Yesterday was a packed day, with President Obama in New Jersey. And today, I’m stuck at the car dealership. So I wanted to go back and pick up Sen. Cory Booker’s appearance on Meet the Press Sunday. Chuck Todd pitches him the Republican claim that Democrats are trying to politicize Amtrak’s Philadelphia derailment. Booker calls that a distraction, and he’s right. Republicans over the last decade, and particularly since GOP control of Congress, have governed by failing to govern, refusing to invest, refusing to spend and looking to blame somebody else for the consequences of that. But starving Amtrak and infrastructure investment is more than just a Republican mistake; both parties bear responsibility, and both will now be required to prevent the next Amtrak disaster, or bridge failure, or airport or road disaster. Infrastructure is the backbone of well-functioning economies. As a nation, we have to decide if that’s what we want to be. Booker:
As China invests about 9% of their GDP in infrastructure, Japan 6%, Europe 5%, America is only doing 1.5%. By withholding this investment in what America used to dominate the globe in – the number 1 infrastructure globally – now out of the top 10, depending who you look at, number 12 or 18th, we are losing economic competitiveness, we are losing out on jobs, we are missing out on growth.
Watch – on the jump page.