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Collage of pictures of John Boehner crying.
Yes, I cry at gay weddings too, Speaker Boehner.
A report on your tax dollars at work, courtesy of Chris Johnson at Washington Blade:
On Tuesday, Democrats on the Committee on House Administration made public a report stating the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group — which took up defense of [the Defense of Marriage act (DOMA)] after the Obama administration announced it would no longer defend the law in court — has reached expenses totaling out to $1,447,996.73 over the course of fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

That's just shy of the $1.5 million cost cap that House Republicans set last year to pay private attorney Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general under the Bush administration, to defend DOMA.

Itemized expenses reveal the cost of defending DOMA in court was $702,205.57 in FY-11 and $745,791.16 in FY-12.

And what did Speaker Boehner get for all that money and effort? A great big bucket of fail:

Thus far, Clement has lost in five federal courts against lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of DOMA — most notably after U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals became the first appellate court to strike down the law.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:
“For more than a year, Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans have committed valuable taxpayer dollars to defending discrimination and preserving inequality – only to lose case after case in their effort to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act," Pelosi said. "There is nothing effective or efficient about this utter abuse of the people’s trust or the public purse; it is simply wasteful and wrong, and Americans deserve better."
"Rather than join Democrats to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, Republicans refuse to abandon their reprehensible fight to deny basic civil rights and justice to an entire group of their fellow Americans," Pelosi said. "The American people should no longer have to foot the bill for Speaker Boehner’s campaign to appease the most conservative forces within the Republican Party."
New York Rep. Jerry Nadler:
“Speaker Boehner has wasted more than a year, and more than $1.5 million taxpayer dollars defending DOMA," Nadler said. "So far, he has lost five cases in a row as every court has ruled that there is no legitimate justification for this law. Every day, DOMA harms thousands of American couples and their children. Instead of wasting taxpayer money defending this unjust law in court, Speaker Boehner should join us in our effort to repeal it."
Goal ThermometerBut Boehner has created a nice cottage industry for his old friend Paul Clement who apparently doesn't mind wrapping his long career in defeat and ignobility.

The House will almost certain pass another budget to continue the defense, but declined comment on such to the Blade. Doug NeJaime, a law professor at Loyola Law School speculates when the Supreme Court likely decides to hear the case, costs will rise "considerably."

This would be an excellent time to remind people of the importance of putting Nancy Pelosi back in the speaker's chair. Speaker Pelosi's House will have bigger fish to fry than dictating what Americans should be doing in their personal lives. How about passing some jobs legislation, and creating some paychecks for people who are doing more constructive things than working to deny the civil rights of their fellow Americans?

Let's take back the House. Please donate $1 to all of our House candidates.

Originally posted to Milk Men And Women on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality and Daily Kos.

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  •  More GOP (12+ / 0-)

    fiscal responsibility at work.

    They can't win with a small budget why on earth should we give them back the whole budget.

    Bring back Nancy!

    The Spice must Flow!

    by Texdude50 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 03:24:28 PM PDT

  •  They have lost five Federal lawsuits (13+ / 0-)

    and yet they will almost certainly request more money to continue their fight against equality. Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility? Right. Republicans are the party of limited government in our personal lives? Not even close. How and why these demonstrable falsehoods persist is beyond me.

  •  I still will never understand why a "defense" (6+ / 0-)

    of marriage is actually an attack on it.  Can an entire political party be so Orwellian?

    I hate hate. I love the look in peoples eyes when they realize, for the first time, that they have power.

    by 4democracy on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 03:38:47 PM PDT

    •  Yes, they can. They have, and they will, (3+ / 0-)
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      until they are crushed.

      Chief neoconservative/fundamentalist allied belief: All things are possible if only you lie.

      by blueoasis on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 03:57:41 PM PDT

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    •  In What Kind of Country? nt (0+ / 0-)

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:19:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's a brain pattern -- binary cognition. (0+ / 0-)

      People who have it tend to flock together and, at present, they've settled in the Republican party which, to their way of thinking, has the 're' standing for Rex, which stands for king, which is someone they can admire and glory in. Binary thinking in which everything is either one thing or its opposite does not comport with reality. So, the people who are fated to employ it are often, almost always, wrong. This makes for great insecurity. So, a leader who provides invariable direction -- i.e. tells them what to do constantly--brings relief from insecurity and uncertainty. If he errs, that's to be forgiven because his erring and accepting responsibility saves them from being wrong.
      How many of these people are there? Lots. Keep in mind that 30% of the adult U.S. population is functionally illiterate and though binary thinking is probably not directly linked, it likely does account for why many people cannot comprehend what they read. In that context we should remember that George W. Bush was/is dyslexic and Willard's foreign policy advisers have claimed that they do not think he reads the papers they prepare for him.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 02:59:19 AM PDT

