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American Thinker

Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” (B as in “Big Bomb”) is as dead as a Cowsills’ 45 record.  Vinyl doesn’t wear well in the digital age, and Speaker Boehner’s plan to raise taxes didn’t woo GOP House caucus members or tea parties and grassroots conservatives across the republic.  Boehner and his team were effectively trying to legislate against their party’s conservative base and the outcome was thankfully predictable.

Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Boehner’s other lieutenants have made a fine botch of not only their negotiations with President Obama, but the PR war that rages for the hearts and minds of Americans (such is just a continuation of the ham-handed Romney campaign’s poor communications and outreach strategies during the presidential election).

Boehner and Cantor were clearly knocked off their strides after Mr. Obama’s unexpected victory (for many on the right) over Mitt Romney.  They haven’t seemed to recover since that Tuesday night in November.  Like other establishment Republicans, Boehner and Cantor read too much into the president’s narrow popular vote win.  Moreover, both men are clearly overmatched in their duel with the president, who sticks to his principles like superglue.

Boehner, particularly, has seemed cowed and groping versus confident in making conservative principles the cornerstones of his negotiations with the president.  Boehner has played the role all too often played by Washington-ized Republicans: the enabler and fixer of Democrats’ excesses.  The speaker has shown that he’d rather find ways to straighten out Washington’s big government mess than use the mess to push for badly needed far-reaching reforms and downsizing of the federal leviathan.  Boehner’s had an opportunity to make history, and all he wants to do is sweep floors.

Uncle Sam’s problem has been and continues to be wild spending, outrageous debt, and unfunded liabilities that promise to crush working Americans and the economy as the near-years unfold.  The problem hasn’t been and isn’t too little tax revenue into Uncle Sam’s coffers.  That Boehner and his establishment GOP colleagues agreed to put taxes on the table ahead of any negotiations and resolution of spending cuts and entitlement reforms was a strategic error of the first magnitude.  In so doing, the speaker ceded critical ground – in terms of good governance and politics – to the president.  Thanks to the speaker’s myopic, craven approach, the message went out loud and clear to Americans: “The president is right.  Spending and debt aren’t the big problems; tax revenue is the trouble.  We Republicans agree to raise taxes.”

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  1. Col. Angus

    December 22nd, 2012

    “In ordinary times, Speaker Boehner may have proven a competent leader. But faced with extraordinary circumstances, the speaker is a pipsqueak.”

    Kinda like saying the Titanic’s captain would have shined with a Caribbean itinerary. Jeebus, we’re screwed.

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  2. AbigailAdams

    December 22nd, 2012

    This piece offers some really clear insight into what is motivating Boehner and Cantor, at least at first glance. I really think that Boehner is too entrenched and loving his position (and percs) and just doesn’t have the detachment from those things needed to risk change as ever much as he talked good tea party at one time; he sounded almost like a native speaker in ’10.

    He and Cantor seem to have really been brainwashed by the Left’s propaganda that the GOP is “the party of ‘NO’” and are the true obstructionists to real recovery. Funny how no one really talks in terms of recovery anymore, just palliative measures to keep the country alive; not to actually cure the disease of overspending that would launch a sustained recovery.

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  3. suzsanne

    December 22nd, 2012

    Let’s hope Kleenex stock climbs come January.

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  4. Alpha Maser

    December 22nd, 2012

    I’m sorry but doesn’t most the RNC need to go? They keep giving us crap president candidates, when daffy duck coulda / woulda / shoulda been able to win the last prez election… Sheesh?

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  5. Diann

    December 22nd, 2012


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  6. Tim

    December 22nd, 2012

    Socialism is a disease that must be excised.

    It infects the minds of seemingly intelligent people through some sort of putrescent miasma it emanates.

    For our nation to survive, socialism must be destroyed.

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  7. J Frank Parnell

    December 22nd, 2012

    It will take another enema in 2014 to purge the statists from the RNC and it seems for it to finally get the message.

    Then again if the rumor is true and Paul Ryan gets selected as Speaker, there could be a chance to hold the Reds in the field before they pour over the walls and sack the Republic.

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  8. Millertime

    December 22nd, 2012

    Ok, I must be retarded

    Where is there any evidence of BooHoo Boehner fixing the government mess as stated in this opinion? Any other EstGop?

    A) They are not going to fix the mess, they caused it and continue fucking shit up.

    Play footsie with the communist left, ignore the conservative base and keep spending like a classic democrat.

