Today, the US Capitol groundskeepers announced the completion of a wonderful project – a ramp on the Reflecting Pool so that Washington ducks can reach the water easier.
Of course, it took only about an hour before some idiot Republican decided to make a mountain out of a molehill and use the ramp as an example of “government waste.”
That idiot was Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), who thought he was being real clever when he took to Twitter to take a stand against the purchase of some wood and paint.
If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it must be government waste. pic.twitter.com/JKgabZ47O5
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) May 15, 2017
Out of all real things to be outraged about on Capitol Hill, this is Walker’s biggest priority. Not the fact that the President has spent $61 million in taxpayer money for security on his every-week vacations, or that he himself just voted to gut $880 million from Medicaid to give a tax cut to billionaires, or that the President is handing out state secrets to the Russians.
No, it’s the construction of a duck ramp that really grinds his gears.
It goes without saying that Twitter immediately pounced on his outrageous hypocrisy.
The @GOP wants two things changed in this photo. 1) get rid of wasteful ramp. 2) start spewing chemical waste via that pipe into this river.
— The Russocrat (@Russocrat) May 16, 2017
If it it looks like a cruel asshole, and votes like a cruel asshole, it must be a cruel asshole.
— Dixon (@Dixonthewall) May 16, 2017
Let's make a deal. You roll back the cuts to Medicaid and we'll let you have the plywood duck ramps.
— Nate Swick (@NC_N8) May 16, 2017
In re: https://t.co/vA9lgj1eoH
— Howard Weaver (@howardweaver) May 16, 2017
For the record, the ramp is in use and is an incredibly successful use of government spending.
Duckling update: Ramp in Use! pic.twitter.com/34E6oJOkCF
— Architect of the Capitol (@uscapitol) May 16, 2017
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.