Boehner's BonersBy J.T. Hatter
What's up with John Boehner? Has he lost his mind or something? There are a lot of conservatives who think he's gone around the bend. He's done precious little to convince anyone otherwise. He sounds more like a Democrat than a Republican these days, and he's giving credence to those who believe,"There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats."
Boehner on Taxes
Here are some of the more egregious quotes: right after the election, from an interview with Dianne Sawyer of ABC news. Boehner said, "Raising taxes is unacceptable." When reminded that Obama has threatened to veto any deal that doesn't include tax increases for the rich he said, "I would do that if the president was serious about solving our spending problem and trying to secure our entitlement programs. If you're increasing taxes on small-business people, it's the wrong approach."
John, what do you think Obama is talking about? After laying down the party line of "no new taxes" Boehner immediately retreats from it when a news media pundit threatens a veto. I wonder how well he'll do for us against Obama?
The Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party has, I believe, a unanimous position on tax increases: NO. None. Nada. No new taxes. Read our lips. The government has enough of our money. We have a spending problem -- not a revenue problem. No new taxes isan excellent position to take against a government with a runaway spending problem. It is the position most conservatives are taking. But not all conservatives are Tea Party members. And not all Republicans are conservatives. Even some in leadership positions.
Boehner on ObamaCare
During the same interview ABC News reported the following:
Asked whether he will make another attempt to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, Boehner said "the election changes that" and "Obamacare is the law of the land."
Still, there are some parts of the law, he said, that should be on the table as lawmakers work toward a balanced budget.
Boehner said this with a straight face. I watched the interview.The latest CBO estimate is that ObamaCare is going to cost over $1.76 trillion dollars over the next ten years. Obama and the Democrats told us it would cost about $900 billion. The cost for ObamaCare has doubled and it hasn't even been implemented yet. What does the Republican leadership think is going to happen to the CBO estimate when the government starts subsidizing health care to everyone, including illegal aliens?
How does Boehner expect to work toward a "balanced budget" when the Affordable Care Act is going to blow the budget wide open? Obama has a trillion dollar annual deficit going right now. Add ObamaCare to it and there is no possibility of even working toward a balanced budget. Paul Ryan's approach was to put a balanced budget out in 2040 -- 27 years from now. I love Paul Ryan, but give me a break. 2040 is probably okay with Boehner, but we conservatives want a balanced budget as soon as we can get one. Democrats don't believe in balanced budgets. Does Boehner?
And while we're on this, why, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, are you allowing Obama and Reid to operate the government on a continuing resolution instead of a constitutionally mandated budget? Why don't you put a stop to this? Why don't you stop funding the White House and the Senate until they comply with the clear requirements of our Constitution? Why don't you bring the matter before the Supreme Court and the public? Why are you enabling the Democrats? Is this some kind of codependency thing? I'm afraid of the answer.
ObamaCare is the law of the land? Most Tea Partiers are hoping the courts or the states will strike it down, or at least take out the most destructive parts of it. We have little hope that Congress will do anything to save us from the worst piece of federal legislation in the history of our nation. We don't think that the House under Boehner will do much more than talk about revising parts of the law. Law of the land? Not a single Republican in either house voted for ObamaCare. We should be doing everything in our power to dismantle it.
Boehner on Immigration
Boehner wants to tackle illegal immigration this term. I would be scared to death to let him handle it. I don't trust him anymore.The biggest disappointment I've had on this issue is watching Boehner and McConnell do exactly nothing when Obama ordered amnesty for illegal aliens through executive fiat. Obama again clearly usurped the legislative process, and Boehner has done exactly nothing about this horrific infringement on the separation of powers.
He should have passed a bill against this executive action and let Harry Reid table it. He should have filed suit with the Supreme Court over the constitutional issues involved. He should have gone to the public and demanded that the President stop exceeding his constitutional authority. He should have denied funding to the Immigration and Naturalization Service to stop this illegal and immoral presidential action. A Fox News headline on this story was telling, "Amnesty for illegal aliens begins today and Congress couldn't care less." That tells the story pretty well. Boehner couldn't care less. John, people are beginning to notice.
Boehner on the Tea Party
Will Boehner listen to the conservatives in the Republican Party? Will he listen to the Tea Party caucus? Same interview with Sawyer:
The speaker also downplayed the influence of the Tea Party on his Congress, even though at least 49 members of the Tea Party caucus won re-election.
"This has been the most misreported story of my two years' tenure. We don't have a Tea Party caucus to speak of in the House," Boehner said. "All of us who were elected in 2010 were supported by the Tea Party.
"These are ordinary Americans who've taken a more active role in their government. They want solutions, but we've all come a long way over the last two years. I think we all understand each other a lot better."
It was hard for the hardworking Tea Party caucus to learn that the House Minority Leader thought they weren't much to speak of. Perhaps that's why he's been purging them of their key committee positions. It may be news to Boehner that those "ordinary Americans who've taken a more active role" are Tea Party Republicans. But he's right about one thing. We do understand one another better after the last two years. Boehner doesn't like Tea Party conservatives in his Republican Party. The feeling is mutual.
And that's why many Republican Party conservatives and virtually all Tea Partiers want John Boehner ousted from the minority leadership. He's been a disaster. He has to be replaced with someone who has a clue and a spine.We've got people who are ready and eager to step up to the challenge and take on the Democrats. And we desperately need a minority leader we can follow and support.
Not a Dime's Worth of Difference
George Wallace used to say, "There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats." You remember George Wallace: Governor of Alabama, Presidential Candidate, demagogue, segregationist, racist, Democrat.
Of course there's a difference between the Republicans and Democrats -- almost a dime's worth.
That's why we lost the last election. Millions of conservative voters despaired of voting and stayed home. America needs conservative leadership if we are going to save our constitutional republic from the socialist onslaught. We can't afford another two years without effective leadership. John, I hate to say it, but it's time for you to go.
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