Letter to Mr. Boehner: Knock It Off With the Fait Accompli Nonsense


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Today, I read an article that quoted the following:

“The Democrats think they benefit from a government shutdown. I agree,” Boehner said during a closed-door, 90-minute meeting on House Republicans on Monday night, according to several lawmakers who attended the session.

Boehner’s opinion was quickly backed up GOP lawmakers who were serving in Congress during 1995, when former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) squared off with then-President Bill Clinton by shutting down the government twice. Reps. Don Young (Alaska), Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) and Buck McKeon (Calif.) — a close ally — supported Boehner’s position. Dozens of other Republicans rallied to support Boehner as well, in a moment that one GOP insider called a “turning point” for House Republicans”

Just one major flaw in this line of logic….This is not 1995.  This is 2011.

In 1995, the U.S. deficit was approximately $5 trillion.  In 2011, the U.S. deficit is approximately 14 trillion dollars with politicians trying to raise the cap on the debt spending limit.

In 1995, the U.S. trade deficit stood at approximately $153 billion.  By 2010, the U.S trade deficit had increased to $500 billion.

In 2011, we have more than 50 million people receiving Medicaid.  Over 40 million people are receiving food stamps.  Close to 10 million people are receiving extended unemployment benefits.  More than 4.4 million people are on welfare.  We have 22.5 million government employees. We are involved in three separate wars.  We have duplicate agencies that we don’t need to have to begin with.  We have irresponsible legislators who spend money faster than water can move through a sieve.

All of the preceding are being paid with public funds.

We can’t keep going on this way, Mr. Boehner.  In a report generated by the IMF last year, they pointed out that if we continue on the current course our nation is taking, our debt will reach 100% of GDP by 2015.  It was made extremely plain that this is what will happen if we continue to follow the course of action that has been set out by President Obama.  The word of the IMF may not mean that much to certain segments of Americans, but we can count on it that our creditors will be considering what the IMF has to say.

We have to reduce the deficit.  There is no other way.

You aren’t helping us any by making these fait accompli comments that project failure for Republicans based on events that occurred in 1995.  You’re giving our opponents a means of undermining us.  If you don’t believe that to be truth, then check out this, this, this, and this.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This is not 1995.  This is 2011.  Past isn’t always prelude, Mr. Boehner, and history doesn’t always repeat itself.

So knock it off with the fait accompli nonsense.

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April 7, 2011 8:54 am

Great post, Lineholder. Yes, the painful reality that this isn’t 1995 is going to become evident within a very short time.

April 7, 2011 11:08 am

Great post…great analysis…great research, lineholder.

Instead of this fait accompli attitude, we (as in our ‘leadership’) should be out every day with the easiest PR job in history:

“If you’re wondering why we’re at this place, I’d invite you to look to the Democrats. This is the budget that *they* were responsible for passing when the controlled *all* of the levers of power. They punted on it then…they continue to punt on it now.”

All day…every day.

April 7, 2011 11:24 am

Excellent lineholder. I find myself often discouraged and encouraged by Boehner all in the same day.

redneck hippie
April 7, 2011 11:44 am

You knocked it out of the park, LH. We Americans must call out this craven behavior. Thanks for researching and writing on this topic. With the liklihood of a shutdown at 50-50 right now, I find myself resigned to the fact that leadership will not have the fight in them to let it happen.

Way to go.

April 7, 2011 12:29 pm

Bravo, LH! Also, in 1995 the regulatory regime of tyranny wasn’t as obviously brash and brutal as it is in 2011, thanks to the O Team.