House Minority Leader John Boehner in 2008 persuades Republicans to vote for the TARP bank bailout with such selling points as:
“We have a product that may work…if we can get the votes to pass it.”
“These are the votes that separate the men from the boys.”
Never mind the Constitution’s limits, just be a real man and vote for it!
If asked where in the Constitution power is enumerated to loan massive sums of money to failing companies, what would Boehner’s response be? (to my knowledge, no journalist has asked him this point-blank)
And if his view of the Constitution is permissive enough to justify TARP, can we really believe that he’ll keep the Constitution’s limits in mind the next time there’s a vote that “separates the men from the boys” or the next time there’s a “product that may work….if we can get the votes to pass it?”