Boehner keeps exclusive gym open for lawmakers

Tom Jackson
Oct 8, 2013

 

Don't you love priorities? The Washington Post reports that cancer treatment has been  halted for many people because of the federal shutdown. The cancer patient interviewed for the article says, "I want to tell them that lives are at stake. This isn't just a matter of inconvenience. This is a matter of life or death. I’m not just doing this for myself. There are 200 people that are trying to get into clinical trials each week. I want to speak for all of us."

Thankfully, at least some important wellness needs aren't being neglected. ThinkProgress is now reporting that even as many functions of government have been shut down, the exclusive gyms used by members of Congress have remained open:

"According to the aide, the decision to keep the gym open — even while other critical government services were shelved — came directly from Speaker Boehner’s office. Meanwhile, the staff gym available to Congressional staff has been closed."

 

 

 

 

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thinkagain

You’re kidding right? Here’s a headline for ya:

Oblamer pouts and spews lies on national tv!!!

The current crises in government is due to President Hypocrite’s ongoing unwillingness to work with Republicans.

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure....Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here'."
-Senator Barack Obama March 20,2006

“I promise to pretend to negotiate if you give me everything I want.”
-President Barack Obama October 08,2013

The Big Dog's back

neverthinks, wake up, you're dreaming again.

coasterfan

The lies are on Fox. Turn it off and turn on the news. It's never too late to escape the bubble. Paul Krugman's op Ed article in the NY Times says it far better than I could. Required reading for all, especially for conservatives who have their heads stuck up their Fox.

shucks

thinkagain - wake up , stop drinking the Republican koolaid..

Fromthe419

I suggest everyone get their news from alternative news sources, the problem lies with both parties...when both sides refuse to compromise, we are left with endless debt and gridlock

FST

Maybe you should actually think before you speak. Do you really think that all the name calling and changing what people actually say will convince these readers that you know anything about anything? The Republicans believe that if they say it then it becomes true. You would have to be pretty ignorant to believe anything that is coming out of Washington right now. From either side. But hey NOTthinking, you just keep enjoying that koolaid.

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thinkagain

Foolish Silly Toy – Great to have you back, I’ve missed my long gone troll. Please regale us all with the latest accomplishments of your foolish silly toy that allows a car to run on water. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good laugh…

There you go again

Ummm, let's just close the WWII Veterans Memorial that was open 24/7 so the White House ordered barricades and guards to stop visitors to a free memorial. Yep, that's really sticking it to the people. Can't blame Bush for that one, Mr. Obama.

Trigger from Erie

Tom, you no doubt left out the paragraph in which you mention that Sen. Harry Reid has kept the Senate gym open as well. That was inadvertent, right? Probably happened at about the same time you accidentally deleted the sentence about how Harry Reid refuses to vote on the House-passed bill that would reopen the NIH and ensure that clinical trials can resume.

bondgirlM

Yeah not the same as the president keeping his favorite golf course open and playing there. Nope not at all.

KURTje

Mr. Jackson in all fairness according to the story it came from an un-named aid. Is there real proof?

grumpy

I imagine that someone in boehner's office kept the gym open, and someone in obama's office kept the golf course open and closed the WW2 memorial. Now that they are public issues that they both must know about... it will be interesting to see who will close their play places or open the open air memorials... if either of them will do the right thing.Or actually be asses, since they both must know about those issues by now. Where before I doubt either did.

Sorry Tom, I doubt either makes those types of decisions on the minutia of their office, until they become issues. But then the stories, let alone the reporters, in the media would be lessened in import. Thanks for being an example.

Truth2u

Tom, do you EVER read the rest of the news or only the liberal biased headlines? Why have you not mentioned Obama actually telling the departments to INFLICT AS MUCH PAIN AS YOU CAN!!!

I use to respect you but not now. You fail to mention how Obama has the regular guards at the WW2 Veterans Memorial still working but putting up barbed wire to keep the Veterans out! And what about closing the National Mall BUT allowing a rally to promote ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION! And Mount Rushmore Obama has the regular workers block off the curbs so people who are NOT in the park won't be able to pull over and view the mount.

