The way President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) have set aside partisan politics to “work in singular and cooperative fashion to relieve the pain and suffering of those whose lives have been turned upside down” by Hurricane Sandy should be an example to elected officials everywhere, including members of Congress, says Sean McGarvey, president of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD).
President Obama and Governor Christie do not see the victims of this tragedy as 'Democrats' or 'Republicans,' they simply see them as 'Americans' who are in dire need of the assistance and generosity of our government and its people.
McGarvey says, “One has to wonder how different our economy and society would be today if members of the U.S. Congress would have embraced the same spirit of bipartisan cooperation four years ago when the greatest economic calamity in our nation's history set upon us with a destructive fury that rivaled many U.S. natural disasters.”
Perhaps we would not have had to endure the brazen, unabashed and completely selfish political gamesmanship that was purposely designed to foster gridlock for partisan advantage. And perhaps the U.S. construction industry would not be suffering from an unemployment rate today that continues to approach double the national average.