Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was on ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday. He defended the fact that Congress is doing nothing, and confirmed that he doesn’t know what his job is.
The man or woman elected ‘Speaker of the House of Representatives’ has a job. His or her job is to find a way to pass necessary legislation, to find a way to ensure the people of the United States are represented in Washington. John Boehner is not aware of this.
Boehner’s sole purpose is the Republican Party’s agenda, and they don’t seem to have one. They could be renamed the ‘obstructionist party.’ Division within the GOP will guarantee two more years of a ‘do absolutely nothing’ congress. And Boehner has not displayed one iota of leadership ability.
On ‘Face the Nation,’ he did admit that immigration reform is critical to our nation’s future. He also admitted that he doesn’t know how to fix it, although he trashed the Senate version.
“The legal immigration system’s broken,” he said Sunday on “Face the Nation.” “We have a problem with 11 million people who are here without documents – 40 percent of them, by the way, came here as legal immigrants. So we’ve got a very big problem.”
True to his usual style, he avoided directly answering questions. He was asked if he would allow the House to vote on a bill which allowed a pathway to citizenship. This was his non-answer:
“It is not about me,” he said. “This is about allowing the House to work its will.”
He once again proved that he does not know his job. The House of Representatives is intended to be the ‘people’s chamber;’ it is not supposed to be a political arena. If they followed the will of the people, polls show 59 percent want immigration reform, including a path to citizenship.
Confronted with the fact that without a path to citizenship, an immigration bill is not likely to pass, he once again demonstrated his lack of leadership, and why he is the most ineffectual Speaker in history.
“I’m not going to predict what’s going to be on the floor and what isn’t going to be on the floor, and that’s what you’re asking me to do. I can’t do that, and I don’t want to do that,” he said. “What I committed to when I became speaker was to a more open and fair process. And as difficult as this issue is, me taking a hard position for or against some of these issues will make it harder for us to get a bill.”
Boehner continues to be non-committal, the exact opposite of what the Speaker of the House is supposed to do.
One thing we can be certain of, Boehner lives in a state of denial. He continually talks about ‘the will of the people,’ but votes against it. He must have been out of the country when the poll showed Congress’ favorability rating at 10 percent.
“I’ve watched a number of speakers during my tenure here in Congress,” he said, “and I can talk about what happened just before I became speaker. All the bills were written in the speaker’s office. Those bills all turned out to be very unpopular.”
“Yeah, I’ve got certain things that I’d like to see accomplished, but this is not going to be about me,” he said. “If we’re listening to the American people and we’re following their will, our House will work just fine.”
The Republican Party has made many poor choices in the last two decades, but electing Boehner as Speaker was one of the worst. Boehner has no idea what his job is.
Alfred James reporting