Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if, every time Nancy Pelosi opened her mouth, there were subtitles saying what she was thinking. Because I get the feeling she leaves a lot unsaid, as she appeared to be doing in her appearance today on This Week with Christiane Amanpour:
AMANPOUR: American people are now occupying Wall Street.
AMANPOUR: They are spreading their protests to various other cities in the United States.
AMANPOUR: They're expressing frustration. They're expressing fear of the joblessness. Do you support them?
PELOSI: Well, I support the -- the message to the establishment, whether it's Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen. We cannot continue in a way that does not -- that is not relevant to their lives.
I think one of the most angry responses I've seen to actions in Washington came after we passed the TARP bill. And that was the bill that pulled us back from a -- a financial crisis that we -- and this was during the presidency of President Bush.
The thought was that when we did that, there would be capital available and Main Street would benefit from the resources that went largely to Wall Street. It didn't happen. People are angry. I think they're angry that they don't have jobs. And -- and, by and large, that -- there's nothing that makes you angrier than not being able to provide for your family or -- or understand what your prospects are for the future.
And I do think that, from what we saw after TARP, that the focus on Wall Street was one that they thought was a legitimate place to go. Don't do this again. Don't put Main Street at the mercy of Wall Street. And, again, not to paint everyone on Wall Street with the same brush. That would not be fair. But -- but actions were taken that risked our economy and we don't want that to happen again.
AMANPOUR: I just want to get your reaction to some comments by Eric Cantor today. He said, quote: "I'm increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and other cities around the
country." And he said: "Believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against other Americans."
PELOSI: I didn't hear him say anything when the Tea Party was out demonstrating, actually spitting on members of Congress right here in the Capitol. And he and his colleagues were putting signs in the windows encouraging them. But let's not get down to that.
AMANPOUR: But do you think it's...
PELOSI: That is not (INAUDIBLE)...
AMANPOUR: -- pitting Americans against Americans?
PELOSI: Well, that's the American system. It's the democratic system. We don't all agree. We'd have a king if we were all of one mind. We don't. We have different views. And the part of the democracy of our country is the expression that people give -- and the constitution guarantees that.