The Price is Right for Boehner v. Obama

United States Congress

United States Congress

(Washington, DC) – On July 30, the House of Representatives voted to sue President Obama (D-IL/Kenya).

Today, taxpayers found out just how much the unnecessary lawsuit will cost them.

The House, led by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), insists the lawsuit is necessary because Obama has overstepped his authority granted by the Constitution.

Republicans are angry about Obama’s use of Executive Orders to circumvent their own inaction. Obama has argued that the Executive Orders are necessary because the current Congress is the least productive in American history.

Ironically, the point they’re suing over involves Obama’s unwillingness to implement a small component of the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare.

House Republicans have voted dozens of times to repeal some, all, or most of Obamacare. The Senate has blocked each successful vote, and even if the Senate somehow were to go along with the House, it’s doubtful Congress could muster the votes to override a certain Obama veto.

Boehner to Obama: "Get your stinkin' paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"

Boehner to Obama:
“Get your stinkin’
paws off me, you
damn dirty ape!”

But others think the lawsuit is all about disgracing Obama – and, as a possible prelude to impeachment, showing average, ordinary, everyday Americans that Obama’s presidency has been illegitimate.

“We couldn’t dislodge him through the ballot box,” said a GOP operative, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And we know the [2012] election was rigged because Obama won. So now this lawsuit is our last chance to remove that Kenyan from the White House.”

Whatever it’s rationale, the lawsuit will cost taxpayers $350,000 – chump-change to members of Congress, but real money to average, ordinary, everyday Americans. The firm handling the case, BakerHostetler, is set to earn $500 per hour.

Many are suggesting the 225 Congressmen who voted for the lawsuit should pay its fees.

“If they’re so set on a frivolous lawsuit, let them pay for it,” said an average, ordinary, everyday American, speaking on condition of anonymity. “I mean, don’t they have any real legislation to work on?”

But what can $350,000 buy nowadays? How does it size up to the wants and needs of average, ordinary, everyday Americans? The chart below runs some numbers, including a possible hit to the nasty habit of the chain-smoking Boehner.

Boehner’s $350,000 Choice: Smokes or Suits?
The Numbers What the Numbers Represent
$7 Average cost per pack of cigarettes
$350,000 Price of lawsuit
50,000 Packs of cigarettes Boehner can purchase for $350,000
4,167 Packs of cigarettes per month Boehner can smoke for $350,000 (50,000÷12)
134 Packs of cigarettes per day Boehner can smoke for $350,000 (4,167÷31)
6 Packs of cigarettes per hour Boehner can smoke for $350,000 (134÷24)
225 Number of Congressmen voting for the lawsuit
$1,556 Share of the $350,000 bill for every Congressman who voted for the lawsuit ($350,000÷225)
$500 Rate per hour charged by BakerHostetler, the law firm representing Congressional Republicans
$10.10 Rate per hour of national minimum wage – proposed by President Obama, rejected by Congress