Pelosi Says She Would Drain GOP 'Swamp'

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Stephanie, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. Stephanie
    Offline

    Stephanie Diamond Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2004
    Messages:
    70,236
    Thanks Received:
    10,818
    Trophy Points:
    2,040
    Ratings:
    +27,360
    :eek2:
    By DAVID ESPO
    The Associated Press
    Friday, October 6, 2006; 1:58 AM

    WASHINGTON -- Franklin Roosevelt had his first hundred days.

    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is thinking 100 hours, time enough, she says, to begin to "drain the swamp" after more than a decade of Republican rule.


    As in the first 100 hours the House meets after Democrats _ in her fondest wish _ win control in the Nov. 7 midterm elections and Pelosi takes the gavel as the first Madam Speaker in history.

    Day One: Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."

    Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step. Cut the interest rate on student loans in half. Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.

    Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds _ "I hope with a veto-proof majority," she added in an Associated Press interview Thursday.

    All the days after that: "Pay as you go," meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority.

    To do that, she said, Bush-era tax cuts would have to be rolled back for those above "a certain level." She mentioned annual incomes of $250,000 or $300,000 a year and higher, and said tax rates for those individuals might revert to those of the Clinton era. Details will have to be worked out, she emphasized.RAISE TAXES

    "We believe in the marketplace," Pelosi said of Democrats, then drew a contrast with Republicans. "They have only rewarded wealth, not work."

    "We must share the benefits of our wealth" beyond the privileged few, she added. (man thats right out of the communist doctrine... )

    Pelosi, 66, has been a leader of the House Democrats since 2002. But her political apprenticeship dates to childhood, when her father was mayor of Baltimore.
    Now, her political base is about as liberal as it gets, San Francisco. It's a fact that Republicans love to emphasize to voters who might want to visit, but not feel comfortable living there.

    Republicans find her an attractive political target, and recently said she would try to "cut-and-run" from Iraq while "launching bitter partisan investigations" of the Bush administration, possibly including impeachment hearings.


    A grandmother five times over, Pelosi pops chocolates, shuns coffee and flashes her wit. Asked what offices should would occupy if in the Capitol if she becomes speaker, she laughed. "I'll have any suite I want."

    She would, too.

    "If the election were held today we'd be successful," Pelosi predicted, claiming that her party's prospects are expanding as the campaign enters its final month. "So many other races are emerging right now," she said.

    Democrats must gain 15 seats to regain the majority they lost in 1994, and have candidates in competitive races for 30 or so Republican-held seats, according to strategists in both parties. By contrast, only about a handful of Democratic-controlled seats appear ripe for possible Republican takeover.

    Democrats have a pamphlet that lists all their promises and have run through several slogans in the past year or so as they test campaign messages. In recent days, Pelosi said, their prospects have improved by the discovery that former Republican Rep. Mark Foley of Florida had sent sexually explicit computer messages to teenage male pages.

    Not long before sitting down for a lunchtime interview, she turned down a suggestion from Speaker Dennis Hastert that they jointly appoint former FBI Director Louie Freeh to recommend improvements in the page program.

    "That was about protecting their majority" rather than the pages, she said dismissively.

    Instead, she wants to put Hastert and other Republicans under oath and make them say what they knew of Foley's actions, when they learned it and what they did to stop him.

    The potential for political gain is clear to her.

    "It's an opportunity for growth among women" for the Democrats, she said. "They don't always vote and this could be a motivation."

    With married women, in particular, it's a huge issue, she added.

    Among older voters, too.

    "If there's an ethical issue, seniors take a hike" and abandon politicians they blame, she said.

    "If we hold onto seniors we win the election."
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/06/AR2006100600056_2.html
     
  2. dilloduck
    Offline

    dilloduck Diamond Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    53,240
    Thanks Received:
    5,552
    Trophy Points:
    1,850
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Ratings:
    +6,403
    At least she honest enough not to say anything like she's going to heal or unify the country.
     
  3. KarlMarx
    Offline

    KarlMarx Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2004
    Messages:
    3,231
    Thanks Received:
    490
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    ...
    Ratings:
    +491
     
  4. Redhots
    Offline

    Redhots Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2006
    Messages:
    507
    Thanks Received:
    36
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +36
    It should be called Contract with America Redux.... sure sounds nice though.

