Eric Cantor Tells the Truth

Really. Explaining why the Republicans are rejecting President Obama’s jobs package, which includes things like rebuilding schools and spending on infrastructure like roads, bridges, etc., Cantor said:

I think at this point Washington has become so dysfunctional that we’ve got to start focusing on the incremental progress we can make. Both sides have their desires to do the big bold things. The problem is they’re just vastly different.

Yes. Absolutely.

The Democrats want to preserve Medicare, and the Republicans want to end it. The Democrats want to protect the environment, and the Republicans want to destroy it. The Democrats want to rebuild schools, and the Republicans don’t. The Republicans, in turn, want to give very large tax cuts to people making more than $250,000 a year, and the Democrats don’t. The Republicans want to empower Wall Street and let the banks do anything they want, and the Democrats don’t.

There is a choice here. People disagree. To say that the politicians should “put aside their differences” and “work things out” ignores basic reality and is willfully blind.

It’s really just that simple. And it is what the campaign must be about.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff is a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles.