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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  • Jim Bean

    It seems rather a shame that, after Obama throws a steaming turd in their lap with his undemocratic, dictatorial executive action on immigration, that Pubs get the black eye for not responding with gratitude and appreciation. Its another example of what Gruber’s refers to as ‘the stupidity of the voters’ I suppose.

    • I-RIGHT-I

      The news is censored. Nobody knows what’s going on but about half the country. It’s been that way for decades. Everybody likes it that way.

    • Charles Herr

      After decades of past presidents using executive order to act on immigration, why is it ‘undemocratic’ and ‘dictatorial’ now that this President has done it?

      • Jim Bean

        Its undemocratic and dictatorial because EO’s of other Presidents on immigration were not in direct contradiction to the legislation enacted by Congress. That seems a pretty simple distinction to me but perhaps I overestimate others.

      • Avatar

        Did you realize that you made a reference to your hero, Reagan too!

        Oh lord you’re so fucking stupidest troll I’ve ever seen.

        I’ve done this before to any of troll plebs, I can do that to you too; mark my fucking words, you’ll never hear from me again after this.

      • Jim Bean

        Try breathing into a paper sack.

      • Duckbudder

        Try pulling your head from your ass.

      • Fred Macarthur

        I thought i told you to stay the f**k off these posts, you have nothing to offer but lies and bullsh*t, you demeaning little troll

      • Jim Bean

        You got some kind of appointment? To the Speech Police? Or the Thought Police? Or both, perhaps? Maybe you’re an injustice collector? Hall monitor for social discourse? Mico-aggressions super-hero?

    • Barbara S. Van Dyck

      President Obama wouldn’t need to throw feces if he had ever gotten any cooperation from republicans.

      • Avatar

        But Bean’s term of feces are nothing but promulgated from basin of racist sites like Breitbart and The Blaze. It’s really unnecessary for anyone to link the feces to President Obama.

        Bean is more likely to dinkey himself off after hearing Netanyahu’s March 3 ineptitude speaking in front of mostly Republican congress because Bean thinks Netanyahu is his President from Israel.

      • strayaway

        And we have a WINNER!! Avatar wins the moist off topic comment award. He gets extra points for form for managing to distract from Obama’s dictatorial action by using anti-semitism to make racist accusations. I didn’t even know Bean mentioned Netanyahu. That was pretty slick.

      • Avatar

        I don’t make anti-Semitic comments and I’m not a racist because Netanyahu is a fascist hellbent on destruction of Islam and its children. If it’s too mind boggling for you to accept the fact then shut up.

      • strayaway

        Who voted for Netanyahu to be their leader in Israel? Answer: Jewish voters. I think your inclusion of the elected leader of Israel to make a racial accusation is more anti-Semetic than your racist allegations. The former involves fewer hoops to jump through and less to ignore than your racist allegation. Kudos anyway for being so imaginative in order to derail this conversation. Take heart. Obama has had a hand in toppling or trying to topple three anti-‘Islamic terrorist’ leaders in Libya, Egypt, and Syria. Aren’t you concerned about the Islamic children whose standards of living consequently went down or were killed by US bombing.? President Obama, after all, is the first president to win a Nobel Peace prize and bomb seven countries. How on earth was Netanyahu going to destroy Islam by the way?

      • Avatar

        shocker, what a hypocrite. Now you’re going off base further than I did.

        Netanyahu lied to us all the times when he came into the corridors of power in 94′ and still does. He got us into bombing countries because he doesn’t want to use his OWN forces. Look at his comments since year 2001, he want to kill as many Muslims near Israel as possible in order to expand his country’s borders. Did you know that O’Israel is the only country that doesn’t have its drawn borders. That is expansionistic attitude.

        And final;

        President Obama bombed these countries with heavy implore from GOP. He didn’t went on his own.

      • strayaway

        Avatar, I’ll help you get on track . You brought Netanyahu into this conversation after calling Bean a racist. Even if you don’t like Netanyahu, he was elected by the people of Israel. Why don’t you save your anti-Israeli tirades for a more appropriate thread?

        Obama bombed Libya by executive order. Remember, the Bean comment was about executive orders that you deemed racist? Even Dennis Kucinich said that was an impeachable offense. Why just last week, IS did a photo op from the shore of Libya executing Christian Egyptians. What a nice testimony to Obama’s complicity in overthrowing Khaddafi who had been able to keep the bad Islamists at bay there.

      • GL

        You call them “IS”. Our allies in the region don’t call them that, they call them Da’ish. You know who does call them “IS”? Da’ish calls themselves IS, because they want to be seen as legitimate Islam. So yeah. I’m going to assume, until you present evidence that you love America, that because you call them “IS”, you support Da’ish.

      • strayaway

        I don’t remember ever having heard the term “Da’ish”. if I had and used that term, not too many readers would know what I was talking about. I just looked it up on wikipedia though. Wikipedea says, “The group’s Arabic name is transliterated as ad-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah fī al-‘Irāq wash-Shām leading to the Arabic acronym Da‘ish or DAESH.” So you want to transliterate the meaning of IS, ISIS, or ISIL into an Arabic acronym? Whatever. Thank you for the vocabulary word though. Be sure to write all the news outlets to let them know that they support the IS too.

