Boehner on Dems: ‘They’re snuffing out the America that I grew up in’




Two words that should scare all of us: Speaker Boehner.

“They’re snuffing out the America that I grew up in,” Boehner said. “Right now, we’ve got more Americans engaged in their government than at any time in our history. There’s a political rebellion brewing, and I don’t think we’ve seen anything like it since 1776.”

And, he’s unabashed about proclaiming his anti-health care reform and pro-Wall Street agenda:

If Republicans retake control of the House, Boehner promised a vote on a bill repealing the health care law and replacing it with a scaled-down package of tax breaks and court reforms. Democrats likely would maintain control of the Senate, and Obama could veto the proposal, all but eliminating its chances of succeeding.

“We are going to do everything we can to make sure that this law and this program never really takes effect,” Boehner said. One option would be to repeal the $534 billion in Medicare cuts, which pay for more than half of the law’s provisions. “They’re going to need money from the Congress to hire these 20,000-plus bureaucrats they need to hire to make this program work. They’re not going to get one dime from us.”

Boehner criticized the financial regulatory overhaul compromise reached last week between House and Senate negotiators as an overreaction to the financial crisis that triggered the recession. The bill would tighten restrictions on lending, create a consumer protection agency with broad oversight power and give the government an orderly way to dissolve the largest financial institutions if they run out of money.

That “political rebellion” of which Boehner speaks is allegedly about anger towards the establishment. Much of that anger has been aimed at Wall Street. Yet, you can bet Wall Street bankers are pouring money into the GOP’s coffers. Wall Street bankers know they’ll be the biggest beneficiaries of a GOP-controlled House. And, they’re the ones who snuffed out the American dream for many families in this country.


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