Oh, the Orange One is so funny:
The top Republican in the House of Representatives called on Tuesday for President Barack Obama to fire his economic team in a campaign-style speech meant to focus voters on the weak American economy.
House Republican leader John Boehner said Obama should begin clearing house by replacing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House economic adviser Larry Summers.
"It's time to put grown-ups in charge. It's time for people willing to accept responsibility," Boehner told a civic group in Cleveland.
Boehner's call for a "fresh start" on the economy comes 10 weeks before November 2 elections expected to see Republicans slash Democrats' big majorities in the House and Senate, largely because of the near double-digit jobless rate.
If Republicans take the House, Boehner is in line to become its speaker, which would make him the chamber's presiding officer and in charge of setting its agenda.
Boehner has been a leading critic of Obama's programs, including his overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, reform of the rules governing the financial industry, and what Republicans' denounce as his failed $812 billion economic stimulus plan designed to create jobs and boost investment.
Okay, I admit, that was a rather large spit take hearing Boehner actually having the hubris to claim that the Republican "grown ups" should be in charge. Again, who had the keys to the car that drove off this cliff?
"Failed" stimulus? Despite the lagging (you do know what "lagging" means, don't you, John?) indicator of employment, even Republican governors have been forced to admit that the stimulus has worked.
With all due respect to the ambitious would-be Speaker of the House, as Campaign for America's Future puts it, Boehner needs more than a fact-check for his speech, he needs a fact-stimulus:
That sad, pathetic, empty shell of speech -- a chain of lies, exposing an agenda of nothing but more tax cuts and fewer rules for multi-millionaire CEOs.
Boehner's fact-deprived speech needs a fact-stimulus. Here are just the most egregious examples:
1. Boehner Would Kill Jobs, Literally
Early in the speech, Boehner criticizes the recent passage of aid to state governments to avert layoffs and provide health care funding:
[President Obama] signed a 26 billion dollar ‘stimulus’ spending bill that funnels money to state governments in order to protect government jobs. Even worse, the bill is funded by a new tax hike that makes it more expensive to create jobs in the United States and less expensive to create jobs overseas.
This cannot continue. I have had enough – and the American people have had enough – of Washington politicians talking about wanting to create jobs as a ploy to get themselves re-elected while doing everything possible to prevent jobs from being created.
He characterizes the goal to "protect government jobs" as a bad thing. Later in the speech he proposes "freezing both government pay and government hiring."
Meanwhile he used the phrase "job-killing" to describe the President's economic strategy a dozen times.
Yet he embraced a position -- denying aid to fiscally distressed state governments and hiring no more federal government workers -- that would literally kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, including those of teachers, police officers and firefighters.
I have "had enough" of lies that "pretend" people who hold jobs as public servants don't have real jobs.
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