I like Atios’ quip to this:
Yesterday, ThinkProgress published a report detailing Republican Congressional leadership’s opposition to infrastructure investments even as structural deficiencies in bridges and roadways persist in their home states. Among those is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, where 34 percentof bridges are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
The Sherman Minton Bridge, one of three major bridges spanning the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and southern Indiana, was among the Kentucky bridges listed as deficient. And last night, the Sherman Minton Bridge was closed after further deficiencies, including cracks, were found in a load-bearing part of its structure.
Here’s his quip:
I think I actually imagined that when that big bridge in Minnesota collapsed it would be a bit of a wakeup call.
Of course, the bridge in Kentucky hasn’t collapsed yet so it’s no big deal. More seriously, right now much of the infrastructure in the US needs to be updated (roads, bridges, trains, water, electricity, …), an investment in infrastructure would help the economy, and borrowing is as cheap as it has ever been. And yet Republicans are against it–what does that say about them?