Editorial: Impeachment isn’t the only I word | TribLIVE.com

Editorial: Impeachment isn’t the only I word


The “I” word.

That’s what President Trump said derailed a meeting with Congressional Democrats Wednesday. He claimed that before that planned confab, House Dems gathered to discuss the “I” word.

The “I” in this case stands for impeachment.

Democrats, especially House members, have definitely been throwing around a lot of impeachment talk. Despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cautions, the redacted Mueller report and its mix of breadcrumbs, black ink and balance between neither charging nor exonerating the president has made many, including Republican Rep. Justin Amash, weigh in about impeachable conduct.

But everyone needs to stop focusing on impeachment because it’s not the only “I” out there. No, not investigation or indictment, or Pelosi’s “intervention.”

The meeting that should have happened at the White House was about the biggest domestic “I.” Infrastructure.

As the House and the Senate, and the Democrats and Republicans, and the president and his opponents all wrangle to find someone to beat or to blame, there is work that needs to be done. We need to fix our roads and bridges. We need to improve our water quality, broadband access, mass transportation, electrical grid and a million other things that keep America ticking. All of those things, the frame of our collective house, are infrastructure.

And as we learned during the Great Depression, investing in infrastructure isn’t a banking-style bailout.

It primes a pump that produces projects that make more and better jobs that snowball into more and better business. Like Eisenhower’s highway system, infrastructure can marry what is good for people with what is good for economy and give birth to something beneficial for national security.

Everyone loves infrastructure. It transcends party. It trumps branch. It can touch everyone. But despite everyone agreeing that it’s important, nothing ever gets started. It’s easy to push off until later, like a roof that doesn’t get attention until it leaks.

Well, the roof is leaking. So why won’t anyone pay attention?

Because of another “I” word: incitement.

It’s a lot easier for everyone on both sides to keep arguing than it is to do something.

Categories: Opinion | Editorials
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.