Question: Why Don’t Conservatives Want The US To Get The Olympics?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Conservatives, Democrats, Obama, Olympics, Republicans

First Drudge tried to make it seem like Obama is forcing a news station to not report a story about people who don’t want the Olympics to come to the Chicago…

…and now John Boehner jumps on the pile…

House Minority Leader John Boehner torched President Barack Obama Wednesday for his European trip to pitch the Chicago Olympics bid, criticizing the president for “going to go off to Copenhagen when we’ve got serious issues here at home that need to be debated.”

Yeah John, debate which serious issues?

How you’re not going to agree to any health care reforms?

Or any energy reforms?

Or education reforms?

Or market reforms?

This is getting ridiculous.


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12 Responses to “Question: Why Don’t Conservatives Want The US To Get The Olympics?”

  1. patrikios Says:

    Boehner is such a hack. So is Pelosi IMO. If the GOP gets Congress back, we will be replacing a bunch of Democratic hacks (Speaker, committee chairs etc) with a bunch of Republican hacks. Term limits are looking better all the time.

  2. Chris Says:

    They’re still butthurt about losing the election, that’s why.

  3. Trescml Says:

    Republicans don’t want the US to get the Olympics because it will make Obama look bad. That is their main goal for now and the strategy has been fairly successful so far. The question is if at some point the Independents get tired of a purely negative tone or if the Republicans will try and balance it with more constructive proposals.

  4. gerryf Says:

    I don’t see how you can say the Republicans are not offering constructive proposals…didn’t you see the GOP healthcare reform plan on 8 and 1/2 by 11 single sheets of paper that were waving at the joint session?

    It is very simple. Give all of your money to the insurance companies, but don’t get sick.

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  5. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    It is very simple. Give all of your money to the insurance companies, but don’t get sick.

    and end state licensing of insurance pools, and allow individual consumers to deduct health insurance costs from their taxes, and major tort reform.

    Yeah John, debate which serious issues?

    How you’re not going to agree to any health care reforms?

    Or any energy reforms?

    Why does the republican minority have to agree with any of Obama’s proposals? If they simply agree with everything Obama does, then there is no need for debate anyway.

  6. gerryf Says:

    and end state licensing of insurance pools, and allow individual consumers to deduct health insurance costs from their taxes, and major tort reform.

    And ending state licensing is such an onerous burden…how?

    And deducting healthcare costs from taxes (not that I am against this) will improve healthcare or cut costs how?

    And major tort reform will fix things how? I especially love this last GOP canard. First, such reform is a state issue, not a federal issue. I thought you guys didn’t like federal laws that interfere with individuals–oh, unless it is an individual victim of medical practice suing a rich guy/insurance company–then, we have to have federal regulations. Then government is good. Hah.

    Second, there has been an incredible amount of tort reform in the last 30 years. While you still get the occasional odd case, it is increasingly difficult for plaintiffs to win cases and when they do, many states have capped the awards.

    And just as a final slap in the face, in those states where there have been caps, it has done nothing to curb medical malpractice premiums. For example, in the nearly 15 years since California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act was passed, Medical Practice Premiums skyrockets UNTIL the state enacted insurance regulations against the malpractice insurers.

    Your backing an ethically bankrupt institution, Jimmy, if that is what the GOP stands for.

  7. the Word Says:

    Anything Obama does is considered by the GOP as a waste of time but going to the ironically named Values Voter Summit wasn’t?????

  8. kranky kritter Says:

    I gotta admit I’d prefer it if Obama didn’t do things like make an ad for the new George Lopez show or lobby for his hometown for the Olympics. They rub me a tad the wrong way.

    But the complaint that he’s therefore not doing his job is silly. I don’t even know what debate Boehner imagines is going on without the President.

    I would never want the Olympics in my town. Let’s face it…it boils down to spending a ton of municipal and state tax money in return for a 3-week traffic jam and logistical nightmare that inconveniences everyone who has to pass near ground zero. Tons of tax dollars flow into private pockets, and the gov’t ends up well in the red almost every time. When the wife and I visited Montreal, I heard a radio story about how they are STILL paying for the 1976 winter games. That’s insane.

    So if the GOP thinks “let’s let one of the stupid countries host” then I sort of agree.

  9. the Word Says:

    FWIW- I was hoping the Lopez thing was a clever video trick. I’m not fond of his doing that at all either. As for the Olympics, not sure what the economics are. I hear both good and bad and really don’t know how it breaks. But Lopez… IMO that was a tacky move.

  10. Nick Benjamin Says:

    Boehner is such a hack. So is Pelosi IMO. If the GOP gets Congress back, we will be replacing a bunch of Democratic hacks (Speaker, committee chairs etc) with a bunch of Republican hacks. Term limits are looking better all the time.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    In Michigan we have term limits. As a result State Reps only serve six years, and Senators only serve 8. The problem is that means every time there’s an election a full third of the House are new to Lansing. It is very easy for a lobbyist to gain the ear of most of the House simply be telling people what happened four years ago when (on average) two thirds them were not in the House.

    BTW, half the Senate is replaced every four years, but inexperience is a smaller problem as almost all of them are former Reps.

  11. kranky kritter Says:

    Chicago was first of the list. And you have to wonder whether this was a “screw America” vote made easier by the President’s attempt at, let’s face it, throwing his weight around. While his speech was nothing more than that of a heartfelt ambassador, the vast weight of his office is what gives this appearance.

    While I am not in general a huge advocate of the idea that prestige is really important and carries force, I think it applies here. Obama puts the prestige of the office on the line wherever he goes and whatever he does, just like every other President.

    And that’s why I feel Presidents should try to stay out of business not very directly related to their job. Obama’s injection into the Olympic selection process make’s the process “about” him just by his presence. And now Chicago’s loss is also a loss for Obama. Not well played, Barack.

  12. the Word Says:

    In a surprise it has been reported that in one more attempt to appeal to Republicans in Congress, Obama secretly lobbied for RIO :-)

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