John A. Boehner

Who Are You Calling Unreasonable?
September 27, 2011

Prominent pundits still insist on writing as if the failure to strike a compromise on economic policy reflects intransigence and extremism from both parties. Yes, Mr. Friedman, I'm looking at you. With that in mind, pause and consider the following, entirely accurate context paragraph from a story about the new deficit commission that appeared in Monday's New York Times: Last week began with contradictory markers from President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner. Mr. Boehner reiterated that Republicans would oppose any tax increases, and then Mr.

What's John Boehner Up To?
July 24, 2011

The White House has really drawn just one bright line in the debt ceiling debate -- it won't sign a short-term extension. The reason is that resolving the issue will only get harder as the election draws nearer, and the window for a market panic widens. So John Boehner has unveiled his plan and it's... apparently a short-term extension of the debt ceiling: In a conference call with House Republicans, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called for the party to unify behind a plan that he declined to detail, saying he would provide more information when lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday.

The Doomed Grand Bargain Dies
July 09, 2011

Who could have seen this coming? House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) abandoned efforts Saturday night to reach a comprehesive debt-reduction deal worth more than $4 trillion in savings, telling President Obama that a mid-size package was the only politically possible alternative to avoid a first-ever default on the nation’s mounting national debt. Oh, wait -- I did! (Sorry for the obnoxious self-back-patting -- I don't really have any commentary on this other than to refer to my previous item explaining why the demise of the Grand Bargain was inevitable.

The GOP's Economist Du Jour, A History
March 01, 2011

The debate over whether, and how much, the House GOP budget would reduce employment is a battle of economists: The budget debate in Washington isn't just President Obama's vision against that of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), but Mark Zandi versus John B. Taylor. ... Republicans responded later in the day by sending out a blog post by Taylor, a professor of economics at Stanford whose views they frequently invoke. John Taylor is the man Republicans use to back up their unconventional fiscal program.

House Votes To Cancel Extra Jet Engine
February 16, 2011

Now we're getting somewhere: In a sign that some freshman Republicans were willing to cut military spending, the House voted 233-198 on Wednesday to cancel an alternate fighter jet engine that the Bush and Obama administrations had tried to kill for the last five years. The vote marked another instance in which some of the new legislators, including members of the Tea Party, broke ranks with the House speaker,John A. Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, where the engine provided more than 1,000 jobs.  For Boehner, it has to be a little frightening to lose control of a vote so early in his tenure.

The GOP's Referendum Strategy
July 19, 2010

The Republican Party is having an internal debate over whether, or to what degree, it should make public its policy agenda: Sometime after Labor Day, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner plans to unveil a blueprint of what Republicans will do if they take back control of the chamber. He promises it will be a full plate of policy proposals that will give voters a clear sense of how they would govern. But will Republicans actually want to run on those ideas -- or any ideas? Behind the scenes, many are being urged to ignore the leaders and do just the opposite: avoid issues at all costs.

Liberal Fascism Arrives
March 24, 2010

Conservatives are not taking the passage of health care reform well. Former Newt Gingrich spokesman Tony Blankley: What House Minority Leader John A. Boehner has called the Battle of Capitol Hill is over. I expect that the Battle of the Electorate is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of a nonsocialist America. Upon it depends our own American way of life and the long continuity of our institutions and our history.