Republican Congressman Accuses Boehner of Wasting Taxpayer Money with Lawsuit

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Well. That was awkward.

Right after Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) vehemently denied that he was gunning for impeachment with his lawsuit against the President, Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) insisted that Boehner should stop the “theater”, calling his lawsuit a “show” that will waste millions of taxpayer funds.

No, it’s not that Jones is against a partisan witch hunt. It’s not that Jones is pulling for his party to find some measure of sanity. Oh, no. His suggestion is that Boehner should just impeach the President.

According to The Hill, Jones said, “Why not impeach instead of wasting $1 million to $2 million of the taxpayers’ money? … If you’re serious about this, use what the founders of the Constitution gave us.”

This came out on the day that Republicans are voting on their “lawsuit” (aka, Get Out the Vote project), which the Republican lawmaker from North Carolina has just made sure you know is going to cost you between $1-2 million dollars. Jones used to be a Democrat when he was first elected back in 1982. He switched parties in 1994 and used a picture of his opponent jogging with Bill Clinton to rile up the anti-gay sentiment at the time.

Just yesterday Boehner said it was a scam for Democrats to claim Republicans wanted to impeach the President. And yet, as I detailed yesterday, there has been a steady drumbeat by Republicans for impeachment and it comes from the same folks who managed to get the Republican Party to shutdown the government. It’s not as if they aren’t running the show.

Furthermore, PoliticusUSA’s Jason Easley busted Boehner in a massive lie as he made the “scam” charge:

Rep. Boehner claimed that the impeachment talk was started by the president and Democrats, only it wasn’t. Back in January, Boehner hinted at impeachment, “We’re just not going to sit here and let the President trample all over us. This idea that he’s just going to go it alone, I have to remind him we do have a constitution. And the Congress writes the laws, and the President’s job is to execute the laws faithfully. And if he tries to ignore this he’s going to run into a brick wall.”

In May 2013, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) claimed that President Obama could be impeached for Benghazi. During an August 2013 town hall, Rep. Blake Farenthold admitted to constituents that House Republicans are aching to impeach the president. In October 2013, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) threatened to impeach the president if the country defaulted. InJune 2014, the South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution that called for Obama to be impeached. Sarah Palin claimed that God wants President Obama impeached.

The list of Republican calls for Obama impeachment is endless, so it is a ridiculous lie for Boehner to claim that Democrats are behind the impeachment talk.

Poor John Boehner. He can’t even control the press his caucus gives, let alone the bills they kill or their government shutdowns.

Here’s an idea for the Republicans. Instead of wasting $1-2 million on a meritless lawsuit against the President and instead of trying to impeach him for acting like he’s president, why don’t Republicans actually do something that will give them something to run on – give people a reason to vote for them besides hate.

In the meantime, Representative Jones has done the public a service by reminding them that they are footing the bill for Republicans’ political desperation.

 

 

12 Replies to “Republican Congressman Accuses Boehner of Wasting Taxpayer Money with Lawsuit”

  1. I’m just curious what Boehner’s end strategy is. Using the threat of a lawsuit will only unite the base for so long, until it’s clear they aren’t going to pull the trigger until after the election. That would seemingly enrage the base even more, and result in smaller and fewer donations, just when they need a money advantage to win. It’s as if Boehner isn’t playing to retake the Senate, merely posturing, in the hope that enough tea party republicans lose their House seats, to shift the balance of power back in his direction. If that’s the case, he thinks he can re-cement his own political foundation on top of the political corpses of his erstwhile republican brethren.

  2. I am not sure Boehner *has* an end strategy. It seems almost as though he is just trying to calm down his piranha base for today, just keep them quiet for today. Wake up tomorrow, lather, rinse, repeat, say something to quiet them down today, right now.

    I don’t think he’s looking ahead further than today’s happy hour when he can really start drinking.

  3. Middle school boys and girls would do a better job than these childish adults. Hopefully informed voters will replace them when their time comes.

  4. People don’t keep re-electing him. Cheating through Gerrymandering is how he keeps getting re-elected. Easyto time and taxpayer money when you can cheat to keep your seat.

  5. So why are the right-wing pundits insisting that the 2014 elections are going to be an uphill battle for Democrats when it’s more than obvious, Republicans cannot, will not, and are incapable of governing? They have learned nothing and they’ve done nothing. No matter how the drew their district lines, conventional wisdom and all the other BS pundits would like us to believe, it has been more than clear, that the Republican Party are self-destructing, just like their predecessors, the Whigs. And like Cantor and Romney, the polls and pundits lying about the polls will not do them any good. Because the fact of the matter is, their based makes up a very small part of the overall electorate.

  6. “Wasting Money”

    Coming from the Democrats who’ve blown hundreds of millions on subsidizing exchanges that *dont work*?

    Keep in mind that the reason for the lawsuit is to stop Obama from continuing to violate his constitutional obligations to follow the law – which includes his own continuance of throwing hundreds of millions into insurer subsidies that there is no authority for.

    If it costs $100m to stop the continued waste of Billions of taxpayer dollars under the illegal and arbitrary application of selected sections of the ACA, and not others, then so be it! in the end it benefits the public.

  7. You are so blind dumb and stupid.
    Insurers, hospitals enjoying the profit of Obamacare
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-30/obamacare-dividends-pile-up-for-hospitals-as-patients-pay.html

    Thanks Obamacare! Check is in the mail for 6.8 million people
    http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/24/pf/insurance/health-insurance-refund/

    Study Finds 10.3M Uninsured Gained Coverage Under ACA
    http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/07/23/study-finds-103m-uninsured-gained-coverage-under-aca/

    The Affordable Care Act’s Lower-Than-Projected Premiums Will Save $190 Billion
    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/report/2013/10/23/77537/the-affordable-care-acts-lower-than-projected-premiums-will-save-190-billion/

    I could go on but I doubt your pointy head can even tie your shoes much less comprehend facts

  8. The GOP Teabillies are so rotten to the core. The lying and hypocrisy are obvious and yet people still buy the garbage and Fox news crap. I am honestly amazed at how the cult of racist bigotry was laying beneath the surface waiting to return. Now it’s like 1950s. I am a white southern male in my 60 and I am ashamed that our generation of love and peace has turned so vile and guilty of becoming pupits of an evil agenda.

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