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Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Breaking News, Budget, Economy, Featured, Politics | 4 comments

The Hostage-Takers and John Boehner

image704090xThe minority of the majority of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives is holding John Boehner and the entire nation hostage to their ideology. Unwilling to pass a budget or raise the debt ceiling to pay the bills for money they have already spent, a government shutdown and a default on U.S. debt are on the line if this group is unwilling to compromise. And it certainly seems as if the word compromise is not in the Tea Party lexicon.

Interestingly, many Republicans in the House and the majority of Republican senators are opposed to shutting down the government or defaulting on the debt, realizing what its negative impact would be for the country. But the one person who counts in the House on these issues, Speaker John Boehner, is unwilling to bring a clean continuing resolution (CR) on the budget to the floor, afraid that his Speakership could be challenged by another Republican member of Congress further to the right. If he did allow the CR to be voted on in the House, it would likely pass with a combination of Democratic and Republican votes, the latter being Republicans who care about the economy and are realistic about the political situation. But the “hostage takers” of course do not care. Their ideology and hatred of Obama and the Democratic leadership has blinded them to the need to keep the government working and pay the nation’s debts.

Boehner knows that allowing a vote on a clean CR is the proper move to make and realizes that a government shutdown or default would be bad for the country and our recovering economy. Many political analysts also believe that it would be bad for the GOP who would likely shoulder the blame for the chaos that would result. But Boehner is not a politician who could be featured in Profiles in Courage for his willingness to stand up to the extreme conservatives in his party. Could he have developed the “Stockholm syndrome” and bonded with his hostage-takers?

Where this will all lead is anyone’s guess, but a shutdown, or a default by the U.S. looks increasingly possible. The sequester has already slowed growth in the American economy and has kept unemployment higher than it should be. Things can get a lot worse unless Speaker Boehner develops some backbone and stands up to the hostage-takers in the House.

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  • Rambie

    Hostage Takers is the correct term. Government by temper-tantrum is not a valid nor sustainable form of government. Nor, IMHO, was it what our founding fathers envisioned.

    Perhaps we all will have to suffer the medicine of a shutdown, to rid ourselves of the fever induced insanity of the Tea Party zombies. As other articles here at TMV have stated, the Tea Party is only a name and vapid shell of the values it was founded. A once grassroots effort is now totally co-opted by those that seek to enrich themselves at the expense of the country.

    • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

      “Scoobie” before y ou comment again, read the commenters rules at the top of the masthead. The rules for civil discussion are very few and are adhered to here. Stick to the topic of the post, not writers, not readers, not the site, and all is well and will be well.


  • ordinarysparrow

    Perhaps Boehner needs to listen to Trent Lott… but does not look like he has the strength to do it….

    Trent Lott on Ted Cruz: “Cut His Legs Out From Under Him”

    I asked Lott if his old GOP pals still serving in the Senate have lost control of their party. How do they feel about that? I inquired. Lott shook his head: “That Ted Cruz. They have to teach him something or cut his legs out from under him.”

    Cut his legs out? Yeah, Lott replied with a chuckle. He noted that when he was in the House in the 1980s he mounted a campaign against a fellow Republican who had challenged him for a leadership post. “Took me two years,” he recalled. “But I got him. And he was out of the House.” Recalling his vindictiveness and hardball politics, Lott chuckled once more. “Call me if you want more red meat,” he said, before heading toward the car waiting for him.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist


    I meant to comment on your

    “But what can you do when you guys behave as propagandists to a President who uses hate and fear exclusively to win political battles?” before it was rightfully taken down. My question/comment was going to be:

    Please quote — with sources — the instances where President Obama has used “hate and fear” and I guarantee you that — if there are such instances — I can quote you by a tenfold more statements by Republican “leaders” and politicians spewing hate — especially towards the President — and fear mongering that will make any such statements by Obama sound like a choir boy’s sweet songs.

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