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John Boehner at the AT&T National golf tournament, July 2009.
John Boehner does not and will not care about unemployment until it causes him serious political pain.

The House is on recess rather than working on things like extending emergency unemployment aid for 1.5 million Americans whose benefits were cut off at the end of December. And Speaker John Boehner, who could have canceled this week's recess to focus on jobless benefits, apparently has more important things to do with his recess than stay in his district talking to constituents. Boehner was in Las Vegas at a $2,600 a head fundraiser for Rep. Joe Heck. With 9 percent unemployment in Nevada (and 7.5 percent unemployment in Boehner's home state of Ohio):
The state's Democratic lawmakers were quick to pile on. "Speaker Boehner skipped town to fundraise in Nevada instead of scheduling a vote to extend unemployment insurance benefits that thousands of Nevadans rely on," says Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.). As long as Boehner was in town, Horsford says, he should have "take[n] the time to explain to unemployed Nevadans why he continues to ignore them."

"Once again, Speaker Boehner has chosen politics over the people," adds Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.). He "would do well to take time from his fundraising schedule to meet with families in District One and hear their struggles to put food on the table, pay their mortgage, and put gas in the car."

The problem is that Boehner won't experience this as much of an attack unless it comes with a hell of a lot of political pressure. After all, it's a fairly straightforward statement of his priorities to say that he puts politics over people and fundraising over helping unemployed people. Definitely fundraising over helping unemployed people. Why would he talk to them when he knows he's not going to listen? Appeals to basic humanity, decency, or any notion of good economic policy are lost on Boehner and his party. The only way to get them to care about unemployment is to make it too politically painful not to.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 08:10 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  But he was wearing a 'JOBS' sweatshirt. (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, elwior
  •  'Heck' of a job, Boehner, but (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, elwior

    somebody's got to do it. Besides, you can't play golf in Ohio or Washington these days.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 08:18:12 AM PST

  •  "Jobs, jobs, jobs" is his mantra, but (3+ / 0-)
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    skillet, elwior, VanessaLP526

    "Golf, golf, golf" is his lifestyle.

    By the way, I've got better form:

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 08:21:33 AM PST

  •  We have to make the rotten Rs unemployed (4+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, elwior, ColoTim, VanessaLP526

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 08:21:36 AM PST

  •  I live near his district (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, anastasia p

    He ran unopposed the last election and trust me, the people in his district would elect a hedge hog to congress if it had an R next to it's name on the ballot.
    Why should he spend time talking to the jobless? In his district they obviously either don't vote or they support his policies, no matter how maladaptive they may be for their own circumstances.

    Just another day in Oceania.

    by drshatterhand on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 09:36:46 AM PST

    •  He never comes to the district (0+ / 0-)

      He barely campaigns. He had a really serious opponent in 2010 who worked his butt off and raised money and went on the air, something Boehner never faced before. It even made him come back to the district 2 or 3 times — golf opportunities lost!
      Ad yet he beat him by a larger margin than he's beating nominal opponents who did nothing and raised $3,000.

      Since then he personally (probably unconstitutionally) gerrymandered the district to be even more Republican. This isn't the place to waste money.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 11:40:26 AM PST

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  •  Thanks for nothing Mr. Speaker (1+ / 0-)
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    Nice to know that our House Speaker is having a nice day on the golf course, and helping to raise money for a fellow Republican who I'm sure cares about the unemployed in Nevada about as much as he cares about the unemployed in Ohio ( meaning not at all).  Meanwhile, I'm counting down the days until the rent is due and my son, my cat, and I are homeless.  Way to go  Boehner!

  •  Thanks for running my favorite photo (0+ / 0-)

    of John Boehner, playing golf. He looks so dashing.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:40:25 AM PST

  •  Look: this is not news (0+ / 0-)

    I understand there is only one golf course in his district. And it's snowing.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 11:38:04 AM PST

    •  Why not? Because it's so common? (0+ / 0-)

      So the "Speaker" just gets a pass because it's expected he golf in Nevada (instead of work - at least for his constituents) because of the season?

      But then again - maybe everything Boehner does should be considered "non news" - since he can't seem to get a bill passed (worth talking about) - when he is in Washington.

      Does he even use his district golf course?

      I wonder if Methylcyclohexanemethanol is good for golf greens ...

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

      by RUNDOWN on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 10:39:46 PM PST

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  •  Well, he just got through spending last (0+ / 0-)

    week in California. Fundraising, going on The Tonight Show, pissing off the waitstaff at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, and appearing on my local TV channel by holding a presser in Bakersfield with three Republican San Joaquin Valley Representatives. It on the need for more water to flow to SJ Valley farmers (two of the three Rep's own farms there...funny how that works).
    Apparently we Californians can't correctly prioritize our drought situation. In Ohio, fish would never come before farming, or some such horsepucky was said. Get back to me on that one Boehner when Ohio suffers a drought, m'kay?

    Vacations are nice out in the West in winter, but I get the feeling this is a quid pro quo gig he's got going on. Oh, and shall we say fundraising again?

    “And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.” — John Steinbeck

    by CA ridebalanced on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 06:31:30 PM PST

  •  Extension of unemployment would be (3+ / 0-)
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    mike101, Dancing Frog, RUNDOWN

    practically a moot point if the Republicans had not killed the American Jobs Act.  Most economists believed it would have created conservatively, 1.6 million new jobs to some analyses expecting to as much as 4 million.

    This was three years ago.  What would our economic picture be now if the Republicans had not sabotaged the very thing the American people have been shouting for since the debacle of 2007-2008?

    The audacity of Boehner is he has remarked more than once President Obama has "let the people down," in the job department.

    Just exactly who has let the American people down?  I'd venture to say it is the concerted effort of the GOP whose purpose in all this is to work for a weakened economy so they can point to a failed presidency.

    •  I see them purposely (0+ / 0-)

      wasting money here and there. For a while I wondered why they would do that. But then I realized that if they throw money down a drain, that money is gone and can't be used on good, useful things. It saps enthusiasm and pushes the idea of a useless other words, the waste furthers their political agenda.

      -- We are just regular people informed on issues

      by mike101 on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 07:00:19 PM PST

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      •  Exactly right. (1+ / 0-)
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        Along with the pledged obstructionism to everything and anything "obama," the more they waste, time, money, and enthusiasm, the better they can show how government is not the answer; privatize and deregulate.

        The "government is the problem," mentality has taken on a twisted and sinister meaning.  

  •  What an unattractive outfit! (0+ / 0-)

    It really emphasizes that he really is letting himself go.  How can he hope to attract voters if he cares so little for his appearance.

  •  But of course, Ohio won't UN-elect him... (0+ / 0-)

    He says all the right words and has that white male (albeit orange faced) kinda facial set...

    Father, church elder, small bidnessman, and social critic all wrapped up into one grimace.

    Poor Ohio. Poor USA.

    Antidote? Antiseptic D A Y L I G H T !!!

    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 05:39:17 AM PST

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