Boehner: No gov’t shutdown — as long as Senate does their job

posted at 8:01 am on March 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The country has had a trillion-dollar hole in its budgets for five straight budget years.  We’ve added over $6 trillion in debt in the last four years, and now have $16 trillion in national debt, soon to hit $17 trillion and beyond.  What did NBC’s David Gregory want John Boehner to answer on yesterday’s Meet the Press?  Whether or not it was appropriate for the Senate to “get off its ass” and do something about the crisis.  No, really:

Fortunately, Boehner had a couple of other issues on his mind.  Despite the concerns over the March 27th expiration of the current continuing resolution funding the government, Boehner insists he doesn’t want a government shutdown.  In fact, the House will pass a new CR this week to take the government to the end of the budget cycle, Boehner pledged, which means there won’t be a government shutdown at all — unless the Senate doesn’t get off its ass and pass its own CR:

Boehner told NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an interview that aired Sunday the House will vote this week to keep the federal government operating through September, when the fiscal year ends, and avoid a potentially politically damaging shutdown.

The move would be the second time since the election that Boehner has avoided a fight, desired by some House conservatives, in order to keep the GOP from possible blame. He led House Republicans to raise the debt ceiling in January to fend off a repeat of the 2011 conflict that led to the sequester.

It also avoids a repeat of the 1995 government shutdown engineered by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, which was widely seen as a disaster for House Republicans.

“The president this morning agreed that we should not have any talk of a government shutdown,” Boehner said in the interview taped Friday. “So I’m hopeful that the House and Senate will be able to work through this.”

Republicans largely want to keep the sequester in place, but they do want to fix some of the problems created at Defense last week.  The new CR will include a provision that restores $7 billion in funding for specific Pentagon accounts:

House Republicans are proposing this week to restore upward of $7 billion to operations and maintenance accounts for the four military services hit hard by the automatic cuts that went into effect Friday night.

That’s the bottom line driving a hybrid spending bill to be unveiled Monday and intended to replace the stopgap continuing resolution or CR due to expire March 27.

The measure will keep in place the overall spending reduction known as the sequester ordered Friday. But in the case of the Defense Department, it substitutes an updated full-year budget that shifts money to address the GOP’s great Achilles’ heel: the serious danger to military readiness if the standoff with President Barack Obama drags on for months.

Republicans know they can’t sustain a long fight without addressing this vulnerability, but the CR is also a political tinderbox that could blow up despite all sides now insisting that they want to avoid a government shutdown.

How tricky will that tinderbox be? Democrats who spent the last two weeks decrying the sequester’s damage to military readiness will almost certainly turn around and claim this as proof that the GOP cares more about defense contractors than poor people.  Unfortunately, that may not help them much, especially after all the overheated demagoguery collapses around their ears this week when the sequester doesn’t bring an end to the world as we know it.  They can huff and puff, but they demolished their own credibility in a series of increasingly desperate falsehoods that crescendoed into a media backlash late last week.

Boehner’s strategy aims to force the Senate into finally getting back to normal order legislating.  This CR sends the signal that Boehner isn’t going to White House têtes-aux-têtes any longer on budget matters.  He wants conference committees to resolve these issues, and the White House out of the middle.  We’ll see if Reid still fights normal order or finally begins to do his job and produce budgets.


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Did I make it?

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:07 AM

I did! I did!

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Sure, that should be our first priority. Adding back in money from the absolutely miniscule amount by which the projected rate of growth was reduced. The Defense Department will still spend more this year than last year, and more next year than this year, and so on. THERE. ARE. NO. CUTS.

None of these folks are serious about getting spending under control. None. They each just want spending in different areas.

Shump on March 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM

I wondered if it would ever happen!

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Apparently we’re now beyond those mundane things like passing a budget, right?

moo on March 4, 2013 at 8:09 AM

As one can see with Gregory…. the low information voter won’t see the demolished credibility of the dems…. it will always be the gops fault for all things wrong

Won’t hold my breath on Harry doing his job…..

cmsinaz on March 4, 2013 at 8:09 AM

This is such a happy day for me!

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Never underestimate a Republicrat’s capacity for cowardice or surrender.

lm10001 on March 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Ed,

Hairy Reed is doing his job. His job is to be BHO’s front man and step-n-fetch. He’s a progressive’s progressive…oh and he can lie almost as good as BHO or Hillary.

belad on March 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Strange, tho, how it takes Boehner to mention something the press should have been reporting on for four years. But there’s no bias. Really. None at all. Anywhere. That’s a ridiculous notion. I feel silly for even bringing it up.

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM

All this will do is set up another stage in the lingering drama “As the Stomach Turns”. Surely, Reid can come back and ask why not the whole thing plus a little bit more to make up for the agonies already inflicted.

And the media slime will refrain, “Doo-di-doo, Di-doo, Di-doo.”

Liam on March 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM

But do I say it now? So far down the line?

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Ok, here goes.

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:17 AM

They (Democrats) can huff and puff, but they demolished their own credibility in a series of increasingly desperate falsehoods that crescendoed into a media backlash late last week.

What alternate universe does Ed live in? I absolutely did not see “falsehoods that crescendoed into a media backlash late last week” in the MSM. Conservative blogosphere yes, MSM, no way. Wishful writing. Let’s try to stick with the facts.

Aplombed on March 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM

FIRST!

For the first time!

I can die happy now!

But I don’t think I’d be happy to die now.

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

This is all so confusing.

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Maybe this was a mistake.

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I always find it illuminating when the lap dog media challenge an (R) on their language and use of certain words, but no one blinks an eye when the President accuses (R)s of holding a gun to the head of Americans because they won’t rubber stamp his crappy legislative wipings.

Nope, no bias here. We don’t even know the meaning of that word.

CitizenEgg on March 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I can’t handle this pressure!

[You won't need to do so any longer. -- Ed]

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Will this matter much…The Pravda will spin whatever Boehnor says anyway.

It’s beyond surreal.

Republicans are on defense from a constantly demogoguing president on continual campaign, democrats in the senate who won’t govern and a co-operative media intent on agitprop and exhausting citizens with multiple alarms of impending crisis.

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM

questionmark for Speaker of the House

forest on March 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM

What alternate universe does Ed live in? I absolutely did not see “falsehoods that crescendoed into a media backlash late last week” in the MSM. Conservative blogosphere yes, MSM, no way. Wishful writing. Let’s try to stick with the facts.

Aplombed on March 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM

The media actually did get tougher on folks like Carney more than I’d seen in a long time(maybe ever). Do I think it’s a momentary lapse on their part? Absolutely. Their natural inclination is to be Obama’s lapdogs. But you can’t deny even sycophants over at WaPo were repeatedly calling out the regime on their “sky is falling” BS.

And it may be totally unrelated, but Obama did take a noticeable dip in Gallup. So maybe the constant campaigning and hyperbolic rhetoric AFTER he’s already secured reelection and is now in his 2nd term is weighing on some folks.

Doughboy on March 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

OT…But WTH…Anybody seen this?

video at the link.

“The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.

Although I’ve seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly deeper and discover more about the vehicle itself.

The new DHS sanctioned ‘Street Sweeper’ (my own slang due to the gun ports) is built by Navistar Defense (NavistarDefense.com), a division within the Navistar organization. Under the Navistar umbrella are several other companies including International Trucks, IC Bus (they make school buses), Monaco RV (recreational vehicles), WorkHorse (they make chassis), MaxxForce (diesel engines), and Navistar Financial (the money arm of the company).

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/obama-dhs-purchases-2700-light-armored-tanks-to-go-with-their-1-6-billion-bullet-stockpile/

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Enjoy question mark ;)

cmsinaz on March 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM

From the comment thread about the tanks at Gateway pundit…

“It’s hard to not become a paranoid conspiracy theorist when you read news reports about the DHS buying thousands of these things and billions of rounds of ammo…

America is swiftly turning into a kind of Left-wing socialist totalitarian police state…

Drones overhead, all of your webernetz activity databased forever, the DHS and other government agencies morphing into domestic military forces, checkpoints everywhere you travel, the president worshipped, etc.

The founders are rolling in their graves…” – Mercutio Lives

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/obama-dhs-purchases-2700-light-armored-tanks-to-go-with-their-1-6-billion-bullet-stockpile/

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

OT…But WTH…Anybody seen this?

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Yeah, Drudge has that linked. I’m sure we have nothing to worry about. Billions of rounds of ammo purchased and now street-sweeping tanks? With this regime in charge?

/

Doughboy on March 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

The move would be the second time since the election that Boehner has avoided a fight, desired by some House conservatives, in order to keep the GOP from possible blame. He led House Republicans to raise the debt ceiling in January to fend off a repeat of the 2011 conflict that led to the sequester.

It also avoids a repeat of the 1995 government shutdown engineered by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, which was widely seen as a disaster for House Republicans.

That pretty much says it all right there. Boehner is going to cave. Again.

The MSM will maintain the democrat narrative that the 1995 shutdown was a political disaster for the republicans. Yes, it was a political disaster for the republicans. But it was a political disaster because the democrat MSM made it a political disaster for the republicans. Pravda on the Potomac was a relative youngster then, but it was every bit the media arm of the DNC that it is today.

AZfederalist on March 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM

You can’t beat fun. And the Obysmal house of cards is the epitome of fun.
http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/what-if-there-is-a-god-and-it-s-not-barack-obama-t10800.html

onlineanalyst on March 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

OT…But WTH…Anybody seen this?

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Yeah, Drudge has that linked. I’m sure we have nothing to worry about. Billions of rounds of ammo purchased and now street-sweeping tanks? With this regime in charge?

/

Doughboy on March 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

How can this be anything other than a strategy to keep Obama in power?

Create the personality cult…manufacture the necessary crisis…etc.

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

We’ll see if Reid still fights normal order or finally begins to do his job and produce budgets.

That sniveling little pipsqueak probably doesn’t even remember how to do the job he’s obligated by the oath of his office to do. I predict a lot more hand wringing and excuses and blame as to why he can’t own up to the simplest of responsibilities that we the people pay him to do. Imagine what would happen to you if you were a CEO of a company and couldn’t come up with a damn budget for 5 years!

scalleywag on March 4, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Today is MARCH FORTH! :)

scalleywag on March 4, 2013 at 8:46 AM

At some point I’m still hoping that the members of the lsm will realize that they are in the same boat we are in. I’m sure most of them have children and grandchildren they don’t won’t to see saddled with the enormous debt being run up by the elites along with the loss of just about every right we have. Just hope it’s not too late to reverse course. Oh, and DHS needs those armored vehicles to secure the border. uh huh.

Kissmygrits on March 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

The GOP strategy of Letting it Burn depends on thinking events will continue with elections in the usual way and doesn’t account for well organized voter fraud by democrats with the DOJ providing the legal cover.

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Congratulations questionmark , ya did it !

Lucano on March 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Hmmmm…

“Conservative House Republicans are circulating a letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to defund Obamacare in the upcoming continuing resolution that funds the government. Oklahoma Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a freshman, and Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp are leading the charge…”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/03/Conservatives-pushing-Boehner-Cantor-to-defund-Obamacare-in-upcoming-Continuing-Resolution

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Kissmygrits on March 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

You’re kidding, right? I don’t see it happening. They don’t relate to the middle class being concerned about our enormous debt. They live in a make believe world where there’s an endless supply of money and everyone shall be coddled from cradle to grave.

scalleywag on March 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM
How much more of this crap do we have to see before
someone starts asking the powers that be …. What’s
up with all the hardware ?
I don’t have the access . I call DC and Tallahassee all
the time and fat lot of good that does .
Anyone out there know of any organization or group that’s
picked up this flag ?

Lucano on March 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

How can this be anything other than a strategy to keep Obama in power?

Create the personality cult…manufacture the necessary crisis…etc.

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I don’t necessarily think that’s the case. As power hungry as the Obamas are, they have to know that would never fly. If they don’t voluntarily remove themselves from the White House on 1/20/2017, the American people will do it for them.

What I really think this is about(Palin remarked on it recently) is an insurance policy in the event we have civil unrest after an economic collapse. If we go the way of Europe with protests and riots in the streets, rest assured things will get ugly very quickly. We have way more people than the likes of Spain or Portugal, a younger population, and hundreds of millions of guns. The government will be helpless without some major firepower in their corner to maintain some semblance of law and order.

Doughboy on March 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Boehner: No gov’t shutdown — as long as Senate does their job

The country has had a trillion-dollar hole in its budgets for five straight budget years. We’ve added over $6 trillion in debt in the last four years, and now have $16 trillion in national debt, soon to hit $17 trillion and beyond.

This CR sends the signal that Boehner isn’t going to White House têtes-aux-têtes any longer on budget matters. He wants conference committees to resolve these issues, and the White House out of the middle. We’ll see if Reid still fights normal order or finally begins to do his job and produce budgets.

It cannot be said enough that budgets and spending bills are not passed unilaterally by the President, the House, or the Senate. ALL THREE play a part.

And at any point in time, one political party controls a majority (2+) of those three.

For twelve (12) Fiscal Years, from FY 1996 – 2007, Republicans held majority control, and the total national debt increased by $4 Trillion (increasing from $5 Trillion up to $9 Trillion).

For the last six (6) Fiscal Years, from FY 2008 – 2013, Democrats have held majority control, and by the end of FY 2013, the total national debt will have increased by more than $8 Trillion (increasing from $9 Trillion to over $17 Trillion).

Take a moment to let that really sink in.

Over the course of 12 Fiscal Years, Republican majorities increased the total national debt by $4 Trillion, and over the course of 6 Fiscal Years, Democrat majorities will have increased the total national debt by more than $8 Trillion. More than twice the amount of new debt in half the time… Democrat majorities are adding to the total national debt at FOUR TIMES the rate that Republican majorities did when Obama called $4 Trillion in new debt “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic”.

So by his own standard, Obama is FOUR TIMES as “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” as those he criticized.

Debt to the Penny

Date, Total Public Debt Outstanding
9/29/1995 $4,973,982,900,709.39 ($5 Trillion)
9/28/2007 $9,007,653,372,262.48 ($9 Trillion)
2/28/2013 $16,687,289,180,215.37 ($16.7 Trillion, only five months into FY 2013)
by 9/30/2013, it will be well over $17 Trillion

FY 1996-2007, Republican majorities increased total national debt by $4 Trillion in 12 years.

FY 2008-2013, Democrat majorities increase total national debt by more than $8 Trillion in just 6 years. And Obama was an active part of the Democrat majority in each and every one of those 6 Fiscal Years… first as Senator, and then as pResident.

“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

- Barack Obama July 3, 2008

Let me fix that for Obama…

“The problem is, is that the way Democrats have done it over the last six years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $9 trillion at FY-end 2007 – Democrats will have added more than $8 trillion by FY-end 2013, so that by FY-end 2013 we will have over $17 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — more than $52,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

- ITguy March 4, 2013

ITguy on March 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Doughboy on March 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Gosh, that makes me remember living in Chicago in 1968. It was pretty scary.

scalleywag on March 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

They live in a make believe world where there’s an endless supply of money and everyone shall be coddled from cradle to grave.

scalleywag on March 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

You’re right about that. Bloomberg said the other day the United States can never run out of money. Total delusion…

Liam on March 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

How can this be anything other than a strategy to keep Obama in power?

Create the personality cult…manufacture the necessary crisis…etc.

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I don’t necessarily think that’s the case. As power hungry as the Obamas are, they have to know that would never fly. If they don’t voluntarily remove themselves from the White House on 1/20/2017, the American people will do it for them.

What I really think this is about(Palin remarked on it recently) is an insurance policy in the event we have civil unrest after an economic collapse. If we go the way of Europe with protests and riots in the streets, rest assured things will get ugly very quickly. We have way more people than the likes of Spain or Portugal, a younger population, and hundreds of millions of guns. The government will be helpless without some major firepower in their corner to maintain some semblance of law and order.

Doughboy on March 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Except that Obama wants to be FDR/Lincoln or something…and plenty of Democrats want that too.

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

In fact, the House will pass a new CR this week to take the government to the end of the budget cycle, Boehner pledged, which means there won’t be a government shutdown at all — unless the Senate doesn’t get off its ass and pass its own CR:

Another CR that includes the 800 billion dollar one time stimulus of FY 2009. True_King is right the GOP will betray us.

chemman on March 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

FY 1996-2007, Republican majorities increased total national debt by $4 Trillion in 12 years.

FY 2008-2013, Democrat majorities will have increased total national debt by more than $8 Trillion in just 6 years. And Obama was an active part of the Democrat majority in each and every one of those 6 Fiscal Years… first as Senator, and then as pResident.

Repeating the above for emphasis, and adding that what Obama, Biden, Clinton, Reid, Pelosi, and other Democrats “inherited” when they took majority control on January 3, 2007 was:
December 2006 Employment-Population ratio: 63.4%
December 2006 Unemployment:4.4%
FY 2007 budget deficit: less than $161 Billion.

What the Democrats inherited was a good economy and a shrinking deficit.

