Breaking: House Democrats vote to table Obama’s tax cuts bill; Update: Pelosi’s office demands changes

December 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Waterloo?


Biden told them last night in a meeting that no changes would be made, so they could either take it or leave it. Verdict: Leave it. Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form. “This message today is very simple: [...]

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Climate Change in the House: Republicans Axe Pelosi’s Global Warming Committee

December 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

**Written by Doug Powers

Is it getting hotter in here, or is Nancy Pelosi crazy? House Republicans are betting on the latter:

Republicans will eliminate the House committee created by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to highlight the threat of climate change, Representative James Sensenbrenner, the top Republican on the panel, said today.

In one of her first acts as speaker in 2007, Pelosi, a California Democrat, created the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming to draw attention to climate-change science and showcase how a cap on carbon dioxide needn’t be a threat to economic growth.

The good news is that many pro-rationing climate change worry-warts won’t find out about this until they fly home next week from their low-budget meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

Another tidbit:

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said it’s “very disappointing” that House Republicans will shut the committee and won’t make energy independence and climate change a priority in the next Congress.

President Obama just extended offshore drilling moratoriums and imposed new drilling bans in the Gulf, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific coasts for the next several years, and Pelosi’s spokesman thinks some Republicans cancelling some committee meetings will put a serious dent in America’s quest for energy independence?

**Written by Doug Powers

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House GOP leadership cancels Pelosi’s committee on global warming

December 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Heh.


Why not? It was a vehicle for passing cap-and-trade, and the cap-and-trade bill is now so dead that it’s literally being used for target practice by centrist Democrats. If Boehner announced the formation of a new committee on privatizing Social Security tomorrow, would Democrats keep that going once they took back the House? QED. “We [...]

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The Ulsterman Report: Pelosi’s Disdain Toward Obama White House

November 26, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Just this week a series of media reports confirmed what earlier Washington DC insider reports indicated - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in the fight of her political life - and the greatest opposition comes from members of her own Democratic Party.

Democrat Heath Schuler of North Carolina publicly declared this week his intent to run against Pelosi for the House leadership position.  The move by Schuler had to annoy Pelosi, but the Schuler bid remains a long shot, though some 15 other Democrats have been willing to publicly declare their opposition to Pelosi’s continued leadership role as well.

Of greater concern to Pelosi is the Congressional Black Caucus and its seemingly tepid response to Pelosi’s bid to continue on as Minority Leader.  Reports broke Tuesday morning that the influential caucus, which has been among Pelosi’s strongest supporters during her tenure as Speaker, is withholding an open endorsement of her nomination as Minority Leader.  In doing so, the CBC has now effectively opened the door for other Democrats to publicly declare opposition to Pelosi - namely Democratic Party moderate Steny Hoyer, who is currently slated to take the #2 Democratic Party position in the House.

Perhaps even more interesting than the party infighting currently surrounding Pelosi, is the word leaking from her office of just how angry she is with the Obama White House.  In a recent interview Pelosi maintained that the Democratic Party’s midterm losses had nothing to do with her, but were rather a messaging problem - a clear signal to, and against,  the Obama White House.  And while President Obama made a recent positive mention of Pelosi’s work as Speaker, no reciprocation by Pelosi toward Obama has been forthcoming.  Publicly, Speaker Pelosi does not mention Obama, but privately, she is said to be livid over what she deems gross incompetence by the ObamaWhite House in failing to adequately protect Democrats heading into the midterm election cycle - and this anger toward Obama has apparently been ongoing for months.  

According to insider reports, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel acted as the primary go between for the president and Speaker Pelosi, helping to smooth communications between the two powerful politicians.  During the prolonged health care debate, Obama’s persistent indifference regarding the legislative process is said to have annoyed Pelosi.  This annoyance later turned to outright disgust and repeated remarks about how little Obama knew or cared to know about legislative issues.  Repeated promises are said to have been made to Pelosi by Emanuel that a comprehensive and effective public relations campaign would be initiated by the White House following the health care vote that would afford Democrats adequate protections heading into the midterm elections.  When no such protective campaign effectively materialized from the White House, Pelosi and other Democrats became increasingly alarmed.  By this time, Emanuel himself had reportedly become disenchanted with the political indifference and incoherence of President Obama, as well as his own diminished role within the West Wing. 

