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John Boehner wants to prolong sequestration. Oh, and his job performance numbers are in the toidy. Coincidence?


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A Public Policy Polling poll of Ohioans has GOP House Speaker John Boehner's job performance numbers at a whopping 20 percent; 59% disapprove of the job he's doing. (John Kasich's not doing too well, either. Follow the link.)


Since October 2012, The Boehner's approvals have fallen 13 points, down from 33%.

Gee, could it have anything to do with the fact that he "is, in fact, bad at his job”? How bad? Well, as we speak, TPM has a post on Boehner's call for more-- wait for it-- sequestration:

...House Speaker John Boehner reiterated that his chamber would move quickly when Congress reconvenes to pass a continuing resolution that would avoid a government shutdown but prolong sequestration.

The short-term resolution would keep the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration in place.

Good grief, can he get any more tone deaf?

Take this L.A. Times headline, for example:

Defense officials tell Congress that scheduled sequester budget cuts threaten to gut the military.

Or this Times story:

The Obama administration announced Monday that about 5,600 low-income California children would be shut out of federally funded Head Start preschool programs because of Washington budget gridlock.

How's that outreach workin' for ya, GOP?


Boehner asks Obama what he gets for offer of $800 billion in tax revenue. PBO: "You get nothing. I get that for free."


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If President Obama would always be this tough, would continue the spine stiffitude, the swagger, the driving a hard bargain, we Dems would be in great shape. Or will this possible scenario burst the hardass bubble?

The Wall Street Journal posted a behind-the-scenes look at some of the fancy negotiation talkin' between Obama and John Boehner, but it's subscription only.

However, FiredUpInCAFollow at DKos has excerpts. So, here are excerpts of the excerpts. “John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job.” Sources say Paul Ryan may replace him. This could be why:

Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.

At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”

You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.” [...]

The president repeatedly reminded Mr. Boehner of the election results: “You’re asking me to accept Mitt Romney’s tax plan. Why would I do that?” At another point, the speaker noted his GOP majority would also return next year. [...]

Mr. Boehner said he wanted a deal along the lines of what the two men had negotiated in the summer of 2011 in a fight over raising the debt ceiling. “You missed your opportunity on that,” the president told him.

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Sounds like a president who knows he has a mandate. Let's hope he keeps acting like he does.

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More fun here.


VIDEO: "John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job." Sources say Paul Ryan may replace him.


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True to form, Rachel Maddow does her usual excellent job, this time by putting the House of Representatives' last few years into perspective for us by chronicling John Boehner's bad-at-his-jobitude:

"You counted wrong... You had to shut everything down at emergency speed."

"Nancy Pelosi never lost a vote. She never once got so confused and lost such control of the group she was supposed to be leading that she did not know what they were going to do... She was good at her job. John Boehner is not good at his job."

"John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job."

"Is his job, in fact, impossible?"

"If... Republicans in Washington are... incapable of making governing policy.. then... this is a problem for which we may need to find the serenity, and the certainty, that it will not change."

The Boehner has a limp caucus. Yes, it's true, he he has lost control of his own caucus. Should this condition last longer than four hours years, it may be time to get help. And despite his apparent reliance on prayers like this one, he clearly needs stronger medicine:

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In fact, Sources say Paul Ryan may replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House (h/t: Gateway Pundit):

One thing did surprise me a little: Rachel's concern about falling off the fiscal curb. I thought she'd be more of an "Oh, just let it happen" type.


"Look, up in the sky! It's a 'fiscal cliff.' It's a slope. It's an obstacle course... it's a lamebrained package of economic depressants."


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Stephanie Kelton is an associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the founder and editor of New Economic Perspectives. She has a good op-ed in today's L.A. Times, and it goes a little something like this:

Look, up in the sky! It's a "fiscal cliff." It's a slope. It's an obstacle course.

The truth is, it doesn't really matter what we call it. It only matters what it is: a lamebrained package of economic depressants bearing down on a lame-duck Congress. [...]

We tend to forget that one person's spending becomes another person's income. At its most basic level, macroeconomics teaches that spending creates income, income creates sales and sales create jobs. And creating jobs is what we need to do. Until the fiscal cliff distracted us, we all understood that. [...]

So in our current circumstance — a growing but fragile economy — policymakers are wrong to focus on the fact that there is a deficit. It's just a symptom. [...]

We do not have a debt crisis, and our deficit is not a national disgrace. We are not at the mercy of the Chinese, and we're in no danger of becoming Greece. That's because the U.S. government is not like a household, or a private business, or a municipality, or a country in the Eurozone. [...] [L]awmakers should be haggling over how to use the tool of a federal deficit to boost incomes, employment and growth. That's the balancing act we need.

That's a whole lot of fancy myth bustin' sprinkled with wisdom and iced with truth.

So why isn't Congress getting this again?

Please read the entire piece here.

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