Partisan Quip a Ding to Reed’s Image


Somehow, I’m always surprised when Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed isn’t better than this:

“President Trump’s myopic fixation on a border wall has resulted in the neglect of our nation’s highways, bridges, airports, public housing, and other key infrastructure investments. But today, Congress is committing long overdue funding to invest in public infrastructure and move America forward,” said Reed, the ranking Democrat on a key transportation and housing appropriations committee.

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Oh, come on.  Our infrastructure has been languishing for decades.  Yes, probably just the contrast with the rest of the Ocean State’s federal delegation, but Reed’s brand of honesty takes a little ding every time he makes a silly partisan statement like this.

These days, any area of political activity that ought to have the capacity to bring us together is simply seen as an opportunity to drive a different wedge.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I am wondering if we have run out of the ability to support our infrastructure. We began with cheap dollars borrowed from the Defense Budget 63 years ago (National Defense Highway Act of 1956) and spun out thousands of miles of highways. Some of it no longer goes where we want it, one of the largest ports in the South, Charleston, is 50-60 miles from Rte 95. How many circumferential highways does Detroit really need? Most of our major airports are relics of the 60’s. Can we really afford this?

    • Joe Smith

      The Highway Trust fund ran something like a $12M deficit last year; of course, in real terms, the gas tax has been a political hot potato instead of some common sense mechanism that might lower the tax when gas prices rise and raise it when it lowers to try to have some stability in the funds.

      When a long serving politician says something like “long overdue funding”; you have to question where’s the money been going? Sen. Reed has been a pork deliverer when it comes to transportation money – where has it all gone (kind of like the Google money)?

      I think the EU has invested grant money into developing stronger road material; might make sense to divert some federal R&D into better material as well as sealant technology – I would think water and seasonal temperature effects contribute to the need for road deterioration.

  • ShannonEntropy

    The last time Mini-Jack ran for re-election, some political site ranked him as having the safest seat in the Senate. So he can really say whatever he wants

    He’s not as bad as our GA members, who even bother to acknowledge correspondence; the one time I wrote him a letter he actually replied

    And he’s *definitely* not as bad as some the new-generation of Dems:

  • D. S. Crockett

    It’s not so refreshing to hear from our esteemed congressmen since they reliably regurgitate the talking points of the DNC on any given topic.
    Always, they do so without the hint of independent thought. These blowhards give true meaning to climate change forget cow flatulence.

  • Merle The Monster

    You call it a quip. I call it a recognition of our present situation. Will you tell your constituents in Tiverton that the southern border thousands of miles away is such a threat to them that a National Emergency is required?

    • Rhett Hardwick

      Merle, I don’t think you are speaking with the “constituents”, particularly those who go to work at 6 AM. Ask them about the “undocumented workers” crowding the local Dunkin and competing with them for work. They will tell you it is a ‘National Emergency”.

      • Merle The Monster

        And they would be wrong too. By the way how would your 6am person know if the people they encounter are citizens or not or for that matter if there are on their way to work or coming from work as if any of this is their business. I do get your point though. There are many misinformed people who make assumptions about appearance and language and then there are racists and bigots so that’s why I confine my interactions to hello and goodbye and thank you and with more chatty types weather and some times sports

        • Merle The Monster
        • Rhett Hardwick

          I think “6 AM people” develop certain reliable indicia, such as eye contact.
          You might be right about them having jobs though, it is sort of a legislative motto “you scratch my back, and I’ll hire your whole family”

          • Merle The Monster

            I have no idea what you mean by what you have written

      • Christopher C. Reed

        Visited relatives in diverse, sunny CA. They had shipped some furniture from China, receiving it FOB port of Oakland. We needed some strongbacks to unload the U-haul. No problem, down by the freeway ramp, buncha guys from Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, just standing around, waiting for a…ride?” ¡Ándale, muchachos!” Hard work for short money if you ask me, but walls are immoral, y’know?
        Nice country if you can keep it.

    • Joe Smith

      Merle – do you think his constituents care (or even know) about the unrest in Burundi or South Sudan that the last President felt constituted a national emergency?

      I suspect the SCOTUS will continue to give broad discretion to a President and not take the role of the executive branch. However, I would also expect SCOTUS to find a narrow scope to invalidate the action used by Trump by declaring the statue used by the President to draw on funds (the support of the armed forces) not applicable – and probably use Trump’s own words against him.

      I would hope the SCOTUS also gives a nice rebuke to Congress for writing such a vague law when the intent was to limit power.

  • breaker94

    Another example of why we need term limits.