Well, the Prince of Orange in revving up his campaign to be Speaker of the House of Representatives. As with everything Republicans do nowadays, his campaign is long on bluster and short on memory and facts. Of course, like Mitch McConnell on Sunday he has to conveniently hope the American people forget his role in rubber-stamping President Bush and his policies which crashed the economy. He also has to hope you do not look at the way he has voted.
Yes, Boehner appeared ripe in all his hypocrisy and moral indignation today:
“President Obama should ask for – and accept – the resignations of Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers,” Rep. John Boehner of Ohio said in a Tweet.
“This is no substitute for a referendum on the president’s job-killing agenda,” Boehner was to say later Tuesday in a speech to the City Club of Cleveland. “That question will be put before the American people in due time. But we do not have the luxury of waiting months for the president to pick scapegoats for his failing ‘stimulus’ policies.”
But wait. Why does Boehner not tell America that it is the policies he so much wants to get back to that caused the economic meltdown and created a need for the stimulus in the first place?? Because like every other Republican he was all for bailing out the bankers and leaving working Americans out of work to foot the bill. Of course as his primary opponent, a Republican pointed out earlier this year it was much easier for Boehner to bail out the banks. He hypocritically received a nice little windfall to convince his Republican delegation to do so. Not that they needed much convincing:
Schreyer points to campaign finance reports that show John Boehner indeed received $13,300 in contributions from employees and PACs directly associated with Morgan Stanley from October through December of 2008, the same time Mr. Boehner was promoting the passage of the HR 1424, also known as the Bank Bailout.
“Mr. Boehner’s own ideological purity was nowhere to be found when he was telling other Republicans like Mike Pence (R-IN) to finance special interests like rum producers in Puerto Rico,” continues Schreyer, “It’s right there in the bill, read it for yourself. There’s over $100 billion in earmarked projects that had nothing to do with the bank bailout. How can John Boehner claim he’s against earmarks and then tell other Republicans to support these special interests? He’s out of touch with the needs of his district, and a hypocrite that doesn’t want to help the people in Southwestern Ohio. “
I could not have put it better myself. Now of course after bailing out the bankers and wanting to leave the rest of us high and dry, Boehner’s only solution to anything is increasing our deficit by once again bailing out the wealthy and forcing us all to wait for it to “trickle down”:
The centerpiece of the GOP strategy is to extend the Bush administration’s tax reductions, originally enacted in 2001 and 2003. Democratic leaders want to extend only the cuts that affect individuals who earn less than $200,000 annually and joint filers who make less than $250,000.
Republicans, though, want the cuts to continue for everyone, arguing that to do otherwise would discourage the wealthy from spending and investing, and would hurt small businesses.
And there are those two words, uttered by a Republican who could care less about them, “small businesses”. If Boehner and his ilk really cared about small businesses, they had their chance to help and instead decided not to. You see, Democrats might actually get credit for doing something good:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes the Small Business Lending Fund to fund capital investments to financial institutions to provide loans to small businesses, establishes the Small Business Credit Initiative to fund state credit support programs for small businesses, and Early Stage Investment Program to fund equity investment financing to support early-stage businesses.
Read the whole summary here:
And of course as you probably guessed, Boehner voted no on this legislation that would have helped many small businesses start the recovery by hiring and having their taxes cut. Of course, the one thing Boehner has a problem with besides small business is the middle-class:
“President Obama should announce that he will veto any job-killing bills sent to his desk by a lame-duck Congress, including ‘card check,’ a national energy tax and any other tax increases on families and small businesses,” he said. Democrats counter that they aren’t seriously considering any broad-based tax increases.
As if we had the guts to try and pass card-check anyway.
Before America puts John Boehner in the Speaker’s chair I hope they consider what they are getting. A hypocrite who was all for every failed policy that got us in the mess he is now against us coming out of. He deregulated business, helped crash the economy and cut your wages. His tax cuts added hugely to the deficit as did his banking bailout. Yes, Boehner offers many of the failed ideas and misguided policies that crashed our economy into a ditch.
What he does not offer is anything of substance to bring the jobs Republicans outsourced back. He offers nothing to bring the debt down, except the rape of your Social Security. Republican proposals were a disaster we have yet to recover from and giving John Boehner the Speakership would be like giving a drunk the keys to your car to drive your family home.
He offers nothing that will help America and indeed his failed policies spewed like gospel would be nothing less than Bush on crack. Lets hope America wakes up to the Prince of Orange in the minority after election day.