While On A Seven Week Paid Vacation John Boehner Calls The Unemployed Lazy

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John Boehner left work early to go on a seven-week paid vacation, but the Speaker felt compelled to call the unemployed lazy while Congress is set to pass the fewest pieces of legislation in sixty years.


During his speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Speaker Boehner said,

We’ve got a record number of Americans not working. We’ve got a record number of Americans stuck, if you will. And I think it’s our obligation to help provide the tools for them to use to bring them into the mainstream of American society. I think this idea that’s been born over the last – maybe out of the economy, over the last couple of years that, you know, I really don’t have to work. You know, I don’t really want to do this; I think I’d just rather sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country.

I grew up – most of you know, I grew up in a family with 11 brothers and sisters. My dad owned a bar. And if you wanted something, you worked for it. Now, I don’t know that was any moment my entire bringing up that I didn’t have some kind of a job, whether throwing newspapers, cutting grass, mopping floors at the bar, tending the bar, dealing with those characters that are walking every day. Trust me, I did it all. But I do think that his idea on the Earned Income Tax Credit has an awful lot of merit.

The problem is that Boehner made these remarks as the House left work early to go on a seven week taxpayer paid for vacation. The House left town last week and will not come back into session until after the November elections. This is the earliest departure for the House since 1960.

Roll Call reported that Boehner’s Congress is on pace to pass the fewest pieces of legislation in 60 years,

The 113th Congress, which passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 before heading out of town, has seen just 163 pieces of legislation enacted.

That total, from the House Clerk, tracks only through August, but it’s more than 100 pieces of legislation below the 283 measures enacted in the 112th Congress and well below the 383 in the 111th Congress.

Another handful of bills, including the continuing resolution, have been sent to the president, but unless the 113th has an unprecedented burst of productivity when members return for the lame duck, the die is cast.

Before John Boehner states that the millions of Americans who are unemployed don’t want to work, it would be nice if he did the job that the taxpayers are paying him to do. The myth that the unemployed lack jobs because they are lazy is a crutch that Republicans have been using for decades in order to justify their refusal to help grow the economy and create jobs.

The life of an unemployed person is not easy or fun. Economic hardship is not something that millions of Americans aspire to. Boehner loves to toss the buzzwords jobs and the middle class into his public remarks, but he obviously doesn’t care about creating jobs and helping the middle class.

The level of entitled arrogance behind Boehner’s remarks is astounding. John Boehner should walk a mile in an unemployed person’s shoes before he judges them. Even better, voters should take away his job and then we’ll see what John Boehner has to say about the unemployed.

28 Replies to “While On A Seven Week Paid Vacation John Boehner Calls The Unemployed Lazy”

  1. WE need to send Congress a
    message in November! STAY HOME!
    WE Got This!
    You had your chance & you blew
    it, now get outa the way. We’re
    moving FORWARD!

  2. The prick insults the Unemployed. Guess what? There are Republican unemployed too. Do they feel the insult? Some maybe. The rest will laugh it off and STILL vote for Republican pricks. Sad. Pathetic.

  3. just wondering.. was he waving a smoke around and sipping on a glass of red while he was bloviating?

    how much did the wine cost while he was whining…

    the myth of the unemployed not wanting to work is the new Republican myth of the welfare queen…

  4. Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it’s a complete coincidence. -Malharden’s Dad

  5. “Now, I don’t know that was any moment my entire bringing up that I didn’t have some kind of a job, whether throwing newspapers, cutting grass, mopping floors at the bar, tending the bar,…”

    WOW, Boehner worked more as a kid than he ever has as an adult. No wonder the right wants to roll back child labor laws.



  7. yeah… I agree… maybe the class action suit could be taken by the law firm that withdrew from Boner’s dumbass suit against Obama because it was too embarrassing to be associated with it..

  8. If this crap does not wake the people to vote these assholes out then God help us. Man this guys got nerve. Talk about the grass calling the frog green.

  9. You just keep looking for the word lazy. The rest of us will just laugh at your total imitation of a conservative with a great lack of comprehension

  10. John, you are a class A asshole. I worked for over 35 years, had an executive-level disagreement with my boss, so he fired me and blamed his major fuck-up on me to their venture capital board. Given that silicon valley is run by the venture capitalists, my reputation was that I was a fuck-up, when this asshole was the real fuck-up. That happened in late 2006 and by the time I started looking for another job, the economy tanks because of the Goodfornothing Oldfart Party. Two MBA’s, 35 years experience, four-year veteran of the Vietnam era in the Air Force and you call me lazy. Come to my house; I’ll give you something to cry about. During this time, I did not take unemployment benefits thinking I would get a job soon. Five years later, after consulting, temp work, contract work, and everything else that I tried, I’m a 64 y.o. man with no retirement(divorce), I’ve sent out over 400 resumes, but only had one interview. Lazy? You really know how to make friends…

  11. martyj,

    You mentioned “liberal trifling.” Is that anything like conservative trifling?

