Hypocrisy Thy Name Is Pelosi
Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) interjected herself into the discussion over the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012 (H.R. 6233). Normally, this would be neither surprising nor newsworthy, but given both the context and content of her remarks, an exception should be made.
Following the GOP decision to take up this emergency drought legislation (a misguided bailout in its own right) instead of the $1 trillion FARRM Act that passed out of the House Agriculture Committee, Minority Leader Pelosi quipped that it was “indicative of the failure of this do-nothing Republican Congress.”
This is an interesting observation coming from someone who once proclaimed that we had to pass the $1 Trillion Affordable Care Act in order to “find out what’s in it.” Apparently, former-Speaker Pelosi isn’t familiar with what was in her 2008 farm bill either—the $604 billion boondoggle that was passed into law after Pelosi and a bipartisan majority in Congress overturned President Bush’s veto. As part of the crafting of the 2008 bill, the disaster assistance programs that covered livestock producers and ranchers expired on September 30, 2011. This means that the drought bailout package was considered in part because of the way that Pelosi’s House majority in 2008 crafted their bill.
Part of our argument in opposing the $383 million “drought assistance” package was that it was tantamount to yet another taxpayer-funded bailout that would only reinforce dependence on government—particularly in light of the fact that everyone knew as far back as 2008 that these programs were set to expire in 2011.
Well, almost everyone knew.