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Speaker of the House John Boehner Addresses The Ripon Society: by The Elephant's Child

Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks to The Ripon Society on January 22, 2013 in Washington DC. Former Representative Mike Oxley introduces the Speaker.

There has been a lot of criticism of the speaker from Republicans who have wanted him to do far more battle. They wanted to go over the fiscal cliff, assuming that would somehow be an attack on the administration. It wouldn’t. The blame would attach entirely to the Republicans, who are already blamed by the public for preventing all good things from happening with their nasty stubbornness. The painful fact is that you cannot run the United States government from one house of Congress, much as we would prefer to at this moment in time. On the other hand, we wouldn’t like it much were the situation reversed with Democrats running the country from a Democratic House.

There are currently 233 Republican members of the House of Representatives, and 200 Democrats. Each of those members have their own priorities and their own opinions. Think herding cats. Coming to some kind of agreement as to strategy and desired outcome is not easy. Our Founders designed our system of government so that each of the three branches is independent and must work with the other two to accomplish anything. Congress is designed to reflect the people, the population by districts. States gain or lose members with each census. The Senate, on the other hand, represents the 50 states, and each state has two senators no matter how populous or sparsely settled the state. It was a brilliant solution on the part of the Founders to force debate and slow consideration, and as governments go a pretty good answer to the problem that we are all human, and sometimes make terrible mistakes.

Republicans in Congress consider our debt and the economy to be the greatest dangers we face. The President did consider these issues to be important enough to mention in his Inaugural Address. Congress is more concerned at the moment with banning guns. Republicans might try supporting our leaders instead of trying to tear them down.

The Lightbulb Ban Will Begin On January 1, If You Do Not Make Your Voice Heard! by The Elephant's Child

House Republicans led by Speaker John Boehner are working to overturn the ban that was passed in 2007, by a Democrat Congress, on incandescent light bulbs. Many people are unaware that the ban begins on January 1, 2012, when 100-watt bulbs are outlawed.

A key House committee staffer emailed today that “It looks like light bulbs are one of the final sticking points on the Omnibus Appropriations bill that would block the light bulb ban from taking effect.

The replacements available for the standard lightbulb include two versions of bulbs that are not really ready for prime time — the twisty compact fluorescent with its eye irritation, slow warm-up and generally bad light, or the LED bulb which has baffles to attempt to get it to spread its light in the right direction. The ban was instituted at the behest of the major bulb-making companies, GE, Sylvania and Phillips, who found they could make way more money on CFL bulbs made in China, and claim energy savings as the rationale. With the exposure of the global warming fraud, this is a little hard to swallow.  The lost jobs when the U.S. bulb factories were closed are just more additions to the long list of jobs lost because of Obama administration regulation.

You can make a difference. Please email your two Senators and your Congressman immediately. Tell them to support language in the Omnibus Appropriations bill that would block the light bulb ban.  email and to find the email addresses for your representatives. Urge your friends and family to join you in the effort.

Even better, is a phone call.  The Capitol Switchboard number is (202) 225-3121. A live operator will direct you to the right offices if you give them your State and zip-code. Your representatives are more impressed if you make the effort to phone — it tells them that you’re serious.

Great Expectations? Not Much. Government Needs to Get Out of the Way! by The Elephant's Child

President Obama sent a message to Congress.  He would like to make a televised address to a joint session of the House and the Senate, on Wednesday, September 1, at 8:00 p.m.  The President may ask, but not order. Presidents are usually invited, and do not demand a time slot. Congress is a co-equal branch of government, a fact that the President sometimes forgets. A speech to a joint session of Congress is an unusual occurrence, usually reserved for the State of the Union, and the attack on America on 9/11.

Surely it is merely a coincidence that the Republicans have a major debate on that day and at that time.  Not even reporters at the Washington Post could swallow that one, and were embarrassed that Jay Carney was sent out to claim coincidence. It was a clumsy political move, and a mistake.

Speaker Boehner responded for the House of Representatives that he would be washing his hair at that particular time. (Well, no, that’s not what Speaker Boehner said. I lied) He returned a very polite letter explaining why Wednesday was not possible — first time Congress is in session with votes at 6:30 that evening, no time, requires 3 hours for a joint session speech, need full security sweep before receiving a president, etc. etc. We look forward to hearing your ideas, how about Thursday?