      • GL

        If you’d used that term, you’d be calling them what our allies in the region call them. Psychological warfare.

      • Jim Bean

        On what two issues do you think Obama made the greatest effort to reach an accord with Republicans on?

        What does it say to you that you can’t come up with even just one?

    • Avatar

      Damn, I always have known for long time that you’re a racist. For long time you carefully avoid any kinds of rhetoric that referenced to monkeys and you just did. That turd comment from you has rendered you as irrelevant human being.

      • Jim Bean

        I was thinking of a dog turd when I said that. (And no, you don’t know I was thinking and no, I don’t have to be careful about what I say out of fear of what your imagination might conjure up.)

      • Brent Bayes

        Umm. Jim Bean.. wouldn’t just love to have GWB back? Tell me, what’s your pick in 16?

      • Jim Bean

        I don’t have one yet. Truth be told, I know enough about Hillary (and more importantly, Bill) to know she respects our representative legislative process and the art of compromise and can put the process back on track. Getting it back on track is really all I care about. 8 years of ‘my way or the highway’ are 7.99 years too many.

        I haven’t seen enough of the Pub contenders to form an opinion on them.

      • gmartini

        I’ll make it easy for you regarding the “Pub clown car contenders.” In a nutshell, they all blow…period. That’s basically all you need to know. The only modern day Thug that is worth a merda is Huntsman—he’s sane. And because he’s sane, he would not ever win even just ONE Thug primary.

    • Avatar

      And… Flagged!!!!

  • I-RIGHT-I

    The internet sucks. Obamanet rocks. Right guys?

  • strayaway

    “Who’s to blame for the fact that we can’t get anything done in our government?”

    Answer: Obviously its some Republicans who refuse to allow president Obama to legislate and create wars by executive order, insist on negotiating budgets, fuss when he sends liars to represent him before Congress, and object to his lack of transparency. Today’s FCC vote to make the internet the obamanet based on a 322 page report that Congress wasn’t allowed to see is today’s example. If they would just let him be dictator, he could get more done.

    • D Lemon

      You need to turn off the right-wing radio and pay attention to what’s going on in the world.

      • strayaway

        Lemon, You need to rise above cliches and stupid assumptions. Try picking out one, just one, of my points and refuting it with facts instead of cliches. otherwise, learn to include “Faux News”, “Koch Brothers”, “it’s Bush’s fault”, and “because he’s black” in one sentence to upgrade your standing as a progressive poster.

      • Brent Bayes

        Strayaway… Your cat keeps walking on your keyboard and it’s printing stuff that makes you sound as if you really love your Fox News and have gotten your head stuck within your anal passage.

      • Brent Bayes

        Strayaway… Your cat keeps walking on your keyboard and it’s printing stuff that makes you sound as if you really love your Fox News and have gotten your head stuck within your anal passage.

      • strayaway

        Pretty lame Brent re cats making anal notes. My post to the lemon applies to you too. If you graduate beyond your anal fixation, you might try to get back on topic by attempting to defend Obama’s fiat dictates.

      • Fred Macarthur

        Alls i have to say is where is the Jobs bill the republicans were suppose to put out there, and dont say keystone that just makes you look like a fool.

      • strayaway

        I don’t know. Does it have to do with Obama shutting part of the government down if he doesn’t get a “clean” DHS bill that includes funding for Illegal aliens to be permitted to take American jobs?

      • D Lemon

        What war did the president create by executive action? That would be “none”. Budgets have always been negotiated. You’ll have to tell me which liars the President sent to represent him before Congress, I don’t listen to hate talk radio enough to Know who you’re talking about. And you really need to learn more about net neutrality.

      • strayaway

        Only Congress is given the power to declare war. When did Congress vote to allow president Obama to drop bombs on Libya and help overthrow its government? Why did Obama then violate the War Powers Act? If you don’t listen to hate radio, perhaps you might have heard Rep. Kucinich or Ralph Nader say that Obamas bombing and violations of the War Powers Act were “impeachable acts”. They used to be in good standing with Democrats until hawks took over the Democratic Party and banished them.

        I like net neutrality. It’s too bad Obama wasn’t satisfied with just that. From what I’m reading, Obamanet goes beyond net neutrality with rules and regulations. Unfortunately, since transparency is one of Obama’s lies, the 322 page report the new rules are based on haven’t been made public so we rally don’t fully know the extent of his power grab.

        “So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on WHETHER WHAT I’M DOING IS LEGAL OR NOT, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.” -President Obama 2/16/15

        What’s legal vs. what Obama defines as the right thing to do. But what of his presidential oath?

  • Avatar

    I love my parents whom is a Republican voters. They admitted that Boehner is literally the historically worst speaker of house ever seen. They are aware of my liberal viewpoints and they still loves me, something that apparently most of Republican-lean voters are incapable in these days.

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