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Sunday, September 25, 2016

If Speaker John Boehner wants to make the 113th Congress the least effective ever, he has a tough record to beat — his own.

The Boehner-led House in the 112th Congress passed the fewest number of bills since that number started being tracked in 1947.

But the congressman from Ohio isn’t going to let an impressive record like that stop him from making American history again.

“At this point in 2011, when the House was beginning its least productive session ever, the House had passed 23 bills which became laws,” The Daily Kos‘ Jed Lewison points out. “That compares to 15 so far this year.”

This gives House Republicans a clear head start in their pursuit of the “least productive” title. And they’re not going to let anything get in their way.

Not working is part of their two-prong strategy, along with only voting on pretend things, like fake Obamacare repeals.

“In fact, while the House passed fewer bills than any previous House during the last Congress, it actually cast the fifth-most votes ever,” Lewison points out.

Today, Boehner was asked about his role in leading the least productive House ever. He displayed his typical modesty:

 Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

  • Lynda Groom

    That’s a real nice little part-time job they’ve got there. It comes with full bennies as well. I hope they don’t hurt themselves running out the door heading for home. I would hate to have to pay for any injuries or stress they might suffer.

    • thedirtydemocrat

      The GOP has a real job to gather the bucks from their corporate sponsors. It must be very degrading for them to have to kiss the ass of their rulers. Last election Sheldon Adelson paid out over 100, million bucks to get just 2 elected Rep Joe Heck Nevada and Senator Dean Heller of Nevada

  • charleo1

    The not so subtle message from the GOP to the
    American people. You elect another one,
    and you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

  • NMoshe

    And Republicans claim that it’s Democrats and the poor who don’t work for a living.

    • bckrd1

      they are always projecting

      • NMoshe

        That is how Republicans work, through projection.

        Republicans accuse liberals of being based on emotional thinking while they claim to be guided by logic. This is false as can be demonstrated by their position on guns. Says the Republican “criminals will always get guns anyways so we shouldn’t regulate them at all.” If you counter that argument with marijuana or abortion they change the topic to “well the Second Amendment is absolute.” They will do this without acknowledging or addressing the fallacies of their first argument.

        Republicans also accuse liberals of voter fraud and voter suppression. Yet the only verified incidents of bona fide voter fraud in the last cycle were committed by Republicans.

  • Older_Wiser2

    And that’s after the August, month-long recess. Slackers.

  • hollyhock

    What does it take to deprive them of their pay and benefits?

    • sunmusing

      not to vote for them in the first place…grifters will grift…

    • tax payer

      Stop paying taxes and no one gets money anymore.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    It’s time to consider seriously impeaching Boehner. He isn’t the head of the GOP bull male snakes. But, he does stand in line for the presidency should a real disaster occur. Boehner and the GOP bull male domination party need to learn that WE not they pay their salaries and as such, WE not they determine how hard they will work.

    So…if they only work 9 days…they only get 9 days pay. If they don’t like that, too damn bad. This is the same platform their crony capitalists pull off on Middle Class workers isn’t it? Pay them for 9 days. Give them only 9 days of their benefits. Then see how these GOP bull males will be put in their places. Enough already with their power freak addictions.

    • Michael Ahlum

      He “goose steps”,get it right.

    • latebloomingrandma

      The problem is, who would take his place?

      • RobertCHastings

        Do you mean if the Republicans retain control of the House? I am sure they would call Michelle Bachman back from retirement.

    • sigrid28

      The thought that he stands in line for the presidency is chilling and infuriating at the same time. . . . I think my son is going to have to come in here and calm me down. Why in world should the House work only nine days in September, even with the Jewish New Year (which we observe here in our house along with Christian holidays)? I’m sure the GOP intends to defeat Obama’s presidency through the failure to act whatsoever.

      • thedirtydemocrat

        Try a good Muslim prayer while you are at it. Buhdda prayers help also.
        Hindu and try Wiccan might come in handy too.

    • tax payer

      If they don’t pass Immigration Reform that’s enough for me for them to work only one day..

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        If they don’t pass immigration reform, some fools will end up paying billions upon billions for deportation and that still won’t happen because TX, OK, AZ, NM and the agri-industry states relies so heavily on illegals for cheap labor. What is there about red state politicians refusing to allow their crony capitalists to pay for illegals workers and the tax related to that some don’t get? This is the ONLY reason why these conservatives do not want to pass immigration laws….their crony capitalists would then be responsible to report their wages and pay employer taxes in the billions…And then, you have a House GOP bull male domination party who bitches about the deficit? When all those billions in unpaid illegal employee taxes are flying away in the conservative wind?

