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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Hypocrisy Of The Republican Leadership

Here’s the Nonsense:  Republican leadership is strong and always works to protect America while maintaining total integrity.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  There might be some good people in Republican leadership, but John Boehner certainly does not appear to be one of them.

House Speaker John Boehner, the 3rd most powerful person in government (Don’t forget that the Speaker of the House is next in line for the presidency after the President and Vice President.), is trying to show his strength at standing up for America and her citizens by writing a letter to President Obama regarding his “hot mic” comments made in Korea earlier this week.  According to an article by ABC’s Jake Tapper, Mr. Boehner is requesting the president explain his comment to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev about waiting until after the election so he’ll have more flexibility. 

Mr. Boehner’s letter is fairly strongly worded but means nothing.  Sure, it puts forth an image that he is standing up for the nation and holding the president accountable, but that’s all it is.  It is all showboating, no matter how much he may say otherwise.  Not only will the president ignore it, but Boehner doesn’t have the backbone to do anything about it regardless of what the answer is.  He’s proven that enough times in the past.

But what may be even worse than the lack of spine is the fact that he’s implying that the president may be putting America at risk when he, himself, has not watched out for America’s best interest in other areas. 

According to an article by former Congressman Tom Tancredo, Boehner may have worked on a deal with Attorney General Holder to shut down the Fast and Furious investigative probe. 

“The reported ‘deal’ Boehner and Holder are discussing would let higher ups in the Department of Justice off the hook if they prosecute one or two individual ATF supervisors. Holder would then claim he ‘cleaned up the mess’ and be free from any moral or political culpability.”  That doesn’t sound like watching out for America’s best interest to me.

In addition, Boehner has worked to betray efforts at immigration enforcement. The Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 2885, is a bill that, if passed, would require all employers to use the federal E-Verify program to identify fake or stolen Social Security Numbers used by illegal workers. It has been shown to be accurate in more than 99 percent of the cases where it is used. But according to another article by Tancredo its chances of passing are slim because of the efforts of Boehner and others to block it:

After extensive public hearings, last September the Legal Workforce Act was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee and then sent to the House Ways and Means Committee. It has languished there ever since.

This important bill—which has 74 cosponsors—is being buried by Speaker Boehner and the House Republican leadership: they have ordered the Ways and Means chairman to sit on the bill indefinitely. 

Blocking H.R. 2885 is only the latest example of Beltway Republican hostility to the immigration-enforcement movement. When John McCain and his open-borders allies could not get their amnesty bills passed in 2006 and 2007, they resolved to block any meaningful legislation aimed at border security or interior enforcement. They were not able to block the Secure Fence Act of December, 2006, but they did succeed in amending and sabotaging it in the Senate Appropriations Committee in 2007. So, the double fence it authorized for 700 miles of the southwest border was never built.

One of the biggest problems we have is the lack of leadership in the Republican Party.  Few people are looking out for America.  When the elections happen this fall it is important that the voters not forget the importance of electing a Republican majority in the Senate and House.  But they also need to remember that it’s not about being Republican, it’s the kind of people they elect and allow to be put into leadership.  It’s time to clean out the weak, phony, and hypocritical leadership in the House and Senate.