Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has recently become the most prominent Democrat to proclaim that the $3.5T spending package aggressively pushed by the Biden administration will cost “zero” in total costs.
“It isn’t about a dollar amount,” Pelosi informed reporters, noting that “the dollar amount … is zero.” Pelosi also added that the president himself affirmed the cost of zero, arguing, “this bill will be paid for.”
However, numerous Republicans have criticized Biden’s Build Back Better plan, which posits itself as a $3.5T reconciliation package. However, GOP representatives charge that the enormous social policy bill provides immense benefits “to wealthy liberal elites,” which come “at the expense of working-class families.”
In addition to Republican opposition, a number of Democrats oppose the spending bill, including moderates such as Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), all of whom have voices concerns regarding the enormous spending package.
Nonetheless, Biden continues to insist that the package will ultimately cost “zero dollars,” and the same package will also presumably serve as a “one-in-a-generation investment in working America.”
Shortly after that proclamation, the claim effectively took hold with numerous allies in the mainstream media.
However, in spite of mainstream media’s parroting of Democrat talking points, Pelosi has accrued immense online scorn for her own insistence on a $0 price tag.
For instance, reporter Emily Zanotti joked, “new math.”
New math. https://t.co/YFvKh2se9P
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) September 29, 2021
I've been doing math all wrong https://t.co/O8IRH3GFoG
— Mairead Elordi (@JohnsonHildy) September 29, 2021
Pelosi is allegedly worth more than $100 million… or $0… she’s a woman of the people. She’s worth $0. https://t.co/raWLZ6jKs0
— Elisha (@ElishaKrauss) September 29, 2021
Nothing is free, and anyone telling you something is free is trying to sell you something else. https://t.co/FLsICWHb3e
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) September 29, 2021
ZERO: The amount of truth in this statement. https://t.co/s2GJupyBpH
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) September 29, 2021
Kind of like how the dollar amount for her $25,000 fridge is zero https://t.co/3uosqvETJi
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 29, 2021
Totally on brand for an America in full post-truth mode https://t.co/PCZVuGJjhR
— Dan Andros (@DanAndros) September 29, 2021
In addition, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), also weighed in on Pelosi’s proclamations, adding that she is “as delusional” as the president if she truly believes the plan costs $0.
If she really thinks her $3.5 trillion plan "costs zero dollars," she's as delusional as President Biden. https://t.co/5jRfSqfCz9
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 29, 2021
Marc Thiessen, a contributor at Fox News, also remarked that Biden’s logic is comparable to the following analogy: A parent proclaims that their child’s education is free after paying private school tuition.
Other critics also were highly amused by Pelosi’s “zero” hand gesture, quipping that it appeared as though Pelosi was paying homage to a “White supremacy symbol.”
The quips originate from the criticisms of the Anti-Defamation League, which claimed that such a hand gesture has been allegedly co-opted by white supremacists. Thus, when people have used hand gestures to indicate “OK,” or played the “Circle Game,” they have been subject to investigation for making allegedly racist movements.
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) September 29, 2021
Whoa. Pelosi flashes white supremacy symbol? https://t.co/EsK7UW0kxv
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) September 29, 2021
WHITE SUPREMACY SYMBOL! https://t.co/6R4wCtfCxG
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) September 29, 2021
Due to the controversy stemming over the $3.5T spending package, the $1.2T infrastructure bill remains in limbo, especially as Pelosi wanted a vote on the latter this week. However, ultra-leftist Democrats have proclaimed that they refuse to support the infrastructure package without the $3.5T package passing simultaneously.
However, other moderate Democrats, notably Manchin and Sinema, continue to fortify the defenses against the extreme left.