Monday, December 13, 2010

John Boehner's American Dream

So John Boehner was on 60 Minutes yesterday telling us how important it is to have a shot at the American Boehner had.
Stahl: On election night, what made you sad, what got to you that night?

Boehner: I was talking, trying to talk about the fact that I've been chasing the American Dream my whole career. There's some things that are very difficult to talk about. Family. Kids. I can't go to a school anymore. I used to go to a lot of schools. And you see all these little kids running around. Can't talk about it.

Stahl: Why?

Boehner: Making sure that these kids have a shot at the American Dream, like I did. It's important.

There are two things about this that would be worth exploring. First, what exactly is Boehners image of the American dream? Second, what exactly is Boehner doing, policy wise, that is going to help America's children realize the American dream?

Boehner has also expressed a desire to return to the good old years of the 50's and 60's. It would be interesting to hear what exactly he liked about those two decades. High tax rates? High union membership? A competitive middle class?