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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Fact Checker: Pelosi's Bloviated Bluster Is 'Absurd'

Washington Post's The Fact Checker has determined that Nancy Pelosi is a liar and rated her comments a 4 on the Pinocchios scale.

According to their rating scale that is the considered "whoppers".

Big surprise there.. NOT.

Pelosi's claim:

“In one of the bills before us, 6 million seniors are deprived of meals — homebound seniors are deprived of meals. People ask us to find our common ground, the middle ground. Is middle ground 3 million seniors not receiving meals? I don't think so. We've got to take this conversation from a debate about numbers and dollar figures and finding middle ground there to the higher ground of national values. I don't think the American people want any one of those 6 million people to lose their meals or the children who are being thrown off of Head Start and the rest of it.”

It seems she "misspoke", not once but three times in a row according to her spokesperson.

Anyone who believes it was a mistake instead of a deliberate attempt to terrify seniors, please email me, I have a prime piece of swampland in Florida to sell.

The first problem with Pelosi’s statistic is that, according to the agency’s budget documents, only about 2.6 million seniors receive such meals. That’s even less than what she decried as the mushy middle ground of compromise.

After we pointed out that fact, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said “she means meals for seniors — 6 million meals.” In 2011, the agency is expected to deliver a little over 200 million meals, so that’s a cut of about three percent.

That’s a pretty big “oops.” She referred to “6 million seniors,” “3 million seniors” and “6 million people.” We understand slips of a tongue, but three times in a row, so emphatically, is hard to fathom.

The Fact Checker's conclusion is that "Pelosi’s statement ranks high on this year’s list of bloviated bluster."


It’s bad enough that she repeatedly mixed up 6 million meals and 6 million people — and made no effort to correct the record after her statement was reported in the media. But the figure she used appears to have been invented itself, with little basis in fact.

Nancy Pelosi is not serious about getting Washington's out of control spending under control, in fact, during her reign as Speaker of the House, according to the according to the U.S. Treasury Department, national debt rose by $5 trillion. (That was total back in October 2010)

At the close of business on Jan. 4, 2007, Pelosi’s first day as speaker, the national debt was $8,670,596,242,973.04 (8.67 trillion), according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, a division of the U.S. Treasury Department. At the close of business on Oct. 22, it stood at $13,667,983,325,978.31 (13.67 trillion), an increase of 4,997,387,083,005.27 (or approximately $5 trillion).

Pelosi's pathetic attempt to scare seniors, her hyperbole, her "bloviated bluster" and her refusal to understand a country cannot continue to function by spending more than it takes in, is one of the major reasons American voters removed her from the Speaker of the House position and stripped that gavel from her grubby little paws.