So now it all becomes painfully obvious why it was that John Boehner proved to be such an unmitigated disaster as Speaker. It would seem that carrying out the people’s business in what should have been a responsible manner was seen by Boehner as being simply too hard and too much work. So old ‘Boner’ decided to take the easier less stressful route, hence the reason that our national debt increased by nearly $4 Trillion on his watch. Boehner made the claim in a recent interview that he came to Washington to fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government. And yet, now that he's finally leaving the House that still hasn't happened.
It was just yesterday, in an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, that Boehner admitted, "I began to realize over the years there is no winning this fight." Well shit no John, it’s damn near impossible to win fight when all you do is to choose to constantly surrender. His as much as admitted to being an abject failure shortly after a man who is essentially his clone, Paul Ryan, took up the gavel. The fight has been going on for over 200 years in Washington, he told Hemmer in the interview, which aired earlier today on the network's "America's Newsroom" program, and "it will be a constant struggle over how big should Washington be, how much should it take?"
Boehner said his biggest regret for the time he was speaker was the failure to reach the so-called "Grand Bargain," in 2012, which would have been an agreement with Barry “Almighty” and congressional leaders to curb spending while reducing the national debt and avoiding sequestration. Boehner said, "I sat in the Oval Office with the president of the United States and Eric Cantor, shook hands with the president and the deal was done." He said, "$5 trillion in deficit reductions would have meant tens of trillions of dollars over the next 20 years in terms of really fixing our entitlement programs and getting us on to a much more solid foundation."
But instead, he said, Barry "walked away from the agreement and caused, really, the country to have a real struggle, because how are we going to raise the debt limit? How will we offset spending? The country went through a lot more than it needed to." But the fact that Boehner was surprised by Barry actions demonstrates better than anything else that he simply was not up to the all-important task at hand. Let’s face it, anyone who can be outsmarted by Barry, and who is unable to recognize what it is that Barry is trying do, even after he has made it abundantly clear on numerous occasions, simply has no business being in a position of party leadership.
Still, Boehner said that he and Barry have had a good relationship, despite their disagreements about many issues. He said, "I think it's essential the leaders be able to work with each other, have a relationship, build some trust so we do the nation's business." He went on to say, "The president called me the day I announced my retirement and we had a nice conversation. At one point he said, 'Man, I'm going to miss you.' I said, 'Yes, you are, Mr. President, yes, you are.'" What a bunch of idiotic nonsense. Look, working together is one thing, but to purposely aid and abet a man like Barry in his effort to destroy this country is inexcusable and unconscionable.
Boehner did leave office on a high point, if you can call it that. That being, the arranging for the first communist pope to address a joint session of Congress. Boehner, a devout Catholic was, as he was on any number of other occasions, moved to tears while Pope Francis spoke. Boehner resigned his office the very next day. But he said he does not have any regrets about quitting, as "it was the right decision, the right time. And you are right, I'm ready to go." Well no, not really. Actually, if we’re being honest here, the ‘right time’ would have been 3 years earlier, after making it quite clear after his first 2 years as Speaker that he just didn’t have what it took.
And now, here we go again with Paul Ryan. This is a guy who Democrats have said, sounds remarkably like he’s one of them. I mean here we have a guy who favors open borders, favors amnesty, and is a guy who was all in when it came to this recent ‘budget’ fiasco that was essentially snuck through in the dark of night. What Ryan is, is Boehner 2.0. or, the new and improved version of what we have had to put up with for the last five years. Ryan’s made a lot of noise about wiping the slate clean and making a fresh start, but it’s all nothing more than bullshit. Because what we’re likely to experience over the coming months is nothing but more of the same.