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submitted 1 week ago by silence7 to c/politics@lemmy.world

Extreme partisanship, which took hold long before Trump took control of the G.O.P., is part of the answer. It was clear through most of the Obama years that Republicans wanted to prevent good things from happening on a Democratic president’s watch. Under Obama, G.O.P. legislators squeezed federal spending after they took control of the House, supposedly because they were worried about government debt, only to open up the taps once Trump took office.

There was also an element of reflexive opposition to government spending in general, no matter how obvious the need. Mitch McConnell, as Senate majority leader, didn’t do much to oppose Trump — but he did put the brakes on infrastructure spending.

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[-] gregorum@lemm.ee 65 points 1 week ago

Will it further their political interests?

Then yes

[-] xmunk@sh.itjust.works 42 points 1 week ago

You got the reasoning wrong - if democrats want something Republicans automatically block that thing. I'm surprised no GOP states have come out in favor of cannibalism yet.

[-] sin_free_for_00_days@sopuli.xyz 32 points 1 week ago

That fuckhead McConnell filibustering his own bill comes to mind.

[-] athos77@kbin.social 50 points 1 week ago

They blocked hurricane Sandy aid for New York and New Jersey.

[-] Frozengyro@lemmy.world 6 points 1 week ago

It's important to make sure democratic areas never receive government aid. They are evil after all /s

[-] runswithjedi@lemmy.world 39 points 1 week ago

One of my favorite quotes:

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

P. J. O'Rourke

[-] Dagwood222@lemm.ee 27 points 1 week ago

O'Rourke was the worst kind of Boomer. After having a load of fun in the 1960's and 1970's he became a 'Cool Conservative' who gave other former Left folks cover to vote for Reaganomics.

[-] runswithjedi@lemmy.world 2 points 1 week ago

I know nothing about him besides the quote attribution. With that context, it sounds like he's just trying to be divisive.

[-] Dagwood222@lemm.ee 3 points 1 week ago

He was one of the original writers of National Lampoon and wrote the stories that inspired the movie 'Animal House.'

Pretty much typifies the whole 'it's not being racist or sexist, it's being edgy and provocative' schtick they love so much.

[-] Tolstoshev@lemmy.world 18 points 1 week ago

GOP motto: I don’t care if I hurt myself as long as I get to hurt someone else.

[-] ChrisLicht@lemm.ee 10 points 1 week ago

Why isn’t the ship’s insurer paying for the bridge repair?

[-] silence7 13 points 1 week ago

When insurers need to make a really big payout, they generally prefer to spend years litigating over how much, instead of making the payment.

It's important to actually rebuild the bridge right away, which means that the public needs to front the money for it.

[-] captainlezbian@lemmy.world 10 points 1 week ago

They should. But also the feds should front the cost and crack down on the insurer. Baltimore is an important port city. It benefits the whole of the nation that this is done as quickly as reasonably possible and bridges aren’t cheap or quick to build. Federal emergency money is for things like this

[-] Boddhisatva@lemmy.world 8 points 1 week ago

The company that owns the ship has filed in federal court to limit their liability under a maritime law from 1851. If successful, they will only need to pay out about $43 million rather than the $100s of millions it would take to rebuild the bridge and compensate the other victims including the families of the dead. In any case, a ruling in this will no doubt take years to reach.

Because in America we don't hold corporations accountable if we could force taxpayers to shoulder the burden instead.

[-] carl_dungeon@lemmy.world 8 points 1 week ago
[-] autotldr@lemmings.world 7 points 1 week ago

This is the best summary I could come up with:


Among other things, the Port of Baltimore plays a key role in both exports of coal and trade in farm and construction equipment, so the bridge disaster will have direct adverse effects on the heartland as well as the East Coast.

The Minnesota bridge collapse highlighted the decaying state of America’s infrastructure, and one might have expected the disaster to lead to real action, but it didn’t.

President Barack Obama pleaded with Congress to approve broad increases in infrastructure spending and was able to sign a highway funding bill in 2015, but for the most part he was stymied by G.O.P.

Instead, they were floating a roundabout scheme involving tax credits that wouldn’t have generated significant new investment but probably would have offered huge opportunities for cronyism and corruption.

MAGA politicians and media figures wasted no time after the bridge collapse trying to cast blame on the usual suspects, including funds meant to be spent on green energy and, in particular, diversity initiatives: In the immediate wake of the Key Bridge collapse, a Republican state legislator from Utah replied to a post on X disparaging a member of the Maryland Port Commission, writing, “This is what happens when you have Governors who prioritize diversity over the wellbeing and security of citizens”; a Republican former state legislator from Florida posted a video clip of the Key Bridge collapsing with the caption, “DEI did this.” Baltimore’s mayor, Brandon Scott, has been a special target on X, the site formerly known as Twitter, for no apparent reason other than the fact that he’s Black.

As The New Republic’s Greg Sargent points out, some of the MAGA reaction to the bridge collapse is reminiscent of Trump’s behavior during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, when he whined about “bailouts” for states that didn’t support him politically.


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