Future House Speaker John Boehner hangs out in Goodland when he's not in Washington

U.S. Rep. John Boehner, expected to be the next Speaker of the House, autographed his photo for Stan Gober, writing, 'Stan, You're a great American.'

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

U.S. Rep. John Boehner, expected to be the next Speaker of the House, autographed his photo for Stan Gober, writing, "Stan, You're a great American."

U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, wanted Stan Gober to think big when it came to having a flag that flew over the capitol on a flag pole at Stan's Idle Hour in Goodland.. The presumed House Speaker had the 20-foot flag pole replaced with a 36-foot pole that went skyward. In January Boehner will take his position as leader of the House and will have his own goals to work on the myriad of problems the country faces.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, wanted Stan Gober to think big when it came to having a flag that flew over the capitol on a flag pole at Stan's Idle Hour in Goodland.. The presumed House Speaker had the 20-foot flag pole replaced with a 36-foot pole that went skyward. In January Boehner will take his position as leader of the House and will have his own goals to work on the myriad of problems the country faces.

Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant

221 West Goodland Drive, Goodland, FL

— U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is expected to be named Speaker of the House in January as his Republican party takes control of the House.

When he takes over the gavel he becomes an extremely powerful person, with all eyes on how he will run the House.

While he may not get to Marco this Christmas season, it has been his place to relax for many years.

And when he does, he makes more than one trip each visit to Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland.

“He loves coming down here, but his wife Debbie told me after the election that the pressure of taking over the Speaker’s job most likely will force him to stay in Washington,” said Stan Gober, owner of Stan’s Idle Hour, a unique entertainment stop in Goodland.

He has been friends with the Boehners for more than 12 years.

Gober recalls how he met Boehner while doing one of his Sunday shows.

“Two guys came up on stage to tell me that a fella wanted to meet me,” Stan said in his good-old-boy style.

“I was doing some jokes on President Clinton and I guess he enjoyed them. He has a great sense of humor.”

Just before one of Boehner’s visits two years ago, he called Gober to tell him he was bringing a flag with him that flew over the Capitol.

“He told me he wanted to buy a flag pole too, but a big one,” Gober said. At the time Gober had a 20-foot pole, but arranged for a 36-foot pole to be placed in front of his restaurant.

“When he brought the flag we had a little fun as it was raised,” Gober said. “While it was being raised, a little GI doll was placed on his shoulder, singing “God Bless the USA.”

Boehner attended Gober’s Christmas party and his New Year’s Eve party last season.

“A couple of years ago I and my girlfriend Lynn Espajo had dinner with John and Debbie,” Gober recalls. “They are really nice people.”

Boehner often comes with his friends, John and Linda Stephens, who live part-time on Marco where the Boehners stay. Gober said Linda and Debbie were high school friends in Ohio.

“When they come here John is in shorts, wearing flip flops, just another man in the crowd,” Gober said. “I’m not sure what it will be like for him now that he’s in the driver’s seat.”

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RayPray writes:

Boehner embarks upon the Speakership with low expectations.

A wise man could exploit such a dilemma to
develop into a geninue success.

Fossil writes:

Boehner: WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

liberator100 writes:

Fossil: Why don't you ask that question to your hero, Hussein Obama? Nancy Pelosi?

Klabberyapper: Did you vote?

ajm3s writes:

Fossil: Are you serious?

He does not have control of the leadership position until January. But if he takes his cue from the opposing party leader, Ms. Pelosi, he can claim that the folks are not patient enough to allow the policies to kick in. But the Boehner house has not yet come to the voting stage to control and pass legislation, so we must wait a few weeks at least.

Mr. Boehner's public position, that government does NOT create jobs, is a good starting point with a basis in reality. And I would expect you to support, since government would limit the amount of money to subsidize corporation greed. However, I believe the stimulus and all its trappings was nothing more than keeping states afloat in 2009 and doling out monies for like-minded supporters of big government.

The extension of unemployment benefits simply extends the length of time it takes to motivate the folks to accept jobs or start new ones.

