Posts Tagged ‘John Boehner
A day has gone by since both Boehner and Reid unveiled their debt plan and that has given the CBO a chance to look them over. Did you know that both plans are named the exact same thing? Yep…the Budget Control Act of 2011. I think it’s a bad omen. The conclusion of the CBO is that Boehner’s plan won’t do much of anything to cut the debt (they’re reviewing Reid’s plan now). Both plans use a lot of smoke and mirrors and big words like “trillions” to wow the American people but it’s all fluff. The White House actually defended Boehner’s plan on their website yesterday so you know this plan is bad.
Here are some of the basic bads:
1. Boehner claims that his plan will cut $6 billion next year but the federal government spends $10 billion a day. But wait….after all the garbage has been sifted through, the CBO determined late last night that the actual amounts of cuts would only be $1 billion for next year.
2. The CBOhas also determined that Boehner’s $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending cuts over the next 10 years will only actually amount to $850 billion (thanks to mandatory Pell Grant spending). This means that the amount the debt ceiling will be raised will be greater than the spending cuts.
3. Boehner has also admitted that tax hikes could come out of his plan…something that he earlier denied.
Now that the truth is out….Boehner and his staff are scrambling to rewrite his plan. I hope they do a better job this time.
They need to keep in mind that compromising will only make the American people mad.
…and that’s not a good thing.
Today…Harry Reid presented his debt plan and the GOP presented their debt plan today. Of course, each side doesn’t like the others sides plan. I think this leaves us in the same place we have been…..nowhere.
Here are the basic points of Harry Reid’s plan (as best I can tell)
1. His plan doesn’t reform entitlements…at all.
2. His plan counts on a lot of savings from the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. (a big gamble, I think)
3. His plan counts heavily on discretionary spending cuts.
4. His plan doesn’t include tax increases. (I’m suspicious of this one)
5. His plan will carry through until the end of 2012…and the elections.
The Republican leadership has just announced their plan so I am still trying to learn the specifics. It isn’t exactly cut-cap-balance but it’s close (according to Speaker Boehner). It only increases the debt ceiling by $900 billion. They also generate revenue by cutting discretionary spending by 1.2 trillion.
The big difference is that Obama is demanding that the plan extends through the end of 2012 (and through the elections) and the GOP’s plan only carries through until early 2012.
I think Harry Reid’s plan has a lot of “fuzzy” math involved and basically tries to throw a bone to both sides….no tax increases to please the GOP and no debt debate again until after the 2012 elections to please the White House. Reid is such a mealy mouthed schmuck…I have a very hard time watching him. Listen to his news conference (given just a few hours ago). He blames the Tea Party “extremist” for controlling the GOP and says that these extremists are ignoring what the American people want. (Warning…grab your barf bag before hitting the play button)
Hey Harry…..these “extremists” are the American people and it is YOU and your goons who are ignoring us.
From what I can tell by listening to the beltway pundits on TV right now, neither side is going to go for the other’s solution. It looks like they will be heading back to the drawing board unless someone surprises (or disappoints) us.
Obama is addressing the nation AGAIN tonight at 9pm.
What can we expect him to say? I’m sure he’ll say that he is the reasonable mature one and it’s the Republican leadership that’s holding our nation hostage.
I feel like we are hostages right now and it’s Obama who’s writing the ransom note.
I really don’t like the word “compromise” when it comes to dealing with Obama. It makes me very nervous. However…that’s the word that’s being thrown around after yesterday’s meeting between congressional leaders and the President. They are now scrambling to get some kind of a deal done before the Asian markets open Monday morning (Sunday evening EST). Word on the financial street (aka Wall Street) is that the markets are going to take a real beating if some deal isn’t made.
(MSNBC) House Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans in a conference call after meeting with President Barack Obama Saturday that he hoped to be able to announce a “viable framework for progress” by 4 p.m. EDT on Sunday, before Asian financial markets open, two participants told The Associated Press.
Please Mr. Boehner….don’t sell America out.
