Political antics needlessly hold back nation

It is unusual to see the extended hand of friendship slapped away before it is even offered — except in Washington. There, Democrat leaders rejected President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech attempt at conciliation before Trump began speaking.

Hours before last week’s presidential speech to a joint session of Congress, leaks from the White House provided a preview of the address.

“United is what I’m striving for, to bring the country together,” Trump told a group of people at lunch Tuesday. He suggested he hoped to gain bipartisan cooperation on major issues including immigration, rebuilding America’s infrastructure and international trade.

Trump’s speech also was heavy on citing successes by his administration and Republicans in Congress, of course. With regulatory reform and tax relief providing the wind at its back, the U.S. economy on the threshold of impressive growth.

Democrats were having none of it. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., actually suggested the president should credit his predecessor for the current climate of growth. “Here are two words we won’t hear President Trump say tonight about the economy: ‘Thanks, Obama,'” Schumer whined.

Politics never has been — and probably should not be — a mutual admiration society. But antics like Schumer’s hold us as a nation back needlessly — and they need to stop.