BOEHNER’S VISION (OR LACK THEREOF)…. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been wrong about every economic challenge of his entire political career, which was exacerbated by having helped cause the economic collapse and fighting like hell to prevent its recovery.
But Boehner nevertheless hasn’t lost his
unmitigated gall confidence, and has an op-ed in the Washington Post today about how right he is about the economy.
I was actually curious to see what he’d come up with. After all, just over the last two weeks, Boehner has blamed job losses on policies that don’t exist yet, and rejected the idea of a jobs bill as “repulsive.” Boehner hosted an “economic roundtable” last week with a bunch of former Bush aides, so maybe he’s come up with something specific to offer by now.
Alas, no. This is as specific as it got:
Republicans believe it is important to pursue policies that help expand the economy and support job creation without additional government spending, new bureaucracies or debt that will be left to future generations.
As Michelle Cottle noted, “Boehner repeats the phrase ‘job-killing’ not twice, not thrice, but four time in slamming the Dems’ economic agenda. (That’s once every 150 words, for those keeping track at home.)” But the tragically foolish Minority Leader never got around to saying what, if anything, he’d recommend as an alternative. He made an oblique reference to taxes on small businesses, which is something President Obama is already tackling.
Cottle added, “[T]o take back the majority, Boehner and his team will need to expand their vision — and their vocabulary — at least marginally.”
I’m not sure that’s possible. One can only say “cut taxes for the wealthy” so many times before folks start pointing and laughing.