Swamp Stomper Alert: Pelosi’s Pickens

Nancy Pelosi Flexing Her MusclesIn this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, there is a report of an investment made by Nancy Pelosi and her husband.

They put somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 into T. Boone Picken’s company, Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

At first blush, the relatively small amount (compared to millions of dollars in assets held by the Pelosis) would make most consider this to be a non-issue.  And by House Rules this is evidently not a conflict of interest. And besides, everyone can see that Natural Gas and Wind Energy are the future of America, right?

That shows you how well our politicians police themselves.

$50,000, $100,000, these are not small sums of money.  Mrs. Pelosi may bandy about billions of our tax dollars with little thought, and she may be a multi-millionaire, but this is still a LOT of money.

For her $50,000 (and who knows how much her friends have invested, or how much Mr. Pickens will be contributing to her campaign), I think we can now see why the San Francisco Democrat is attempting to strangle US citizens.  By continuing to encourage the run-ups in oil prices by locking out the availability of domestic oil resources, she is forcing America to bow to abandoning oil altogether.

It’s one thing to see the future and what is coming.  It’s quite another to be in a position to influence the future and be a financial beneficiary of the outcome.

The Swamp, which she had committed to clean up, has just gotten filthier and mored deadly than it ever was.  This is worse, in my opinion, than any previous acts by politicans to steer money to their own pockets or those of their friends.  It’s not just a no-bid contract.  It’s not just having advanced notice of confidential business deals.  This is an outright job of penning the American People like cattle into her chosen path for our future in order to line her pockets, her friends pockets, and build her power base.

And after all of the years of criticism of Bush and Cheney’s business connections to Haliburton in the earlier days of the Iraq War, I would have thought this kind of behaviour would be beyond Democratic Leaders.  I guess I am naive.

San Francisco, we have a problem.

I cannot imagine having a representative from Iowa who so flagrantly abandons their responsibility to protect the citizens they represent and the American People as a whole, and yet continue to have a political life.  I know that Californians are different, but this is starting to feel like the Twilight Zone.

Or perhaps they will see the light.  Perhaps, Mrs. Pelosi can worry less about the consequences of House Ethics action against her, and more about accountability where it really matters.  At the Ballot Box in November.

And out of the remainder of her portfolio, one must wonder what other connections are influencing her decisions and lining her pockets.  Or helping build her power base.

So much for cleaning out the Swamp.

About the Author

Mr. Smith is the Publisher of The Conservative Reader. He is Partner/Owner of Ambrosia Web Technology as well as a Systems Architect for Wells Fargo. Art hold a degree in Computer Science from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and is a political blogger at the Des Moines Register. Art's views are purely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Wells Fargo.


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