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President Obama’s House Poodle, Nancy Pelosi, Puts Her Party Over Middle Class and Seniors

Yes, I do… I believe the President has shown great leadership in what he put forth…” Pelosi, adding, “Yes, the Democrats will stick with the president — and maybe not every single one of them.” [Huffington Post]

WHAT WILL the rest of the congressional Democrats and progressives do?

As for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, she can kiss my mighty fine liberal posterior.

Pelosi has earned the derision I afford her today, so has the White House, as well as every single establishment Democrat who tries to serve this toxic policy brew to the public and call it good news for anyone in the middle class or who’s a senior citizen.

The first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history, and “leader” of House Democrats, has worn out her camera time and her ability to be effective, because all she does is suck up to President Obama and push bad policy to secure a win for him. This has now been proven conclusively with the latest performance by Obama’s House poodle which comes at the expense of the people, including a lot of activists and progressives who helped get the man reelected.

Obviously, I don’t include myself in that crowd, but what I’m hearing is loud enough to blow the roof off the Capitol rotunda.

The Democratic establishment at this point is in full push mode to make sure Obama won’t begin his reelection score sheet with a loss, which has become their only priority. So they’re pushing hard for everyone to fall in line. However, there are some progressive who are being honest about the crap sandwich being served from the White House policy kitchen and are saying so.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky said it’s “a benefit cut -— pure and simple.”

It’s “a Beltway fig leaf that I will never support,” Rep. Raul Grijalva said in a statement today.

Fig leafs are what Nancy Pelosi is all about. Remember the invitation she extended to the representatives of the Catholic bishops during the health care debate, giving them a seat at the policy table? Well, she’s doing it again, only this time Pelosi is getting ready to sell out seniors and the middle class so that President Obama can have a win on the fiscal scheme he’s pushing that 60% of the American public is against.

Greg Sargent got Senator Dick Durbin on the record today saying “no,” to Social Security cuts, while saying there’s no way to tell if congressional Democrats will hold that line in a vote.

Mike Lux, insider Democrat extraordinaire and all around very nice man, whom I have the pleasure of knowing just a little bit, blasted the White House today, while talking about where his loyalties lie. They aren’t with President Obama [or the White House's poodle Pelosi].

I have been having some interesting conversations with Democrats over the last 24 hours about what being a loyal Democrat means with the President seeming likely to go forward with this deal. The point has been made that the Republicans are far worse than Obama on these issues, as all they want to do is to gut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs for the poor, and that is definitely true. The fact that the President is, according to the Washington Post, proposing to exclude SSI disability payments and provide a bump-up in benefits for those 85 and older is a good thing and much appreciated. People have said to me that the President’s heart is in the right place, and that he is working hard to get the best deal he thinks he can get, which may well be true- I gave up judging politicians’ motives long ago. And I have been told I should be a loyal Democrat, that the President is our party’s leader, and we should be unified in supporting him.

But here’s the deal: I didn’t get into politics to help the Democratic party. I came to the Democratic party because they more often wanted to help the people I cared about helping- the poor, the disabled, the middle class folks fighting for a decent life for them and their families. When forced to choose, as it looks like I will in this case, I will choose the people I got into this work to fight for.

My first loyalties are to my middle class family, who will depend heavily on Social Security because they mostly won’t have lots of savings or generous pensions; to the kids I grew up with in a working class part of Lincoln, NE, who are getting ready to retire and mostly don’t have those savings or pensions either; to the people like my late brother Kevin who have lived with serious disabilities, who may or may not be taken care of depending on what is negotiated away next; and to the poor people and seniors who I got to know as a young organizer, like the elderly woman I made a promise to that I would keep fighting for her.

If the President decides to give into Republican demands to cut this kind of deal, thinking that launching a civil war with people like me who were part of his winning coalition in the election is better for the country and worth the trade-off, he will do what feels like he should. The DC pundits will be ecstatic (“the President is so brave to take on those seniors and cut Social Security”). Wall Street will be thrilled, they have been wanting to cut middle class benefits and the Social Security system for years. But on behalf of those people to whom I owe my first loyalties, I will do whatever I can to fight the kind of plan being described in news accounts today.

CREDO, MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Social Security Works all panned President Obama’s latest conservative concoction, saying Social Security cuts were unacceptable.

The fiscal “cliff” is sounding better every day. Wonder if parachutes come in bright red?

Oh, wait a minute. What am I thinking?

The only people impacted by the fiscal scheme nonsense are Wall Street, the top 2% and partisan politicians who think everything is about them and preserving their precious political egos.

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15 Responses to President Obama’s House Poodle, Nancy Pelosi, Puts Her Party Over Middle Class and Seniors

  1. TaosJohn December 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Seething… just seething, all day. My Social Security benefits don’t keep up with inflation AS IT IS, and these bastards want to cut it. Incomprehensible when there is so much wealth in this country.

  2. james richardson December 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Well, it was a nice 60 seconds to think this wouldn’t happen, but at least now when there’s absolutely no leverage to hold against him our options are sufficient. But it’s not like his naysayers aren’t going to be right back in his corner when he turns to climate change or other issues the left has been waiting for. Really, what’s the downside for Obama?

  3. james richardson December 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    And I’m sorry, but what’s so great about Nancy Pelosi? She’s great at coming around after the fact with clever quotes about how she was on the right side of thisorthat all along but I have never understood what’s so great about her.

    • Taylor Marsh December 19, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Pelosi had a very strong progressive record inside her caucus.

  4. jinbaltimore December 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    From the same person who took impeachment off the table for Bush war criminals, why would we expect anything less than criminal again from her. SHE should be impeached as a war criminal!

    • Cujo359 December 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

      What astounds me is that when they lost the majority back in 2010, not only did Pelosi not lose a position of leadership, but neither did any of the other failures who are running the Democrats’ House caucus. They had to create an extra position to keep all those losers, too.

      • jinbaltimore December 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

        Indeed. We really needed her, ahem, “leadership.”

  5. ladywalker68 December 18, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    A stingingly accurate analysis, Taylor. I agree with every word. Pelosi the Poodle…Priceless!

    • Taylor Marsh December 19, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Rep. Nancy Pelosi has disgraced herself again.

      How someone can so sell out to her party over the people is really the foundation for why Congress is so fecklessly incompetent. Today’s congressional politicians actually believe they’re there to fluff their party’s leader!

      That was *never* the intent of the founders.

      Pelosi isn’t acting like she’s part of a separate & equal branch of government. It’s a shameful performance by her and other establishment Dems who believe their job is to “fall in line” behind Obama.

  6. TPAZ December 19, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    See, that’s the problem with the lesser of two evils thingy: you still get evil leakage everywhere; particularly where you don’t want it or need it. Oh well, at least Dear Leader is Time’s Person of the Year.

  7. Ramsgate December 19, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Deja Vu all over again. Haven’t we all been here before? Covering the very same ground, saying the very same things? Surprise, surprise.
    Merry Christmas everybody.
    Oops, Happy Holidays.

    • Taylor Marsh December 19, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Around here, I prefer MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ;-)

      • Ramsgate December 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

        Yep. And to you, TM.

        BTW, if you ask me, and you didn’t, the Bush tax cuts are here to stay. Obama blew it again. This was supposed to be the Republicans’ Waterloo. They or He turned it into his own.

  8. belltor December 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    What are the chances that Sen Reid would bring such a deal to the senate floor.
    Has he not drawn a line on Soc Sec cuts?

  9. Ramsgate December 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Speaking for myself: I never underestimate the deceit and spinelessness of a Democratic politician. Nor the evil of a Republican.

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