Speaking at St Anthony’s soup kitchen in San Francisco yesterday, where she served the 35-millionth meal, Nancy Pelosi took a moment to define very carefully the difference between the House version of the Recovery Bill and the Collins/Nelson mess that’s probably coming out of the Senate.

The House bill would create 4 million jobs, Pelosi said, as well as more funding for infrastructure, food stamps, school construction, unemployment benefits and renewable energy.

"The bill (the House) passed is the bill President Obama wanted," she said. "It is a rejection of the policies that got us here in the first place. … It’s a message of vision and change for the future."

It’s as if Collinsville filled up with another January’s worth of unemployed Americans, due simply to the backroom dealings with Joe Lieberman. The Senate version of a "stimulus" bill has America losing 600,000 jobs versus the House bill. That’s how many jobs America lost in January!

How does that make the Senate bill the more responsible bill, the more helpful bill, the correct bill?

It doesn’t. And it sounds like Speaker Pelosi has made up her mind:

"We won’t stop fighting no matter what the outcome of this bill is," Pelosi said.

It’s been a while, but today I’m proud to say this about my Congresswoman: The Speaker speaks for me.

Teddy Partridge

Teddy Partridge