Krauthammer: Dem Response to Amtrak Crash Is 'Brain-Dead Liberalism'
President Obama has now joined the chorus of Democrats who are suggesting that the Amtrak derailment highlights the need for more infrastructure spending.
House Speaker John Boehner slammed the Democrats for bringing up a lack of spending, given that the Amtrak train was reportedly speeding at more than 100 mph when it crashed.
"Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?" Boehner snapped at a reporter.
"[Democrats] started this yesterday. It's all about funding, it's all about funding. Obviously, it's not about funding. The train was going twice the speed limit. Adequate funds were there -- no money was cut from rail safety, and the House passed a bill earlier this spring to reauthorize Amtrak and authorize a lot of these programs. It's hard for me to imagine that people take the bait on some of the nonsense that gets spewed around here," he said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans of being "very much against Amtrak for a very long time."
Charles Krauthammer reacted on "The Kelly File," arguing that whenever something goes wrong in the country, the "knee-jerk" answer from Democrats is to "throw more money at it."
After the Baltimore riots, he noted that Democrats talked about needing more spending on public schools
"Baltimore has the second-highest per capita spending of any urban area in America on schools and they are a disaster. You get hurricanes and tornadoes, what's the Democratic answer? Oh, that's global warming, climate change. You need more windmills. They have a single answer to everything. Raise your taxes, spend the money," said Krauthammer.
He pointed out that only six years ago, Democrats passed an $830 billion infrastructure spending bill, the highest "in the galaxy."
"Even the Klingons never spent $830 billion on infrastructure. ... Well, where did that money go? They are always at the trough again for more money for infrastructure. It shows a brain-dead liberalism that has no answer to every other question," said Krauthammer.
Megyn Kelly noted how "cynical" it was for Democrats to start making these political arguments "literally before they even found all of the bodies."
Watch the full discussion above.
Charles Krauthammer's best-selling book "Things That Matter" has now been updated and is available in paperback.