December 21, 2012 11 Comments
If a Speaker of the House is going to go before the press with a grand tax plan he needs to make sure he has the votes in his own Caucus to pass it. Current Speaker John Boehner went before the press on Monday declaring he was going with “Plan B” in the fiscal cliff fiasco. Unfortunately Boehner didn’t have the votes in his own Caucus and by Thursday night the plan was pulled. Nothing will happen until next week, which gives the nation less than a week to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. While Obama opposed Plan B and the Senate Democrats were unlikely to pass it, we had a better chance of avoiding the cliff with this plan than with any of the Democrat plans.
The disinterested observer must be wondering who this strange orange clown is leading the House Republicans. How can Boehner be so foolish as to announce Plan B without having the votes for it in his own Caucus? Boehner has been a mediocre speaker since the GOP won the 2010 mid-term elections. His latest disaster has to be the worst. It’s been a very long time since we’ve had a Speaker of the House with less control over his Caucus than Boehner has. Part of it is a fractured Caucus but the real problem is that Boehner doesn’t know how to lead or manage.
It’s becoming apparent that we will be heading over the fiscal cliff on January 1st. If Boehner can’t get his Caucus to vote on Plan B, he won’t get them to go for anything Obama offers. If Boehner goes along with an Obama plan and passes it with House Democrats and a handful of liberal House Republicans, odds are he loses his job on January 4th. In other words, the nation is facing financial calamity, the socialist President wants massive tax increases, unlimited deficit spending and limited to no cuts while the Republicans can’t agree on anything and have no leadership.
Let’s be perfectly honest here, we have the Republicans to thank for this problem. It was the GOP Congress during the Bush administration that foolishly gave the tax cuts a time limit. If the tax cuts were permanent, then none of this would be an issue. Those fools set up the Democrats and they’ve exploited it to the point of taking the country down the path of financial ruin. The Republican Party seems to be perpetually plagued by bad leadership and by people who seem to have no idea what the consequences of their actions might be or who simply don’t care. The GOP creates its own destruction on a regular basis.
John Boehner is another in a long line of fools who seem hellbent on destroying their own party. If Boehner can’t work out an acceptable fiscal cliff deal, he needs to resign. At this point, we’re looking at a Speaker who cannot control his Caucus and who might be looking to the Democrats to pass something. That is unacceptable and conservatives in the GOP Caucus shouldn’t tolerate that. The conservatives in the GOP Caucus must think that at some point Obama is going to blink. That seems to be quite a stretch at this point. It’s pretty clear Boehner is blinking, if not silently sobbing in his office. While Obama is strutting around and Boehner is weeping, the House Republicans have no leadership and taxes are set to rise because of it.