We have a current crisis with Zika and it is likely to grow considerably without the concerted efforts of state and national government agencies. The problem, of course, is that to meet the need those agencies need money and lots of it.
And here is where the politics comes in. If the Republican Senate cared more about America than about their own agenda, they would without hesitation present a bill that would address Zika funding exclusively. That’s an absolutely simple and obvious solution. there is no excuse, no excuse whatsoever for doing otherwise. All it would require of the Republicans would be a reasonable approximation of integrity.
Instead this is what we get:
Another Senate attempt to pass a funding bill died Tuesday evening when Democrats blocked the same GOP measure that came up in June. That bill included provisions unacceptable to Democrats, including barriers to contraception and laxer environmental standards for pesticides.
Do not waste your time trying to convince me there is any value or meaning left to the Republican party. In the face of congressional approval ratings of 12.5% (RCP average for July-August), Senate Republicans continue to play to old games that have become so unbearably offensive to the vast majority of Americans.
It is no coincidence that the least popular US Senator in his own state is Mitch McConnell. He is not even representing Kentucky well, let alone the US, yet he shows no sign of shame or interest in reforming. He is like the pitiful old soldier who keeps fighting, even after the battle is lost and over, simply because he has no idea what else to do.
Here’s the mistake the American voters are making, a mistake that makes reform in Washington nearly impossible: We keep thinking the needed reforms will come from a presidential election rather than from the congressional elections. So long as we keep electing the same kind of Representatives and Senators, Washington will remain mired in yesterday’s muck.