    Just wondering!

  12. Well John, I seem to remember some talk when you were first named Speaker, that you were referred to as the lazy Congressman in the House. What a disgusting waste of air you are.

  13. WOW!! love your remark. surely, “he did work more as a kid then he ever has as an adult” This man, is nothing more then a piece of human excrement.

  14. Those words are going to come back and bite him in HIS lazy behind…..and he will be sitting on his hands in chambers while Nancy Pelosi DOES HER JOB AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. In other words he’s gonna’ get the boot up his (you know where). {{chuckle}} Good riddance…and I’m sure he would be glad to go.

  15. Hey Democratic Republican: I just entered the link you posted and it is revealing….John Boehner is out for his-self, not really interested in doing for his constituents or the American people, no wonder we see the way he runs the House does not produce ANYTHING! I am cutting and pasting this part of the article from your link that came out in January 3, 2011 for the benefit of our readers and posters here:
    —“He maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses, including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citigroup, R. J. Reynolds, MillerCoors and UPS.

    They have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns, provided him with rides on their corporate jets, socialized with him at luxury golf resorts and waterfront bashes and are now leading fund-raising efforts for his Boehner for Speaker campaign, which is soliciting checks of up to $37,800 each, the maximum allowed.”—— Says it all.

  16. When NAFTA started the outsourcing of American jobs, that was the beginning of the middle class destruction. The Repulshricans are not even in favor of the increase in minimum wages.They are in the pockets of corpororations, lobbyists and theKkkkkkk oches!!!!!!!!Look at every product for the company where it’s manufactured,,,99% not USA>>>>>>>Slave wages in third world countries. Slavery is NOT ABOLISHED! The 1% will perpetuate the need for greed!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  17. What Speaker Boehner said was that people have adopted an attitude that they don’t need to work. While the word “lazy” wasn’t used, it does translate to the same. It isn’t “trifling,” but the use of facts, which the right seems to have a lot of trouble grasping. Further, if people like Mr. Boehner would try living on benefits for one month, they would understand that it does not promote dependence, laziness or an I don’t need to work or I don’t want to do this or that. Yes, a teenager can afford a minimum wage job when not paying room & board, but these days those jobs are taken by adults trying to raise a family. What the right doesn’t get is that the will to work is there. Unfortunately, corporate greed won’t translate that into job creation or living wages.

  18. Actually, middle class destruction began in the late 70s- early 80s, with the brutal recession of double-digit inflation, unemployment and interest rates. It coincided with the proliferation of investment products, including junk bonds and creative executive compensation techniques. With inflation rising so fast, corporations tied wage increases to CPI, which seemed fair at the time. However, even after inflation dropped, they kept the practice. Since CPI didn’t reflect reality, buying power quickly dropped. It also began requiring two salaries for people to keep the economic status. At the same time, senior executives continued to reap the benefits of lower worker wages, killing any incentive to improve the lot of their workers. 4 or 5 economic busts since then have only quickened the demise of working class. The Koch Bros. hope to finish us off.

  19. Boehner is doing a fantastic job, he should get a 200% pay raise. He and the republicans are SAVING America defeating the communist Obama. Everyone make sure you reelect this guy. in fact make him our next president

  20. LOL!

    This is why the RWNJ’s will never be in power again. They dont know that communism is an economic thing. Nor do they have any idea what it is.

    Can you tell us why you think Obama is a communist? I thought not

  21. Your comment translates to utter stupidity. Republicans haven’t saved us a doggoned thing. The PRESIDENT has halved the deficit and has the SMALLEST increase in spending of all Presidents in decades of history. Our taxes are going to pay for the taxes REPUBLICANS & the rich & corporations DON’T PAY. We pay higher tax rates, while they hide their money overseas. Republicans have taken away from the poor, elderly, VETERANS, the DISABLED, from EDUCATION, teachers, eliminated public jobs so private corporations can take over and make profit while paying a pittance. They have trampled on our rights and are trying to rig the vote. THEY SHUT DOWN OUR GOVERNMENT with their grandstanding and STUPIDITY at a cost of over $24 BILLION. Meanwhile, they REFUSE to do anything besides obstruct progress, refuse renewable energy and let the infrastructure crumble. TELL US AGAIN WHAT THEY ARE DOING FOR AMERICANS?

  22. First I apologize for my bad English.
    I’m a Dutch citizen and i’m interrested in American politics. Obamacare is one of the best things what happend too the American people. Whe got a system of healthcare that is almost the same for over 30 years and it works perfect. Its a shame that the GOP got the power to do everything wrong and not paying taxes that is also be payed by the working people. If we are listen to all the b…hit they tell on FOX whe can only think: do they really believe that people whit a normal IQ and who can think for themself ever vote for them.

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