Of course….Obama isn’t really concerned about the welfare of our country. He’s mainly concerned about his re-election.
Obama’s only bottom line
Obama said his only requirement for an agreement was legislation that provides the Treasury enough borrowing authority to tide the government over through the 2012 election. Boehner said he had little interest in a short-term extension either.
That is so typical….and disgusting.
What an egotistical self-serving loser.
Elected in an historic anti-Democrat landslide in November of 2010, the GOP leadership, who owe their election to profound voter discontent with Democrat party policies in general, and deficit spending and the National Debt in particular, gathered today at a JoAnn Fabrics location in Falls Church, Virginia, to plan their epic capitulation to the losing side in November’s electoral bloodbath.
In a massive show of force, the House GOP leadership today caucused on upholstery fabrics for deck chairs located on the Titanic’s Boat Deck, location of the First and Second Class promenades, and, not coincidentally, the unsinkable ship’s inadequate fleet of lifeboats.
A Congressional aide who spoke on condition of anonymity reported that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R?-Ohio) lobbied for a tasteful polished Chintz from Laura Ashley featuring English ivy and cabbage roses. “It’s an excellent compromise,” the Speaker was quoted as saying. “We don’t want to ruffle the Administration’s feathers with something outlandish. Tomorrow’s another day. We have to be able to play golf these people after the election, after all,” the Speaker is reported to have said.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R+/-, Va.) fought hard for a more durable cotton duck, expressing regret that the Federal government’s current $14.7 trillion dollar deficit made it hard to justify the cost of a Laura Ashley design. “I love cabbage roses as much as the next person,” Cantor was quoted as saying. “But we really need to get practical here. In the few hours we have left before the hull fills with watery death, we’ll need to get as much use out of these deck chairs as possible. Cotton duck is the only rational option. Normally, I would have lobbied for ScotchGard, but in the middle of a fiscal crisis, we need to demonstrate that we’re serious about being good stewards of our Chinese lenders’ money.”
Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell (RINO-Ky.), proposed a plan that would put the Obama adminstration in charge of navigating the ship in a circular pattern that would allow the luxury liner to hit the killer iceberg more than once. McConnell’s plan would also put the Obama White House in charge of assigning seats in the few remaining lifeboats. “That way we can’t be accused of favoritism,” said McConnell. “When this boat crashes into the ocean floor, the Obama administration will totally own that, and the mainstream media will finally stop being mean to use for no reason. There won’t be any way the New York Times can blame this on us.”
Media criticism was a repeated theme in the meeting, leading to contentious arguments that were audible as far away as the Beading & Jewelery-Making and Knitting & Crochet departments. According to an insider who was eavesdropping on the meeting from behind a display of Novelty Cotton Prints and Panels, If there was still time after completing the comprehensive reupholstery project, the GOP leadership reportedly also plans to re-arrange the Titanic’s deck chairs in a way they hope will “make Chris Matthews like us.”
Thanks to Hillbuzz reader Temple of Mut for making us aware of this article from Reuters:
Keeping in mind that Reuters is part of the Mainstream Media, this special report still contains a number of gems about the current relationship between the GOP and Tea Party movements throughout the Midwest — Ohio in particular.
Several of us at Buzzquarters are from Ohio, and we get back for meetings of the Mineral City Coffee Club whenever we can.
As the left-leaning Brookings Institute pointed out in March, Ohio is important because President Obama Can’t Win the 2012 Election Without It. Not because of the Buckeye state’s 20 electoral votes, but because
Ohio is close to being a microcosm of the country—closer than any other pivotal state. As such, winning Ohio is a statistical “tipping-point” for any presidential election: If a candidate can carry Ohio, he will have appealed to a large enough slice of the national electorate to have won the states that tilt even further in his preferred direction, and he is odds-on to win the race.
And things aren’t looking good for the Cocktail Party GOP in Ohio. Tea Party activists are fed up. They’re fed up with establishment politicians like House Speaker John Boehner of West Chester (a suburb of Cincinnati). They’re fed up with compromise and politics as usual from the Party of Stupid.
