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Question:  "Separation between Church and State."  Who coined the Phrase?  Give up?  Answer:   Thomas Jefferson - one of the founding fathers of this great Nation and a creator of the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment to that same Constitution.  Thomas Jefferson, in 1802, wrote a Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, referring to the First Amendment to the US Constitution.  In it he said:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.

Th Jefferson

Jan 1, 1802

We will leave it up to the reader to determine whether John Boehner has made serious errors in in judgment.  John has supported a Conservative Far Right Christian position especially when it comes to Church and State issues.  It is apparent from the data collected, that the first amendment is in danger from his past and future actions as well as other constitutional sections.  He supports deregulation of banks and the SEC causing the current economic Depression.

John Boehner's office stated that his position is that Certain Religions aren't   "Real" religions.  What is a real religion, Mr. Boehner?  What you have been practicing?  He says on the one hand that only certain Christian denominations are valid.  Read the following and remember: "By their Works may they be known."  This is a summary of information collected from New York Times, bloomberg.com, CBS News, Fox News, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffingtonpost.com, and  crooksandliars.com about Rep. John Boehner.

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Extremist Conservative Republicans are selfish, power hungry, hateful of the poor, disloyal to the nation and its people, dishonest, avaricious, scornful of the nation's history, the dignity of its institutions, its standards of political morality, and its vision of advancement for all the people. The Extremist Republicans love war as long as they and theirs do not have to put on helmets and carry guns into the fighting. They use lies to start wars that kill hundreds of thousands of innocents and thousands of our own military service people. They love massive war-time profits, unavailable to their rich masters if war is absent.

Those Extremist Republicans hate the rest of us, which they must, in order to pass away from themselves and onto us, the financial burdens and losses their crimes, schemes and thefts cause. They are prolific, incessant, and destructive liars. They are blasphemers for they insist that their hateful and destructive deeds are the work of God. They are apostates for they gleefully attack the poor, the immigrants, the old and the sick, of whom God has commanded all of us to be mindful.

There is no reasoning with them, for all their logic is built on false premises. There is no appealing to them for honor's sake for they have lost all sense of shame and have no honor, there is no appealing to them for the nation's sake for that it what they hate the most.

Extremist Republicans are the enemy.



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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)(photo: TalkMediaNews via Flickr)

Progressives could use some positive political news, and here is the best I’ve heard in some time: John Boehner’s speakership in the U.S. House of Representatives might be short lived.

Boehner has been involved in extramarital affairs with at least two women, according to a new report in the National Enquirer. We don’t normally cite supermarket tabloids as primary source material. But the Enquirer was first to write about the John Edwards’ infidelity, and the newspaper proved to be right on target. And back in the early ’90s, the mainstream press picked up on the Bill Clinton/Gennifer Flowers story after it broke in a tabloid.

In Boehner’s case, the Enquirer gets into specifics–and that gives the story a ring of truth:

Capitol Hill insiders and political bloggers have been buzzing about an upcoming New York Times probe–detailing an alleged affair that the 61-year-old married father of two had with pretty Washington lobbyist LISBETH LYONS.

And an ENQUIRER investigation has uncovered a bedroom encounter that Boehner–second in line of succession to the presidency–allegedly had with LEIGH LaMORA, a 46-year-old former press secretary to ex-Colorado Congressman JOEL HEFLEY.

Who is Lisbeth Lyons? Here is her biography from the Printing Industries of America Web site. Here are her duties:

Lisbeth Lyons is the Vice President, Government Affairs for the Printing Industries of America, having joined PIA/GATF in March 2005 as Director of Legislative Affairs. In this position, she is responsible for providing direct advocacy before Congress and the Administration on key industry legislative initiatives, as well as for the strategic direction of the organization’s grassroots and external outreach activities.

You can check out her Facebook page here. Among her likes? John Boehner. That’s our girl. Sounds like her advocacy, indeed, has been rather direct with Mr. Speaker.

As for Leigh LaMora, here is some background from her LinkedIn page.

With the somnolent nature of today’s mainstream press, there’s no telling if this story will gain traction. Mike Stark at StarkReports.com is giving the story serious attention. In fact, Stark contacted Lisbeth Lyons and found her to be not terribly anxious to comment:

Lisbeth Lyons: No Comment








John Boehner's Double-Dealing on the Debt Ceiling

Excerpts from an article posted by David on crooksandliars.com Jul 25, 2011



If it appears that John Boehner is suffering from multiple personality disorder over the debt ceiling stand-off, that's because he is. Torn between his duty to the national interest as Speaker of the House and to the Tea Party caucus that put him there, for months Boehner has ping-ponged between truth and lies on the debt ceiling. Long before he breached faith with the President on Friday, John Boehner tried to have it both ways on virtually every aspect of the debt ceiling crisis manufactured by the Republican Party he struggles to lead.

