John Boehner

Mitching and Boehning: Republican House and Senate Leaders Write Ridiculous Letter

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April 12, 2012
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Attempting to create political leverage wherever they can find it rather than put work into getting America back on track, McConnell and Boner sent a letter to the President of the United States demanding he not do what George W. Bush did:

Republican leaders in Congress have warned President Obama against any attempts to pass last-minute regulations if he loses reelection this year.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) sent a letter to Obama Wednesday urging him not to pass any “midnight regulations.”

Outgoing presidents typically leave some of their most controversial executive orders until the final days of their term to avoid an expected public backlash.

Something tells me Mitch and Boehn might be getting a bit ahead of themselves.

From WaPo — one wonders where Mitch’s concern was when his own wife was doing the deed:

The letter did not refer to any such regulatory changes made by previous presidents, but McConnell’s wife, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, was accused of moving with unusual speed in the final months of George W. Bush’s presidency to push through a rule making it tougher to regulate workers’ on-the-job exposure to chemicals and toxins.

The Labor Department quietly posted the proposal in July 2008, before Obama’s eventual victory, and the move angered workplace-safety advocates, labor unions and congressional Democrats, who accused the Bush administration of doing exactly what Republicans now hope Obama will avoid repeating.

In the final months of Bush’s term, federal worker union leaders also pushed to ensure that the White House was not improperly awarding political appointees with senior career government positions at the expense of more qualified workers. But at least 20 Bush-era appointees successfully bypassed the normal federal hiring process and “burrowed in” to career jobs.

And it wasn’t just Mitch McConnell’s wife doing the last-minute regulatin’ back in ’08… it was the entire corrupt Bush Administration:

After spending eight years at the helm of one of the most ideologically driven administrations in American history, George W. Bush is ending his presidency in characteristically aggressive fashion, with a swath of controversial measures designed to reward supporters and enrage opponents.

By the time he vacates the White House, he will have issued a record number of so-called ‘midnight regulations’ – so called because of the stealthy way they appear on the rule books – to undermine the administration of Barack Obama, many of which could take years to undo.

Dozens of new rules have already been introduced which critics say will diminish worker safety, pollute the environment, promote gun use and curtail abortion rights. Many rules promote the interests of large industries, such as coal mining or energy, which have energetically supported Bush during his two terms as president. More are expected this week.

America’s attention is focused on the fate of the beleaguered car industry, still seeking backing in Washington for a multi-billion-dollar bail-out. But behind the scenes, the ‘midnight’ rules are being rushed through with little fanfare and minimal media attention. None of them would be likely to appeal to the incoming Obama team.

The regulations cover a vast policy area, ranging from healthcare to car safety to civil liberties. Many are focused on the environment and seek to ease regulations that limit pollution or restrict harmful industrial practices, such as dumping strip-mining waste.

All Americans — Republican and Democrat alike — are likely shocked by the hypocrisy of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.

McConnell, Boehner bailing on GOP Presidential Candidates?

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March 6, 2012
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Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are circling their wagons as the GOP Primary appears uncertain and the candidates problematic, making a backup plan to ensure that if the Presidential race really does shape up as a lost cause, they will be in a position to put the majority of their focus on holding the House and trying to take the Senate. As such, the two dudes are coordinating their cross-chamber support, with Mitch giving money to Boehner’s chosen ones and Boehner giving to a list of Senators Mitch has on his priority list. The Hill:

The bicameral strategy comes as some high-profile conservatives, including former Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) and columnist George Will, have suggested that Congress, not the White House, should be the GOP’s focus this fall. That argument has emerged in the wake of President Obama’s improved polling numbers and growing angst on the right with the GOP presidential field.

Republicans need a net of four seats to capture the Senate (three if Obama loses). Boehner, meanwhile, is defending his new majority, which would become a minority if House Democrats pick up a net of 26 seats in November.

Mitch says his top priority is Obama being a one term president and that justifies his strategy to grind the federal goverment to a virtual halt. But Mitch’s bigger goal, what he dreams of when he lies in bed at night wide open and unable to sleep, is being the Senate Majority leader. If that means burning the Republican Presidential candidate, you can bet Mitch will do it. Because Mitch is looking out for the best interests of Mitch, not his constituents, not his Party, and certainly not America.

