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CONGRESS: John Boehner should step down

Letter by James W. Clark, University Place on Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm with No Comments »
October 17, 2013 2:52 pm

It is time for John Boehner to go. The speaker of the House has demonstrated poor judgment, dishonesty and a lack of credibility in placing the minority agenda of the Republican Party over the interests of America.

Boehner led the partisan strategy to bring the government of the United States to a standstill, holding millions hostage and threatening the financial standing of the United States. He cost Americans an estimated $34 billion in lost job opportunities, suspended regulatory services, disrupted businesses, denied military support, denied access to national parks and suspension of many other federal programs.

He treated the federal work force as pawns, furloughing more than 800,000 without warning. He threatened to suspend Social Security and federal retiree benefits at the end of October. He threatened to allow the United States to default, jeopardizing worldwide financial stability, retirement investments and life savings accounts.

He lied to America in refusing to allow an early House vote for clean continuing resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 funding to end the crisis. Several independent sources confirmed sufficient House bipartisan votes supported the measure.

Boehner demanded concessions on enacted health-care legislation, senior benefit programs and additional tax breaks for big business, while programs supporting veterans, destitute women and children, and seniors were indefinitely suspended.

Boehner is unfit for the House speakership and should be replaced by someone Americans can trust in a real national emergency, as second in the line of succession for president of these United States. He should step down.

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