Speaker Nancy Pelosi on SCHIP and fiscal responsibility:
"The President has no credibility on matters of fiscal responsibility (never mind that I'm proposing the largest tax hike in American history, and you criminals, er, I mean, smokers should get ready to pay 61 cents more per pack) due to his astonishing record of compiling historic deficits over the last seven years. As former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan (a shameless, say anything Washington, D.C. cocktail party kiss-ass) recently observed, the President has completely abandoned fiscal discipline.
“The New Direction Congress (we did a focus group and were told our approval rating would go from 11% to 12% if we used the phrase 'New Direction Congress') passed a balanced budget plan (according to our friends at Enron and The Mustang Ranch) that restores pay-as-you-go budget rules and rejects new deficit spending. It invests in health care for America’s children (buying votes with more middle class welfare), college affordability for middle class families (more future dependents, hopefully), homeland security improvements to better protect the American people – investments that are all fully paid for."