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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

House Speaker John Boehner Already Offering Obama Higher Taxes

Here’s the Nonsense:  The Republicans may have lost the presidential election, but they retained control of the House of Representatives and they can hold the line against an overspending and overtaxing president and senate until the 2014 midterm elections.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  The establishment Republicans cannot stand up against the Democrats for 10 minutes, let alone for 2 years until the midterm elections.  The right is in a very dark place and it will take diligence and a lot of pressure from the citizenry to hold them off for 2 years.
Speaker of the House John Boehner didn’t even make it 24 hours past the election before making offers to give in to President Obama on higher taxes.  Anyone thinking that the House of Representatives under his leadership has any chance of holding the line for Republicans until the 2014 midterm elections is dreaming. 

In an article on CNBC.com today a Reuters story reported:
House Speaker John Boehner offered Wednesday to pursue a deal with a victorious President Barack Obama that will include higher taxes "under the right conditions" to help reduce the nation's staggering debt and put its finances in order.
Speaker Boehner is a man who has no ability to or knowledge of how to negotiate from a position of strength, let alone weakness.  As I wrote in my book, No Tomorrows: How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With The 2012 Elections
The Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has developed a reputation for compromise. But his definition of compromise appears to be the opposite of President Obama’s. The President’s idea of compromise is that the opposing side will give in to doing it his way. Boehner, on the other hand, seems to settle for deals that give little or no benefit to the Republican side of a debate, often settling for no more than platitudes, instead of results. Boehner often justifies his poor results in negotiation by espousing his version of positive thinking. He is often quoted as saying, “If you do the right thing for the right reasons, the right things will happen.”
 
I’ve got news for him: It’s not true. I’ve observed many times where someone did the right thing for the right reason and the situation still ended in disaster. Boehner’s statement is a phony mantra. 
 
I suspect Mr. Boehner has learned to use this phrase as a crutch or excuse. It appears that he may not even believe it. Rather, it appears that he may use it to quell criticisms because most people, when they initially hear what sounds like a positive statement with good intention, will back off their criticism.
 
Here’s the question: If this motto has really worked for Mr. Boehner, then why has he so often negotiated with Democrats and come out the loser? As voters, we need to reject nice sounding platitudes and hold legislators such as Boehner accountable or replace those legislators altogether. We don’t need cute sayings. We need elected leaders who will fight for the right results regardless of how the mainstream media portrays those leaders. They need to be realistic, accept the opposition, criticism, and difficulties they will face, and then continue to fight on. I suspect Mr. Boehner has learned to use this phrase as a crutch or excuse. It appears that he may not even believe it. Rather, it appears that he may use it to quell criticisms because most people, when they initially hear what sounds like a positive statement with good intention, will back off their criticism. 
 
America is now in a very dark place and those of us who hold to traditional values and want to see America shine again will have to be diligent and fight hard to keep people like John Boehner from giving away what little negotiating ability we have left.  If the Republican party is to survive it must give up the ways of establishment Republicans or be replaced with a new, more vibrant and effective party with solid values and strong leadership.