J. Robert Smith
Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" (B as in "Big Bomb") is as dead as a Cowsills' 45 record. Vinyl doesn't wear well in the digital age, and Speaker Boehner's plan to raise taxes didn't woo GOP House caucus members or tea parties and grassroots conservatives across the republic. Boehner and his team were effectively trying to legislate against their party's conservative base and the outcome was thankfully predictable.
Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Boehner's other lieutenants have made a fine botch of not only their negotiations with President Obama, but the PR war that rages for the hearts and minds of Americans (such is just a continuation of the ham-handed Romney campaign's poor communications and outreach strategies during the presidential election).
Boehner and Cantor were clearly knocked off their strides after Mr. Obama's unexpected victory (for many on the right) over Mitt Romney.
They haven't seemed to recover since that Tuesday night in November. Like other establishment Republicans, Boehner and Cantor read too much into the president's narrow popular vote win. Moreover, both men are clearly overmatched in their duel with the president, who sticks to his principles like superglue.
Boehner, particularly, has seemed cowed and groping versus confident in making conservative principles the cornerstones of his negotiations with the president. Boehner has played the role all too often played by Washington-ized Republicans: the enabler and fixer of Democrats' excesses. The speaker has shown that he'd rather find ways to straighten out Washington's big government mess than use the mess to push for badly needed far-reaching reforms and downsizing of the federal leviathan. Boehner's had an opportunity to make history, and all he wants to do is sweep floors.
Uncle Sam's problem has been and continues to be wild spending, outrageous debt, and unfunded liabilities that promise to crush working Americans and the economy as the near-years unfold. The problem hasn't been and isn't too little tax revenue into Uncle Sam's coffers. That Boehner and his establishment GOP colleagues agreed to put taxes on the table ahead of any negotiations and resolution of spending cuts and entitlement reforms was a strategic error of the first magnitude. In so doing, the speaker ceded critical ground - in terms of good governance and politics - to the president. Thanks to the speaker's myopic, craven approach, the message went out loud and clear to Americans: "The president is right. Spending and debt aren't the big problems; tax revenue is the trouble. We Republicans agree to raise taxes."
Now is not the time for total surrender. Death before dishonor.
Now who was it that said "Give me Liberty or give me Death" Oh Yeah ! Patrick Henry he knew there would be teouble brewing ,sooner or later .. And look folks our Liberty is on the line now .. For years the Government has been picking away at the Freedom the founders Gave us, and we are allowing it !
Now we have another 4 years of the destoyer in chief .. GOD help us if Congress fails to counter Obamas attacks on "We the People"
HE DID PUT UP AN OFFER..... IT JUST MUST HAVE, NOT BEEN A VERY GOOD ONE?
He has to go. We cannot have a Speaker meeting in secrecy with the President and making backroom deals outside of hearing range of our Representatives. That is Political Cronyism and can no longer be tolerated. We have to have Statesmen who will vote the mind and wishes of the Constitution and the People and not someone who will go along to get along. What we have now are career politicians that don't give a rip about the people or the Constitution. This President is destroying this country and our Constitution and it has to stop now before the damage is irreversible and we need a strong Speaker with true Conservative Values in order to do that.
Relace Boehner with Allen West. Or Herman Cain.
Now that works for me.
No, fiesty educated Michelle Bachman. She will get the job done!
Amen to all3 choices .
The Speaker and all establishment in the Republican House must go, even though it will the Democrats to organize the House. Republicans are not conservative anymore. We must demand resignations now. I am no longer a Republican. I am a American. I don't the fiscal cliff, but I realized I will pay nearly $2,000 more in taxes in 2013 so I will cut back on spending. I will reduce eating out, stop buying books, newspapers, and magazines. I will eat only sandwiches to survive on. I will drive only essential trips with my car. I will wear my winter coat in my apartment to save on heat. We all have to face reality now. Obama and his crowd is now in charge and we will all pay for it so therefore we must reducing spending and start to survive barely on what we will have left over after they take increasing heavier bit of our income that we work hard to get to pay their supporters on welfare.
I have liked the aggressive nature of his questioning as a member of the House Oversight Cmte especially on F&F and Libya but, I recently read that he sponsored a bill (which passed the House and is now on its way to the Senate) to provide former presidents and their wives lifetime Secret Service protection. . .I get the concern about their safety, but how are we going to pay for this? It just galls me to think we are going to have to pay for BHO/MO for the rest of their lives.
I realize that no one person is ideal. I suppose that if this is the worst piece of legislation Gowdy's proposed/sponsored/voted for, it's at least a start in a better direction than with Boehner/Cantor and don't forget to include McCarthy in the list of those who need to go (I read he was very instrumental in the "purge" of conservatives from committee assignments). JMHO :)