Was your one liner remark just another glib response or a clear indication of your evaluation the reality? The American people are engaged and they get it. Watch out we are in for a wild ride, since I do not to date, see the left wing Pelosi contingency of the Democratic Party recognizing the impact of the 2010 vote. The entire Democratic Party had been overwhelmed with extreme left wing progressive views, are now paying the price for not listening to moderates and independents, of which I claim the Teaparty members represent.

However, to RayPray's comment, the Republican Party now is given a second chance and they must be emboldened to govern within a conservative framework.

No Progressive agenda of spending and more Federal government control. If they embark on the past Republican Progressive policies of McCain et. al., they are done.

But I have hope, because we have a young and vibrant freshmen congress. And let us not forget the impact of new electorate in the states. Very impressive.

I do not envision the next Congress to repeat the failure of the "Do Nothing" Republicans in 1948.

Americans are screaming for smaller government and fiscal restraint. They saw a glimpse of liberal progressiveness and it scared the hell out of them. It certainly woke me up from my slumber.

ajm3s writes:

Oh! I forgot to add the power of the Presidential veto. Love the power of the administrative branch of government. It will be interesting to see how the administrative branch addresses the concerns of the electorate.

Hang on it will be quite a ride, admission is one voting ticket. Remember we do this all again in 2012. Do not relinquish your voice.

Fossil writes:

Boehner, notwithstanding all the excuses ajm presents for YOUR LACK OF activity, WHERE ARE ALL THE JOBS? REDUCE THE DEFICIT NOW NOT LATER. the country cannot wait.

marcoredeagle writes:

Boehner should use the perfect Democratic excuse ... "If it wasn't for me ... there would be more people unemployed."

ajm3s writes:

in response to Fossil:

Boehner, notwithstanding all the excuses ajm presents for YOUR LACK OF activity, WHERE ARE ALL THE JOBS? REDUCE THE DEFICIT NOW NOT LATER. the country cannot wait.

EXCUSES? Are you blaming the Republican Party for the lack of votes in a Democratic Pelosi Congress since 2006.

Keep up the analysis, I am in AWE.

I will give you a little insight as a start: The mass volume of jobs are created, maintained and controlled by small businesses, of which a majority are Subchapter S, in which the income is taxed as personal income. Now, consider the fact that tax policy, job "creation" policy, health insurance policy is being created under the influence of extreme liberal and Progressive representatives that believe, as you do, that corporations and capitalism are screwing the county. But I aske: Is not corporations where most Americans actually earn a living, of which the government now has a greater role in their performance? And did not the government request more stimulus programs to support job creation as well as extending unemployment benefits, resulting in increase deficits, again all under the guise of saving jobs.

Even labor unions support Progressive representatives to bolster their own power at the expense of its rank and file members. The union members better wake up because they are not being served. Exception: Government Union employees are being served by stimulus monies.

Is that a start to the understanding of where the jobs are? In simple terms for a simple man like me, JOBS ARE CREATED BY PRIVATE AMERICANS. But the government is only bolstering public jobs and supporting those that do not have jobs. GET IT.

Today we have to remove the mantle of government in funding stimulus dollars to keep firefighters, teachers, police, DOT workers, (not my words, Obama rhetoric) employed. These are primarily union state and municipal employees, while workers in private industry which provide the revenue to support government workers, rely on the "free" markets. You cannot create and support public sector jobs over private sector jobs, because it is the private sector that provides the revenue.

And I find it interesting that folks like me, as described by Mr. Obama, who "cling to their guns and religion" for comfort and guidance, can distinguish charlatans from representatives.

I believe Americans are waking up and it is more than a Boehner thing. Its a common sense thing.

