Boehner Embarrasses GOP by Giving Americans the Perfect Reason to Doubt ‘Balanced Budget’ Proposal

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In case you haven’t heard, a few days ago Republicans in the House and Senate came together and passed a budget that stands no chance at ever being signed by the president bill that promises to balance the budget in 10 years. Naturally, it’s more of the same rhetoric we’ve all come to expect from Republicans:

  • Tax cuts for the rich.
  • More military spending.
  • Massive cuts to programs on which 98 percent of Americans rely.
  • Deregulation.

They’re nothing if not predictable.

Naturally, this proposal is dead on arrival as there’s absolutely no way President Obama is going to sign it. These are the times where conservative voters truly prove their ignorance about how our government works. Being that Republicans need President Obama to sign off on any budget they would propose, it should go without saying that they need to send him a budget that he’ll sign. Otherwise all of this is nothing more than pointless political theater.

Well, Republicans have been quick to pat themselves on the back for passing the first balanced budget since 2001. Even John Boehner took to Twitter to brag about the “momentous occasion”:

The problem is, I can’t figure out why in anyone within the GOP would be bragging about this – especially Boehner. Aside from the fact that passing this budget is essentially pointless because President Obama isn’t going to sign it, why would Republicans be going out of their way to mention the fact that they passed a “balanced budget” in 2001 – that absolutely did not balance the budget. Not only that, it helped lead us into the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

Between 2001-2009, George W. Bush added $5.9 trillion to our national debt. So, if Republicans passed a “balanced budget” in 2001, as many of them are bragging about now, why exactly did we more than double our national debt following the passing of that budget? Not to mention, Bush inherited a balanced budget to begin with.

Basically what Republicans like Boehner are doing is bragging about the fact that they passed a balanced budget proposal – by referencing a 2001 budget that was the catalyst for a 101 percent increase in our national debt 

It’s all absolutely comical. Though I think the saddest part is, I’m willing to bet that almost no conservative who gave their party the proverbial “high-five” for passing this budget even had a moment of thought about the fact the last time their party did this very same thing back in 2001, our national debt ended up doubling in the eight years following its passage.

This is why I say Republicans often treat their voters like idiots. Because they would have to believe Republican voters are morons to brag about passing a balanced budget proposal now, then referencing the 2001 budget they passed as some kind of “historical milestone” that ultimately ended up doubling our national debt.

That’s kind of like bragging about why you got fired from your last job during an interview for a new one.

It’s nonsense like this which is why I often call the Republican party the “stupid party.” It’s an embarrassing day when even your party leader is essentially too ignorant to realize that by referencing a 2001 budget that absolutely did not balance the budget, he gave all Americans the perfect reason why none us should trust this current GOP proposal.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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