Democrat Congressman: Washington state bridge collapse is the GOP’s fault

Via The Hill:

A Washington state Democrat is accusing Republicans of “throwing American  infrastructure … under the bus” after a bridge collapse there this week.

The portion of Interstate 5 in Washington that runs over the Skagit River collapsed  on Thursday after a truck hit an overhead support structure, but Rep. Jim  McDermott (D-Wash.) cited the incident in an interview as proof Republicans were  blocking infrastructure investment to hurt President Obama politically.

“Well, they have clearly spent the whole last five years trying to tear  the president down, but they have done it by throwing the American  infrastructure and the society under the bus,” McDermott said in an interview  with MSNBC host Al Sharpton.

Baghdad Jim McDermott and Al “not-so” Sharpton. Now there’s a real meeting of the minds. On a good day, their collective brain power could rival that of my chair. And what does Baghdad Jim suggest we do? I’ll give you three guesses and the first two don’t count:

McDermott suggested that lawmakers could find extra money to pay for transportation projects by raising the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax.

“We haven’t raised the gas tax for bridges and highway since 1993,” McDermott  said. “And there is just no reason that we shouldn’t be doing this and putting  America back to work.

Brilliant. Raising the gasoline tax with gas prices in the neighborhood of $4 per gallon is a fantastic plan for job creation. As awesome as that approach is, I have a better one: Approve the Keystone Pipeline.  That will create real jobs and has the potential to lower future gasoline prices as opposed to McDermott’s plan to raise them. But Baghdad Jim, naturally, voted nay on Keystone.

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