‘Negotiating’ With the Left: A Waste of Time

Having lived in Greater Cincinnati for most of my life, I’ve had a chance to observe Congressman John Boehner’s actions and performance from a perspective most haven’t.

Most of what I saw until he became House Speaker in January 2011 was good — usually very good. What has transpired since has not been. Boehner and House Republicans have been unable to put the brakes on the country’s headlong rush towards insolvency driven by President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the federal regulatory leviathan, and the courts, or on their continued trampling of our fundamental freedoms.

I can already see the excuses: “Tom, the House of Representatives is only one-half of one of the three branches of government. You can’t expect Boehner and Republican leaders to withstand the daily assaults from all other quarters.” Sure, I get that. Add the adversarial, hostile, double standard-driven establishment press to the mix, and one can totally understand the daunting challenges the Speaker has faced.

There’s one problem with that attempt at justification, and it has nothing to do with ordinary expectations. It instead has everything to do with the heightened expectations Boehner and the Republican Party created in the run-up to the 2010 congressional elections, embodied in both the party’s Pledge to America and Boehner’s October 2010 speech just a few weeks before Election Day.

By that time, it was clear to almost everyone, thanks to the growing influence of the Tea Party movement, the pathetic economic recovery, and the unprecedentedly awful job market, that Nancy Pelosi’s reign as Speaker of the House was going to end, and that Boehner, with a solid post-election GOP majority, was a virtual lock to become its next Speaker.

Boehner’s speech and the party’s Pledge gave millions of frightened mainstream Americans hope that they could, and would, right the ship of state. Consider just a few things Boehner said in that October speech, and compare them to actual results.

“(This speech is) about the jobs that were promised to the American people by the current administration, and never delivered.”

At the time, total seasonally adjusted private-sector employment as measured by the Establishment Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics was eight million below its January 2008 peak. 25 months later, private-sector employment, which should by now have jumped to several million above that 2008 high, is still down by 3.7 million. Even those grim statistics understate the gravity of the employment situation and how little improvement we’ve seen, especially in comparison to past recoveries. Full-time employment as measured by the BLS’s Household Survey is still 6.2 million lower than its peak in late 2007, while part-time employment is up by 2.8 million. Since the recession officially ended in June 2009, over 800,000 of the 3.3 million net jobs added have gone to those who toil at temporary help firms.

“The greatest threat to job creation in our country is the flawed idea that we can tax, spend and borrow our way to prosperity.”

In the 24 months Boehner has been Speaker, the government has run a deficit of over $2 trillion, spent over $7 trillion, increased the national debt by over $2.4 trillion, and done almost nothing to contain the explosive growth of entitlements.

“Our plan cuts spending immediately, back to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.”

If that were currently the case, the government would be spending about $2.9 trillion annually — still far more than necessary to carry out its constitutionally assigned functions (a topic for another day). Instead, it has spent $3.4 to $3.6 trillion during each of the past four fiscal years, and is off to a record-shattering start in fiscal 2013.

“Your government is out of control. Do you have to accept it? Do you have to take it? Hell no you don’t! That’s what elections are for! In Common Sense, Thomas Paine wrote that ‘we have it in our power to begin the world over again.’ In just 25 days, voters will have a chance to do just that.”

Unlike many others, I really believe that John Boehner intended to get what he described as an “out of control” government back on track. Nobody who heard that speech could possibly have imagined that he would acquiesce to an August 2011 debt-ceiling deal that put off serious consideration of what we are doing to our children, grandchildren and generations yet to be born until after the 2012 elections, seriously crippling 2012 GOP election campaigns across the land. There was also no reason to believe that Boehner would just over two years later get behind fiscal cliff-preventing legislation which by some accounts involves $41 in tax increases for ever dollar in spending “cuts,” which we know really means “reductions in projected spending increases.” A January 2 Wall Street Journal editorial asserts that the legislation involved represents “the biggest tax increase in 20 years” coupled with “spending increases.”

