That’s Nancy Pelosi.
At least she claims so as she took the reigns of the [Dim]ocrat led House of Representatives. The only thing missing was a Dr. Dean-like scream. That was saved for the members of the MSM who collectively burst out adoringly: “NAAAAAAAAAANCY!!!!”
Smith notes in the lead-up to the November elections Pelosi announced “plans to open the 110th Congress with a rule publicly “outing” lawmakers who use legislative “earmarks” to help special interests.”
Strange that. And hypocritical.
Before she wielded power as the “most powerful woman in America” she championed a pork-fest of epic proportions that surpassed even Alaska’s Ted Steven’s Bridge to Nowhere and Trent Lott’s Railroad to Nowhere in the amount of government waste.
Porkmistress Pelosi’s pet project contains $1.2 billion worth of earmarks for a Subway to Nowhere connecting the Giants ballpark with downtown San Francisco.
In a report issued by an independent consultant hired by the Municipal Transportation Authority to evaluate the Central Subway project took great exception to both the amount of money to be spent but also the viability of the project as a whole:
“According to consultant Tom Matoff, San Franciscans will get little in return for this massive federal expenditure. The Central Subway project will not significantly improve our ability to get from one place to another, and it will make the city’s public transportation system more expensive to run and maintain. In addition, its rationale is based on bogus financing and ridership numbers.
“If built as planned, the Central Subway ‘might actually worsen travel conditions for some customers, without a compensating improvement,’ Matoff wrote. ‘It does not, apparently, meet the market needs of the corridor it is intended to serve.’
“Pelosi has already secured ‘cost-effectiveness’ exemptions in the 2005 federal transportation bill to smooth the way for what is expected to be $532 million in federal grants to fund the Central Subway.
“Meanwhile, S.F. Municipal Transportation Agency chief Nat Ford has, during recent weeks, been making the rounds in Washington, stumping for around $200 million more needed to fund the project.”
Matt Smith concludes his article by asking the question of whether Pelosi will lead a reinvigoration of the Democratic Party or turn Democrats into laughingstock pork-barrel hypocrites from day one.
And I’ll conclude by saying that question has an obvious answer doesn’t it?