I make no denial of my loathing of the hypocrisy of Speaker of the House John Boehner not mentioning job creation as he took over leadership of the House, and clearly doing everything he can to avoid anything remotely related to job creation, other than to perpetuate the ridiculously orchestrated GOP-wide sing-song taunt of “Where are the jobs, Mr. President?”
After all, Boehner and his fellow Republicans ran on the platform that President Barack Obama did not create enough jobs and that this would be their first order of business.
Now we are into month number two of the Boehner era and still not one single job-creation program has been introduced. In fact, Boehner has not only not presented or even supported a single proposal out of the House of Representatives, but he has personally DE-PRIORITIZED no less than 27 job-creation proposals within his own House.
The man who complained that Obama didn’t create enough jobs has elevated the repeal of Obama’s health care reform, lit the fires under yet another anti-abortion crusade, and spearheads the systemic redefinition of the word “rape” to be his Holy Trinity of “top priorities.”
And all the while, he smirks and says that if 200,000 people lose their jobs for the sake of the GOP agenda, “Then so be it.”
My opinion of Boehner’s hypocrisy is inarguably justified.
But then, is anybody whose head is out of the sand actually surprised when you look at the highlights of Boehner’s career. He was elected in 1990, after a campaign that assigned a laser focus on the issue of term limits and swore to enact a six-term/12-year restriction on all of Congress.
Boehner’s twelfth year in Congress was in 2002.
Boehner said during his 1990 acceptance speech, “I will not be one of those Washington insiders who is more closely associated with big business and lobbyist than with the people who elected me.” In 1995, Boehner achieved near-cult status in Washington alleys when he stood on the House floor and personally handed out gigantic poster-board checks totaling more than $70 Million to the leaders of the tobacco industry and its leading lobbyists.
John Boehner literally surrounds himself with a veritable “Who’s Who” of K Street lobbyists.
Where was Boehner’s criticism of spend-happy fiscal policies when he was pimping the bank and insurance company bailouts at the behest of George W. Bush?
“We face a crisis, and if we don’t act and we don’t act quickly, we’re going to jeopardize our economy,” Boehner told ABC News. “The president has a strong, sensible plan to save America’s financial institutions, and by extension, save the American people.”
Boehner was all about bailing out bankers who happily took hundreds of billions from American taxpayers that was intended to be circulated and revive the economy. But the “best and the brightest” of Wall Street pocketed the money, immediately started doling out huge bonuses to themselves instead of being fired for running their companies into the ground. And … (insert gasp of surprise here) … Boehner sides with the executives.
And while voting that the executives who crashed our economy should be allowed to pay themselves whatever they see fit (you know, the same way Congress does), when it came time to give low-wage workers a raise so they could contribute to our economy, Boehner was adamant in voting against increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.
And throughout all his talk, bluster and tears about how badly Democrats have damaged the economy, Boehner refuses to even discuss any cuts to defense budgets, or his beloved lobbyists and contractors, or even his Congressional benefits – which represents 0.000318 percent of the debt – claiming that “the resulting benefit of such cuts does nothing to address the massive debt we face.” All the while, Boehner wants to strip National Public Radio and Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding, which amounts to 0.0000127 percent of the debt.
Back in August, Boehner warned Barack Obama against “using campaign promises as a yardstick to measure success” because it runs the risk of triggering artificial and premature victory laps.
Premature victory laps? You mean like campaigning on a platform of “We’re going to create jobs” and then throw every resource you have as Speaker of the House into every initiative that *doesn’t create jobs*?
You *should* be crying, Mr. Boehner, out of shame instead of photo-ops.