But he may not understand irony
Paul Krugman of the New York Times had an interesting blog post on Sunday:
Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute what’s holding back employment in America: laziness. People, he said, have "this idea" that "I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around."
Mr. Boehner was clearly saying what he and everyone around him really thinks, what they say to each other when they don’t expect others to hear. Some conservatives have been trying to reinvent their image, professing sympathy for the less fortunate. But what their party really believes is that if you’re poor or unemployed, it’s your own fault.
Back to Boehner – he apparently said this without any sense of irony. As Politicus USA reports:
The problem is that Boehner made these remarks as the House left work early to go on a seven week taxpayer paid for vacation. They won’t be back until after the November elections.
Politicus goes on to point out that, while it is not unusual for Congress to take an election break, this will be the longest break since 1960.