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December 11, 2009

BOEHNER'S VISION (OR LACK THEREOF).... House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been wrong about every economic challenge of his entire political career, which was exacerbated by having helped cause the economic collapse and fighting like hell to prevent its recovery.

But Boehner nevertheless hasn't lost his unmitigated gall confidence, and has an op-ed in the Washington Post today about how right he is about the economy.

I was actually curious to see what he'd come up with. After all, just over the last two weeks, Boehner has blamed job losses on policies that don't exist yet, and rejected the idea of a jobs bill as "repulsive." Boehner hosted an "economic roundtable" last week with a bunch of former Bush aides, so maybe he's come up with something specific to offer by now.

Alas, no. This is as specific as it got:

Republicans believe it is important to pursue policies that help expand the economy and support job creation without additional government spending, new bureaucracies or debt that will be left to future generations.

As Michelle Cottle noted, "Boehner repeats the phrase 'job-killing' not twice, not thrice, but four time in slamming the Dems' economic agenda. (That's once every 150 words, for those keeping track at home.)" But the tragically foolish Minority Leader never got around to saying what, if anything, he'd recommend as an alternative. He made an oblique reference to taxes on small businesses, which is something President Obama is already tackling.

Cottle added, "[T]o take back the majority, Boehner and his team will need to expand their vision -- and their vocabulary -- at least marginally."

I'm not sure that's possible. One can only say "cut taxes for the wealthy" so many times before folks start pointing and laughing.

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Tax cuts for the rich will be Obama's next step.

Posted by: par4 on December 11, 2009 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

I was surprised to see Boehner claim that the unnamed Republican plan on health care was the only one that the Congressional Budget Office said would reduce premiums by 10%.

There was a hyperlink on that claim, so I clicked it. It goes to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the current unemployment data.

His screw up or the WaPo's?

Posted by: TR on December 11, 2009 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Yucck-the Wash Post is really good for only one thing and it's not even suitable for that. To wipe your ass with.

Posted by: Gandalf` on December 11, 2009 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

Boner would be contributing something more useful to this debate if he just stood on a street corner yelling at traffic. He is going to need some really good heathcare soon with his 3 packs a day addiction to cigarettes. Ole Smokey would cost this country far less if he just dropped dead. Today.

Posted by: Patrick on December 11, 2009 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

One can only say "cut taxes for the wealthy" so many times before folks start pointing and laughing.

But not the right folks, or people like Boner wouldn't have a soapbox.

Posted by: qwerty on December 11, 2009 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Sadly, these days I frequently find myself thinking that this country's best hope is that various right-wingers, especially Lieberman, just keel over dead.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on December 11, 2009 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

wapo goes wild....first bible spice, now tan-man boner..in the SAME WEEK!!!

at this rate nobody's gonna even notice that the moonie boys pulled the plug on the washington times....

Posted by: dj spellchecka on December 11, 2009 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

If Ohioans ever wonder why OH is so economically screwed up, they need look no further than the jackasses that voted for the cretin Boner. (To those who didn't, my sincere condolences...)

Posted by: lrtc on December 11, 2009 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

TR beat me to the same comment about the link to the GOP health care plan. If history is any indication, the GOP's plans are a nice little color flyer with no specificity. It probably has some line about saving 10 percent in it.

This also caught my eye:

Moody's Investors Service has indicated that should we fail to address the growing national debt, the U.S. credit rating could be downgraded.

You mean the same Moody's who rated MBS, CDOs, etc., etc. AAA. That Moody's? - really????? [Think SNL skit]

Posted by: DBaker on December 11, 2009 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

It would help is the Republican leadership had something regarding new policy. It would be ok if the Republican leadership had even anything regarding new policy. But alas, the Republican leadership has nothing regarding positive contribution to the national dialog on new policy.

Conclusion: The Republican Party needs to retitle itself as the Grand Obstructionist Party; or just the Party of No would do justice as a current moniker for the Repubs.! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on December 11, 2009 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

Kevo: Status Quo maintenance is the policy of the Republicans and most of the Democrats. Obama has become the figurehead leader for the Status Quo. He'll be sacrificed if he tries to change anything, unless those changes make even more money for the Status Quo.

Posted by: anomaly on December 11, 2009 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

The 10% premium reduction that Boehner was referring to were for malpractice costs.

CBO currently estimates that the nation’s direct costs for medical malpractice—which consist of malpractice insurance premiums and settlements, awards, and administrative costs
not covered by insurance—would be reduced by about 10 percent (relative to the amounts under current law) if the common package of tort reforms was implemented nationwide.

So once again we get a distortion of fact from our friends on the right. Not only was he NOT referring to medical premiums, he wasn't even being accurate about malpractice premiums, since they only make up a part of the 10% savings that the CBO calculated.

Posted by: Gridlock on December 11, 2009 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

The GOP will do everything within their power to benefit the corporations that pay them. Eventually the corporations will need to recognize that driving taxes down to zero, having no public services for anyone, and pushing everyone down to minimum wage is probably not a good idea for the corporations. But this will take another decade or two to reach this conclusion. In the meantime, the Senate will support lower taxes and fewer services.

Posted by: Thom on December 12, 2009 at 1:03 AM | PERMALINK

I would like to say I am still having difficulty connecting perjury to the fact no criminal charges were brought after the investigation or that the investigation should have stopped immediately after Armitage was exposed. Martha Stewart went to prison for lying to investigators.Boehners' statement only adresses the charges but ignores the fact investigations might never result in charges if all involved lied to investigators or grand juries.

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Posted by: lokenkristianna on December 12, 2009 at 1:26 AM | PERMALINK

I cannot believe this will work!

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Sometimes it's really that simple, isn't it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

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Posted by: systm v rulete on January 22, 2010 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

Eventually the corporations will need to recognize that driving taxes down to zero, having no public services for anyone, and pushing everyone down to minimum wage is probably not a good idea for the corporations. But this will take another decade or two to reach this conclusion

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