Speaker of the House John Boehner appears to have gained new credibility with the media since coming out to publicly criticize “conservative advocacy groups that have repeatedly undermined his leadership team’s agenda for three years.” Give me a break!
This is a man who, over the past five years, has marched in lock step with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to make President Obama “a one term president.” Yes, the very man who voted for the Bush “bailout” only to criticize it after Obama was elected, and obstruct Obama’s stimulus plan.
This is the man who claimed that he and the House Republicans’ “jobs” legislation had faltered due to Democratic obstruction. Oh, a few jobs may have resulted from the legislation, but if his endorsement of HR 3630, The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act of 2011, is any indication, the numbers were way overblown. He had claimed at the time that the provision in the bill to OK the Keystone XL Pipeline would create 120,000 jobs—and had tried to conceal the fact that he personally held investments in seven Canadian tar-sands companies that would have benefited from it.
This is a man who, by the way, is clueless about the function of government fiscal policy, a man who allowed negotiations over the budget to break down in 2011, which resulted in the sequester. This is the man who allowed reactionary brinksmanship to nearly put the government into default twice—costing the country its AAA credit rating. Yet, this man is also criticizing reactionary groups for not knowing what they are talking about.
Far from not knowing what they are talking about, I suspect that they are right about the core reactionary constituent rejecting the agreement, and he’s just hoping it will not crash in on him—and cost him the $49,500 stipend he receives as Speaker in addition to his salary.
Boehner, a reasonable man? Give it a break! I’ll believe that when he hands in his resignation as Speaker, comes out in criticism of Ryan and others in his party for their obstruction, admits his complicity in betraying the American public, and acknowledges that the current deal is, as those who really do know what they are talking about say it is, little more than a continuance of the obstruction intended to deceive the public into believing that the Republicans are reasonable men who have the best interests of the country at heart.