It’s really, really difficult for House Speaker John Boehner to offer the appearance of being a rebel – short of him executing a coup against President Obama of course – when Boehner is the third most powerful person in America.
In spite of that observation, Boehner appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos yesterday and had this to say about he and his conservative colleagues standing in the way of raising the nation’s debt limit (emphasis mine):
STEPHANOPOULOS: So are you saying that if he continues to refuse to negotiate, the country is going to default?
BOEHNER: That’s the path we’re on. The president canceled his trip to Asia. I assumed — well, maybe he wants to have a conversation. I decided to stay here in Washington this weekend. He knows what my phone number is. All he has to do is call.
It’s hard to imagine a Senior Vice-President in a corporation being this financially reckless and rebellious toward the President and CEO of his firm since it’s generally assumed that the SVP has a comparably high level of ownership in the success of the firm along with his fellow senior executives.
According to US statute, Speaker Boehner is second in line to become the President of the country should any circumstances interrupt Obama’s tenure.
This means Boehner, as one of the top leaders of this nation, folding his arms and waiting for the federal government to encroach upon its debt limit and flirt with financial repercussions as a way for his party to renegotiate legislation already passed by Congress, is acting unfathomably irresponsible.
While he can blame Obama for not talking to him, the country would not be facing a first-ever risk of credit default if it were not for Boehner choosing to have this crisis.
The events unfolding are so odd that I would suggest you keep an eye on these negotiations, if they ever happen. There’s something bigger at play in this budget battle, and if my hunch is right, any compromise reached by the Party of No Brains and the Party of No Guts will dwarf Obamacare…
song currently stuck in my head: “don’t give me up” – harold melvin & the blue notes