The data tells the same story. So far, the 113th Congress has passed 36 public laws. For comparison, the 112th Congress -- the least productive Congress since we began keeping records -- passed 283 public laws. At this rate, the 113th Congress is on track to be, by far, the least productive Congress on record.
Boehner, however, has said he rejects these metrics. "We should not be judged on how many new laws we create," he told CBS. "We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal."So how many laws has Boehner repealed?
Well, none. He's tried to repeal Obamacare a bunch of times, but Obamacare remains the law of the land. He hasn't managed, or even really tried, to repeal any other major laws at all.
And it's getting, if anything, worse. Boehner favored a continuing resolution that the Senate could pass and president could sign. But he buckled to opposition and instead passed a CR the Senate will reject, and that could lead to a government shutdown.
More disturbing is that part of Boehner's strategy to avoid a government shutdown is to convince his members that they should really hold their fire for "a whale of a fight" over raising the debt ceiling. That moves the conflict to a much more dangerous theatre -- one that could result in a global financial crisis. For all the press Sen. Ted Cruz gets, his threat of a shutdown is far less irresponsible than Boehner's threat of a default.
My question is why is Boehner taking all the blame? Why no mention of Harry Reid killing numerous bills in the Senate that the House has passed?