Reality Crashes Down on John Boehner’s Desperate Attempt to Save His Job

The perception of things as they actually exist, rather than as they might be imagined or hoped for, can be disappointing for those stuck in ideological dogmata once reality sinks in. For many Americans, the reality is sinking in that Republicans have no answers to grow the economy and create jobs as they promised during the lead up to the 2010 elections, and they are paying the consequences for doubting that President Obama and Democrats were working for the people. The reality is also sinking in to Republicans that they squandered an opportunity to work with the President to improve the economy and yesterday Speaker of the House John Boehner admitted that Republicans have a “big challenge” in winning the House again this year.

The reality that the American people are not apt to fall for the Republican’s lies again after a year-and-a-half of legislative obstruction, repeal frenzy, and the war on women cannot be surprising to Boehner. Instead of focusing solely on “jobs, jobs, jobs,” Republicans began an assault on the American people that stunned decent Americans who either sat out the 2010 elections or fell for the Republicans’ lies about the President’s agenda that had not yet borne fruit. Despite Republican assertions that President Obama’s economic agenda was a failure, jobs are returning and the economy is growing while every modern industrial nation on Earth that began harsh austerity measures are wallowing in stagnation or declining growth. Indeed, America is the only country to post economic growth since the worldwide recession and the reason is the stimulus and investment the government made to spur jobs. Despite the evidence and opinions by prominent economists that cutting government and spending during a recession is a recipe for economic ruin, Republicans have offered two Draconian budgets and went on a slash and burn campaign immediately after taking control of the House. However, regardless the Republican’s economic incompetence at the federal level, it is the harsh legislative assault on women, immigrants, children, seniors, and worker’s rights in the states that may spell doom for GOP hopes of holding the House.

In every state that elected Republican majorities and governors, severe austerity measures have decimated jobs for teachers, fire and police, and most other government workers, and yet, corporations and the wealthy received tax breaks that belie austerity. In dozens of states, ALEC-inspired voter suppression laws targeting students, seniors, and minorities have not gone unnoticed by voters and they will not forget it was newly elected Republicans who are subverting democracy. Voters will also not forget that Republicans launched a campaign against women’s rights with Dark Ages anti-contraception laws and obscene personhood amendments that may satisfy religious fanatics, but repulsed a majority of residents who voted for more jobs, not theocracy.  Although it is a preponderance of evidence of economic malfeasance, restrictions on democracy, corporate entitlements, and religious interference with women’s health that inflicted damage on Republicans, their non-stop propaganda demeaning President Obama has damaged their credibility.

On Tuesday, Speaker Boehner gave a stark warning that President Obama’s economic policies have failed to produce any positive results, and although the Republican base may fall for that fallacy, semi-intelligent Americans will not. Boehner said on Fox News that, “The president’s economic policies have failed – I would argue they actually made things worse. And as a result, the president has turned to the politics of envy and division. His policies will turn America in a direction that we may never recover from.” Now, it is understandable that during an election year Republicans would ramp up fallacious rhetoric, but Boehner obviously has not learned much since they took control of the House and several state legislatures in 2011. Americans know that the economy is certainly not worse than when the President took office, and they know it is Republicans who have promoted divisive policies pitting the filthy rich 1% against the rest of the country, and the presumptive presidential candidate, Willard Romney is going around the country parroting Boehner’s assertion that the President’s economic policies made the economy worse. But Romney has taken it a step farther and for months has accused the President of not understanding what it means to be an American and worse, that he is “not one of us” good Americans. After three years, Americans know that the President is not only “one of us,” but that he is looking out for all of us.

Boehner should be concerned that holding the House is going to be a challenge because the American people, although ignorant at times, certainly understand the reality that the country is better today than it was when the President took office. They also understand Republicans have spent three years obstructing economic and job growth just to ensure that “Obama is a one-term president,” and that the GOP spent the past year attempting to impose harsh austerity measures that adversely affect tens-of-millions of Americans while fighting to give more to the wealthy. Boehner’s biggest concern, though, should be the real self-inflicted damage from Republicans’ war on women that shows no signs of ending anytime soon, and when women vote against state legislators, they will also vote against Republicans in Congress.