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Who would even consider voting for another GOP cloned bull male dominator? That would be the first step to handing over the government to them. They’ve blackened their own reputation beyond anything that any decent, respectful, GOP member could ever hope to repair.

    • Michael Ahlum

      Just so you know, spread the word they, are the Nazi Bully Minority Confederate KKK Koch Brother Women Hating Republican Party.

      • thedirtydemocrat

        Michael, tell us what you really think. BTW you are talking for me too.

  • Dominick Vila

    Looks like the House of Representative borrowed a page from George W. Bush’ performance. All kidding aside, most Americans take a Summer vacation and there is no reason why our elected officials should not take one. The real problem is not the fact they are taking a summer vacation, however, but that every season is summer for them!

    • RobertCHastings

      There is a big reason they should not break for the summer. There is at least three years of work still to be done by the House. At least under Pelosi, the House worked. Under Boehner, they haven’t sharpened their first pencil yet.

  • Catskinner

    If John Boehner is successful in getting to the end of this term of Congress without doing anything to advance the disastrous immigration bill that was produced in the Senate, it will be the most successful Congress in history.

    • Sand_Cat

      And Hitler was one of the most “successful” rulers in history – for a while.

  • Lorr

    Our tax dollars at work LOL!!! Their calendar shows 126 days in session for the whole year. August in session 2 days the first and second and 9 days in September. They should only be paid by the hour, no benefits because they are part time and they should not be reimbursed expenses other than travel to and from D.C. to home only when they are actually working.

    • RobertCHastings

      Hey, works for me. Since their work schedule looks like what a lot of people around the country are working, being part-time with no benefits, your idea has a great deal of merit.

  • Jack Ragan

    Hopefully (?) their salaries will be cut 2/3 and not be counted vacation days.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Although these GOP male bulls wear the mantles of warriors, they are just like the rest of us. We cannot now or ever allow ourselves the luxury of believing they have more power than we do. They can lose their jobs if enough fed up Americans deem it necessary. They put their pants on the way we all do…one leg at a time. You cut them back down to size by seeing them for who and what they are. Then, you realize…they aren’t the royalty they think they are.

    • Sand_Cat

      I resent your statement that these clowns “are just like the rest of us.” Speak for yourself ;<)

  • jane allen

    Can we take away “our (ha, ha, ha, hardy har har) representatives'” pensions and health care and social security and jobs like they’re doing to us? Huh, huh, can we?

    • sigrid28

      In Illinois, the governor took away pay and benefits for state legislators until they dealt effectively with the state’s pension crisis. Republican’s threatened court action, but the citizens were behinds the governor. I think a very high fine for the House would be another way to penalize them.

      • jane allen

        Sounds good to me!! Good for Illinois!

    • tax payer

      Social Security they have earned, but the rest it’s a different story.

  • tdm3624

    Our Representatives need to be in Washington, working to get things done. That being said however, I don’t think that a Congress that passes a large number of bills is more productive than a Congress that passes a small number of bills. I would rather see Congress devote most of their time in getting a really good bill passed then try and rush something through that isn’t well thought out.

    • Jon Savage

      have they put out A good bill?

      • tdm3624

        I don’t know about this Congress lol, but I think our Congress has passed some good legislation in the past.

  • Lovefacts

    For this we pay our representatives $174,000/year while Boehner gets $233,500/year and poor Cantor only receives $193,400/year. IMO, this is a major campaign issue. I can just see the voters reactions when they actually learn how much these characters are paid for nine days work, and it won’t be pretty. Talk about hubris and proving their lack of interest in running the government and/or solving our problems–not to mention saving the middle class.

    • sigrid28

      The issue here is not only lack of interest alone but a furtive INTENTION. This furtive intention is to run out the clock on Obama’s presidency, so that nothing can get done and the government can grind to a stop. It is, in the minds of the GOP, a logical extension of the argument for less government–part of the libertarian branch of the Republican platform. Even more devious than this sly intention and a further consequence of it, is the resort to “clan rule,” a topic discussed usefully in a piece I cited recently in the NM comment threads, from the Chronicle Review for April 5, 2013, by Mark S. Weiner, a law professor at Rutgers School of Law, studying the rules that govern clans, entitled “The Paradox of Individualism.” When government fails, its opposite, he shows, is not “a world of maximal individual choice. It is what I call the rule of the clan, a world in which in-group loyalties trump individual rights. . . . Left to our own devices, humans tend to live under clan rule.” Extending Weiner’s paradign, we can recognize in the affinity on the right for xenophobia, misogyny, nepotism, cronyism, and hostility toward the poor a profound identification with the operations of clan rule in the U.S. No wonder they don’t worry so much about the federal government falling to pieces.

