The President and Vice President have been touring the country pushing Obama’s non starter of a jobs bill, accusing the Republican Congress of “having no plan”, not caring about the unemployed, not caring if rapes and murders go up, etc, and House Speaker, John Boehner wants the message to go out, that, yes, Republicans do care and do have a plan. And he went after Obama for circumventing Congress for his continued abuse of E/Os on the Laura Ingraham show, this morning.
Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Legal Reform Summit, Wednesday morning, House Speaker John Boehner highlighted the ‘forgotten 15’ bipartisan jobs bills that have passed the House but are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate.
The House Republicans’ abysmally low approval rating, suggests that Obama’s lying demagoguery has been working, and the Republicans have a messaging problem. But I don’t know what more they could do….
Republicans met with reporters on Tuesday to get their message out, ABC reported:
House Speaker John Boehner told reporters today that he agrees with President Obama’s catchy new slogan ”We Can’t Wait,” and encouraged Senate Democrats to take action on 15 measures languishing in the upper chamber that he says would help get the unemployed back to work.
“The president says we can’t afford to wait,” the Ohio Republican said. “Well guess what? I agree with the president. We’ve got 15 bills that are sitting over in the United States Senate. After we finish this week, there’ll be 16 bills sitting over in the United States Senate waiting for action.
“It’s time for the Senate to work with the House, to work with the president, to help find common ground to move our economy forward and get the American people back to work.”
While “American families and small businesses continue to struggle in this economy,” Boehner added, House Republicans continue to seek common ground with the president “so that we can create a better environment for job creation in our country.”
As of this morning, the number of bills passed had increased to 16, Boehner told Laura Ingraham on her show, today.
Regarding Obama’s promise to go around Congress on his jobs plan, John Boehner told Laura Ingraham that, “I thought we were a nation of laws and our country was governed by our Constitution.
He went on to note that Article I gives Congress the power of the purse, and the President has powers under under Article II, “so we’re keeping a close eye on the administration to make sure they’re following the law and following the Constitution.”
Laura asked Boehner whether the President was acting around his constitutional parameters.
He said he had great concerns that Obama may be violating those parameters and exceeding his authority.
“There is an appropriations process under control here, we do have the ability to limit their use of funds to bring this administration to heel.”
He went on to lambaste the President for basically giving up on the economy, American people, and deciding to quit governing and spend his entire next 14 months campaigning.
Speaking of Obama’s profuse campaigning, WHD reports: Obama Fundraising Tastes Great, But Less Filling:
The president last week took a three-day bus tour through the key battleground states of North Carolina and Virginia. While supposedly a trip to promote his jobs plan, many saw the barnstorming as an obvious de facto campaign swing.
According CBS Radio News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, Obama has staged 60 campaign fundraisers this year compared to only 28 by Bush by this time in 2003.
And yet, Obama in the first two quarters of his campaign – the second and third quarters of the year – has raised $86.2 million for his campaign compared to $104.2 million for Bush in inflation-adjusted dollars. Bush’s nominal total was $84.5 million.
Paul Ryan’s speech is called “Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division“. It’s a great speech as Ryan seeks to dispel this idea of class warfare and the social welfare state and to reinvigorate the idea of the opportunity society. I’ve divided the speech from the Q&A and they are both below. The full text of his speech can be found here.