GOP LEADER “BULLYING” MEMBERS IN SUPPORT OF … OBAMA?
(Well … aside from the fact most GOP members are crony capitalists).
The answer is simple: “Punishment and fear.”
According to U.S. Rep. Mark Meadors of North Carolina, “Republican” Speaker John Boehner and his henchmen mete out punishment to lawmakers who defy them on key votes – which Meadors did.
From The Daily Signal, a publication of the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation …
Meadows, R-N.C., was greeted in his Capitol Hill office last Thursday by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the House Oversight and Government Reform chairman, and given a lose-lose choice.
He could resign as chair of the Government Operations subcommittee or be removed from the role.
Meadows, bucking party leaders intent on giving trade powers to President Obama, was one of 34 Republicans to vote against a normally routine procedural vote that allowed a vote on Trade Promotion Authority to occur.
Last week, in a similar show of force against its own party, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., removed Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Trent Franks of Arizona from the GOP vote-counting (whip) team.
We already knew about Boehner’s bribes for “good behavior.” Now we see his bullying for “bad behavior” – and in this case the “bad behavior” was standing against a debilitating trade deal which would further undermine our nation’s already anemic economic “recovery.”
This website has had zero use for Boehner since he became Speaker in the aftermath of the 2010 Tea Party revolt against Washington. Elected to block Obama’s overreach and overspending, he has instead enabled it.
That’s why we opposed his renomination as Speaker in 2013 and again in 2015 – and have criticized those “conservative” lawmakers who voted for him.
As for Meadors, he’s done with Boehner …
“The leadership team wants to create a culture of punishment and fear without a culture of debate and dialogue,” he told The Daily Signal. “But there is no honor in bowing to a bully. There is only honor in fighting a good fight—win or lose. This is not a fight I will back down from.”
Good for him.
Sadly, we know how most of South Carolina’s “conservative” delegation has responded to Boehner’s bullying …