House Speaker John Boehner delivered a speech from the floor if his chamber on today in which he blamed President Obama and the Senate for the lack of productivity by the 113th Congress. This speech came on the heels of reports on yesterday which cited the Boehner led Congress as being the least productive in modern history.
Boehner tried to defend the efforts pursued by his leadership as a continued desire in doing the people’s will. Meanwhile President Obama was in an impoverished area of Washington, D.C. on today delivering a speech addressing income inequalities.
Boehner in recent comments regarding the trend of inaction by the 113th Congress said, "We should not be judged on how many new laws we create, we ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal." To date there has been no repeal of any legislation so by the Speaker’s own account they are batting zero in that aspect also.
With just a few days left in this session of Congress there are still lingering legislation left to be acted upon. There is a budget that needs to be reconciled, there’s a farm’s bill and immigration needing approval. Not to mention the debt ceiling debacle that was kicked down the road until December that will need to be solved before the January deadline.
According to Boehner:
"We're trying to come to an agreement on the budget and on the farm bill," Boehner said, arguing that Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) "have made serious good-faith efforts to Senate Democrats. When will they learn to say yes to common ground? When will they start listening to the American people?"
One would have to conclude that in Boehner’s world, the American people only care about the rich getting richer. He thinks that they are just dying to get the Keystone XL Pipeline under construction. They have no desire to make a livable wage and are perfectly content to raise their kids with no health coverage and who needs quality education anyway.
Boehner is obviously living in an alternate universe and believes that all branches of government should adopt the Ayn Rand philosophy as propagated by his budget architect Paul Ryan. He touts the fact that the 113th Congress passed 152 pieces of legislation this year but stops short in acknowledging that 47 of those votes were an effort to repeal Obamacare.
Now that the focus of everyone is on the looming deadlines and the fact that Congress is winding down for the year, the talk on the hill is now on impeaching the president. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, and hopefully the American people will eventually send representatives to Washington who actually represent them.