Obama threatens Veto of Davis/Boehner/GOP anti-environment bills

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October 4, 2011
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Yesterday we mentioned John Boehner’s “GONE SOFT” email blast fluffing Geofferson Davis and one of his anti-public health bills. Well, Barry Hussein has pledged to veto the bill:

The White House is threatening to veto two House bills that would delay key Environmental Protection Agency air-pollution regulations.

“These bills would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving ahead with long-overdue requirements to reduce air pollution from industrial boilers, solid waste incinerators, and cement plants,” the White House said in a formal “statement of administration policy.”

“The bills also would weaken EPA’s ability to ensure that its standards protect American families from a range of harmful pollutants including mercury and other toxic metals, as well as smog and soot.”

John Boehner Fluffing Geoff Davis

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October 3, 2011
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Speaker of the House Boner sent out an email blast over the weekend… with the subject line “GONE SOFT?

Mr. BoneBoneBoneBoehner wrote:

Gone “Soft?” Or Threatened By Tax Hikes, Excessive Regulations, & Excessive Spending?

President Obama says America has gone “a little soft” and lost its “competitive edge.” But the reality is – as Speaker Boehner recently said – job creators are paralyzed by “the constant threat of new taxes, out-of-control spending, and unnecessary regulation from a government that is always micromanaging, meddling, and manipulating.”

And then what happened?

Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Geoff Davis (R-KY) asked the White House to support H.R. 2681, which requires Washington to develop “more balanced and effective” rules that “protect public health and the environment without imposing unnecessary economic harm on American businesses and workers.”

HR 2681, if you’re curious, is a bill aimed at debilitating environmental regulations and it is part of this week’s installment of the House GOP’s assault on public safety under the veil of “job creation.”

So let’s stay hard, America.

Let’s blow some cement out of our giant national mixer.

A House Divided Cannot Stand… but what about a divided house divided?

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July 27, 2011
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If you cut a house in two and then you cut one half of that halved house in two again and sort of lean those two parts against the first unbisected half, could it then stand, divided and all?

Yesterday 4 wild and wacky United States Senators, including my favorite Senator and fellow patriot Mr. Rand Paul, sent a singing telegram to every Republican member of the House, telling them to stay as far away as possible from John Boner’s dumb plan.

Four Republican senators Tuesday urged their counterparts in the House to vote against a GOP-backed proposal to reduce the federal budget deficit and raise the $14.29 trillion debt ceiling in two steps.

The proposal unveiled Monday by House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) to raise the debt ceiling would bring “inadequate” cuts in its first year and doesn’t sufficiently restrict spending in the future, Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana wrote in a letter sent to all House Republicans Tuesday, urging them to vote against the bill when it comes to the House floor Wednesday.

One of them was wearing a diaper while they were writing it, but we’re not telling who.

And that’s not the amusing part. The amusing part is that Rand and Co. may be playing into the Democrats’ hands as it appears the Dems are trying to drive a wedge between Boner and McConnell to essentially render Boehner impotent.

Democrats are trying to drive a debt-limit wedge between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

The strategy is aimed at destroying Boehner’s leverage in the discussions and giving Democrats more say in whatever deal is struck on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

McConnell has strongly supported Boehner’s new bill to increase the debt ceiling in two tranches. But many on Capitol Hill believe McConnell, not Boehner, will soon be calling the shots for the GOP.

Congressional officials contend McConnell is key to any deal, noting that the Kentucky Republican has been insistent on meeting the Aug. 2 deadline for getting a deal done.

Which could mean, perhaps, that Rand is doing Mitch a favor by getting in Boner’s business. Or it could just be that he’s a principled patriot doing what’s right for the people of America or, you know, a few of them.

Either way, this morning Boner went off on his young charges, demanding of them: “Get your ass in line!”

(Seriously. That wasn’t a joke. You can click the link.)

