Speaker Boehner Doesn’t Want Syria War Authorization Vote Until Next Year

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 8:18 am

We didn’t get a Congress vote authorizing a new war in Syria before it started and now we might not actually get one until long after we started fighting. Speaker John Boehner (R) told the New York Times he doesn’t want to debate the issue during the lame duck. From the NYT: “I have made it [...]

Boehner Is Suing to Stop Obama From Delaying the Employer Mandate and May Ask the Court to Delay it Instead

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 11:56 am

Just when I though the House Republicans lawsuit against the President couldn’t get more absurd it does. From the Speaker’s Office explaining their own lawsuit: Q: But if the House lawsuit succeeds, it means the Obamacare employer mandate goes into effect, doesn’t it?  A: If the House litigation succeeds, the House would immediately take up [...]

GOP’s Big Example of Obama Abusing Power Is Obama Doing Things They Want

By: Friday July 11, 2014 7:47 am

The House Republicans decided they were going to “sue” President Obama before they had any real idea what to actually sue him over, so after an exhaustive search they finally settled an a really weird choice. They are planning to sue Obama from not implementing the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker [...]

Boehner Is the Real Coward on Immigration

By: Friday April 25, 2014 7:29 am

Apparently Speaker John Boeher (R) is so annoyed by the refusal of many in his caucus to address immigration reform he openly mocked his members while back in his district. From Cincinnati.com: “Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,” Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown’s Run [...]

The Catch-22 That Killed Immigration Reform

By: Friday February 7, 2014 8:54 am

Congressional Republicans have refused to work with President Obama on almost anything. That includes things big, like immigration reform, to things small like fixing minor technical drafting problems and filling low level positions. As a result Obama has been forced to do what he can administratively. This includes things like recess appointments and a deferred action [...]

The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

By: Friday October 18, 2013 7:25 am

The country learned something very important during this shutdown. Mainly, that Speak John Boehner is a coward with no control of his caucus and an unwillingness to cross his most conservative members unless absolutely necessary. Indirectly this is great news for Social Security. Boehner stuck with his conservative members on a strategy he know was [...]

It Was All Boehner’s Fault

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 6:02 am

It has been a smart political tactic for Democrats to blame Sen. Ted Cruz and/or the Tea Party for the government shutdown, but in reality it was entirely Speaker John Boehner’s fault. He is the one who really deserves the blame. The shutdown ended last night because the speaker finally let a clean bill reach [...]

Obama Rejects Boehner’s Attempt to Get Table Scraps

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 9:14 am

The potential deal reached in the Senate to end the shutdown is basically a surrender. It does effectively nothing to Obamacare and that was supposedly the entire point of this Republican shutdown. Speaker John Boehner, in an attempt to save face, tried to grab a few Obamacare-related table scraps in his counter offer but it [...]

Too Early and Too Late for a Solution

By: Monday October 7, 2013 8:30 am

We have entered a very bizarre phase in this current government shutdown saga where it is probably both too late and too early for a solution to likely emerge. Since Speaker Boehner didn’t deal with the shutdown right away it is unlikely much will happen until we got close the the debt ceiling limit on the 17th. This means probably another several days of shutdown.

The Boring Stupid Shutdown

By: Friday October 4, 2013 7:07 am

Rarely has a crisis in Washington been both so serious for real people yet so boringly stupid. There are no negotiations. There are no back-and-forths between relevant parties, no daily news of advances and setbacks because there can’t be. Nothing is really happening because this entire crisis is just waiting for Speaker John Boehner to [...]