The compromise budget bill passed by the House this past week is a baby step toward reasonableness. It is a travesty that unemployment benefits will be cut for those still looking for work, but easing the sequester and a pullback from budgetary brinksmanship is at least a small gift for the holidays.
But in the process, John Boehner managed to make himself into an even bigger, disingenuous fool than before. In a news conference near the end of the week he excoriated the unelected right-wing special interests for "forcing" the House to engage in the tactics that led to the shutdown. Then he pointed out that somebody from one of those outfits said on the day before the shutdown ended that they knew it wouldn't work. "Are you kidding me?" thundered the Speaker.
Translated, that meant "Why was I not informed?"
Everybody with half a brain knew all along that the ACA would not be overturned, could not be overturned. The Senate would never approve it, and if it did, the president would veto it and there is nothing close to the supermajority in the Senate needed to overturn the veto. Everybody knew this, apparently except for Boehner and the tea party crazies to whom he became a puppet.
While it is nice to think that Boehner may have seen the light, temporarily at least, I have no confidence that his newfound perspective will have any staying power. When it comes time for the Club for Growth to write him another check, he's likely to be saying once again, "Yessir, whatever you say, sir."
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. -- George Bernard Shaw
I agree he is a sad case as leader. He is much like the president. A good man, but not much of a leader. It is time for the likes of John McCain to realize Rep. citizens are sick of the same old thing. They have realized without proper leadership, this country is turning into something that is unrecognizable.
Hopefully, the American people, both Dems and Repubs, realize we have a voice. It is time to clean house in Washington, and restore our Constitutional rights.
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