As Jed Lewison documented, Speaker Sybil couldn't get his story straight on Friday's walkout. While he insisted during his press conference afterward that "we had an agreement on a revenue number," in a letter that same day to House Republicans Boehner insisted that "A deal was never reached, and was never really close."

As it turns out, John Boehner's duplicity started long before he picked up the Speaker's gavel.

In the wake of the Republicans' overwhelming triumph at the polls last fall, Speaker-to-be Boehner was his party's voice of reason on the debt ceiling. As the Wall Street Journal reported on November 18 ("Boehner Warns GOP on Debt Ceiling"), Boehner pressed his newly enlarged Republican caucus on the need to raise the debt ceiling and so protect the full faith and credit of the United States.

"I've made it pretty clear to them that as we get into next year, it's pretty clear that Congress is going to have to deal with this," Mr. Boehner, who is slated to become House speaker in January, told reporters.

"We're going to have to deal with it as adults," he said, in what apparently are his most explicit comments to date. "Whether we like it or not, the federal government has obligations and we have obligations on our part."

If an increase in the current debt limit of $14.3 trillion does not pass, it would suggest the country may not meet its obligations and would shake the financial system. It could rock the bond market, rattle the dollar and scare away foreign buyers of U.S. debt.

In January, Boehner echoed Paul Ryan's warning that "you can't not raise the debt ceiling" and Lindsey Graham's dire prediction that failure to do so would produce "collapse and calamity throughout the world." As Speaker Boehner put it then:

"That would be a financial disaster, not only for our country but for the worldwide economy. Remember, the American people on Election Day said, 'we want to cut spending and we want to create jobs.' And you can't create jobs if you default on the federal debt."

But that same month, Boehner was also insisting President Obama would have to make concessions to Republicans on the debt ceiling that George W. Bush, needless to say, never faced:

The American people will not stand for such an increase unless it is accompanied by meaningful action by the President and Congress to cut spending and end the job-killing spending binge in Washington.

After bringing the government to the brink of a shutdown over budget cuts demanded by the GOP in April, a newly confident Speaker Boehner made abundantly clear he would join the hardliners in the House and Senate holding the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling hostage. As Politico reported, Boehner set out to prove "there's no daylight between the Tea Party and me":

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), fresh off the budget talks, told donors this weekend that if Obama wants an up or down vote on the debt ceiling he's not going to get it.

"The president says I want you to send me a clean bill," Boehner said. "Well guess what, Mr. President, not a chance you're going to get a clean bill."

"There will not be an increase in the debt limit without something really, really big attached to it," he continued in a clip of his remarks at a fundraiser that was played during "Face the Nation."

That really, really big "something" turned out to be the draconian Paul Ryan budget. After refusing to endorse the Ryan Roadmap during the 2010 campaign, John Boehner joined 234 House Republicans and 40 GOP Senators in voting for the Ryan plan. But Ryan's blueprint didn't merely privatize Medicare, slash Medicaid and deliver yet another tax cut windfall for the wealthy; it would also add another $6 trillion in debt over the next decade. As a result, the GOP's own Ryan budget not only violates the "Cut, Cap and Balance Act" spending targets they just voted for this week. It would also require the Republicans to raise the ceiling repeatedly in the future.

In a rare moment of candor, Speaker John Boehner admitted as much.

As Reuters detailed, Speaker Boehner told a gathering of Buckeye state Tea Partiers in April that the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling must be raised now - and not for the last time:

The private April 25 meeting was convened by the Speaker of the House of Representatives at the request of Tea Party leaders, who were seething over recent Republican compromises, most notably on the 2011 budget.

One of the 25 or so leaders, all from Boehner's district, asked him if Republicans would raise America's $14.3 trillion debt limit.

According to half a dozen attendees interviewed by Reuters, the most powerful Republican in Washington said "yes."

"And we're going to have to raise it again in the future," he added. With the mass retirement of America's Baby Boomers, he explained, it would take 20 years to balance the U.S. budget and 30 years after that to erase the nation's huge fiscal deficit.

If Congress doesn't raise the debt limit by August 2nd, Speaker Boehner agreed with President Obama that the federal government could not guarantee that Social Security checks would sent out as required. And as Boehner explained just 10 days ago, that's just the beginning of the dire consequences if the Treasury's August 2 deadline is missed:

"Missing August 2nd could spook the market. And you could have a real catastrophe. Nobody wants that to happen."