And with Emanuel’s departure, Pelosi’s disdain toward Obama is said to have grown rapidly, a disdain she apparently no longer attempts to hide from her own staff, most recently having declared that the president “can go to hell.”


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The Ulsterman Report: Pelosi’s Disdain Toward Obama White House

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Just this week a series of media reports confirmed what earlier Washington DC insider reports indicated - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in the fight of her political life - and the greatest opposition comes from members of her own Democratic Party.

Democrat Heath Schuler of North Carolina publicly declared this week his intent to run against Pelosi for the House leadership position.  The move by Schuler had to annoy Pelosi, but the Schuler bid remains a long shot, though some 15 other Democrats have been willing to publicly declare their opposition to Pelosi’s continued leadership role as well.

Of greater concern to Pelosi is the Congressional Black Caucus and its seemingly tepid response to Pelosi’s bid to continue on as Minority Leader.  Reports broke Tuesday morning that the influential caucus, which has been among Pelosi’s strongest supporters during her tenure as Speaker, is withholding an open endorsement of her nomination as Minority Leader.  In doing so, the CBC has now effectively opened the door for other Democrats to publicly declare opposition to Pelosi - namely Democratic Party moderate Steny Hoyer, who is currently slated to take the #2 Democratic Party position in the House.

Perhaps even more interesting than the party infighting currently surrounding Pelosi, is the word leaking from her office of just how angry she is with the Obama White House.  In a recent interview Pelosi maintained that the Democratic Party’s midterm losses had nothing to do with her, but were rather a messaging problem - a clear signal to, and against,  the Obama White House.  And while President Obama made a recent positive mention of Pelosi’s work as Speaker, no reciprocation by Pelosi toward Obama has been forthcoming.  Publicly, Speaker Pelosi does not mention Obama, but privately, she is said to be livid over what she deems gross incompetence by the ObamaWhite House in failing to adequately protect Democrats heading into the midterm election cycle - and this anger toward Obama has apparently been ongoing for months.  

According to insider reports, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel acted as the primary go between for the president and Speaker Pelosi, helping to smooth communications between the two powerful politicians.  During the prolonged health care debate, Obama’s persistent indifference regarding the legislative process is said to have annoyed Pelosi.  This annoyance later turned to outright disgust and repeated remarks about how little Obama knew or cared to know about legislative issues.  Repeated promises are said to have been made to Pelosi by Emanuel that a comprehensive and effective public relations campaign would be initiated by the White House following the health care vote that would afford Democrats adequate protections heading into the midterm elections.  When no such protective campaign effectively materialized from the White House, Pelosi and other Democrats became increasingly alarmed.  By this time, Emanuel himself had reportedly become disenchanted with the political indifference and incoherence of President Obama, as well as his own diminished role within the West Wing. 

And with Emanuel’s departure, Pelosi’s disdain toward Obama is said to have grown rapidly, a disdain she apparently no longer attempts to hide from her own staff, most recently having declared that the president “can go to hell.”


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The Ulsterman Report: Pelosi’s Disdain Toward Obama White House

November 21, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Just this week a series of media reports confirmed what earlier Washington DC insider reports indicated - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in the fight of her political life - and the greatest opposition comes from members of her own Democratic Party.

Democrat Heath Schuler of North Carolina publicly declared this week his intent to run against Pelosi for the House leadership position.  The move by Schuler had to annoy Pelosi, but the Schuler bid remains a long shot, though some 15 other Democrats have been willing to publicly declare their opposition to Pelosi’s continued leadership role as well.

