I’ve said this for years, and I think pretty much everyone knows, that John Boehner, Speaker of the House, is not what he claims to be. Right off the bat last term, I was hopeful that John Boehner was a conservative with strong, resolute opposition to the Democrats endless stream of insane demands. Well folks, what we got is a RINO.
According to the Associated Press:
“Signaling new movement in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Barack Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said…Until now, Boehner had maintained his opposition to raising any rates. Instead, he had proposed to raise up to $800 billion in tax revenue over 10 years by limiting tax loopholes and deductions as part of a broad tax overhaul.”
Couple this capitulation with Obama’s desire to add $200 billion in new spending, and his “promised” $600 billion in spending cuts–over the next ten years–and you’ve got a nightmare. The House is the last bastion of reason standing against an oncoming tsunami of crazy. John Boehner is supposed to be the leader of the resistance, but instead, he is capitulating to the Democrats demands.
I believed that the initial compromise offered by Republicans–in tandem with the constructs of Simpson-Bowles–was actually a decent compromise. It showed that the Republicans were willing to compromise, being that they would eventually have to give in to some of what the Democrats wanted. That compromise was summarily rejected by Democratic leaders.
This constant rejection of sane, reasonable compromises by the Democrats is pushing us right into their traps. And now Boehner is falling down the hole. And even now, Obama has not accepted the offer. Obama knows he has leverage, and he will use it to get exactly what he wants. He will use weak RINOs like John Boehner as unwitting pawns in his grand American socialist chess game.
There are several options, as I see it:
1. Like Rand Paul suggested, all Republicans submit a reasonable proposal. When that proposal is rejected, Republicans would vote “present” on the Democratic proposal. This way, all the blame will fall on Democrats.
2. Continue to offer reasonable compromises that continually get rejected by Obama. At least this way, time will show that it is not Republicans who are being irrational, but Democrats.
3. Continue to offer hard-line, conservative proposals that get rejected by Obama. Though noting will get accomplished, dignity will remain intact; and we will remain in gridlock.
4. There is a fourth option. Compromise so willingly that Republicans lose themselves entirely. This option seems to be the approach that Boehner is taking.
We need to oust John Boehner. He is not the conservative we need at this point, because he is not, indeed, a conservative. We need to replace him with someone that has the wits and guts to stand strong against the Obama machine. Someone like David Schweikert, Aaron Shock, Jim Jordan, Tom Price, or Marlin Stutzman would be a good alternative to John Boehner.
Unfortunately, it looks as though a rebellion is not in the making. Sources tell National Review that there isn’t enough support: “We don’t have the votes to make a serious run for the gavel,” says a Republican House member, who requested anonymity to speak freely. “People are unhappy, but there is no one willing to lead a rebellion.”
So there it is. We have a speaker nobody wants, house members afraid to lead a coup, and financial issues on the horizon. Maybe a coup will take place, maybe not. Either way, we need someone leading the charge against the Obama machine, because it sure won’t be John Boehner.