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."
OK,... I WANT ALLEN WEST !!!!! A CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE, WHO CALLS AMERICA -- A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC.......BECAUSE, WE ARE !!!
I do not know where we are going to gather for this revolution. I do suspect that the old party system is dead. The dems and the republicans are all communists now. I do not see how we can work within the structure of the party system. I think that we must go through a collapse and perhaps them we can reconstruct. It is going to be a difficult 3 years.
FB, couldn't agree more. Robin, I'm afraid of the same thing. My concern is that during the collapse someone else will try to take over the country by force, if necessary....say in payment of the debt loans the clowns have run up.
SHITA. NOBODY,.... I BELIEVE, THERE'S TOO MUCH, P.C. BULL SHIT IN WAR. IT IS A FLIPPING WAR !! NOT A TRIP TO THE MALL ! GO IN FADT, HARD, STRONG INTENT TO DESTROY OUR ENEMY. YES...INNOCENT WILL DIE. IT'S WAR !!!!! GET THE JOB DONE, HITTING THEM WITH ALL WEAPONS YOU HAVE!! KEEP THAT SHIT UP FOR 10 DAYS, OF M.O.A.B. BOMBS....CARPET BOMBERS....AND WHATEVER ELSE, YOU NEED. GET IN,...GET THE JOB DONE WITH FULL FORCE, GET OUT.
Roger FB. If someone does try, I will one of the first to defend, but I also have kids and grandkids for which I'm concerned. I too don't believe in "police actions". Our military is for search and destroy. I'm tired of the politicians running them all over the world at the whim of the UN politicians.
I don't like the idea at all of a secret ballot. There should never be a secret ballot in Congress under any circumstances, because we would lose the most important power of all: accountability. You know how fond Washington is of invoking precedence--allow one secret vote, and before you know it, it will become vital to the legislative process that almost every ballot be secret.
What the hell. They are all commies.
I am like Glen Beck. I don't care about Washington anymore. I focus on my family and my community. Planting season is coming soon and we are focused on the crop. This is a battle that must be fought in the cities. The infection has been in the cities and must be addressed in the cities. We in the "irrelevant" rural areas can do little to help the big city people.
Robin..... there is also a good arguement there too ! IF I HAD THE PRIVATE LAND ? I WOULD POUND A HUGE CROSS DEEP DOWN INTO CONCRETE UNDER THE DIRT, AS THE REST OF THE CROSS SHINED IN THE SUNSHINE !!
What a great idea. I will do that. I know exactly where to place the cross. Thank you for the idea.
ROBIN... I THINK THE FIX WILL TAKE MORE THAN 3 YRS. MORE LIKE 20, WHAT MAY BE THE REST OF MY LIFE. I'M 54,... so, It is up to a new strong group of CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVES !!
You are correct. This is a long term war that must be waged by the young. They have ignored our warnings through the years. Now, I am sorry to say, they do not have a pleasant future. It os unfortunate that ..... well, it is unfortunate.