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Promised “Listener” of the House can’t hear

The size of the puny proposals of the GOP House coupled with his reading material at least proves he has NYT and WashPo paper stuffed in his ears!

John Boehner is Speaker of the House because of the historic election just passed in which his Republican Party gained more seats than in any election since based upon public debt and jobs crises.

When first challenged by the media to read the election results as a call to compromise with the Obama agenda just rejected by the voters, he declared that he would listen to the American people for his orders. When next challenged on how draconian the cuts would be, he said that if government workers must lose their jobs, so be it.

It seemed as if he had heard the clear message of We the People

Then he proposes only 40% of the relatively modest $100B cuts promised int he campaign and says that if only the American people really understood how dire is the debt problem, he would propose more:

“People in Washington assume that Americans understand how big the problem is, but most Americans don’t have a clue,” Boehner said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Friday morning. “I think it’s incumbent on us, if we are serious about dealing with the big challenges, that we go out and help Americans understand how big the problem is that faces us.”

We don’t have a clue?

This caused me to recall an interview with then Minority Leader Boehner of a few years ago, who when asked how he got his news, said that he got it almost exclusively from the Washington Post and the New York Times. It seemed the most natural thing in the world to him to only hear what they see fit to print.

Hugh Hewitt and others have echoed my complaints in several columns over the past few weeks, concerning the CRs that didn’t take out all funds for ObamaCare; the failure to even cut the $100B promised; the promise not to let the govt shutdown; the failure to de-fund the LSC, and other govt agencies, etc.

Given the massive mandate on Election Day and the truly dire circumstances we face, I don’t think we can afford to be so timid.

Boehner can’t propose $61B in cuts out of a $3.7T budget and lecture Americans as not having a clue. I think We the People really need to stay on these employees backs.

Boehner specifically invited the “ear” metaphor with his promise to listen to the American people. Now he says we are clueless. How many times have we seen big election mandates squandered by the establishment? Bush41 taxes; Newt’s implosion; and now only $61B. I came in optimistic about Boehner, and certainly his recent promise to cut entitlements in the next budget is promising and he has certainly not been all bad and I think he is man of character. Moreover, he has also already shown that he can change course in response to complains from the right.

This column expressed hope only a few weeks ago that Boehner would be the best Speaker of my lifetime. But, unless and until someone (like a Republican Governor, for instance) gets the Beltway wax out of his ears, the Listener of the House can’t even hear what he needs to be listening to, much less do what he was elected to do.

Hopefully his recent promise of entitlement cuts indicates that someone got his attention. I have long argued that conservatives with courage is what is missing in D.C. And it is, but Boehner’s kind of Beltway tone-deaf ignorance is something that even courage can’t cure.

Mike DeVine

Legal Editor – The Minority Report

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist for

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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15 Responses to The Speaker needs a hearing aid

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    Amen Rogue, you were right. The country can’t outlast business as usual.

  • StephC says:

    I’m with Rogue. I saw this coming… wanted both Boehner and Cantor (among others) to go sit in a corner and relearn what it means to be a citizen legislator.

    But Boehner played on his roots as a simple man; the man he forgets until it’s convenient.

  • Bruce says:

    Ok maybe I’m confused…. as we all know I am a simple man………..I thought the speaker Mr. Boehner was a conservative……so help me understand what is the difference between a republican, a conservative, and a tea-partier………..because it seems to me if the GOP is going to unseat Obama in ’12 then these three factions had better come together to figure it out………..Of course it was easy for the speaker to campaign on $100B in cuts……but then reality sinks in……Maybe all of the cuts that were proposed aren’t realistic…….maybe when and if the real conservatives or tea-partiers(someone still has to define that for me) get into office maybe they will see that same grim reality….It is easier said than done………It almost seems like running for president of the sixth grade class and promising everyone will get free ice cream every day………It took us a long time to get here and there won’t be a quick easy solution……..just cutting $100B indiscriminately won’t get us there……maybe that’s what they saw…….or maybe they are just worried about getting re-elected………

    Black in America Baby…….The Revolution has been televised………

  • StephC says:

    Bruce, as I’ve told you before, Republican and Conservative are not synonymous.

