If Not Boehner, Then Who? We Have Options

From RedState.com, By Ned Ryun, December 10th, 2012 –

If not Boehner, then who?

Obama_BoehnerLast week, American Majority Action kicked off the trending #FireBoehner hastag on Twitter and began to pressure House members to abstain from voting for Speaker.

After speaking with the House Parliamentarian, we discovered the House precedent is actually interpreted to mean an absolute majority of votes cast for a specific candidate. So, House members do nothing by abstaining. However, the core idea remains: Without a majority (50% +1), the House is speakerless.

If neither Boehner nor Pelosi win 50%, the House keeps voting until a new leader arises with a majority.

To get Boehner under 50%, we need to unite behind a candidate—or candidates. We have more than three weeks to choose.

American Majority Action is endorsing Tom Price, Jim Jordan, and Jeb Hensarling as candidates for Speaker and senior leadership. Though Price has announced that he does not plan to run, all three would be a welcome change. All three have been staunch conservatives—standing up against the Bush spending sprees. They have each been in leadership and have significant support in the caucus.

The #FireBoehner movement has become a threat: If Speaker Boehner compromises with Obama and they propose a tax-hike together, Speaker Boehner will be finished.

#FireBoehner started after Boehner proposed a tax-hike and purged four key conservatives from their committees. The movement has had tremendous support so far, and more House members will join our cause if Boehner capitulates.

We cannot raise taxes on our small businesses right now. Any Republican who votes for a tax-hike will be primaried—we can guarantee that.

If Obama continues to force the issue, we agree with Senator Rand Paul: Let Democrats eat the tax-hikes. Republicans should vote “present” and let liberals own these awful polices.

We shouldn’t—conservatives shouldn’t—endorse any policy that will destroy jobs for normal Americans, as tax hikes would. We should be fighting for what works. Frankly, we should be looking at tax cuts. Reagan cut taxes 25% in 1981, during both a recession and fiscal crisis, and by the end of his term: Revenue from the highest bracket doubled, Americans created 20 million jobs, and youth unemployment fell 43%.

That’s what we should be fighting for—not a smaller tax hike.

Boehner be warned.

One response

  1. Senator_Blutarsky

    Any of the 3 would just be rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic……the “Republicans” are not going to DO anything meaningful to reduce the debt and the deficit. The empire is too entrenched, and REAL cuts in the scared ” defense ” or Pentagon budgets will never happen.

    That sacred cow is untouchable, so just enjoy the true fiscal collapse of the republic. And Rumsfeld dodged answer for the missing TRILLIONS in the Pentagon on..tada – Sept 10, 2001.

    “It is upon a reckless people: squalid in their demeanor, stupid and arrogant
    in their politics, economics and military matters; sleazy in their popular culture
    the savage judgment of history will be rendered. The verdict will be guilty.
    The penalty will be death, for the people, the institutions and culture which
    so openly mocks all that is just and true and good about the American Republic.
    Like Rome, we have replaced Republic with Empire and, like Rome, we will pay
    the economic price for our folly.” –
    Doug McIntosh, “The Economic Farce is Ending”

    “The monopoly on use of nuclear weaponry, the cult of the commander in chief, the worldwide network of military bases to maintain nuclear alert and supremacy, the secret intelligence agencies, the entire national security state, the classification and clearance systems, the expansion of state secrets, the withholding of evidence and information, the permanent emergency that has melded World War II with the cold war and the cold war with the “war on terror”—all these make a vast and intricate structure that may not yield to effort at dismantling it. Sixty-eight straight years
    of war emergency powers (1941–2009) have made the abnormal normal,
    and constitutional diminishment the settled order….”

    Garry Wills, “Entangled Giant,” New York Review, 8/8/09

    “In the end Sparta’s narrowness of spirit betrayed even her strength of soul. She descended to the sanctioning of any means to gain a Spartan aim…. Militarism absorbed her, and made her, once so honoured, the hated terror of her neighbours. When she fell, all the nations marvelled but none mourned.”
    Will Durant, The Life of Greece

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