BOEHNER’S COMMENTS ON JOBLESS APPALLING (My Op-Ed in 9/30 Cincinnati Enquirer)

John Boehner is third in line to the presidency, but he is taking a page straight out of Mitt Romney’s disastrous 2012 presidential race. During a recent talk at the American Enterprise Institute about improving the nation’s economy, Speaker Boehner revealed that he thought that the long-term unemployed felt this way: “I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around.”

I thought that kind of elitism was over after Romney lost the White House, in part, because of his “47 percent” comments, in which he lamented: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing. … And so my job is not to worry about those people.”

Is there a Republican capable of not looking down upon the unemployed in this country? Is there a Republican capable of not belittling those in need? The Republican Party’s feelings about so many Americans are so very cynical at a time when people are hurting and people are struggling. I do not know a single person who wants to be out of work, and further, I do not know a single person who knows a single person who wants to be out of work.

I cannot believe we are belittling our fellow Americans this way.

Anyone who has ever experienced joblessness – and currently 10.2 percent of residents of our congressional district are out of work – has to hear this and know that the Republicans are the party of the wealthy. The median household income in Congressional District 8 is $48,000. John Boehner brings home 4½ times that a year – he makes $223,500. As of 2010, 14 percent of his constituents lived below the federal poverty line, and 30,000 of them are children.

Instead of blaming the poor and calling them names, let’s all ask the current Congress to reinstate long-term unemployment benefits to those Americans who have been out of work the longest. We know what will happen if we do this. The money will be reinvested in the economy and people out of work for a long time will find jobs. We can also insist that we reverse course on cutting food stamps, and reinstate lost benefits to those who need everyone’s help the most – children who go to bed hungry every night in America. Instead of calling people lazy, let’s help them and stimulate the economy at the same time.

Boehner revealed his utter cynicism, his lack of understanding of the systems and the experiences of joblessness and poverty, and his true feelings about work and what it means. It’s rare that an official seeking election is that blunt and truthful, but I’m glad we know where he stands and have proof of it. Now, all of us – working or not – who care about the working poor, their benefits, their trials and issues, need to take action, by voting out Boehner, and removing cynicism and despair from political life.


Incumbent Speaker of the House John A Boehner has run unopposed in Congressional District 8 since he has attained the Speakership. He has never debated an opponent who was challenging him to his House seat. Many of his constituents would like to hear from him regarding the legislation he has brought to the floor for a vote as Speaker. On behalf of all constituents of District 8, we are inviting him to defend his record as a member of the Republican leadership.

Tom Poetter, Democratic nominee from Oxford, challenges John Boehner to a public debate at any time and any place the Speaker chooses with any moderator he chooses within the counties of Butler, Mercer, Preble, Darke, Clark, or Miami. Speaker Boehner may choose the audience, venue, date, and time within the district.

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John Boehner shut the federal government down in October 2013.

As the Speaker of the House, the third in line to the Presidency of the United States of America, he shut down the government of these great United States in a fit of pique over a settled law.

As Speaker of the House of Representatives, John A Boehner is in charge of bringing legislation to the floor for a vote. He is the one who decides what gets a vote in the House of Representatives. He’s decided that the best use of his and our legislature’s time is schedule votes on legislation like The Lightbulb Free Choice Act. AND IT DIDN’T EVEN PASS. The most powerful government in the WORLD, and that’s what he thinks we are capable of. His House is no only dysfunctional, it is damaging. The issues that most of us are facing, the issues that are pressing and terrifying, they don’t make it to the floor for a vote. Instead, we get 50 votes on the repeal of Obamacare.

Can Congress be judged on how many laws they pass? If so, this is the WORST Congress in American history. Speaker Boehner once said that Congress can be judged on how many laws they repeal. Do you know how many laws the 114th Congress has repealed? ZERO. Zero laws repealed. You’re welcome to judge them on that, too.

He’s done NOTHING.

We have faith in democracy and each other and my faith in these things has led me to value certain things like caring for others, showing compassion, and responding to NEED. And when you legislate and govern without thinking in a caring way, about people as they present themselves in a complicated world, and if you don’t use government in the service of people and their needs, what is the point? My faith has led me to value caring for others, showing compassion, and addressing the issues of people in need and using government to help them. I FUNDAMENTALLY believe government not only CAN help, but I believe it EXISTS to help. I’ve seen it help my family and I’ve seen it help my community. I’ll never give up on believing in just and lasting legislation and that’s a fundamental difference between me and the Speaker, and the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.