Of greater concern to Pelosi is the Congressional Black Caucus and its seemingly tepid response to Pelosi’s bid to continue on as Minority Leader.  Reports broke Tuesday morning that the influential caucus, which has been among Pelosi’s strongest supporters during her tenure as Speaker, is withholding an open endorsement of her nomination as Minority Leader.  In doing so, the CBC has now effectively opened the door for other Democrats to publicly declare opposition to Pelosi - namely Democratic Party moderate Steny Hoyer, who is currently slated to take the #2 Democratic Party position in the House.

Perhaps even more interesting than the party infighting currently surrounding Pelosi, is the word leaking from her office of just how angry she is with the Obama White House.  In a recent interview Pelosi maintained that the Democratic Party’s midterm losses had nothing to do with her, but were rather a messaging problem - a clear signal to, and against,  the Obama White House.  And while President Obama made a recent positive mention of Pelosi’s work as Speaker, no reciprocation by Pelosi toward Obama has been forthcoming.  Publicly, Speaker Pelosi does not mention Obama, but privately, she is said to be livid over what she deems gross incompetence by the ObamaWhite House in failing to adequately protect Democrats heading into the midterm election cycle - and this anger toward Obama has apparently been ongoing for months.  

According to insider reports, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel acted as the primary go between for the president and Speaker Pelosi, helping to smooth communications between the two powerful politicians.  During the prolonged health care debate, Obama’s persistent indifference regarding the legislative process is said to have annoyed Pelosi.  This annoyance later turned to outright disgust and repeated remarks about how little Obama knew or cared to know about legislative issues.  Repeated promises are said to have been made to Pelosi by Emanuel that a comprehensive and effective public relations campaign would be initiated by the White House following the health care vote that would afford Democrats adequate protections heading into the midterm elections.  When no such protective campaign effectively materialized from the White House, Pelosi and other Democrats became increasingly alarmed.  By this time, Emanuel himself had reportedly become disenchanted with the political indifference and incoherence of President Obama, as well as his own diminished role within the West Wing. 

And with Emanuel’s departure, Pelosi’s disdain toward Obama is said to have grown rapidly, a disdain she apparently no longer attempts to hide from her own staff, most recently having declared that the president “can go to hell.”


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The Plane Facts: John Boehner to Fly Commercial as House Speaker … Parks Nancy Pelosi’s Over Priced Air Force Jet

November 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The GOP changes begin to differentiate the new House from Pelosi’s old one …

Soon to be House Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH) makes a symbolic gesture to show that the GOP got the message from the 2010 midterm elections. Boehner says he will fly commercial, rather than use the Air Force jet formerly used by Speaker Pelosi. Many had speculated what Boehner would do with Peloi’s lavish air travel in a time when most Americans could not even afford coach air fare. Out of control and wasteful government spending was obviously on the minds of voters in the 2010 midterm elections.   The “plane” fact is … the GOP looks to change many House rules.

Boehner’s decision would be a change in protocol from Nancy Pelosi and her predecessor, former Speaker Dennis Hastert, who usually flew back and forth to their home states in whichever Air Force aircraft was available for their use, typically a 12-seat jet.

Beyond changing travels arrangements, Boehner also said he wants the House of Representatives to be more open and transparent than in years past. To tackle that job, he has tapped Rep. Greg Walden to lead a group of GOP members to propose changes to House rules and procedures. The group began meeting Tuesday and will keep talking throughout the week.

Following the midterm election according to Gallup, John Boehner’s approval image has improved but Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s has not. Boehner is viewed favorably by 34%, up from 27% in mid-October. Many still do not know who Boehner is; however, they certainly know Reid, who has high disapproval ratings. Makes one wonder what the people of Nevada were tinking to reelect him back to the US Senate.

Americans’ opinions of House Republican Leader John Boehner, who is in line to be the speaker of the House in the new Congress, improved after the midterm elections. Though 4 in 10 Americans are still unfamiliar with Boehner, more Americans now rate him positively than negatively, a shift from three prior 2010 readings, including one taken in mid-October.

