President Obama and Vice President Biden have been pushing infrastructure funding this week. Infrastructure building and rebuilding are historically great ways to stimulate the economy and create jobs while adding value by reinvesting in our country. Naturally, Republicans are against it because Obama wants it and it might help the country.
So today as Obama and Biden stopped off at Shake Shack in Dupont Circle, where they stopped because it has “great burgers and pays its employees more than 10 bucks an hour,” the President talked a bit about infrastructure, per the White House pool.
“If Congress does not act by the end of the summer we could have hundreds of projects like this stop,” the President said. He added (no mention of a twitch here), “It is a no brainier for Congress to do what it is supposed to do.”
The President must have great restraint and composure to be able to reference brains and this Congress in the same breath without visibly twitching. This is the Congress that shutdown the government, after all, and now can’t sort out why things aren’t operating smooth as silk. This is the Congress that can’t pass even bipartisan legislation that the entire country agrees upon, save for the Tea Party extremists.
This Congress is the reason we can’t have nice things, like roads that don’t endanger our lives and bridges that are safe. It’s the reason we don’t have an immigration reform law and it’s the reason why we haven’t managed to raise the minimum wage.
The reason this Congress is such a failure is that the GOP has been taken over by Tea Party nuts who don’t represent the majority of their own party let alone the country. Speaker John Boehner has kowtowed to them out of fear of his own job in the House, and in the Senate, “wacko bird” (Republican Senator John McCain’s words, not mine) Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has taken the reins and done his best to derail the chamber from its actual purpose.
For all that he’s put up with, my heart hurts the most for Obama having to tolerate the naked, craven stupidity of the Republican opposition. Even when they think they’re just conning their base, they’re shooting their own party in the back. These people are fools. They’d rather let America crumble and fall to her knees than do their own jobs, all out of some misguided effort to court the Tea Party.
Newsflash Republicans: The Tea Party is over. It’s been over for a while now. Before they take their final exit bow and rebrand yet again, they are destroying the GOP, because the Republican Party doesn’t have the backbone to take control. Or, more accurately, the Republican Party doesn’t have anything else but their conned true believers, so they can’t afford to alienate them. Thus, they are allowing the minority of extremists to do their best to destroy this country out of pique that they didn’t win the White House. Again.
It’s no wonder the American public didn’t trust Republicans with the White House. Look what they’ve done to Congress.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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