As the Speaker of the House, John Boehner will have the challenging task of orchestrating resolutions of many aisle-spanning issues. To accomplish such a difficult goal will require the trust and support of Republicans as well as Democrats. One thing is for certain: Boehner will ultimately need to gain the trust of the American people.
Everyone, from Capitol Hill to Main Street Anywhere, USA, expects broad and far-reaching changes now. For the Republican leadership, those who have just finished waging a hard-fought November 2010 election season, the challenges are just the beginning. The most significant issues relate to the major changes the Obama White House administration has been so adamantly championing.
Boehner is known by his constituents and colleagues as a straight-shooting politician from modest origins. The American public can easily relate to Boehner, as most citizens share a similar common background. Therefore, Boehner’s mutuality is important for gaining trust of leadership in a climate where many believe top officials are severely disconnected.
The uncertainty experienced over the past few years has forced the American people to voice their discontent as of the evening of Nov. 2, 2010. The persistent economic troubles stem largely from policies supported by the current administration. Economic policies are many times reflections of schools of thought and convention. Jobs must return to the American market. The policies required to encourage job growth and facilitate the economic jumpstart is the most important and challenging issue facing Boehner as the Speaker of the House.
Boehner fully intends to lead a repeal of the new healthcare law, which is weighing heavily on the minds of all Americans. Promoting and supporting sensible reforms is the foremost issue after the economy. This challenge is probably going to be the single most difficult policy issue facing Boehner. He and all other lawmakers must find a way to adopt common-sense reforms and agree, something most politicians have an unusually hard time doing.
Government Size and Spending
The size and spending habits of the government are another area the American people voiced significant concerns about. The current administration’s decisions related to spending and economic stimulus have diluted the efforts to shore up the financial industry because of debt. National debt, spending policies, and government size have become enormous issues for every American, and are a primary challenge for Boehner.
Earmarks are another area where Boehner will face many challenges both within and out of party affiliations. The habits of politicians have become a universal, common behavior for many to promote state and personal interests. This challenge is truly important and welcome by Americans, but will face challenges in adoption. This change may create unrest in both parties, but Boehner has never taken an earmark and believes in leading by example. He promotes an earmark moratorium initially and then potentially a permanent ban.
White House Resistance
As Boehner takes charge as the Republican Speaker of the House, many GOP ideas will come into direct opposition with the Democratic administration’s unprecedented legislation. The key platform of the Obama administration was healthcare reform, and Boehner should expect significant resistance to the repeal of the healthcare law. Factors such as this will continue to apply pressure to Boehner while he tries to lead new changes.
Boehner will undoubtedly face resistance and opposition in many areas and will need to demonstrate his skills in leadership ushering in new ideas. Whether Democrats and Republicans can agree remains to be seen, but the country needs all politicians to align themselves with sensible and responsible policies alleviating the pressures these officials will face.
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Foxnews.com. (2010). Exclusive: Boehner Sees ‘Whale of a Fight With Obama Over Taxes in a Lame Duck Session. Foxnews.com