Monday massacre: Boehner purges fiscal conservatives from key committees as he prepares unconditional surrender to Obama

Because that's clearly the message of the last election, right? That Americans don't want fiscal responsibility.

Roll Call:
Speaker John A. Boehner initiated today a small purge of rebellious Republicans — mostly conservatives — from prominent committees; it’s the latest instance of the Ohio Republican’s clamping down on his fractious conference.

The decisions were made by the GOP Steering Committee at a Monday meeting, which reviewed a spreadsheet listing each GOP lawmaker and how often he or she had voted with leadership, three sources said.

Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina were booted from the Financial Services Committee. Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas were removed from the Budget Committee.

According to a source, Schweikert was told that he was ousted in part because his “votes were not in lockstep with leadership.”


All of the lawmakers other than Jones were rebellious right-wingers. Huelskamp and Amash, for instance, both voted against the budget proposed by Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin in committee and on the floor, because it did not cut spending fast enough. They also voted against the current continuing resolution that is funding the government through the end of March.
As a new Washington Post poll confirms, the MSM wing of the Democratic Party has the masses primed to blame Republicans for any breakdown in talks. Obama knows this, so he is negotiating in bad faith and offering nothing. Boehner knows this too, so he is preparing to unconditionally surrender just as he has at every other opportunity.

We will get tax increases that raise a trivial amount of money relative to the deficit, no real spending cuts or entitlement reform, and no path to fiscal sustainability. Thanks, Boehner.


Left Coast Rebel said...

Why is it that only you and I have beating the drum re: Boner the last 2 years or so? None of this comes as a surprise to me. The upside here is that Boner may put the final nail in the GOP coffin - and that would be a great thing for America.

Negocios Loucos said...

Nail in the GOP coffin?!? I'm pretty sure the Democratic party still has some legs....

Boner is whore.

Doo Doo Econ said...

It is pretty awsome to see that absolutely no one in Washington represents me. Progressing toward slavery!

Kenny Bing said...

"Americans don't want fiscal responsibility"

You gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to get one over on W.C.

The majority does not want the discomfort that would come from showing fiscal responsibility. If it was easy, everyone would do it...no different than riding that damned bicycle everywhere... Look around - look at all the people who have completely abandoned any sort of self control where dietary responsibility is concerned... Sometimes, the best thing that can happen to a drug addict or an alcoholic is for them to hit rock bottom (so long as the experience doesn't kill them). That's the only thing that makes them change their ways. So belly up to the bar America! Let's have a vodka sunrise and a fucking Twinkie.

Happy Super Tuesday!