Wednesday, January 4, 2012



While millions of Americans stayed up late on Christmas Eve wrapping modest presents – parents everywhere were thinking of excuses of why Santa didn’t deliver the more expensive gifts that were requested. 

Top excuses included, “Emily, Santa could not hire as many elves this year so he had fewer workers.  Be thankful for what you got because many children will be getting even less.  As fathers took the hands of mother’s to saunter off to bed, thermostats across American went down another two degrees.  No one complained because these parents like most parents in our country count their blessings to be Americans. After all, a big beach towel can serve as a quick blanket. 

Five hours behind Eastern Standard Time is the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone.  As this loving couple starts up the stairs a giant jet plane lands on the tarmac of Kona International Airport.  Out steps Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi, an Italian-American practicing Catholic.  As a former Speaker of the House of Representatives and the current Minority Leader she commands a police escort waiting for her and heads off to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii.

Mrs. Pelosi should not be blamed for the $34,000 police detail during her stay in Hawaii but she can and should be held responsible for choosing a hotel suite that cost a jaw-dropping $10,000 for one night.  Consider the following facts:
  1. A luxury room at the same hotel with an ocean view and a king-size bed cost $775 per night.  Why would any human being need to spend an extra $9,225 to sleep?
  2. Consider that Mrs. Pelosi could have donated the money of her one-night stand for 50 weeks of food for a family of four according to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
It is interesting that a woman who routinely excoriates wealthy Americans for not paying more taxes is allowed to squander $10,000 in an obscene fashion.  Well, Madame Speaker, in America we allow people the liberty to spend their own money as they please.  Liberty is such a treasured commodity that it allows hypocrites to harangue Americans in Washington D.C. while spending money like the Nouveau Riche in Hawaii.  It is unfortunate that with $58 million in net worth plus all the trappings of power, Mrs. Pelosi still acts like a peasant.

Madame Speaker, Americans do not hate the wealthy, despite the antics of the Occupy misfits, but they do appreciate understated elegance.  The road to rehabilitation Mrs. Pelosi is to tone down the self-serving class warfare rhetoric and try a Holiday Inn next time – we might all get a better night’s sleep.

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