Fossil writes:

ajm: Take heart. The Fed is about to rescue America. How? By purchasing Treasury Bonds and forcing the value of the dollar down. If business wants to sell Amercian products made in America, now will be the time to incease production. Start hiring already. Money is available to invest in expansion and get that inventory ready for export. Thank you government for stepping in and taking the first really big step in stopping this Republican embargo on jobs in America. Opportunities and reality are going to force busness to put their politics aside and stop being so cheap if they want to make money. Boehner, get moving or the train will leave the station without you. Put your cheerleader sweatshirt on and start cheering the crowd of greed mongers, the gold rush is about to mount. Go U.S. Business people, produce in USA! Buy American made, hire American workers not U.S. congressman and woman. Sell your U.S. made products to the Chinese. One billion new consumers cannot be wrong.

ajm3s writes:

in response to Fossil:

ajm: Take heart. The Fed is about to rescue America. How? By purchasing Treasury Bonds and forcing the value of the dollar down. If business wants to sell Amercian products made in America, now will be the time to incease production. Start hiring already. Money is available to invest in expansion and get that inventory ready for export. Thank you government for stepping in and taking the first really big step in stopping this Republican embargo on jobs in America. Opportunities and reality are going to force busness to put their politics aside and stop being so cheap if they want to make money. Boehner, get moving or the train will leave the station without you. Put your cheerleader sweatshirt on and start cheering the crowd of greed mongers, the gold rush is about to mount. Go U.S. Business people, produce in USA! Buy American made, hire American workers not U.S. congressman and woman. Sell your U.S. made products to the Chinese. One billion new consumers cannot be wrong.

You are witnessing the manipulation of currency for battle. The FED is making decisions with a rear view mirror. The QE2 will exacerbate inflation that is now happening in the commodities (input costs). The FED still thinks we are in a deflationary period, and that is true if you look at housing, but if you strip this away and look at PPI you know inflation is here now and yet the FED is still using old quarterly data to formulate policy going forward.

And we all know inflation is the most brutal "tax" on Americans because it is most destructive to those who are most vulnerable the poor and middle class. But it does make our existing debt manageable. Oh so many intended and unintended consequences.

On balance, all the borrowing in the stimulus has been wasted on supporting state and municipal balance sheets. Which in my book is government welfare for government but paid by working Americans that are diminishing in numbers. And increase in taxes to pay for failed policy cannot compete with countries with lower tax and regulation policy. On that front the Fed is powerless.

To truly compete, low cost is the key and anything that increases cost without a beneficial effect to competitive forces is waste. And American government policy is rife with waste.

You want a great boost to America, unleash the domestic energy production capacity and allow all energy sources to compete on a level non-subsidized playing field without manipulating regulations to promote specific producers.

A good proposal out there is the Pickens Plan. Its domestic. It will produce jobs, and will reduce the greatest hidden tax on Americans, the cost of imported energy and will foster growth of other opportunities without adding costs. And will have a MADE IN AMERICA and in some cases will be UNION made. How's that for endorsing unions when they help workers and not union PAC's.

It is tough to engage in a debate with a 3000 word limit blog, but it does force you to be concise and to the point and it is fun. I encourage our Council to engage and perhaps use as a tool to hone there position in a public venue.

ajm3s writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

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From my perspective, the results of the G20 summit was a meeting of the yuan meets the dollar. The procurer of dollars (bonds) meets the consumer of yuan priced goods.

The two giants of the G20 are not getting along and are posturing while all the other kids in the sandbox are scared.

It is a simple view but it makes for great battle. We are now truly a global economy and America is printing dollars thereby devaluing is worth against other currencies. This will make Treasury bondholders (like China) to get a wee bit upset when inflation starts to strip away the value the holders of fixed income.

It is a complex world out there, but if I had a Boehmer with limited business experience prior to public service vs a Obama with community activist advocacy, I will go with a Boehmer to deal with the Chinese and our debt.

But then again, that's my opinion. And K, to your point that "Nobody cries", I believe Americans have an idea. It is the one at the top, that American we call President, that is hell bent on domestic policies that cripple America vis-a-vis the world.

And I expect more from our representatives, since we elected them to represent us. And I believe the last election was a turning point which challenges the current administration.

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