Today’s Hoser (Hall of Shamer) is none other than the CEO of the House of Representatives. Yes, I am speaking of the Chief Extortionist Officer, John Boehner, the Speaker of the House.
This man shoulders more responsibility for the continuing government shutdown than any other. If he were simply to allow a vote on a clean resolution to fund the government, it would pass and the government would reopen. Unfortunately, Boehner won’t allow that. He’s taken the hostages and insists on being paid.
Boehner appeared last Sunday on ABC’s This week, insisting there were simply not enough votes
for a clean bill to pass. This is laughable coming from a man who allowed 40 votes on blocking, defunding ot delaying Obamacare. I think after the first few votes, he probably knew what the outcome would be the other 37 times, but that didn’t stop him.
Now with the nation looking to him to show some leadership, he refuses to allow just one vote on a clean resolution. Why is that? He knows that he would lose such a vote. Not only that, a vote would force members to go on record as being either for or against continuing the shutdown. The American people deserve to see how their own representative votes on such a measure. A vote means accountability and that is something many Republicans simply don’t have the stomach for.
Boehner has also continually blamed President Obama for refusing to negotiate. Boehner even went so far as to say, “Obama owns this government shutdown.” This is another laughable talking point. This is a kidnapper, who derides you for not paying his ransom.
As far as the unwillingness to negotjate, let’s look at the facts. Normally, the way a budget is passed is the house passes a budget, the senate passes a budget and the two chambers conference and negotiate to come up with one final version to send to the president. The Republicans refused 18 times to go to conference on the budget. Why did they do that?
The Republicans knew that if a budget were ever passed, they would lose the gun they like to hold to America’s head. Normal legislative process is not how the house Republicans operate. Instead they wait until a fiscal crisis gives them maximum leverage. I can imagine Boehner meeting with his party leadership. “OK boys, we got em over a barrel again, what do we want this time?”
The American people deserve better from our elected government officials. I would tell Boehner to enjoy the last 12 months of his gavel, because the 2014 elections are going to put an end to your reign of terror and close a very dark chapter in American history. But not to worry Mr. Speaker, your membership in my Hall of Shame will still remain.
The Democrats are so unreasonable, the Republicans say. They refuse to negotiate. John Boehner said, “Obama owns this shutdown.” Nice try Mr. DoubleSpeaker of the House. Now let’s review the facts.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare was passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Opponents to the law tried to have it declared unconstitutional, but in June 2012 the US Supreme Court declared the law constitutional.
The Republicans have tried 40 times to delay or block the implementation of Obamacare. They lost all 40 voted.
Love it or hate it, Obamacare is the law of the land. The Republicans opposed to the legislation have lost in both houses of Congress. They’ve lost in the Supreme Court. Their presidential candidate and an opponent of Obamacare, Mitt Romney, lost when voters chose to re-elect President Obama.
This is democracy in action. But the Republicans refuse to accept defeat. So now in desperation, they have shutdown the government. They’ve been stymied in the democratic process, so they are resorting to extortion. They show pictures of a negotiating table with Republicans sitting at one side of the table and empty chairs on the Democratic side of the table.
Why would the Democrats negotiate? We have a tradition in the US. We don’t negotiate with terrorists. We don’t give into extortion. Never in American history has a political party stooped so low as to grind the government to a halt over one piece of legislation they don’t like.
And the saddest part is that many Republicans would cross the aisle and vote with the Democrats if House Mafia Boss and Chief Extortionist Boehner allowed a vote on a continuing resolution untied to Obamacare. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, “Never have so many been hurt by so few.”
I listened to Rush Limbaugh today. He went on and on about how heartless Democrats are holding veterans hostage by not allowing veterans access to the World War II Memorial. This is outrageous twisted logic and no one is buying it. It is the extremists in the Republican party who are holding the country hostage.
Jon Stewart of the today show said it best. He pointed to the New York Giants loss to the Kansas City Chiefs 32-7. Stewart said, “You know what they didn’t do? They didn’t say give us 25 more points by midnight or we’re going to shutdown the NFL!”
But that is exactly what the Republicans are asking for. Why stop at Obamacare, why not demand the results of the 2012 election be negotiated? It makes the same amount of sense. I am neither a Democrat or a Republican and I’m not sure how I feel about Obamacare. But I do know that shutting down the government is not the way to advance your agenda. The President and Democrats have rightly said they are willing to discuss Obamacare but not under these hostage taking conditions.
The Republicans’s behavior in this matter is reprehensible and a disgrace. They make a joke of our democratic process and use blackmail to try and force their will on the country. They then have the audacity to blame the shutdown on the President. That is like a kidnapper blaming a parent for not paying the ransom. “You are so heartless. You could have your child back right away if you just paid the ransom.”
Sorry Mr. Doublespeaker. We are a nation under the rule of law. Extortion and blackmail is not how we change things. We have elections. We have sessions of congress. We have debate and legislators vote on laws. You’ve failed 40 times to block Obamacare. It is the law of the land whether you like it or not. It’s time you admit defeat and move on, instead of hurting the people you were elected to serve. And speaking of elections, don’t think that voters in this country are buying your twisted logic. Obama doesn’t own this government shutdown. The Republicans do and more specifically the blame rests on YOU. Allow the people’s representatives to vote on a clean continuing resolution. That’s called democracy. You should try it some time.
I highly recommend this video of Jon Stewart’s take on the shutdown. It is not only hilarious but totally accurate: