Republican Representative John Boehner
Larsen Rogers here to talk to you all about how very important it is for us as citizens of the United States of America to be involved in politics.
I was under the incorrect assumption that our freedoms as established in the Constitution of the United States of America and in the Bill of Rights would always be there to protect us. That is not true. It is scary at how easily those freedoms can be discarded by the people in political power of our nation. The very people we elect.
Since I have been awakened by the alleged abuse of power by the George W. Bush administration I am making an effort to learn more about the political players in our Government.
The economic stimulus package known as H.R. 1 has been discussed and debated in Congress recently. This is of course a large and important legislation that could do a great good or harm or nothing for the United States of America.
However, what I am looking at learning more about are the key political players involved in this debate. Who are they and what are their roles?
The Republican Representative John Boehner has made a lot of noise during the debate on H.R. 1. So I will start with a discussion on what I have learned about him.
Before I do, though, here is a list of links to website that provide an objective review of John Boehner.
• Wikipedia is my first source for researching anything online so here is a link to information on John Boehner on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Boehner
• Project Vote Smart provides a biography and voting record on John Boehner at: http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=27015
• John Boehner has his own website at: http://johnboehner.house.gov/
• And if you choose to follow John Boehner on Twitter you can do so at: http://twitter.com/johnboehner
John Andrew Boehner was born on November 17, 1949. He is a member of the Republican Party. Currently he is serving as the House Minority Leader in the 111th Congress. He is a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
John Boehner served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He attended and graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati. After graduation he worked as a business. More can be learned about him on the sites I listed above.
The Twitter link provides some good links to articles, blogs and videos that promote the political views of John Beohner and Republicans which can be helpful in understanding the Republican perspective on the stimulus package.
My impression of John Boehner is that he is histrionic. He is loud, he rants and he raves. He gets emotional and at least once he cried openly. He appears to be a person that would be intimidating on a personal level, particularly if one disagrees with him and wants to express his or her opinion.
John Boehner appears to have a strong personality and a competitive nature. He is probably the center of attention at any social gathering. He appears to be quick to criticize and condescending.
Those are just my impressions and could be completely wrong. My main goal in providing such an assessment is learn about him and determine: Is he helping America?
I do not live in Ohio so I can neither vote for or against John Boehner. I do like people who stand strong for their principles but I favor more the person who has good principles and good intentions. I favor a person who can examine and analysis data objectively.
I could not decide if John Boehner can do that or not. He has had over a month to review the original H.R. 1. He provides links to sites that compare H.R. 1 to a Republican plan demonstrating in their opinion that the Republican plan is better. Then he complains that he has not had enough time to review the newest version of the H.R. 1 but can easily criticize what he does not like about the newest version of H.R. 1.
The most beneficial research to understanding the values of John Boehner was reviewing the Interest Group Ratings on Project Vote Smart. The impression I get is that John Boehner is too conservative to be helpful to America during this time of financial crisis.
So what do you think about that?