I first learned of this story at Asylum Watch and I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I said it surprised me. At this point in the game, nothing our government does surprises me. The sad thing is, this is coming from someone who is supposed to be on our side. That would be Speaker of the House John Boehner. Clearly, he has his own agenda in play, namely keeping his position of power. He seems to that taking a real stand against Obamacare and the rest of the liberal agenda endangers that. Otherwise, why would he stoop to what I consider to be dirty and underhanded tricks? Here are the details.
Fox News – Boehner floated a compromise that would allow members to take a vote on that, but also keep the ObamaCare provision distinct and allow the Senate to carve it out and vote it down, while still sending the budget portion to the White House.
What does this mean? I’ll let Asylum Watch explain. He does a much better job of this, than do I.
But, the Cowardly Lion, John Boehner, doesn’t have the backbone to take on President Obama over ObamaCare. So, like a good Democrat, he tried to fool House Republicans and the public into believing that the majority Republicans were going to pass a Continuing resolution with an amendment to be voted on separately to defund ObamaCare and that would show Harry Reid and Obama how serious the House Republicans were. The slight-of-hand used by Boehner was to get the Republicans to pass a Continuing Resolution under the Self-Executing Rule aka “Deem and Pass”. This would allow the Senate to throw out any amendments they didn’t like and as long as they didn’t change the basic bill, they could send it to the President to sign without going back to the House for reconciliation. He really is a coward, isn’t he?
If you remember, “Deem and Pass” was one of the legislative tricks used to pass Obamacare. It left a bad taste in our mouth’s then and it is no better today. It smacks of desperation and underhanded, backroom dealings between the powers that be. I wonder if the idea that American citizens would be paying the consequences for those dealings even crossed their minds? Somehow, I doubt it. Thankfully, conservatives in the House recognized Boehner’s compromise for what it was and rejected the plan.
I realize John Boehner has a thankless job. Given the propensity of the media to blame Republicans for everything that goes wrong, I can imagine his trepidation about the upcoming budget battle. I am sure Boehner remembers how he hasn’t fared so well in his previous battles with Obama over all things financial. He may have been trying to sidestep this battle, in the hopes that he could recover lost ground at a later day.
The more conservative members of the House also have good memories. They can remember how they have received the short end of the stick in every budget battle they have had with Obama. I am sure many of them attribute that short stick to the lack of leadership from John Boehner. Rightfully or wrongly, he bears the blame for how Obama has managed to push some of his agenda through Congress, with little or no opposition from the Republican leadership.
I can’t help but wonder how many more times must we witness John Boehner folding like a damp rag, before someone in the Republican Party realizes we desperately need a change in leadership in the House of Representatives? As it was with the lawmakers in Colorado who decided to force more gun control down the throats of their citizens, it is time John Boehner learned his actions have real consequences.