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A Spine Grows In GOP Land
IBD Editorials ^ | July 26, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 07/26/2011 4:17:06 PM PDT by Kaslin

Leadership: The tough stance taken by House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans in debt talks marks a welcome new trend: GOP leaders who show guts.

It didn't start with John Boehner refusing to give in to President Obama's insistence on tax increases. This once-thought-extinct species — Republicans who have spines — has migrated to Washington from other habitats:

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: Accomplishing what many believed impossible, he took some of the most powerful public sector unions head-on, suspending the lavish cost-of-living adjustments of their underfunded pensions, raising retirement ages, and insisting state employees pay more for benefits, as private-sector workers do. Christie's fate after crossing Big Labor's thugs? He's now begged, nearly daily, to run for president.

• Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Democratic lawmakers left the state in an attempt to prevent the passing of laws, and the Democratic National Committee helped Big Labor hold demonstrations comparing him to Hitler, physically keeping lawmakers from getting to their offices. But Walker kept his campaign vows to regain control of spending by changing the way state government works and restricting collective bargaining by state employees. Other governors are now studying this as an object lesson in executive leadership.

• Florida Congressman Allen West: Others may fear new DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but the Iraq war veteran took her on like a jihadist insurgent. "You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives," he wrote her, adding that she had "proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady" and unworthy of his respect. West says he won't apologize to Schultz.

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1 posted on 07/26/2011 4:17:12 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Now all they need is the testicular fortitude to stick to their guns.


2 posted on 07/26/2011 4:20:44 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Kaslin

Boehner should not be included in the list. He has Rent a Spine on speed dial......


3 posted on 07/26/2011 4:21:17 PM PDT by hatfieldmccoy (The Obama beat down of America continues)
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To: hatfieldmccoy

That is your opinion and you are entitled to it


4 posted on 07/26/2011 4:26:51 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin; hatfieldmccoy

It’s my opinion, too, and I am also entitled to my opinion which has a huge basis in reality.

{hatfieldmccoy, that was a great one! I needed that!)


5 posted on 07/26/2011 4:37:11 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Boehner, you B@st@rd!)
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To: Kaslin

They all act like they have spines when there’s a dem in the whitehouse.

Just wait and see what happens if we put another RINO in charge.


6 posted on 07/26/2011 4:45:47 PM PDT by CowboyJay
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To: Lauren BaRecall

Old “blood and guts” Boehner’s bill cuts a whopping $1Billion next year. Should I bow at his feet now to beat the rush?


7 posted on 07/26/2011 4:47:08 PM PDT by Lost Highway (I don't know what the world may need but a V8 engines a good start for me)
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To: Lost Highway
Old “blood and guts” Boehner’s bill cuts a whopping $1Billion next year

So ya want me to take these (R)s serious. This man is pathetic. He can screw up a wet dream. I want to know who the fools are that vote for his bill.

8 posted on 07/26/2011 4:53:39 PM PDT by Digger (T)
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To: Lost Highway

You can hold off a bit because his office said he *may* rewrite parts of it. He might just end up deserving a bow and a *grovel*!


9 posted on 07/26/2011 5:35:30 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Boehner, you B@st@rd!)
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To: Lost Highway

You can hold off a bit because his office said he *may* rewrite parts of it. He might just end up deserving a bow and a *grovel*!


10 posted on 07/26/2011 5:36:01 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Boehner, you B@st@rd!)
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To: Kaslin
Yes, West is a fighten Army LtCol...retired, but boy does he have fight...yippee...I support Boehner too...I thought the of the two speeches last night...Boehner looked and acted like a President should...zero was again a pathetic mess...he is embarrassing...way over his head...I have concluded he can't think...he has NO ability to run this country...he has no ability to even know what is good for this country...it's time to invoke the 25th.
11 posted on 07/26/2011 5:44:54 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 "Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the synaGOGue of Satan.")
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To: Kaslin

Breaking News has, once again, thrown the article’s assertion into doubt - relative to GOP House so-called leadership.

Back to BOHICA, folks.


12 posted on 07/26/2011 5:48:59 PM PDT by don-o (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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To: Kaslin
My opinion too...especially given the FACT the CBO just told us Boehner's cuts are 800 BILLION!!!! over ten years.

Oh yeah...he's a REAL tough cookie that one.

13 posted on 07/26/2011 5:51:39 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: hatfieldmccoy
Boehner should not be included in the list. He has Rent a Spine on speed dial......

I agree to some extent. Look at the people on the list: Chris Christy, Scott Walker, Allan West. All these people took the bull by the horns and figured a way past their problem NOW.

Now look at Boehner. Spreading his spending cuts out over 10 years. I'd say Mr. Boehner is another in a long line of can kickers. We need meaningful, serious, deep cuts NOW. Boehner has no control over nor any idea of what will happen next year. Do it now John.

14 posted on 07/26/2011 5:53:44 PM PDT by upchuck (A default is not an economic event. It is a political event.)
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To: upchuck

The fossilized, ruling class, old guard pubbies are killing us and the country. They are left wing enablers with their “go along to get along” philosophy. Too many club lunches, cocktail parties with DC press, government teat lobbyists and a general swamp of corruption. DC kills common sense.


15 posted on 07/26/2011 6:07:50 PM PDT by hatfieldmccoy (The Obama beat down of America continues)
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To: CowboyJay
They all act like they have spines when there’s a dem in the whitehouse. Just wait and see what happens if we put another RINO in charge.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
-Abraham Lincoln

16 posted on 07/26/2011 6:16:06 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Lauren BaRecall
You can hold off a bit because his office said he *may* rewrite parts of it.

Hopefully he's adding three zeros to next year's cuts. I'm not holding my breath, however.

17 posted on 07/26/2011 6:19:29 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Lost Highway

It is many times the size of the cuts he got with the CR, so he thinks he is improving.


18 posted on 07/26/2011 8:14:01 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Kaslin; Keith in Iowa; hatfieldmccoy; Lauren BaRecall; CowboyJay; Lost Highway; Digger; shield; ...

Perhaps John Boehner really has grown a spine.

Or more likely it’s the broomstick that Ryan, Cantor and co. have shoved up his keister that’s serving as a reasonable facsimile thereof...

“The world’s saddest tangerine” (gotta give John Stewart his props for that one!) would have sold us out a half-dozen times over were it not for the Young Guns letting him know on no uncertain terms that he could not impose a bad deal on the House and that he could be replaced easily.


19 posted on 07/27/2011 12:27:58 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: shield

“Yes, West is a fighten Army LtCol...retired, but boy does he have fight...yippee...I support Boehner too...I thought the of the two speeches last night...Boehner looked and acted like a President should...zero was again a pathetic mess.”

I agree.


20 posted on 07/27/2011 12:40:48 AM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Kaslin
It seems the Tea Party supplies what the GOP has always lacked

A Spine.

21 posted on 07/27/2011 4:37:01 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving politicians more tax money is like giving addicts free drugs to cure their addiction)
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