John Boehner´s first order of business in his second term as speaker is no more one-on-one meetings with President Obama. An aide to the speaker, who won re-election to the leadership post Thursday afternoon, confirmed to Fox News that Boehner is done with closed-door talks with the president. Boehner and Obama over the past two years have made two unsuccessful attempts at striking a "grand bargain" deficit-reduction deal. The last set of talks, in the context of crafting a bill to avert the fiscal crisis, ended with Boehner exiting the negotiations and pushing a failed "Plan B"
Comments: This article takes me back more than 30-years-ago when I use to watch wrestling on a weekly basis. Besides "Macho Man" Randy Savage and his "manager," the Lovely Elizabeth, my fave part were the interviews. Why? because like Boehner here in this article, the bad guy could turn on a dime and become the good guy in a few weeks. I didn´t believe it then, nor do I believe Boehner now. But, all I was doing was watching mindless screed then. Not now.
So is this an indication that Congress and particularly Boehner have taken efficiency to heart? Is Boehner just streamlining the surrender part by eliminated the need to waste time personally graveling to Obambi and just surrender right from the start? Maybe Boehner can push this as a deficit reduction plan. Save us taxpayers the wasted cash on staffers and expensive travel when we all know he just plans to do whatever Obambi wants from the beginning.
The next time when debt ceiling comes up, Zippy will threaten to stop SS checks and blame the Republicans, they will dissolve like a lump of mud in water. When gun control comes up the ´moderates´ will join the ´Rats and it will be over.
I think Boehner is ok. I believe the evil Zippy has set him up to be the fall guy. I hope to God that he follows through on his commitment not to meet face to face with the liar and manipulator mulatto.
I agree with #8. The Speaker was in a tough place with very little leverage. The fiscal cliff deal was lousy but did prevent a calamity. Boehner´s statement basically says that obama is not an honorable man as he will not keep his word.
How about vowing to end continuing spending resolutions and force the Senate Democrats to approve a budget???? It would be Constitutional but that wouldn´t be nice according to the Dems and msm so I doubt that will happen. Good grief what other nonsense did he tell the House Republicans in order to keep being the Speaker? We´re toast with such weak willed leaders like Boehner. There will be no real spending cuts no matter what Boehner declares. It will be all smoke and mirrors.
Media Ho´s are out to screw us 24/7. Nation of lazy moochers wanna believe the Ministry of Propaganda (NBC). What´s a fella to do?
My recommendation for strategy... unlike pessimists on another thread today... I expect we will triumph in the 2014 midterms next year. We will own the House and the Senate. We can wreck the final two years of Bamster´s reign of terror.
When Obamacare kicks in, in Jan. 2014, you will have... even worse unemployment, economy, taxes, misery... second terms are downhill for all prez, especially nasty sick ones like Bammy.
The sixth year, the second term mid-terms, are usually disastrous. Be patient and wait for it. Why all the panic? Why all the pessimism? We know what we´re up against. Let´s do it. Let´s roll.
OP, you know Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Miss Elizabeth are both no longer with us, don´t you? He died in a car crash, and she died from an OD while she was living with Lex Luger (real name Lawrence Pfohl). Which was one of the many things that prompted Lex to turn his life over to the Lord, and he´s doing well today, AFIK. He had some medical troubles after that, but recovered pretty well, and was a big testimony to the other patients at Shepherd.
RE: Boehner - Bah. I do not care what he does or does not do. He could move into the WH for all I care.
Guessing he intimidated conservatives from opposing him by threatening any supporters for new leadership. Then, so as not to get Palin or a new third party stealing the base away, he says he will not meet with Obama "one on one." Here is the compromise establishment republicans prefer rather than understanding and explaining to the voters what marxism and Cloward-Piven strategies will do to the children of America. Instead of the Obama marxists overthrowing the country violently -- as in, "Have you ever been a member of an organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of the U.S?" -- they can overthrow, or transform non-violently, using [grudging] republican help and the "fairness" narrative. And while we are looking at "The Cliff," or the "Benghazi Story," or "The Plane Crash in Iran which killed a SEAL General and wounded Hillary", Obama has, like a Deist Clockwinder God, created enough instability and Anti-Semitism in the Middle East to have it come apart tomorrow. The press in the totalitarian regimes plants National Enquirer stories, since Truth is virtually dead here for those to whom America is a bi-word or a "country-tradition". Somewhere tonight, with a few normal looking friends, Boehner is being celebrated for his raw political skill and his win. And maybe one of these normal looking friends, a backslidden type with a Stella in his hand, suddenly sees invisible writing on the wall. It says, "Things that cause people to sin must come, but woe to that person by whom these things come." [Luke 17:1]
This is the, ´same-old, same-old,´ cream-puff rhetoric from blubbering doormat Boehner & his statist GOP cronies and, as in the last House session, it just isn´t getting the job done. As the other headline notes, 0bama is relaxing on the beach while Boehner squeeks by in the Senate vote!!! ...What kind of GOP leadership is THAT? THIS President and THIS Congress infringe upon every Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and 4th of July every year now. They don´t read the legislation they vote on in the dead of night. They are a communal statist disaster. And in the end, they ignore the Constitution and their own oaths of office. Our ship of state is without a rudder & adrift inside the beltway.
How pathetic that at this critical point in American history all this Senate GOP, ´leadership,´ has to offer is talk, talk and more talk?!! Faced by 0bama/Reid/Biden(?!)/Kerry(?!!!!!) and the like, the current GOP, ´led,´ by Boehner has caved AGAIN, collapsed and is down for the count. Where is a principled GOP leader in this Congress who can actually champion the Constitution & articulate/communicate its principled policies of Life & Liberty with Justice for ALL? Who will the oath of the office? Please step up!
I say that the Speaker should refuse to go to the White House when the next crisis evolves and Barky issues a call for a command performance. Instead inform ol´ Purple Lips that he needs to come down to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue if he´s serious about holding discussions. Pennsylvania Ave. isn´t a one-way street. It runs west AND EAST.
I agree with 8, 9, etc. How did this "direct" negotiation get started? If I recall correctly, it was Zippy who invited them all to the WH, and suddenly that became the main M.O. After what The Won pulled last summer (welching on the deal he proposed, a la Lucy and the football), Boehner would have been within his rights to refuse to go back, knowing there would just be more of the same in store for him. By showing bona fides, he got creamed again by The Won.
I don´t blame him one bit, and if that´s the way Barry wants to play, he´s welcome to a game of solitaire.
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