On John Boehner resigning

EditorialBy George Miller

Many were surprised to hear that Republican John Boehner is resigning as Speaker of the House, effective October-end. Boehner was the minority leader before the Republicans took over the House in the 2010 elections because of widespread discontent with Obamacare and other Obama-era legislation. Boehner then ascended to the powerful Speakers’ post. That Republican majority was greatly increased in the 2014 elections (but not in California) as Obama stepped up his unconstitutional executive actions in areas such as failing to enforce immigration law and illegally granting what amounts to amnesty to many illegal immigrants. This is opposed by a large majority of Citizens.


House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)(r), shown with his potential successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Pope Francis (C-Vatican).

However, Boehner caved in on issue after issue because of Obama’s threat to shut down the government if the House didn’t vote for nearly everything he wanted, even with a commanding Republican majority in the house and a smaller one in the Senate. In many cases, House bills couldn’t even pass a cloture vote in the Senate and even if they did, the threat of a White House veto was always there. Somehow, the media always portrayed any threatened shutdowns as the Republicans’ fault and they in turn were intimidated into not fully exercising their Constitutional “power of the purse.” The expectation seems to be that Obama should get everything he wants, that the Republican majorities will be thwarted and in fact will be blamed if this does not occur. In fact, the stalemates are set up by Obama to force politically “radioactive” shutdowns, which have actually occurred in the past with few ill effects other than loss of some political capital.

But the straw that broke the camel’s back was the shocking revelations of The Center for Medical Progress videos of Planned Parenthood employees and vendors talking about the handling of aborted fetuses (babies- human beings), selling of their body parts and Boehner’s less than all-out effort to support the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Conservatives and many others are demanding the defunding of Planned Parenthood, which performs over 300,000 abortions annually and is also suspected of illegal procedures and body part sales.

Some have said that the $550 million annual federal funding is not designated for abortions. However, every dollar to Planned Parenthood for other services not only helps pay overhead, but frees up other PP funding to pay for abortions. It also rewards a rogue organization with money paid in by millions and millions of taxpayers who strenuously oppose it.

It appears that the Conservative Freedom Caucus which has led the rebellion against Boehner may have cut a deal to approve a Continuing Resolution to fully fund the current agenda for a short time. Boehner’s only alternative to get spending approval would have been to solicit Nancy Pelosi and Democrat votes, but it is possible that their demands were unacceptable to him.

All this happens right after the Pope spoke to Congress at Boehner’s invitation. The Pope’s speech was an unprecedented interference with US politics, endorsed large swaths of the Obama agenda and criticized political  “polarization” but lambasted the US on abortion, which he firmly opposed.

California Republican and Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy is thought to be the most likely successor to Boehner, but appears to hold fairly similar positions as Boehner. We hope that a Speaker will be selected who implements what the voters want this time.

Senator Ted Cruz said: “If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of this year, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to fund implementation of this Iran deal and then presumably to land a cushy K Street job after joining with the Democrats to implement all of President Obama’s priorities, that is not the behavior one would expect from a Republican speaker of the House.”


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George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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William "Bill" Hicks
William "Bill" Hicks
5 years ago

If this is just going to be a “tag team” event, where McCarthy just continues Boehner’s limp wristed control over the House, then nothing is gained. “Same song, different singers.”