I’m going to miss John Boehner, and yes, I’m being sincere

boehner-farewell

Politics aside, I confess that I have developed a certain fondness for John Boehner over the years. His sour sense of humor, his odd penchant for crying, his permanent tan, his outbursts of frustration with some of his colleagues, from backbenchers in his own party to the president of the United States — through all that, he generally came across as authentic and true to himself in a business where such a trait is increasingly rare.

“I leave as I started — just a regular guy humbled by the chance to do a big job,” as he put it in his farewell speech today from the House floor.  “That’s what I’m most proud of, that I’m still just me.”

Boehner could get angry, sure, and he often wasn’t afraid to show it. But his anger was the passing sort, not the seething sort that is so destructive in modern politics. And though I disagreed with him almost without exception, I always believed that his heart was in the right place.

In another era, he might have proved a highly effective speaker, and even under the conditions in which he was forced to operate he probably acquitted himself better than most could have. Riding the conservative tiger is not for the faint of heart, and a lesser man would have been unsaddled and swallowed long ago.

Yes, the Congress that he leaves behind has just a 13 percent job-approval rating. Yes, the dysfunction has grown to historic proportions, and Americans are angry. But it’s no small thing to note that despite the headstrong demands of his caucus, he usually managed to ensure that the nation’s essential business got done. His approach has been to steer away from immediate disaster and hope for saner times ahead, and there’s something to be said for that.

Those saner times are not yet here, of course. Boehner’s successor, Paul Ryan, noted in his own speech today that “the House is broken. We are not solving problems….. What a relief to (Americans) it would be if we finally got our act together.” All of that is true, but again, I don’t think Boehner can be blamed for what he leaves behind. The institution that he led is called the House of Representatives, and that is who and what they are. They may not be any smarter than the rest of us, but as a group they’re not any dumber either.

They are representative of the American people, their dysfunction is our dysfunction, and no single person is going to correct it.

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KUTGF
KUTGF

America downer sheetz

Kamchak
Kamchak

Let's look at the original assertion, shall we?

Dead voters frequently supply the margin of victory...

81 voters will "frequently supply the margin of victory"?

Too fuh-ni!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Lee30519 

Nope, but everytime I hear the same cons whining about voter ID and illegal immigration I ask them, how much are you willing to spend -- on a per head basis -- to make and distribute a bio-metric based ID to address both of those issues?

The last estimate I saw was $160 a piece.

Multiply that by 300,000,000 and see what you get, sport.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Kamchak They love the voter fraud thing.


Its a convenient crutch when they lose elections. You will hear it every time.


It soothes their ego. They can say " We didn't lose the election because Americans rejected our ideas. We lost because the Democrats cheated !!! "


Don't fall for it. There is FAR more fraud in absentee voting that goes their way than at polling places. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Hedley_Lammar 

Oh, sure.

Is it possible that someone is voting for a dead person?

Absolutely. In fact I would bet money on it.

But dead voters supplying the margin of victory?

BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

'...and yes, I'm being sincere.'

I'm calling BS.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

I guess the popup on the blog advising that ajc was experiencing difficulties 

and providing a link to the news section is gone now. Jay gets backstabbed by 

his own employer. Go figure.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"81 of them showed voter activity

Is that even a rounding error?"


Read the rest of the article...

  • 155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.

Just curious, though, how many illegal votes are you ok with?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@fiftythreepercenter How much are you willing to raise taxes to pay for prosecuting 0.001% of votes that might have been illegal?

Oh, that's right, raising taxes is never allowed, there's always "waste" to be eliminated even if that's just a way to describe something someone else wants the government to pay for that you don't.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@fiftythreepercenter Yes sweetie, and most of those abuses will be in the absentee ballot system because it is unlikely that most "voters" will vote in one state like NC and then travel that day to TX fo vote again.  Voter IDide regdoes not solve that.  Nor will it stop even the person who votes in one state and travels to another.  A nationwide registration system and verification (not ID) would be required to compare. 

fedup52
fedup52

The smaller the government the better for the taxpayer

I agree.  Let's get rid of DOD.

Lee30519
Lee30519

@fedup52 and all government assisted programs.  Oh Obamacare too!


TBS
TBS

td

Tell the blog again how CNBCs main demographic are Asian folks

That was great yesterday.  You stepped in a pile of crap up to your neck then when Jay and PaulinNH pawned you...... you pulled a Houdini

Only to come back and not mention that issue again


td1234
td1234

@TBS Tell us again how property owners hurt their own profits intentionally due to some sick pleasure of abusing their property? 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 You mean your fictional claim regarding slave owners?  The claims you later had to back away from because there is plenty of proof that many slave owners abused their slaves.  LOL

TBS
TBS

@td1234 @TBS


Post my actual words and I will address them.   I even gave you an opportunity below.  


I can post your actual words about the Asian demographic and CNBC

Just let me know when you are ready

Ok buddy?

td1234
td1234

Progressives will never learn that government is not the answer it is the problem. The smaller the government the better for the taxpayer, the better for the economy and the better for the American people. 

honested
honested

@td1234 

So we should eliminate most of the laws that control behavior since that is most of what makes up larger government?

That from a guy who wants to impose control by imaginary being.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@td1234


That government model is certainly not based on the corporate business

model of getting ever and ever bigger. 

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@td1234 It's only better if you're willing to get up in the morning, make a way for yourself, and be happy with the path your skills and work ethic leads you.  It doesn't work if you're perpetually unhappy because somebody else's efforts give them things you want but either won't work for or don't have the intelligence or work ethic to achieve.  


And that ^^^^^^^ is our problem in a nutshell.  

Lee30519
Lee30519

@KUTGF @td1234 KUTGF....so I guess you assume bigger government is better?  Hail Hitler?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Nice bumper sticker thought.  Not actually proven by reality. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Lee30519 Hitler?  LOL


Yes in many cases Federal government and bigger govt may be better.  I wont waste much time with you however cause you are just a foolish troll.  The power of a large agency well funded and staffed to deal with violations by a large corporation, to be able to create smart regulations, to administer regulations, to inspect is essential.  What we have been seeing is dismal funding and destruction of property and people by bad actors. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@fiftythreepercenter

81 of them showed voter activity

Is that even a rounding error?

Six tenths of one percent showing "voter activity."

ooh. Skeery. Game changing. Thank you PJ media. Mine eyes have seen TEH LITE.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@fiftythreepercenter " 81 of them showed voter activity"


Does it say they voted by absentee ballot?  Because, you know, all the huff and puff about voter irregularity has completely ignored any requested changes to absentee ballots. 


honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex @fiftythreepercenter 

When full, fair and open elections don't bode well for your philosophy, I guess you have to make up reasons to trim away as many voters as you can to tilt the scale.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

That's an interesting thought - that Cruz & Carson aren't running for office so much as running for Supreme Court. I can'remember that ever happening before.

td1234
td1234

@St Simons he-ne-ha How many people running in previous elections went on to become members of the winners cabinet or found other jobs in the administration? 

td1234
td1234

@honested Since there will not be another President Clinton then we will never know.