The quote of the day from one House Republican leader aide:
“I think Boehner will seek a more accommodating approach to get a good percentage of Democrats to vote for it – even if it costs him a lot of House Republican freshmen.”
John Boehner will appease Democrats once again at the expense of the “TEA Party” aligned representatives in order to “spare fellow Republicans a second embarrassing defeat”. Once again we see the ends justifying the means which in this case is to put a Republican in the White House in 2013.
Did we elect representatives to the US House to run a political campaign or the nation? If you are thinking that they should be doing both tasks, I have a question. How’s that working out for us? We have no budget, the freshman representatives that were elected to put us back on a fiscally responsible track are marginalized and John Boehner is submissive to the president.
Although I understand the importance for this election, I also do not believe that America has the luxury of waiting another 12 months for a Republican president based on economic and world events. Since Boehner’s debt ceiling’s appeasement deal last August, the president has spent another $2.3 trillion (including the latest $1.2 trillion) without Congressional approval. Mr. Boehner gave him that authority to use it as another election point this year. Yes, Congress can vote down the latest $1.2 trillion request but they knew when the deal was made that they do not have the necessary votes to override Obama’s veto.
Mr. Boehner may have sold out the TEA Party but he may have also just sold out the country.
House Speaker John Boehner, hoping to spare fellow Republicans a second embarrassing defeat over payroll tax cuts, is prepared to navigate around rebellious Tea Party-aligned lawmakers to get a deal, according to congressional aides.
Republicans in the House of Representatives got a public drubbing from critics within and outside the party in December for initially refusing to approve a Senate plan to extend the tax break for 160 million Americans through February.
The party of lower taxes was left on the defensive, countering a barrage of criticism that its unwillingness to compromise threatened an effective tax hike on workers, potentially damaging the fragile economic recovery.
Now, with Democratic and Republican negotiators preparing for a new round of talks in the coming days to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, Republican leaders are anxious to move quickly to get a deal, aides said.