Speaker of the House John Boehner is playing “hardball” in regards to budget cuts, trying to please the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives.
At the same time, the Catholic practicing Boehner is facing severe, vehement opposition from Catholic scholars and activists, including clergy, who accuse him of working against the poor, the sick, the elderly, and therefore defying Church teachings.
So Boehner is between the proverbial “devil and the deep blue sea”!
No matter what he says or does, he engenders strong, insistent opposition that undermines his leadership. He does not seem to be a “happy camper”, as he attempts to negotiate the minefield of keeping the Republican Party on message, and yet not coming across as mean, nasty, hard hearted, uncaring, as that not only affects his relationship with fellow Catholics, but with the general public, which clearly does not want massive budget cuts in the trillions of dollars, as Boehner is advocating and demanding for a budget deal to avoid a debt limit crisis this summer.
About a week ago, the five major oil company executives appeared before a Senate committee to defend their right to retain government tax breaks, despite all time profits in the industry, as oil and gasoline prices continue to rise.
There was outrage that the executives, or at least the Conoco Phillips CEO, said it was “UnAmerican” to take away the billions of dollars of subsidies, at a time of budget deficits and the nation on the brink of a showdown on raising the debt limit.
Particularly notable was the condemnation of the industry leaders by Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, whose great grandfather was the original oil baron, John D. Rockefeller, the so called “Robber Baron” of the late 19th and early 20th century!
It was a wonder to behold Senator Rockefeller being outraged at the abuses of the industry! It brought back memories of the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, which so much resembles what has been going on in America since the Age of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s!
Speaker of the House John Boehner is facing a major crisis within his House membership, the fact that most of the freshmen Republicans are much more extreme to the right of center than he is, and are demanding unreasonable budget cuts for the present fiscal year, and preventing a final agreement to avoid a government shutdown!
The Democrats have gone more than half way on compromise, but refuse to make concessions on funding programs that Barack Obama had fought for over the past two years.
But the Tea Party element in the GOP is demanding total surrender, even though the GOP controls only one half of one third of the federal government!
This is a sign of the disaster waiting us if the GOP somehow gains control of both houses of Congress and the White House in the 2012 election cycle!
It is a warning to all Americans to be vigilant, pay attention, learn the issues, stop reacting emotionally to social questions such as gay rights and abortion, and vote your own economic interests, which unless you are wealthy, means you should be voting for the Democratic Party, the party of the people, rather than property and wealth which the GOP represents!
If one cannot see that fact as truth, then the American republic is doomed in the long run as the wealthy plutocracy ends all semblance of democracy in America!