1. Metaphors

    Boehner: Obama Has Spending 'Illness'

    Never one to mince words, new House speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wrapped up a Republican event in Baltimore by likening government spending to a disease. "Washington has an illness," Boehner said, "The illness is spending. The debt is a symptom of that illness. The American people want it cured." Boehner blamed the Obama administration with infecting the country, citing Democrats' "job-killing spending spree." He made it clear to Republican legislators that they are to demand a steep cut in spending in exchange for voting to raise the debt ceiling, something they likely won't be able to avoid in the next couple of weeks.

    Read it at The Caucus