Standing amidst a standing ovation, Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner spoke of his efforts throughout his career centering on doing the right thing and be willing to listen to supporters and opponents. Since 1991, Boehner has served in the US House of Representatives representing Ohio’s 8th District. He stated three lessons he lives by: Be open, transparent, and willing to listen; If you do the right things for the right reasons, good things will happen; Real leaders work harder than their opponents.
Focusing in on transparency, Boehner said “no one is immune from the finger pointing” when the Obama Administration doesn’t get its way. He cited the closed-door healthcare reform negotiations as a principle case for turning that finger back on the blamer. He pledged to run the House differently if he were Speaker. He would require a 72 review period on the Internet of bills before bills would be voted on. Running cameras in the Rules Committee – the group which decides which bills reach the floor – would also be a priority in the Boehner House.
I certainly hope the new transparent House of Representatives has less taxes and greater economic freedoms as well.