To quote our good friend Webster-the-Devil:

Webster666 saidStupid lying cunt.

The Lie:

“In one of the bills before us, 6 million seniors are deprived of meals — homebound seniors are deprived of meals. . 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.”

— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), April 4, 2011

The Facts:

Nancy Pelosi’s Absurd Math on Senior Citizens Losing Their Meals

The first problem with Pelosi’s statistic is that only about 2.6 million seniors receive such meals.

After we pointed out that fact, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said “she means meals for seniors — 6 million meals.” In 2011, the agency is expected to deliver a little over 200 million meals, so that’s a cut of about three percent.

That’s a pretty big “oops.” She referred to “6 million seniors,” “3 million seniors” and “6 million people.” We understand slips of a tongue, but three times in a row, so emphatically, is hard to fathom.

Hammill later acknowledged: “The Obama Administration had not made any determination of how they would implement a $71 million cut at the Administration on Aging if HR 1 was signed into law.”

So, in other words, Pelosi’s staff took a wild guess at where the cuts would fall in the agency.

Finally, the agency’s budget justification notes on page 55 that it has kept spending on senior meals essentially flat from 2010 to 2012, resulting in 36 million fewer meals for senior citizens. That’s six times higher than the figure that Pelosi has decried as an affront to “national values.” The administration’s budget, in fact, has earned the ire of some advocates for hungry seniors.

Perhaps 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue would be a more appropriate place for Pelosi to direct her outrage.