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?