Wednesday, July 13, 2011

John Boehner Has a Choice: Be a Leader Or Let America Crash Into Ruin

Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner has a clear choice. He can be a leader and make a deal with the President or he can follow the insane politics of the backbenchers in his party. These puritanical naive Republican newbies who have created an economic theology worthy of a jihadist supply sider's worst peyote vision quest are knowingly trying to drive the Country off the cliff in hopes of waking us up into their mythical world. This is the world that pretends that the economic system of the pre-industrial south can work without the enslavement of the worker. Feudalism doesn't work without a population of mostly serfs. I don't know why there are so many Repbulcians who don't grasp that reality. They further don't grasp that with Capitalism there will always be poor people. Capitalism is not a positive sum game, where everyone wins. There are winners and there are losers. You could argue that everyone 'could' win, but based on the game, not everyone can.  Therefore as long as we have Capitalism, we will have poor people, the losers of the game. We as a society have to take care of everyone, not just the winners.  The game Republicans are playing is to take care of the winners in hopes of insuring their own status as a winner, while ignoring the majority of America who don't have the means to survive more losses.

Another thing that Cincinnati born John Boehner should do: laugh off Mitch McConnell's punting on 1st down idea.

1 comment:

  1. Griff-

    Loser is always a relative term. America's poor (the "losers" as you call them) are richer than the middle class in most of Europe. You may hear us capitalists say "a rising tide lifts all boats," and whether you believe it or not, it has been generally true in the United States. We may argue that the disparity is getting larger, and you may think that's bad, but it doesn't mean that the poor in the US are much better off than almost anywhere else in the world.

    As for your anger at the Speaker, I would submit a simple fact: The Congress and President, since 2009, has ignored the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. During this time, the Congress has been in Democratic control (until this year). The law is quite simple: it says that a President must submit and the Congress must pass a budget scored by the CBO. No body controlled by the Democrats has even submitted a valid budget, much less scored one.

    If the President were to do his duty and follow the law, we would have the one thing the Democrats do not want: a clear understanding of how serious each party is about the impending debt crisis. It is very clear that, while you may not agree with the Republicans' methods of fixing the crisis, they are at least serious (unless you assume their motives are bad which is probably, sadly, true). This is true given that, if I were a betting man, the FL, WI, and OH governors will probably not be re-elected but they did what they said they would. The Democrats want to leverage every ounce of this crisis for political ends. Blame the rich, blame the Republicans for being mean and greedy, and don't be specific about any plans. Nevermind that almost 70% of the public know that we don't need to raise the debt ceiling; we know from the lack of any Democratic budget that the party does not believe that we are in a debt crisis and does not believe that our problem is spending but instead is revenue.

    If this were clear, through complying with the 1974 law, the American people would surely laugh at the President's budget and we'd move on. If he didn't believe this, where is his budget?


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