Brett Guthrie knows how to make a conference call

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July 25, 2011
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Congressman Guthrie (KY-O2) was so excited after being invited by Speaker Boner to be on a conference call to talk about how the Republicans are going to wreck the global economy and hasten the Book of Revelations that he immediately called the Associated Press to tell them about the call and all that didn’t happen on it:

Rep. Brett Guthrie was part of a conference call Sunday in which House leaders updated rank-and-file GOP members on the on-again-off-again negotiations over raising the nation’s debt limit. The update came as a sharply divided Congress prepares for a decisive week of talks aimed at preventing an unprecedented default on the U.S. debt.

With an Aug. 2 government default bearing down on Congress and the White House, Guthrie said that Boehner is trying to “stay within the principles” of legislation dubbed “Cut, Cap and Balance.”

Fascinating.

Or not really. As the Washington Post reported:

In a conference call with House Republicans, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called for the party to unify behind a plan that he promised to detail when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday. Aides in both parties said they expected Boehner to press ahead with a two-stage strategy that would give the Treasury only about $1 trillion in additional borrowing authority, forcing another battle over the debt ceiling early next year when the parties are embroiled in the heat of the 2012 presidential campaign.

So Brett Guthrie dialed into a call with 200+ participants. Very exclusive.

And his leader told him and all the others to get on board with an abstract and undisclosed plan to toy with the average American’s livlihood for another year-or-so so they can exploit voters’ suffering right before the 2012 election.

Brilliant!

After you’re done shaking your head in dismay at the voters of the 2nd District, here’s a nice take on what Boner is going for in all this:

Basically, Boehner doesn’t really have the votes for anything. He doesn’t even have the votes for Cut, Cap and Balance, because that requires a supermajority in each house to pass a Constitutional amendment.

So he’s reduced to the lowest common denominator. That’s a plan that only temporarily lifts the debt ceiling, pleasing the faction that opposes lifting the ceiling, avoids any tax increases, pleasing the anti-tax absolutists, and provokes a confrontation with Obama, pleasing the political hardball faction. It also positions the party as having voted to lift the debt ceiling past August 2nd, thus providing the party with an argument for laying the blame on Obama if and when dire consequences occur.

KY Democratic County Chairs issue statement to Speaker Boehner

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June 19, 2011
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As Kentucky celebrates the 200th anniversary of local boy made good Henry Clay becoming Speaker of the House (dubbed “Henry Clay Week” currently in Lexington), 20 Democratic County Executive Committee Chairs have a message for current Speaker of the House John Boehner, who will be speaking at Transylvania this Friday along with three former Speakers.

Henry Clay served Kentucky as a member of the Kentucky Legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate for almost half of the 1800s. In addition to serving as a state and national legislator Clay served as a diplomat who helped negotiate the end of the War of 1812 and as U.S. Secretary of State.

While Clay lost three elections to be President of the United States, his contributions to the nation exceed those of many Presidents. He is known as “The Great Compromiser” for keeping the nation from civil war in 1820, and for sponsoring the “Missouri Compromise of 1820” and “The Compromise of 1850.”

Clay was a strong supporter of the Federal Government building roads and canals throughout the nation. In 1836, he sponsored legislation which created the system of Marine Hospitals for workers on the nation’s inland rivers, lakes and waterways. The legislation mandated that this healthcare system be paid for by the employers of workers on America’s waterways.

Clay left a powerful legacy as a leader who believed in the power of government to do good for society. It is hoped that the present Speaker of the House, John Boehner, will learn from that legacy that compromise and internal improvements made and continue to make our nation great.

In that spirit we suggest that Speaker Boehner use his leadership position not to try to balance the budget on the backs of America’s Seniors by dismantling Medicare, but instead by phasing out the billions of dollars of tax subsidies for very profitable oil companies. Instead of cutting grants for students and pre-school programs, we suggest he lead Congress to mandate that companies such as GE that receive billions of dollars of government contracts and yet pay no taxes, start acting as responsible corporate citizens and pay reasonable taxes.

We further suggest that Speaker Boehner find common ground with the President on the health care reform legislation, the “Affordable Care Act.” It is unclear why Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues oppose families being able to provide health insurance to their children until age 26? Or why they oppose prohibiting the denial of coverage to children born with disabilities?

