One of the most-read columns on The Post Opinions Web page today could be summarized as the unsurprising “members of Congress grouse about one another.” But because both the grousers and the grousees are Republicans and Dana Milbank delineates the battle with his signature panache, it’s attracted 2,000 comments and counting. Republican representatives with post-hurricane rebuilding to do are angry at the other Republican representatives, who delayed passing a Hurricane Sandy relief bill after all the “fiscal cliff” fuss. It has apparently been a tense week for the House, what with members of Congress advising other members of Congress to go Boehn themselves, etc. They are almost as disappointed with each other as we are with them.
As one can clearly see in the comments, the only thing all Americans can truly agree on at the moment is that we sure are annoyed with Congress. That they are publicly, even inter-partily annoyed with each other, though, has brought about some perverse commenter glee:
It looks like the U.S. Congress just made an enemy of the nation’s most popular republican. This is the fight I’ve been waiting for — an idiot filled House of Representatives vs. very popular Republican Governors. Will the house finally have to come to their senses?
tidelandermdva, however, wearily sighs that even the bitter political battles we can now expect will result in … the same durned thing we have now:
Nevertheless, he will be reelected Speaker, and he can tell King, Christie, NY NJ and all of US what he told the Senate Majority Leader. We should be so proud.
1EgoNemo archly wonders if House Speaker John Boehner is really working in his own best interests here:
The excuse is this — He wanted to keep his job because it is so much fun.
postfan10, however, is proud of Boehner and the Tea Party caucus for postponing passing the relief bill:
I think they should take the time to analyze the spending, and not just sign it so the press won’t ridicule them in a phony headline.
AnnsThought agrees. This is exactly the time for the Tea Party to dig in their heels. When it counts the most:
Yes, Mr. Milbank, USUALLY these types of bills rush right through Congress, and then after they’re passed, the public complains about the wasteful pork spending included in these types of bills. You should be congratulating Speaker Boehner for stopping this. We can’t return to the old ways. We can’t demand cuts to entitlements, while handing out government tax dollars like Santa Claus.
choppy1 is proud, too. If Representative King got elected with cut-spending rhetoric, he shouldn’t get to change his tune now:
This episode illustrates the utter hypocrisy of Republicans on spending and the deficit. Republicans have bashed Democrats for four decades about spending too much money, but threaten to cut any particular part of the budget — like Hurricane Sandy relief — and Republicans react as though someone wants to remove a vital organ. I saw Deb Fisher, a cattle rancher and incoming senator from Nebraska, interviewed a couple of nights ago. She repeated the same old talking points about the government “overspending.” The interviewer never followed up with a question like: “Does that mean you would vote to eliminate agricultural price supports?” Because of course the answer is no, *that* spending is sacred.
jmiller10 agrees. The bill in question had funding for non-Sandy projects (more here), and just because that is how things are generally done in Congress doesn’t mean it’s okay:
The simple fact is the 100% of the $60B was not intended for “Sandy relief.” Hundreds of millions going to the Parks Service and almost a billion going to fund new EPA regulations are just two … [that] jump out right away. The Parks Service funding is for the west coast, not parks in New Jersey or New York that were ravaged by Sandy.
FergusonFoont doesn’t care. Disaster relief needs to happen, and fast:
And jmiller10, in YOUR view, is that sufficient justification do deny badly needed disaster relief to American families? Not in MY view.
PostScript is glad to find that even if we all do disdain Congress, at least we aren’t disparaging them in the same way or for the same actions. While attempting a stirring patriotic ending here, PostScript has noticed that the phrase “spacious skies” as a descriptor is pretty meaningless — Latvian skies are just as spacious — but notes that all of America, regardless of ideological persuasion, has accepted it without question. There. Now we agree on two things.