Profiles in courage (Craven Division).
The NY Times reported today on the utterances of one John A. Boehner.
He was confronted, the Times aid, at his daily Capitol Hill breakfast stop, Pete’s Diner, by 2 teenaged students, brought to this country illegally by their parents when they were young children, who asked for his help in passing comprehensive immigration reform, Boehner told them, “I’m trying to find some way to get this thing done. It’s, uh, as you know, not easy, not going to be an easy path forward. But I’ve made it clear since the day after the election it’s time to get this done.”
Later, that same day, Boehner must have re-checked the time, because he told reporters asking about the Senate-passed immigration reform legislation:
“’The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House,’ he said. ‘And frankly, I’ll make clear we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.’”
Whatever you think of Boehner’s political bind, what can one say about the bald-faced lie he palmed off on the students? He sure taught them a thing or two about honesty and honor in American politics.
I mean who were these “illegals” to demand the personal respect of an honest answer?
Of course, by the end of the article, Times reporters Ashley Parker and Michael S. Schmidt had provided evidence that dishonesty through non-disclosure is no partisan thing in today’s Washington. “John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said at a confirmation hearing for Jeh C. Johnson, the nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,” the Times reported, "that the administration had refused to provide information on how it was policing the border."After Mr. Johnson stopped short of committing to provide the border data without consulting with homeland security officials, Mr. McCain said that he would not vote to confirm him until Mr. Johnson gave a 'yes answer' to sharing the information. 'How can we carry out our functions of oversight if we don’t get the kind of information we need to make the decisions that this committee to make?' Mr. McCain said."