John Boehner


The Invulnerability of Government Spending

By 2.13.14

The latest budget battle in Washington has Democrats and Republicans once again at loggerheads. Democrats think Republicans should get nothing in return for another debt ceiling increase. Republicans think they should get less than nothing.

The House GOP leadership has longed to stop the gory budget showdowns of the past few years. That means giving up on further cuts and passing a clean debt ceiling increase; a cringeworthy proposal, but one that should have attained enough Democrat and establishment Republican support to pass the House. Instead, the GOP found a creative way to make it worse. Republicans attached a provision to the debt ceiling increase that would cancel $6 billion worth of savings from military pension reforms in the Ryan-Murray budget. This would be offset by an extension of sequestration on Medicare spending 10 years from now.

Senate Democrats initially balked, and introduced another bill that would have stricken the pension reforms without any offsets whatsoever. But as another snowstorm bore down on Washington, the Senate caved yesterday and approved the original House legislation.

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The Air Boehner Tax

By 12.17.13

He is the new tax collector for the welfare state. And House Speaker John Boehner’s latest gift to the American people — a 124% tax increase on air travel — can aptly be called The Air Boehner Tax.

But first…a short time travel trip.

The date: Monday. January 11, 1982

The place: The White House

Wrote President Ronald Reagan in his diary of this day:

Repub. House Leaders came down to the W.H. —Except for Jack Kemp they are h—l bent on new taxes…

Another date: Wednesday, August 4, 1982

The place: The White House.

Another entry from Reagan’s diary:

Met with Jack Kemp (alone) & then in leadership meeting. He is adamant that we are wrong on the tax increase. He is in fact unreasonable. The tax increase is the price we pay to get the budget cuts.

Boehner’s Bargain: Conservative Victory?

By on 4.9.11 | 11:33AM

Conservative opinions of the compromise deal struck late last night, which averted a shutdown of the federal government, are decidedly mixed. Andrew Stiles of National Review was triumphant, applauding "Boehner's robust leadership." And by avoiding the shutdown scenario -- which some Democrats clearly relished as an opportunity to excoriate Republicans as "extremists" -- Boehner's compromise deal "allows the Republicans to live again and fight another day," as our own Jim Antle observed in the wee hours.

… and I Feel Fine

By on 9.30.08 | 1:55PM

Actually, we (collectively) feel fine. The reference is, of course, to the REM song: It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine." Well, Hank Paulson, the nation's chief panic-monger, told us for two weeks that if we didn't bail out Wall Street, the world as we knew it (or at least the economic world as we knew it) would come to an end. Yeah, right. As I write, the Dow industrial average today is up 350 points. Paulson can take back what John Boehner called his "cr@p sandwich" and swallow hard.