As it turns out, that's precisely what many of his Republican colleagues want to happen. And in late June, Boehner joined the "default deniers" claiming the Obama administration's warnings about that early August deadline were "scare tactics" and "outright blatant lies":

"Dealing with this deficit problem is far more important than meeting some artificial date created by the Treasury secretary."

Of course, John Boehner played a vital role in the creation of the massive national debt he now routinely decries.

Leave aside for the moment that Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt and increased the debt ceiling 17 times. Forget also George W. Bush nearly doubled the debt or that the Bush tax cuts were the biggest driver of debt over the past decade, and if made permanent, would be continue to be so over the next. Pay no attention to the federal tax burden now at its lowest level in 60 years or income inequality at its highest level in 80 years after a decade of plummeting rates for America's supposed job creators who don't create jobs. Ignore for now that Republican majorities voted seven times to raise the debt ceiling under President Bush and the current GOP leadership team voted a combined 19 times to bump the debt limit $4 trillion during his tenure. Look away from the two unfunded wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the budget-busting Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 and the Medicare prescription drug program because, after all, John Boehner voted for all of it.

Alas, that was then and this is now. And now, a Democrat is in the White House. Which means for John Boehner, raising the debt ceiling at all is now a "concession." As UPI reported two weeks ago:

At a news conference Monday before heading to the White House for a meeting, Boehner said the only Republican concession Obama should expect is a vote raising the federal debt limit itself.

"Most Americans would say that a 'balanced' approach is a simple one -- the administration gets its debt-limit increase and the American people get their spending cuts and their reforms," he said. "And adding tax increases to the equation doesn't 'balance' anything."

Not, that is, for the unbalanced John Boehner.

(This piece also appears at Perrspectives.)

Boehner Still Insisting On 'Cut, Cap and Balance' Plan

Posted: 25 Jul 2011 06:00 AM PDT

Boehner still insisting on 'cut, cap and balance' plan

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told Fox News's Chris Wallace Sunday that any deal to raise the debt ceiling must be within the "cut, cap and balance" framework that has already been rejected by the Senate.

"I am going to continue to work with my congressional colleagues in both parties and my House Republican conference to try to develop a framework within the cut, cap and balance effort that the House passed this past week," Boehner insisted. "I think a preferable path would be a bipartisan plan that involves all of the leaders, but it is too early to decide whether that is possible."

"There will be a two-stage process, it's just not physically possible to do all of this in one step. Having said that, Chris, I know the president is worried about his next election. But my God, shouldn't he be worried about the country?" the Speaker wondered.

"So are you suggesting you might pass a short-term plan in the House and in effect, dare the Senate, dare the White House to block it?" Wallace asked.

"We passed cut, cap and balance," Boehner said.

"But they have been defeated," Wallace noted. "You talked about putting a framework out today. You are saying you would not do that unless you have Democratic buy-in?"

"I would prefer to have a bipartisan approach to solve this problem. If that is not possible, I and my Republican colleagues in the House are prepared to move on our own," Boehner explained.

"I continue to believe that a balanced budget amendment is the greatest enforcement mechanism to bring Washington spending under control," he later added.

Washington Monthly's Steve Benen observed that Boehner's threat to act alone may show that he is willing to let the country default on its debts.

"What Boehner is describing is a path that makes his caucus happy," Benen wrote. "Boehner's comments this morning -- 'I and my Republican colleagues are prepared to move on our own' -- sounded a lot like a House leader who's not even interested in finding a solution at all. His goal is likely to avoid blame, not to resolve the problem."

"In other words, Boehner sees the car headed for the cliff, and appears ready to put a brick on the accelerator," he concluded.

Sex Scandal Might Bring Down John Boehner.  Affair To Be Focus Of New York Times Expose, NY Post Reports

Excerpt from an article posted on NY Post and Huffington Post by Nick Wing 09-24-10
House Minority Leader John Boehner was asked by a liberal blogger Thursday to answer questions about an affair with a lobbyist, an allegation that will reportedly be the focus of an upcoming New York Times expose. Boehner ignored the question outright.

The N.Y. Post sees a journalistic plot to drop a bombshell on the upcoming midterm elections by smearing a high-profile GOP leader:

Insiders on Capitol Hill are buzzing about an upcoming New York Times exposé that will detail an alleged Boehner affair. Sources say the Times is looking for the right time to drop the story in October to sway the election, similar to how the Times reported during the 2008 presidential campaign on an alleged John McCain affair that supposedly had taken place many years before and that was flatly denied by the woman in question.

Mike Stark, an activist and blogger, intercepted Leader Boehner after his highly publicized "Pledge to America" unveiling to ask him about the accusation:

"Speaker Boehner, have you been cheating with Lisbeth Lyons, the lobbyist for the American Printing Association?" Stark asks. Boehner did not respond.