    Time to start over

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  9. Lowell

    December 22nd, 2012

    The quiet part of the story is Boner couldn’t get the votes. Too many of the ones sent there in 2010? To stop the Rino’s in their tracks? Maybe they did.

    That party needs an enema.

    It’s size, scope and spending by the fed. THAT is the only issue.

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  10. Claudia

    December 22nd, 2012

    Yes! Cry baby Boner is in love with his power as is every RINO elitist. Every one of them must face a primary challenge by the Tea Party conservatives in order to save the GOP. Only then will we have a chance to save the USA.

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  11. Johnny Pickleduster

    December 22nd, 2012

    We the people are locked in a deadly war with the communists who are firmly in control of the democrat party and the media and who are as fanatical in their hatred and determination to destroy this country as the islamic savages. There can by no more trying to reach some sort of accomodation with these implacable foes. The Republicans in the House are the last line of defense and what we need are strong leaders who are determined to utterly defeat the commiecrats and drive them from their seats of power which is the Congress, the EPA etc, the media, the academia, and the unions. In short we need leaders who recognize that we are in a war and whose goal is total and complete victory. Boner and Cantor are not the leaders we need and they must be relegated to the back benches of the house. Losing this war is not an acceptable outcome.

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  12. Houston

    December 22nd, 2012

    This ridiculous game of tootsie with the left is driving me insane. We are doomed to lose the war of information to the common voter as there is no media source which shows how ridiculous the positions of both sides are.

    The “Plan B” cut by “Speaker Boner” is a terrible idea. I see his logic in trying to cut off the argument of tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, but he flubbed it horribly. he has no leadership in the party and this will be his death as speaker. It might have been effective if executed correctly and communicated properly. He knew it had no chance of passing the Senate, but to try to push it through the House without the needed backing was foolish. Now not only does he not have that argument from “Plan B”, h now has to deal with the spin from the left that the Republicans are blocking all ideas.

    We have to go over the cliff. I’m very sad to say so, but that is the ONLY way we will get ANY cuts in spending through.

    I sincerely doubt we will go over the cliff. Look for Boner to cave and give Obama almost everything he wants. If I am wrong though, Obama will push a bunch of illegal executive orders through to keep the government functioning.

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  13. Menderman

    December 22nd, 2012

    Here is the response from my call and follow up e-mail to my congressman:


    Dear Menderman:

    Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the upcoming “fiscal cliff”. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and I am happy to respond.

    I share your concerns about our nation’s fiscal situation. America is over $16 trillion in debt. Much of that is owed to foreign nations like China which do not have our best interests in mind. Deficit spending in Washington is adding over $1 trillion to our debt every year. We are fast approaching the point where the country’s debt burden gets so high that it becomes an irreversible impediment to economic growth.

    This is the time for the president and congressional leaders to put politics aside and do what’s right for America’s future. That is why I have been so deeply disappointed with President Obama’s proposals. The president has continually failed to acknowledge the reality that America is broke because Washington spends too much. The president’s offer to address the problem through small, token spending cuts and massive middle class tax hikes is just irresponsible.

    Furthermore, the president’s proposal to permanently remove Congress’s control over the debt limit is outrageous. The administration should read the Constitution: Congress has the power of the purse, not the president.

    I have proposed several specific spending cuts that I am willing to make, including: eliminating foreign aid and the federal Department of Education; halting the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; repealing Obamacare; reforming entitlements; and stopping the war in Afghanistan. The president and congressional leaders would be well advised to consider these.

    As negotiations continue, please know that I will continue to keep your thoughts in mind. Please feel free to visit my website, http://www.jones.house.gov to stay up to date on all federal matters affecting Eastern North Carolina. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


    Walter B. Jones
    Member of Congress


    Jones was removed from his committee by the Speaker for this position. Everbody should call and e-mail their representitives and DEMAND huge cuts in spending and NO TAX HIKES!!!!

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  14. scr_north

    December 22nd, 2012

    I’m actually a little surprised that Boehner hasn’t handed the baton to someone else already. Even he can see he’s a failure and hasn’t raised up the GOP “brand” in the eyes of the voter. Clearly, he should let Ryan take the job because not to put to fine a point on it it can’t get any worse for the GOP and this may well be America’s last chance.

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  15. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 22nd, 2012

    Boehner’s had an opportunity to make history, and all he wants to do is sweep floors.

    Bingo! He just wants to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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  16. Jerry Manderin

    December 22nd, 2012

    Boehner is Agent Orange to the conservative cause.
    Time to dump him…

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