Friday, April 8, 2011

Itís a John Wayne moment

When real "John Wayne" Americans make a deal, you can depend on them to keep it.

Clearly it's just wrong when some drunken actor with a lucrative contract declares mid-contract that he will not work without a raise, no matter what deal he had agreed to.

Speaker John Boehner is proving himself to be no John Wayne. Boehner had negotiated a budget deal with the Democrats, but is having difficulty keeping it.

He leads a split party. The extreme right, led by the likes of Reps. Michele Bachmann and Mike Pence, is raging against any deal that doesn't seem to include the end of Medicare, the privatization of Social Security, ending the use of city taxes in the District of Columbia for funding abortion for low-income women, cutting all federal funding for Planned Parenthood and decimating the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse rules.

Boehner thought he could make a rational deal to cut billions from the budget and still keep the country operating. He failed to appreciate that tea partiers consider shutting down the federal government a tremendous victory, no matter what it does to the financial markets or to the economy or to the United States' standing in the world.

So, Mr. Speaker, keep your word and face a political and a personal risk. Or break the deal.

Are you going to cave in to the extreme risk-everything-in-service-to-ideology voices, or are you going to put on your big-boy pants and stick with the budget deal you made? After all, it's only the country that is at stake here.

John Wayne will be watching.

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