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Speaker Boehner Resigning From Congress

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Speaker Boehner, who has been the leader of the Republican Party since they took over the House in 2010, announced his resignation today. He will stay on the job until the end of October.

    I know a lot of Democrats may look at this as a victory, but I would caution us to be careful what we wish for. Boehner, for all of his faults, is one of the few "grown up" Republicans in the House and his demise could foretell a series of manufactured crises brought about by the raucous Republican House not only through 2016, but potentially longer. Since Democrats decided to sit on their hands in 2010 and give up control of the redistricting process all throughout the country, it likely won't matter how bad Republicans make it because they gerrymandered the districts so they can win no matter what.

    So what we will likely be seeing in the not to distant future is a Republican House that will refuse to do even the most basic of legislative priorities and create crises out of thin are because their base demands a "no negotiation" strategy. This is bad for our government and bad for America.

    As much as I disagree with Speaker Boehner on pretty much every issue under the sun, I have to admit that I am not too excited about his pending departure. If we thought our Congress was gridlocked now, just wait until his replacement takes the helm.

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    Speaker Boehner, who has been the leader of the Republican Party since they took over the House in 2010, announced his resignation today. He will stay on the job until the end of October.

    I know a lot of Democrats may look at this as a victory, but I would caution us to be careful what we wish for. Boehner, for all of his faults, is one of the few "grown up" Republicans in the House and his demise could foretell a series of manufactured crises brought about by the raucous Republican House not only through 2016, but potentially longer. Since Democrats decided to sit on their hands in 2010 and give up control of the redistricting process all throughout the country, it likely won't matter how bad Republicans make it because they gerrymandered the districts so they can win no matter what.

    So what we will likely be seeing in the not to distant future is a Republican House that will refuse to do even the most basic of legislative priorities and create crises out of thin are because their base demands a "no negotiation" strategy. This is bad for our government and bad for America.

    As much as I disagree with Speaker Boehner on pretty much every issue under the sun, I have to admit that I am not too excited about his pending departure. If we thought our Congress was gridlocked now, just wait until his replacement takes the helm.

    Yes absolute correct analyses; indeed the "far right" will be even more reluctant to compromise; the "evangelical" bunch who is running now for President , will only be more eager to win. Don't forget the Koch Brothers, the JBS society and the 1%, who will do everything to get it their way; including ruining the stock market. Ask Eternal she knows.
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    Forgive me, I should have proofread the above. I am very tired and was very fired up. I think you will be able to know what I means.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Jan Wrote: Forgive me, I should have proofread the above. I am very tired and was very fired up. I think you will be able to know what I means.
    Jan, Regarding your comment about love of money, you are very right on. But consider the effects of love of money. The government gets it and spends it. That is an economy and creates velocity of money and jobs. The rich on the other hand put the money in derivatives, either through savings in banks or directly into the multi trillion dollar derivative market. That money is stagnant and serves to securitize the derivatives/futures. That creates unemployment, low employment and under employment. It is called stagflation. It is prevalent throughout the world. Throughout the world including the USA poverty is growing. Wages haven't kept up with inflation. People are influenced by radical causes. Love of money is bad. Love of people is good. When the laws were in effect that prohibited unregulated trading and a narrow definition of futures the economy flourished. Love of money brought about tax cuts and deregulation. Now we have a volatile financial system. Every tax cut has been followed by a recession. Love of money has caused tax cuts. You are right, love of money is dangerous. Welcome to the Liberal/progressive way of thinking.
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    Yes, indeed you must be tired of all the B.S. you wrote; sorry to say that most Republicans are "greedy"; why are you against free education, like they do in Europe? Why are you against people who have "defects" that they are being helped including the VA. Why are you against orphans without a home/ why are you against people who can't work because of the condition they are in like drug addicts for whom it is better to get treatment then that they shoot up the place. Then we have Planned Parenthood who takes care of women's health and needs. What would you do if your 12 year old daughter is raped and pregnant? Or if your wife expects a total deformed kid? Sorry Republicans are beastly in that respect due to their evangelical indoctrination. Their only real "god" is "money" for themselves. The JBS society , the Koch brothers, and Evangelicals are indeed a cover up to reach an eventual a dictatorship. Look at the bunch of nitwits who are now running for President; none of them are even suited to run a Kindergarten class. Sorry we live all together on this tiny globe, so the best thing is a social Democratic government like they have in Europe and as Bernie wants.. I doubt if a Republican party would have accepted a million or more refugees, feed them, give them money, a roof over there head, free language lessons and jobs.

    I forgot to add; healthcare; take the example of the ex-hedge fund guy who became CEO of a "pill" company. He raised the price of his drugs more than 5000%; this is a typical Republican for sure. Capitalism is pure "greed"; the first thing kids here learn is: how can I rip off people. I never had the feeling in Europe that "money" ran the show; here I do. Like as an example; as I said about abortions; if he Republicans get their way; no longer allowed, but not a problem for the rich Republicans, because they will get it done outside the country, so no one knows. Pure hypocrites sitting bravely in church with their holy faces, while people in the street can drop dead etc. etc....

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    Well, what can one expect from a Republican Christian from TN?

    Is there any group of more, ignorant, fearful and misinformed people in this country? Yes, but they live in TX, AZ, Al, MS, OK, Iowa, SC, NC, KY, GA and FL!

    It's always the most fearfull, hate filled, religious extremists that are attracted to conservatism and for good reason - it feeds on all their innate hate and fear of anything different from what they have been "taught" and believe is true. Liberals, on the other hand, do look for opposing views and thoughts and are able to accept change.

    Living life as a conservative must be very tiring and depressing - just look at them all running for public office. Have you ever seen such a sad, angry, self-center collection of losers in you life?

    At least Kim (I love Jesus) Davis had the decency to change from a Democrat to a Republican - probable the most honest thing she has ever done in her life!

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    pr Wrote:

    Well, what can one expect from a Republican Christian from TN?

    Is there any group of more, ignorant, fearful and misinformed people in this country? Yes, but they live in TX, AZ, Al, MS, OK, Iowa, SC, NC, KY, GA and FL!

    It's always the most fearfull, hate filled, religious extremists that are attracted to conservatism and for good reason - it feeds on all their innate hate and fear of anything different from what they have been "taught" and believe is true. Liberals, on the other hand, do look for opposing views and thoughts and are able to accept change.

    Living life as a conservative must be very tiring and depressing - just look at them all running for public office. Have you ever seen such a sad, angry, self-center collection of losers in you life?

    At least Kim (I love Jesus) Davis had the decency to change from a Democrat to a Republican - probable the most honest thing she has ever done in her life!

    P.R excellent; yes I fully agree. I saw the Iranian President on TV on the Farouk show; he said he's never seen such a bunch of dumb asses as the Republican contenders, as well mentioned that they have no clue at all about the nuclear deal and said that it is an International deal of which the US can't just walk away without consent of all the parties involved; this shows how naïve these candidates are; they barely know where Iran is on the map. He had to laugh about that. He was also asked about 4 US prisoners held in Iran, he said sure, if the US releases all the Iranian prisoners held here he'll consider. Smart guy.