What Democrat majorities did was obstruct attempts to reform Fannie & Freddie, raise the minimum wage three times, roughly triple the deficit in FY 2008, roughly triple the deficit AGAIN in FY 2009, pass TARP, pass “porkulus”, pass “cash for clunkers”, etc.

Democrats inherited a good economy and a shrinking deficit.
Democrats then helped tank the economy and make Trillion+ deficits their status quo.

ITguy on March 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

So Drudge has up a link that DHS just bought over 2000 light armored vehicles.
So what did they cost us? Why are they needed?

I didn’t realize that DHS was going to be a national boots on the ground police force “as well armed and as well funded as our military” as someone in a speech said about 4 years ago while campaigning for President. Well, actually, I did.

Thank you President Bush for reaching across the aisle and allowing the Democrats, the minority party at the time, to create DHS. They couldn’t have done it without you.

But, wouldn’t you think it could be useful in this little discussion if the GOP leadership were to point out some of this? We’re releasing illegals while at the same time buying over 2000 light military vehicles?

No, don’t expect the freaking GOP leadership to do or say a freaking thing that might seem like common sense.

JellyToast on March 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Boehner’s strategy aims to force the Senate into finally getting back to normal order legislating. This CR sends the signal that Boehner isn’t going to White House têtes-aux-têtes any longer on budget matters.

I sure hope so! Boehner is no good at negotiating with the White House, so there’s no point of him trying to do so again.

J.S.K. on March 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

In fact, the House will pass a new CR this week to take the government to the end of the budget cycle, Boehner pledged, which means there won’t be a government shutdown at all — unless the Senate doesn’t get off its ass and pass its own CR:

Another CR that includes the 800 billion dollar one time stimulus of FY 2009.

chemman on March 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Exactly. The last budget was for FY 2009 and was passed by:
1) The Nancy Pelosi-led House of Representatives
2) The Harry Reid-led Senate
3) Signed by Barack Obama on March 11, 2009 and boosted operating budgets by 10 percent or more for some of the programs over 2008 levels.

Yet, Democrats continue to blame all FY 2009 deficit spending on Bush! That is a BIG LIE.

And since no budget has been passed since then, each and every continuing resolution uses that outrageous FY 2009 spending as the baseline.

What Republicans should do is return to the last budget that was passed by a Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican President: FY 2007.

If we did a Continuing Resolution at FY 2007 dollar amounts, we would actually start running a SURPLUS on a monthly basis!

What exactly have we gained from government spending that is 40% BIGGER than it was just six years ago?

There is absolutely no excuse for doing a CR at current spending levels. We are paying for a new “porkulus” each and every year.

Go back to the FY 2007 budget and make Democrats explain why they want more than that. Our Federal government spent $2.7 Trillion in FY 2007 but wants to spend $3.8 Trillion in FY 2013. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

ITguy on March 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I can’t handle this pressure!

[You won't need to do so any longer. -- Ed]

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

This is a bannable offense? Why? While silly, there’s a lot more stuff said by some of the trolls that arguably deserves the hammer…

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on March 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Update to my last comment.

FY 2007
Receipts: $2.568 Trillion
Outlays: $2.729 Trillion
Deficit: Less than $161 Billion

Data Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/hist01z1.xls

Revenues for FY 2013 are projected by the CBO to be $2.708 Trillion

If we capped FY 2013 Spending Outlays to FY 2007 dollar amounts, we would be very, very close to a balanced budget!

FY 2013 Revenues: $2.708 Trillion
FY 2007 Outlays: $2.729 Trillion

Difference: Deficit of $0.021 Trillion ($29 Billion).

Limit our monthly outlays to what they were in FY 2007 and we’ll be very close to a balanced budget.

And with just a little bit of economic growth, we’d start running monthly surpluses.

ITguy on March 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I can’t handle this pressure!

[You won't need to do so any longer. -- Ed]

questionmark on March 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Well, that certainly was entertaining-I think…

But hey, can you get some better stock pictures of Boehner? In just about every pic you Hot Gas folks have posted of him, he looks like he’s about to pass a stone.

Del Dolemonte on March 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Question: With all the havoc being wrecked by Obama’s Sequestration, won’t that shut down the shut down?

Colbyjack on March 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Obama Nov 21, 2011: “I will veto ANY attempt to prevent the sequester.”

Obama Oct 22, 2012: “First of all, the sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen.”

