Saturday, February 14, 2009

Stimulus Bill Passes as Boehner Whines

Thanks to the Democrats and 3 brave Republicans, the stimulus package made it through Congress to the President's desk. Republican John Boehner of Ohio, the House Minority Leader, threw a tantrum of sorts by dropping the entire bill on the floor and expressing his outrage at his fellow legislators. This is what he had to say last night as reported by multiple sources; "The bill that was about jobs, jobs, jobs has turned into a bill that's about spending, spending, spending".
This is the very same John Boehner that said the bill was too large to read. Do you think he actually read the bill so that he could comment on it?

Here's another little fun story about John Boehner that may shed some light on how he operates when dealing with the people's business. In a Gannett News Service story from March 20, 2007, Nicole Gaudiano reports about Boehner's appointments to key Congressional committees. The issue concerned the appointment of Maryland Republican Wayne Gilchrest to the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. It seems that Boehner would not appoint anyone to the committee unless they deny that humans are responsible for climate change. The following exchange was reported in the article; "I said, 'John, I can't do that' " Gilchrest, R-1st-Md,. said in an interview. "He said, 'Come on. Do me a favor. I want to help you here' "

No moderate Republicans or science-minded members were appointed to this key science committee by Boehner. Do you now think that Republicans can effectively lead this Country - find solutions to our energy problems - work towards cleaning the environment and solving our Nation's most critical challenges? With Boehner's leadership, no they can not. Boehner is wrong, wrong, wrong.

We need politicians that are willing to debate issues and arrive at solutions together. When you have a John Boehner that tries to close the dialogue at the start, you have lost the ability to govern effectively. Mr. Boehner, you are the idiot of the day.

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