Tuesday, June 9, 2009

John Boehner - Building a More Focused Opposition?

John Boehner - Building a More Focused Opposition?

For those of you who read this blog you know that I have become a fan of John Boehner the Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives.

Representative Boehner has not only been working in the public eye and grabbing national attention, but he seems to have been working tirelessly behind the scenes and his efforts are bearing fruit. His task it seems to me has become to get minority members working together by forming committees to formulate alternatives that the Republican’s can stand behind; alternatives to the administration’s plans, alternatives that the public can get behind.

Mr. Boehner has been on the lead also as far as using the new media to get his solution oriented message out there. He has a wealth of You Tubes for example. His leader alerts are worth subscribing to.

He has seemed to have found his voice. That voice has gone from anger that the ideas and solutions he and his fellow Republicans offer are being ignored by the administration; to one of a realistic questioning of what he can do to change this situation. My analysis leads me to think that he has started to focus on a solution focused approach that through the new media and his bully pulpit he can let the public know that the Republicans have real substantive alternative solutions to the problems this country faces.

The question seems; how well will he be able to carry it out.

I will give a couple of his leader alerts that are along this vein. These show specifically what I’m talking about. These show that there is work under way by the minority party to put up alternative solutions to our problems. To show the public that there are other ways to solve the problems we face. What I like in this effort is the use of the new media as an alternative way to the old media to get the message out. Sad to say the old media is ignoring alternatives by the Republicans.

What I see from the leader alerts below, is that there appears to be a structural aspect to this. Hopefully an infrastructure is beginning to emerge. A vehicle that can build consensus within the party; get people again working on the same page. To take a page from the British, a start of an organized “shadow government” at the start a least a more formal set of alternative policies and solutions. Something for members and the public to hang their policy hats on.

On “cap and trade” or the “national energy tax” John Boehner issued this alert linked below. Notice in there the reference and link to a newly set up group led by Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN), the GOP American Energy Solutions Group. Do you remember the “all of the above” plan during the “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” days? The plan is still good.


Next and below, having to do with National Health Care proposed by the administration, is a quote from another leader alert. “Republicans believe there’s a better way. Led by Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the Health Care Reform Solutions Group is crafting a plan that will make health care more accessible and affordable without raising taxes or undermining the health care Americans currently receive.” If they come out with a website then that would add more credence to my analysis.


Next and below, is a Press Release by the Minority Leader John Boehner on June 5th about the May Jobless numbers. Notice in it he is quoted as saying. “There is a better way. Doubling down on the Democrats’ plans to tax more, spend more, and borrow more from our children and grandchildren is not the right answer to this economic crisis. Republicans have offered better solutions to create more jobs, curb spending, cut taxes, rebuild savings, and control the debt, and we have reached out to our Democratic counterparts to work on these policies in a constructive way. I urge Democrats in Congress and the Administration to finally follow through on their promises of bipartisan cooperation.”

Again if there is a “Job Creation Solutions Group” formed and it puts out substantive information, I will applaud. I still believe that if you build it they will come. The trick is building something solid not like the deck of cards the administration is trying to hold together. It has to be coherent, something members and the public can get behind. Something a leader can do. I hope Mr. Boehner keeps turning into that leader.


That is the only evidence I have of a viable minority party on the rise. If what I see is true then I will stand behind and help Minority Leader Boehner push his message through the new media.

That’s what I am, that’s what I do. Lol (He said with a smile.)

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative


steve said...

I like the idea of a focused response with real alternatives to the Democrats. The only bone I have with the energy response is the attempt to co-opt some of the environmentalists turf with the 'green energy' and cut CO2 emissions statement. Very soon this fad will pass and people will figure out that it's a scam and guess who will be left holding the bag. I would lead on this issue not try to be diet democrat

live dangerously said...

If you know my blog, I have no love for "diet democrats". I do favor doing all we can for air and water quality, in a common sense way.
Lunatic left and even mainstream thinking on environmentalism is not my idea of common sense.
Barry Goldwater is.
Welcome to the site Steve.

Regards and Live Dangerously Be A Conservative.

live dangerously said...

Something else I just found might make matters clearer about how I feel about environmentalism the way it is.
"This lie of political correctness is bringing this country down. You just want to break through it all”
That quote was from actor John Voight.
Thanks Steve you just gave me an idea for a post.
Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative