Washington Post columnist Max Boot returned a quote from Benjamin Franklin denouncing Republicans’ reluctance to tackle the three biggest crises facing the United States.
Boot, in his column published Wednesday, recalled Franklin’s fire prevention advice to Philadelphians that “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”
Republicans today “seem to think that an ounce of cure is worth a pound of prevention,” he wrote, criticizing the GOP for allowing the “calamities” of COVID-19, global warming and gun violence “to rage uncontrollably – then hoping for the best.”
“Why won’t the GOP do more to prevent so many predictable tragedies? Asked Boot, a longtime anti-Trump Republican who quit the party after the former president came to power.
“Because he is afraid of going after anti-vaccines and COVID deniers, oil and gas interests and the gun lobby,” he concluded. “Due to a combination of extremism and opportunism, Republicans allow problems to escalate at great cost rather than dealing with them at the source.”
Read the full Boot column here.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.