Boehner: Unions Use ‘A Machine Gun’ to Negotiate
March 1, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—What the hell is wrong with this guy? Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) apparently didn’t get the memo about refraining from using violent gun talk to demonize political opponents, in the wake of the Tuscon rampage. There is also the distinct possibility that Boehner doesn’t care, and he knew exactly what he was doing in order to falsely portray union members as violent thugs, a smear that has been promoted repeatedly by Fox News. What did he say? Speaker Boehner said public service unions point “a machine gun” at the heads of state officials to get what they want in contract negotiations. A machine gun? Really?
Boehner, who recently quipped “So be it” if Republican budget cuts destroy jobs, is on a roll with his verbal diarrhea. He made his latest oddball remarks during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. Because nothing says Christian, like the use of violent rhetoric and disturbing gun imagery.
BOEHNER: “It’s not just Wisconsin. It’s Ohio. It’s Indiana. You’re going to see these types of actions taken in a lot of states because the states are broke and over the last couple of years the Obama administration, the Democrat controlled Congress bailed out the states where they could avoid making the tough decisions. Well, there are no more bailouts coming from Washington. We’re broke. We’re broke! We don’t have money to dish out to the states so all these Governors are trying to find ways to balance their budgets, which they’re required to do. In some of these states you’ve got collective bargaining laws that are so weighted in favor of the public employees that there’s almost no bargaining. We’ve given them a machine gun and put it right at the heads of the local officials and they really have their hands tied. And I think what you’re seeing in these states is they’re trying to bring some balance to these negotiations that when you look at the pay of public employees today and you look at their retirement benefits they are way out of line with many other working Americans.”
Boehner would have you believe that “We’re broke,” because of machine gun wielding union thugs demanding outlandish benefits and salaries from the taxpayers. That’s not the case. Hardworking firefighters, teachers and police didn’t cause our recession. The failed policies of the Bush administration and the unregulated greed of Wall Street did.
And now that Boehner and the Republicans added to the growing deficit by demanding tax cuts for the rich, they are trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor, the helpless and the middle class.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Keith Allison/John Boehner, AT&T National golf tournament, July 2009/Creative Commons Attribution.