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  • Respect Her Authoritah

    Posted by David Foster on February 15th, 2013 (All posts by )

    …don’t you dare even think about cutting her allowance.

    Nancy Cartman-Pelosi thinks it would be disrespectful to cut Congressional salaries because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs.

    “I think we should respect the work we do,” she said in a rather strangely-worded statement to reporters. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”

    What a bizarre statement. The fact that someone’s income may fluctuate doesn’t detract from the dignity of their job. JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon just had his annual bonus cut by millions of dollars. Commissioned salespeople often have their incomes fluctuate downward as well as upward. Hourly worker have incomes that depend directly on how many hours of work are available. Small businesspeople and investors at whatever scale have incomes that are highly variable.

    Not everyone is a tenured professor or “nonprofit” executive or civil servant with guaranteed employment and guaranteed income. This doesn’t mean their work has any less worth or dignity.

    Good grief.

    link via Common Sense & Wonder


    10 Responses to “Respect Her Authoritah”

    1. Cris Says:

      Who does she think she is, a US senator?

    2. Mike K Says:

      She is delusional as only someone could be that hails from San Francisco and is the daughter of an old school Democrat boss from Baltimore. The Democrats have certainly shown what they can do in Baltimore. Let’s give Nancy more power !

    3. VSSC Says:

      “Not everyone is a tenured professor or “nonprofit” executive or civil servant with guaranteed employment and guaranteed income. This doesn’t mean their work has any less worth or dignity.”


      This is the system we live under.
      You are speaking of ought, not IS…

    4. David Foster Says:

      VSSC…that is *directionally* her point, but she and those like her haven’t yet been able to fully achieve it. A Jamie Dimon or a successful software entrepreneur probably have more status among most people, despite the fact that they are “in trade” (as the old disdainful English expression had it) than the Dean of the Gender Studies Department or the head of the Bureau of Pointless Regulations.

    5. Robert Schwartz Says:

      Respect? Congress? Is this a joke?

    6. model_1066 Says:

      Nancy Pelosi talking about dignity is like Yogi Bera talking about particle physics.

    7. ErisGuy Says:

      The last time a ruling class was as corrupt and venal as our own, it was brought down by the guillotine. One can hope….

    8. morgan Says:

      Just think: it wasn’t too long ago that she was two hearbeats away from becoming President of the United States!! If that doesn’t send cold shivers up and down your back I don’t know what will.

    9. Gringo Says:

      Nancy Pelosi talking about dignity is like Yogi Bera talking about particle physics.

      I would believe Yogi Berra’s statements about particle physics before I would believe anything Nancy Pelosi says. Yogi Berra has made pity, witty statements. “Prediction is hard, especially about the future.” Well, yes. There is wisdom behind the humor. [As I am a citizen of Red Sox Nation, I have no inherent bias in favor of Yogi Berra.]

      Here are some paraphrases of famous Nancy Pelosi quotes:

      “Natural gas is a fossil fuel.”
      “We have to pass Obamacare so we can find out what is in it.”
      “We don’t have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem.”

      Those Pelosi statements are jokes. Unlike Yogi Berra, who is joking, Nancy Pelosi is speaking in total seriousness. Yogi Berra deliberately makes absurd statements- statements which have a kernel of truth behind their absurdity. Nancy Pelosi makes absurd statement while believing those statements are true.

      Yogi Berra is a wise fool. Nancy Pelosi is simply a fool- as are those who believe her.

    10. Sgt. Mom Says:

      I will say this for la Pelosi – the only nice thing I do have to say about her – is that she is always beautifully dressed for the occassion; classy, professional and understated, with tasteful accessories suitable to her age and station. But since she and hubby are millionaires several times over since she got her grubby and tastefully manicured paws on higher office – I shouldn’t be surprised. Still, I wish she would give some pointers to Michelle O, who is usually wince-worthy, nine times out of ten.

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