On April 25th, about two dozen Tea Party activists from throughout Boehner’s district met with him in the west central Ohio town of Troy, which could star as Small Town U.S.A. in any campaign ad.
One of the 25 or so leaders, all from Boehner’s district, asked him if Republicans would raise America’s $14.3 trillion debt limit.
According to half a dozen attendees interviewed by Reuters, the most powerful Republican in Washington said “yes.”
“And we’re going to have to raise it again in the future,” he added. With the mass retirement of America’s Baby Boomers, he explained, it would take 20 years to balance the U.S. budget and 30 years after that to erase the nation’s huge fiscal deficit.
“You could have knocked me out of my chair,” said Denise Robertson, a computer programer who belongs to the Preble County Liberty Group. “Fifty years?”
She said “my fantasy now” is someone will challenge Boehner in the 2012 Republican primaries. “If we could find someone good to run against him, I’d campaign for them every day,” Robertson said.
The GOP seems to already have forgotten who was responsible for the biggest midterm clock-cleaning in modern U.S. political history, handed to The Left in the November, 2010 elections.
If they are not careful, Tea Party activists all over Ohio — and America — are going to remind them.
Both the Leftists and the GOP may think that “the heat is off” since Tea Party events are fewer and further between. The truth is that Tea Party organizations in Ohio (and elsewhere) have learned a lot since 2008. They’ve moved away from sponsoring rallies (high-profile, but low ROI) to grassroots political activism.
A number of Ohio’s Tea Party organizations got their start as Ron Paul Meetup groups during the 2008 campaign. They’ve moved beyond support of an individual candidate to focus on the fight for individual rights, gun rights, Constitutional governance and free market capitalism in Ohio. The movement has coalesced into an influential and organized statewide alliance of liberty-oriented local groups called the Ohio Liberty Council.
And their efforts are paying off. Liberty activists in Ohio have made history with The Ohio Project, a bid to amend the Ohio Constitution to nullify Obamacare in the Buckeye State. In just over a year, Ohio volunteers have collected over 336,000 signatures and are just 50,000 shy of getting the Health Care Freedom Amendment on the November, 2011 ballot. This is the largest number of signatures ever gathered by volunteer petition circulators in Ohio. This kind of “retail activism” is noted in the Reuters article:
After failing to halt the passage of Obama’s health reform bill, Tea Partiers staffed phone banks, knocked on doors to get out the vote and played a major role in gaining 63 seats for the Republicans in the 2010 elections.
The biggest midterm election year swing since 1938 delivered a large House majority for the Republicans and made gains in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Flush with victory, Tea Partiers dived headfirst into local and state politics in 2011 — the results of which are expected to affect the state and national elections of 2012.
Their primary foe is still America’s progressive left — it is a given in Ohio, for instance, that the top target for 2012 is Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
But now more than ever before the full force of their ire is directed at the Republican Party establishment.
And, unbelievably, the Cocktail Party GOP doesn’t see it coming. At all. And seems intent on living up to its nickname The Party of Stupid.
According to Ned Ryun, head of American Majority, which provides training for conservative activists, the Republicans’ problem is they mistook their November victory as a sign the Tea Party backed them because its members are conservatives.
“The Republican establishment suffers from a weird belief that somehow the Tea Party will fall in line because it is an adjunct of the Republican Party,” he said. “But the Tea Party is not and never will be an arm of the Republican Party.”
Those of us who read (and write for) Hillbuzz understand that “conservative” or “libertarian” is non synonymous with “Republican.”
The Cocktail Party GOP just doesn’t get it. And if they’re not careful, they’re going to lose Ohio because of their blindness and arrogance.
If we don’t take control of the Republican primary process, we run the risk of having another John McCain shoved down our throats by the mainstream media and Democrats voting in open primaries. And another four years of the worst president in the history of our country.