So what happened? Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Washington Republicans have naively believed, and probably still do despite their repeated humiliations, that there can be honest negotiations with Washington Democrats led by the most radical president in U.S. history. That is not possible.

Boehner’s only alternative from Day 1 of his speakership, something which I erroneously thought he finally realized in that 2010 speech, was to:

• Insist on constitutional grounds that the House would consider no revenue-raising legislation originating in the Senate. (Article 1, Section 7: “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”)

• Pass comprehensive legislation to accomplish the goals articulated in the Pledge for America.

• Adjourn, and don’t come back. If the Senate or the President wouldn’t sign, then the government would shut down, and it would be blindingly obvious to anyone with an ounce of sense who caused it.

The People’s House has the constitutional power of the purse. John Boehner hasn’t leveraged it. Until he or the next Speaker does, the left will rule the fiscal roost in Washington, and our nation’s rapid descent into bankruptcy will be virtually assured.

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  • SoCalMike

    Repubes refuse to fight. Most don't even think they should or have to.
    They are totally outfoxed cowards too afraid to fight primarily because they believe in nothing but most of all they are PRISTINE losers.
    Better to lose with your hair well coiffed than to get messy fighting or risk losing popularity down at the country club.
    Horror of horrors!
    You're environmentalist friends might not invite you their their parties anymore.

    • WildJew

      Republicans don't have a leader.

    • mlcblog

      I couldn't agree more. They need some street smarts, some savvy in the fight. One can still be a moral person and fight well.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The Repubs are incapable of dealing with the left. They are outgunned and that is that.

    The left goes for the jugular and the Repubs play patty cake. And the addled alcoholic Boehner is the last one to steer their charge.

    Other than Bachmann, and a few others, the current crop of Repubs are a cross between weenies and opportunists. They are NO match for thugs-in-suits – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/07/when-authenti

    IF Ryan and Bachmann were in charge the result would have been different. But they aren't.
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • JacksonPearson

      The problem with the Pubs are, they have plenty of political weapons and ammo, but for some unknown reason are afraid to use them, or even come close to pulling a trigger.

      e.g., They've been mailed, and hand-delivered an assemblage of already investigated evidence, including sworn affidavits from forensic experts of alleged Obama committed felonies, but won't dare to go there. If you ask or raise the question, they scurry off to hide under their desks, and/or go into auto-deaf-N-dumb-mode. Constitutional common sense should tell them, that they shouldn't even be talking to him, negotiating with, or be giving him one thin dime, until he proves he's a legitimate Article II president.

  • Anamah

    Where is the strength of this disastrous government? Why are these nuts able to destroy America? This is unbelievable. If this was a different country I would ask if bribery could be the factor but here? We are killing our children's future! Is the American population so stupid?

    • pierce

      To your last question, the answer is Yes.

  • WildJew

    Speaker John Boehner has been an unmitigated disaster for the Republican party and the nation. In the real world (in the business world) Boehner would have been fired.

    • figment newton

      they
      ALL would have been fired.

      no budge for the past 4 years? yeah.

  • ealha3

    Accolades to Mr. Blumer. At least he proposes a plan of action or inaction in the coming conflict. What is now needed is a program to sell it to those who would defeat the plan or at least neutralize their influence to allow those courageous conservatives to withstand the coming onslaught of the purveyors of doom. We have enough revenue to run essentials. That must be the message entering the frey. If we don't act, we are doomed. That must be the other message. All we need is a winning strategy that will save our nation's political and economic future.

  • pinnie99

    They would rather risk being caught in bed with a cheap whore, than stand up for the Constitution of the United State,and the people that pay them . R hard earned money is being thrown away .

    Our Reps are> …. OF, BY, AND FOR THEMSELVES.(i.e.Insider trading) The People pay thier cheap criminal lifestyle.

    We are tired.

    • drivesguy

      Amen!!!

  • Anthony

    Boehner looks like a news anchor man and speaks like a male version of The street urchin in “My Fair Lady” After her speech lessons. You know, sharply pronouncing every word as if his life depended on it.

    But it’s not how he speaks and looks, that is dressed in the famous empty suits that occasionally see the wearer remove the jacket and roll the sleeves up, like these elites ever do any real work, and the lofty rhetoric that doesn’t even bother to hide the stupid thinking and crafty logic of their actions.

    Boehner’s is a man of his time. America is bankrupt because of empty suits and mob rule and entitlements and low intelligence and immorality at every level.

  • Asher

    And Look what the American people received over the last 4 years…Obama care, regulations, higher taxes, attacks on freedom, the second amendment, and more spending the country into a Hole….These soft politicians don't understand how Progressives work..constant pressure, and demonization…and they had better get out of their jobs if they don't want to fight for the people.

  • http://twitter.com/paulvmarks @paulvmarks

    The post is correct – no spending Bill that does not start in the House and is not approved by the House is valid.

    However, will the Republicans hold to that – when the (Obama forced) government shut down occurs, the old stop getting their Social Security money and Medicare (and so on), and the media blame the Republicans.

    "Obama would not do that" – yes he would, and he would not bat an eyelid over it.

    I believe that all these programs are unconsitutional and will inevitably go bankrupt anyway. But most House Republicans do NOT believe these things – that is why they (in the end) will always give in to the Cong (sorry to the "Progressives"). And Obama knows that.

    • mlcblog

      Valid? While I dearly love our institutions, I sometimes understand that others have not read or do not remember or care about certain things, like — oh, a properly birthed American for President, and — oh, say, did I actually hear that Boehner voted on this? Point of order!! the speaker of the House only votes in case of a tie. We learned that in grade school, but — oh yes, they are teaching "more important" things these days. I don't think they are going by "valid" any more.

  • tagalog

    I think SoCalMike is right: Republicans simply won't fight.

    When Obama won the election, the Republican insistence on conservative values became critically necessary.

    Paul Ryan told a radio talk-show host yesterday that the fiscal cliff avoidance legislation has now made it clear that Obama can no longer hide behind class warfare and has now manipulated himself and the Democrats into a corner. I bet he's going to be proved wrong. Republicans will talk themselves into a corner of their own after the next two months expires and the deferred debate on spending cuts will not take place.

    But Ryan was still right on one aspect of being painted into a corner: the Republicans are now in a place where it won't do them any harm to stand on rightist principles, because they have nothing to lose any more. Obama got elected and Republicans sold their souls on the fiscal cliff legislation; now if they want to redeem themselves, they're going to have to become a lot more militant. And they can afford to do so, because playing ball with the Democrats in order to get along just isn't going to work politically. Obama intends to roll himself and his party right over the conservatives.

    • michaelzwilliamson

      The problem is, a great many of them defined "conservative values" as "More jeeeeeezuss!" and not anything that practically or Constitutionally matters. Mr Legitimate Rape lost the election for Romney. But the GOP backed him all the way off the cliff.

      By insisting on a bunch of sub-agendae that peel off interest groups, the GOP has placed itself where it can't win the WH and can only win already held districts for Congress. When you disenfranchise 40% of the electorate, and need 50% to win, you're taking the short end of the bet.

      Both parties' extremists have bought and paid for this disaster.

  • Atlas_Collins

    The Republican Party effectively committed suicide when it shat on Ron Paul, his ideas and his supporters. It also hasn't helped that the party establishment first tried to ignore the Tea Party, then tried to co-opt it and now moves to "purge" elected Tea Party conservatives from leadership.

    I realize that most commenters here, being Jews who put Israel first before America, hate Ron Paul for articulating a foreign policy that leaves unquestioned support for the foreign country of Israel out of the equation — but the fact remains that the purge of Ron Paul and his supporters removed millions of potential future Republicans from the participatory process.

    Fact that cannot be refuted.

