Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Nancy!
Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Nancy!
The Democrats, with Nancy Pelosi at the helm, are desperate to see Donald Trump’s tax returns – so desperate, in fact, that they’ve introduced a bill in the House of Representatives (HR1) to force the President to release his financial information. They want to know how much presidential nominees make, as if how the nation’s highest officials make their living is any of their business, but we should note that the House Speaker’s financials aren’t of interest.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “will gladly release her tax returns if and when she runs for president,” said her Chief of Staff Drew Hammill, apparently indicating that, in Pelosi’s current position as speaker, she will not release her tax returns.
When CNSNews.com repeatedly followed-up and asked Hammill to directly confirm that Pelosi, as speaker, would not release her tax returns, Hammill did not respond.
Pelosi, who was born on March 26, 1940, will turn 79 next month–and has not announced that she is running for president in 2020.
I wonder why this is.
I wonder why Hammill is studiously avoiding directly answering the question about whether or not Nancy Pelosi – Speaker of the House of Representatives, and second in the line of succession after the Vice President to the presidency – would refuse to hold herself to the same standard as she holds the President and Vice President.
I wonder why Nancy wouldn’t set an example for Donald Trump, who has bucked precedent and refused to release his tax returns, showing him how courageous and transparent she is.
Could it be that Nancy’s millions would come into question given a 2011 60 Minutes report about her insider trading – regulations she’s exempt from as a member of the House of Representatives – and subsequent legislation that could have become a massive conflict of interest?
Pelosi, D-Calif., and her husband have participated in at least eight IPOs while having access to information directly relating to the companies involved. One of those came in 2008, from Visa, just as a troublesome piece of legislation that would have hurt credit card companies, began making its way through the House.
“Undisturbed by a potential conflict of interest the Pelosis purchased 5,000 shares of Visa at the initial price of $44 dollars. Two days later it was trading at $64. The credit card legislation never made it to the floor of the House,” Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” reported.
Thankfully, Congress passed the STOCK Act, which stopped members of Congress from insider trading in 2012, but Nancy didn’t seem to have a problem hypocritically participating in initial public offerings – something for which we ordinary citizens would be tossed in the pokey – before new legislation specifically banned her from doing so.
Members of Congress aren’t required to disclose their exact net worth – only a range of value for assets and liabilities.
An example of this broad range is evident in the value for Pelosi’s St. Helena, California estate on Zinfandel Lane. The property is valued at between $5,000,001 and $25 million according to her financial disclosure forms. Interestingly, she makes between $5,001 and $15,000 from the sale of the grapes grown in their vineyard and collects between $15,001 and $50,000 in rent from a townhouse she and her husband own in Napa Valley. Another rental property brings in up to $50,000 in the ski resort town of Norden, California. That property is noted as being worth between $1,000,001 and $5 million.
The vast majority of Pelosi’s assets are attributable to her husband Paul Pelosi. Paul owns a venture capital, financial consulting and real estate firm called Financial Leasing Services, INC. Thanks to Paul, the Pelosis own large stakes in companies like Facebook, Apple, Comcast, Shutterfly and the Walt Disney Co. Paul Pelosi also owns a few office buildings in San Francisco and commercial properties around California. In 2009 Paul spent $10 million to buy the Oakland Invaders United Football League team. The team, which was soon relocated and renamed the Sacramento Mountain Lions, was eventually shut down.
Is Nancy embarrassed about her massive personal wealth, even as she works to relieve everyone else of theirs and to dig into the President’s finances?
It seems not a whole lot of Democrats want to discuss forcing Nancy to disclose her finances.
Reporter: H.R.1 would legally require the president and vice president to release their tax returns. Should House Speaker Pelosi be required?
— POLITICO (@politico) February 13, 2019
Not that Pelosi has announced she would join the herd of cud-chewing, socialist imbeciles who have proclaimed they are seeking the Democrat nomination for President next year, but can you imagine the train wreck if the 79-year-old really did get the nomination?
PELOSI (studiously picking at a strawberry seed stuck in her dentures with her tongue): Dammit! It’s stuck, and the Polydent isn’t working.
HAMMILL: Madame Speaker?
PELOSI (angry): Shit! Here, take this!
PELOSI hands her upper denture to a shocked Drew HAMMILL
PELOSI (gums): Go wath this. It hath thtrawberry theed or thomethin.
HAMMILL (puts denture in suit pocket, fighting a wave of nausea): Madame Speaker, I have great news! You have won the Democratic Party Nomination to challenge Donald Trump for the White House.
PELOSI: Wat? I ran?
HAMMILL: Yes, ma’am. You not only ran, but you won! Congratulations!
PELOSI (mumbles): I din’t run. I don remember running. Now go wath my teeth!
HAMMILL: No, Madame Speaker, you did run and you did win. And now that you’re the Democratic Party nominee, Hillary Clinton is on the phone. She says she would like to give you some advice about your campaign, and…
PELOSI (interrupting): You tell that thcandalouth hag I don wan nothin from her! She lotht to that orange jackath, and forthed me to thut down gummint! I had to thit in the thame room with that dunth and pretend to negothiate – all becoth she lotht! She’th dead to me! Now go wath my teeth, I’m telling you! Altho get me thome wine from my vineyard – the thpethial vintage!
PELOSI wipes spittle from her lips and plops onto an expensive sofa; HAMMILL tries again.
HAMMILL: Ma’am, according to the legislation you passed, now that you are the nominee, you need to provide 10 years of your tax returns.
PELOSI (spittle flying): What legithlathun? I dint path no legithlathun! That wath jutht for the orange moron. He hath to show hith money – and hith fundamentalith monkey Penth! Not me – I’m not dithclothin dick. Go wath my teeth, dammit!
HAMMILL : But Madame Speaker, the law says…
PELOSI (interrupts, throws ashtray at HAMMILL‘s head, misses): No! It don apply to me. I hath wine and vineyard and real ethtate, and Prethident Bush… uh… Trump… tax returnth
HAMMILL: Ma’am, the legislation does apply to you now that you are a Presidential candidate. You will have to release your tax returns. Didn’t you read the legislation before you passed it?
PELOSI (dozing off): Had to path before read wath in it…
PELOSI falls asleep as HAMMILL runs to the kitchen, grabs the dentures out of his pocket, and rinses them under hot water, fighting another wave of nausea, tosses the dentures in PELOSI‘s lap on his way out.