Stark later contacted Lyons, the Vice President of Government Affairs at Printing Industries of America, to get a comment on the allegations. She didn't provide any.

The New York Post has since caught up with Lyons, who said the rumors were "unfounded."

"As you can imagine, I was stunned by such a question," Lyons told the Post. "I found it to be highly insulting, particularly as a female political professional, as well as unfounded. Beyond that, I have no further comment on the matter."

A Boehner spokesman blamed Democrats' allies in the liberal media for fabricating the charges.

"This is bull[bleep]," the spokesman told the Post. "The American people oppose Washington Democrats' job killing, so their desperate liberal allies are resorting to outright lies. It's low, and it's dirty."

[UPDATE: Boehner spokesman Michael Steel tells HuffPost Hill, "It is deeply disappointing that even a scandal-mongering rag like the NY Post prints ‘bull(bleep)’ when the spokesman clearly said it’s ‘bullshit.’"]



The Boehner Letters

Why True Christians Abhor Republicans

No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24

Last week John Boehner presented a letter to the public signed by 150 ‘economists’ supporting the Republican agenda: greater corporate tax breaks at the expense of spending cuts to spur job growth and the economy. Methinks these 150 ‘economists’ were actors culled from a casting call.
Go here to read some of the looney tune things these partisan hacks masquerading as economists have said on a variety of topics.

Last month, John Boehner delivered
the commencement address at Catholic University of America in Washington. Boehner was raised in a devout Catholic family, and beforehand he was delivered a letter in public signed by more than 75 professors from Catholic University and other colleges, stating: “the Republican supported budget he shepherded through the House of Representatives will hurt the poor, elderly and vulnerable, and therefore he has failed to uphold basic Catholic moral teaching.”

He never acknowledged the letter’s contents.

John ignored his spiritual fathers to heel to and heed his corporate masters.

Now, the Catholic church doctrine varies from the very Bible it claims to be the inerrant word of God. They teach and utter repetitious prayers, which Christ warned against. They remove the second commandment, that against making and worshiping idols, and repeat the tenth as the ninth and tenth, which conveniently allows them to sell billions of statues of Jesus and Mary and Joseph and saints.
Go here, scroll down a bit and see for yourself. They sanctify Mary as a virgin, when in fact she and Joseph gave Jesus brothers and sisters. There is no purgatory, the church invented it as a revenue stream many centuries after Christ. Jesus was crucified at Passover, not Easter, and was three days and nights in the heart of the earth before resurrecting, not the Friday to Sunday the church recognizes. Evil popes, indulgences and inquisitions were all works of the Devil.

Notwithstanding, the Catholic church would have been right to quote this scripture to the lost sheep of their flock:

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are, to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16

Heed those words John.  Because if you don't you will be collected by Satan and deposited in Dante's Ninth Level of Hell.

Personal Information

John Andrew Boehner (born November 17, 1949) is an American Republican politician, United States Representative from Ohio, tanorexia sufferer, House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi nemesis, and a Very Dishonest Representative.

In May 2009, weekly tracking polls indicated that Boehner remained the most unpopular politician in the United States, though it is unclear if this statistic factored in his favorability among elderly conservative women or the staff of Jamaica Me Tan in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Boehner spent most of his political career railing against corruption and scandal in Washington, though—ironically—it was a series of Washington scandals that directly resulted in the few professional successes Boehner's had, including his Congressional seat and House Majority leadership.

Undoubtedly eliciting countless giggles in high school Civics classrooms nationwide, the Congressman's surname is correctly pronounced "BAY-ner." Though—fittingly—its phonetic pronunciation is a colloquial term for an erection of the male reproductive organ.

"John Boehner is one of the great pulsars of our times: a collapsed gravity well of unblinking stare.  People innocently walking down the street, are drawn into his orbit, helplessly drawn in by how utterly dense he is.  They cannot escape the completely impenetrable mass of evil darkness surrounding his mind and become totally crushed & moronized by him."  By a Friend of Religious Freedom


House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
Earned income: $193,400. Boehner was House minority leader in 2010

Honoraria, all donated to charity: None

Major assets: Franklin Templeton Mutual Global Discovery fund, $100,001-$250,000; Henderson Global Investors International Fund, $100,001-$250,000; Harbor International Fund IRA, $100,001-$250,000; UBS Liquid Assets Fund IRA, $100,001-$250,000; 12 investments valued from $50,001-$100,000, including a Congressional Credit Union account, a state of Ohio public employees pension plan, and various funds and IRAs.

Major sources of unearned income: Davis New York Venture Fund dividends/capital gains, $15,001-$50,000; American Funds' Growth Fund of America, dividends/capital gains, $15,001-$50,000.

