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Classic Nancy Pelosi

I don’t know where Peter Schiff got this old footage, but it’s kind of interesting. Nancy Pelosi, known for her positions in favor of raising the minimum wage (which only raises unemployment and hopelessness, but lefties don’t care), refuses to answer an interviewer’s tough-but-fair questions about why she pays her own entry-level staff below the minimum wage, or even nothing at all:

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Schiff gets around to Pelosi at 11:10, and takes her apart clip-by-clip. Such answer as she gives the original interviewer is a variation of the classic, “It’s OK When I Do It, Because I’m In Congress” – mixed in with a pretty strained appeal to religion.

But the interviewer doesn’t give up. The last clip shows Pelosi telling her staff to “call the guard” to throw him out. Haughty yet anxious; what a mix.

If anyone knows the original interviewer’s name, please post it in the comments.

UPDATE: It’s Jan Helfeld. (Thanks Juan!)



  1. The interviewer is Jan Helfeld. Here is the complete interview.

    Comment by Juan — August 31, 2013 @ 11:44 pm - August 31, 2013

  2. That is quite entertaining, or would be if the original interview had helped to run Pelosi’s career off the rails. She’s such a piece of work! And she reacts so poorly when challenged, it’s telling that the Democrats chose her as their leader in the House of Representatives.

    Comment by Kurt — September 1, 2013 @ 1:59 am - September 1, 2013

  3. Please, I just don’t want to even think about Nancy Pelosi. It is Sunday morning. I just want to chill out and not even turn on the Sunday morning talk shows.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — September 1, 2013 @ 8:47 am - September 1, 2013

  4. I would love to see our current media establishment be just as tenacious when they interview Obama but they won’t get off their knees long enough to do so.

    Comment by Just Me — September 1, 2013 @ 9:56 am - September 1, 2013

  5. If I’m not mistaken, Mr. & Mrs. Pelosi own business interests in vineyards, hotels and tuna canning factories which get EXEMPTIONS from minimum wage laws. Just another example of how “progressives” are always VERY generous with other people’s money.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — September 1, 2013 @ 9:16 pm - September 1, 2013

  6. Minimum wage raises unemployment and hopelessness? Do you have any non-partisan data that supports that statement? Better yet, check out other democracies. The minimum wage in Australia is something like AU$20.00 / hour. Australia hasn’t exactly destroyed itself, now has it?

    Comment by Kevin — September 2, 2013 @ 12:37 am - September 2, 2013

  7. Shorter Kevin,

    “Pay no attention to the liberal’s hypocrisy!”

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 2, 2013 @ 8:39 am - September 2, 2013

  8. Kevin is partially correct about Australia. The “minimum wage” does settle in at about $15 USD per hour. What is unclear in the Australian statistics is the amount of unemployment and part time employment. (Ditto the United States.)

    Australia is far ahead of the US in government subsidies and welfare, so those in the “not-working force” are heavily maintained by the government and they get their “extra” money by working for cash off the books.

    Also, Australia has not collapsed.

    The US could nationalize all the natural gas and oil in the ground as a national resource. It could then frack away and sell the resource to the rest of the world. It could then pay each and every U.S. citizen a shareholder dividend either in government mismanaged services or actual inflation bloated cash.

    As immigrants poured in to try to get on the gravy train of natural resource payments, the amount per citizen would decrease as the number of citizens increased. Thus, the concept of “no such thing as a free lunch” begins to take hold.

    Kevin is trying to sell the dream of shoveling smoke for a living. New York City has astronomical rents and the cost of living there is at the top of the charts. Yet, the streets are full of empty stores. Why doesn’t some aspiring entrepreneur open a copy of McDonalds and pay his workers $15 an hour and undercut McDonalds by 5 – 10% and take off making millions?

    It is a free market and like producing organic goat cheese, any Kevin can outfit his workers with high wages, elegant benefits and free family vacations, baby sitting, college tuition and concert tickets.

    The two components of “value” are cost and quality. Kevin is insisting that value works like this: As the cost goes down, the quality goes up. Finally, the very best quality is free.

    Competition does not think like Kevin. Competition drives costs down and quality up (which is Kevin’s point) but competition is guided by profit. When the profit margin is so thin that the entrepreneur is better off out of business, he closes the door and the landlord is stuck with the empty space. Also, the $15 minimum wage worker has to find another gig.

    It would seem to me that Kevin would be much happier in the Australia he references. He could have a great wage, cook shrimp on the barbie, hang out on the beaches, enjoy the good wine, have a nice climate and live a “no worries” life.

    It also occurs to me that the US welfare system could lessen its load by flying cargo planes full of Kevin’s to Oz and letting the smart Australians tuck them into their valhalla.

    Don’t try New Zealand, Kevin, they won’t take you in.

    Alas, the socialist, statist dreamscape has no enduring record. The United States is all hot to pump up the immigrant, cheap labor population to generate new tax revenue. All of Europe is coping with the cheap labor they let in for the same reasons and now they have to dole out the dole to the cheap labor that discovered how to live on welfare.

    Kevin, do you have any links to practical advice on how to pay high wages while maintaining the level of employment and quality and profits?

    Comment by heliotrope — September 2, 2013 @ 10:44 am - September 2, 2013

  9. Kevin, it is standard operating procedure for liberals to label any economists who show data and arguments that demonstrate the negative effects of minimum wage on minorities and the disadvantaged as partisan. However, I have not come across a single sound rebuttal of that data or argument yet (just the accusation that they are partisan). Friedman, Sowell, Walter Williams have all published on this topic.

    Black unemployment rate in the 20s was lower than the white unemployment rate. The first set of minimum wage laws were passed to fight competition to white construction workers from cheap colored labor from the south. After the passage of Davis-Bacon act (which only targeted federal construction projects first), black construction workers all but disappeared from federal construction projects for a while. Today, black teen unemployment rate is 40-50% in major cities across the nation. You can deduce the causes from first principles. Make sure the black kids have little choice but go to some of the worst schools in inner cities so they do not acquire minimum skills required to become employable (like math and English), and then make sure that they cannot compete in the labor market by offering up their labor at a lower cost (if I am lower-skilled, this is the way I can make it costly for employers to not hire me).

    It is insanity to make simplistic comparisons to other countries. Resource rich nations can hang in there with socialist structures for a while. But no country is exempt from principles of math.

    Comment by Jane Austen — September 2, 2013 @ 7:02 pm - September 2, 2013

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