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Blame Boehner, not Pelosi

Published: Mon, December 27, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Blame Boehner, not Pelosi

I write in response to the Dec. 18 editorial “Valley should stand up in support of Rep. Ryan.”

No organization stands more for Congressman Ryan than the Mahoning County Democratic Party. We fully support Congressman Ryan and the great work he does and will do in the future on behalf of the constituents of the 17th congressional district.

However, if Congressman Ryan loses his appropriations assignment it is not due to the fault of any Democrat, but the fault of a fellow Buckeye, Republican Congressman John Boehner. Evidently, the new speaker has not learned a basic lesson in politics. That lesson is a version of all politics is local. We suggest that “voters are more parochial than partisan.” If he will not assist a fellow Democratic congressman and hence people in this great state, he is more partisan than parochial.

The speaker-elect has made a determination to cut all house committees across the board by 5 percent. ( If two people are on a diet and only one is overweight why place the other on austerity measures?) Since committee assignments are done by seniority there is nothing the national, regional, state or local Democrats can do to change this long standing policy. We may be so bold as to suggest maybe some committees not be subjected to the 5 percent reduction rule since not all committees are equal or overstaffed. This way Congressman Ryan would retain his seat and the speaker-elect can remain loyal to his home state.

Maybe the Republicans in the 17th District and regionally can petition speaker Boehner to not have this committee subjected to the 5 percent reduction. However, to suggest that the Democratic Party either ignores this area or doesn’t have the political might to help it misstates the ability of these political entities to help in this situation.

We assure your readers under the current leadership of the Mahoning County Democratic Party there will be no more “shoplifting our voters” without attention to our area. It was evident by the number of visits to this area by the current governor. He understood this concept and we will be sure other Democrats in the future do likewise.

David J. Betras, Canfield

The writer is chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.


1republicanRick(1397 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

As usual, old Dave just doesn't get it. Boehner wants to fix Congress, but, Dave Betras says we should be singled out for special treatment. The rules apply to all, except me. Perfect Youngstown political thinking and why the local Democrats have been riddled with crooks for so many years.

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2Silence_Dogood(1437 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"However, if Congressman Ryan loses his appropriations assignment it is not due to the fault of any Democrat, but the fault of a fellow Buckeye, Republican Congressman John Boehner."

So sayest the BLOWHARD Betras.
Now lets break it down for dimwitted Dave.
The Democratic party shoved a Socialist bill past Congress(against the wishes of the majority of Americans) and a more then willing ultra leftist President. As a response to that, the Country OVERWHELMINGLY voted for the Republican party's candidate's across this Nation. Due to the OVERWHELMING vote for the Republican's this last election the makeup of the House changed from one controlled by the Democrats to one that will be controlled by the Republicans. Sorry Dave but this is how it has been done for the last 230 years, if you dont like elections and the resultant consequence maybe you could move to Cuba, it is my understanding that there are NO changes with thier elections.Now, Dimwitted Dave if you want to blame anyone maybe you should look to your fellow Democrats to blame, for some strange reason they did not head YOUR marching orders and we ended up with a Republican Majority.

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3DJ0(72 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

..for all his huffing and puffing, Dave is a product of this corrupt valley's corrupt political machine. His crocodile tears and "the sky is falling" rhetoric are simply geared to sell newspapers, not solve any problems. Nice try....

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4Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

what makes anyone think this rhetoric is specific to local politicians? let alone to democrats? i hear this same crap coming from all of their mouths. what? you all selectively listen?

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5CommonSenseGuy(37 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Betras and Ryan are both embarassments to the Valley. It is great to have a person with decency and fiscal common sense as speaker of the house. Boehner makes me proud to be an Ohioan.

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61970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Dave Betras: the jerk who gave Ohio Marc Dann.

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7Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Please read the attached article entitled,"111th Congress Added More Debt Than First 100 Congresses Combined: $10,429 Per Person in U.S."


The Democratic-Socialists are destroying America. My question is: Are they stupid (like Joe Biden stupid) or do they seek to destroy America?

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8farmforfun(15 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Blame the Republicans, Blame Boehner, Blame the voters for being dumb. Blame the Tea Party, When will the Democrats who lost the election take responsibility for their own actions or inaction. They did not represent the will of their constituents. It's time to run this country like a business. Leave the pork in the barn. Betrus needs to stop crying the election is over.

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9walter_sobchak(2080 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Little Timmy Ryan rose up the political ladder by hitching his donkey to Plastic Nancy and for no other reason. He has worked on and passed little legislation that means anything. So Plastic Nancy drives the Democrat Bus off the cliff with her leftist agenda, the voters respond, and it is John Boehner's fault? C'mon Dave, I think you are inhaling too many fumes from the ambulances you have been chasing!

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10cambridge(3228 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

For someone to say "Boehner makes me proud to be an Ohioan" is truly hilarious The guy doesn't work for the people of Ohio he works for corporate lobbyist and the video below proves it. The guy actually passed out bribes on the floor of the House of Representatives for tobacco lobbyist. That makes you proud?


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