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October 13, 2013

Does Being Cut by a Two-Edged Sword Hurt More?

Late in the evening on September 30, 2013, the House Rules Committee Republicans changed the Rules of the House so that the only Member allowed to call up the Senate’s clean continuing budget resolution (CR) for a vote is the Speaker himself or Majority Leader Eric Cantor or his designee. This was a move to block any other parlimentary move to get a telling vote on the Senate bill.

Please realize that the Senate bill was based on a deal cut by Speaker Boehner at spending levels including the sequestration and over the objections of many Democrats just to keep the government functioning. It was and is a compromise on the part of the Senate and House Democrats. So much for “they won’t compromise,” and wasn’t compromise a dirty word for Republicans just a short while ago?

The move by Boehner will, in the best tradition of two-edged swords, also make it quite obvious who caved when he himself (or more likely his designee) brings the bill to a vote which is almost a must at this point as there is no time left for a new bill to make its way through both houses.

October 9, 2013

Boehner: One for Two or Oh for Two?

Yesterday Speaker of the House John Boehner said, again, “I didn’t come here to shut down the government, and I certainly didn’t come here to default on our debt.”

We now know that he apparently did come to Congress to shut down the government because he has done it. Have you any faith in his other claim?

September 30, 2013

Troublemaker Ratios

I learned from my years working in unions, that a very small percentage of union members caused the bulk of the problems and the bulk of the work for union staff. This is a basic fact of organizations. Society in general is made up of mostly law-abiding citizens but a small minority makes most of the trouble.

Consider the current Congress. A small minority of the House Republican Caucus is causing a great deal more trouble than their numbers indicate. The so-called “Tea Party” Republicans (which is a much too nice of a label) are a minority of the Republican Caucus, a much smaller minority of the House as a whole, an even smaller minority of the Congress, yet they are currently in the role of “tail wagging the dog.”

How can this be? The answer: cowardice.

The coward in question is Speaker of the House John Boehner. Rather than work with Democrats to pass bills, he insists that for any bill to pass his House, that it have a majority of his caucus voting for it. This rule is to be found nowhere in the rules of the House or in the Constitution. It was made up (not by Mr. Boehner, but a prior Republican Speaker) to protect Mr. Boehner’s job as Speaker. If Mr. Boehner had an ounce of courage he wouldn’t be standing in front of a parade he doesn’t believe in, yet he does. He is willing to threaten, to extort the American government with dire harm to get the way of that tiny minority of the Congress. In his world there is no such thing as the greater good of the country or “what’s best for the people,” there is only what is needed for him to keep his job. And the fascinating thing is . . . he hates his job.

Apparently he must enjoy the notoriety, the humiliation, and the shame, along with the prestige of being the most inept Speaker of the House in memory.

June 22, 2013

Boehner Has to Go

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 1:29 pm
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John Boehner is a moderate Republican, what some call a “country club Republican.” In different times he could have been an adequate Speaker of the House of Representatives. Currently he is being humiliated by the right wing of his own party, most currently being blind-sided by opposition to a Farm Bill inside his own party (a Farm Bill!).

Boehner could stay and continue being humiliated . . . and ineffective . . . but I feel for the guy. I think we would be all better off if he were to step aside and allow one of the Tea Party stalwarts to lead for a while. Until we put the head clowns in the clown car in charge we will not get this out of our system. Put the Tea Party in charge of the House and then the people who voted for them will see exactly what they voted for. Boehner’s attempts to cover up their embarrassments are only delaying the time when more sensible Republicans are to be elected, if not in all of their cushy gerrymandered districts then in enough districts so that their caucus can have a coherent legislative program.

If JB decides to stick it out, I want to set up a pool to see if they repeal Obamacare 50 times (currently they are at 37).

January 23, 2013

GOP Fears Annihilation

Today House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner stated unequivocally that he believed that President Obama intended nothing less than the annihilation of the Republican Party.

To which I am sure the President responded: “Please proceed, Mr. Speaker, please proceed.”

President Obama has learned that when an opponent is busy beating himself one should not interrupt.

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