 As the Hot Air Pundit says, would we ever see Pelosi travel with the common folk as Speaker? Not on your live, “not even if they were giving away free Botox”.

A special hat tip to Atlas Shruggs for the retrospective to Nancy Pelosi, wow … things have come a long way. Love the retro! What will Pelosi be most known for … “We Have to Pass Our Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”. Some how for Dems and the MSM it is a badge of honor for Pelosi to have strong armed and overwhelming majority of Democrats in the House to vote for unpopular legislation that lost them control of the House.

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The Plane Facts: John Boehner to Fly Commercial as House Speaker … Parks Nancy Pelosi’s Over Priced Air Force Jet

November 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The GOP changes begin to differentiate the new House from Pelosi’s old one …

Soon to be House Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH) makes a symbolic gesture to show that the GOP got the message from the 2010 midterm elections. Boehner says he will fly commercial, rather than use the Air Force jet formerly used by Speaker Pelosi. Many had speculated what Boehner would do with Peloi’s lavish air travel in a time when most Americans could not even afford coach air fare. Out of control and wasteful government spending was obviously on the minds of voters in the 2010 midterm elections.   The “plane” fact is … the GOP looks to change many House rules.

Boehner’s decision would be a change in protocol from Nancy Pelosi and her predecessor, former Speaker Dennis Hastert, who usually flew back and forth to their home states in whichever Air Force aircraft was available for their use, typically a 12-seat jet.

Beyond changing travels arrangements, Boehner also said he wants the House of Representatives to be more open and transparent than in years past. To tackle that job, he has tapped Rep. Greg Walden to lead a group of GOP members to propose changes to House rules and procedures. The group began meeting Tuesday and will keep talking throughout the week.

Following the midterm election according to Gallup, John Boehner’s approval image has improved but Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s has not. Boehner is viewed favorably by 34%, up from 27% in mid-October. Many still do not know who Boehner is; however, they certainly know Reid, who has high disapproval ratings. Makes one wonder what the people of Nevada were tinking to reelect him back to the US Senate.

Americans’ opinions of House Republican Leader John Boehner, who is in line to be the speaker of the House in the new Congress, improved after the midterm elections. Though 4 in 10 Americans are still unfamiliar with Boehner, more Americans now rate him positively than negatively, a shift from three prior 2010 readings, including one taken in mid-October.

 As the Hot Air Pundit says, would we ever see Pelosi travel with the common folk as Speaker? Not on your live, “not even if they were giving away free Botox”.

A special hat tip to Atlas Shruggs for the retrospective to Nancy Pelosi, wow … things have come a long way. Love the retro! What will Pelosi be most known for … “We Have to Pass Our Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”. Some how for Dems and the MSM it is a badge of honor for Pelosi to have strong armed and overwhelming majority of Democrats in the House to vote for unpopular legislation that lost them control of the House.

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NewsBusted: What is Nancy Pelosi’s New Job?

November 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 


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NewsBusted: What is Nancy Pelosi’s New Job?

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Pelosi’s ‘Majority Makers’ by the numbers: Deep, deep dem trouble

October 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The House members that gave dems the House majority are sinking, quickly:

Of 32 battleground districts polled so far by The Hill this fall, Democrats are leading in only three, with four races tied. Republicans are ahead in 25.

Thirty of the 32 seats surveyed are now held by Democrats.

“Out of the 10 districts of the second-term incumbents, only one of them is outside the margin of error,” said pollster Mark Penn of Penn Schoen Berland, which conducted the poll. “So virtually every one of these incumbents remains vulnerable.”

A majority of voters in all 10 districts had a negative opinion of Obama. Overall, 69 percent of voters said their views of the president will be very or somewhat important when they cast their ballots — a bad sign for Democrats.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of folks.

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New Documents Shed Light on Pelosi’s Abuse of Air Force Aircraft

October 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Talk about arrogance. Even in the face of a Judicial Watch investigation spotlighting Nancy Pelosi’s abuse of military air craft, the House Speaker shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, Speaker Pelosi may have set a frequent flyer record for taxpayer-financed luxury jet travel.

