Boehner on SOTU: It’s easy to go out there and act like Santa Claus

posted at 7:21 pm on February 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Yeah, actually — I’d say that’s a pretty accurate way of putting it.

“Trying to find a funding source to repair the nation’s infrastructure is still a big goal of mine. And the president talked about infrastructure, but he didn’t talk about how to pay for it,” Boehner told reporters Thursday morning. “It’s easy to go out there and be Santa Claus and talk about all these things you want to give away, but at some point, somebody’s got to pay the bill.”

Promises, promises — like the ones President Obama made during his State of the Union for things like a “Fix-It First” program, more infrastructure spending, and universal preschool — all certainly sound like lovely public “investments,” but where exactly is all the money for these extenuated stimulus efforts supposed to come from? It defies credulity that the president can be perfectly okay with proposing new spending ideas while we’re still adding trillions of dollars to our debt in the next ten years. ‘Whatever, we’ve pretty much achieved the deficit reduction levels economists say we need to stabilize our debt — problem solved, amirite?’

That’s essentially the point Daniel Henninger made in today’s WSJ — none of this is really about fiscal sanity or political pragmatism. This is President Obama’s party, and America is just along for the ride:

That we are all just riding in Barack Obama’s sidecar should have been obvious from day one. His 2008 Denver acceptance speech enveloped nearly everything. The vast, sweeping goals he then laid out in January 2009 are virtually the same ones he described Tuesday night—the climate cleansed, education for all, social justice achieved and the drowning middle-class saved. …

Commentary from right to left after the speech noted the mismatch between its goals and money available in any conceivable federal budget. So why is he doing this? More to the point, what have we gotten ourselves into with this president? …

Whether any of these laws and spending ideas—Fix-It-First, an Energy Security Trust, Paycheck Fairness—come to life, much less work, doesn’t matter. That’s not their first purpose. For Mr. Obama, the main thing is to join one or two real achievements, such as ObamaCare, to a laundry list of grandiose intentions and hope future historians conclude that what little he did and all that he dreamed made him a great man. Some might say it’s delusional. He’d say that history will judge.


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Barack O’Claus

redguy on February 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

He’s making a list, Boehner, and you’re on it.

Curtiss on February 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiIkAyFDj5Q

redguy on February 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Bad Santa.

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Rush Limbaugh: On the cutting edge as usual.

SouthernGent on February 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Didn’t Boehner agree and raise taxes on all of us? Boehner provides Santa with the sack of toys and then complains? Moron.

Panther on February 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Rush Limbaugh: On the cutting edge as usual.

SouthernGent on February 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

am I the only one who thinks this is the first time erika johnsen is hearing this phrase?

Timin203 on February 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Didn’t Boehner agree and raise taxes on all of us? Boehner provides Santa with the sack of toys and then complains? Moron.

Panther on February 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Well, no, in this analogy, us private sector workers are the elves doing all of the work, and Boehner is Mrs. Claus.

Timin203 on February 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Barry will pay for everything, he’s got a bag full of magic pixy dust. Just sprinkle on your project and it’s PAID FOR!

GarandFan on February 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Obama has already covered Al Green while performing at The Apollo. Perhaps the next time he performs at The Apollo he could cover some Sammy Davis Jr.

OxyCon on February 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Didn’t Boehner agree and raise taxes on all of us? Boehner provides Santa with the sack of toys and then complains? Moron.

Panther on February 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Well, no, in this analogy, us private sector workers are the elves doing all of the work, and Boehner is Mrs. Claus.

Timin203 on February 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

…exactly!…he talks tough…and ends up at the end going:
“Well…go ahead then honey!”

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Didn’t Romney essentially say the same thing, and the GOP ran away from him for it?

Rusty Allen on February 14, 2013 at 7:53 PM

OMG what a pathetic response boehner just gave. is it just me? someone tell the idiot boehner that obama doesn’t have to say how he’s going to pay for it, the takers know its going to be by taxing the rich.

the gop must think their voteris are as dumb as the obama voters.

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM

It’s easy to go out there and act like Santa Claus

Well said Grinch Boehner.

You republicans might as well spray paint yourselves green and get a mullet because you’re just a spoiled sport taking toys away from the little chill’rens.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Didn’t Boehner agree and raise taxes on all of us? Boehner provides Santa with the sack of toys and then complains? Moron.

Panther on February 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Well, no, in this analogy, us private sector workers are the elves doing all of the work, and Boehner is Mrs. Claus.

Timin203 on February 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

…exactly!…he talks tough…and ends up at the end going:
“Well…go ahead then honey!”

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

The gop leadership is doing NOTHING but ENABLING their abusive spouse (Lord God Obama).

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM

The Marriage and Religion Research Institute released statistics earlier this week on the benefits of an intact married family in which children grow up with both birth parents. From Influence on Public Policy Metrics:

Public policy assumes, and needs no persuasion, that education attainment is a good to be promoted. The same assumption does not hold for family intactness. However:

-Family intactness always has a beneficial influence on the outcomes measured.

-Family intactness is roughly as important as high school education and more important than college education in influencing outcomes of public policy interest.

Now considering that family intactness is as beneficial as education, if not more so, in influencing outcomes of public policy interest, don’t you think supporting and defending marriage and family structure should be a higher priority for government than, say, new educational spending and regulations?

And don’t you think discussing the importance of a mom and dad who love each other and are committed to each other in marriage should take center stage in a State of the Union message?

And don’t you think logical public policy would entail doing everything possible to support marriage and parents?

What better way to actually uphold that phrase in the Constitution’s Preamble—promote the general welfare?

And don’t you think Republicans ought to have the sense to point these things out even when Democrats don’t!

Just a few thoughts.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

INC on February 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

He’s not santa, he’s the black robin hood, he’s django!

Rob from the rich, give to the poor and spit in their eye.

It’s unprecedented!

Lonetown on February 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Saint Barry is America’s first foreign-born, mulatto, muslim, marxist, gay enemy-president Santa Claus!

Ho-Ho-Ho … FREESHIT for all non-taxpayers!

Pork-Chop on February 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

rubio and boehner sharing a bottle of poland water. duuuuuude obamas got the best herb evah! and we all have platinum health care coverage.

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

And let me say, Obama is owning the republicans like a masterful politician. He makes Bill Clinton look like a piker.

Kudos to the Fundamental Transformer.

I just WISH we had someone on our side that had the testiculas to go after him…………….AND STAY AFTER HIM.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Until this last election, my cousin always voted for the Republican presidential candidate and was pretty conservative. Now she is a single mother and thinks of the government as the missing daddy that will help take care of her kid. Since Obama was promising free healthcare, she voted for him in the last election. When we watched the Sotu, she was thrilled when Obama said the government would pay for pre-school. When I asked how he was going to pay for it, she ignored me. She wants the free stuff, but doesn’t want to worry about how it’s paid for. She has an i-phone with games on it for the kid. She’s got a big screen tv, buys toys for her kid every time they go to the store, eats out, but wants someone else to pay for his schooling. I don’t know how to convince her that government freebies is not the answer. This new gimme generation will ruin this country.

Ibanez Lotus on February 14, 2013 at 8:03 PM

He’s not Santa. Just a Marxist. Santa is magical and his gifts are free.

jawkneemusic on February 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

i’ve felt the same way for a long time

where’s our obama. we get quislings and they get Joan of Arc.

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Well said, Mr. Speaker. Concise, and to the point.

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Boehner’s just envious.

Seriously, the hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Splashman on February 14, 2013 at 8:13 PM

He is right.

tom daschle concerned on February 14, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I’m an expat currently living in a developing country in SE Asia. Christmas is not widely celebrated here, but the people are certainly familiar with Santa Claus and with an election happening here in the next month or two, I was told by a neighbor that the current government is acting like Santa Claus. She said last month was like Christmas because every family received a one time cash payment for every student that resided in their household and the next week every person that earned under a specific monthly income was given a cash “bonus” by the government. They know their votes are being bought to keep the current administration in power.

snosanric on February 14, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Well, no, in this analogy, us private sector workers are the elves doing all of the work, and Boehner is Mrs. Claus.

Timin203 on February 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

You are right, I stand corrected! :)

Panther on February 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM

He isn’t Santa Clause. He’s Dennis Moore!

Ugly on February 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Saint D*ck.

hillsoftx on February 14, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Just give it up Boehner, we know whose side you, Cantor and McCarthy are on. We’re going to be checking out your meeting with Rove today to find out what messaging you were given. And also what instructions House members’ staff were given. Getting ready to follow Rove & his RINOPAC against the Conservatives and Tea Party huh? Not without a fight, Boehner, not without a fight.

bluefox on February 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Go away Boehner – you have had years now to stop Santa Claus and you didn’t. You’re as guilty as overspending as he is.

One more time – I’d be embarrassed if I was still a Republican.

Over50 on February 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Yeah, and it’s easy to go out there as the opposition party and let him get away with it.

Boehner must have quietly bought into the “Let it Burn” philosophy.

RoadRunner on February 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM