Pelosi, Degette receive earful on jobs

Nancy Pelosi was in Denver this week touting, you guessed it, jobs.

Being in a swing state a year out from a big national election gives one the decided impression that Barnum and Bailey has relocated somewhere down the street, and the Pelosi Jobs Fair on Tuesday could have easily doubled as an audition for the circus’ third ring.

Pelosi on jobs, if you’ll allow a strained metaphor, was about as credible as the former speaker of the House giving a guest lecture at an accredited medical school on the subtle and safe application of Botox.

Put it this way, Pelosi’s glossy-bound handouts on the economy at the Mile High City gabfest weren’t the only thing in the room with a plastic cover and less than authentic sheen.

Two years of earmarks and deficit-laden budgets, a failed financial-services reform, stimulus and an economy-snarling piece de resistance known as Obamacare, and now the Right Honorable Gentle Lady from San Francisco wants to chat us up on the economy?

Looking for suggestions on the economy Congresswoman Pelosi? Here is one: Spend as much federal money as you can on time-travel R&D, so America can go back and eliminate from the human record all evidence of the anti-jobs laws enacted while you were speaker and the Democrats controlled all of the power levers in Washington in 2009 and 2010.

Sorry for the latent sarcasm, but speaking of that, Pelosi’s Denver jobs forum this week was co-hosted by Denver congressional diva Diana Degette, the one and same Denver congresswoman who has been at the forefront of a national environmentalist campaign to scare the Free World into believing that hydraulic fracturing is the root of all evil, multiplied by the square root of all that is unsafe.

Take away hydraulic fracturing and you take away, based on my own cursory economic analysis, a ton of domestic oil, a ton of domestic natural gas and a ton of jobs in the energy sector. Of that fact, Degette apparently cares not.

Pelosi and Degette talking jobs?

Oh, this swing-state circus just slipped the surly bounds of credulity and kissed the face of Jack Benny somewhere in the sky.

Degette, who several years back infamously (and inadvertently) drew a trash dump into sweeping legislation intended to protect Colorado’s last untrammelled wilderness areas from human incursion, isn’t what you’d call a beacon of economic virtuosity. Her map-drawing wits and economic acumen are roughly par.

Most of Degette’s time in Congress has been devoted to social issues, earmarks, protecting wilderness areas (and trash dumps) and whipping up support for Obamacare from Democratic members in competitive districts, who would later lose elections because they acceded to the cajoling and voted for the Obama health care albatross against their better judgment.

Degette’s most notable bout with a “jobs issue” is her aforementioned attempt to kill a lot of them as collateral damage to her crusade for Obamacare and against domestic energy production and hydraulic fracking.

Still, none of this did anything to dampen the Pelosi-Degette Jobs Bizarre earlier this week. The dampening didn’t happen until the invited audience absolutely unloaded on Pelosi and Degette.

From Business Week: “A panel of female businesswomen in fields from engineering to child care laid out broad concerns in a panel with Pelosi and ... DeGette. The women laid out a gloomy picture of the current business climate — and said they fear Congress isn’t doing much to help.

“Diana Gadison, owner of Denver childcare provider Early Success Academy, said confusing regulations scare many away from owning their own businesses.

“Trying to navigate different rules laid out by federal, state and local governments wrap folks up ‘til you are so confused that you say, `Forget it. I don’t want to do this,’ ” she said to applause from about 200 invited guests.”

Diana Gadison’s earful to Diana Degette and Nancy Pelosi was a wonderful proxy for the sentiments of so many Americans. If only we could waive a wand and swap out which Diana represents Colorado in the U.S. House.

Josh Penry is a former Colorado Senate Minority leader and a graduate of Grand Junction High School and Mesa State College.


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