Monday, December 19, 2011

John Boehner is William Wallace

Imagine John Boehner screaming "freedom at the end of the (highly overrated) Braveheart.

Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey wants Americans to imagine Boehner as a sword-wielding kilt clad warrior.

“I’ve got a flight out of [Georgia] in about two hours. We’re all coming back, that’s what everybody told Speaker Boehner on the conference call Saturday when we heard about this fiasco of a two-month extension voted on by the Senate,” Gingrey said. “We were literally shocked.”

“Out of 75 responses, there may have been one person that thought it was OK that we would put the fight off until two months from now,” he continued. “Everybody else said, 'Look, this is a 'Braveheart' moment. You, Mr. Speaker, are our William Wallace. Let’s rush to the fight. Get us back to Washington, let’s get to our work and we’re doing that.' "

Last week, Republicans and Democrats brokered a deal that overwhelmingly passed the Senate; it would extend the payroll tax cut two months. Lawmakers had been unable to agree on how to pay for a yearlong extension.

House Republican based their economic decision-making on the debt ceiling by watching a violent scene in the Ben Affleck movie The Town. Senate Republicans are less than thrilled about House Republicans rejected the payroll tax cut. Scott Brown is behind to Elizabeth Warren in the polls. Brown called the House Republicans rejection of the payroll tax increase "irresponsible and wrong." Sen. Richard Lugar is another Republican up for re-election who has spoken out against the House Republicans payroll tax vote down. Republicans are getting blamed for the gridlock in Washington. Voting against a tax cut for working class people is political suicide.

House Speaker John Boehner has lost control of his caucus. This was evident during the debt ceiling. Many of these tea party Republicans have more interest in being seat warmers than actually passing legislation. Boehner's 112th Congress has passed only 62 bills. Most of the bills either have no chance in the Senate are merely pointless. One bill was to move a post office. Another bill was to amend a section of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Boehner and his caucus aren't less government. They are lazy government.

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