Just Like Last Year John Boehner Promises That There Won’t Be a Government Shutdown

John Boehner
John Boehner is back to making promises he can’t keep by doing the same thing that he did last year. Speaker Boehner is promising that there won’t be a government shutdown.

The Hill reported,

And Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team are ruling out a repeat of October, when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz led a conservative rebellion and forced the government to close for two weeks in a bid to defund ObamaCare.
“We’re not going to shoot ourselves in the foot and jeopardize our chances of winning the Senate and gaining more seats in the House,” a senior GOP aide said Thursday. The shutdown chatter from some conservatives “clearly isn’t helpful, but I’m not anticipating there will be a groundswell of similar sentiment from a large chunk of our conference.”

The problem is that House Republican leadership doesn’t know or understand their own members. If Boehner understood his caucus, he wouldn’t have to face humiliation after humiliation caused by the defeat of his own legislation.

The reason why anyone should be skeptical of the Republican promises is that Boehner said the exact same thing before the government shutdown last year. Boehner spent months last year publicly proclaiming that there would be no government shutdown only to see Ted Cruz led chaos break out in the Republican House that the Speaker was powerless to stop.

Rep. Boehner’s words and promises mean nothing because he is powerless. He has no control over his right-wing billionaire funded caucus. They do what they want. When they feel like it, they ignore John Boehner. This is why Speaker Boehner’s promises of no shutdown at the end of September are meaningless.

If House Republicans want to avoid a government shutdown, they are going to have to fund the government. There are already a group of Republicans in Congress who have gone back on their original promise of passing a short-term funding bill because they don’t want Democrats to have another chance to set the funding in 2014. Republicans are looking at their potential takeover of the Senate, and they want their potential Republican majority in the Senate to work with them on a funding bill in 2015.

There is already division among House Republicans on the issue of the length of the continuing resolution. The House is only in session for ten days in September, so if Republicans keep fighting among themselves, the government could be shut down by the end of next month.

Boehner’s promise isn’t enough to overcome the dysfunctional dynamics of the Republican led House. After he has failed to deliver time and again, only a fool would take Speaker Boehner’s word seriously. No matter what Rep. Boehner says, all of the dynamics are in place for a government shutdown.

18 Replies to “Just Like Last Year John Boehner Promises That There Won’t Be a Government Shutdown”

  1. Right… trying the same old song and dance routine doesn’t take away from the fact that the Speaker doesn’t have the power in that caucus anymore. It’s the psychos who are running the asylum and they’ll do anything to make sure they get what they want… even if meant another government shutdown that would smear the GOP’s name even more.

  2. Republicans hopes of taking over the Senate and gaining in the House are mostly based on historical data and do not take into account the reality of how badly they have screwed things up. And you know, the one thing about history is that it can be made any time. I’m hoping that we Progressives are ready to make history in November; we will see.

  3. Riiiiiiight. Boehner has zero, zilch, nada credibility. The tea terrorists will shut down the government before the elections, which will in turn hand the House to the Democrats, and cause the Dems to expand their majority in the Senate.

    The republicans, and tea terrorists are not patriotic enough, and too stupid to govern.

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  5. For once I wish just one of the so called journalist would say to his drunkenness You are so full of shit depend cant hold all the excrement that comes out of your mouth.

    There will be a shutdown, impeachment because out President will not give in to their temper tantrums and the icing on the cake will be when President Obama with an executive order does what I think he will do on immigration, which is no more deportations, the American Taliban wont be able to control their insanity.

    I have mines ready with extra butter
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  6. The Republicans think short term, not long term. The Presidential elections will be here before you know it. Constantly saying you are going to shut the government down if the black man in the white house won’t do what we want is no way to show leadership.

    Obama has about 16 months left of his Presidency, then what? Shutting down the government hurts the GOP, but aides Democrats. Is that what they really want?

  7. My thoughts too.I asked Nate on twitter to let us know when he was going to write a 10,000 word essay about his views on emerging obstructing teathugliKKKan majority hypothesis.

  8. They are counting on gerrymandering, and voter suppression to save them not only in November, but in 2016 as well. They will lose in both badly.

  9. and let’s not forget hacking the election servers in an attempt to win

    anonymous i hope you are on your toes once again

  10. …is the Boner up for re-election???
    …for anybody who thinks Teahadists are interested in ANY of the consequences of their actions, {or lack thereof}may I say “Dream on Alice; you’re back in Wonderland”

  11. Boehner has a “leadership team”?
    Leading them off a cliff it seems like!
    Don’t ignore the importance of the midterm elections – all this craziness starts at the state and local level – VOTE in November!

  12. Raphael Bowner should be kicked out and live in Orangeville, mopping bar floors with his tongue. He has contributed nothing as speaker and he never will. Yes,he does deserve the title as “worst speaker of the house”. He cannot control his nutty Tea Partyiers.

  13. Listening to public radio yesterday, a man called in to comment on Boehner, the man’s friend had played golf at the same course as Boehner. The golf course Boehner went to was an elite course and very high dollar and hard to get into. From this persons observations, there were dozens of secret service vehicles and bodyguards for Boehner, the public was away from the course and 3 helicopters were hovering overhead the whole time. And this group is critical when the pres plays golf!!!!

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