Is ‘Boss’ Boehner the worst person ever?
It just doesn’t seem possible.
On the one issue where virtually all Americans could agree- the urgent need for financial market reforms- House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has taken a stand against repairing the very financial system that nearly led the nation to a financial meltdown and a great depression.
Speaking to an enthusiastic group of bankers today (that would be your first clue that something is wrong), Boehner crowed about the GOP’s ability to delay any possible regulation of the banking and financial industry by following the obstructionist course that has worked so well to date.
Predicting that any bill that might pass the Senate will be held up for a year in the committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions, Boehner said,
If the Senate is able to produce a bill, I think it’s just as likely that we’ll be talking about the same issue a year from now as we are right now.
Via Think Progress
Boehner was just getting started. Cheering on the bankers, who are about to begin their assault on Capitol Hill in the effort to derail the reform bill proposed by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, the Minority Leader continued,
Don’t let those little punk staffers take advantage of you and stand up for yourselves. All of us are hearing from our friends and constituents on lack of credit, you can’t get a loan, the more your government takes and taxes, the more regulations you have to comply with the more cost you have there and less amount you are going to have available to loan to customers (emphasis added).
Wow. I’m no innocent when it comes to politics but, seriously… wow.
These are the ramblings of a perverse and barely functioning brain locked in the head of a man so self-involved in his power role that he is willing to completely sell out the interests of the American people –Republican, Democrat or anyone else – in furtherance of his personal agenda.
One wonders if this might have something to do with Boehner’s efforts earlier this year to sell Democrat Jaime Dimon, the chairman and CEO of J.P. Morgan, on the idea that Dimon was backing the wrong horse.
Mr. Boehner told Mr. Dimon congressional Republicans had stood up to Mr. Obama’s efforts to curb pay and impose new regulations. The Republican leader also said he was disappointed many on Wall Street continue to donate their money to Democrats, according to the people familiar with the matter.
Via Wall Street Journal
It appears clear that Mr. Boehner is prepared to sell out his country- despite the clear and dramatic need to fix the financial system so as to hopefully prevent the next catastrophic meltdown – for some Wall Street cash.
There are many words for this that come to mind. Judas…Benedict Arnold…you pick it.
Boss Boehner represents Ohio’s eighth congressional district – a district that lines the southwestern side of the state and is mired in unemployment. As much as Boehner wants to blame that unemployment on the Obama Administration, his constituents are not total idiots, even if they did send this man to Congress. They remember that it hit the fan before Obama became president and they know it was the bankers who played the starring role in bringing the economy – along with their jobs – to a standstill.
Yet, their own Congressman – who happens to be the Minority Leader and possibly the next Speaker of the House – hangs out with – and cheerleads for – the very people who brought them down, hoping that he can pick the bankers’ pockets as the bankers pick the pockets of his own constituents.
Whatever one’s ideology, is there really anyone out there – with the exception of John Boehner- who believes we should just forget about what the bankers did and hope that they make some effort not to drive us to destruction in order to get an extra $100,000 in their bonus checks? Anyone?
Seriously. Knowing full well that Boehner has signed on with the interests of the bankers, who could possibly support this man as the leader of the House of Representatives and second in the line of succession to the presidency when he has no business running the local Kiwanis Club?