Boehner kowtows to Tea Party extremists
John Boehner, speaker of the House, is more interested in placating the Tea Party extremists in his Republican majority than in passing a budget or avoiding default.
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He's not concerned about the shutdown or what a default will do to the economy, how many Americans suffer as a result or how stupid we look to the rest of the world.
All he has to do to resolve the impasse is to allow a simple up or down vote on a "clean CR" and the shutdown would be over. And the same is true to avoid a default. There are enough moderate Republicans and Democrats to pass a bill in the House to end the Tea Party folly.
So why doesn't Boehner act like a genuine speaker of the House and schedule a vote instead of acting as conduit for right-wing Obama haters? Because he's afraid that the Tea Party will throw him overboard and elect Eric Cantor as the new Speaker.
Everyone is being held hostage by Tea Party fanatics in the House like Ted Cruze and Rand Paul who don't care about the adverse consequences of their actions.