    • NAHALKIDES

      Actually, very few American Jews care much about Israel – they are Leftists first and Jews second – and I would guess Jews are in the minority here on FPM as they are in the country. What you don't like to admit is that Israel has solid support among conservatives, and what you like even less is that Israel deserves that support.

      Paul's ugly anti-Semitism wasn't his only flaw – his foreign-policy views generally were simply wrong, and unacceptable to the majority of the Republican Party. This isn't the place to get into why Libertarians generally are wrong on foreign policy and tend to share the Left's "Blame America First" mentality, but suffice it to say these ideas are (thankfully) still objectionable to most Republicans.

      Paul could never have won the Republican nomination, and if he somehow had, he could never have been elected President – facts that truly cannot be refuted.

      • Atlas_Collins

        "Paul could never have won the Republican nomination, and if he somehow had, he could never have been elected President – facts that truly cannot be refuted."

        This is true — but if the millions of young people who were energized by Dr Paul's ideas had been welcomed into the republican fold instead of ostracized and spat upon, if Dr. Paul's ideas had been given a fair hearing and debated upon the merits instead of dismissed out-of-hand by the party establishment at the behest of narrow interests, then the future of the party would have been brighter than it is today.

        As for the foreign policy issue, there is policy that is in the best interests of the American People and policy that is not. My assertion is that the present policy is not.

    • Ghostwriter

      I don't know why you like Ron Paul so much. He's an isolationist,anti-Israel nutcase who'd hand the Iranian Mullahs the atom bomb if they wanted to. He's doesn't have my respect and looks like he's not going to be going anywhere for a while.

      • Atlas_Collins

        Well, no … but can you point to another politician in recent memory who has articulated the primacy of the ideal of individual liberty that the nation was founded upon?

        • Ghostwriter

          He could have done that without attacking Israel or trying to make-believe the Iranian Mullahs could be dealt with when the reality is that they can't. They're religious fanatics who want to destroy everyone and everything that isn't Muslim. The sooner Ron Paul realizes that and also that Israel isn't the enemy here,I might respect him a little more,but I don't. And,I also don't like his drug legalization thing with would hand dangerous drugs into the hands of our kids.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Let us know when you finally graduate from puberty.

  • Rostislav

    Some 20 years ago I was elected by the citizens of my small Siberian town to be their representative in the Parliament of our region (a huge territory of approximately 5 Frances). All my rep. activities were followed by the press of different Parties to change my position in favor of their programs. My respectful answer always was: "If I would be elected by your party, I would be only happy to agree. But as far as I was elected by my town, I must be true to my voters and to nobody but them". You know, it wasn't difficult at all, and our young democracy was developing so efficiently then, that Boris Yeltsin had to stop it urgently by his Moscow tanks' fire. There were no any tanks around Mr. Boehner, so I really can't understand what exactly had prevented him from being true to his own promises to his own voters! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

    • ffortnightly

      During the last few years there has indeed been a weapon aimed squarely at the republicans. The left demonstrated their ability to mobilize mindless mobs with nothing more than a message on Twitter. The really frightening aspect of this is that so many "youths" were driven to massive group crimes that included thefts and violent assaults. In some cases they were directed specifically toward groups of unarmed and unaware white families. Boehner has been dodging a race war threat handed to him by the guy he told to f#ck himself the other day.

      Of course a race war is not numerically viable and would end terribly for all Americans. Black Americans in particular since they are the pawns in nearly all of this. The Hispanic peasants being encouraged to sneak in are not a benefit to blacks. Eventually they will vote whites and blacks out of the democrat party. What a strange nation we will be then.
      Grobbbbbbbbbb

  • John Stone

    Another take on the situation is that it ain't gonna get fixed because the public support needed to fix it is not there. Wanting fiscal sanity is a vague idea, actually having you benefits cut or taxes raised is specific and memorable, and that is the real fight. Who cares more? Apparently we live in a time where the support for sound finances is not that strong. And as the author notes, it is going to hit the fan when the credit runs out. Rather than supposing it can be stopped, a better approach is to consider what to do when it happens because it is going to happen. And with the debt currently pushing past the size of the GNP, it is not going to be a generation or two in the future.

