Friday, February 03, 2006

John Boehner the son Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay Never Had

It appears I was more exhausted than I thought yesterday. I received a lot of e-mails and even a couple of calls asking why I support John Boehner. Let’s clear up two things. One, how did some of you get my phone number? And two, his name is pronounced Bay-Ner not Boner.

That being said, John Boehner (Bay-ner) is being framed as the republican solution to corruption. He is not however, not corrupt. This is why the Republican Party is and has facilitated a growing culture of corruption.

Boehner rose to power inside the Gingrich Revolution in the early and mid 90’s becoming the number 4 man as the House Conference Chair. His fall from grace is because of his close ties to Newt Gingrich after (oddly) ethics problems began to plague then Speaker. However, his fall wasn’t that far or that long lasting. In his 18th year as a Congressman, Boehner was currently serving as Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt’s right hand man as the Majority Whip- the third position in the Republican hierarchy.

He was relegated to a backseat leadership position and was instrumental in passing legislation that came to be known as No Child Left Behind. He continued to clean up his act by launching a PAC (The Freedom Project) that is well known for buying political favors (something not uncommon in DC). As one blogger put it, the scheme that Boehner has put together is striking similar to DeLay’s TRMPAC.

Boehner’s real claim to fame is the fact that once in the late 90’s he actually walked on to the floor of congress and passed out lobbying checks that came from tobacco companies.

John Boehner is literally more of the same. He is as corrupt as all of the other leaders because he is one of them. If the Republicans had wanted real change, then they would have voted for John Shdegg of Arizona (who received 40 votes in the first ballot).

Replacing a corrupt politician with a politician currently being corrupted is the same thing.


At 2:11 PM, Blogger P.M.Bryant said...

Now this I can understand. Excellent summary.

The GOP leadership is entirely the same as it was last year, except that the #2 man has been indicted and replaced by a fellow you describe above.

This is supposed to be "cleaning house"?


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