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Tag: John Boehner


CONGRESS: Here’s how to boost its rating

I read with interest that Speaker of the House John Boehner feels that Congress should be judged on how many laws it repeals (TNT, 7-22). What a great idea, since they are the ones that created the law in first place.

I have three suggestions that I am sure would get them high marks.

• Repeal the law that prohibits or does not allow term limits.

• Repeal the law that gives members of Congress their own retirement program. Why don’t they fall under Social Security like the constituents they represent?

• Repeal the law that provides members of

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OBAMA: Reality reflects campaign distortions

Barack Obama continues to say he wants to reduce the deficit while continuing to do nothing but increase it. Yet no one in the media questions him except for one cable network.

Obama campaigned on more taxes for millionaires and billionaires. In his negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner he sought additional taxes on those making $250,000 or more. Since when is someone making $250,000 considered a millionaire? They settled for extra taxes on those making $450,000 instead.

I still don’t understand how someone making $450,000 fits Obama’s campaign rhetoric of more taxes only on millionaires and billionaires.

All these

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FISCAL CLIFF: Boehner sells out future generations

House Speaker John Boehner has removed four fiscally conservative Representatives (i.e., Representatives who had the temerity to take the Republican mantra of “smaller government” to heart) from the Budget Committee and the Financial Services Committee. Their crime: Voting against increased spending.

Maybe it is time to revisit tax rates and deductions for the rich. But that is only half of the problem. The national debt is now over $16 trillion and may exceed $20 trillion by the end of Obama’s term in office. U.S. monetary and fiscal policy is destroying the value of the U.S. dollar, which is now worth

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HEALTH: A mandate is already in place

On “Face the Nation” Sunday, I heard House Speaker John Boehner say that the Republicans oppose a government mandate that penalizes persons who do not pay for health insurance. He needs to know there is a government mandate already in force.

When I signed up for Medicare Part B and did not sign up for Medicare Part D, prescription coverage, I was penalized. I will be paying a penalty of $3.70 a month for the rest of my life. New to Medicare, I’m assuming this will be many payments. I was unaware of this, but ignorance of the law is

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OBAMA: Krauthammer’s criticism rings hollow

Re: “Obama touted his small ideas when we need big ones” (Charles Krauthammer column, 1-27).

As with most columns Krauthammer pens, they’re directed at President Barack Obama with utter scorn and disdain. His latest rant is about the president’s lack of big ideas and hints that what the president is doing is shrinking.

He also makes sure that he throws out those tired old GOP-baiting terms like socialism, Maoism, Leninism and the rest of the red meat he feeds his party to keep them in a rabid frenzy.

Krauthammer knows that Congress is stifling  Obama at every turn in hopes

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OBAMA: Republicans hypocritical on jobs

I have read many letters to the editor criticizing President Obama and his administration. House Speaker John Boehner accuses President Obama of uncontrolled spending. The truth is that Obama cannot spend one red cent without approval of both houses of Congress. Government 101.

Boehner goes on to blame the president for not creating jobs. Any jobs that Obama were to create would be funded by tax revenue, which needs approval of both houses of Congress. Government 101.

Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell claim the Bush tax cuts promote job growth. In 2001, when they were approved, the unemployment rate was

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DEBT: Don’t let the richest skate

This debt ceiling game of Russian roulette is making me crazy.

In the last 50 years, the debt ceiling has been raised 70 times. So what’s the problem this year? The Democrats and the Republicans both believe that the U.S. debt has to be curbed big time. Congress has got to do its job, and like the legislators in Olympia, they have to make the hard choices.

What is important is that we can not lose our AAA rating and have the economy of the U.S. turned upside down

I do not want the issue to come up again in

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BUDGET: Republicans doing what voters want

Re: “President Obama should end the debt showdown” (TNT, 7-7).

Writer Katrina Vanden Heuvel accuses Republicans of risking default on the debt by “negotiating in bad faith, and (being) unwilling to compromise even an inch on their extremist and absolutist positions.”

Here is what “absolutist” House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday: “We believe that comprehensive tax reform, both on the corporate side and the personal side, will make America more competitive, help create jobs in our country, and is something that is under discussion.”

Is that extremist?

There is a reason that America put the “extremist and absolutist” Republicans in

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