  • clarespark

    I was distressed to see a comment blaming the purge of the Ron Paul supporters for the bad fiscal deal bargain. See this guest blog: http://clarespark.com/2012/09/14/ron-paul-anarchi…. Author Phillip Smyth. It is historical in nature and the Republican Party is better off without these bigots. "Ron Paul-Anarchist in Chief."

    • Atlas_Collins

      " … the Republican Party is better off without these bigots … "

      … and so the Republican Party will continue to fade to insignificance.

      Judging by your blog, your primary focus seems to be the best interests of a foreign country that is not the United States. You also seem to advocate for a Republican party devoid of the traditional libertarian/conservative ideals that in decades past underpinned the philosophy of the ideological right.

      You have gotten your wish, madam. the Republican party of today is just as statist and just as antithetical to the People's liberty as the Democrat party

      Slainthé

      • Looking4Sanity

        "… and so the Republican Party will continue to fade to insignificance. "

        So be it. I guarantee you that you Libertines will not even fare that well. For people who claim to have all the answers, I haven't seen you produce ANYTHING in over 50 years. You're just a different flavor of destroyer.

    • NAHALKIDES

      It's quite true that Paul, like the Libertarian Party considered as an ideological whole, has marked anarchist tendencies. But I don't think Republicans can afford to write off Libertarians. Some of them are still open to reason, and Republicans should try to bring these people over into the Republican tent if possible. Not only would they help conservatives acquire control of the Party, displacing Establishment/RINO types, their numbers could make the difference in close local elections. Indeed, Republicans have lost a number of races because the Libertarians siphoned off enough votes to allow the Democrat to win.

      • clarespark

        I have no patience with wreckers and splitters. My original comment had to do with some blatant antisemitism smearing the readers of Frontpage. If that is okay with you, I am sorry for both of us.

        • Atlas_Collins

          You sound just like liberal black people who whine about "racism" whenever confronted with views they disagree with. I said nothing that isn't clearly obvious to anyone who has followed these comment streams over time.

          Perhaps you should stick to your own obscure blog where everyone agrees with you.

          • clarespark

            At least I use my real name. Do you?

          • Atlas_Collins

            So your personal aggrandizement and attention-seeking excuses your closed-minded bigotry? I see.

          • Looking4Sanity

            You see nothing, tardling.

          • Looking4Sanity

            Oh look! The Libertine wants to deprive his opposition of their 1st Amendment Rights! The race baiting was a nice touch too. Your parents must be so proud.

      • Drakken

        Get rid of the eastern seaboard rinos and start putting mid west Repubs in charge and we migh be able to stop the progressive onslaught, otherwise, I say push everything over the cliff and starty from scratch.

  • mlcblog

    Everything to gain, nothing to lose is time to stand up and fight.

  • DrBukk

    Any week now we will be hearing that our National Park system is going to be closed down if we don't raise the debt ceiling. Cue the violins.

    The House should have specific recommendations for emergency measures slashing discretionary spending, making raising the ceiling unnecessary. Sell land. Open energy leases, end drilling moratoriums, consolidate overlapping agencies (89 of them). End obsolete agencies. They need to initiate early retirement buyouts, renegotiate pensions and freeze hiring for Dept. of Energy, Commerce, Education, EPA, HHS, TSA etc. End farm subsidies, quotas and tariffs. Allow cross-state health insurance companies. Tort reform. More Rx drugs made over-the-counter. Fire the Czars.TSA must change from machines to dogs. There must be hundreds and hundreds of popular, specific things which can be recommended, leaving the left dazed and confused. Be prepared, Boehner!

