Impeach Boehner

John Boehner is arguably the worst Speaker of the worst House ever. He is definitely the worst liar.

Of his debt-reduction/debt-ceiling plan that he couldn’t even get his own radical caucus to pass, Boehner yesterday said, “We have a reasonable, responsible bill put together by the bipartisan leaders here in Congress. There’s no reason for them to say no,” Boehner said. “It’s time for somebody in this town to say yes. . . . When is somebody on the other side of the aisle going to take yes for an answer?”

This is the same plan that just the day before he said this about: “Barack Obama hates it, Harry Reid hates it, Nancy Pelosi hates it,” he said, naming off the Democratic leadership.

Now a plan can be reasonable and responsible and put together by “the bipartisan leaders here in Congress,” but that same plan cannot be hated by one half of the bipartisan leadership of Congress.

So, here we are, five days after Boehner introduced his plan. Five days before the United States runs out of money to pay its bills. And Boehner is wasting time on this plan that he knows the Democrats hate and will not pass. In order to get it passed by his insane caucus, he needs to make it even less palatable to Democrats, making it even less likely – if that is even possible – that it will ever become law.

And this has to happen before Congress can even start action on a genuine compromise – the Reid plan that gives Republicans essentially everything they’ve been asking for, at least in public: One-for-one spending cuts for every dollar increase in the debt ceiling and no revenue increases.

Which brings us to the biggest, baldest lie uttered by this shameful public official: “When is somebody on the other side of the aisle going to take yes for an answer?” I don’t know. Maybe when Republicans can actually force themselves to say yes.

The entire Republican Party should be impeached for dereliction of duty. Let’s start with Boehner. If America defaults for the first time ever, blame will lie squarely on this man who has been dithering to pass a bill his caucus doesn’t want that he knows the Senate will not pass.

He could have admitted defeat and moved on. He could have brought the bill to a vote and let his own caucus vote it down. But that doesn’t serve his political machinations. He wants to the House to pass something – however unreasonable and poisonously partisan – so that he can try to blame Democrats for the default when they vote it down.

That’s why he lies and tells all of America it’s a “reasonable, responsible bill put together by the bipartisan leaders here in Congress” after telling the hyper-partisan listeners of the Laura Ingraham show the truth: “Barack Obama hates it, Harry Reid hates it, Nancy Pelosi hates it.”

America won’t buy that transparent nonsense. It’s time for Republicans to quit worrying about politics and start worrying about default.

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