Skip to comments.Boehner Says Economic Hostage-Takers Have Infiltrated the House GOP Caucus
Posted on 07/29/2011 6:44:37 AM PDT by RummyChick
House Speaker John Boehner has a new excuse for the dissent within the ranks of the House Republican Caucus he is supposed to lead.
The caucus, Boehner says, has been infiltrated by a cabal that hopes to take the US economy hostage in order to force political concessions from President Obama and Congressional Democrats.
Appearing Wednesday on conservative talk radio host Laura Ingrahams,, Boehner acknowledged what every serious economic analyst has already said: that a failure to raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline would be devastating to an already struggling US economy.
So why, Ingraham asked, were House Republicans resisting the deal that President Obama has offereda deal that is ridiculously deferent to Republican demands for cuts to needed domestic programs and for tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.
Well, Boehner said of the most belligerent members of his caucus, first they want more. And my goodness, I want more too. And secondly, a lot of them believe that if we get passed August the second and we have enough chaos, we could force the Senate and the White House to accept a balanced budget amendment.
Lets be clear about what Boehner is saying: he has members of his caucusperhaps sufficient in number to block resolution of the debt ceiling fightwho would be willing to force the United States to default on its debts. Why? Because they want to create so much economic chaos that the president and Congressional Democrats will sign on for a bad policy that could not otherwise advance.
Thats blackmail. But Boehners not concerned about the fact that his lawless colleagues would threaten the good faith and credit of the United Statesnot to mention the economic stability of their homelandin order to score political points.
The Speakers only concern is that a wrong move might make it harder for him to maneuver politically.
I dont think that that strategy works, Boehner explained to the radio host. Because I think the closer we get to August the second, frankly, the less leverage we have vis à vis our colleagues in the Senate and the White House.
That is sort of reassuring.
Boehner is not a responsible player. But at least he is enough of a hack to fear that his colleagues who have lost touch with economic reality mightif allowed to have their waycreate chaos not just for the economy but force a crisis that Ingraham suggested could be disastrous for the Republican Party. John Nichols
“The caucus, Boehner says, has been infiltrated by a cabal that hopes to take the US economy hostage in order to force political concessions from President Obama and Congressional Democrats.”
And.................this is a bad thing?
Doing nothing is better than 2.5 trillion more debt.
That does it. Bone-head-her is now an official dim-bulb-crat.
He is stupid.
He is vapid.
Get that loser outta there.
Common sense has infiltrated the GOP. Nothing else. Boehner needs to go as speaker.
Laura Ingraham has now gone to the other side. I’m not going to bother listening to her anymore.
Rolling the budget baseline back to 2008 is not a hard argument to make, unless you just don't want to.
I can’t wait to see how many on this thread fall for the salacious headline from THE “LEFT-OF-MARX” NATION rag vs. what Boehner’s actual quote was.
Look how they even twist Laura’s words! Fascinating Goebbels is still alive.
Full court press against the Tea party. Includes political Washington type elites like Laura Ingraham, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc. More of the same from the same.
Lawless? How so? They are duely elected and they know why they were elected and they are sticking to principle! And by the way, if we don't raise the debt ceiling, we need not default - if we do it will be by the President's choice!
How many DEMOCRATS voted NO???????
Why don’t you go pick on some of them???
“the deal that President Obama has offered”
Who wrote this stupid article? Obama has not offered any deal other than raising taxes.
please people ..get in touch with the list of no’s and get them to hold strong...this can’t get out of the House or Reid/Pelosi/Obama win with the help of our traitors like Boehner and Mcconnell
tweet, call the toll free number at the white house and email.
Urgent: Cantor wont commit to a vote on Boehner bill today
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
In a sign that the Boehner bill may simply just not be able to garner the necessary votes to pass, the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who sets the floor schedule will not commit to voting on that legislation today.
Boner, it’s 4th and 10, add a BBA to your bill and PUNT!
The CCB bill was sent to the house 1 week ago. Bring it to the Senate floor for a vote.
Media and the Democratic propagandists are going to spin this into a crap sandwich that Republicans insist we taxpayers eat.
You know he doesn't care, he'll good a nice job with Goldman Sachs after he's out of office.
Ditto! I have been very disappointed in her of late!
So continuing on this unrecoverable path of obscene debt with continuous spending is not going to threaten the good faith and credit of the US???
“I cant wait to see how many on this thread fall for the salacious headline from THE LEFT-OF-MARX NATION rag vs. what Boehners actual quote was.”
The left has to be laughing their asses off at us. They don’t need to fight us. Just drop some shiny balloons and we fight each other! They don’t have to do anything.
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