Why I can’t stand John Boehner

There are many reasons, but his statement today provides examples of a few. My comments are enclosed in [brackets.]

“The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country’s debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare. That fight will continue. But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us.  In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts. With our nation’s economy still struggling under years of the president’s policies, [No, the economy is struggling for two reasons: structural unemployment due to increased use of technology, and your party’s steadfast, and in my view, largely racist opposition to his intended policies. Congress has not implemented the President’s economic policies since the adoption of the stimulus in 2009.] raising taxes is not a viable option. [Your party wishes to cut taxes on high income individuals but supports the cutting of the social safety net, and eliminating protective regulations, such as those that try to preserve the environment.] Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president’s health care law will continue.  [If you didn’t use so much time demagoging it, you might have actually helped to improve it.] We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law’s massive flaws and smart, [As the last two weeks demonstrate, there is nothing “smart” about Republican policy or strategy] targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people.” [Congress adopted the law; the Supreme Court approved it. That is not the president forcing it on people; that is representative democracy at work.]

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