Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.
This selection once again, in fact each time she opens her mouth is destined for the Nancy Pelosi Hall of Shame.
She is “living proof” that you can be among the functional brain-dead and still hold a seat in congress.
By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA) January 1, 2014
My favorite quote in 2013 came from Nancy Pelosi on that crazy day when she turned into Old Mother Hubbard.
“The cupboard is bare,” she pronounced.
House Minority Leader Pelosi was trying to make the case that the federal government is fat-free and there’s nothing that can be cut in the $3.5 trillion federal budget — a budget that’s expanded in inflation-adjusted dollars by 40 percent since 2002.
What is “important” for us to “understand,” according to Pelosi, is that we’ll find nothing, not even a dime, on the federal shelves when it comes to waste, abuse, inefficiency and fraud — even though profligate federal spending has racked up $17.2 trillion in federal debt, a total equal to the GDP, the nation’s total annual output, and current federal spending is adding $2 billion a day in additional red ink.
The $17.2 trillion in federal debt comes out to $150,000 per household — or $300,000 per household for the roughly half of U.S. households that pay federal income taxes.
Regarding future red ink, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal government will need to borrow 16 cents for every dollar it spends in 2014, even with the additional tax increases enacted in 2013, and it projects that annual federal deficits will sharply rise to trillion-dollar levels by 2020.
Still, when it comes to reducing deficits and stemming the flow of red ink, we “cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts,” stated Pelosi. “Right now you’re taking trophies.”
On Dec. 17, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his annual “Wastebook” on tens of billions of dollars in nutty and wasteful spending — 100 current examples of what he calls egregious federal spending, none of them “trophies.”
There’s an annual $72 million food-service loss on taxpayer supported Amtrak trains, including $498,000 for free wine and cheese parties for sleeper-car passengers, plus a $124,955 NASA grant for the development of a 3-D space pizza, and $17.5 million in tax deductions for brothels in Nevada for promotional “free passes” and work-related cosmetic surgery augmentations.
The National Science Foundation paid $398,990 to study links between political identification and cognitive abilities (tea party membership correlated with slightly better scientific comprehension, a result investigators found “surprising”).
There’s also $5 million from the State Department to Custom Crystal for new wine glasses with specifications that the glassware be “free of imperfections” and sold in “high-end retail department stores” such as Neiman Marcus, be stylishly emblazoned with the Department of State seal and have “a sharp high-pitched resonant sound when tapped with a metal object, such as a fork or spoon.” If only the State Department had been that demanding when it came to the security at the American mission in Benghazi.
Entire article below.