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Boehner’s Outburst Fuels GOP Civil War

The worst speaker of the House and Republican leader in the memory of living men.

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Rick Moran

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December 11, 2013 - 11:27 pm
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With his rant against conservative advocacy groups for their opposition to the budget deal, John Boehner has burnished his credentials as the worst speaker of the House — and Republican leader — in the memory of living men.

His party in the throes of a bitter conflict between establishment Republicans and right-wing tea partiers, the speaker flew off the handle and bitterly criticized groups like Heritage Action and FreedomWorks for threatening GOP lawmakers who vote for the Murray-Ryan budget pact.

“They’re using our members, and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous!” Boehner told reporters after a meeting of the GOP caucus. “Listen, if you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement,” Boehner added.

One might ask how long Boehner has been in Washington if  he isn’t aware that this is exactly what special interests groups do — they use anyone and anything to advance their goals. What does he expect from groups that rely on donations for survival? One might also inquire from which planet Mr. Boehner has alighted if he can say with a straight face: “[I]f you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement.” They certainly have an entirely different idea of mathematics on Boehner’s home world if he thinks that adding $63 billion in total discretionary spending in the next two years represents support for “deficit reduction.”

This is how Democrats spin raising federal spending, not Republicans.

Boehner went even further in his criticism, accusing some conservative groups of opposing the deal before it was even completed:

“You mean the groups who came out and opposed this before they even saw it,” Boehner asked, interrupting a reporter who started to ask about the criticism from conservative groups.

As expected, the conservative groups targeted in Boehner’s rant struck back — hard.

Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks:

Speaker Boehner’s real problem here isn’t with conservative groups like FreedomWorks, it’s with millions of individual Americans who vote Republican because they were told the GOP was the party of small government and fiscal responsibility.

Once again Republicans, led by John Boehner, are working with Democrats to increase spending yet again on the taxpayers’ tab while promising “savings” down the road. We know how this movie ends. How can leadership credibly promise spending cuts later, after agreeing to a plan that rolls back the sequester savings promised two debt increases ago? There’s a predictable pattern here.

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola:

We stand with Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tom Coburn, Rand Paul, members of the Republican Study Committee and every other fiscal conservative who opposes the Ryan-Murray deal.  After carefully reviewing the budget deal, on which we never commented until it was complete, we determined that it would increase the size of government. We support pro-growth proposals when they are considered by Congress. In our evaluation, this isn’t one of those.

No doubt the speaker is frustrated with the constant naysaying from outside groups and tea party types in Congress. But does a good leader come out and publicly chastise those in opposition or does he seek to calm the situation and work to unify the party? At the very least, Boehner should have kept his mouth shut rather than pour gasoline on a fire already raging out of control in the grassroots.

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Wow Moran, are you really that self-conflicted and morally confused, or are you just trying to ride the fence so you don't lose readers? On the one hand, you denegrate "right-wing tea partiers" and the "out of control" yokels in the grass roots. But then you grudgingly admit that all these evil, awful right-wingers are right about this "deal". You point out the same fatal flaws that we point to. Then you laud the establishment for making the deal, then you say it wouldn't be the worst thing if it was scuttled by the aforementioned right-wing crazies. This may well be the most incoherent and pointless thing I've ever read from a professional writer. You might want to work through the deep seeded self-hatred you're feeling right now, as you find that you actually agree with us "wacko birds".
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1) "Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOP’s ability to block tax increases in future years. It wipes out the need for a budget resolution in 2015, allowing Senate Democrats to again avoid taking hard votes on budget issues on the Senate floor. And, with all the reserve funds included in the Ryan/Murray package, it allows Harry Reid and Senate Democrats the chance to duck votes on Budget Act points of order against specific bills.

The bill includes language from the Senate Democrats’ budget that voids senators’ ability to raise a budget “point of order” against replacing the sequester cuts with tax increases.

