Speaker Boehner’s Manufactured Crises Quarterly: Fall Edition

A new poll out today should give pause to Speaker Boehner and Republicans in the House and Senate:

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job and more than half (52 percent) of Republicans say the leadership of the Republican Party is taking the party in the wrong direction.

It’s really no wonder Americans are so sour on Congress.

Speaker Boehner and the GOP think they should be paid by American taxpayers to undo the work of previous Congresses and Presidents and not to improve the lives of middle class families, strengthen the economy for small businesses or foster job creation for American workers. From CBS’ Face the Nation:

Boehner: “…we should not be judged by how many new laws we create.  We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal.”

Rather than appointing conferees to work with the Senate on a budget and a solution to replace the sequester, Speaker Boehner today threatened to let the federal government default if the GOP doesn’t get their way. From @frankthorpNBC: 

Boehner: “We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending, it’s as simple as that.”

Boehner isn’t alone.  Senate Republicans are threatening to shut the government down if they can’t repeal the patient protections and budget savings in the Affordable Care Act. From The Hill:

Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership, are coalescing around a proposal to block any government funding resolution that includes money for the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act…

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the leader of the Senate effort, predicts the vast majority of the Senate Republican Conference will back his plan, giving him enough votes to sustain a filibuster of a stopgap spending measure…

Several influential members of the Republican conference are backing the controversial tactic, including Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) and Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the second- and third-ranking members of the GOP leadership, respectively. [7/23]

The GOP’s drive to threaten dysfunction and obstruction at every turn might sound good in their echo chamber – but the truth is the American people want their government to work for them not against them.

Americans are looking for job creation and economic growth.  House Democrats are ready to get to work and get the job done.

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