Boehner Puts His Official Stamp On The Party Of NO! Walks Away!

Boehner Puts His Official Stamp On The Party Of NO! Walks Away!

Speaker of the House, John “Weepy” Boehner has finally put his Official Stamp of Approval on the Party of NO. Then again, anyone who has been watching the debt ceiling crisis escalate, until Boehner finally walked away yesterday, knew that the Republicans were not dealing in good faith from the beginning.

Even though there are a variety of conflicting polls regarding the GOP’s hardline stance, the fact is most Americans are fed up with constant drama.

The GOP has been nothing short of irresponsible and I say that as a person who has voted often enough for Republican candidates.

As I recently explained to one of Adam Kinzinger’s aides, just because he got my vote in the last election he shouldn’t expect it in the next given his support of Paul Ryan’s fuzzy logic and his embracing an extreme position at a time we can least afford it. Of course that is just me (and my wife) – but thus far he has gone from a favored politician to an outcast. When an elected leader fails to grasp the enormity of the damage that their so-called “principled stand” will unleash tells me that they aren’t thinking for themselves and are instead being led around by a nose ring. Adam Kinzinger knows full well that his district has been harder by the economic depression than most and staying the course with his Tea Party brethren will just make it worse for those he says he represents. And that’s too bad.

Matter-of-fact it is too bad for anyone in the GOP that is aligned with Grover Norquist and the Extreme Right Agenda. I no longer trust their vision nor their intentions as it has become abundantly that their agenda is focused solely on wiping out what is left of the Middle Class. And since I fall into that socioeconomic group, well it is time to say bye bye. Any candidate looking for my vote will have to take a moderate pledge that protects “everyone’s interests.”

The Party of No started the financial crisis long before Barack Obama entered the Oval Office. The reality is that Democrats and Republicans both share in the blame when it comes to raising the debt ceiling and spending as if there was no tomorrow. The GOP has been trying to make the sitting president the “sole scapegoat” for all of our economic woes, and that is just not sitting right with me. Quite frankly, it think it is an outright lie!

I also happen to think that most Americans feel the same way. Americans are not only a hell of a lot smarter than that, but have watched the Republicans expose themselves for what they are during this current crisis. Fortunately, neither the Extreme Right or the Left can win without the support of Centrists. And as I see it – there will be hell to pay for many politicians in 2012. Both sides will lose too, but, the Republicans will face a backlash similar to what swept them into the majority in the House of Representatives.

Seems to me the time has come for some politicians to get off their asses!

Tick, Tick, Tick!


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  • Wow. Mr Ciric. Wow.

  • In reply to B K Ray:

    Wow is right - how the heck are you? Haven't heard from you in ages. Come on I am still waiting for another Hedley LeMar post from you. Are you blogging at all or have you given it up?

  • Since the bottom of the last post is more relevant to this one...

    There was something on one of the talking heads shows about McConnell basically saying "we'll give the President the authority to clean it up and I'll wash my hands of it" and whether that was political cowardice.

    I guess they'll be at the White House to figure that one out today.

    On your other point, Lehman Bros., Merrill Lynch and TARP were under Bush's watch, including using some government money on GM and Chrysler so they wouldn't fail on his watch. The only difference in the latter cases was that Obama knew enough about bankruptcy law to get them restructured through the bankruptcy court.

  • In reply to jack:

    I am sure McConnell's "solution" is self-serving and yes it is cowardice. In so far as his move is deemed strategic, well that can backfire given the mood of frustration in the country. Maybe McConnell is banking on the new Pew Research Poll which shows the GOP is gaining support among Whites? Personally I think it is flawed since their poll was measured over a long length of time. All in all, this is all a fools game.

    I am not sure where you are going with "knew enough of BK laws" but I suppose Obama felt he too had no choice, just like Bush. Now whether that was actually true or not is another story - some felt that Lehman and Merrill should have been allowed to fail. Personally, I am not sure of anything when it comes to the bailouts anymore - it looked like a take the money and run to me and both presidents got screwed as well as us.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    With respect to the bankruptcy laws, only to the extent that the companies got reorganized instead of becoming permanent money pits, and the redundant car models and nonproducing dealers were jettisoned. All of that was pushed though bankruptcy court comparatively quickly (compared to United and Tribune sitting there for years), especially over the objections of the dealers who claimed that they had iron-clad franchise contracts protected under state dealership laws. Congress gave the dealers some arbitration relief later, but, essentially in my area, Dodge-Hyundai, Buick-Pontiac-Hyundai, and Chrysler-Jeep dealers are Hyundai, Hyundai, and used car dealer taking a settlement dealerships, respectively.

    I suppose one of the questions would have been whether the reorganizations could have been done without government money, but supposedly the government is getting its back. While the media have not been scrupulous concerning paying back both the government loans and equity stakes, the WSJ says Fiat has, and the only ownership is now Fiat and the retirement trust fund .

    Basically, though my point was in your last sentence, plus that Obama inherited the economic situation as he got it, as opposed to health care, which was and is a mess, but the initiative was his.

  • In reply to jack:

    With regard to the link, Google News gets you the entire article by searching for the terms in the headline, but I guess the link requires that you register, so if you want to follow up, use Google.

  • In reply to jack:

    I saw that - yes I will do that.

  • In reply to jack:

    I see. As for the paybacks, it is extremely hard to follow exactly what was repaid and what wasn't. The Government Accounting Office had said at one point that a majority of the money had been repaid and that the Treasury made a profit to boot. But, I also think I heard somewhere that about a fourth is still in limbo. The media, as you rightly point out, has not done their due diligence but given that the major networks have been "scrupulous" in being a mouthpiece for the Administration, I suppose that shouldn't surprise us. I don't know about you, but I can't recall another time in my life that the media has so embraced the Oval Office, except for maybe JFK's administration. But times were different then too and it was easier to keep certain things off the record via a gentleman's code. Of course that began changing with LBJ as he got closer to leaving office and after he "lost Cronkite." Yet, today with its instant access to everything I find the relationship between the media and the administration troubling.

    Obamacare, and the taxes already being collected, is definitely on his shoulders. While Bush must be held accountable for the deteriorating economy and the initial bailouts - I think Obama will get tagged for not "putting more money than he did" after he took over. When Summers and others were debating the issue on Charley Rose, almost to a man they agreed he needed to do that and the lack of that decision is what has kept us down so long. Now I am not an economist (but minored in economics) but their argument was compelling enough. Still, Bush really deserves that the onus is on him.

    I am definitely regretting that I voted for him twice.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    More money of course went into everything after Obama took over.

    According to Car & Driver, after the IPO, the U.S. government still owns 33% of the equity in GM, and Canadian governments still own about 9%.

  • In reply to jack:

    Very true.

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