Major liabilities: None.

Gifts: None.

Boehner reported 121 transactions in which he bought or sold investments. The largest were a sale of shares of American Funds' Growth Fund of America for $50,001-$100,000; purchase of shares in the Franklin Templeton Mutual Global Discovery Fund for $50,001-$100,000; and sale of shares in Vanguard's Selected Value Fund for $50,001-$100,000. He took a two-day trip to Palm Beach, Fla., in March 2010, sponsored by the conservative Club for Growth; the value of the trip was not disclosed.

House Speaker John A. Boehner is a  multi-millionaire with financial investments in some of the nation’s largest corporations.

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Boehner had minimum financial holdings of $2 million at the end of 2010, while his top deputy was worth at least $3.4 million, according to financial disclosure forms that were released Wednesday. His true net worth is likely to be far greater because lawmakers are only required to reveal a broad range of their financial holdings and the value of their primary residences is not mandatory in the disclosures.

The forms, which all members of Congress had to file Wednesday unless specifically granted an extension, are designed to disclose the financial holdings of lawmakers in order to provide some transparency in their legislative maneuvering so voters can be aware of any potential conflict of interest.

The group who fueled the rise of House Republicans — those 87 GOP freshmen elected in last fall’s wave election — have a mixed record in terms of their own finances. At least 19 own assets worth more than $1 million, according to a Washington Post review of 2010 financial disclosure forms. However, after winning election on a platform of reigning in U.S. debt, at least 19 of those freshman listed personal liabilities in excess of $100,000.

The largest investments for Boehner, a former plastics executive from southwestern Ohio, come from mutual funds and a collection of individual retirement accounts. The speaker’s IRA is invested in a who’s who of Fortune 500 companies, ranging from WalMart (at least $15,000); Xerox ($15,000); Pfizer ($15,000); Goldman Sachs ($15,000), according to his forms.


John's Early life

Boehner was born in Cincinnati to Mary Anne (Hall) and Earl Henry Boehner, not this man as many had suspected.

He grew up as one of twelve children, which, in part, explains why he would later so adamantly oppose including funding for those contraceptives in the original stimulus package. (Of course, it's common knowledge that unwanted teen pregnancies ultimately cost far more than sending a box of condoms to some high school kids, but that would require Boehner to take five minutes of free time to think about it instead of doing all that manscaping.)

Boehner attended Catholic all-boys high school, an institution that spawns both social conservatives and closeted homosexuals with equal and astounding frequency. Interestingly, Boehner is a fellow alumnus with Ken Griffey Jr, another gentleman who would begin his professional career with incredible popularity among his fan base only to never accomplish anything.

From 1985-1990, Boehner served in the Ohio House of Representatives where he managed to have a distinguished yet uneventful tenure without getting too many bronzer fingerprints on his legislation.

Political Career

In 1990, Boehner took advantage of the Republican politician disaster-scandal trifecta that befell Ohio Congressman Buz Lukens who was caught engaging the services of a prostitute. An African-American one. A sixteen-year-old one. For 40 dollars. (Though nearly everyone has denounced Luken, many do admire his frugality.)

Helping to lift the people of Ohio and their respected Senate seat being involved with an underage sex scandal, Boehner entered the United States House of Representatives where he would later be involved with a an underage sex scandal.

15 years afterward, Boehner would learn about creepy emails Congressman Mark Foley sent to a young page, but not tell anybody about it until months later. Except then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, which he's "99% sure" he did. Overall, most people remember pretty clearly whether or not they helped cover up for a sleazy old man harassing children, but John Boehner is not most people.

In his first year, Boehner and six other congressmen formed the gang of seven. Among the major achievements of the gang of seven are the public exposure of politicians who'd overdrawn their bank accounts and cracking down on the free ride that congressmen were getting at that national travesty: the congressional barbershop. Not so much a "gang" as, say, a coterie, this "gang" was just like the Crips if instead of robbing and murdering people, they solely went around committing municipal code violations.

Boehner was one of the chief authors of the Contract with America, a document that many citizens remember existing though no one can actually recall the contents of it. This may be attributable to the Contract's ardent support for a series of initiatives that many Americans agreed with in principal but realistically, couldn't give a damn about.

In 2006, Beohner again displayed his aptitude for taking advantage of other people's criminal indictments when he succeeded Tom Delay as the House then-Majority leader.

Electrifying conservatives with his stern pro-business, anti-corruption, small government positions, Boehner would quickly disappoint most of his supporters by approving $9.8 trillion dollars in President Bush's budgets. While most lawmakers are unable to follow through on every promise they make, it is uncommon for a politician to do the complete inverse of every promise they made.

