There have been some interesting statements made by politicians in the past week. First was President Obama’s declaration that he is a believer in the free market. Either I’ve misunderstood him and all his actions throughout his entire life . . . or he was not exactly telling the truth.
I think I’ll opt for the latter explanation.
I was also amazed to hear Nancy Pelosi comment that she had common ground with the Tea Party movement. In fact, here are her exact words:
But you know we share some of the views of the Tea Partiers in terms of the role of special interests in Washington, D.C.. It has to stop. And many Tea Partiers — not that I speak for them — share the view, whether it’s — and Democrats, Republicans and independents share the view that the recent Supreme Court decision, which greatly empowers the special interest, is something that they oppose.
Someone needs to notify the Tea Party leaders—they have a new recruit.
And of course there was Charlie Rangel, chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, the committee that writes all the tax bills, claiming that he has done nothing wrong by accepting gifts from indivduals and companies that want favors from his committee. That investigation is ongoing because there’s a lot still to be uncovered [although his deception regarding his personal income and taxes he didn’t pay is pretty well established already]. The latest is that he has reluctantly, and quite belatedly, stepped down from his leadership position.
One cartoonist caught the spirit of these declarations rather well: