Thursday, January 6, 2011

Change We Can (really) Believe in

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011, newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Boehner, assumes the gavel, & delineates the principles that will animate his leadership:

"Hard work & tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. NO longer can we fall short. NO longer can we afford to 'kick the can down the road.' The People voted to end 'business as usual,' and today, we begin to carry out their instructions. (applause)

"In the Catholic Faith, we enter into a season of service by having ashes marked on our head. The ashes remind us that life in all of it's forms is very fragile; our time on this earth - fleeting. But as the ashes are delivered, we hear those humbling words, 'Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.' The American People have humbled us. They have refreshed our memories to just how temporary the privilege of serving is. They have reminded us that everything here is on loan from them; that includes this gavel, which I accept cheerfully & gratefully, knowing that I am but its caretaker. After all, this is the People's House. (applause) This is Their Congress. It's about Them, not about Us."

"What they want is a Government that's honest, accountable, and responsive to their needs; a government that respects individual liberty, honors our heritage, and bows to the People that it serves..." (applause)

"Welcome to the People's House. Welcome to the 112th Congress."

Yes, Speaker Boehner, welcome indeed.

Now, let's see you (& your cohorts) put your money where your mouth is:

"For to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom men have committed much, from him they will ask the more." (Luke 12:48)

"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance...will arise from another place...And who knows but that you have come to...position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)

And when such time is through, "to dust you shall return." (Gen. 3:19)


fuzzys dad said...

This is where as the saying goes the rubber meets the road

Susannah said...

Fuzz~ Rubber meets the road, indeed. We'll see, won't we?

Jim said...

Sounds like they are already trying to weasel out of their promises. They're moving the goalposts on the $100B in cuts and then they want to increase the deficit by $230B by repealing PPACA.

This is going to be interesting!

BetteJo said...

Everyone has to keep paying close attention. People weren't watching for many years, now we are and I hope they understand what that means. They SAY they do ...

Susannah said...

Jim, Jim, Jim..."they want to increase the deficit by $230B by repealing [ObamaCare]."

There you go again, listening to the CBO w/ it's double counting, fuzzy math again...We do agree, however, this is going to be interesting.

Anybody bring the popcorn?

BetteJo~ And we shall see if they believe us now...We're watching alright.

Jim said...

"There you go again, listening to the CBO w/ it's double counting, fuzzy math again"

Unless, of course, it's being cited by Republicans to support their position.

Craig said...

Champagne corks are poppin' on K Street. The people's house, my hind quarters.

Hola, Susannah.

Word Verification, katicati.
Weird, huh?

Susannah said...

Craig! Welcome back! Sorry, I don't get the "K Street" reference.

Oh, but "the People's House" indeed. Let's just see if he/they put their $$ where their mouth is...

Craig said...

Craig! Welcome back!

Thanks, Susannah. I saw your comment over at Z's and just popped in to see what you're up to.

Sorry, I don't get the "K Street" reference.

K Street is the street in D.C. where the big money lobbyists have their offices. The new Repub Congress Critters are stocking their staffs with industry lobbyists.

Let's just see if he/they put their $$ where their mouth is...

They will, but it's money from oil, coal, pharma, insurance, bankers, hedge funds and other captains of industry. They will be well taken care of. We the people, not so much. At least, if past performance is any indication, that's what we can look forward to.

Google "K Street Project". They're quite open about their priorities.

Susannah said...

Thanks for the education, Craig. Love the new pic, btw.