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Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Starving Seniors’ Math Just a Little Off

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By Doug Powers  •  April 7, 2011 02:11 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

On Monday, Nancy Pelosi warned against a devious Republican plot to snuff out the lives of the elderly via a planned starvation that, if allowed to happen and if not for brave Democrats standing firm, would make the siege of Leningrad pale in comparison. Said Pelosi:

“In one of the bills before us, 6 million seniors are deprived of meals — homebound seniors are deprived of meals. People ask us to find our common ground, the middle ground. Is middle ground 3 million seniors not receiving meals? I don’t think so. We’ve got to take this conversation from a debate about numbers and dollar figures and finding middle ground there to the higher ground of national values. I don’t think the American people want any one of those 6 million people to lose their meals or the children who are being thrown off of Head Start and the rest of it.”

At the Washington Post, Glenn Kessler in his “Fact Checker” column breaks down the numbers. Read the whole thing to discover that the source data for Pelosi’s claims came from the busiest agency in Washington, DC: “The Institute for Facts and Figures I Pulled Out of My Butt.”

The conclusion:

In a city with overheated rhetoric, Pelosi’s statement ranks high on this year’s list of bloviated bluster. It’s bad enough that she repeatedly mixed up 6 million meals and 6 million people — and made no effort to correct the record after her statement was reported in the media. But the figure she used appears to have been invented itself, with little basis in fact.

The pro-abortion ex-Speaker likes to speak of of “The Word” and even invoked the Gospel of Matthew to justify continued outrageous levels of government spending. But maybe what she really should spend some time focusing on is the 9th Commandment.

**Written by Doug Powers

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