"Thankfully," following the 2008 Presidential election, Boehner returned to his original stance against major government spending once it became politically convenient. While it's difficult to argue that he has displayed consistency in his Republican "beliefs," there is one position he has been able to stringently adhere to: being opposed to whatever the overwhelming public opinion supports at the time.

Political Positions

While Boehner has recently become known for insulting reporters haircuts and skipping out on the supposed Republican "revolt" to play golf, Boehner does have several notable policy positions.

  • In 2007, Boehner argued that benchmarks for the Iraq war would ensure failure, a measure supported by the Democrats. In weeks prior, he agreed with President Bush that benchmarks for the Iraq war were "good" and "very important." Many political scientists argue that it's probably not a great sign if one of the leaders of your party can't make up his mind about a central issue of an entire campaign cycle.
  • Boehner does not believe in human contribution to global warming and once remarked: "The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know when they do what they do you've got more carbon dioxide." While many scientists have taken exception to the 15 things that are factually incorrect about that statement, researchers are most surprised at Boehner's inability to just say the word "defecate."
  • Boehner receives campaign donations from what is essentially the set-up to a joke about republican stereotypes: pharmaceutical and cigarette manufacturers, health insurance companies, oil companies, military contractors, and Native Americans. One wonders how that Crying Indian would feel about donating his casino profits to a guy who has defended his environmental position by citing cow feces.  That's not to be confused with "chicken feces," a designation, Boehner used in regards to President Barack Obama.

With no immediate solution to the current recession, it remains to be seen if Boehner will remain firm, rigid, and inflexible in his positions or whether the potential success of the Democratic majority will cause him to shrink away limp, deflated, and flaccid.

Boehner’s Views On The Economy Are Contradicted by Indicators, Studies; In other Words He's Lying Again.

Contains excerpts from an article posted by James Rowley and Mike Dorning on bloomberg.com May 11, 2011 and articles on huffingtonpost.com

House Speaker John A. Boehner addresses the Economic Club of New York on May 9, 2011. Boehner is demanding that President Obama and Senate Democrats agree to spending cuts of $2 trillion in exchange for lifting the limit on federal borrowing to finance the government's deficits. Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

House Speaker John Boehner, giving Wall Street leaders his prescriptions for growing the U.S. economy and reducing the nation’s debt, built his case on several assertions that are contradicted by market indicators and government reports.

The following excerpt is from Crooks and Liars posted on 5/12/2011 by Murshed Zaheed who currently works as a senior progressive Democratic strategist in D.C.

"First of all I want to say thanks to John Amato and his amazing C&L crew for giving me the wonderful opportunity to write at one of the premier progressive media outlets in America. I will chime in here every now and then based on my experience in the campaign, legislative and progressive online world on matters related to our village media culture and a crazy Republican party, which is now being led by bunch of fringe extremists. So, on that note, I wanted to zero in on a really ugly week for House Speaker John Boehner.

"Boehner and his handlers thought they were going to set a smooth narrative around their crazy economic agenda in the DC/ NY traditional media bubble this week by scheduling a speech at the Economic Club of New York on Monday. Let’s just say things didn’t go too hot for Speaker Boehner. Let's start with the tenacious researchers from Media Matters Action Network. They basically took his pants down by exposing his bundle of lies. There were so many falsehoods in Boehner’s speech that MMAN crew had put together a glossary style table of content. Read the entire piece here.

"Before anyone starts attacking the messenger by barking out tired and stale George Soros line to attack that MMAN link, let me just take you over to this brutal piece from Bloomberg just eviscerating “Boehner’s views on economy” by pointing out all the contradictions (Bloomberg folks are exceedingly polite, we can use the word “debunking”) from leading market indicators and government reports. It gets worse for the Speaker.

"Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus called his remarks “incoherent, impervious-to-fact economic philosophy:

“Even more alarming, because it has consequences beyond the debt-ceiling debate, is the incoherent, impervious-to-facts economic philosophy undergirding Boehner’s remarks…Listening to Boehner, I began to think the country suffers from two deficits: the gap between spending and revenue, and the one between reality and ideology. The first cannot be solved unless we find some way of at least narrowing the second.”

The New York Times editorial blasted the speech for being devoid of an accurate diagnosis or rigorous prescriptions for the debt Issue:

“Even before the White House and the Republicans began talks on the debt limit, John Boehner made clear that he was looking for a political fight, not a compromise. There is no way to solve the country’s fiscal ills without an accurate diagnosis and rigorous prescriptions for a cure. Mr. Boehner’s speech was devoid of both… [Boehner’s argument] makes no economic sense.”

As Steve Benen noted in his post PWNing the Speaker for an “economic vision based on fantasy, confusion, and lies,” Boehner looked like someone who had “no idea what he’s talking about.”

