John Boehner will have a tough time recovering from his latest ineffective fumble at leadership. In his “Plan B”, Boehner attempted to whip the Republicans into a cohesive group in order to pass what he thought would be a compromise – raise taxes on those making $1,000,000 or more while allowing those under $1,000,000 to keep their tax breaks. But, come on, the Republicans know where their bread is buttered.
The thought of raising taxes on their primary contributors was just too much. After defectors started popping out of the woodwork, the Speaker realized he would not be able to muster the votes necessary to do – well, really – anything. The trek to the multitude of waiting news media microphones had to be terribly humiliating for Boehner, especially since he has not had an exactly glowing term as Speaker of the House.
Raising taxes on those who make over $250,000 just doesn’t seem like it should be a stopper – especially since the number is about 2% of total households. But that 2% is critical to campaign funding, and, what’s the saying? You “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” or wound it for that matter, either.
So, the fiscal cliff is still looming – just over the horizon. And, Congress wants to skitter home for the holidays and forget about the rest of the country. Term limits is the only way to resolve this grid lock, and this unending philosophy of entitlement to an office. But, unfortunately, the branch in charge of imposing term limits is Congress. The fox guarding the chicken coop? Not even that.
These are the chickens who have decided to morph into fearless buzzards who do not see any reason to worry about a fox – or the American people for that matter.