Friday, May 15, 2015

Speaking of Stupid

John Boehner can really be an asshole.

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday dismissed a reporter’s question about Amtrak funding as authorities continued investigating the Tuesday derailment that killed eight people near Philadelphia.

“Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?” Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said, cutting off the reporter mid-question during a briefing at the U.S. Capitol. “They started this yesterday, it’s all about funding, it’s all about funding.”

“The train was going twice the speed limit,” Boehner said. It is “hard for me to imagine that people take the bait on some of the nonsense that gets spewed around here.”

It’s not a stupid question for families of the people who died or who were injured; it’s not a stupid question when we have bridges collapsing and killing people; it’s not a stupid question when a majority of people in both parties agree that something needs to be done about all of it.

And yet we’re still not doing anything about it because it’s a priority of President Obama and of course the Republicans won’t do anything about it as long as the president is, um, near.

So the question is, how many people have to die or get maimed because of shitty roads, dangerous bridges, and failing infrastructure before they decide that it is a priority?  Or is that a stupid question?

2 barks and woofs on “Speaking of Stupid

  1. Every time I drive north to give my big sis a 4-day break taking care of my almost (Tuesday!!) 95-year-old Sweet Mommy, I thank my lucky stars that I live in Oregon. Smooth roads all the way to Eugene from Central Point. Been major construction for several years….building slow truck lanes over the mountains, smoothing out roadways, widening curves so they aren’t so dangerous, retrofitting bridges so they won’t collapse in the inevitable major quake (9.5) that could arrive at any time. I sit very patiently in those “left lane closed ahead” areas, as soon it will be so much better. Thanking “The Whoever” that we elect competent people (thanks to Portland Weird), that can take over without missing a beat), when a really good man stumbles (Kitz). Counting my self a lucky “girl”, and feeling really sad for people that aren’t as lucky as me.

  2. Boehner needs to be filled in on the reporting in the Times (that liberal rag). The tracking date shows the train suddenly surged as it approached the curve. Moreover the engineer was/is a safety at all costs freak who had spent his life as a devoted railroad guy. Human error? Not hardly. Stingy budget? You bet.

    In my humble opinion, we in the USA should join the rest of the developed world and have a federal mail service as well as a healthily subsidized railway system. If we’re trying to cut out the use of fossil fuels we should encourage passenger trains as well as those carrying coal hither and yon.

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