The process is quite complicated, but in practice it grants Harry Reid the authority to send tax increases to the House with a bare majority, rather than the 60-vote threshold that would be required under a point of order." NRO

2) "This budget deal is worse than a continuing resolution because it actually increases spending by $60 billion in the first two years and we know the history of Congress is that they lie. They don’t keep their word. So after two years, no budget deal is worth the paper it’s written on"
Rand Paul

3) "The deficit increases under the Ryan/Murray plan for at least the next 3 years. Net deficit reduction would not begin until FY2017, after President Obama leaves office." NRO

4) "Under the Ryan/Murray package, claimed savings during the BCA period come predominately from fee/revenue increases rather than lower spending. So, it doesn’t reduce government, but rather enables a larger government." NRO

5) "About half of the $85 billion in “savings” in Ryan/Murray are achieved in 2022-2023, after the BCA period ends. Most of those savings are from the continuation of policies not included in the baseline, so are the result of baseline games rather than genuine reforms of bankrupt entitlements."

6) "The Ryan/Murray package raids certain Federal trust funds, employing policies that should be used for fixing programs and possible deficit reduction instead for higher spending"

7) "This bill reduces retirement benefits for current military members and retirees—who gave 20 or more years of service—but spares current federal civilian employees from any changes to their retirement benefits. "
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There can be no improvement in DC, on any subject, while Boehner is left as Speaker. There is no problem that should be addressed before replacing Boehner. While there are many big problems facing this country, leaving Benedict Boehner in charge of anything prevents progress on all other efforts.
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Demonrats or Repukeicans, those who want Big Government and insane spending, the loss of personal freedoms and economic destruction can wholeheartedly approve of traitors Boehner and Ryan; liars and thieves of the highest order, as are the 170 republicans who voted for this fascio-communist bill. No sane, moral person could do so. Gentlemen, if we cannot persuade our equally amoral electorate to remove these reprobates from office, we need to start looking for a better place to hang our hats.
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Notice that NONE of the critics have offered an alternative which could be agreed to by Democrats. So what is the plan, Stan? Another shutdown? Because the first worked out so well?

House Republicans supported the deal by nearly 3-1, and a good number of the 62 "no" votes were just covering themselves from this sort of baseless, content-free criticism.

Put up, or shut up. You hate the GOP, start your own party. Put your plans out there.
45 weeks ago
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The whiny republican middle says we have to wait till we're in charge to lower the deficit, they've been saying that forever. We've been in charge, of the whole shooting match, back when we had a president that reminds me so much of Boehner, name was Bush. What happened then? The deficit exploded, and not just because of the stupid war he started. Then, on account of his wonderful compassion, he and the congress jacked the deficit even more. When does it stop? When is our "summer of recovery"? Just like Obama's- NEVER! I'm pretty much of the opinion that it's all over but the crying, the lying about who did it, and our descent into totalitarian hell. Good luck to all.
45 weeks ago
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Freedom Works has their nerve, I received 7 emails saying not to vote for Romney.. stay home .. just whose side are they on! Romney lost, Obama won - Freedom Works got what they asked for...Obama is President. They would not have these problems if Romney was President and Ryan VP so what is their game?
45 weeks ago
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Wow. I did not know that. Maybe that strategy is partly why they had their own civil war and had to buy out Dick Armey right before the election.
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Boehner's just p*ssed because those nasty Tea Partiers keep wandering off the RINO plantation.
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The Whigs, er, Republicrats, have shown no difference between their Progressive twins across the aisle.

Politics has become a rip-saw, it tears pushing and pulling. Democrat or Republican, they are both tearing into the flesh of the middle class.
45 weeks ago
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How can anyone think we can just demand what we want when we do not have the majority and we have a president who writes his own laws? If you really want the Republicans in control then STOP fighting our leaders and support them and the can meet your demands. We must stand together and get the WH back and the Senate. We will not do this if we continue to stab our leaders in the back. Our hands are tied now. Please think about what you are saying. Sen. Ryan got all he could in this deal. Don't help the Democrats ...
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We will never win the Senate back fighting, we must unite. We must win the WH. Stop helping the Democrats.
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