Gosh, has it already been two weeks since Congress took a vacation?
Those poor stiffs must be pooped from trying to catch up on all the heavy lifting that piled up while they were away from their lawmaking duties. And – gosh, again – in less than two weeks, Congress will go back on vacation, this time for a five-week summer recess. So much to do, so little time.
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That’s why GOP Speaker John Boehner is now cracking the whip. He’s spurring his colleagues to pick up the pace and stay focused on his Number One National Priority – namely, suing the President of the United States. It seems that Obama has had the audacity to try to do something about some of the bubbling crises that Congress (or more specifically the House, or even more specifically Boehner and his Republican stalwarts) have been ignoring, stalling, or playing politics with. So, of course, the president must be sued to prevent him from… well from taking actions to help people.
The speaker’s logic might seem a tad confusing or just plain weird to you, so I’ll let him clarify his meaning for you: “The legislative branch,” Boehner intoned in a recent op-ed, “has an obligation to defend the rights and responsibilities of the American people.”
“Defend” the “responsibilities” of “the American people”? What does that mean? And speaking of obligations, doesn’t the top official of the House of Representatives have an obligation to at least try communicating with the people in sensible English sentences?
But then, if your ideas are gobbledygook, your explanations will be, too. He’s wasting legislative time and frittering away taxpayer dollars on a frivolous lawsuit, while refusing to lift a finger for America’s sinking middle class. Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, Boehner is suing while Americans fume.”
“The Rant Agenda,” The New York Times, July 10, 2014.