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Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:25 PM

Democrat Laughs in Do-Nothing John Boehner’s Face For Suing Obama



Democrat Laughs in Do-Nothing John Boehner’s Face For Suing Obama
By: Sarah Jones
Wednesday, June, 25th, 2014, 6:05 pm


Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) seems to have found Speaker Boehner’s hubris hard to swallow today.

On the heels of Boehner’s announcement that the Republican Party will be doing what it always does when a Democrat is in office — sue and try to impeach (after obstruction and ginning up scandals) — Pocan laughed in Boehner’s face with a statement denouncing the Speaker for his historically lazy House that tried to shut the government down just last year.

“With Speaker Boehner and the Tea Party at the helm, this Congress has failed to act on vital legislation to help improve the lives of Americans. The same Speaker who allowed the government to shut down last October, now intends to sue the President of the United States for acting while Congress has not, instead voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act 54 times and turning the tragedy in Benghazi into a manufactured scandal.

“In fact, the least productive Congress in modern history – the so-called ‘Do-nothing Congress’ of 1948 – passed 350 bills in their first year; this Congress passed fewer than 100 bills in its first year. It is ironic the Speaker would sue the President for doing his job while the House of Representatives fails to do its job.

“Speaker Boehner is allowing the Tea Party tail to wag the dog. It is clear he has chosen to be the Speaker for the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party. Unfortunately, this Republican controlled House of Representatives has no intention of actually governing and will continue to block any effort by President Obama at the expense of our constituents.”


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Reply Democrat Laughs in Do-Nothing John Boehner’s Face For Suing Obama (Original post)
babylonsister Jun 2014 OP
kelliekat44 Jun 2014 #1
Louisiana1976 Jun 2014 #3
randys1 Jun 2014 #51
cstanleytech Jun 2014 #14
Cha Jun 2014 #19
bayareaboy Jun 2014 #47
WHEN CRABS ROAR Jun 2014 #50
Jamaal510 Jun 2014 #31
Aerows Jun 2014 #52
gratuitous Jun 2014 #2
freshwest Jun 2014 #7
gratuitous Jun 2014 #9
eridani Jun 2014 #33
Scarsdale Jun 2014 #37
Plucketeer Jun 2014 #44
Beartracks Jun 2014 #49
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2014 #13
mountain grammy Jun 2014 #24
bigwillq Jun 2014 #4
freshwest Jun 2014 #5
sheshe2 Jun 2014 #18
darrymaine Jun 2014 #6
William769 Jun 2014 #8
movonne Jun 2014 #12
Cha Jun 2014 #21
cui bono Jun 2014 #28
Scarsdale Jun 2014 #38
cui bono Jun 2014 #57
Scuba Jun 2014 #16
totodeinhere Jun 2014 #23
yodermon Jun 2014 #26
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2014 #10
hue Jun 2014 #42
rocktivity Jun 2014 #11
Scuba Jun 2014 #15
rpannier Jun 2014 #17
Cha Jun 2014 #20
Iliyah Jun 2014 #22
Cha Jun 2014 #25
lordsummerisle Jun 2014 #27
Iliyah Jun 2014 #29
Uncle Joe Jun 2014 #30
ffr Jun 2014 #32
B Calm Jun 2014 #34
gademocrat7 Jun 2014 #35
Scarsdale Jun 2014 #36
grahamhgreen Jun 2014 #39
B Calm Jun 2014 #43
AllyCat Jun 2014 #40
hue Jun 2014 #41
QuestForSense Jun 2014 #45
HenryWallace Jun 2014 #46
pam4water Jun 2014 #48
WinstonSmith4740 Jun 2014 #53
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:27 PM

1. They don't want to "take our country back." They just want to destroy our government. nt

 

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:36 PM

3. Exactly. They don't want the government in a position where it can do good

for people. Thus voting to repeal the ACA 54 times and Benghazi.

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Response to Louisiana1976 (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 02:10 PM

51. The rank and file idiots voting for them, who is barely surviving, needs to starve

for a while, to figure out that a vote for a con is a vote for death...

plain and simple

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:19 PM

14. 100% agree. nt

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:37 PM

19. They want to "take it back" to the freaking stone age.

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Response to Cha (Reply #19)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 11:13 AM

47. How About ...


A Christianized variation of Somalia!

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Response to Cha (Reply #19)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 01:43 PM

50. How about taking it back to the fifties

with our present day civil rights and environmental protections.

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 01:19 AM

31. Unless they mean

"take our country back" to the policies of the 19th century.

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 02:54 PM

52. Oh, they want to "take our country back" alright.

 

They want to take so much of it back that everyone but them and their cronies are poverty stricken to the point of being serfs. Far too many in Washington DC see politics as a path to wealth and power rather than being an honest servant of the people that want prosperity for the whole nation.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:35 PM

2. The only quibble I have with Pocan's statement

The idea that it's the Tea Party tail wagging the Republican dog is debatable. The way the Republicans have been operating over the last three years, they haven't made much of an effort to repudiate the Tea Baggers or distance themselves from that special brand of political lunacy.

