My Take on Speaker Pelosi
Coming from a political family, she began as a volunteer and rose in the party ranks, serving as a California representative to the Democratic National Committee from 1976 to 1996. She won a special election for California’s Eighth District in 1987.
Historically and as a Democratic Party politician Pelosi began breaking ground becoming the first female Democratic leader of the House and the first female Speaker of the House in 2007 and again in 2018. She is currently Speaker of the House, making her the most powerful female American politician.
Pelosi opposed George W. Bush, aligned herself with Barack Obama and prided herself as fighting for the people, working to lower health care costs, increase workers’ pay through strong economic growth and rebuilding America, and clean up corruption to make Washington work for all. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American woman’s rights movement.
Pelosi spent 31 years representing San Francisco’s 12th District in Congress. She led House Democrats for 16 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip. Under her leadership the 111th Congress was called “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Norman Ornstein. Obama called her “an extraordinary leader for the American people”. The Christian Science Monitor wrote: “….make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics…”
Under Obama, Pelosi led the House passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. She continued to focus on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas.
She was the architect of the landmark Affordable Care Act which guaranteed protections for all Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, ended annual and lifetime limits on health coverage, and provided affordable health coverage for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term.
She lead Congress in passing strong Wall Street reforms to rein in big banks and protect consumers as well as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which expands educational opportunities and reforms the financial aid system to save billions of taxpayers’ dollars.
Additionally key legislation passed into law like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the ability of women and all workers to access our judicial system to fight pay discrimination; legislation to provide health care for 11 million American children; national service legislation; and hate crimes legislation. In late 2010, Pelosi led the Congress in passing child nutrition and food safety legislation as well as repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
As Speaker, Pelosi made energy security her flagship issue, enacting comprehensive energy legislation in 2007 that raised vehicle fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years and making an historic commitment to American home grown biofuels. In 2009, under her leadership, the House passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act – a comprehensive bill to create clean energy jobs, combat climate change, and transition America to a clean energy economy. The legislation was blocked by Republicans in the United States Senate, but sent a strong signal to the world about the United States’ commitment to fighting the climate crisis.
A leader on the environment at home and abroad, Pelosi secured passage of the “Pelosi amendment” in 1989, now a global tool to assess the potential environmental impacts of development. In San Francisco, Pelosi was the architect of legislation to create the Presidio Trust and transform the former military post into an urban national park.
In continuing to push for accountability and transparency in government, under Speaker Pelosi, the House passed the toughest ethics reform legislation in the history of the Congress, including the creation of an independent ethics panel, and increased accountability and transparency in House operations, including earmark reforms. As Speaker, Pelosi led the fight to pass the DISCLOSE Act in the House, which fights a corporate takeover of U.S. elections and ensures additional disclosure.
Additional key accomplishments signed into law under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi include: an increase in the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years; the largest college aid expansion since the GI bill; a new GI education bill for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and increased services for veterans, caregivers, and the Veterans Administration.
As House Democratic Leader, Pelosi wrested critical legislative victories out of the GOP majority. In the 114th Congress, she spearheaded a historic bipartisan agreement to strengthen Medicare, ending the cycle of expensive “Doc Fix” patches and transitioning away from a volume-based system toward one that rewards value, ensures the accuracy of payments and improves the quality of care. Following the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Leader Pelosi orchestrated the effort that secured the votes to uphold a possible Presidential veto of Republicans’ effort to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Pelosi’s strength at the negotiating table has consistently delivered significant funding increases for key Democratic priorities. In the FY 2016 omnibus, Pelosi won the permanent authorization of the World Trade Center Health Program and a massive five-year extension of expiring wind and solar renewable energy tax credits. In the FY 2018 omnibus, Pelosi won significant increases in vital domestic investments, including a $3.2 billion increase in opioid epidemic funding, a $3 billion increase for NIH medical research, and the largest single year funding increase for Child Care Development Block Grants in the initiative’s history.
In the face of the all out-Republican onslaught against Americans’ health care, Leader Pelosi held House Democrats united through dozens of votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act – mobilizing a massive nationwide campaign to block House Republicans’ monstrous “Trumpcare” legislation. Under her leadership, House Democrats also unanimously opposed the GOP tax scam for the rich.
What I don’t understand is how someone so politically savvy obtaining a tremendous amount of political power could drift so far outside the realm of reality? In her quest to demonstrate her power against President Donald Trump, she has tolerated and violated the very ethics she was instrumental in establishing within the House.
During the Obama presidency (2008 – 2016) Speaker Pelosi did not object the unconstitutional executive order establishing Delayed Entry of Childhood Arrivals (DACA), yet has fought vigorously President Trump who suggested Congress fix DACA and make it constitutionally viable.
Pelosi did not initiate action, nor seek solutions to the illegal immigration issue that caused Obama era Border Patrol to setup the cages to detain illegal border crossers, yet has fought President Trump’s efforts to stop the flow of illegal entry by pushing for comprehensive immigration reform and constructing a more effective barrier wall.
Of the many attempts by deep state operatives to take down the sitting President of the United States, it would appear that Speaker Pelosi has become obsessed with the illusion that removing the President by impeachment, and possibly the Vice President would lead to her breaking ground as the first female President of the United States. A goal Hillary Clinton failed to achieve in 2016.
I don’t begrudge Speaker Pelosi for her groundbreaking accomplishments in politics, but it is my personal opinion that career politicians such as her, should never remain in political office as lifetime politicians. It has been said that “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” and biblically speaking power and money are never enough. The love of money IS the root of all evil and the Ten Commandments were written as a lifetime guide for everyone to follow.
There is a right way and a wrong way to achieve fame, fortune and political power, but now we know there is also the Pelosi way! – I am the Real Truckmaster!