What Boehner tried to do is pretty clear now. His economic nonsense about debt-ceiling has nothing to do with reducing our national debt. It had everything to do with playing politics and push longstanding, extreme right wing Republican ideas about size of government and rants against tax.

It’s too bad for Boehner. Not only is he a really bad liar, he is not all that good at politics either. It looks like Senate Republicans are already looking to throw him under the bus.

Guess a horrible week for this embattled Speaker could get even worse. Stay tuned. It may not be too long before we see the pathological crier bawling on national TV again.

And these excerpts from bloomberg.com and huffingtonpost.com :

Boehner said in his May 9 speech to the Economic Club of New York that government borrowing was crowding out private investment, the 2009 economic-stimulus package hurt job creation, and a Republican plan to privatize Medicare will give future recipients the “same kinds of options” lawmakers have.

With Democrats and Republicans sparring over legislation to extend the government’s $14.29 trillion debt limit and trim budget deficits, negotiations are being complicated by disputes over basic economic facts.

“We’re in this Alice-in-Wonderland world around government-shutdown conversations, the debt-ceiling conversations,” Senator Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, said yesterday at a breakfast at the Bloomberg News Washington bureau. The debate “has not established a shared understanding of the facts” about the nation’s economic problems, he said.

Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, rejected the premise that the speaker’s economic analysis was incorrect, saying in an e-mail that “reality” doesn’t support the criticism.

Boehner’s statement in his Wall Street speech that government spending “is crowding out private investment and threatening the availability of capital” runs counter to the behavior of credit markets.

Capital Spending

“Look at interest rates. Look at capital spending,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist of IHS Inc., a research firm based in Englewood, Colorado. “It’s very hard to come to a conclusion that there’s any kind of crowding out.”

The cost of borrowing is low by historical standards. Yields on 10-year Treasury notes were 3.21 percent and yields on 2-year Treasury notes were 0.59 percent at 5 p.m. in New York yesterday, according to Bloomberg Data. Average spreads on investment-grade corporate bonds have narrowed from 1.64 a year ago to 1.39 on May 9, according to Barclays Capital.

The TED spread, the difference between what banks and the U.S. government pay to borrow for three months, fell 2.2 basis points since May 9, the biggest drop since April 5. A narrowing spread means banks are more willing to lend. The 23.87-point spread is just below the two-year average.

Business investment in equipment and software was up 15.3 percent last year and 11.6 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter of this year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Backed by Greenspan

Still, some economists, including former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and Stanford University Professor John B. Taylor, a Treasury undersecretary in Republican President George W. Bush’s administration, have argued that the deficits have been crowding out private investment.

Greenspan said the deficit is one reason that corporate investment as a share of profits is lower than historical patterns, in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Dec. 3, 2010.

“Approximately one-third of the decline in capital investment as a share of cash flow is directly attributable to” the “crowding out by U.S. Treasury borrowing,” Greenspan said in the interview.

Boehner, 61, an Ohio Republican, also said the 2009 stimulus program “hampered job creation in our country,” a view at odds with the Congressional Budget Office’s findings last August. The stimulus package increased the number of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million and cut unemployment by between 0.7 percentage point and 1.8 percentage point, according to CBO.

Medicare Costs

The speaker also repeated an assertion made by House Republicans that their plan to privatize Medicare will give future recipients “the same kinds of options that members of Congress currently have.”

The CBO projected in an April 5 report that under the Republican plan, by 2030 the government would pay 32 percent of the health-care costs of a typical 65-year-old. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s benefit handbook says the government pays as much as 75 percent of the health-care costs of federal workers, including members of Congress.

Taxes are a flashpoint in the budget talks, with Republicans rejecting increases in the negotiations, which continued yesterday at the White House between Vice President Joe Biden and bipartisan congressional leaders.

In his speech, Boehner criticized a 1990 budget deal that included a tax increase, saying “the result of that so-called bargain was the recession of the early 1990s.” The speaker said, “it wasn’t until the economy picked back up toward the end of that decade that we achieved a balanced budget.”

1993 Tax Increase

The speaker didn’t mention a 1993 tax increase that raised the top individual marginal rate to 39.6 percent, where it stood until 2001. In 1998, the government recorded its first budget surplus in almost 30 years.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in 1994, the year after Congress passed the second tax increase of the decade. The growth rate dropped to 2.5 percent in 1995, and thereafter rose to 3.7 percent in 1996. The economy grew more than 4 percent a year from 1997 through 2000.

The 1990s were a period of “stalemate between the Republican Congress” and President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, that paved the way for balanced budgets because there was “no major giveaway legislation,” said Eugene Steuerle, a former Treasury Department official who is Institute Chair at the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research center in Washington.