      • JO

        The Tea Party is no more than the Posse Comitatus in suits. Their main objective is to destroy the government.

  • JDavidS

    Try this… Go tell your boss that you’re only going to work for nine days in September, but you still want full pay (and any perks you might get). See how long you have your job.

    This tells you the complete and utter distain the RepubliCONs/Tea Clowns have for the American public.

    And yet the feeble-minded continue to vote for these inutile bastards.

    • tax payer

      If you are a contract worker you can do it, but still he would find another contractor to do the job.

  • jointerjohn

    The republican congressional three-step plan:
    #1. Tell the citizens government can’t do anything right
    #2. Get elected and seize a majority in the House of Representatives
    #3. Make #1 a reality

  • dpaano

    What is really appalling is that the Republicans keep harping on how much time President Obama has spent on vacations (much less, by the way, than the previous president)! Again, as someone previously mentioned, they are hypocrites to the MAX! I think we put them on an hourly payroll system…..only pay them for the time they actually spend working in Washington (which means working in the House Chambers also)!

    • RobertCHastings

      Unfortunately, as we learned just a few short months ago when they did the same thing, their salaries are fixed and, according to the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, no laws affecting their salaries will take effect until AFTER an election intervenes. We have to live with what we have, for the time being.

      • Jon Savage

        last congress passed the law if no budget no pay didnt they – supposed to kick in this congress?

        • RobertCHastings

          According to “Politico”, the salaries of Congress will not be paid out after this past May UNTIL either a budget is passed, or the 113th Congress is permanently adjourned (2015). The money will be held in escrow. They won’t be getting their money any time soon and what is really great about it this was dreamed up by the Republicans.

  • Sand_Cat

    Shouldn’t he get extra credit for all those repeals of the ACA?
    (;<)

    • thedirtydemocrat

      (:>)

  • ObozoMustGo

    Off topic but worthy of mention…. I just wanted to offer my congratulations to all of you DemonRATS!!!! Nice work!!! Well done!!!. You’ve finally moved Detroit over the brink of disaster and into bankruptcy with 50+ years of near 100% DemonRAT rule. This had to be your objective. After all, with the exception of the real useful idiots (many on here) no one, not even yourselves actually believe that socialist DemonRAT policies do anything but result in the destruction of the civil society and an economy. DETROIT IS EXAMPLE 1 OFTHE FAILURE OF DEMONRAT POLICIES AND IDEAS. Of course, knowing how stupid most of you are, your little pea brains will think that the cure to Detroit’s ills will be much more of exactly what caused them in the first place because progressive liberalism is the disease that presents itself as its own cure.

    Congratulations, once more, on a glorious victory in the intentional destruction of an American city. Next stop, support for Obozo in his attempts to turn America into one giant Detroit!

    Have a nice weekend!

    “When men once get the habit of helping themselves to the property of others,” warned the New York Times in 1909 about the proposed federal income tax, “they are not easily cured of it.’”

    • demz taters

      Well we know what talking point the right and its dittoheads are regurgitating today.

      • ObozoMustGo

        tater… if this were a court where DemonRATS were on trial for the damage their ideology has created, Detroit would be the star witness against you!!! 50 YEARS OF ONE PARTY CONTROL — ALL DEMONRATS!!!!!

        Have a nice day!

        “The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.” – Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom

  • Pamby50

    I had to go look up what he get being speaker of the house. $223,500. That comes to 612.33 per day. I want a job like that. Do nothing and get paid with great benefits. When he is there all he does is bluster. Say what you will about Nancy Pelosi, but she worked. John Boehner couldn’t even get the farm bill through the house.

  • bckrd1

    Hopefully, once the electorate that brought us the GOP House, starts to feel the effects from the bills they did pass, their (the GOP) days will be numbered. 2014 is coming and some real hurtin will be happening between now and then. When the people realize it is them being hurt with the cold hearted legislation passed and that it affects them and not just Democrats and the “imagined takers”, they might just realize elections have consequences….to them. I hold no real hope of them having any epiphanies but one could hope.

  • A_Schick

    Well far be it from a Repub. to actually ACCEPT facts.

  • tax payer

    One day is enough to make us happy, if they do what is right.