Boehner Says Prolonged Debate Slowed Economic Recovery (But Leaves Out That GOP Was Stalling)
Via The Hill, here’s House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) telling Fox News yesterday that the extended debate over Democratic priorities (ie, health care reform) has created an uncertainty in the business community that has hobbled economic recovery.
“It’s the policies that are coming out of this administration and liberals here in Congress that are holding back employers,” Boehner said during an interview on Fox News. “And until there’s some certainty out there in the marketplace … I expect them to continue to sit on their hands.”
And here are other Republican leaders taking credit for stalling the debate indefinitely.
- Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyo.): “We’re being rushed. Deadlines in this thing should be irrelevant.”
- Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa): “It’ll be a lost opportunity if Democratic leaders in Congress and the administration force action on health care legislation that’s not ready because of the complexity of the issue and the high stakes in getting it right.”
3) Michael Steele: “The Democrats have accused us of trying to delay, stall, slow down and stop this bill. They are right. We do want to delay, stall, slow down and ultimately stop them from experimenting on our nation’s health care.”
- And, of course, there was the famous stall-tactics memo from Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).
So, if extended debate is responsible for slowing economic recovery, and the GOP is responsible for the extended debate, does the transitive property apply?