Entries Tagged as 'John Boehner'

Middle Class Taxpayers Still Lose

December 29th, 2011 at 9:45 am 25 Comments

The recent fight over the extension of the payroll tax holiday has once again shown that the Republican Party does not particularly care about the middle class tax burden. The party is quite interested though in cutting taxes on the highest earners. What gets completely ignored is the fact that most billionaires already have lower effective tax rates than some segments of the middle class.

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The GOP’s Followership Problem

David Frum December 26th, 2011 at 8:41 am 27 Comments

Here’s a question to worry about in 2012: Does the inability of Speaker Boehner to lead his House caucus foreshadow the inability of a President Romney to lead a dual-chambered Republican Congress?

One of the dominant factors motivating the decisions of rank-and-file right-wing House Republicans—and not just freshmen—is their lack of trust in Speaker John Boehner. They like him, but they just don’t believe he’s a dependable defender of their interests and beliefs. Those suspicions aren’t entirely groundless. Yes, Boehner has gone out of his way to cultivate the most conservative members of his caucus—every time he has hit an impasse, his first move is to the right, to accommodate them, not to the middle to replace some of them with willing Democrats. But the Speaker has also shown a penchant for compromise that right-wing House members can’t abide.

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Brinkmanship Works

December 21st, 2011 at 5:21 pm 72 Comments

It seems that everyone is deploring the “tactics” of the House Republicans in refusing to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and by doing so, sildenafil drawing out the standoff until the last minute. Is this the way resolve a dispute? Yes, hospital deadlines force the combatants to make concessions.

I’ve been practicing law for 22 years, purchase and began my career believing the judicial system was an efficient and civilized method of dispute resolution.

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Boehner is Trapped by His Caucus

December 21st, 2011 at 1:09 pm 46 Comments

An old joke heard often in the Southwest ends this way: “It isn’t always your enemies that get you into it; it isn’t always your friends who get you out of it; but, purchase when you are in it up to your neck, keep your damned mouth shut.”

Unfortunately, Speaker John Boehner’s predicament confirms again the truism above.

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How Dare The WSJ Blame The House GOP?

David Frum December 21st, 2011 at 10:18 am Updated122 Comments

The Wall Street Journal this morning excoriates House Republicans for mishandling the payroll tax holiday:

The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play

True that. But if anyone is to scold on this score, it should not be the Journal – which is as responsible as any of the House members for the GOP’s payroll-tax predicament.

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Government Shutdown: Again?

September 26th, 2011 at 11:01 am 61 Comments

Einstein gets credit for many things, diagnosis including his definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again, ampoule and expecting different results.”

Next to that quote should be the official photos of the 112th Congress.

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Boehner Can’t Control his Caucus

September 22nd, 2011 at 2:10 pm 55 Comments

At some point, Speaker John Boehner was going to have to show the most conservative members of his caucus that he would get work done in the House without them.

Yesterday revealed that day has not yet come. The ramifications of the failure to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY12 in the House will be far-reaching. It’s true that Democrats took advantage of the Tea Party defections from the GOP leadership and aided in killing the CR. But this was the second embarrassment on a critical vote for the House Republican leadership this year.

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Boehner’s New Plan – Even Deader

July 29th, 2011 at 3:46 pm 75 Comments

A few thoughts on the implications of Boehner adding a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to his debt-ceiling bill (which would now require that Congress pass a BBA before a second debt-ceiling increase could take place early in 2012):

Adding the BBA makes the bill very likely to pass the House. This addition appeases Tea Partiers, who had denied Boehner the majority he needs to pass it.

The Boehner bill as it stood on Thursday night might not have been able to pass the Senate; the Boehner bill of today definitely can’t. The very thing that makes the bill likely to pass the House – its Tea Party pedigree – will kill it in the Senate.

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This is Scary

July 28th, 2011 at 2:04 pm 79 Comments

Early this morning, ambulance I had breakfast with a member of Congress—a person I like, decease respect, have donated to in the past, will donate to in the future, and know isn’t crazy. This man shares at least 90 percent of my views. He’s not a Tea Party Caucus member but is a stalwart in the conservative Republican Study Committee.  He has a safe seat and, like me, sees some serious problems with the Boehner plan. That said, he made it clear that he’s not going to vote for the plan or anything much like it. I didn’t argue with him—he’s a man of conviction and believes in what he’s doing—but he’s exactly the sort of level-headed conservative who is going to be needed to get the plan (or anything realistic that raises the debt ceiling) across the finish line. Without his vote, we’re heading for default.

One Question for Boehner Plan Supporters

David Frum July 27th, 2011 at 5:35 pm 53 Comments

Jen Rubin at the Washington Post has 10 questions for critics of the Boehner plan.

I have just one question for the plan’s supporters.

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