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We recently obtained new documents from the United States Air Force detailing Speaker Pelosi’s use of United States Air Force aircraft between March 2009 and June 2010. And they pretty much tell the same, outrageous story as previous documents we’ve uncovered and released.

Here are the highlights from the newest batch of documents, which we obtained pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on January 25, 2009:

•Pelosi used the Air Force aircraft for a total of 85 trips, covering 206,264 miles, from March 2, 2009 through June 7, 2010. Pelosi, her guests and Air Force personnel logged a total of 428.6 hours on these flights.
•Members of Pelosi’s family were guests on at least two flights. On June 20, 2009, Speaker Pelosi’s daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons joined a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to San Francisco International Air Port. That flight included $ 143 in on-flight expenses for food and other items. On July 2, 2010, Pelosi took her grandson on a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, which is northeast of San Francisco.

According to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $ 2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $ 101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. Seriously, review these documents for yourself and you can see that Nancy Pelosi repeatedly turned indispensible Air Force aircraft into congressional party planes.

For example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008, included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.

Judicial Watch also previously uncovered internal Department of Defense (DOD) email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the Speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes.

For example, in response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?… [T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’….” The email also notes that Pelosi’s office had, “a history of canceling many of their past requests.”

(By the way, you may remember that Judicial Watch also uncovered a scandal at the Pentagon related to investigations into congressional military travel. According to documents we uncovered, Pentagon officials were colluding with congressional members, including staff at Pelosi’s office, prior to releasing documents related to military travel. Click here to read more.)

All of the documents uncovered by Judicial Watch lead to one conclusion: Pelosi’s abusive use of military aircraft demonstrates a shocking lack of regard for the American taxpayer and the men and women who serve in the U.S. Air Force.


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Pelosi’s PAYGO Ploy: Budgetary Gimmick Provides Cover for Liberals

October 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Four years after Democrats campaigned on the promise of using pay-as-you-go budgeting, their record is dismal. Since gaining control of Congress in 2007, they’ve href="http://www.house.gov/budget_republicans/paygotracker.shtml">gamed, ignored or employed PAYGO on 32 occasions to justify new spending or tax increases.

Once hailed as a budgetary tool to stop deficit spending, PAYGO has become a gimmick House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) has used repeatedly to provide cover to her liberal allies.

“Democrats are committed to fiscal responsibility through pay-as-you-go budgets, so that our children and grandchildren are not saddled with mountains of debt,” href="http://republicanleader.house.gov/brokenpromises/p_fiscal.html">Pelosi pledged in 2007.

Pelosi’s rhetoric doesn’t match reality. In fact, since Democrats took office in 2007, the deficit has spiked to $ 1.5 trillion, up from $ 160 billion four years ago. That’s nearly a 10-fold increase—and it happened with the PAYGO rule in place.

id="more-44979">Pay-as-you-go budgeting is the concept of offsetting, or paying for, new spending or tax cuts with spending reductions or tax increases. It doesn’t apply to all spending, however. In fact, PAYGO covers only new spending on mandatory entitlement programs, about 6% annually. But discretionary spending, or 40% of the budget, is totally exempt.

Republicans let the PAYGO rule lapse in 2002. Seeking to exploit the issue for political purposes and offer a cure for the expanding federal deficit, Democrats pledged to restore it in 2006.

Repeatedly, however, lawmakers have violated PAYGO, or used gimmicks and loopholes, to give the illusion they were acting within the spirit of the rule. PAYGO was waived or ignored 15 times in the 110th Congress and another 17 occasions so far in the 111th Congress.

Examples include major pieces legislation such as the economic stimulus and Obamacare.

President Obama can’t escape criticism either. Despite being a strong supporter of PAYGO, he’s signed legislation that increases spending by $ 1.4 trillion over 10 years and raises taxes by $ 447.3 billion, according to an analysis from Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.), ranking member on the Budget Committee.

