When I tweeted this story it generated a great deal of interest so I decided to bump it up to a full blog:
Here is the NYT news story the above tweet points to: “Pelosi Questions Legal Cost on Marriage Law.”
I really thought Pelosi had reached the point where she could no longer surprise me, but I was wrong. Pelosi’s complaint that defending DOMA will cost too much surprises me.
After all, when Pelosi took over the gavel the national deficit was $162 billion. When she was ousted at the beginning of this year it was $1,290 billion (= $1.2 trillion).
On the personal side, Pelosi spent tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands of dollars) on travel, parties, entertainment, etc. during her tenure as Speaker.
I’m not saying this makes her unique among other Speakers of the House and politicians, but it really begs the question: is Pelosi such a spendthrift as to think there is no money lying around to defend marriage? And yet she wrote this after it was announced that Congress would intervene in the lawsuits against DOMA to defend the law Congress passed to define marriage in 1996:
“It is important that the House receive an estimate of the cost to taxpayers for engaging private lawyers to intervene in the pending DOMA cases.”
Does Pelosi seriously expect us to believe she is worried about the cost to taxpayers?
If Pelosi believed in defending marriage, she could afford the DOMA lawyers out of her own pocket.
The fact that she has suddenly “got religion” on the taxpayer expense of running government tells us something about her political views, and everything about her calculated malice against marriage.