In this series, I will be spotlighting those who I think needs to hold accountable and with this forum will no longer be waiting on the U. S. media to do so. These series will include a “fair and balanced” personal view of each of our elected representatives from both sides of the aisle but to some may appear slightly slanted. It must be remembered that this is a personal view and not representative of any one group or organization. We begin with U.S. House o Representative John Boehner.
I call upon Mr. Boehner to stop with the mischaracterizations of any bill proposed and ask that he form his attacks in a more honest manner. First it must be made very clear that John Boehner can be quite formidable in his pursuits as evidenced in his “first two terms where it was marked by an aggressive campaign to clean-up Congress and make it accountable to the American people” as well as authoring the Pension Protection Act. (www.johnboehner.house.gov). Frankly do not know what happened to this John Boehner and can only assume that it was probably before the constant tanning.
Also in his biography, it list him as a “straight shooter” but I must question that when I hear him say things like this new financial reform bill will create a constant bailout of Wall Street when the bill passed by the House, of which he is a member, and in the discussions of the Senate is the exact opposite. In HR 4173 under the heading of Dissolution Authority and Ending “Too Big to Fail” it “establishes an orderly process for dismantling large, failing financial institutions like AIG or Lehman Brothers in a way that ends bailouts, protect taxpayers and prevents contagion to the rest of the financial system” (wwwfinancialservices.house.gov). It makes me wonder if his statements are questionable on this, how many other statements may be just as questionable.
Other things that Mr. Boehner has participated in are “helping pass legislation allowing school districts to use Title 1 funds for public school choice programs” (www.johnboehner.house.gov) which was supposed to allow parents to choose the schools that they wished their children to attend. That program was not effective in my “neck of the woods” because it went from a choice of parents to a controlled choice by parents. In other words, as a parent I could choose which school I wanted my children to attend but the final choice was made by the school district itself so how was that my choice? Mr. Boehner was “instrumental in crafting the Contract with America” (www.johnboehner.house.gov) and we all know how that turned out. He also “worked with Judd Greg to ensure parental choice provisions in the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act” (www.johnboehner.house.gov). Now we know how successful that program was.
Bottom line, not all who apply for a job and quite capable of handling it can or will maintain that drive necessary to do it right for an extended period of time. We all sometimes forget what we came there to do. I wonder when those who elected these Washington Titans will finally decide to require accountability and responsibility from those that they have elected. We have to begin to see that the power is ours and ours alone, waiting on all of the media to do what we should be doing has so forth been fruitless. All of these people who may be profiled in this series are good people; they just lack the courage of their convictions. It’s up to those who elected them to re-gift that courage. It should never be expected for our elected officials to have all of the answers to the issues this nation faces but it should be expected that they step to the mike and camera with more than just opposition, negativity and what is wrong with the other guy’s suggestion, we should demand that they offers solutions as well.