The Tea Partiers are growing impatient with House Republicans because they are not following through with their campaign promise of cutting $100 billion from the budget. The number right now is $61 billion but some say that it may be lower than that. John Boehner is the one sitting in the hottest seat right now and Tea Party leadership is threatening to find a primary opponent to replace him in the next election cycle.
(Fox) As U.S. lawmakers seek a compromise on how much federal spending to cut in order to avoid a government shutdown, Tea Party activists who helped propel Republicans back into power are growing impatient with the debate.
When Republicans captured the House in November, vowing to slash $100 billion in federal spending from the budget year ending in September, 76 percent of Tea Party activists supported their deficit-reduction plan, according to a new Pew Research poll released last week.
But after House Republicans approved a plan last month to cut federal spending by $61 billion, that Tea Party support fell to 52 percent.
Now Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, arguably the most vocal critic of GOP leaders, is pushing for a primary opponent against House Speaker John Boehner in 2012 for breaking his campaign pledge to cut $100 billion and for what he sees as hints that he’s willing to cut less than $61 billion in a compromise with Senate Democrats.
“Charlie Sheen is now making more sense than John Boehner,” Phillips wrote in his blog earlier this month.
In an interview with FoxNews.com Thursday, Phillips said he stands by his comments and goal of seeking a primary challenger to Boehner.
“Charlie Sheen still makes more sense than John Boehner because at least Charlie Sheen is winning,” he said.
“This is the one message the Tea Party needs to be out there pushing,” he said. “If you don’t live up to your promise, we’re going to throw you out.”
Boehner’s camp acknowledged the frustration among Tea Party supporters, but didn’t accept responsibility for it.
“The speaker – and every Republican in the House – is frustrated by the pace of the debate, but the blame lies squarely with the Democrats who run Washington, D.C.,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in an e-mail to FoxNews.com.
“The House passed a bill that funds the government for the remainder of the year while cutting spending,” he said. “It’s the Democrats who are insisting on the status quo, and no one should be happy with the status quo.”
Democrats controlling the White House and Senate have only two weeks to broker a deal with Republicans in charge of the House before the latest temporary spending bill keeping the government afloat expires April 8.
House Republicans have been digging their heels in on the $61 billion in cuts they approved last month but the Senate is not going along and Obama has threatened to veto it, making it unclear where they’ll find compromise.
Levi Russell, a spokesman for the Tea Party Express, told FoxNews.com that the midterm elections in November may have set expectations too high.
“We forget the Tea Party is only influential over one third of the government,” he said. “Tea Partiers are going to continue to be disappointed by what comes out of Washington until Republicans have control of the Senate and the White House.”
The Tea Party Express has set its sights on defeating two Republican senators — Olympia Snowe of Maine and Dick Lugar of Indiana— in 2012 primaries but is not targeting Boehner or other GOP leaders.
“We may not love everything that they do; we may wish they would be on the same page with us. But we know they got the message in 2010,” he said.
Boehner’s the “least of our worries,” he added.
What has many Democrats worried is a fight over the federal debt limit, which they cannot increase without some GOP support in both the Senate and House. The administration has warned Congress that failing to raise the debt limit would lead to an unprecedented default on the national debt and derail the national economic recovery.
The Treasury Department estimates the government will hit the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling sometime between April 15 and May 31. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has warned that GOP senators would not vote to increase the federal debt limit unless Obama agreed to significant long-term budget savings that could include cost curbs for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Phillips said Republicans should reject any kind of compromise over the budget, even if it leads to a government shutdown or a default.
“What is worse: a government shutdown or an economic collapse,” he said. “Is it worse to deal with a $14.3 trillion national debt or a national debt of $20 or $25 trillion and the whole thing collapses?”
So…what is Boehner to do?
Would a small victory ($61 billion) be better than an impossible to pass budget ($100 billion)?
Is $61 billion even a victory?
What are your thoughts?
Finally, after two years, change we can believe in.