White House has said Thursday’s fine, and will get done before the game. In the past 2½ years Obama has given over 200 speeches on jobs and the economy. Blogger Ed Morrissey noted that Obama previewed Obama’s blockbuster speech in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams:

Williams: Let’s talk about another topic that’s part of the firmament here and everywhere. And that’s the economy. The New York Times said this weekend, “President Obama has another new plan on the economy. Now would be a good time to find out about it.” Do you have anything new on the economy? And while you’ve been away, we had a horrible GDP number last month.

Obama: Well, look, we–we anticipated that the recovery was slowing. The economy is still growing, but it’s not growing as fast as it needs to. I’ve got things right now in–before Congress that we should move immediately. And I’ve said so before I went on vacation, and I’ll keep on saying when I–now that I’m back.

This interview aired on Sunday Aug. 29, 2010.  Over at the Wall Street Journal, James Taranto said that Obama is a one-man echo chamber. He keeps echoing the same ideas over and over. Taranto notes further that “the so-called mainstream media is engaged in a bizarre propaganda effort, aimed not so much at persuading voters to agree with Obama but at convincing politicians that voters agree with Obama.

President Obama has described the policies he plans to offer in his speech as “bipartisan ideas that ought to be the kind of proposals that everyone can get behind.” One of them is the employer tax credit for those who hire. Both Democrats and Republicans oppose this as simply unworkable. Business will hire when there is enough demand for their product that they need more people. Economists point out that the cost of hiring a new full-time worker often costs more than the tax credit is worth.

He will propose his “infrastructure bank,” and idea that will not go far in the House.  The President does not seem to understand infrastructure.  Projects will often take years to come to fruition, with planning, environmental reviews, funding, and politics.  “Construction” workers laid off by the housing crisis carpenters, electricians, plumbers aren’t the same people as the ironworkers who build high rises, nor the construction workers who build highways and bridges. Union workers don’t get to move from trade to trade.

Obama’s devotion to big government leads him to think that government programs can create jobs, when the problem is getting government out of the way. Business, over and over, has told the administration that government programs are the problem, but that is not what Obama wants to hear.

Republicans are readying a plan of their own.  They ave been investigating and inventorying the regulatory burdens for job creators in the private sector.  They will attempt to repeal  job-destroying regulations and to lift the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the business community.  They also want to tackle fundamental and structural reform of the rule-making system.   Here is a memo from Majority Leader Eric Cantor outlining the ten most job-destroying regulations that will create even more job losses for American workers.

You might want to let your congressmen know that you want these execrable and foolish regulations repealed.


House Speaker John Boehner’s Friday Press Conference. by The Elephant's Child

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) held a news conference at the Capitol today to talk about how the White House’s insistence on raising taxes led to a breakdown in discussions over increasing the debt limit. In a letter to colleagues, Boehner announced he would instead work with congressional leaders of both parties to pursue legislation that avoids default, reflect the will of the American people, and is consistent with the principles of the Cut, Cap, & Balance Act that passed the House with bipartisan support.

Speaker Boehner has written a letter to his Republican colleagues, explaining that the President is simply not serious, and dealing with him is useless. Obama was back again yesterday claiming that 80 percent of Americans want a balanced approach with more taxes and, well, no restraint on his investment. Obama makes up facts on the fly.

Another Democrat talking point is that the House Republicans’ proposal would reduce real GDP growth by 0.5% and 2012 growth by 2%, and cost the economy 700,000 jobs.  Economist John Taylor, looking at actual data rather than Keynesian computer models, said “Some argue that the economy would have been worse off without these stimulus packages, but the results do not support that view.

Kill jobs?  The GOP plan would potentially be a powerful job creator.

America Gives Pelosi the Boot! by American Elephant
January 5, 2011, 11:42 am
Filed under: Election 2010, News, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , ,

Oh frabjous day! Callooh Callay!

The most unpopular Speaker, from the most unpopular congress EVER is Speaker no more!

But while Americans kicked her out of the Speaker’s office, Democrats are poised to re-elect her today as their new minority leader. In other words, the American people threw Democrats out of power in the biggest electoral ass-kicking in 75 years , and Democrats response is to flip the American people the bird. They have nothing but contempt for the American people. And they have absolutely no intention of changing anything about their agenda, they will only fight harder and dirtier. After so-called “moderate” Democrats bore the brunt of their losses in November, the Democrat party is now far more radical and more extremist than ever. The only thing they have any intention of changing is the “tone” of their propaganda and lies.

Meet the new face of Congressional Dems — same as the very old, very unpopular face.

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