Boehner debt ceiling package: Whose side is he on, anyway?

Boehner debt ceiling package: Whose side is he on, anyway?

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State of the Union - Image Heather Reed - Official Speaker of the House photo
State of the Union - Image Heather Reed - Official Speaker of the House photo

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2014 – The Tea Party has never liked John Boehner. Three months into his term as House Speaker, at least one Tea Party group was already calling for his replacement. The Tea Party movement has expressed its disdain, disgust and displeasure with the House Speaker on numerous occasions. That anger has spread to conservatives within the House.

In 2013, Boehner barely survived a challenge to his reelection as speaker.

Conservatives really have to ask a question: Whose side is John Boehner really on?

Boehner is cobbling together a package to deal with the debt ceiling. Once again, he is going to go along with raising the debt ceiling.

But here’s the deal Boehner has for the GOP.  Not only will they give Obama more borrowing authority.  Not only will they give him more spending. They will also give him the authority to reverse the benefit cuts to military veterans. Yes, that’s the deal.  They will give Obama more borrowing and more spending, and he will also get to reverse the unpopular veterans’ benefit cuts.

That is astonishing.

Boehner’s back up plan is to give Obama a clean debt ceiling increase without any strings attached. Can someone please remind conservatives why they voted for the Republican Party? Boehner has never wanted to fight for anything the conservative movement wants, and with this kind of deal, someone needs to start asking whose side he is on.

This year has the chance to be a landslide year for the Republicans, much as 2010 was. Obamacare is hugely unpopular. Americans are screaming about unemployment as we go into the fifth year of the Great Obama Depression. The Obama Administration unilaterally rewrites laws like Obamacare, makes war on Americans through agencies like the IRS, and what is John Boehner’s priority?

He wants to get amnesty passed this year.

Amnesty is the one issue that could put Republicans back in the minority. It would eventually do that. It is political suicide for the Republican Party and for the nation. Of all the issues Boehner could champion right now, why that one?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes series once said, “When you eliminate the impossible, that which remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

The sad truth is that there are a number of Republicans on Capitol Hill who long for the days when the GOP was in the minority. They could go out with the Democrats drinking after work, and there would be no animosity because the Democrats were getting their way. Is there another explanation for Boehner’s actions?

The time for new leadership in the Republican House of Representatives is now.

If the Republicans in the House don’t make immediate changes and start acting like a conservative party, the base will stay home in November and Boehner will get his wish. He will make the Republican Party a permanent minority party in Washington.

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Judson Phillips
Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet. A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC. “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based. Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville. Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’ I did.” The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown. It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed. Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker. He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should. He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.