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Posted - 7/22/2013 12:14:32 PM | show profile | flag this post
It's turned into a much repeated soundbite; On Face the Nation yesterday; Boehner said Congress "should not be judged by how many new laws we create...ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal."
Now I can see where a plea like that can bring a smile to faces of my Cons/Libertarian friends, but c'mon. This is major league CYA.
From 1995-present, the GOP has held the House in 8 out of 10 Congresses. Who's laws are they repealing? Their own?
In the same interview "When you look at my job, there’s one person responsible for the institution of the House. And that falls into my lap. It’s my number one responsibility,” Fine. Then what about the Immigration bill? No comment. Because voicing his opinion would make it "harder for us to get a bill." I"m not going to predict what's going to be on the floor and what's not going to be on the floor". I thought that was part of his friggin job.
What happened to Jobs bills being "our number one priority"? See, that would require passing laws--and repealing laws is now our priority.
Considering we're on the verge of our 40th failed attempt to repeal ObamaCare...he's not even good at repealing things. (Oooh! Can we de-fund ACORN again? How about another abortion bill?)
The truly sad thing about all of this is I see it staying the same. IMO, there's no way the Repubs are going to lose the House...or gain the WH.
Posted - 7/22/2013 3:01:29 PM | show profile | flag this post
And what he fails to mention...
that to repeal a law you have to PASS a law.
That's what a repeal is. A new law, either modifying, replacing, or specifically repealing one on the books.
So Boehner is really wrong.
Not only has his Congress not passed many laws. They haven't repealed many either.
Posted - 7/23/2013 9:53:16 AM | show profile | flag this post
etaoin, your "They haven't repealed many either"??
Turns out not one law that the house has voted to repeal has actually been repealed. By his own weird metric Boehner is the worst Speaker of all time. But.....Since January of 2011, when Republicans took control of the House, they have dedicated 43 days to the hopeless cause of repealing Obamacare. That is 15% of the time spent on the house floor since Republicans took control on a purely symbolic issue.
Posted - 7/23/2013 12:18:53 PM | show profile | flag this post
Not just symbolic votes, mp...
but political votes.
The main reason there's a vote a week to repeal Obamacare is so Republican candidates -- even those who were never in DC until AFTER Obamacare became the law of the land -- can claim they voted against Obamacare.
So, all that time you mentioned -- has been GOP campaigning on the taxpayers' dime.