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Good Riddance! John Boehner's Top 5 Epic Fails
We've been calling for this for awhile now. But the fact that House Speaker John Boehner is actually conceding to the will of the American people (or is it the will of the Pope?) and has decided to resign in October it's still a little surprising. But welcomed.
Sadly for Boehner, his legacy will not be one that is revered. He won't be remembered as the second coming of Newt Gingrich, because unlike Gingrich, though he had the power, John Boehner had the backbone of an amoeba and repeatedly failed to do what he set out to do. Like, pretty much always. So while you may be sad that Boehner is gone... we say
Thus, in ode to our departing leader whom we shall not miss, we give you, John Boehner's 5 worst moments as Speaker of the House:
1. The Omnibus and Cromnibus. As Speaker, Boehner supported the Omnibus spending bill - which was crafted in secret - costing America over $1 trillion... but since that wasn't enough, Boehner then voted for the Cromnibus appropriations bill that exceeded spending caps by $45 billion. BILLION.
2. The Farm Bill. Teach a man to fish? Naaaah. Ever the big spender, Boehner voted for nearly a trillion dollars in corporate welfare and food stamps in the Farm Bill. Hey at least they were happy...
3. Dictator-esque Removal of Colleagues. They dared question Supreme Boehner?! Off with their heads! Boehner removed Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash, David Schweikert, and Walter Jones, four fiscal conservatives, from their committees for standing up to leadership in Congress. He also had Representatives Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent removed from their positions on the Rules Committee as punishment for voting against him for Speaker. But now people are saying...
4. The Massie Amendment. Constitution? We don't need no stinkin' Constitution! So, rather than vote for a bill that passed the House with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, and would have restricted the NSA from collecting metadata on innocent Americans, Boehner instead stripped the proposal from the 2014 government funding bill. Just keep spying, spying...
5. The Fiscal Cliff. Boehner drove us right to it and was the first one to jump off, voting for the Fiscal Cliff deal that raised taxes and rewarded special interests.
So to quote a famous musical... So long, farewell, Alvetezen, goodnight!