Deconstructing The Absurdity

The Fall of the Speaker? Inside the work of John Boehner

In Debt Ceiling, Republican Party, Tea Party, U.S Congress, U.S House of Representatives, U.S Senate on July 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

John Boehner’s leadership is collapsing. Slowly and steadily Boehner is loosing control of his caucus. This new blow came after some Republicans said they would vote ‘No’ to Boehner’s bill to raise to the debt ceiling. His bill cuts about a trillion dollars in spending with no revenue and extends the debt ceiling for six months. After six months there will be another crisis in America. Boehner’s bill would also set up a committee to work on trillions of dollars in future deficit reduction either through more spending cuts or tax increases, which would then earn another future debt increase. It would also require both the House and Senate to hold votes on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. 

Several house Republicans including Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Dennis Ross (R-Florida), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Arizona) are planning to vote NO! on the Boehner bill. Rep. Jim Jordan who heads the powerful conservative caucus in the House  told reporters Tuesday morning, “There are not 218 Republicans in support of this plan,”. Voting yes “assures we get to watch them vote it down,” Gohmert said of the Senate. “That’s not terribly helpful.” Senator Harry Reid as made it very clear that even if the house manages to pass the bill it will be instantly killed in the Senate. “It will be defeated,” Reid predicted yesterday, calling Boehner’s plan “a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now.”

Since he could not get the votes simply by asking John Boehner is now rounding up Tea Party freshman and Republicans planning to vote ‘No’, for behind close doors discussions. Yesterday he released a statement saying, “Get your ass behind the line. I can’t do this job if you’re not behind me.” Who’s fear mongering now Mr Boehner? Today Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said that he is, “Bloodied and beaten, No!.”  And on Thursday again, Beohner could not gather enough votes to pass his bill in the house. Voting on the bill has been delayed to Friday. This is the second night in a row that John Boehner’s efforts to get a clear majority for his own bill from his own caucus is failing. But conservative Republicans in the House, many allied to the tea party movement, said they don’t just want votes on the amendment, they want an assurance it will be sent to the states. Mr. Jordan and other conservatives said they would prefer the Senate vote on the debt increase the House passed last week (cut, cap and balance), that includes deeper spending cuts and requires both chambers approve a balanced budget amendment and submit it to states for ratification before any debt increase happens. Both the Heritage Foundation and Club for Growth, two key conservative activist groups, are also urging a “No” vote and said it will be one of the key votes they use in their annual lawmaker scorecards.

It doesn’t take a genius to see through John Boehner and his dire efforts to get some people on to his side. Maybe Mr Boehner you could drop some of your extreme idea’s and get some Democrats on board. But Boehner has never appealed to the Democrats. The worst part is he never tried. When Nancy Pelosi (D) was the speaker of the house she passed 308 laws in her first term and 254 laws in her second term. They included some major bills like health care reform, repealing of the ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’, better pay act, minimum wage act, stimulus, ethics reforms and financial reform. In John Boehner’s first term he only managed to pass 12 bills into law. YES! You saw it correct. JUST 12 bills. At this rate it can be estimated that by the end of his term he would have passed a total of 48 bills into law. That is however not taking into account situations like these where his own party and members of his own caucus revolts against him. Is John Boehner is successful speaker? Well unfortunately for him the numbers and statistics don’t lie. Maybe Mr Boehner you can try your hand at golf instead of politics.

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