Posted by sanityinjection on March 9, 2010
Folks, you just can’t make this stuff up. The following comes from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s own website. These are excerpts from a speech she delivered to a convention of local officials. I won’t go through all the blather (you can read the whole thing here) but I just want to focus on the part about health care reform. After reading this, tell me if you think Nancy Pelosi’s concept of open, participatory democracy is the same as the rest of us:
“You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other….But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” (emphasis mine)
Come again? That’s right, she just said we have to wait until it’s been rammed through Congress before we are even allowed to know what is in the bill! Maybe if we’re good we’ll even get a crust of hard bread for supper too! Do you think any of the legislators voting on it will be allowed to know what’s in it?
She goes on to say:
“Health insurance reform is about jobs. This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon.”
So bear with me here. First we all thought health care reform was supposed to be about reducing health care costs. Then they told us no, it’s about expanding coverage to all Americans. Then they told us it was about reducing the deficit (!). Now apparently, it’s really been about jobs the whole time? (At least for the relatives and cronies of lawmakers who will get high paying jobs in the new federal agencies created to over see this monstrosity.)Do you get the feeling she just makes these numbers up as she goes along? Well you should, because 4 million jobs means one out of every 54 adult Americans will have a new job in health care reform! (If you’re an out of work bricklayer or factory worker and wonder how you’re going to get a job in health care, I can’t help you.)
I fully appreciate that in most public speeches, especially by legislators, there is a certain amount of inherent BS. But honestly, this is off the scale. What’s really upsetting is that Pelosi actually expects people to swallow this nonsense – that she can throw numbers like 4 million jobs around off the top of her head and know that nobody in the mainstream media will even challenge it.