    Riiight. Well, I have my Borsalino and a bottle of A1 ready Nancy...
     
  5. Stephanie
    Offline

    Stephanie Diamond Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2004
    Messages:
    70,236
    Thanks Received:
    10,818
    Trophy Points:
    2,040
    Ratings:
    +27,360
    Boy do I feel stupid.. What is Borsalino?

    But look on the bright side, I do know what A1 is....

    Ok I'll just Google Borsalino.... You have to remember, I'm just a redneck hick who lives out in the sticks.....:laugh:



    Just having a little fun with ya Redhots(not AT you)...I feel in a (funny) mood...:thup:
     
  6. nt250
    Offline

    nt250 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Messages:
    1,013
    Thanks Received:
    72
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +72
     
  7. Hamiltonian
    Offline

    Hamiltonian Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2006
    Messages:
    263
    Thanks Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    PRC
    Ratings:
    +13
     
  8. red states rule
    Offline

    red states rule Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Messages:
    16,011
    Thanks Received:
    571
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +572
    No, Pelosi will drain the wallets of hard working Americans if given a chance

    Meanwhile she will push for gay marrage, hand out white flags to her fellow libs to wave in the faces of terrorists, get as many liberal judges on the bench as possible, push for impeachment of Pres Bush and VP Cheney, and try for government provided health insurance for every American

    Can you say top tax rate of nearly 70%?
     
  9. KarlMarx
    Offline

    KarlMarx Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2004
    Messages:
    3,231
    Thanks Received:
    490
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    ...
    Ratings:
    +491
    Well, this isn't....

    The Democrats play the politics very well, much better than the Republicans.


    In politics, appearance is primary, and substance, is at most secondary.

    Republicans had a lot of chances to play the same game with the Democrats, but passed. Sandy Berger is one such example. He was caught, almost literally with his hand (well, his foot) in the cookie jar. If you don't remember, Sandy Berger, former Security Advisor to Clinton, was caught sneaking classified documents out of the National Archives in his pant leg or his shoe. That, is a felony and, he should be in prison. Instead, he got his security clearance suspended for 3-5 years.

    The Bush Administration didn't pursue nailing him to wall and making a spectacle out of him. Foley, on the other hand, exchanged inappropriate IMs and emails with pages and, even though he's resigned, the Democrats continue making political hay with it. Both were inexcusable, but Berger's act was clearly and without a doubt, the worse of the two. His actions stunk of coverup and threatened national security.

    Furthermore, when Republicans or conservatives bring up examples e.g. Sandy Berger, the answer from Democrats is invariably the same, "he (or she) wasn't sent to prison" and the conclusion is almost the same, "therefore, he (or she) must not have done anything that was really worth pursuing".

    My answer to that line of logic is, "no, the person did do something extremely illegal, immoral and wrong, but the Republicans flubbed it up. Instead of doing the right thing and nailing people like Berger to the wall, they decided to play nice and "work with" the Democrats".
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  10. Hamiltonian
    Offline

    Hamiltonian Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2006
    Messages:
    263
    Thanks Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    PRC
    Ratings:
    +13
    I think the Reps have actually done a much better job with the political manuvering than the Dems. The Dems have a broad power base, and the Reps have done a good job of fracturing that base and getting themselves in power. The Dems lack real leadership. I mean they put up John Kerry for President, debate over :p. The best upcoming Dem leadership is Obama, who is all flash and little substance.

    One situation you could compare the Foley scandal to is the Clinton scandal. Clinton's intern was at least the age of consent, but the Reps seem to have taken him to task much harder than Foley has been prosecuted, although that was partially from his misleading language.

    Berger does look bad, but I think tacking him to the woodshed would be a mistake. He did destroy copies of data he took from the archives, but he just took printed copies of data he took home, no original data, so it's difficult to say he had been trying to really cover anything up. The Reps could have been hurt by the backlash by being called a bunch of conspiracy theorists disconnected from reality if they tried to go after him.
     

Share This Page