When John Boehner became Speaker of the House he promised transparency, open rules, vigorous debate and most importantly, returning the government to the people.
So right out of the chute the Republican controlled House, in a closed committee meeting, decided to overturn their policy on open committee meetings. Then that open rules only applied to some bills, specifically not their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. No amendments, no discussion, just an up or down vote.
Then they gave the Chair of the House Committee on Budget, Paul Ryan, the ability to set the spending ceiling. No discussion or voting from the other 434 Representatives. They then proceeded to strip the voting rights of the five territorial delegates representing Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa, plus the delegate from the District of Columbia.
So without representation, just who are these people Speaker Boehner is returning our government to? Think the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision, saying that essentially corporations are citizens. Perhaps those are the “people” Boehner is returning the government to.