  • Guest

    It sickens me to,hear people use the excuse that the republicans hold only one house and have no power. The democrats held no house and no presidency during much of the Bush years, yet they consistently blocked things they were passionate about. Yes, the republicans are naive for believing they can compromise. Yes, they have the media against them,(this is a big factor unlike the democrats during the Bush years). Still, they need to show strength. Democrats feed on the weaknesses. They need to take the offensive. They need to be out in front delivering their message everywhere. There actions depend on the premise that they really believe what they speak to their constituents? Example: do republicans really believe in small government? Stand firm, tell the public why.

    • Loyal Achates

      Everybody hates socialism – except for themselves.

  • Thomas Wells

    The remark attributed to Boehner regarding a course of action to be taken by Reid, could well sum up a rallying war cry against the P.C. libroid insanity: "Go $%#@ yourself".

  • LindaRivera

    EXTREMELY URGENT! Stop Spain from enforcing barbaric Islamic sharia law on an innocent man for telling the truth about Islam! Spanish leaders seek to send Imran and his family back to Pakistan to a cruel and terrible death. See: http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/01/02/letter-f

    Scroll down to: SIGN THE PETITION FOR CANADA TO GIVE REFUGEE STATUS TO IMRAN:

    Please sign! There isn’t much time left! The petition is put out by Canadian Hindu Advocacy, who are very familiar with the horrific GENOCIDE of Hindus and very severe persecution of Christians and Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    NON MUSLIMS MUST HAVE HUMAN RIGHTS!

  • LindaRivera

    European and British leaders: YOU are the ones responsible for DESTROYING safety and security by colonizing Europe and Britain with many millions of Muslims!

    Abu Baseer in London: “One of the goals of immigration is the revival of the duty of jihad and enforcement of power over the infidels. Immigration and jihad go together.

    Koran 9:5 “Kill Jews and Christians wherever you find them”.

    Founder of Islam, Mohammed: “I have been made victorious with terror”, “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant” (Koran 8:39)

    “The whole of Europe will become Islamic. Like the army of the sultan we will conquer Rome.”
    − Former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, June 2002

    Spanish leaders: Instead of begging forgiveness from the Spanish people for what you have done, you are condemning an innocent man to death!

  • LindaRivera

    Tommy is persecuted, punished and jailed for protesting Islamization of Britain and protesting the many thousands of gang rapes of non-Muslim British children by Muslim monsters.
    If only EDL leader, POLITICAL PRISONER, patriotic, caring human rights activist, Tommy, could be home with his family! PLEASE SIGN!

    Petition: Free Tommy Robinson! http://britishfreedom.org/petition-free-tommy-rob

  • wsk

    The Republicans and Conservatives had their asses handed to them – again. I'm so sick of it. We need to purge the Republican Party. Boehner is a fool.

    • EarlyBird

      Yeah. Lets just all get more extreme! That will attract the voting public.

  • Jack O'neil

    Now that they've finished further bankrupting the country, they can get onto eviscerating the 2nd Amendment. If Obama was an agent of a foreign enemy would it be possible for him to cause more damage to our nation than he is currently doing?

  • Jack O'neil

    Pretty funny when the Speaker of the House gets out maneuvered and embarrassed by a guy who could not pass a background check to clean cages at the Washington D.C. Zoo.

  • pierce

    You can't, I repeat, you can't negotiate with any one who thinks they have all the answers. Oh, by the way wsk, only BHO thinks it was a landslide victory, BO and you. You are a fool to say that, and a bigger fool to believe it.

    • John Stone

      The worst of it is that by getting reelected, BHO showed that you can be as corrupt and incompetent as he is and still get a pass from the electorate. That gives all the rest of them an element of license. Corruption is self serving, and so of course most will be more corrupt if they can get away with it.

      And oh yeah, that goofy fool Chrisy. Talk about getting rolled. Maybe next time the president will tip him over and send him rolling down a hill.

