Hey John Boehner, Grow a Pair
Look Mr. Speaker, all this rhetoric about job creators on strike and Obama this, Obama that, is getting tired. I take that back, now it's getting to the point where you are going to lose your chair because the Republicans are close to losing Congress again if they opt for obstructionism and rhetoric over deal making past the holidays.
Don't believe me? Look at the polls. While people are unhappy with the President, they hate Congress, specifically the no compromise, no action, no sense, no care for the rest of us Republicans. Yeah, that's a broad brush, and I know it is not everybody, but it will apply to a lot of guys coming up for re-election if there is urgent action on the economy
Mr. Speaker, you need to tell a lot of your party to shut up and do what they are told. And I don't mean holding the centrists to the fire, I mean hold the extremists to the fire. They are on thin ice. I guarantee it. Are you paying attention to the protests around the country and in New York? You don't want to be on that ice when it breaks.
I don't think you are an extremist Mr. Speaker, and I might be wrong on that, I think you are pragmatist. Be pragmatic. If you are an extremist, well then, I guess you can stop reading now I guess (yeah, yeah, I know you aren't really reading this, but I'm in the moment).
Cut a deal with the President. SHOCK THE WORLD!!! Do something right. Keep your job.
Let me make this clear. Generate more revenue via taxes. That does not mean you have to raise taxes. Just cut loopholes. Warren Buffett laid out how to do this in his interview with Charlie Rose. The 50k to 100k folks who game the IRC code to the tune of $20b-30b/year in tax avoidance, fix that. In return, ask for the income tax code to be permanent. Mr. President, you ought to take that. Let me repeat Mr. President, make that deal if it is offered.
Also, as part of the tax deal, cut some subsidies, i.e. ethanol (I know everybody wants to do it, so do it) to big business. Leave the stuff for the little guys, they have been taking it on the chin for years.
When that is done, have a coke and a smile, then pass an infrastructure bill, a big one, that is paid for with cuts in military deployments abroad. Everybody will like that. Liberals, Tea Partiers, Ron Paul, me.
While you're at it, tweak the healthcare bill. We all know it needs tweaking, but we all know that the private system can't stay as is either.
Finally, flatten the budget even more over the next ten years. The rate of increase is already turning over, so guarantee it. Soft hiring freezes, budget freezes for most departments, cut COLA on social security and raise Medicare premiums on a sliding scale (yeah, a little means testing, we can deal with that, just don't hit folks under $100k a year with any extra premiums).
Guys, this does not need to be so hard on you or us. Save your jobs, find us some jobs, create a better atmosphere for job creation and let us keep our standards of living.