It is possible that Republicans imagined they could assault the American people without any real consequences, and based on their continued battering of the poor, women, seniors, and children, it appears they don’t have a grip on reality. The reality is Americans are not falling for the GOP’s false portrayal of President Obama any more than they think austerity and more entitlements for the wealthy are the path to prosperity and if Republicans cannot accept that simple truth, it will be more than a challenge to hold the House, it will be an impossibility.

15 Replies to “Reality Crashes Down on John Boehner’s Desperate Attempt to Save His Job”

  1. “Indeed, America is the only country to post economic growth since the worldwide recession”

    *cough* Australia *cough cough*

  2. I do not think that Obama is diving and do everything that he could be saying yet. But it’s going to have to start doing so pretty soon. I hope the speaker is wrong about the one third part too because if it’s not two thirds then were still in trouble.

    Romney and Boehner have been lying since the start. The very numbers that we gauge the government by have shown pretty good improvement and here we have two people trying to say it’s not.

    And worse, the debates which everyone are going to watch will be focused only on the issues of the moment and not on the fact that the disparity in America is stunning will, the fact that education is being killed off by Republicans and that we have a bunch of religious freaks running around talking nonsense.

  3. but, never underestimate the stupidity of the republican voter. If a republican candidate killed their mothers, they’d still vote for them. Watch and witness how lies and dogma can charm them.

  4. You’re absolutely correct, Ken. The problem is not that Boehner and the rest of the Republican Party are lying, it’s that their base is believing those lies.

  5. C’mon, politicususa. If I bother to type 2 paragraphs, and you tell me click back and paste in the password, I expect my comment to still be there once I do. But it wasn’t, and I’m not bothering to retype the whole thing. Grr. Fix your system.

  6. Here’s another thing I note. Obama has now spent 50% more than his rival Willard Mitt Romney.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kd1s/7113719883/

    And WRT to the ALEC Voter ID crap, even here in RI where Democrats hold a majority in both houses, they passed it. Having once worked at the RI Secretary of State’s office in the I.T. department, I know that when we rolled out the Central Voter Registration System (CVRS) with Help America Vote Act (HAVA) money we reduced fraud to something like .001%

    So there was no dead to pass Voter ID – instead it’s prime purpose is voter disenfranchisement.

  7. here here!! I’m an Aussie and we are doing well. However, the party in power are battered by negative comments from the opposition, not unlike what is happening in the USA. Our Prime Minister has passed a huge amount of legislation but you would never know it if you listened to the opposition.

  8. If the greedy, warmongering repugs are allowed to get back into power by any means, IE: rigging voting machines, miscounting votes, terrorizing and/or intimidating voters or having the supreme court clowns APPOINT another president like they did idiot Bush, it will be the end of America as we have known it and possibly the entire world.

  9. Today’s Republican party has repeatedly shown itself to be incapable of governance. Far too many top Republicans have vastly more loyalty to their party than to their country.

  10. I saw yet another false and amateurish Romney ad that claimed President Obama didn’t create any jobs while he was a community organizer, totally overlooking the more than 3 years of his presidency that have witnessed job growth. The same ad highlighted Willard Romney’s “successes” as a businessman. His record as governor of a state that ranked 47th out of all 50 in job creation while he was governor, as well as his record of bankrupting companies and firing employees, were conveniently left out. The more exposure he receives, the more he reveals himself as a shamelessly pathological liar. He would be even worse than GW.

  11. I agree wholeheartedly. Thats our feat, to make the Romney record known. To insist he lays out the specifics of his plan to create jobs and increase growth. Remember, the 2010 elections Republicans promised JOBS. The smoke screen that won them the House.

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