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Please sir, permission to speak now, Mr. Boehner?

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John Boehner said that in dealing with Obama, he got 98% of what he wanted.   Actually he got 100%.   The 2% he didn't get, holding the debt ceiling ransom, he didn't want anyway.   It was just a club to hold over Obama's head to get everything else he wanted.

Obama scheduled a speech to congress on September 7 to lay out his plan to reduce unemployment, which is contributing to the lack of recovery from the recession.   There are about 14 million people out of work.   Getting as many as possible back to work and contributing to the economy is one of the best things that can be done to end the recession.  

Getting it done as soon as possible, like today, is crucial.   Every day lost in not putting people back to work just makes the recession and the lives of the unemployed worse.

But again, as always, John Boehner said no to Obama's address to congress on September 7.   The reason?   It conflicts with a debate among Republicans running for president.   Boehner said he would allow Obama to address congress on the next day, September 8.

Having first hand experience with the Republican's bait and switch tactics used as a ruse to obstruct anything a Democrat proposes, Obama, still again, fell for it.  

What will Obama do when Boehner tells him on September 8 that he won't allow him to make his speech that evening, either?   Will Obama, as usual, just wait to see if and when Boehner decides to let him speak?

Can we expect the same thing as always from Obama?   Yes sir, Mr. Boehner, I'm prepared to give you 98%, actually make that 100%, of what you want.   So, if you decide to never let me speak again, I'll call it a bipartisan solution that's satisfactory to us all.

The Republicans are bragging, again, that they backed Obama down, again.   They've proven, again, that they can dictate to Obama what he can do and when, if ever, he can do it.  

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If Obama thinks that Boehner's word is good for the September 8 speech, he's even a bigger fool than he's shown himself to be when dealing with Republicans.

This is what we expected Obama to say to the Republicans:   The opening day of congress is the only appropriate time for a proposal to end unemployment and you Republicans will just have to work your way around it.   You don't need to show up for the speech.   We're going to do it my way, either with you or without you.

Is this the only way to deal with Republicans?   Yes.   Will Obama ever deal with them this way?   No.  

  Boehner hasn't considered that with the Republicans debating after Obama's speech on unemployment, they'll be making asinine statements and saying that they're totally against all of it.    And they'll say that if it is implemented it will be the ruination of the country.  

How can we know that this is what they'll do?   Republicans have only one thing, their discredited ideology.   It tells them exactly how to think and what to say, and because of that they are totally predictable.

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Ed Martin is an ordinary person who is recovering from being badly over-educated. Born in the middle of the Great Depression, he is not affiliated with nor a member of any political, social or religious organization. He is especially interested in (more...)

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