House Speaker John Boehner (R, Ohio) has extended an olive branch that he hopes will end the impasse in Washington. This "generous offer," as Senator Ted Cruz (R, Texas) called it, will place the United States "on a firm financial footing without all the uncertainty of recurring debt crises that the Obama administration has continued to manipulate. The American people are tired," Cruz continued, "of the president's egotistical grandstanding."
House Republicans have hailed Boehner's plan as the only hope for securing the future of the country.
Speaker Boehner's plan is very simple: he will guarantee that "a clean CR" and an extension of the debt limit will come for a vote in the House after President Obama, Vice-president Biden, Harry Reid, and at least four other Democratic senators from states with Republican governors all resign.
In addition to his own succession to the presidency, Speaker Boehner has also hinted that the election of Louis Gohmert (R, TX) to Speaker of the House and Ted Cruz to majority leader of the Senate must be part of the plan. He strongly suggested that the two independent senators, Bernie Sanders (VT) and Angus King (ME) be required to wear rubber noses and floppy shoes, but acknowledged that this was "not a dealbreaker."
According to Boehner, his "forthright plan" will put an end to the refusal by the White House to negotiate. "There is really only this one course of action to end the stalemate that the Democrat leadership has created," said Boehner. "It's long past time for the president to come to his senses and do what the American people all want. I mean, no one wanted him to be president, all the polls establish this as a fundamental fact. President Obama just doesn't get it. As president, I will bring the country back from this dangerous careening from crisis to crisis that Mr. Obama has continued to steer us on. The Constitution holds the key to resolving our differences"
When asked for a response to the Boehner plan, the White House has refused to comment. Though senior administration officials, speaking off the record, have suggested that the Ohio congressman has finally "lost his mind."