“If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject
are in accord, put division between them,” suggested Sun Tzu in theArt of War.
Speaker John Boehner gets half of that concept right. He excels at
creating division on his own side. He just has a hard time when it comes
to dividing the other side.
Polling data released by FreedomWorks on Wednesday offers some guidance as to how Republicans
ought to govern if they want to be on voters’ side before the next
Liberals and establishment Republicans often talk about partisanship
in Washington, lamenting that there are not enough people working
together to grow the size of government. In a lot of ways, that
complaint is like peeing in navy blue pants. It’s warm and may make the
wearer feel good, but no one can see it.
The complaints come to
mind in the wake of Wednesday’s passage of a $1.1 trillion omnibus
spending bill in the House, which funds ObamaCare and passed by a vote
As the senior member of Minnesota’s Republican congressional
delegation, Rep. John Kline has amassed considerable clout over the years. He
is generally thought to have a close relationship with House Speaker John
Boehner. As the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the
Workforce, that relationship appears to have paid off.
With the political capital he has
accumulated, you might expect that he has even more influence than other
members to help Republicans to limit the explosive growth of the federal
Authored for FreedomWorks. (As it turned out, Boehner did violate the Hastert Rule for an eighth time on October 16.) Will House Speaker John Boehner need to rely on more Democrats than
Republicans in order to pass President Obama’s through Congress –
violating what is known as the Hastert Rule? It would be the sixth
occasion since he assumed the speakership in 2011, and his seventh
attempt. If a cancelled attempt to pass Obamacare funding on Tuesday is included, it would be the eighth.
John McCain and Tom Harkin kvetched recently
that the Senate had become too partisan; Sen. Harkin warned in hushed tones
that it was “very dangerous… every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the
Union before the Civil War.” Presumably they were talking about conservatives
who oppose ObamaCare. Let us examine why, contrary to the kvetching of these
two failed presidential candidates, ObamaCare has enjoyed more than enough
bipartisan support from Republican congressional leadership.
Authored for FreedomWorks. (In less than two days this post has achieved more than 1,100 Facebook likes -- and the number is still rising. Remember the names.)
With Sen. Ted Cruz fighting Obamacare this week “until he can’t
stand,” it is a timely occasion to remember which Republicans have been
working with Democrats to knock Sen. Cruz down.
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
The second-term former MTV star complained on Friday that he and his friends in the House had “kept a lid on our
anger” at Sen.
On Monday afternoon, United
States Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) announced he was suing six members of the House for allegedly mishandling Ethics Committee proceedings that led to his censure. The decision means that more tax dollars will need to be spent on building and promoting Rangel’s legacy.
In December 2010, a Democratically-controlled House voted to censure Rep. Charles Rangel on 11 counts of financial wrongdoing. Among the charges were that he had concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in income, filed misleading financial disclosure reports with the IRS, improperly
The 22-person list of congressional memberswho voted againstSpeaker Boehner's budget legislation deserve to be thanked. (Two of them were from my own state of Minnesota: Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack. South Carolina had us beat, though, as all five of their Republicans opposed the legislation.) I would not have necessarily voted against his final product, which included a balanced budget amendment. However, if those 22 members believe that Republicans could get a better end result by proposing an even better package, I am happy to stand behind them.