It was during his press conference yesterday that our esteemed Speaker of House, John ‘Boner’, actually refused to say whether or not the Republican-majority House will allow federal funding of Planned Parenthood in fiscal 2016, which starts on Oct. 1.  So I’ve got ask you, just what good is this guy?  ‘Boner’ was asked: “By September 30, the House needs to pass a bill to fund HHS for fiscal year 2016. Will that law–whether it’s a stand-alone appropriations or a CR–fund Planned Parenthood?”  To which he responded, “Listen, the Planned Parenthood issue is under review of two of our committees.”  So is the fact that this barbaric activity is now under review by two committees supposed to make me feel better?

‘Boner’ continued by saying, “Listen, I’ve seen these two videos.”  And he went on to say, “They’re gruesome, and I think they’re awful,” in reference to two undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that appear to show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating over the transfer of tissue and organs from aborted babies.  He went on to say, “That’s why the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Judiciary Committee are doing an investigation.” He would go on to add, “I expect we will have hearings, and the more we learn, the more it will educate our decisions in the future.”  Ok, so what else needs to be learned?  I’ve seen the videos, they’re pretty self-explanatory.

A moment later during this very same press conference another reporter asked, “Are you going to use the appropriations process to gut Planned Parenthood?”  And ‘Boner’ responded by saying, “There is an investigation under way, and I expect there will be hearings. And as that process develops, we’ll make decisions based on — based on the facts. But let’s get the facts first.”  Get the facts straight?  Is that not the typical kind of response that we have come to expect from this useless shit. All he has to do in order to get his “facts straight” is to watch either of these very disturbing videos.  This should be a cut and dried issue and yet, once again, our gutless Republicans refuse to take any action.

According to its most recent financial report, for 2013-14,  Planned Parenthood received $528.4 Million in government funding (grants and reimbursements) in 2014. In fiscal 2013, the organization performed 327,653 abortions, the report said.  If Congress included language in the law funding HHS, or in a continuing resolution funding numerous government agencies, that prohibited federal funding from going to Planned Parenthood, the administration could not give federal funds to Planned Parenthood.  Ultimately, Planned Parenthood cannot receive federal funding in fiscal 2016 unless the House agrees to allow it.  But it remains uncertain if any such action will ultimately be taken.

Does ‘Boner’ actually think this is why he was handed the largest House majority since before the Great Depression and the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt?  The last time the GOP enjoyed such a majority was the 71st Congress in 1929 and 1930.  And, yet, what has been accomplished?  And while the GOP majority in the Senate may not be veto proof, it is still sizable enough to at least slow Barry’s progress.  And yet nothing has been done thus far that matches any of the many promises that were made during so many 2014 congressional campaigns.  Republicans had but a very short window of opportunity upon taking control, and they have done little more than to very badly squander their time thus far.

Far from making good on any of the promises made throughout the 2014 campaign, promises to expend every effort to put a stop to Barry’s wholesale destruction of this country, Republicans in Congress have tuned out to be some of Barry’s most potent allies.  Over the past few years many have accused Barry of being incompetent, but what he has been is very purposeful.  Meanwhile it has been our Republicans in Congress who can said to be guilty of monumental ineptness, driven, at least in part, by some rather impressive egos.  And so much time has now been wasted that there is likely not enough time left to recover even if that was something being seriously considered.  Which, apparently, it is not!




You ever have the feeling that you’re living through what would be a real life version of that Bill Murray movie ‘Ground Hog Day?’  At least as far as our GOP ‘leaders’ in Congress are concerned?  Remember how it was during the lead up to the last election, how we heard all manner of promises being made about how, if we were to hand to the Republicans complete control of Congress, they would then fight Barry tooth and nail and put a halt to his ongoing effort to fundamentally transform our country.  Republicans promised they would put a stop to Obamacare, get a handle on our debt and put an end to Barry’s unlawful actions regarding immigration.  And what happened?  Absolutely nothing!

And so it is that we are now once again hearing much the same nonsense.  We had House Speaker John Boehner who, just yesterday, saying how it is that the chamber’s priorities are “the people’s priorities,” and that lawmakers will continue to fight the recent “bad deal” struck with Iran over its nuclear program.  Continue to fight?  And he went on to say, “Here in the House, the people’s priorities continue to be our priorities.”  And as amazing as it might sound, Boehner was actually able to get through his entire spiel with a straight face.  He actually seems to think that there are still people out here beyond the beltway who will still believe what he has to say.  And there just isn’t anymore, or at least very few.

Boehner went on to say, “And while the president’s Iran deal may have been applauded at the United Nations, I think he faces serious skepticism here at home. Let me just assure you that members of Congress will ask much tougher questions this afternoon when we meet with the president’s team. Because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people — and we’re going to do everything possible to stop it.”   Blah, blah, blah.  Not one word of this drivel is anything that we haven’t heard before and on any number of occasions.  And it has been every single time that Boehner, as well as that other boob McConnell, have been proven to be nothing more than pathetic liars.  They are utterly useless.

Most Republican lawmakers have, or so we have been told, long been opposed to this deal with Iran, which was announced last week.  Congress now has 60 days to review the deal, after which it will vote either for it or against it.  If the latter happens, Barry “Almighty” can veto that rejection, which would then require two-thirds of lawmakers to veto that decision if Congress actually decides to press on.  And while it has been reported that the White House sent Congress a copy of the entire agreement on Sunday, rumor now has it that there were at least a couple ‘secret deals’ that may have been left out of what was sent to Congress.  But that will like matter very little to Democrats as they will likely rally behind Barry.

And Barry was said to have irked more than a few lawmakers this week by choosing to submit the deal to the United Nations, which approved of the deal, before allowing Congress the time to read, vet, and vote on the agreement.  House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul took the criticism a step further, saying he would have liked to see the American people weigh in on the deal before it was placed in front of the United Nations Security Council. The White House responded to the criticisms by saying rejecting the deal would let Iran off “scot-free.”  But rejecting the deal is exactly what needs to be done, but there is very little doubt that there will be more than enough Democrats to support it.

Personally, I no longer trust to be true anything that I hear coming from those who are in positions leadership on the Republican said.  They all lie.  They simply tell us what they think we want to hear and then, with a smile on their face and gleam in their eye, they proceed to stab us in the back, twisting the knife as it goes in.  And I feel very confident in saying that come 2016 they are all in for what will most assuredly be a very rude awakening.  Because, quite frankly, I’m tired of being lied to, and you would think that if the popularity of Trump were to show them anything it’s that we’re no longer going to tolerate the lies.  But nope, judging by recent comments it all seems to be sailing right over their heads.