According to Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Republicans have already achieved amazing accomplishments since taking control of the lower chamber of Congress.
McCarthy decided to toot his own horn in an op-ed he penned for the right-wing New York Post, writing:
While President Joe Biden wants to control the kind of stove Americans can cook on, House Republicans are certainly cooking with gas. It has been only one week since the 118th Congress was sworn in, and House Republicans have already shown we will keep our Commitment to America, work on behalf of the American people and deliver them a better future.
This isn’t just the start of a new Congress. This is the start of a new direction in Washington.
But as is the case with 99.9% of everything Republicans say or do, McCarthy’s bragging is complete bullshit.
Steve Benen of MSNBC decided to take a closer look at what exactly the GOP has accomplished during their first few days in power, and he laid a brutal fact-check on McCarthy.
The new GOP majority approved a new rules package that, among other things, weakened congressional ethics rules.
House Republicans approved a bill to increase the deficit, help tax cheats, and target IRS agents who do not actually exist.
The new GOP majority created a dangerous new committee to investigate the “weaponization” of government, which will pursue ridiculous conspiracy theories, while clashing with law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
If those are “accomplishments,” then the American people are indeed screwed for the next two years.
Kevin McCarthy is and always has been a political hack. He’s a man so spineless that he gave into the blackmail, demands, and threats of extremists like Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-UT), both of whom should be fitted with straitjackets and placed in a padded room where they can’t harm themselves or anyone else.
The only good news is that McCarthy and his Republican colleagues are about to create such a massive clusterfuck that the GOP will likely never again win a majority in either house of Congress. Until then, we’ll just have to try and hang on until 2024 rolls around.