Other than that, Pocan's statement is spot on. I wonder if anyone in the popular media will pick up on it? There seems to be one particularly juicy point that even the chucktodds can understand: The current Congress' output versus the infamous "Do-Nothing Congress" of 1948. The 1948 Congress looks positively frenetic compared to Boehner's stewardship over the House.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 07:01 PM

7. It's in keeping with Boehner's motto: 'We're not here to make laws, we're here to repeal them.'

Because... FREEDOM and all of that!

How Freedom Became Tyranny

Rightwing libertarians have turned “freedom” into an excuse for greed and exploitation.

George Monbiot - December 19, 2011

Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses every assault on the lives of the poor, every form of inequality and intrusion to which the 1% subject us. How did libertarianism, once a noble impulse, become synonymous with injustice?

In the name of freedom – freedom from regulation – the banks were permitted to wreck the economy. In the name of freedom, taxes for the super-rich are cut. In the name of freedom, companies lobby to drop the minimum wage and raise working hours. In the same cause, US insurers lobby Congress to thwart effective public healthcare; the government rips up our planning laws; big business trashes the biosphere. This is the freedom of the powerful to exploit the weak, the rich to exploit the poor.

Right-wing libertarianism recognises few legitimate constraints on the power to act, regardless of the impact on the lives of others. In the UK it is forcefully promoted by groups like the TaxPayers’ Alliance, the Adam Smith Institute, the Institute of Economic Affairs and Policy Exchange. Their conception of freedom looks to me like nothing but a justification for greed.

So why have we been been so slow to challenge this concept of liberty? I believe that one of the reasons is as follows. The great political conflict of our age – between neocons and the millionaires and corporations they support on one side and social justice campaigners and environmentalists on the other – has been mischaracterised as a clash between negative and positive freedoms.


More at the link about the meaning of positive and negative freedoms and how the word is being used against us:

http://www.monbiot.com/2011/12/19/how-freedom-became-tyranny/

This is what the Republicans have been about for a long time. The Tea Party just serves as their shock troops to implement their real policy faster.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 07:40 PM

9. "Freedom" has become the code word

Exploitation pretty well captures it. For the privileged few who have successfully gamed the system for the past 35 years, "freedom" has become their go-to word meaning, "We want our privilege cast in amber, never to be lost. The only acceptable change must tilt things even further in our favor."

History teaches us that it never ends well for the exploiters. Our efforts are as much about saving their miserable, worthless carcasses as it is in moving toward a more just, equitable society.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 05:16 AM

33. For a Republican these days, freedom means only the freedom to--

--shit in the reservoir and personally execute anyone who looks at you cross-eyed.

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Response to eridani (Reply #33)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 07:51 AM

37. Crosseyed?

That takes care of both Bachmann and Palin!!

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 10:14 AM

44. YUP!...

 

Freedom - in GOP-speak - is as honest a phrase as "Americans for Prosperity" is about aiming to make all Americans prosperous.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:54 PM

49. Freedom doesn't mean free to do whatever you want to...

... It means freedom from having things done TO you.

Saw that on Twitter the other day.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:14 PM

13. Freedumb

In Boehner's case.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 09:24 PM

24. agree

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:38 PM

4. K and R

 

Props to Mr. Pocan for his statements.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:43 PM

5. Thanks for bringing this. From the link:

In July of 2013, I reported on the Double-Down-Do-Nothings for PoliticusUSA, “You might have thought the 112th Congress’ historic low of 23 legislative items passed at this same last year was the epic fail, but you’ll have to revise that. This 113th Congress has only passed 15 legislative items at the 6 month mark.” None of the 15 legislative items were of any significance, either.

Oh, that was harsh. But then he gets right down to it:

On January first, House Republican leadership unveiled the new House work calendar revealing that the House would only be in session for 97 days prior to Election Day and 112 days through the end of the year. That’s a Do-Noting-Double-Down.

As Jason Easley pointed out earlier today, this lawsuit is all about impeachment proceedings against President Obama. Speaker Boehner denies this, but this is how the Clinton impeachment started. Boehner claims he’s doing this to keep Obama from destroying the integrity of the office, but that claim is laughable given how Republicans rolled out the red carpet for Bush’s gross expansion of executive branch power. It’s okay when other presidents do it, but it’s not okay when Obama does it.


Despicable Kochroaches, the whole bunch of them!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:34 PM

18. Boner and the Boys...

Boehner claims he’s doing this to keep Obama from destroying the integrity of the office, but that claim is laughable given how Republicans rolled out the red carpet for Bush’s gross expansion of executive branch power.


They have already destroyed the "INTEGRITY" of the office. Relentlessly without remorse. I don't know where to start. They are willfully ignorant, cruel beyond reason to the American people and want anyone less than the 1% to be destroyed. Patriots? No they are not. They want to bring America to her knees, that is their objective. They do it with a passionate cruelty, they lost their humanity a long time ago, their souls are dead their bodies just haven't registered that fact yet.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:52 PM

6. Bad

Bad

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Response to darrymaine (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 07:06 PM

8. Welcone to DU.

What's so bad?

