“People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.” ~ Will Rogers
The orange-faced Republican Speaker of the House turned red today as he wasted more of his time and our money flying into a rage about his favorite foil . . . President Barack Obama.
The honorable John Boehner, the speaker of the least effective, most politicized Congress in the history of the nation, would have us believe that he actually cares about thousands of children who came to America to escape poverty, hunger, and crime in Central America.
Listen to Boehner’s words; compare them to his actions or lack thereof, and judge for yourself.
"This is a problem of the President's own making," the Speaker shouted dramatically at reporters who showed up today for his weekly news conference. "He's been President for five and a half years! When is he going to take responsibility for something?"
When is President Obama going to take responsibility?
Well, I’m wondering, when is John Boehner going to stop the press conference histrionics and start behaving like the third most powerful man in the United States who has the power to work across the aisle to resolve a serious human rights problem?
I admit that my question is rhetorical . . . because every thinking American knows that John Boehner doesn’t give a hoot about immigrant children, no matter how much they may suffer.
If he did, he would have delivered meaningful immigration reform to the House years ago.
But he hasn’t and, because Boehner fears the power of Republican extremists to defeat him in a primary, he won’t.
John Boehner, like too many Republicans in the Tea Party world, is willing to risk the lives of immigrant children just to protect his job.
President Obama alluded to that fact Wednesday night in Dallas, Texas when he asked a tough question: “Are folks more interested in politics, or are they more interested in solving the problem?"
President Obama asked Congress to release $3.7 billion in emergency funds to care for as many as 80,000 children who’ve entered the United States over the past several months, to bolster law enforcement efforts to take down the smugglers who bring the children, and to prevent more children from coming to the U.S. in the future.
But John Boehner, the guy who so angrily asked when the president is going to take responsibility, isn’t taking responsibility.
Until he does, shouldn’t he just sit down and shut up?
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