by Mark McCutchan
Saturday night, Speaker of the House John Boehner said “No” to a deal that would have cut $4 trillion from our federal debt - a major reversal of what the GOP leader has said was their main goal.
President Obama has bent over backwards to accommodate the GOP Right Wing even upsetting his Democratic and progressive base by putting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid on the negotiating table. The total amounts to $3 trillion in spending cuts, if Republicans would agree to $1 trillion in removing tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy – a 3:1 ratio in Mr. Boehner’s favor. Still he said, “No deal”.
Why would the GOP turn down a win on their goals of cutting debt reduction and entitlement programs?
Because John Boehner cannot count on support from 235 of his House Republicans! These radical members of Congress have decided it is more important to pledge allegiance to Grover Norquist the so-called Americans for Tax Reform by signing the No Taxes, Ever, Under Any Circumstances Even It Means Throwing the Country Into Default pledge.
Ohio Congressmen Bill Johnson and Bob Gibbs who represent the 6th and 18th Congressional Districts are two of Ohio’s more radical politicians having been elected with help from the so-called Tea Party. Both have chosen to protect corporations and the wealthy rather than defend the best interests of their constituents and our country to reduce the federal debt, because removing tax loopholes would mean wealthy individuals and corporations finally have to pay their fair share.