    Conservatism is about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the rule of law as laid out in the Constitution, not the whim of law as used by the existing powers.

    You can’t have that and socialism at the same time.

    And that’s about as simple as I can put it for the not so simple man he claims to be.

  • Bruce says:


    So tell me is Mr. Boehner a republican or conservative…….or maybe he was conservative when he was campaigning and now he is a republican or maybe even a closet socialist………………or is it the conservatives are just disappointed with the reality and now they are calling him names……..

    tell me…

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    And what is that “reality”, Bruce? Boehner, of course, is a Republican. Compared to all Democrats that have served for the last 25 years, he is MUCH MORE conservative, even including his recent transgressions and has been above average in the GOP.

    We will have to consider well above average if the new 80? tea partiers in the House don’t stand up to him. Yes, even most conservatives are a little “socialist” unless they favor eliminating Social Security and Medicare.

    So it is a matter of degree, and on that Democrats are and have been reckless since 1963. But the problem now is that the crisis liberal policies got us into have reached the tripping point and so Boehner’s type of moderation is nearly as deadly because of the need to avert a crisis thru bold conservative action.

    More later Bruce, and I appreciate your questions and challenges.

  • Bruce says:


    “So it is a matter of degree”…….you say……You got your republicans, then a little further to the right you have your conservatives, and even more to the right you have your tea-party and from there you have the fringe right……..tell me do I have this right ……………but yet when you speak of the Democrats you throw them all into one bucket…..I guess as far as you are concerned all democrats are on the fringe…………It seems that conservatives don’t want to be thrown in a bucket but are willing to bucket everyone else……….You said ……….“Democrats are and have been reckless since 1963”……now if my count is correct there have been 9 presidents since 1963 from Johnson to Obama and 5 of them have been republicans………and the republicans ruled the House and the Senate all but one year from 1995 to 2005……so tell me the republicans didn’t have a hand in this….so tell me it was only the democrats who were reckless……..We all were a part of this and we all have to pitch in to get us out………..the conservatives can’t do it alone…….Maybe that is what Mr. Boehner is starting to realize……….

    Black in America Baby …….. The revolution has been televised……………

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    Liberal policies don’t work for the economic, social and national security well-being of the nation. History has proven this. Some Republicans are too far to the left. All Democrats are.

  • Bruce says:

    Mike, Mike,……..Mike,

    You write this insightful about Mr. Boehner’s actions since he became speaker and how they don’ t align with conservative goals and his own campaign goals……then you back away from the data…….don’t you think Mr. Boehner wanted to live up to his campaign promises after all he is a republican and they only speak the truth…….don’t or maybe you think he just doesn’t have the balls to stand up to those “liberal policy” makers……..I don’t think that is the case………what you need to come to terms with is he saw the problems and issues with slash and burn tactics and decided to take a more “liberal” approach………………….because know that he hates the fact that Mr. Obama is president and will do anything in his power to change that………..if he thought slashing and burning $100B would be the answer he would do it……………”Some Republicans are too far to the left. All Democrats are.”……………So you want a country where everyone thinks alike and there is no opposing methods or views……..Hmmmmmmm…..isn’t there a name for that…….

    Black in America Baby…….The revolution has been televised……

  • Mike gamecock DeVine says:

    I answered your questions Bruce. Go back and look at what you said and then what I replied to. Also, could you try and write complete sentences? smile

  • Bruce says:


    Let me first apologize for not writing full sentences………I failed grammer…….or maybe it was just my ebonics,,,,,,,,,,,was my spelling ok?…..did it upset you that I questioned what you wrote………..isn’t this suppose to be a open debate….or should I just say……great post mike………I agree with you Mike……Amen Mike…………..

  • BB-Idaho says:

    “Some Republicans are too far to the left” I guess
    ol’ Ike falls in that cagegory:
    “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid. ” -President Eisenhower, 1954

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