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  •  Approaching epic fail (9+ / 0-)

    This is EXACTLY why we need to take back the house, especially when Nancy Pelosi says things like this (from the same article):

    “Rather than join Democrats to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, Republicans refuse to abandon their reprehensible fight to deny basic civil rights and justice to an entire group of their fellow Americans,” Pelosi said. “The American people should no longer have to foot the bill for Speaker Boehner’s campaign to appease the most conservative forces within the Republican Party.”

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent, and we are all Wisconsin.

    by Dave in Northridge on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 03:42:01 PM PDT

  •  Boehner is arguably the worst Speaker (8+ / 0-)

    we ever had in the House.  Now, he's a GOP tool who wastes money.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:07:01 PM PDT

  •  More Republican Hypocrisy (7+ / 0-)

    Spending money on encouraging innovation, education, or green jobs, no way!  Spending money to make sure two dudes can't get married?  Totally fine.

    All your vote are belong to us.

    by Harkov311 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:14:20 PM PDT

  •  rep croc tears (4+ / 0-)

    i cry everytime i see that the house is controlled by you and your party of bigots.

  •  $1.5 million of my tax dollars... (9+ / 0-)

    I'm a gay man. Part of my taxes went to defending a law that discriminates against me and other gay and lesbian people. Ok, it's a small, tiny percentage.

    BUT. My tax money went to defending discrimination against me and other gay people.

    Obscene is the first word that comes to mind here. Sort of like hearing the President of the United States calling for the passage of an amendment to the Constitution that would enshrine bigotry against me and gay and lesbian Americans. During the State of the Union address. Because getting the RIGHT to marry is a national emergency to be addressed.

  •  Is this Mr. Clement's screen idol? (3+ / 0-)
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    •  When you have a client willing to pay you to lose (0+ / 0-)

      you deliver as many losses as you can until the funding runs out.  Clement is an icon for the right, nearly toppling Obamacare -- he is a great lawyer working for a client with lousy cases on the merits.

      But they keep paying him.  So he keeps filing.  And he charges as much for the second as he did for the first.

      Paper, you see, will not refuse ink.

  •  how many children would that have fed? (7+ / 0-)

    How many jobs for their parents?

  •  There are THAT many pictures... (4+ / 0-)
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    ... of Boehner crying?  I had always thought it was just something that happened one time, and it turned into something he couldn't escape.  But, I mean, that's a LOT of pictures of him crying.

  •  This is just disgraceful! (4+ / 0-)
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  •  Those photos of Boehner (5+ / 0-)

    Just reminded me how much I detest weepy drunks. Especially right wing weepy drunks.

  •  27¢ shy of $1.5 Million? (4+ / 0-)

    OK ... who's the smart-ass lawyer who billed us $XX,XXX.73 for something?!

    "Four more years!" (Obama Unencumbered - The Sequel)

    by jwinIL14 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:36:12 PM PDT

  •  can someone explain how this work (1+ / 0-)
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    How exactly does the House budget this money?  Is it a line item on a larger bill that the senate/president doesn't think is worth fighting over?  Or is it part of a slush fund that the House has sole discretion over?

    •  The Treasury issues the currency and the (1+ / 0-)
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      House is obligated to manage it. The budget is largely a hoax --an exercise in pretending that money is going to be spent wisely. Spending, which is carried out be the executive, for the most part, has to be authorized by appropriations bills, which are often different from the budget, but hardly noticed.
      It is more noticeable this term, if anybody's paying attention because the Congress did not approve a budget. Republicans have charged that the President has not signed a budget, which is true, but the argument did not go far because the fact is the President can't sign bills that the Congress hasn't passed. That the half truth was even trotted out suggests that some of the Capitol Hill Gang is not too smart.
      On the other hand, more should be made of the fact that the Ryan budget he's touting was actually aborted. Which may explain why he's hung up on that topic. How would you like it, if your main achievement kept being aborted?

      The bottom line is that the U.S., as a sovereign nation, issues it's own currency in any quantity it deems necessary and the House, as the Constitutionally designated manager of that currency, has full authority to spend as it wants. Any limits, including the designation of the Federal Reserve Bank as an agent, are self-imposed.
      This raises the question why the Congress plays this charade of imposed limits and the answer is to avoid being held to account for, mostly, the failure to manage well. Better to mismanage indirectly by inserting a layer of banksters, than to do so directly. Our Congress is populated by a class of power hungry shirkers. They crave authority without responsibility and, by attacking the personal rights of citizens, they manage to distract us from their power lust.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 03:24:17 AM PDT

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  •  Thank God they're "fiscally responsible." (4+ / 0-)

    Can you imagine how much money they'd have wasted if they were fiscally irresponsible?

  •  Cost per Appellate Brief (4+ / 0-)

    How do you spend $1.5 million on this topic?  It's not as if they have to fund research and development to find arguments to put into the brief - I'm sure it's the same old crap warmed over in the most expensive legal microwave ever built.  

    •  Not sure but (0+ / 0-)

      when my wife and I are able to sue to reverse DOMA, we will be sure Boehner has to pay back every dime to the US for wasting our money on unconstitutional discrimination! (Oh, how I wish).

      Strange but not a stranger.

      by jnww on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:44:31 PM PDT

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    •  Well, you're assuming that they have someone (0+ / 0-)

      who cares about controlling costs reviewing those bills.  

      But it's in their favor not to: it just gives the firm more money to be more, uh, generous...

      Besides, doesn't everyone bill in 1.0 day increments?

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:58:00 PM PDT

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      •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

        At least around here, law is practiced in billable hours. Most commonly, time is charged to the client in 6-minute increments (rounded to the nearest 1/10th hour). A few still bill to the quarter-hour.

        Accounting firms in my experience follow similar practices.  Not sure about other professions.

        Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

        by susanala on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 04:19:28 AM PDT

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  •  Boo Hoo Boehner needs to be (1+ / 0-)
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    booed out of the House.

    Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

    by Ellen Columbo on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:15:25 PM PDT

  •  Imagine that $$ going to REAL causes! (1+ / 0-)
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    Feeding children
    Clothing children
    Housing children
    Schooling children
    Feeding homeless
    Clothing homeless
    Housing homeless
    Schooling homeless
    Helping working class out of debt
    Helping middle class out of debt
    School scholarships
    Assisting Single Mothers
    Assisting Single Fathers
    Funding for charity
    Funding for cures
    Funding for school books
    Funding for school lunches

    Just an example of a few items of importance where the money could have made a real POSITIVE difference in someone's life. But NO - ALL of us have to waste time, money, and resources combatting and REcombatting conservative nonsense (also known as culture wars).

    Can't even get started on what EVERY candidate has spent on this election and how America could probably be pretty healthy if not for the amount of money blown on bullshit.

    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:40:23 PM PDT

    •  Never mind the dollars. Think of the (0+ / 0-)

      wasted time. The dollars, in fact, circulate through the economy to be used over and over again, just as the letters of the alphabet are used over and over without being diminished. What we don't have more of is time. Every person that dies prematurely, whether in accidents or from preventable disease or as a result of malnutrition is a waste of time -- time can never be recouped. Just as the actual greatness of ancient Egypt was lost for centuries because of poor social policies, the potential greatness of the United States is being lost by letting too many of the population die too early. And it won't be salvaged by sacrificing the born to the unborn.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 04:12:00 AM PDT

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  •  Remember his name is John Boner, not John Boehner (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Dan Lungren (3+ / 0-)
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    Pelosi added that it’s “unconscionable” for House Republicans — including Chair of the Committee on House Administration Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) — to have authorized a contract to hire a private attorney to defend the DOMA in court and renewed her call for them “to drop their frivolous, taxpayer-funded lawsuits without any delay.”

    is in a neck-and-neck battle with Dem challenger Ami Bera, who supports marriage equality.

    We're phone banking and canvassing like crazy out here.

    Volunteers   (if you're local) and Donations (if you're not) are strongly appreciated and will be put to good use.


    Getting rid of the chair who authorized this odious expenditure would send a strong message.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:53:45 PM PDT

  •  DOMA--King & Spaulding lawyers at $520 per hour (2+ / 0-)
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    Not only has Paul Clement lost his DOMA defense cases just about everywhere, we are borrowing money from China (as Mitt likes to say) to pay him and his many, many assistants an average of $520 per hour. Rough math puts the legal labor at about 2800 hours--the equivalent of a lawyer working an entire year.

