Clinging To Their Fiscally Conservative Fantasy Is Clearly Getting In The Way Of Putting People Back To Work

Yesterday Senate Republicans successfully filibustered a $60 billion infrastructure spending package. This marks the third time in less than a month that Republicans have filibustered legislation that is completely paid for and designed to create jobs.

Clinging to their fiscally conservative fantasy is clearly getting in the way of putting people back to work. When Republicans controlled all or a majority of government (2002-2007) or when they controlled the White House (2001-2009), they never once passed a spending bill that was paid for. Such fiscally irresponsible behavior helped double the federal debt and create a trillion dollar budget deficit all within 8 years time. But now that they are in the minority, and now that a Democrat is president, Republicans get to pretend that fiscal responsibility is a core value of theirs.

However, the only core value for Republicans is protecting millionaires. The Democratic infrastructure bill placed a 0.7 percent surtax on people making more than $1 million. Republicans couldn’t let that happen so they filibustered it. Protecting the richest among us is the only core value Republicans have as a track record in governance. They would rather see unemployment rise, our roads crumble away, our schools condemned than force millionaires to pay a little extra to help the whole of the country. Elitism is their core belief. Hoping America fails is their opium.

Edited by Wendy Gittleson