On the walls of the FDR Memorial here in Washington are etched these powerful words of President Franklin Roosevelt: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
Republicans in Congress flunked that test. They proved twice this week that they don’t care about those who have too little – and only care about those who have much.
First, by their willingness to destroy the economy unless they got continued tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
Second, by breaking to vote on disaster relief to the New York and New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy, as they had promised.
Sure, after a tidal wave of protest, they have now scheduled a vote – sometime in the next Congress. But the fact remains: In this Congress….Now…When the money is needed…When the help was promised…Instead of taking 15 minutes to do the right thing….
Republicans in Congress turned out the lights and walked away. They showed us all, once again: For them, helping those who need help is just not a high priority.
That’s my parting shot for today.