Friday, December 31, 2010

Political Gaffes - #2521 - Top 10 Political Gaffes of 2010 - Human Events (2) Top 10 Reasons America Won't Miss the 111th Congress - Heritage Foundation

It was a doozy of a political year, making it hard to narrow the gaffes down to 10. But here they are: The Top 10 Political Gaffes of 2010.
(1) Pelosi on Obamacare: When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of Obamacare: "We have to pass it, to know what’s in it," it was a gift to Republicans, many of whom used it against their Democratic opponents in their midterm-election campaigns. The remark reminded voters both of the arrogance of the Democratic leaders for ramming the unpopular health-care plan into law as well as the negative consequences still to come as Obamacare is implemented.
(2) Recovery Summer: It couldn’t be a true gaffe list without having Joe Biden near the top. The vice president touted the "Recovery Summer," predicting months of robust job creation as a result of the administration’s economic policies. However, there was no significant number of new jobs, and by year end the unemployment rate was higher, not lower. Biden’s rosy scenario was easily mocked and gave Republicans a big target on a major issue. See what gaffes made it from 3-10.........

Top 10 Reasons America Won't Miss the 111th Congress - Heritage Foundation - The 111th Congress is officially over, and according to Gallup, it’s also officially the worst Congress in the history of polling. Yet despite its 13% approval rating there are those who are hailing the 111th Congress for its myriad legislative "accomplishments." Not surprisingly, many of those touting those "accomplishments” are the very members of Congress who voted for the legislation in the first place. Starting at the top with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), you find a woman who is not at all ashamed of the legislation she has passed, despite the disastrous poll numbers. Pelosi says she is "very, very proud of the work that was accomplished by this Congress." The American people, though, think differently, and they have already issued their verdict on the 111th Congress by way of an earthshaking election in November. If you take a look at some of Congress' big-ticket "accomplishments," you might understand where they're coming from. Here's a look at 10 major pieces of legislation coming out of Congress the last two years and why Americans might not be so pleased:  (1) Obamacare: Billed as the panacea for America’s health care woes, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” is a 2,700-page behemoth that “portends a massive transfer of power, dollars and decision making to the federal government,” says Heritage’s Nina Owcharenko. Heritage also finds that under the law, workers and families will face increased costs, seniors will lose access to care, and American taxpayers will take the hit for a trillion dollars in new federal spending. (3/2010)    Read more to see 2-10.........

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