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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?

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Speaker Boehner may have best strategy on budget battle after all

Soon after the new GOP-majority House convened in January, this column endorsed endorsed a “selective government shutdown” strategy in which congressional Republicans would pre-emptively prepare the public for what seemed to us an inevitable confrontation over government spending with the new party of “no”, i.e. status quo Democrats.

Like Byron York, we think the political and economic landscape has shifted so dramatically since President Bill Clinton bested Speaker Newt Gingrich in the 1995 version of this play, that we fear no shutdown; and, like Hugh Hewitt, we think it best to confront the issue of deficit spending and debt in the context of our domestic affairs rather than debt ceiling vote bluffs.

A month later, we are more convinced that a shutdown is inevitable given President Barack Obama’s “Louis XV budget” head-in-the-sand proposal and especially after ObamaDems have been talking of nothing else but a shutdown. However, we have become convinced that it is not necessary to aggressively pursue such a strategy immediately for a number of reasons.

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