  • Chris

    Obama will NEVER negotiate in good faith. Why can't republicans see that?
    Boehner should have demanded open televised debate on all bills. Harry Reid plays defense by making sure that embarrassing Obama votes never see the light of day.
    I think that if America could really watch the Kenyan klown at work, with all his petulance and sneering and idiocy every day, instead of the media fantasy lord Obama crap we get instead, it would get old real fast.

    Obama's downfall is America's gain. May his fall be humiliating and may he take the media with him; I loathe that man.

    • pierce

      540I could not say it any better Chris. Congratulations

    • John Stone

      If you want to go with the long odds, they are that the the outcome is what they wanted it to be. Their are a few stupid politicians in Washington but not many. The two parties are not gaming each other so much as us. You know, why should they upset the apple cart when everybody's handout constituency is getting their take, and they, the political class, gets voted back into power?

      If we get change that will be when things blow up and that will be when the federal government runs out of credit.

  • rightwingcanadian

    if I try to debate a liberal relative they tell me I've been infected with propaganda,you see liberals are like children if they hear something they don't like they throw a fit.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It is quite obvious that two years from now the remaining Republicans that have voted with
    Bonehead must be replaced. The political campaigns must show to every American that there
    is no future for our Nation with continuing the two theft party system. A strong third party can
    be made with Americans that want America to remain strong and free and have the backbone
    to put the screws to everyone else, why compromise with internal enemies, why support
    a government that supports our external enemies, the shakeup must be Earth shattering.
    William

  • atthebeach

    The ‘learning curve’ of Boehner and like-minded Repubs could not be more pathetic. How is it; that these ‘Washington insiders’ continue to imagine; they know so much ‘better’ than those they were elected ‘by’; to serve. Those who have been sounding warning, since Obama arrived on scene. (And nooo; Obama is NOT a nice guy! Another commonly held, albeit, delusional excuse for this Treason, walking..) / Our own Repubs exhibiting their personal brand of ‘useful idiocy’. Sadly; ‘too late smart’ it just that.

  • Len_Powder

    "Add the adversarial, hostile, double standard-driven establishment press to the mix, and one can totally understand the daunting challenges the Speaker has faced." Precisely the reason why Boehner was the worst choice that the Republicans could have made after the 2010 elections. Precisely the reason he has to be removed from that office – even if it does make him cry!

  • Len_Powder

    "So what happened? Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Washington Republicans have naively believed, and probably still do despite their repeated humiliations, that there can be honest negotiations with Washington Democrats led by the most radical president in U.S. history. That is not possible." AMEN TOM! You hit the nail on the head. When you're dealing with a Bolshevik you don't speak or act as if he were no worse than a Social Democrat!

  • EarlyBird

    I blame the Tea Party and other right wing nutjobs, not Boehner. Imagine trying to corral those extremists into doing something constructive. The GOP candidates for the nomination all swore on Fox that they would not raise a single dollar in taxes, even if for every dollar in taxes $10 in spending was cut. That's not even functional, let alone "conservative," and it's a perfect example of what has become of the GOP. They are insane.

    Romney was a serious pragmatist who could have lead our country very well, but he was disallowed to run as his moderate, serious self by the Tea Party nutjobs. He had to be a "severe conservative" whacko to get nominating, and then dove for the center for the election and looked plastic.

    • John Stone

      If you are more than a troll and really believe what you say, then I suggest you note how things go when the government runs out of credit, and realize that you do not quite have the whole story down just yet. It is going to happen within a decade and maybe just a few years, so you should still be around to see it.

      And as for me, I do not feel a need for name calling to justify my opinions, although you apparently do.

  • EarlyBird

    It's just mind boggling to read that right wingers are saying the problem is that the Republicans were too willing to negotiate with the Dems. Talk about living on another planet. We got so close to the cliff because the GOP was unwilling to negotiate.

    What I see is that the GOP has now compromised on taxes, the American electorate knows it, and now they can press very hard for spending cuts. Oh, it would be helpful if they included a lot of defense cuts too, but you can get bet your butt they won't, or else "the terrorists win."