Latest Senate Move Once And For All Exposes That House Republicans Are The Problem

paul-ryan-john-boehnerWho’s to blame for the fact that we can’t get anything done in our government? Democrats have blamed Republicans, Republicans have blamed Democrats and essentially every conservative in this country has blamed President Obama.

The thing is, anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knows that the biggest problem in this country has been House Republicans and Speaker of the House John Boehner’s complete inability to be an effective leader.

Heck, we saw our first government shutdown in almost two decades simply because he couldn’t control a bunch of radically right-wing members of his own party. It didn’t matter that the shutdown accomplished absolutely nothing, and anyone with any kind of intelligence knew it wasn’t going to accomplish anything – House Republicans shut our government down anyway.

Well, in case you haven’t heard, we’re spiraling toward another possible shutdown. This time it’s not a shutdown of our entire government, just of the Department of Homeland Security. You know, that part of our government tasked specifically with maintaining a good part of our national security.

So the big question then is, “Why?” Well, that answer is simple – because Boehner, once again, can’t lead House Republicans. What they’re trying to do in the House is piggy back a measure that would roll back parts of President Obama’s executive order pertaining to immigration to the bill that would fund the DHS. They could simply pass a clean funding bill that would easily pass the Senate and be signed by the president, but that’s not what they’re doing. So, what we’re left with is yet another example of House Republicans playing partisan politics instead of simply doing their jobs.

Naturally, Boehner has tried to claim that the fault for all of this falls on the shoulders of Democrats and President Obama. That’s a statement with which most Americans would disagree.

But even if you don’t believe polls, just ask Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Recently he came out publicly and said that if the DHS shuts down, the fault for that lies squarely on the shoulders of House Republicans.

And if you don’t care what McCain thinks, look no further than the Senate itself where there’s currently a bipartisan effort in the works to send a clean funding bill to the House, essentially leaving it up to Boehner to decide whether or not he’ll let it come up for a vote. That would be a direct move by Senate leadership to put this entire situation, and all of the blame that would come with it if the DHS ultimately is closed due to a lack of funding, completely on House Republicans.

So, after all these years and a complete shift in power in Congress, where are we at? Another funding bill that House Republicans are trying to play petty partisan politics with that might ultimately lead to another shutdown – just like we’ve already seen before. It’s just more of the same “do-nothing” nonsense from House Republicans.

That pretty much definitively answers the question, “Who’s been the most responsible for our government getting almost nothing done these last few years?” As reality shows us when that question is asked, it’s almost always House Republicans who are the ones standing in the way of our government getting anything accomplished.

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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