  •  Let's put the blame where it belongs... (1+ / 0-)
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    Those electorates that continue to vote locally to send such Republicans back time and again.

    If people voting in their precincts will not punish the Boehners, Ryans, and Allen Wests of this Congress, the history will repeat itself!

    The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past - Milan Kundera

    by Suvro on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 12:51:30 AM PDT

  •  It's all our money. Every dollar that's issued (1+ / 0-)
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    belongs to U.S. citizens. But the money is not the issue. The issue is that the people we hired to be stewards of our resources and assets are using those resources and wasting time to attack citizens' rights they are duty bound to respect. Not only are they not doing the job they were hired to do, they're biting the hand that feeds them. They need to be fired.
    When we hire and pay public servants, we are entitled to be served, not held hostage to personal threats.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 02:43:10 AM PDT

  •  it's an interesting exercise to look at the vote (0+ / 0-)

    The Senate passed the vote 85-14. Here are the Ds that voted "Yea". Pretty startling list...

    Connecticut:    Dodd (D-CT), Yea    Lieberman (D-CT), Yea
    Delaware:    Biden (D-DE), Yea    Roth (R-DE), Yea
    Florida:    Graham (D-FL), Yea    Mack (R-FL), Yea
    Georgia:    Coverdell (R-GA), Yea    Nunn (D-GA), Yea

    Iowa:    Grassley (R-IA), Yea    Harkin (D-IA), Yea
    Kentucky:    Ford (D-KY), Yea    McConnell (R-KY), Yea
    Louisiana:    Breaux (D-LA), Yea    Johnston (D-LA), Yea

    Maryland:    Mikulski (D-MD), Yea    Sarbanes (D-MD), Yea

    Michigan:    Abraham (R-MI), Yea    Levin (D-MI), Yea
    Minnesota:    Grams (R-MN), Yea    Wellstone (D-MN), Yea

    Montana:    Baucus (D-MT), Yea    Burns (R-MT), Yea
    Nebraska:    Exon (D-NE), Yea    Kerrey (D-NE), Nay
    Nevada:    Bryan (D-NV), Yea    Reid (D-NV), Yea

    New Jersey:    Bradley (D-NJ), Yea    Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
    New Mexico:    Bingaman (D-NM), Yea    Domenici (R-NM), Yea
    New York:    D'Amato (R-NY), Yea    Moynihan (D-NY), Nay

    North Dakota:    Conrad (D-ND), Yea    Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
    Ohio:    DeWine (R-OH), Yea    Glenn (D-OH), Yea

    South Carolina:    Hollings (D-SC), Yea    Thurmond (R-SC), Yea
    South Dakota:    Daschle (D-SD), Yea    Pressler (R-SD), Yea

    Vermont:    Jeffords (R-VT), Yea    Leahy (D-VT), Yea

    Washington:    Gorton (R-WA), Yea    Murray (D-WA), Yea
    West Virginia:    Byrd (D-WV), Yea    Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Wisconsin:    Feingold (D-WI), Nay    Kohl (D-WI), Yea

    Kiss my ass. This is a Holy Site...

    by jam on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 03:48:17 AM PDT

  •  Can you imagine the tab a Speaker Bachmann (1+ / 0-)
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    would be ringing up for all her Quixotic rights-repealing adventures?

    "You gotta love your art so much that you will fuck it in the Denny's bathroom." - Kevin Smith

    by here4tehbeer on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 04:32:36 AM PDT

  •  Doesn't it strike you as odd (1+ / 0-)
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    that attorney Clement's bill is the same for prosecuting the same case repeatedly, merely forum-shopping in hope of finding one forum that will give a positive result to support a petition for Certiorari on grounds of a split in the Circuit Courts?

    The bill is unchanged, the research to support it is unchanged, the pleadings and briefs are nearly identical except for the captions, page and type formats.

    But so is our bill.  OUR bill, the one for which we are all paying.

    Why isn't the second case cheaper than the first, the third cheaper than the second and so forth?

  •  Since virtually all of that tax money goes to pay (0+ / 0-)

    Republican lawyers and their Republican employees.  It is a real issue of how much of that comes back to the Republican party in donations.
    This is tax payer money being laundered back to politicians' reelections.

    The Clinton impeachment cost nearly 80M.  Virtually going to people on the Republican side of the issue.
    Wan'na bet at lest 10% came back to the Republican party in one way or another?

    Watch to see if the RepoNazi cook up another issue to b ring into court and get some young Woodstieins to trace our tax money trough the recipients back to the RipOff party.  

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