The Pardu

The Pardu
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Sue Me" I Will Not Relent!

CBS News recently broadcast a segment of John Boehner publicly shooting himself in the foot. As you watch the video that follows (below) it is critical to remember Boehner holds a position that places him just after the Vice President in ascendancy to the US Presidency.

Order of Presidential Succession

  • The Vice President Joseph Biden
  • Speaker of the House John Boehner
  • President pro tempore of the Senate1 Patrick Leahy
  • Secretary of State John Kerry
  • Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
  • Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel
  • Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
  • Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
  • Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan
  • Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
  • Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
  • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson (acting)
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson
Read more: Order of Presidential Succession

House Speaker Boehner's "sue the president" is mere folly equivalent to Cantor and Boehner's 54 repeal ObamaCare; costing tax payers $86.4 million. Folly exacerbated by Boehner's own words during his press statement. He pointed a finger at the president for violation of the US Constitution via assertion of stepping on Congressional constitutional responsibility. A charge as flawed as the GOP claims of "we are about jobs."

The US Congress also has constitutional responsibility: legislate! Our need for legislation did not end upon Barack Obama's Inauguration in 2009. Congressional responsibility also generally does not include Inauguration day Republican "obstruction" meetings. Over the full course of President Obama's terms (to date) the The House of Representatives has passed only a couple of notable pieces of legislation: The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
and Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Huffington Post July 11, 2013

Article Excerpt 
Last year, Thomas Mann of the left-leaning Brookings Institution, and Norm Ornstein of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, published a Washington Post op-ed saying that the GOP deserves the blame for the dysfunction. 
"We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional," they wrote. "In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party." 
In an interview with Washington radio station WAMU aired on Monday, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) bemoaned the productivity of Congress and called on his colleagues to do more. 
"The first six months of this Congress have been among the least productive in American history," Connolly said. "Only 13 bills have been passed into law in the first six months of this year. That's gotta be a record low."
"What is a president to do?"

If you believe paying 535 congressional representatives as follows for congressional performance as we have delineated, you probably eagerly await Boehner's "suit" against the president.

Congressional Leadership Pay (No benefits no perks: straight compensation)

  • Speaker of the House $223,500 per annum 
  • Majority and Minority Leaders $193,400 per annum 
  • All other Representatives (including Delegates and Resident Commissioner From Puerto Rico) $174,000 per annum
Now let's look at the 2013 House Calendar: linked. (Working days for the entire year total 126, leaving 239 days off. )

Boehner in all Congressional Glory announcing he has ah enough. The President simply will not allow the GOP House majority to legislate without legislating. 

John boehner announces plans to sue Obama 

If the "suit" was a shot across the bow to the nation's 44th President, the shot will not find a reticent leader.

Obama moves on.......

A president must lead despite all barriers. Let there be no mistake, the GOP via its elected members of Congress is a major barrier.  

The 2014 mid-term elections offer an opportunity for a path to more GOP obstruction or an opportunity to move the nation forward via sending the GOP an electoral message. 

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