The GOP Apparently Only Can Act In Its Political Self Interest

By Donald A. Collins | 27 July 2021
Church and State

Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

The July 26th lead WSJ article tells us that a reduced infrastructure bill to fix our aging bridges and roads may get enacted soon. This would if gotten into law would be the first time in the Biden Administration when McConnell was not successful in blocking vital legislation which is urgently needed. You can read the article here.

I will be pleased to see it when and if it is passed. A rare lurch forward from the stonewalling so far in the Biden Administration.

What kind of governance does the GOP represent? Not much of anything for their voters whose numbers are shrinking daily.

And yet Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy would throw our whole democracy under the bus by keeping up Trump’s lies about the November 3rd election and not wanting to join the House Special Committee to study the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol.

You recall Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a full Congressional Commission on Trump’s insurrection, the standard for commissions with investigations approved by both parties with one about Nixon and one after the 9/11 attack.

Governance is apparently just not their thing.

They do like racism however, demonstrated by their efforts in GOP controlled states to inhibit minority voting, the basic ingredient for maintaining a functioning democracy.

But the GOP does like helping billionaires and the rich in general by blocking a corporate tax increase to 28 percent to pay for needed infrastructure, despite Trump’s earlier cut to 21 percent from tax over 30 percent.

That allowed companies to buy back their stock and give their stockholders a tax free dividend, that didn’t get Trump re-elected.

Trump’s overall mismanagement of the coronavirus epidemic, as so incisively described in several recent books, resurges as his rhetoric and those of other GOP leaders have undermined further vaccine information to their base voters so that many have resisted getting vaccinated to the growing peril to us all. Read about Dr. Mercola, the most effective misinformation purveyor here.

The effectiveness of the big lie about election fraud seemed to some false information peddlers to be fading so some decided to attack the vaccines.

The prospect we are told for the house being taken over by the GOP, making Kevin McCarthy, who keeps kissing Trump’s ring, Speaker and thus put him in position to block anything Biden proposes to assist our democracy.

The gross ignorance of people unwilling to get vaccinated will hopefully be eased by blocking access to many places for these unvaccinated idiots.

And it is to be hoped that many awakened voters from both parties will insure that the midterms will not be a GOP disaster for our democratic nation (small d)!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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