The Speaker should go.
By Mark R. Smith
Yesterday, Congress took the position that Main Street, not Wall Street rules America through the votes of their elected officials. Led not by the Democrats but by the Republican minority and some conservative Democrats who listened to their constituents. Main Street rules. The problem for the “temporary” new majority in Congress is that Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi happens. Her rhetoric closed the door on the precipitous tally of yesterday’s economic bailout vote. What the American people understand and Congress does not is that kitchen table economics trumps special interests.
Pelosi was unable to deliver victory on the “most troubling matter of our time” even with a Democrat majority in Congress and the votes to pass this bill in her own caucus. With the president, senate majority leader, and Obama behind her, she failed miserably. Pelosi ignored the clear and open discussion with her Republican colleagues during White House discussions, and congressional meetings last week — even after Friday when it was clear she did not have the votes in her own caucus.
While she allowed Obama and company to insert special interest language for scandalous operations like ACORN, Pelosi ignored the pleas from the Blue Dogs (45 conservative democrats). She finally inserted the pay-as-you-go language for them but the American Public spoke against this boondoggle bailout and so it failed.
The American Public is more informed, more savvy, and understands their own realities better than Speaker Pelosi. Her failure to deliver her caucus illustrates her failure as a leader. Pelosi should be fired.
Pelosi’s impediment to strengthening the dollar, expanding this crisis to yet another week, and deepening the recession we are clearly in will only drive the American economy further into debt. The rudderless Congress led by the Democrats these past two years have produced no major piece of legislation, more greed, spending, corruption, and a historic low 12 percent approval rating. She is almost at the bottom of the barrel. Unfortunately, Pelosi and her political policies are taking the American economy with her. There are a trillion reasons after today to replace her and bring real leadership to the Congress and to the American people.
Mark R. Smith is the president and founder of The Da Vinci Group a Washington, D.C. based government and public affairs firm. Mark provides advice to members of congress, governors, and other state and local officials on an array of issues. Mark is a political analyst for SKY NEWS and a contributor to IrreverentView.com. E-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.