House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took to the small screen over the weekend to bolster President Barack Obama’s argument that Congress must raise the Federal debt limit, telling a CNN host in a nonsensical interview that government has already slashed as much pork from its $4 trillion annual budget as is humanly possible.
Saying that House Republicans are “legislative arsonists” hell-bent on destroying the government’s role in education, research and development, Pelosi told CNN’s Candy Crowley “there’s no more cuts to make.”
Because the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that. We all want to reduce the deficit. …You cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts. Right now you’re taking trophies.
On Friday, House Republicans ushered through a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government without funding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, setting the stage for what could be a monumental battle this week between Senate conservatives — however many of them there truly are — and Senate progressives representing both parties.
The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is set to begin selling coverage through State-run healthcare exchanges in one week, although the functionality of the new exchanges continues to be stripped in order for the plan’s political supporters to claim the new healthcare marketplaces are being deployed without a hiccup.
Meanwhile, Pelosi’s claim that all the fat’s been trimmed from government looks remarkably silly.