I used to believe talk like this was meant for shock and humor. After watching her farewell speech as Speaker in the House of Representatives, I'm not so sure.
Pelosi actually said this: "Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us. It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go."
I'm beside myself. Every American who is semi-informed should be beside themselves. This is one of the most ridiculous statements Nancy Pelosi has ever uttered (and considering this is the same woman who said that there would be absolutely no earmarks in the stimulus bill, that ObamaCare would save money, that they were the most ethical Congress in history, that's saying something).
As John Hayward pointed out over at Human Events:
That's just jaw-dropping. Pelosi presided over the greatest expansion of the national debt in history, and when I say "history," I mean the history of the planet. Our debt soared from $9 trillion to $14 trillion on her watch. It swelled by a trillion dollars in just the past seven months.
As for Pay-Go, that ridiculous lie has been debunked so many times that even the press must have been stifling gasps of astonishment. Does the name "Jim Bunning" ring a bell? He's the senator from Kentucky who was tarred and feathered for suggesting the Democrats stick to their Pay-Go commitments, when they were bleating that extending unemployment benefits was a super-duper emergency that could not be paid for by cutting a single nickel from our titanic federal budget.
Precisely. And please understand I didn't expect much from Ms. Pelosi. I didn't expect her to actually lament her disastrous policies or recant her positions. I didn't expect her to announce that the people were obviously not on board with what they did, but that she thought it was what was best. I didn't expect candor or contriteness.
But good gosh, woman. Hayward concluded:
This is disturbingly different from the usual spin and rally-the-troops flapdoodle a political leader is expected to shovel out. Not even the skewed perspective of a Representative-For-Life from a far-left district can explain it. As John Boehner gently takes the gavel from her hands and backs away slowly, the Democrat minority in the House must face the possibility that their new Minority Leader is insane.
That may not be a joke. Frightening delusion is clearly a hallmark of Rep. Pelosi.