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article imageOp-Ed: Boehner informs Republicans he refuses to allow nation to default

By Nancy Houser     Oct 3, 2013 in Politics
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner has stated that he refuses to allow the nation to default. But actions speak louder than words. And so far, no words have come from the Speaker that supports this conviction.
According to the Boston Globe, John Boehner is seriously lacking in his ability to control the Tea Party, a rebellious arch-conservative group of Republicans. This is thought to be "the defining feature of Washington dysfunction and the central thread in the first government shutdown in 17 years."
Many distrust the Tea Party, the newest members of Congress who gave Boehner his position and power. Unfortunately, time has shown the Tea Party cares little about governing or even Speaker John Boehner. Their single main goal has been to remove Barack Obama from his office and derail Obamacare.
To prove this, standing firmly against the Tea Party is a mounting group of Republicans. Their goal is to ignore the incessant mêlée against Obamacare and focus instead on a clean spending bill for the United States, helping it move forward.
Rep. Scott Rigell, whose Virginia district is home to a significant number of military members and civilian contractors, was one of the first to publicly break away, according to CNN.
"We fought the good fight," he said in a tweet on Tuesday, but acknowledged it was time to move on.
The Republicans have been facing a failed attempt to prevent President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul from becoming effective on October 1, 2013. Currently, there is a struggle between a growing number of GOP members who are seriously against the Tea Party's strategy and ideology.
The Daily Beast reports that Republican donors are beginning to withhold political funds, furious at the Tea Party-led shutdown, saying "Enough is enough!" Tea Party strategy, if that is what it can be called, is similar to a man who undermines the entire economic structure of society by leaving the pay toilet door ajar so the next person can get in free. Apparently, Republican donors feel the same way, as current donor meetings of Republicans wonder if it is time for a little outside counter-pressure to sap the Tea Party of some of its energy.
Republican donors are not the only ones who are upset with the Tea Party. However, New York's Peter King feels what is going on within the Republicans is only a temporary alliance. Teamed against Speaker John Boehner with 11 other House Republicans, he has voted against Boehner's bill which states that the only condition the government can reopen is if the Obamacare laws are delayed,
Sen. Ted Cruz  R-Texas  “filibuster” on Capitol Hill in Washington  ends after 21 hours  19 minu...
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, “filibuster” on Capitol Hill in Washington, ends after 21 hours, 19 minutes (Sept. 24, 2013)
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What is making many Republican moderates frustrated is the fact the Tea Party favorite, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, has been calling the shots for all House Republicans --- to the get-go of shutting the government down. It appears that John Boehner has failed in educating his Tea Party caucus the importance of compromise ... "All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter." (Edmund Burke)
Boehner tried to persuade his unruly caucus of the merits of compromise.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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