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Response to darrymaine (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:12 PM

12. Your first post and that is all you have to say????

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Response to movonne (Reply #12)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 09:09 PM

21. He said it twice though! :)

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Response to Cha (Reply #21)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:19 AM

28. If something's worth saying...

it's worth repeating!

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Response to cui bono (Reply #28)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 07:56 AM

38. Wrong!

These clowns held a meeting while President Obama was being innaugurated, vowing to block anything he tried to do. The FIRST time he was sworn in. What do they think THEY were elected to do - the people's business. They have done only the Koch business, ignoring regular citizens. IF Boehner EVER sobers up, he will owe apologies to us all for the damage he has done, with the help of his cohorts. $$$ definitely trumps a vote it seems.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #38)

Fri Jun 27, 2014, 01:09 PM

57. What??? I think you responded to the wrong post. n/t

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Response to darrymaine (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:24 PM

16. Bad? Bad first post? Bad Pocan?

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #16)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 09:15 PM

23. I'll give the benefit of the doubt and assume they mean "bad Boehner."

And if that's what they mean they are correct.

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Response to darrymaine (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 10:29 PM

26. Shamone!

you know it

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 07:42 PM

10. You're going to make Boehner cry



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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 08:26 AM

42. Lol! Not hard to do since he's stuck in cry-baby mode since forever!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:07 PM

11. Obama can always counter sue.

And maybe we voters can turn into a class action countersuit! If we don't want to wait until November that is!


rocktivity

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:23 PM

15. Mark Pocan is a fine Wisconsin Democrat, of the traditional values wing of the Party.

 

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:30 PM

17. I thought republicans were concerned with frivilous lawsuits?

What happened???

Oh, yeah. Benghazi!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:41 PM

20. Brilliant statement from Rep Mark Pocan of Wisconsin! mahalo babylonsistah~

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 09:13 PM

22. Most of the bills passed by asshole crazy tea bagger house were for

the bidding of their corporate masters and screwing with women's bodies.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 10:27 PM

25. Couple of pertinent Tweet Quotes from Press Sec Josh Earnest on this.. lol

Mark Knoller ✔ @markknoller
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Despite Boehner lawsuit plan, @PressSec says Pres Obama not rethinking his "pen and a phone" strategy to pursue exec actions on his own.
7:35 AM - 25 Jun 2014
18 Retweets

Sabrina @Charmed86
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Josh - I'm looking forward to the republican "taxed funded lawsuit against the President for doing his job" LMAO
7:37 AM - 25 Jun 2014
15 Retweets 7 favorites

TOD

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 10:48 PM

27. K&R n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:21 AM

29. Apparently those 22 million or so e-mails from the Bushies WH

which were conveniently found on Repigs hard drives have been mysterious found and I fear that GOP fear something ugly made pop its ugly head and further expose them what they are which in my opinion is not patriotic.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:41 AM

30. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, babylonsister.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 03:45 AM

32. Ziiiiiing!!

Now that's what I call going on the offensive! Keep exposing those dirty bastards for the lazy money sucking slobs they are.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 07:09 AM

34. Can the American people sue the republican congress?

 

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 07:33 AM

35. K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 07:47 AM

36. Lawsuit

"We, the People"should sue these lazy representatives. They were elected to do a job, which they do not do. All they have done since President Obama was ELECTED by the citizens, is disrupt, waste time. Why should taxpayers be saddled with their medical coverage and pension plan? DEFUND these millionaires, let them pay their own expenses. If not for us, Cheney would have croaked long ago, instead of being all over the TV insulting the President. His snarling face is sickening.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 08:14 AM

39. Answer it with war crime prosecutions.

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #39)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 09:06 AM

43. Bingo!

 

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 08:14 AM

40. Proud to have voted for Pocan every time his name

appeared on the ballot. Thank Rep. Pocan for telling it like it is.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 08:24 AM

41. Great to see Pocan is speaking out & getting some press coverage!! Thanks Pocan!!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 10:26 AM

45. I commend him, but where are the other Dems?

So far, he's a chorus of one. Who's going to remember this the day after tomorrow?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 10:27 AM

46. I'm not an attorney but, .......

 

Won't members of Congress have to sign on to this individually (and not in their capacity as elected officials)?

Are there not penalties for filing frivolous law suits?

Could a counter-suit be filed to recover legal costs?

If these individuals will not stand behind their own actions in regard to this "civil" suit, they need to be called out as the cowards they are!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:11 PM

48. In what court would Boehner be able to sue and on waht standing?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 03:08 PM

53. "...the Speaker would sue the President for doing his job"

Yeah, just like Clinton insisted on using Presidential powers as a Democrat, Obama has taken it to the next level of outrage for the RW loony-tunes, and keeps insisting on being President, not only as a Democrat, but while Black(!), and you know, doing stuff. For the people.

This scene always comes to mind when I picture Boehner running meetings. Just substitute a bottle of scotch for the secretary. Can I get an "Harumph"?!


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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 04:06 PM

54. Well Said...

 

The entire republican party is a neanderthal joke....We should just abolish them.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 05:14 PM

55. BAM! n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 26, 2014, 05:46 PM

56. My nephew's great grandfathers were born in the US

And he was fascinated by the games and cheered on the USA

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