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."

 

 

 

 

Comments

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.

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

.

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

.

shucks

This is something an ignorant troll would say.

Pages