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GOP Bosses Revert to True Nature; Boehner Calls Laura Ingraham

For the record, your humble blogger tried to advise her conservative friends last year that John Boehner and Eric Cantor would be disasters as Republican leaders in the House.

It didn’t take long for them to revert to their true beltway character. Fellow Tom reported earlier on the recent CBO deconstructing the budget cut bill and realizing the American people had essentially been lied to.
Meanwhile, the National Journal reported on a leaked email from a Kevin McCarthy (R – CA) office staffer  that revealed a grisly fight among the ranks of House Republicans. Those who did not want to pass the budget deal were literally compared to traitors… by the leadership in their own party.
Sensing outrage on the horizon, Speaker Boehner personally called Laura Ingraham’s radio show to defend himself. Sadly, however, it didn’t go very well for him, and Ingraham exposed him as a phony politician:

2012 is make or break, folks. Tea party enthusiasm is the only reason Boehner became Speaker last year, and this is the thanks we get for it. And if this debacle shows us Boehner’s version of leadership, the debt ceiling will get raised with ease any day now.
Maybe more Republicans will start to realize that voting for the least of two evils gets us here.

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Cash-Strapped Philadelphia Closes Fire Station, 2 Children Die in Blaze

Heartbreaking news from the city of Philadelphia today. A fire that engulfed a rowhouse took the lives of two young children and injured several others.

According to fire officials, the closest fire station had been closed due to budget cuts, forcing a crew from farther away to respond. Now the local media are asking if the extra distance had anything to do with the deaths.
CBS Philly has the grim details:

A 7-year-old and a 9-year-old were pulled from the row home on the 100 block of Sparks Street once firefighters were able to knock down the flames.

The engine that would have been first on the scene, Engine 61, was browned-out, or closed for the day, as part of the city’s cost-cutting measures.

Fire Department Lt. Mike Grant said, “Engine 51 took over for them, they got here in good order.”

On the other hand, Mike Kane, with Philadelphia Firefighters Union Local 22, says Engine 61 could have been on the scene in half the time.

How did fire stations end up on the budget chopping block? Maybe it had something do with the city’s priorities:

  • 50 million for parks and recreation
  • 128 million for public health
  • 480 million for city employee pensions
  • 32 million for libraries
  • 2 million for the city’s art museum

Prayers and sympathy go to the family as they sift through the rubble of their home tonight. I absolutely do not believe in using a child’s death to score political points, so by no means will I try to pin this on any party. Besides, even reliably red states like Indiana are suffering from budget collapses these days.
But it really makes you wonder when the American people will get serious about understanding our financial crisis.

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