J_Crater on March 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Hairy Reed is doing his job. His job is to be BHO’s front man and step-n-fetch. He’s a progressive’s progressive…oh and he can lie almost as good as BHO or Hillary.

belad on March 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Not possible. Even considering you qualified your statement by using the word, “almost”. And as bad a liar as Hillary is, she’s a piker compared to the Liar-in-Chief. In fact, Hillary’s a liar, Reid is a damned liar and Barry is the author of all lies.

HiJack on March 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

But hey, can you get some better stock pictures of Boehner? In just about every pic you Hot Gas folks have posted of him, he looks like he’s about to pass a stone.

Del Dolemonte on March 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

That’s because he always looks that way. There are no better pictures of him.

HiJack on March 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

“For perhaps the first time in the history of the United States, it is in the political interest of a president to inflict maximum pain on the American people. Obama could have spent the last 16 months preparing to mitigate sequestration’s impact on the American people, as any responsible manager would have. Instead, he has done the opposite, explicitly ordering government agencies not to prepare for the worst. And he has refused all Republican efforts to pass legislation that would minimize the sequester’s pain.

“The president understands that to get anything done, he needs a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Steve Israel,D-N.Y., told The Post “To have a legacy in 2016, he will need a House majority in 2014, and that work has to start now.”

It already has…”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/morning-examiner-obamas-campaign-of-pain/article/2523155

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won’t confirm he’s a candidate for the next presidential race, but he sounded like a White House hopeful Monday, declaring his party in need of leadership.

“I have a voice, I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way,” he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer.

Bush said he wouldn’t rule out a run in 2016, “but I won’t declare today either.”

http://todaynews.today.com/_news/2013/03/04/17179710-jeb-bush-i-wont-rule-out-2016-white-house-run-but-i-wont-declare-today?lite

*blech*

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Whether or not it was appropriate for [the Speaker of the House to say] the Senate to should “get off its ass” and do something about the crisis. No, really:

If you’ll excuse the edits, the question Gregory raised was specifically about whether he used appropriate language.

Which is actually a fair question in general.

But after four years without passing a budget?!?!

Yes, the language was appropriate! As much as I believe in civility, the Senate is out of excuses. If anything, this comment was a couple years overdue.

tom on March 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Whether or not it was appropriate for [the Speaker of the House to say] the Senate to should “get off its ass” and do something about the crisis. No, really:

If you’ll excuse the edits, the question Gregory raised was specifically about whether he used appropriate language.

Which is actually a fair question in general.

But after four years without passing a budget?!?!

Yes, the language was appropriate! As much as I believe in civility, the Senate is out of excuses. If anything, this comment was a couple years overdue.

tom on March 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Oh, and Gregory needs to learn not to smirk when he poses a gotcha question to a Republican. One might get the impression he isn’t exactly neutral.

tom on March 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Obama Nov 21, 2011: “I will veto ANY attempt to prevent the sequester.”

Obama Oct 22, 2012: “First of all, the sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen.”

J_Crater on March 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

We’ve never not been at war with Eastasia.

tom on March 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

The only way the deficit will be reduced is buy reining-in bloated budgets and freeing the energies of the nation to produce wealth.

Obama opposed both.

Until he is stopped the bloat and debt will continue to mount.

profitsbeard on March 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Gregory: Is that appropriate language for the SOTH?

Yes, I couldn’t help recalling when Gregory brought that up the various times Biden has used the f’nheimer and David Gregory being sure to chide him about it. sarc/

fanofamerica on March 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Boehner’s strategy aims to force the Senate into finally getting back to normal order legislating.

No, Boehner is not going to allow ammendments to this bill. He has already cut his final deal and no changes can be made.

Well, unless Boehner sees the need for more spending, there is ALWAYS room for more spending in Boehner’s house.

Freddy on March 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Democrat US Senate

Democrat US Senate

Democrat US Senate

Democrat Obama

Start calling their party name. We have to do this – Democrats.

MN J on March 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Hmmmm…

“Conservative House Republicans are circulating a letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to defund Obamacare in the upcoming continuing resolution that funds the government. Oklahoma Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a freshman, and Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp are leading the charge…”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/03/Conservatives-pushing-Boehner-Cantor-to-defund-Obamacare-in-upcoming-Continuing-Resolution

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

woot! That’s my rep: Mr. Huelskamp!

cptacek on March 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM