The Speaker of the House is a Republican. I used to think that the job of the Republicans was to oppose the Democrats, but it turns out that they are an ‘opposition party’ in name only:
The House of Representatives narrowly approved a one-year extension of federal borrowing authority on Tuesday after Republicans caved into President Barack Obama’s demands to allow a debt limit increase without any conditions.
The 221-201 vote, carried mainly by Democrats, marked a dramatic shift from the confrontational fiscal tactics House Republicans have used over the past three years, culminating in last October’s 16-day government shutdown.
It came after House Republicans repudiated House Speaker John Boehner’s latest plan to link an increase in the $17.2 trillion borrowing cap to a repeal of planned cuts to military pensions.
The Republicans hold a majority in the House. The Democrats don’t have enough votes to pass anything on their own. So how did this Democrat initiative pass?
The clean debt ceiling bill has just passed the House where it got the required majority in a 221 to 201 final vote, with just 28 Republicans voting Yea.
“Just” 28 Republicans??? You mean, 28 traitors voted to keep the status quo in Washington. And this was Crying Johnny’s plan all along: get just enough Republicans to vote ‘yes’ to pass the bill. The link above automatically updated, which means the details of the plan that I bookmarked earlier this afternoon have gone down the memory hole. Yet, a vestige of it remains:
Boehner told reporters after the Tuesday morning meeting that he expected the House GOP would put “a minimum amount of votes up to get it passed.”
“Let his party give him the debt ceiling [increase] he wants,” said Boehner, referring to President Obama. But he said some Republicans will obviously have to vote for the bill, and that he’ll be one of them.
Enough Republicans had balked at that package when it was presented Monday night to convince the speaker he had no choice but to turn to the Democratic minority. – from here.
It should be clear by now that the two political parties in the U.S. are merely two sides of the same coin. It is past time for the Republican party to go the way of the Whig and Federalist parties. And it’s way past time for Crying Johnny to go the way of Benedict Arnold and other traitors to their country…
“A clean debt ceiling is a complete capitulation on the speaker’s part and demonstrates that he has lost the ability to lead the House of Representatives, let alone his own party,” said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, as she pressed her on-line petition demanding Mr. Boehner’s dismissal. “It is time for him to go.”