What the House's Top Republican and Progressive Bloggers Have in Common
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.”
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.
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.