Now with Democrats again trotting out PAYGO for campaign purposes, it’s worth asking how the deficit ballooned to $ 1.5 trillion with the policy in place. Looking at each piece of legislation subject to PAYGO, Ryan found repeated violations. He said PAYGO simply drives higher taxes to chase higher spending.

Take the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the economic stimulus. Because it was designated an “emergency,” it was exempt from PAYGO. The Congressional Budget Office, therefore, scored it zero when it really had a deficit impact of $ 862 billion.

Then there’s the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Both were written to give the appearance of reducing the deficit. Even though CBO made that claim, Ryan’s office put the deficit impact at $ 662 billion. Gimmicks and hidden spending played to the Democrats’ favor, an example of how PAYGO is exploited.

These tricks are nothing new. The Heritage Foundation’s Alison Fraser and Brian Riedl href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2006/12/memo-to-speaker-pelosi-how-to-make-paygo-discipline-the-federal-budget">warned in December 2006 that PAYGO would be a sham if Pelosi failed to properly institute it. Nearly four years later, Riedl continues to believe that PAYGO doesn’t make much difference. “Discretionary spending could triple,” he explained, “and Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid could keep growing at their unsustainable rate under PAYGO.”

Ryan, who maintains a href="http://www.house.gov/budget_republicans/paygotracker.shtml">PAYGO Tracker on the Budget Committee website, noted that when Democrats failed to adopt a budget resolution this year, PAYGO was their excuse.

“PAYGO has enabled hundreds of billions of dollars in deficit increases,” Ryan said, “mainly due to generous loopholes allowing the majority to satisfy the procedure’s technical requirements, and erect a façade of fiscal responsibility.”

That façade is starting to crumble.

Rob Bluey directs the href="http://www.heritage.org/about/staff/departments/center-for-media-public-policy">Center for Media and Public Policy, an investigative journalism operation at The Heritage Foundation. Bluey is a contributing editor to href="http://www.humanevents.com/">Human Events, which first published this article.

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Pelosi’s pathetic abuse of USAF aircraft, and her $100K liquor tab

October 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Thank you, Judaical Watch:

  • Pelosi used the Air Force aircraft for a total of 85 trips, covering 206,264 miles, from March 2, 2009 through June 7, 2010. Pelosi, her guests and Air Force personnel logged a total of 428.6 hours on these flights.
  • Members of Pelosi’s family were guests on at least two flights. On June 20, 2009, Speaker Pelosi’s daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons joined a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to San Francisco International Air Port. That flight included $ 143 in on-flight expenses for food and other items. On July 2, 2010, Pelosi took her grandson on a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, which is northeast of San Francisco.
  • According to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $ 2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $ 101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. For example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008 included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.
  • Judicial Watch also previously uncovered internal Department of Defense documents (DOD) email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes. For example, in response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi's team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?…[T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’… “The email also notes that Pelosi’s office had, “a history of canceling many of their past requests.”

This chick needs to go.  Fricking abuser.

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Rep. Bachmann, supposedly Pelosi’s #1 target, trouncing opponent in cash and polls

October 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

What happened to the “concerted democrat effort” to rid the electoral world of Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN6)?  Nancy Pelosi was supposed to be “focused like a laser,” blah, blah, blah.

Looks like it’s not working:

Bachmann has now raised roughly $ 7.5 million for her reelection campaign, a remarkable sum for a House race. Her cash on hand now stands at more than $ 3.4 million.

Her Democratic opponent, state Sen. Tarryl Clark, had raised $ 2 million through June.

Bachmann led Clark by 9 percentage points in the latest SurveyUSA poll.

Let’s be more up to date on the opponent’s fundraising.  Here’s the data through July:  Raised $ 2.4 million, spent $ 1.6 million, and on-hand a little less than $ 800,000.

Nice try bouncing Michelle, dems.  Maybe you should just punt at this point and leave the stage with dignity.

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