Tom, I suggest you give up reporting and just go work for Obama, its obvious you can't see the ENTIRE story.

bobshumway92

Hey JACKson, why don't you do a story about how Obama refused to transport the families of the 4 KIA soldiers and 1 Marine to Dover to meet their loves ones? How about a story about Obama holding up death benefits to these families? Get your head out of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi's rear end and report this! What a garbage paper. You are a joke!

shucks

Did you know that the Republicans shut down the government ?

bobshumway92

Did you serve? No? Didn't think so. Oblamer can pay these families with the stroke of a pen. Oblamer can transport these families with the stroke of a pen. This among the other choices of "shutdown" has awaken a sleeping giant. The American people are waking up to his BS. Playing politics with these heroes and their families is sickening.

shucks

Yes I did.

I can tell that you didn't.

coasterfan

Actually, the BS that Americans to which Americans are wising up is that of the tea party. A year ago, 34% of Americans were supporters of the tea party. Today, that number is 23%, and that number is likely to continue to drop, since the TeaParty is behind the current shutdown.

bobshumway92

I'm done commenting to you on this 4jizzle. You are a troll and not worth my time.

shucks

No boobshitway#2 , YOU are a troll and a waste of time.

PS

You really shouldn't comment anyway , because your comments are all stupid .

Perkins2060

Don't even respond to jizzle. She's an idiot.

shucks

Perkins2060, you seem pretty damn stupid too.

VOTENO

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shucks

I love it when a troll calls me a troll.

No , VOTENO , are you ?.

goofus

Don't think so !!!!!!!!

shucks

Tom Jackson must have had an "ah ha" moment, he used to blast the Dems.

Darwin's choice

"Sensationalism Sells" and "Damn the Truth"

Darwin's choice

"In Obama’s America, illegal aliens have more rights that regular citizens, especially World War II vets.

A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown.

Organizers for the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday.

A few scattered barriers around the park have signs informing visitors that the area is closed as a result of the government shutdown.

Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, confirmed for the Washington Examiner that the Park Service will allow the event to take place under the group’s rights granted by the First Amendment.

The hypocrisy meter just shattered."

VOTENO

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shucks

This is something an ignorant troll would say.

coasterfan

What a funny comment. Our last two presidents were a semi-literate former D student with the vocabulary of an 8th grader, and a former constitutional law professor who is articulate, and actually uses words with more than two syllables. Yet somehow, voteno incorrectly identifies the dumb one.

Darwin's choice

Again,the flood of Thank You cards from Jimmy Carter to Obama says your full of crap, again. Troll

Former Conststutional law professor? Prove it!!

Also former Nobel Peace prize winner.

Also former drug dealer. (proven, and admitted by the choom gang leader)

Still sucking on the Obama teat, eh coasterfan?

Maybe that's not a teat your sucking on.....

Trigger from Erie

George W. Bush is smarter than you.

http://keithhennessey.com/2013/0...

shucks

Do you REALLY believe that ?

grumpy

No most people are like you, they get their news from the comedy channel shows.

shucks

Good morning , sunshine !

shucks

I read the article.

Sounds like selfish ambition , self-promoting , ass-kissing as the main motive.

Darwin's choice

Well,azz-kissing is your specialty, so I'll give you that!

shucks

What's soo funny is that you are stupid - and you don't even know it.

Darwin's choice

" The President has ordered that the National Park Service close all national Parks, and evict all people there until the government shutdown allows them to be re-opened."

Well, dumbazz, isn't the White House considered a National Park?

Pack up Michelle and the kids and hit the road Barack!!

shucks

This is something an ignorant troll would say.

Really are you ...

Since the government shutdown. Have the congressmen who have been sleeping in their offices to avoid morning commutes been evicted from their offices? Or are they entitled to stay there because they do not have out of office living quarters?

KURTje

We are out of Iraq.

grumpy

Did you finally notice?

Darwin's choice

Actually, we're not.

Darkhorse

The whole shutdown situation is a complete embarrassment to the leadership. It never should have happened had there been better planning. Washington is fighting and bickering like little kids while the country suffers even more. Every year the country suffers over the same situation and they take the chicken game right up to the last moment before they start to get serious and do something about it.

