John Boehner may be the last member of Congress with a dose of common sense.
When asked why he read portions of the cap-and-trade bill on the floor Friday night, Boehner told The Hill, “Hey, people deserve to know what’s in this pile of s–t.”
People worried about the “death of the GOP’ did so with the belief that the economy wasn’t the overall factor in the last election and that Democrats would somehow govern competently. In five months, they’ve cranked in record spending and already violated Barack Obama’s “tax” promise to the tune of a few grand per household. Obama’s popular, which is fine when dealing with the cult of personality that is the media and politics. But the left is handing over issue by issue and voting against popular opinion nearly down the line in policy. Does this mean the GOP can’t screw this up? No, just look at Mark Sanford. But no one should expect the Democrats to be any better.
Even though Sen. Majorty Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) holds the bill’s fate in his hands, House Republicans intend to hammer Speaker Pelosi’s signature climate-change measure over recess.
And GOP Conference Chairman Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.) said “we have only just begun to fight” as he left the Capitol Friday night.
Pence encouraged GOP rank-and-file lawmakers to hold energy summits in their districts over the Independence Day recess. In the recess packets sent home with members, he even included directions on how to organize energy summits.
The goal of holding an energy forum is to “educate your constituents about the Democrats’ national energy tax legislation and let them know what ‘all of the above’ solution you support.”
“All of the above” solution is a reference to the Republicans’ plan that would increase the use of and exploration for domestic energy supplies.
If Democrats voted to drill ANWR and offshore, it would sink gas prices by a buck in a day. They won’t. Meanwhile, the party is taking more and more money out of pockets during a recession, a disastrous and near suicidal practice. If Obama’s lost Warren Buffett, how long before he loses Joe Paycheck?
At least one Democrat has major reservations about the bill passing. Pelosi had to whip several reps into voting Yea, all for a bill that will probably never see the light of day.
Further, officials with the House GOP’s campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee, confirm that they will run with paid media over recess in districts of conservative Dems who voted for the bill. The official would not reveal details on the ad buys at this time.
One Democrat was upset that his leaders would needlessly force vulnerable Dems to vote for a bill that will come back to haunt them. Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor (D) voted against the measure that he says will die in the Senate.
“A lot of people walked the plank on a bill that will never become law,” Taylor told The Hill after the gavel came down.
h/t: JohnFN from threedonia.com