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October 27, 2009

MEANINGLESS RESOLUTIONS FOR ME, NOT FOR THEE.... Congress routinely takes up symbolic resolutions that aren't especially significant. It's generally not worth raising a fuss over.

But this morning, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided to not only complain about today's resolutions, but to argue that they're evidence of Democratic negligence.

"These are your hard-earned tax dollars at work: with millions of Americans looking for jobs and the nation's unemployment rate nearing 10 percent, the U.S. House of Representatives today will take up a grand total of four non-controversial 'suspension' bills. Four," Boehner's statement read. He added, "It's unacceptable for Congress to take it easy at a time when out-of-work families struggling to make ends meet are asking 'where are the jobs?'"

You tell 'em, John. And while you're telling 'em, you may want to let your caucus know about your concerns.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) today introduced -- along with 75 other Republicans -- a resolution to officially commemorate the 9/12 taxpayer march on Washington. Other sponsors of H.R. 870 include Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa.), and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the party's whip.

The odds of passage -- which would demand that Democrats endorse bill language about "skyrocketing deficits, taxpayer-funded bailouts, pork-barrel projects, burdensome taxes, unaccountable policy czars, command-and-control energy policy, and a government takeover of health care" -- seem slim.

The right's resolution is intended to express "gratitude and appreciation to the individuals and families who participated in the Taxpayer March on Washington on September 12, 2009." It includes a head count "as high as 1,700,000 marchers," which by most measures is a ridiculous exaggeration.

So, these are your hard-earned tax dollars at work. With the economy struggling, more than six dozen House Republicans want to spend time on a resolution honoring 70,000 right-wing activists who showed up for some lobbyist-sponsored, Fox News-organized protest.

I can only assume that Boehner considers this "unacceptable."

Steve Benen 1:10 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (22)

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What's Boehner's god damn hurry?
All he's gonna do is just say "No."

Posted by: neill on October 27, 2009 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

I think the problem is that the media had all but called the public option dead. What happened yesterday just didn't fit the narrative that they wanted. You could tell how disappointed the reporters were. There were all of those but, but, but questions. It was hilarious.

Posted by: Ladyhawke on October 27, 2009 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

By ANY measure the 1,700,000 figure is pure fantasy. That figure is a quote from the National Park Service's estimate of the turnout for the OBAMA INAUGURATION. Yet, somehow, Fox reported the wildly inflated figure.

The fact that the wingnut yahoos on the hill are quoting the 1.7 million figure is an indication of how media indifference to right wing lying emboldens the right to continue in their lies.

Posted by: JD on October 27, 2009 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Do not fuck with John Boehner. He will cut you. He will cut your face.

Posted by: de stijl on October 27, 2009 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with Boehner. These are a waste of time and money. Of course, I also recognize his hypocrisy, which he does not.

Posted by: doubtful on October 27, 2009 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

What kind of stupid are Steve Benen and his idiot followers?

You keep implying that Republican leaders and commentators are using double standards. Everyone knows that rules and standards are only for the Apologist (democrat) Party. We republicans don't need no damn standards applied to us!

For the comment saying that the 1.7 million figure as the attendence at the 9/12 rally is a lie, so what!

We lie.
We know we lie.
We face no consequences from our corporate media for lying.
Our base accepts the lies as truth.
A large percentage of others are confused enough by our lies that they believe everyone is lying.
We have nothing to lose by lying.
We will continue to lie.

Get over it!

Posted by: RepublicanPointOfView on October 27, 2009 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

Screw the resolution and the memorial 9/12 stamp...

What this country desperately needs a sin tax on kool-aid.

Posted by: koreyel on October 27, 2009 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, an infinite number of people attended the rally. Even not including their teabags, they filled the entire space-time continuum.

Posted by: MattF on October 27, 2009 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

Boner's Rules

Rule 1 - IOKIYAR.

Rule 2 - INOKIYAD

Rule 3 - See rule 1

Posted by: Winkandanod on October 27, 2009 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK
which by most measures is a ridiculous exaggeration.

Er, Steve? "Most measures"? I know you like to keep a reasonable tone, but by what measure is 1.7 million not a ridiculous exaggeration?

In the interests of accuracy, how about a correction:

It includes a head count "as high as 1,700,000 marchers," which was well-established to be a complete fabrication.
Posted by: Redshift on October 27, 2009 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

koreyel: I actually kind of like the idea of a tea-party commemorative stamp. As long it sells for $20 and is good for letter postage. Since only wingnuts would buy it, it would let them help with that federal deficit they claim to be so concerned about.

Also, since they believe that private corporations are always better than government programs, I think there would be poetic justice in letting them send a letter through the USPS at the same rate that FedEx charges!

Posted by: Redshift on October 27, 2009 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

Quoting Umberto Eco: "13. Ur-Fascism is based upon a selective populism, a qualitative populism, one might say." Teabaggers have certain qualities, and therefore represent the real American sentiment perfectly, in however many numbers. It's similar to the thinking (ahem) behind Village solicitousness of a mythical middle America.

So 1.7 million divided by 70k is just over 24, that being how many so-called Americans each REAL teabagger-American is worth.

More to the point, Boehner effing loves politics, doesn't he? Working, not so much.

Posted by: Half Elf on October 27, 2009 at 1:51 PM | PERMALINK

At some point, Cheney morphed from a real villain into a spy movie villain, complete with wheelchair. Now Boehner seems to want to continue that transformation of his party all the way down into becoming a teen comedy movie villain, complete with ridiculous tans, absurd rationalizations, and over-the-top hypocrisy. It's a frame from Caddyshack, Animal House, or American Pie.

The modern Republican party -- so ridiculous, your 12-year-old will laugh at it!

Posted by: Rathskeller on October 27, 2009 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

Don't let their ridiculous numbers move yours.

I was in downtown DC the day of the teabag orgy and there is no way there were more than 40,000 teabaggers (I would guess 30,000).

Even 70,000 is inflated.

Posted by: dal20402 on October 27, 2009 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK
The odds of passage. . . seem slim.

But would further reinforce the teabaggers' notion that they're (again) the victims of oppressive, evil, librul gubmint.

Posted by: Snarky Bastard on October 27, 2009 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

If there's a Tea Party stamp issued, would they then morph it into some sort of rally against a Stamp Tax? Second (third?) American Revolution, y'know.

Posted by: Bernard HP Gilroy on October 27, 2009 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

It's kinda interesting that they could only get 75 co-sponsors and not the entire caucus.

Posted by: mars on October 27, 2009 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, now that's some important legislation there Mr. Boehner! Another trip under the sprayer? Oh come on now you big orange crybaby! John, I think it's time you saw a hooker.

Posted by: Trollopia on October 27, 2009 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

Boner is changing the House of Representatives into a division of Fox News.

He's turning the House Chamber into the Echo Chamber.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on October 27, 2009 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

Are the Republicans not aware that the whole reason all those idiots showed up in Washington on 9/12 was to express their hatred for the Democrats? And they really expect the Democrats to thank them?

Posted by: Stephen Stralka on October 27, 2009 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

I know you like to keep a reasonable tone, but by what measure is 1.7 million not a ridiculous exaggeration? -Redshift

Geologic?

Posted by: doubtful on October 27, 2009 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

I know you like to keep a reasonable tone, but by what measure is 1.7 million not a ridiculous exaggeration? - Redshift

L^^5 space?

Posted by: mathematician on October 27, 2009 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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