Posts tagged ‘Boehner’

February 28, 2013

The next time Speaker Boehner chastises Senate…

Boehner McConnellHouse Speaker John Boehner has made many a headline laying blame for the sequester upon everybody elses’ shoulders but his own. He insisted the President was responsible for the massive spending cut set to go into effect March 1st. He’s touted his own accomplishments pushing through 2 sequester replacement bills in the House, forgetting to mention the obvious one-sided nature of both those pieces of legislation. And throughout most of this week he has thrown the entire weight of the sequestration onto the Senate who has not even considered the House bills and have come up with none of its own, despite a $110 billion Democratic replacement plan already released.

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February 22, 2013

How this is absolutely not Obama’s sequester

Boehner SequesterIn the often times twisted blame game of the hyperpartisan, gridlocked politics we’ve all grown to bemoan and loath, the Republican Party has talked themselves into many a reality altering claim aimed at absolving themselves of any resposibility for this nations problems. From blaming President Obama and Democrats for the Great Recession to the debt ceiling debacle of 2011, the GOP are now attempting to lay the entire idea of the sequestration on the White House’s doorstep.

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February 15, 2013

Economists Shoot-down Boehner’s Minimum Wage Claim

raise minimum wageBoth times in fairly recent years federal minimum wage was increased with the cooperation of Republican leadership. In 1996, the Republican-controlled House under Newt Gingrich, the minimum wage was raised from $4.25 to $5.15 over a 2 year period. The next wage increase took place a decade later, in 2006-2007, when Democrats won back control of the House. They found support for the increase in then President, George W. Bush. This instance raised the minimum rate to its current level of $7.25 per hour.

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July 27, 2012

GDP Growth & The Bigger Picture

While much of the Gross Domestic Product is driven by consumer spending, it is worth looking closer at the numbers reported earlier today.  The GOP used the report to chastise Obama once again for his “failed policies”. In so doing they forget the findings were actually better than economists’ expectations. Additionally, they neglect to make not of impressive growth rates in the other GDP measures.

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June 15, 2012

Obama’s Political Ploy Lowers Gas Prices

       House Speaker Boehner stepped to the podium in front of an early morning, hastily called press conference. With bright stage lights glistening against his newly bronzed, tanning bed taxed, skin he wipes a slight tear from his left eye. Flanking the Speaker, standing in stark contrast to his blushed appearance, are Eric Cantor – appearing slightly obsequious – and the obligatory  “press-conference-third” nondescript, expendable congressman.

     “Thank you to the Washington press corps for your attention at this, what I know was a last minute press conference. You may notice a slimmer crowd today but only non-biased outlets were invited to attend. Those identified as members of the ‘liberal media’ were not admitted.”

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February 29, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Stimulus Is Maligned, but Options Were Few

It was the winter of 2009 and the United States economy was shrinking. In the last three months of 2008 the economy had contracted at an annual rate of 8.9 percent, the sharpest decline in more than half a century. It shrank at a 6.9 percent rate the next quarter. By February 2009 the country had lost more than five million jobs.

We know what President Obama did. In February, he pushed Congress to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, an $831 billion fiscal stimulus package aimed at creating demand for goods and services to reignite growth and stop the downward spiral.

Since then, Republicans have condemned the legislation as an unmitigated disaster. “These policies have made our economic woes worse,” the House speaker, John Boehner, wrote earlier this month on the third anniversary of the bill’s enactment.

The attack hardly fits an economy that appears finally to be gathering steam. By the end of last year the economy had recovered to its peak size in 2007, before the recession. Employment is growing at a steady, though modest, clip. The jobless rate is 8.3 percent, down from 10 percent at its peak in October 2009.

Perhaps more intriguingly, the Boehner attack suggests a question: Were there other plausible choices? And would they have fixed the economy sooner?”
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