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Ear to the Ground

What the House’s Top Republican and Progressive Bloggers Have in Common

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Posted on Aug 24, 2010
White House / Pete Souza

Minority Leader Boehner and President Obama do some hand-to-hand talking.

House Minority Leader John Boehner is pinning the lackluster economy on a couple of easy targets: “President Obama should ask for—and accept—the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council.”

Washington Post:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Tuesday for the mass firing of the Obama administration’s economic team, including Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and White House adviser Larry Summers, arguing that November’s midterm elections are shaping up as a referendum on sustained unemployment across the nation and saying the “writing is on the wall.”

Boehner said President Obama’s team lacks “real-world, hands-on experience” in creating jobs that are needed for a full economic recovery. The Republican lawmaker cited reports that some senior aides complained of “exhaustion,” including the recently departed budget chief Peter Orszag.

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Boehner might have added that both Geithner and Summers helped create and exacerbate the economic meltdown, but that’s expecting a lot of a Republican who probably agrees with many of those deregulatory policies.

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By Marshall, August 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

What’s most interesting is to see Boehner and Robert Scheer in agreement!

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By rollzone, August 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

hello. still having trouble pinpointing the economic
destructor. we had the forced loans getting bundled
into phony derivatives that GoldenSacks
simultaneously sold and bet to fail (regulators
sleeping), oil speculators fearmongering artificial
price points (regulators sleeping), government
spending and growth (regulators incorporated), and
regulators driving more corporations and small
businesses out of business or out of the country
(regulator suicide). the Federal Reserve remains
unaudited, and war waste and fraud continues
untouchable. the stimulus package was a tremendous
blunder, but i recall the fearless one pleading for
any positive contributions to supplement his
ignorance; and none came. unions are bankrupting
themselves, and agencies are undercutting growth.
reviewing this small slice of recent economics, the
team has done a remarkable service in manipulating
the stock market through tumultuous times, without
destroying the fabric of business as usual. only
problem is: for the poor growing lower class segment,
this is neither acceptable nor hoped for; and most no
longer believe it is one arm of the national
government at fault: but that whole checks and
balances is corrupted. the celebrity publicly chided
the judiciary, the Congress regularly floats its own
swamp. cleaning one house is no longer enough.

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