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From the Desk of the Speaker


“If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs, which is critical to solving our debt,”

- Speaker of the House, John Boehner

Speaker Boehner Stands up for DC Students


…from the Washington Post

President Obama did not request any funding for the District’s Opportunity Scholarship Program in his fiscal 2013 budget, and the program’s biggest backers on Capitol Hill want the White House to know that they took notice.

In a letter sent to Obama on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said they were “very disappointed” by Obama’s decision, contending that the program “is a critically important part of K-12 education in the District of Columbia.” more…

Quote of the Day


“Mr. Boehner comes out and says, Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using a salad fork for your entree, that’s inappropriate. Not this stuff. I mean, and Rick Santorum says well, what he says was absurd, but an entertainer is allowed to be absurd. No. It is the responsibility of conservatives to police the right in its excesses, just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses in their own side. And it was depressing, because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

– George Will, on This Week, ripping Republican leaders for their weak response to Rush Limbaugh calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut.”

Obama’s Pending Jobs Speech


For anyone who is currently following the 2012 campaign, it was obvious from the moment it was announced yesterday why the White House picked next Wednesday for the President to give his address to the nation about his jobs plan.

They want to show President Obama talking about jobs and the economy while the GOP contenders are talking about politics.

More concertedly, the White House surely wants to rain on the Perry parade and blunt his momentum.

Both NBC and Politico, the sponsors of next week’s debate at the Reagan Library were moving ahead with the debate, but were likely to have adjusted the start time around Obama’s speech.

In a gutsy move that easily prevailed, Speaker Boehner offered an alternative date for the President.  The blogosphere and Twitterverse immediately went apoplectic.  Democratic consultant Donna Brazile tweeted, @donnabrazile “Here we go again. The President is asking for a Joint Session to discuss jobs, jobs, jobs. And how did Mr Boehner reply? Just say no.”

Of course Boehner didn’t just say no, he merely proposed another date. The Left is so quick to be disingenuous.

But here’s a question for Ms. Brazile and her cohorts: For the last year and a half, the President has said that he was going to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs; even creating the President’s Council on Jobs & Competitiveness, where he admitted that those “shovel-ready projects weren’t so shovel-ready.”  What’s become of this council?  Why have they only had two meetings?  Why wasn’t this speech performed given two weeks ago when he first said he had a plan?  If it is so important for this speech to be delivered, why didn’t they do so BEFORE he went on vacation?

But let’s look at the real problem.  The White House has done a poor job rolling out this campaign speech.  They hyped it too early.  They waited too long.

The White House says Thursday won’t work because of football.  But then they capitulate.  Did they really think that if people won’t watch the President give another speech because of football they will watch him over Wipe Out or a rerun of House?  Or will images of the President vacationing and golfing in Martha’s Vineyard still be etched in people’s minds?

To many, it’s a mute point, as liberal blogger Matthew Yglesias tweeted, @mattyglesias “EXCLUSIVE: No matter which day Obama delivers its speech, ratings will be low and impact minimal.”  Smells like the bigotry of low expectations to me.

Speaker Invokes Constitution


Recounting what he said to President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner said the following…

“As I read the Constitution, the Congress writes the laws and you get to decide what you want to sign.”

Agree with his politics or not, this is a spot on factual statement. And one I am proud to associate myself with.

Politicizing the Shooting of Rep. Giffords


Before this weekend, I didn’t know much of Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords.  I knew she was a Democrat, and I knew she was from Arizona.  Then early Saturday afternoon, I started hearing reports of a shooting in Arizona.  My first instinct was to send a tweet to my two good friends out there to warn them to stay away from all Safeways today.

Then I learned that among those shot was Congresswoman from the 8th District.  In the head at point blank range.  My first thoughts were to say a little prayer for everyone involved.  Then I wanted to know more about the shooting and the Congresswoman.

Rep. Giffords is a blue dog Democrat.  She’s a staunch defender of the Second Amendment.  She supports an immigration overhaul that would stiffen border security, impose tougher penalties against employers who hire illegal immigrants and create a guest worker program allowing foreign citizens to work seasonally in the United States.  And when it was time to vote for Speaker of the 112th Congress, Rep. Giffords was one of 19 Democrats who did not vote for Nancy Pelosi.

These killings are an unspeakable tragedy.  And we may never learn the real motives behind this horrific event.  This was not a political act.  It was an assassination attempt.  Just days ago, we were all lauding the images of a peaceful transfer of power in the House of Representatives from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to the newly elected Speaker John Boehner.  We marveled and even reminisced about President Obama’s swearing in as the 44th President and the peaceful transfer of power from George W. Bush.

That’s how we solve things in America.  We have elections, we fight, we vote, and hopefully, our guy (gal) comes out on top.  If not, we regroup and plan for the next election cycle.  What we do not do is go out and shoot people because they have different political views.

Immediately after the news reports were buzzing, some started politicizing the events.  These morons will stoop to any level to attempt to make a political point.  But in doing so, they only show how insignificant they truly are.  Knee jerk reactions blaming one side or another are simply pathetic.

The first person attacked from the left was Sarah Palin.  Everyone from The Daily Kos to Rep. Chris Van Hollen went after Palin for using images of cross hairs, bulls eyes and such, until it was uncovered that Van Hollen’s Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee website had similar images for the last two election cycles.  I don’t even think Markos Moulitsas realizes that back in June of 2008, he himself put a bulls eye on the district of many suspect Democrats, including Giffords.

The reality is that both sides are guilty of this vitriol.  There are crazy people on both sides.  Using their own twisted logic, Palin is as much to blame as Jesse Jackson, because the shooter is said to be anti-Semitic.  It was former Congressman Alan Grayson who said his opponent was a member of the Taliban.

During the presidential campaign back in 2008, then-Senator Obama said “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”  So should we now blame the President of the United States?  Of course not.  That would be puerile.

The media does its own share of engaging in this level of speech.  How many times do you hear the media talk about battlegound states, like the presidential campaign is a war.

When there’s actual evidence that Jared Loughner was motivated by someone’s political rhetoric, I’ll consider people lecturing to tone it down.

Of course, we will shortly revisit the debate of gun control.  And that is fine.  As long as it is a sensible one based on facts and statistics, and not on emotions.

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