyone else.

  9. General Welfare redacted says:

    “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
    ~Mark Twain

  10. Bobby K says:

    Good story, well written. As far as our bossum buddy goes, make him pay at the box office, can anyone take these hollywood people serious. I mean most of them are highschool drop outs at best who pretend for a living. Why people listen to them is beyond me. And in a unrelated story check out this article about the IRS. Spend a dollar to get a dime. Send two suits in a car to a business to collect .04 cents in taxes, only the government would do something this dumb. It wasn’t even worth the price of a stamp.

    $250.00 pay for two Irs agents
    $10.00 gas for car to drive to business
    $2.00 wear on tires
    $20.00 to plant to trees to cover emissions from gov. car (kidding)

    collect 0.04 cents from tax payer priceless

    wonder why we are bankrupt?


  11. War ain't pretty says:

    Mr Hanks, the Germans and Italians look like us, and worship the same God, but we had to fight them just as furiously ’41-’45.

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