published Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Hart: Pelosi's America She's out of touch and the rest of us are out of money

By Ron Hart

"So, it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem."

— Nancy Pelosi

Watching Nancy Pelosi spend our money is like watching the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" justify their decadent shopping sprees. After the largest tax increases in history were pushed through by Democrats at year's end, Pelosi and her insatiable tax-and-spend liberals want more.

She is out of touch, and we are out of money. This must end.

Any Alcoholics Anonymous member will tell you that one has to admit he has a problem before he can correct it. Pelosi would say a drunk has a "bartender" problem, not a "drinking" problem. The ability to blame others is the overarching trait of entrenched Democrats.

Pelosi said that when she was sworn in as the first female Speaker of the House, she heard congratulatory voices from various historic suffragist heroines such as Susan B. Anthony.

She has the power to get out votes using her House Whips, which also is the name of a bar in Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district. The people love her there and named a street near the Golden Gate Bridge after her. It is a one-way street, it only turns left, and it has a lot of work done on it each year.

She persuaded Congress to pass ObamaCare, famously telling us that we could see what was in the healthcare bill after it was passed. She demanded a bigger government jet, Air Force 3, so she could fly home to California each week.

Pelosi recently raised a stink when she found out Ralph Lauren had the U.S. Olympic Team's opening ceremony outfits made in China. If goods are to be made in a communist country, they should be made in California!

What Democrats have done successfully is create a dependent class that they make excuses for, and then somehow blame the Republicans for it. It is a simple political transaction. Democrats ensure that their constituents enjoy a comfortable lifestyle off the government in exchange for their votes, so Democrats don't have to fly coach on commercial jets or get a real job in this economy.

There are principles at stake. I am afraid Pelosi does believe in central command socialism, although there is not a case in human history where it has worked. Politicians like Pelosi -- and Obama -- are exponentially more dangerous when they really believe this junk than the crooked elected official who is just there for the graft and kickbacks.

Zimbabwe recently announced it had only $14 in its treasury. Other indebted countries think that country is bragging. We are $16 trillion in debt. So a country that is corrupt and to which no one will lend money does better financially than one full of ideologues with an open checkbook who are bent on mortgaging its citizens' futures.

Nanny Pelosi is ready to do battle on raising taxes again this year. And if she does not win she will display the appropriate displeasure. Her plastic surgeon has assured her that her frown will be ready in time for the sequester vote.

This historic, first woman Speaker of the House was relieved of her duties in 2010 by John Boehner, R-Ohio, the first orange Speaker of the House. No single political party can succeed in "fooling all the people all the time." And that my friends, is why we have a two-party system.

Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, award winning author and TV/radio commentator, you can reach him at, Twitter @RonaldHart or visit

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nucanuck said...

A bigger tragedy is blind partisanship. If we go back fifty years, there has been no Republican (and only one Democrat) President who truly wanted to spend less. Many wanted to cut taxes, some wanted to slow the growth in spending, but none even came close to CUTTING spending. So enough already, Mr Hart, who ever you are. If spending is our problem, then it is an American problem, not a partisan problem.

It's jerks like you who divide this country and make governance by either party far more difficult than it needs to be.

February 22, 2013 at 1:40 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Takes a blind partisan to know one, nukky.

Ha, Ron.

If you want to transcend partisanship, Jesus is libertarian, so replace partisan political democracy with nonpartisan economic democracy. Instead of Biden wins Palin loses, economic democracy--libertarianism--gives us burgers and tacos and pizzas and subs and even the wingnut sushi radicals all at the same time. Instead of being stuck with a failed President for four years at a time, economic democracy lets us vote McDonalds out and Burger King in right away: instant accountability. Instead of promising more than it can afford to deliver, economic democracy's contracts are legally enforceable, and blatant fraud punishable. Economic democracy connects what we pay with what we get: If I want peanut butter I pay for and get peanut butter, instead of paying taxes into a general fund. Give us less political dictating, and more economic democracy, please.

February 22, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.
jjmez said...

Out of the 8 years Bush, GOP leaders voted 19 times to raise the debt ceiling. While Reagan was president, the debt ceiling was raised 18 times.

source Statute Limit

Reagan: 1. 95 Stat. 4, February 7th, 1981 Limit - $985.0 Billion

  1. 95 Stat. 955, September 30th, 1981 Limit - $999.8 Billion

  2. 95 Stat. 956, September 30th, 1981 Limit - $1.0798 Trillion

  3. 96 Stat. 130, June 28th, 1982 Limit - $1.1431 Trillion

  4. 96 Stat. 1156, September 30th, 1982 Limit - $1.2902 Trillion

  5. 97 Stat. 196, May 26th, 1983 Limit - $1.389 Trillion

  6. 97 Stat. 1012, November 21st, 1983 Limit - $1.49 Trillion

  7. 98 Stat. 217, May 25th, 1984 Limit - $1.52 Trillion

  8. 98 Stat. 313, July 6th, 1984 Limit - $1.573 Trillion

  9. 98 Stat. 2206, October 13th, 1984 Limit - $1.8238 Trillion

  10. 99 Stat. 814, November 14th, 1985 Limit - $1.9038 Trillion

  11. 99 Stat. 1037, December 12th, 1985 Limit - $2.0787 Trillion

  12. 100 Stat. 818, August 21st, 1986 Limit - $2.111 Trillion

  13. 100 Stat. 1968, October 21st, 1986 Limit - $2.3 Trillion

  14. 101 Stat. 308, May 15th, 1987 Limit - $2.32 Trillion

  15. 101 Stat. 542, July 30th, 1987 Limit - $2.32 Trillion

  16. 101 Stat. 550, August 10th, 1987 Limit - $2.352 Trillion

  17. 101 Stat. 754, September 29th, 1987 Limit - $2.8 Trillion

Therefore, the question many are asking is, why is the GOP giving President Obama such a hard time when it comes to raising the debt ceiling?

February 22, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.
gjuster said...

Jimez -

When we have a Republican President, all the Dems (including Obama) railed against raising the debt ceiling. When we have a Democrat President, all the Republicans rail against raising the debt ceiling.

I hope everyone now sees the difficulty in fixing America's problems

February 22, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.
nucanuck said...

The Lohrd knows so little.

February 22, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

The deficit has been shrinking for the last two years, looks like Obama is doing a good job, now if we just raise taxes a little we could get back in the black

February 23, 2013 at 6:57 a.m.
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