But the Conquered, or their Children, have no Court, no Arbitrator on Earth to appeal to. Then they may appeal, as Jephtha did, to Heaven, and repeat their Appeal, till they have recovered the native Right of their Ancestors, which was to have such a Legislative over them, as the Majority should approve, and freely acquiesce in.
-John Locke

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Boehner Sets It Straight

Boehner deserves credit for being one of the adults in the room.  He has tried to work a deal with the President, but with limited, if any, results.  It seems as if the President is unable or unwilling to put a coherent plan on the table, but rather prefers to speak of ideas and approaches that lack real substance.  It is as though he's ordering a meal at a restaurant, but can't tell the waiter what he wants, but instead responds to the waiter's suggestions with, "Um...no, I don't think I feel like having that..."  Of course, all we do know is that he doesn't want peas.

Boehner told the President that "Congress writes the laws and [the President] decides what he wants to sign."  Finally Boehner is moving in a way that signals that he has concluded that trying to broker a deal with the White House is futile.  Taking the issue back to the House, working out a deal with the Senate majority and then presenting a final version to the President for a yea or nay is probably the only reasonable approach.  the President has repeatedly demonstrated that he has a poor grasp of how our economy works, and has shown that he is incapable of being a leader.  If the President won't/can't lead and won't get out of the way, you have to find a way to move around him, and Boehner is doing just that.

Bring a real plan to the President - not a foundation or starting point for negotiation, but legislation - and force the President to sign or veto it.  Do not give the President room to wiggle - box him in, because it's the only way that anything is going to be accomplished.  Let him be the President of "No" if that's what he wants.  And if Boehner can't get the Senate to agree on anything, keep putting the plan out there. Let America see that it's the Dem's who have their collective boot on the throat of our economic recovery.

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