Don’t Take That Tone With ME, Miss Nancy Pelosi!

Tue, September 30, 2008

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It’s not often that I’m surprised at what comes out of politicians’ mouths. But when House Minority Leader John Boehner and his crew started whining like a bunch of petulant children about how things were going on the economic bail-out vote, I just about lost it.

Boehner and his pals hadn’t really just acted like a bunch of whiny schoolboys because their feelings were hurt, causing them to stomp their feet and take their toys home so “the girl” they didn’t like couldn’t play, did they?

Here’s what got their knickers all in a twist:

The fact that the GOP is trying to blame the failure of the economic bail-out/recovery bill to pass on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is nothing short of outrageous.

If you look at the voting recap, representatives in districts with tight races tended to vote against the package, while those who were in safe districts voted for the bail-out. In trying to point the finger of blame at Pelosi’s floor speech yesterday and criticizing her for her “tone” as the reason for the failure to pass is just an attempt by the GOP to play hide the ball with voters about who was really responsible.

When was the last time you heard men criticize other men for talking about something with a “tone.” All I could think of was my parents, lecturing me in my teen years, when I had let loose with some semi-snarky retort, ‘”Don’t take that tone with ME, young lady!” But that’s another post for another day.

Let’s refocus the discussion. This isn’t about Pelosi’s floor speech. It’s not about hurt feelings. It’s about the world economy getting ready to go into full meltdown, and the GOP is to blame since they’re the ones who have pushed and pulled and scratched and clawed over the last 15 years to take apart our regulatory system one statute at a time. They succeeded and thought they had managed to convince us all that our investments and bank accounts would be safe in a world of voluntary compliance.

When the government doesn’t enforce its own regulations, or weakens them for special interests, investors become Little Red Riding Hood with the markets being the wolf trying to pretend he’s the kindly old grandma. The regulators are the Woodsman — and without the Woodsman, you can guess what would have happened to Little Red. That’s why whatever gets worked on in Congress to “bail out” the economy, there had better be ramped up oversight — regulations with some real teeth — or else we’ll be back in this mess sooner than you can say’ investor revolt.

The former SEC Enforcement attorney in me just can’t take it anymore.

Regardless of what you think about this particular package, lawmakers acting worse than the third-grade boys in PunditGirl’s class was not the appropriate response if they couldn’t agree on this plan. The fact that it’s the one they chose says only one thing — congressmen and congresswomen who can’t find a way to come together to figure this thing out without political games need to be given a permanent electoral time out.

The good news is that we, as voters, can oblige them in just a few weeks.

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4 Responses to “Don’t Take That Tone With ME, Miss Nancy Pelosi!”

  1. impromptublogger Says:

    Actually, I heard that most of the Congress members who voted no were ones in highly-contested districts where their constitutents were screaming that they should vote no on the phone.

  2. Daisy Says:

    It just gets scarier and scarier. Congress members voting without thinking — listening to their careers instead of to the real needs of the nation — now that’s frightening.

  3. Teri Says:

    Hmm, PM, one would think that the attorney in you would know to check and re-check your facts before presenting them. John Boehner and his crew, Eric Cantor, Adam Putnam and Roy Blunt, the Republicans who appear in your video link, all voted FOR the bailout package. Since they are not the one’s who allegedly had hurt feelings and changed their votes, please correctly identify those who did.

    And since men, according to your progressive standards, are apparently not allowed to criticize a woman for being a shrew, I’ll step forward and do it for them. Nancy Pelosi, your bitterly partisan words yesterday, in the face of a national crisis, belittled the office you are privileged to hold. If you can’t lead in a dignified fashion, please step aside.

    Had “Miss” Pelosi managed to rally the Democrat caucus, which she did not, it would not have mattered what the Republicans did, the bill would have passed.

    I am somewhat surprised that your years at the SEC failed to bring you any knowledge of the Community Reinvestment Act, and it’s subsequent revisions, which resulted in lenders granting loans to unqualified applicants. Point your finger at the GOP all you want, but the Democrats are duplicitous in their support of the CRA and their mocking of calls to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Bill Clinton himself admitted last week that such is the case.

  4. Amy@UWM Says:

    Yes, congressmen are behaving badly, but I have to say I was equally disappointed in Pelosi. While she may have been speaking the truth, at a time when we desperately need our congress to put bitter partisanship aside for the sake of our country, that was just not the right time or place for those kinds of remarks. Rather than being hyper-critical of what’s been done in the past, she missed an important leadership opportunity to talk about what they could do better as a Congress and we should do better as a country to make sure this never happens again. Yes, some of that is in her speech, but how you frame things makes all the difference in the world.


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