Speaker Boehner, we ask that you follow the example of Henry Clay, “The Great Compromiser,” and look to compromise to make our Federal Government work.

Not bad. Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Daniel Logsdon also released a special video statement about John Boehner:

Yes, it’s now been two months since the entire Kentucky GOP House delegation voted to end Medicare, yet not a single word about this has been uttered by the Kentucky Democratic Party. Nor about Mitch McConnell saying that ending Medicare will “empower grandma on the private market“. But at least more and more individual county chairs (volunteers) are speaking up, doing the job that the KDP gets paid (well) to do.

How long will we have to wait, KDP?

This is what extortion looks like

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June 2, 2011
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In case anyone had any doubt what the GOP hostage strategy was all about: “give us the money or else the girl (America) gets it”.

Yet Boehner’s let’s-get-a-deal-done stance masks a deeper belief within the House Republican Conference — that Obama will back down eventually and agree to its demands, forcing Capitol Hill Democrats to follow suit.

“Of course, it’s dangerous,” a House Republican close to Boehner said of the politics of a government default. “But it’s dangerous for everybody, especially the president. At the end of the day, [Obama] will have to give in.”

“Who has egg on their face if there is a sovereign debt crisis, House Republicans or the president?” asked another senior GOP lawmaker.

With a potential debt default by the U.S. government just two months off, and a continued standoff between the White House and GOP congressional leaders on how to move forward in boosting that limit, Republican lawmakers say publicly and privately that they believe Obama will be the one who has to cave.

Of course, it gets a little deeper than that. It’s more like “ride the stick pony like us or else the girl gets it“.

Fine public servants, all of them.

Early Lex Vegas odds on Speakerpalooza

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May 31, 2011
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With Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner coming to Lexington for a joint event at Transy on June 24th, the Lex Vegas odds makers are already hard at work taking bets.

So far they say that by July 1st, the Republican Party of Kentucky will have sent out 6 press releases tying Steve Beshear and Jack Conway to Nancy Pelosi. The KDP’s expected output of press releases tying Boehner and his horrendous Medicare-killing bill to McConnell and the KY GOP House members that voted for it is currently zero.

Might want to go with the overs on RPK.

Also, the odds that John Boehner cries on stage is currently at 10:1.

Odds that our old friend Shaye Rabold grants us a press pass? 2:1

Odds that Rand Paul will send out a press release calling John Boehner a weak-kneed compromiser for making a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and turn us into “Greece”, just like that sell out Henry Clay would probably do? 8:1

We’ll fill you in if there are any updates…

Pelosi and Boehner coming to Transy June 24th

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May 31, 2011
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Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Oompa Loompa will be in Lexington next month, speaking at Transylvania University’s ode to the Great Compromiser:

Transylvania will host the first ever Henry Clay Week June 18-24

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship announced today that Lexington will celebrate its first ever Henry Clay Week June 18-24. The week will culminate with a special event, “The Role of the Speaker of the House: A Tribute to Henry Clay,” on Friday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. The tribute will feature a moderated conversation with Speaker of the House John Boehner, former Speaker and current House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker Dennis Hastert and former Speaker Jim Wright.

The event celebrates the 200th anniversary of Henry Clay becoming Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in 1811. Historians have said that it was Henry Clay who made the Speakership the powerful position it is today. Clay served as Speaker three times during his tenure in Congress and served in the position longer than anyone else in the nineteenth century. Henry Clay and Transylvania enjoyed a close relationship during the university’s formative years. Clay served as a professor in our law school and remained a trustee and friend until his death in 1852.

Tickets ($15 and $7.50 with student ID) go on sale Wednesday, June 1, and are available at The Lexington Center Box Office by calling 233-3535 or online at TicketMaster.com.

Senator Rand Paul will also be speaking that day, at the counter-Henry Clay protest held outside Haggin.

In the meantime, Boehner and his GOP colleagues will continue to threaten to force the US government to default unless the Democrats give them everything they want. Henry Clay would be proud.

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