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John Boehner, the Man with the Plan

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Most of John Boehner's article in the December 11 Washington post titled, "A better plan for jobs," instead of being about a plan for jobs is about how everything Obama is doing is the opposite of creating jobs. He berates Obama for the stimulus plan that was actually instigated by Republican George Bush in February of 2008, saying that it's Osama's "job killing policies" that are scaring people.

I read through the whole article and as best as I can determine, here is Boehner's plan for jobs in it's entirety, quoting from the article:

Break down barriers to economic growth.

Small businesses to keep more of what they earn.

Receiving relief from Washington.

Implement all of the above strategy.

"All of the above" strategy leaves us wondering, What above? There's no specific plan to do anything at all. Break down barriers is Republican code for no regulation. Keep more of what they earn and relief from Washington is more Republican code for no taxes.

This is all Republican ideology, and it's only ideology, not a plan. The impetus for Republican ideology is described in The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer:

"They must have the feeling that by the possession of some potent doctrine, infallible leader or some new technique they have access to a source of irresistible power."

The Republicans certainly have the feeling that they have possession of some potent doctrine: Republican ideology. Even though the Republicans have lost the last two elections, they still feel that they are a source of irresistible power. Their all time best representative of Republican ideology, George Bush, proved to be so fallible that no Republican wants anything to do with him. Never mention his name. Never call on him for election support.

Hypocrisy is the most notable part of Republican ideology.

Boehner presents his hypocrisy for all to see. While attacking the policies of the Obama administration trying to rescue the country from the greatest recession since the Great Depression caused by the unregulated financial industry, what does Boehner propose as the solution? You guessed it. More deregulation, allowing the financial industry to continue their greed and to loot, steal and subvert the entire economy to their own purposes. To get incredibly rich without having to do anything.

What is Republican ideology? As Boehner has shown in his plan without a plan, it's about being a Republican. That's all. There's no need for any specific, concrete policies, there's no need to have any kind of plan, just being a Republican is all it takes. There's no foundation to it, there's no substance to it. If you are not a Republican, they KNOW, without any doubt that you are their enemy. Because of the damning evidence that you are not a Republican. Being for promoting the general welfare, as the Constitution requires, makes you an enemy.

Republican ideology is defined completely by the enemies it creates. When you have nothing, you must define yourself completely and totally by those who you falsely claim are your enemies. You have to create enemies, make them up, in order to give yourself definition. Republican ideology, as is so well presented by Boehner, is all about his enemies, not about himself, because, as can be seen from his article, there's nothing to himself, well, except Republican ideology, whatever that is.

 

Ed Martin is an ordinary person who is recovering from being badly over-educated. Born in the middle of the Great Depression, he is not affiliated with nor a member of any political, social or religious organization. He is especially interested in (more...)
 

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