Now…it just remains to be seen whether the Cocktail Party GOP establishment will listen to the people, or play more of its go-along-to-get-along games.
We’ve made no secret of whom we want to be the next Speaker of the House — and that’s Michele Bachmann.
The Cocktail Party GOP establishment has been set on John Boehner becoming Speaker, and frankly, we can’t stand the guy.
He’s a wimp.
Not as bad as Mittens Romney or Tim Pawlenty, and certainly not as effete as the current president and the wusses of the current administration, but Boehner is not the sort of strong-willed, determined, take-no-prisoners, punch-them-in-the-face, leader the nation needs as Speaker.
That would be Michele Bachmann…the absolute perfect successor to Nancy Pelosi.
The Cocktail Party GOP establishment has long made it clear it would block any route to a Bachmann speakership, because it wanted good old boy Boehner in that role.
But, now Democrats are coming forward claiming Boehner had an affair, and are using this to hit him in an election year, trying to distract voters.
This, as we’ve told you dozens of times before, is what Democrats do.
They gather files on every Republican, particularly against the closeted gay ones like Aaron Schock, Mark Kirk, and Lindsey Graham, then wait for a moment when they need to generate negative headlines for the GOP, and WHAM!, out come the revelations of whatever secret things they’ve been up to.
Because Republicans claim to be leading wholesome marital lives — or in the cases of Schock, Kirk, and Graham, these men claim to be straight, when they are anything but — the National Enquirer-grade attacks Democrats launch are always effective because it paints the GOP as the party of hypocrites. The goal here is to make Republicans seem just as bad as Democrats, so that voters fall into the “lesser of two evils” meme…which makes them more likely to muscle-memory vote Democrat if that’s what they’ve been doing for the last 30 years.
The Cocktail Party is never going to learn, folks. This is how they’ve been doing business for the entirety of their individual times in Washington. All of these guys know Democrats have files on them. All of them know that some day that file will be used. But the allure of wealth, power, beautiful Brooks Brothers blazers, and unlimited cucumber-and-mayonnaise sandwich buffets blinds these fools to the fact that they only get to stay at the cocktail party as long as Democrats want them there.
We hope the Tea Party seizes upon Boehner’s upcoming scandal — if Democrats successfully launch one — and take this opportunity to install a Speaker Bachmann, who would break all the old paradigms and give Democrats a real run for their money.
Do you think that’s a possibility?
Our choice for the next Speaker is Michelle Bachmann. We are committed to finding a way to make her Speaker, as we believe, honestly and truly, that Bachmann has been touched by greatness and is destined to be one of the heroes of this Republic that saves this nation. She would make an excellent Speaker.
But, Republicans seem determined to make John Boehner the replacement to Red Queen Nancy Pelosi.
Last night, Boehner proved he could do a very admirable job as Speaker.
In fact, history will probably record the above as his first speech as Speaker of the House.
America is going to give Democrats a loud vote of no confidence. If Boehner steps up to the plate and leads the way he spoke last night, he’ll assume the role of Rightful Speaker, while Red Queen Nancy continues her madness on the sidelines, trying to do as much damage as she can, until Speaker Boehner (or, if we do have our way, Speaker Bachmann) replaces her.
John Boehner calls Democrats out for voting for Obama's Trillion Dollar Spending Spree, without reading it, but now complaining about what they passed in that bill
Remember, five weeks ago Obama/Pelosi/Reid rammed the Obama Trillion Dollar Spending Spree through Congress without a single Senator or Representative ACTUALLY READING IT.
One Trillion Dollars.
Zero reading comprehension.
What Chris Dodd snuck into that Spending Spree, on orders from Obama’s White House, is just the tip of the iceberg, people. 1,400 pages is a lot of room for all sorts of insanity like that authored by Dodd.
And Democrats couldn’t be bothered to read that bill before voting on it — but now feign outrage about what was clearly spelled out in it.
This is all so appalling, there isn’t even a word for it anymore. In The Golden Age of Obama, it’s just cromulent.