Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Welcome Back Speaker Pelosi - House GOP Leadership Continues Their Betrayal

It's growing ever more difficult to see Speaker John Boehner as anything less than Nancy Pelosi's puppet. Before you balk, consider the events that have occurred since the 2012 election.

In 2013, House Republicans took a stand against raising the debt ceiling in order to try and win a delay in the individual health care mandate and force congressional staffers to play by the same Obamacare rules as the rest of the nation.  Obama and the democrats refused to provide such a delay and instead opted to vote to shutdown the government.

The media and democrats tried to blame the shutdown on Republicans, but the GOP continued to pass measures attempting to fund critical parts of the government and to force the Democrats to negotiate on giving the American people some relief from the negative impacts of Obamacare.  Just as public opinion began shifting in favor of the GOP, speaker Boehner caved, and raised the debt ceiling without getting a single concession.

At the time Boehner insisted the strategy behind his capitulation was to force the democrats to have to work with Republicans to pass a budget.  Meanwhile, Obamacare's mandate went into effect and within weeks more than 5 million people lost their health care coverage as insurance companies were forced to shift them to drastically more expensive plans with significantly higher deductibles.

Eventually Obama illegally granted those Americans a reprieve by unilaterally allowing insurance companies to keep those legacy plans available for one year.

Fast forward a couple months to the budget negotiations and Boehner's chance to redeem himself and what does he do?  He not only caves, he ushers through an Omnibus budget that removes the previously won sequester cuts, increasing overall spending while at the same time placing new cuts on retired military personnel's pensions.

Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor than defend their actions declaring to use the next effort to raise the debt ceiling to push for a one year delay to Obamacare's mandates and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline:
"In exchange for a debt-ceiling increase, Cantor told colleagues, the GOP will issue a litany of demands, including a one-year delay of Obamacare, construction of the Keystone pipeline, an anti-regulatory bill called the REINS Act, and other spending reforms. The exact combination will be negotiated with President Obama and Reid." [1]
Fast forward again, this time to yesterday's debt ceiling debate and what do Boehner and Cantor do?  They pass a so-called "clean" debt ceiling increase with virtually no Republican support.

Just 28 Republicans joined with all but 2 Democrats to pass the increase to the country's credit card limit.  Virtually every one of the 28 Republicans who voted yes were members of Boehner's leadership team, many chairing House committees and subcommittees. [2]

Boehner's response to the majority of Republican House members who felt betrayed... don't worry, he'll fight on the upcoming Continuing Resolution. [3]

What is it they say?  Fool me once, shame on me.  Fool me twice, shame on you.  What do they say when they fool you three times?

Even more disconcerting than Boehner's constant capitulation to the big government spending leftists is his insistence on passing comprehensive immigration reform in the House.

Ever since Obamacare went into effect, Democrats' approval ratings have been in a free fall.  Once strong champions of Obama's signature piece of legislation are now questioning their loyalty. [3]  The Republicans are in a position to make sweeping gains in both the House and Senate, possibly winning a majority in both Houses for the first time in years.

Yet, Boehner continues to work to push forward one of the most damaging pieces of legislation in American history.  One that will devastate American low-skilled labor markets, reward illegal aliens for thwarting the law, provide amnesty to employers that hire illegal aliens, and give Democrats a virtual super majority that will maintain a tight grasp on the White House for generations to come.

The current GOP House leadership team has done more damage to Republicans than just about any in history.  It is hard to imagine any scenario where Democrats sitting in those congressional seats could do any more damage to the country than what Boehner's team has done.

For the good of the party and for the future of this once great nation Boehner, Cantor, and the rest of the GOP leadership need to be replaced.  If current House members lack the will and fortitude to do it, let's hope the voters of Ohio and Virginia have the foresight to vote them out of office before it is too late.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget what the Speaker has posted on his own website.

“I think it’s very credible to oppose increase in the debt ceiling, and you’ll see Republicans vote against it. And we’ll vote against it because of their trillion-dollar stimulus plan that hasn’t worked. We’ll vote against it because of all of this excessive spending that’s in this bill right here, a 12 percent increase with 5,000 earmarks -- all of it pushing the debt to record heights. And while I understand the political games that get played around here, it will be an opportunity for us to point out the excessive spending that’s going on in this Congress.”

Anonymous said...

At this point it still looks like the GOP will win the House. So here is my suggestion. To the folks in Ohio's 8th district, don't reelect Boehner. Defeat him in the GOP primary. If Boehner wins the primary than vote democrat in the general election. Yes, vote for the democrat. Before you dismiss this out of hand, consider these points:

1) Even with Boehner gone, the GOP will still run the House, so this won't hurt one bit. And since the House doesn't require a super majority like the Senate, losing one seat while keeping the majority doesn't hurt like it would in the Senate.

2) Ohio's 8th district is heavily GOP. In fact the democrats did not even run a candidate in 2012. In 2010, they only received 30% of the votes. Thus, even if you put a democrat into this seat, it is only for a 2 year term, and he will be readily bounced in 2016.

Would you push this idea, KansasCitian?