John Boehner, who was a central character, in the recent “fiscal cliff” melodrama, was re-elected as Speaker of the House today.
Boehner (R-Ohio) is an example that a person doesn’t have to be born wealthy to achieve his dreams in America.
The Speaker was the second of twelve children who grew up in one room. He was reportedly one of five brothers who slept together in a closet.
When asked how he was holding up during the recent “fiscal cliff” soap opera he usually replied he had been through a lot tougher times than this during his childhood days.
Boehner show his toughness by overcoming his own fellow Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor to usher through the “fiscal cliff” deal which passed on New Year’s Day, 2013. Many observers believe passage of that bill allowed Americans to avoid another recession and a stock market crash.
Stock market guru Bill Jones of Wichita Falls, Texas, said, “The market hates uncertainty.”
Boehner’s job has been referred to as possibly the most difficult in America today. Not only does he have to deal with rival Democrats, but he also has to deal with competing factions in his own Republican Party. Washington sources say members of the Tea Party element of the GOP were opposed to the New Year’s Day deal for which Boehner voted.
Creating harmony between the moderate wing of the Republican party and the Tea Party is a difficult if not impossible task.
Boehner showed his strength by caving in to nobody. He was able to get President Barack Obama to come off his goal of taxing every household making $250,000 or more a year by raising it to $450,000. And he allowed the bill to come to a vote on the House floor despite opposition from Tea Party members.
Boehner also laid down the law to his own party by voting for the bill even though the Speaker doesn’t have to vote. Mac Thornberry, Representative from North Texas, also voted for the bill which kept taxes from being raised on those families earning less than $450,000 a year.
Eric Cantor voted against the bill. One Tea Party representative said Wednesday on one of the cable news channels that he expected Boehner to resign and Cantor to take over as Speaker of the House today.
But Boehner is not a quitter and when the votes were counted today he won re-election despite the fact a vote was counted for Cantor and two for Allen West who was defeated in his quest for re-election.
Boehner is a self-made man who had to work his way through Xavier College. He is the first member of his family to attend college. As part of a blue collar family in Reading, Ohio, Boehner was born on November 17, 1949. He is the son of Marry Anne and Earl Boehner.
He met his wife while he was working the night shift as a janitor for a plastics company as he was working his way through college.
It is always good to see someone rise to the top from humble beginnings.
Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin.
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