Darkhorse

The whole shutdown situation is a complete embarrassment to the leadership. It never should have happened had there been better planning. Washington is fighting and bickering like little kids while the country suffers even more. Every year the country suffers over the same situation and they take the chicken game right up to the last moment before they start to get serious and do something about it.

gramafun

They have no intention of doing anything about it until it affects them personally. Are you kidding me. The only thing that would affect them is if they didn't get paid and that won't happen because of Amendment 27 so they do not care.

gramafun

Is he offering any exercise for the MINDS or is that something that doesn't exist in Washington. You know they do have that! Talk about dumb things. I meant it when I said the entire Washington groups are non essential. I rest my case.

KURTje

Darwin + age = non-veteran.

grumpy

kURTje + stupidity+ veteran=who cares? Less than 10% (probably less than 5%) of our population is. It is a meningless designation on the subject at hand. Being a vet does not give one "special" insight on a gov't shut down. And there are troops in Iraq, just as there are in Germany, Korea, England and many other countries. What he said is true... and you know it.

Truth2u

NPR, a liberal press reporting agency stated today
Obamas Approval rating is 37%,

Seems Big Dog and Tom Jackson are the only ones in America who buries their heads to what is really happening.

shucks

The Republican Congress Approval Rating is 5 Percent.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

The Big Dog's back

He won't respond to that 4shizzle.

KURTje

Who care? I do. They are supposed to work for US. Many here never knew a bad economy. Sadly most worship their wallet 1rst - not what is right. (Don't trust those over 50)

Darwin's choice

Who are you, Abby Hoffman??

grumpy

Yes the last time there was a truly bad economy (before obama) was the last time there was a supermajority in the Senate, a majority in the house, and the Presidency in one party, under carter. Same as obama had for the first two years.

The last time the Senate and House had a simple majority along with the Presidency was under w bush.

This is why one party rule sucks. Every time we get it the results suck, no matter the party. Divded gov't keeps the fools from passing pi$$ poor bills. We all saw what had to be done to pass obamacare and how that turd is being pinched out.

This is why fools wish to ignore those over 50 who have first hand memories of bad economies. Most folks don't know their history. The fools want the people to be sheep. They want the dumb and dumber parties to remain in power.

Kottage Kat

Where are my Obama phone minutes??????

santown419

At Clinton's and Bush's house Since it was going on then.

KURTje

Still living up to your name grouchy. You know your economy was better..stop telling your tales. Or ask Kottage Kat. She isn't afraid of facts. (Bet she'd agree on that 1)

grumpy

You are correct to a point. Reagan and Obama both inherited poor economies, and then took drasticlly different ways to solve it. Reagan cut taxes and encouraged business. We came roaring back in a year. Obama spent on so-called stimulus and cracked down on business and we have crawled out with a jobless recovery. Carter's recession was worse at its worst than Obama's, but Obama's has certainly lasted much longer and has not had a jobs recovery.

During Carter loan interest rates, mortgage rates, soared along with unemployment and inflation. look up "the pain index". But Reagan's policies corrected that, while Obama only had unemployment to deal with, and we have had an increase in part time employment, SSI disability claims, and people falling out of the work force along with the highest rates of both Welfare and food stamps ever. Both of the last two examples are at all time highs both by total number and by percentage of population.

Was it worse then more than now, maybe not since it was short term, thanks to the policies of Reagan, but the bottom was lower and the effects broader,albeit for a shorter time due to the policies of Obama in comparison to those of Reagan.

So you win... the gov't reacted faster and better under Reagan as history has shown than what Obama has done. Good points.

sugar

Never mind the fact that Harry Reid has denied clinical trials at the NIH, for cancer pts, never mind that illegals are allowed to use the National Mall for a rally while veterans and American citizens are shut out, never mind that families of our fallen have not been able to be transported to Dover to see their loved ones arrival in flag draped caskets, and the West Wing knew this days ago. You, who voted this creep into office not once but twice should hang your heads in shame. He is a dishonorable, disrespectful, arrogant, narcissistic, despot. He has NO leadership skills, he would punish the American people for his will of power and contempt.