Fannie, Freddie

Boehner also repeated familiar Republican political criticisms that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government mortgage companies, “triggered the whole meltdown” of the U.S. financial system.

That differs from the conclusions earlier this year of the Democratic majority on the congressionally appointed Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. It reported that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “participated in the expansion of subprime and other risky mortgages, but they followed rather than led Wall Street and other lenders in the rush for fool’s gold.”

Three of the panel’s four Republicans, while faulting Fannie and Freddie, didn’t place the blame squarely on the two mortgage giants.

“They were part of the securitization process that lowered mortgage credit quality standards,” said a dissenting report by Keith Hennessey, Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Bill Thomas, former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. In a Wall Street Journal essay, the three said laying primary blame on government intervention is “misleading” and cited 10 reasons, taken together, for the crisis.

Only Peter Wallison, the other Republican commissioner, offered support for Boehner’s view that Fannie and Freddie caused the mortgage bubble and subsequent collapse. Wallison’s dissent put most of the blame on government housing policies that encouraged Fannie and Freddie to buy more subprime mortgages to promote home ownership among low-income people.

To contact the reporters on this story: James Rowley in Washington at jarowley@bloomberg.net; Mike Dorning at mdorning@bloomberg.net

Rep. Boehner Doesn't Think Americans Are Ready for Solutions

While making the rounds on the Sunday morning talk shows to peddle the Republican "Pledge for America," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) made an interesting revelation.  According to Rep. Boehner, the American people are just not ready for any real solutions to the enormous problems facing this country, which is precisely why the Republicans have not presented any.

Excuse me?

In a stunning display of twisted logic and campaign rhetoric over actual leadership, Rep. Boehner said that all he and his colleagues hoped to do was to "lay out the size of the problem."  Even conservatives are blasting the Pledge for American as meaningless in addressing the real problems facing this country, and it would appear that Rep. Boehner's initial strategy is to agree with those critics.

Or is it?

One of the strongest critiques of the Republican proposals is that it does nothing to deal with rising entitlement spending in the face of continuing lagging revenue collection.  And the Republicans have put forward their vision of how to deal with entitlement programs, offering many solutions from cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age and privatizing the endeavor all together.  Some in the right have even gone so far as to declare all social safety programs unconstitutional.

So why run away from these Republican "solutions?"  Could it be that all of them are deeply unpopular with the American public and that Rep. Boehner is waiting until after the election to spring them in another classic GOP bait and switch?  You be the judge.  Watch the Representative talk about offering no solutions here:


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“Republicans in Congress – and reform-minded GOP governors like Scott Walker, John Kasich [OH] and Chris Christie [NJ] – are daring to speak the truth about the dire fiscal challenges Americans face at all levels of government, and daring to commit themselves to solutions that will liberate our economy and help put our citizens on a path to prosperity.”

- John Boehner

Why Does John Boehner Lie?

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that he's never met an American who supports the creation of a public health insurance option as part of the legislative reform effort.

"I'm still trying to find the first American to talk to who's in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration," Boehner said, according to Politico's Glenn Thrush, who noted that Boehner made this claim with a "semi-straight face."

Really, is it that hard to find someone who supports a public option?

Terri Nelson, a psychotherapist who lives and works in Oxford, Ohio, in Boehner's district, told the Huffington Post that she has repeatedly contacted the leader's office to voice support for the public option.

"I've contacted him twice in writing since the spring, and he's responded to me twice in writing," Nelson said. "And I contacted his office by phone maybe six or eight times."

Her repeated message to Boehner, she said, goes like this: "It is imperative that we have a public option."

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel responded in a statement to the Huffington Post: "Obviously, Boehner was glad to hear Ms. Nelson's concerns, and hopes his response convinced her of the dangers of a government takeover of health care."

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee immediately fired up an online petition for folks to email Boehner about their support of a public option.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced $10,000 in online advertising targeting Boehner, a campaign asking folks to "invite" Boehner to meet with constituents who favor the public option, and a video by a constituent who'd like to meet him.

And, in response to his remark that the public option "is about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake," Boehner's colleague, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) brought him several cloves of garlic on Friday. Gilroy, Calif., which Honda represents, is the "Garlic Capital of the World."

Honda also shared a limerick that absolutely stinks, even next to garlic: "Two things make for a strong healthy heart. Gilroy garlic, for one, a good start. Public option? Also high, in the American eye, 65 percent n'er want it to part."

Steel reacted: "We said 'thanks.' We like garlic. The point Boehner made yesterday was simply that garlic milkshakes aren't popular, like the Democrats' government takeover of health care."

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