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John Boehner calls for Obama to fire economic team, but that includes Boehner

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Boehner to Obama: Fire Your Economic Team

This was the headline on the CBS News Web site. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) proves in the rest of the article that he is as right on economics as he is pale.

But Boehner did get one thing right, albeit for the wrong reasons. President Obama should fire his economic team.

Of course, Boehner is a part of that team. It was Boehner who pushed to weaken the stimulus with tax cuts. It was Boehner who didn’t want unemployment insurance extensions. It was Boehner who has been screaming about the deficit (bad timing in a depressive recession) but wants to add to the deficit by extending Bush tax credits aimed at giving the rich even more money.

And Boehner, along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, both deserved to be fired for their attempts to water down attempts to help people when they need it the most.

But Boehner did score political points, and that headline proves it. Most on the far left would also love to see Obama fire his economic team. Boehner singles out Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers. Again, the left would love to see their resignation letters on Obama’s desk. The MSM won’t report that, but the rest of us know it’s true.

And Obama does take some blame for not working harder to make sure the stimulus package was stronger, for not using political capital to fight for working Americans. And where is the second stimulus package?

Boehner and Republicans have used the term “unspent stimulus money” as an excuse to pay for things, such as unemployment insurance extensions. The Democratic politicians set up a bad system if we still have unspent stimulus money. Spend it all and ask for more. Having leftover money — even if it targeted — gives the GOP rope it doesn’t deserve.

The resignation letters of Geithner, Summers, Boehner, and McConnell won’t give us the millions of jobs we need just to tread water once again. But their resignations would help those who do want to assist Americans in need. Boehner can then take some time off and work on his tan.


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