The GOP has been little more than an embarrassing sideshow over the last four years – when they lost their trifecta hold on the government. Since then, it’s been a party of lies and outright obstruction as they’ve desperately sought back power. They barely managed to win back the House in November – despite projections of a “red wave” – but for all talk about Democrats wasting their majorities in the times they had it, right now Republicans are showing what that really means.
It’s bad enough they don’t have the votes for speaker – and even if Kevin McCarthy is handed the gavel this week, there’s no guarantee he has the job for a full term. Rather than win hearts and minds at a critical time, however, the House GOP thinks that this would be a great time to keep their own staffers from unionizing, a proposition that Democrats have widely encouraged and supported. The problem is – even this managed to fall apart as the efforts of House Republicans were struck down.
A rewriting of the rules would require them to actually write this legislation – that would of course never go anywhere beyond the House even if it made it out of committee. Rather than working on inflation as they promised, the GOP instead decided to go with their true colors – screwing and lying to everyday Americans – even the ones who work for them directly.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making