Who is she kidding?
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is claiming that Democrats “don’t want any more government than we need.”
Nevermind the fact that just 10 years ago, Pelosi infamously proclaimed that our politicians had to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it.
So much for being prudent.
Remember, so far there have been 3 coronavirus stimulus bills championed by Nancy Pelosi, with a potential 4th one waiting in the wings.
The first bill cost a $8.3 billion to fight the novel coronavirus.
The second bill included funding for food stamps, paid family leave, and subsidies to state medical programs.
And of course, the third bill was the major economic stimulus bill that provided much needed aid to families and small businesses…
But before that bill was eventually passed, Pelosi was accused of attempting to hijack it with partisan pork, including language supporting abortions.
More details on Pelosi’s outlandish claim below:
Though Pelosi is claiming that "We don't want any more government than we need," she has actually pushed for the expansion of big government.
Appearing on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Pelosi claimed that we need a "central command" to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
I guess she forgot that we have a coronavirus task force that is handling that already...
Real Clear Politics has the transcript of Pelosi's appearance on Maddow:
MADDOW: And in terms of -- in terms of that preparation, in trying to match the scale of the congressional response to the size of the problem, it's been reported that the former Fed Chair Janet Yellen briefed Democrats within the last few day, saying that the real unemployment rate right now is probably about 13 percent already, rather than the official 4.4 percent. We've also heard it reported that the next CARES Act, that the next relief bill, will be on the order of about maybe another trillion.
When you think about that economic threat, and that economic response, do those numbers seem like they match to you, that that's the right size approach to that big a problem?
PELOSI: Well, we have to take it as it comes. And in other words, when I talk about numbers, people say, well, let's see what we need, and that's what we're taking inventory of. But what the country needs is, really, we need to find a cure, we need to get rid of this virus.
What we need is a central command. For the president of the United States to say, somebody is in charge of just seeing what we need, what's in the chain of -- the supply chain, what isn't, getting it to the places, the hot spots where it's needed, moving it on after that. We don't have that.
What we need is really testing, testing, testing, to evaluate the scope of the problem so that we can truly have a measure of our success.
And what we need is again, just the respect that we should have for our workers, so that as they save lives, they're not risking theirs, and that of their families. They need the PPE, the personal protective equipment, to protect themselves, not just the health care workers but first responders, and others, and as well as the ventilators to get to people.
What the American people want is to see those workers get what they need. What they want to see is them getting their own checks. Let's get it in the mail, whether it's unemployment or direct payment, et cetera, and what they don't want to see are industries in our country receiving taxpayer dollars and ripping them off with buyouts and bonuses, and dividends, et cetera.
So, that's why, in this bill, we put the conditions in there, so that didn't happen, that we put the resources in there for small business, for unemployment, for direct payments, and now, we need more.
Aside from growing the government, concerns also exist around the size of our debt.
It's important to use coronavirus stimulus funds to help protect American lives and livelihoods, not use it to fund partisan projects.
You can watch Pelosi's appearance on Maddow below:
Even prominent Democrats are appearing to sour on Pelosi.
Comedian Bill Maher issued a stark warning to Pelosi, fretting that the endless spending of "funny money" will drive the economy into a depression.
According to The Hill:
HBO's Bill Maher pressed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on federal spending on the coronavirus pandemic, with the "Real Time" host saying a "house of cards" will eventually collapse, resulting in a depression.
The back-and-forth comes as President Trump signed off on a $484 billion package on Friday to replenish a small-business lending program prompted by the pandemic. The package also provides $100 billion for hospitals and COVID-19 testing as some states slowly reopen their economies.
"I know we can bail out certain sectors as we have done in the past. I don't know how you can keep indefinitely writing checks," Maher said to Pelosi in a remote interview. "We were 20 trillion in the hole to begin with, and all world governments who are already in debt are doing this. How can the whole world be writing this funny money?
"I’m worried about the whole thing collapsing and we go into a depression," he later added.
"Because it's a matter of life and death," Pelosi replied. "This is more an investment in the lives and the livelihood of the American people. “We have to think big about that," she continued. "The more we invest in science and health, the quicker our economy will recover from the pandemic. We expect a return on this money. ... That’s stimulus.”
"Well, it will recover unless people get wise to the fact that we're just writing checks with money that doesn't exist," Maher retorted. "I mean, what is the point of bailing out banks that are just going to loan back the money that doesn't exist to us again? It seems like it's a house of cards that could, in the end, wind up hurting more people than the disease."
You know it's bad for Democrats when even Bill Maher appears to paraphrase President Trump.
Trump has often said that we cannot let the cure be worse than the virus.
If Maher's comments are any indication, the American people are beginning to agree.