Trump Derangement Cost Cape Needed Bridge Funds [OPINION]
When there are only so many federal dollars available to fund infrastructure projects and your congressional delegation consists of a bunch of partisan Trump-deranged hacks, is it any wonder why your state's projects go unfunded?
All of a sudden there are deep concerns and bewilderment over the Trump Administration's decision to ignore a request for money to completely rebuild the Bourne and Sagamore bridges connecting the mainland to the Cape. Gee, I wonder why?
U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have been so pleasant to the president. They refuse to speak to him and in fact, even voted to convict and remove him from office. Congressman William Keating voted to impeach the president. And Governor Charlie Baker, whose own son was accused of molesting a woman on a plane, is so put off by Trump's character and temperament that he has already announced he will not vote for the president again this year.
Even Mayor Jon Mitchell has stated that he'd vote for socialist Bernie Sanders over Trump in November. Imagine that?
The delegation has fired off a letter to White House Chief of Staff and budget chief Mick Mulvaney expressing outrage at the decision to ignore the Commonwealth's request for funds: "We are concerned that this decision reflects a failure to understand the urgency of the situation for the Cape & Islands. The residents of this region cannot wait multiple years for this project to begin." Hey, as they say in the real world, "tough noogies."
Actions have reactions and consequences, too. Perhaps the members of our delegation might consider requesting a meeting with President Trump during which they can ask him politely to consider the "urgency of the situation" and to please think about funding the bridge replacements.
So Massachusetts gets nada from the White House and that's Trump's fault? Maybe the next time Warren, Markey, and Keating might consider putting their constituents' needs ahead of their partisan shenanigans and maybe, just maybe, they will be able to deliver for the folks back home.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.