Republican Tea Party (GOTP) House Speaker John Boehner has apparently been paying one too many visits to his friendly neighborhood tavern. He is claiming that the GOTP has readied a plan to prevent the first government default in U.S. history and said the GOTP would act alone if Democrats didn’t go along.
Pure political grand standing; that’s like saying grandma was going to eat the corn on the cob with our without her dentures; sorry to puncture the Speaker’s thought bubble, but the GOTP House can pass whatever it wants, but it can’t go any further without the Democrats – who thankfully control both the Senate and the White House, and President Obama has said he’ll veto any GOTP plan which fails to extend the nation’s borrowing power into 2013.
Boehner’s plan would reportedly cut spending by at least $1 trillion (if you recall the President asked for $4 trillion in cuts – too much for the “we’ve got to cut spending” GOTP – and extend the federal borrowing limit by a slightly smaller dollar amount, into 2012. Why can’t he go for $4 trillion in cuts and pas the extension into 2013? It’s simple; Boehner doesn’t have control of his party, the Tea Party – led by Eric Cantor do.
“I would prefer to have a bipartisan approach to solve this problem. If that is not possible, I and my Republican colleagues in the House are prepared to move on our own,” Boehner said.
Where do think they’re moving to all alone? Defeat in 2012 quite probably. Facts are there are more Democratic voters (72 million registered in 2004) in the U.S than Republicans (55 million) with Independents a close third (42 million) and the latter are moderates not rabid far right uber-conservative ideologues. Boehner may be one of the few Speakers to only hold the gavel for one rotation of the electoral wheel. He’s on course to become the largest failure in that position since Newt Gingrich.
White House chief of staff William Daley has reportedly said President Obama is insisting any package must expand the debt ceiling beyond the next presidential and congressional elections and into 2013 to provide economic certainty. Daley said anything short would be a gimmick and prompt the world to say: “These people just can’t get their act together.”
Well, the world would be right – at least where the GOTP is concerned. The current conservative House ran on jobs, and has yet to produce one bill to help fix unemployment. It has however submitted more than 100 bills aimed at limiting Roe v. Wade.
“There will be a two-stage process. It’s just not physically possible to do all of this in one step,” Boehner said amid White House insistence that the debt limit be extended beyond 2012. “I know the president is worried about his next election. But, my God, shouldn’t he be worried about the country?”
Well Boehner that’s the pot calling the kettle black now isn’t it. Shouldn’t the Republican Tea Party Congress be more worried about the country than in defeating the President? Maybe the Speaker should talk to Senator McConnell about those ideas; after all it was the Minority Leader who insisted his most important job was to defeat the President, to keep Barrack Obama from being re-elected.
Problem is simple; GOTP doesn’t want to do anything that might help the President. Its members don’t care about the country. The GOTP talks the talk about honor and duty and country and then proposes slashing the benefits of the Greatest Generation to the poverty level while protecting the tax loop holes and lower taxes of the rich.
Boehner is one of the worse Speakers in the nation’s history and he knows his position is extremely tenuous, and he’s ready and willing to do anything to retain the Speakership. He is not concerned with cutting the debt or the deficit; if he were truly concerned he would have taken the President’s $4 trillion proposal and run with it. But to do so would have helped the President, it’s as simple as that. He’s as phony as his tear streaked tan.