Boehner plans takeover amid phony austerity

Speaker-designate John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks with media on Capitol Hill in Washington Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Here in the days of high unemployment and a lagging economy, Republicans promise a low-key kickoff to the their takeover of control of the House of Representatives this week — a sharp contrast to the fancy celebrations of four years ago when Nancy Pelosi and he Democrats swept into power.

But the low-key show is mostly that — show.  The whole affair, while appearing austere, will appear more of a budget affair than expensive celebration.

“It will be expensive and the lobbyists, as usual, will be picking up the tab,” one GOP insider tells Capitol Hill Blue. “It’s all about illusion and this is still the town where illusion rules.

Writes Phillip Rucker in The Washington Post:

She brought camera crews and dignitaries into her childhood Baltimore neighborhood where a street was being renamed in her honor, while he is bringing his 11 siblings from working-class Ohio to Washington for a private reunion. She was feted at the Italian Embassy as Tony Bennett sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” He was invited to the posh W Hotel for a LeAnn Rimes concert, but is planning to skip it.

Austerity is the theme of Republican John A. Boehner‘s installation as House speaker this week, placing the start of this new Congress in stark contrast to the more lavish festivities that marked Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s swearing-in four years ago.

On Wednesday, following a bipartisan prayer service at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Boehner will recite the oath and take the gavel from Pelosi with the attendant pomp and no more – except, perhaps, a few tears.

Then the 61-year-old Ohioan will deliver his maiden speech to the new House, which includes a huge cadre of freshmen lawmakers. Many of them are rambunctious Republicans who sailed into Washington with the tea party winds and are determined to use their new majority to undo much of President Obama’s legislative record.

In his speech, Boehner intends to survey the difficult choices facing the country and pledge to “listen to the American people” and to reform the way the House has operated in the past under control of both parties, according to a GOP leadership aide.

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2 Responses to "Boehner plans takeover amid phony austerity"

  1. b mcclellan  January 2, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Is it illusion the bent of exasperation, as much as it is the insulin of greed ?
    The balm of bombastic curtailment ?

    Rocks again overturned reveal many bottoms, along the road of tales and deeds.
    I await your tears with the howling wind of of reality Mr. Speaker..

  2. D. Smith  January 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I do not mean any of these comments in a disrespectful or mean-spirited way, but…what makes you think Boehner’s “austerity” is phony? You have no valid reason for saying that. The man just got sworn in as Speaker today!, You sound like a lot of members of congress…totally out of touch with reality.”Insulin of greed”? Insulin is a protein hormone secreted by the pancreas. What could it possibly have to do with greed? I am honestly not aware of other uses of the word. “Bombastic curtailment”? Curtailing what?? “Rocks overturned reveal many bottoms, along the road of tales and deeds”? What tales? What deeds? You sound like someone who is high on something. Surely you don’t want people to think that, do you? You should probably change the tenor of your language or some might mistake you for some sort of angry, pretentious pseudointellectual. Surely you wouldn’t like that either…would you?

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