Infrastructure Week, For Reals!

Joe Biden
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It’s time to look at what is inside the proposal President Handsome Joe Biden is announcing today. Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie has a handy bullet list:

The proposal calls for:

-$621 billion towards transportation infrastructure and resilience (roads, ports, transit), including $174 billion for the investment in vehicle electrification

-$400 billion for elder and disabled care

-$300 billion for manufacturing

-$213 billion to develop and preserve “more than two million affordable and sustainable places to live”

-$111 billion for clean drinking water infrastructure

-$100 billion for broadband

-$100 billion for improving electric grid systems

…and they include a sweetener for the most powerful man in the Senate these days, Joe Manchin: “It involves abandoned mine remediation, which may help get coal state senators like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on board…” because this is our world now.

If Dems want to get this proposal passed, it will more than likely have to be moved under the reconciliation process. And already, how the bill should be shaped is being pulled in various different ways.

I cannot imagine 10 Senate GQPers rushing to do anything to benefit their constituents even though the residents of Possum Hollar no doubt would benefit from these things. You’d think broadband into rural America so they could better plot their next insurrection would be appealing, and I hear —on good authority— that clean drinking water is needed for the still out back.

Expect lots of talk about paying for it, and then lotsa demand to not have the plutocrats chip in their fair share. The whole thing will make-or-break on who/how this is financed, and not on whether it should be done.

Again, this is our world now.

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10 Responses to Infrastructure Week, For Reals!

  1. spotthedog says:

    That list reads like a lot of genuinely significant and needed things that would positively impact the everyday lives of maybe, I don’t know, – EVERYBODY, but I see no mention of any dollars to address the raging imaginary problem of voter fraud/stolen elections, what’s up with that?!?!

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  2. Jimmy T says:

    We’re moving in a forward direction which is seriously good news, even if they have to bribe JM. Hope it lasts. With all the voter suppression bills moving us backwards in the GQP states, irs kinda hard to tell. Hopefully the Qanons, Fox, OAN, Newsmax, and the near infinite number of right wing radio talk shows won’t diminish the good being done for the everyday American citizen/worker. Propaganda is a strange beast consuming the rubes because socialism and tyranny and dark skinned people are running amok (amuck?) and getting them to vote against their economic interests. Wouldn’t be the first time…

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  3. MDavis says:

    This “abandoned mine remediation” sounds like a good thing, and if that’s all it takes to, eherm, convince Mr. Manchin to approve then it’s a pretty good deal. If the mine owners weren’t socially responsible (pause for bemused laughter) enough to properly close down their mines, then it falls to the government to render those lands less toxic, no?

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      I would kinda hope that “abandoned mine remediation” would Include a certain W.VA Senator to be interred in one, with a warm, wonderful, loving farewell ceremony…

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  4. S&P is jizzing their pants over this bill; their economists’ projections are that it would bring in 6.4 (or so) trillion Ameros into the economy for spending 4. KA-CHING!!!!

    Again, I cannot possibly understand the reluctance of the current Oligarch Class and the GQP to fixing the broken shit in our country.

    It’s like texas’ mind-boggling stupidity with their goddamned electrical grid. Do they not comprehend how that might affect companies and their willingness to build stuff in Texas?

    They already know their economy is fucked on a regular basis by the Boom-Bust cycles of the Earl bidness, you woud think that they’re not so fucking stupid as to leave money on the table by not getting their shit together.

    It’s like they’ve all gone off the deep end. This shit is literally a no-brainer, as in someone with no brain wold think it’s a good idea to fix broken shit in your own home.

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    • ali redford says:

      It is so tempting to me to use your “…a good idea to fix broken shit in your own home” line in a letter about this to my US Senators, especially Sen. Marshall. I hope you don’t mind if I do!

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    • CalicoJack says:

      Judge them by what they do, not what they say, or you think is a rational reasonable logical thing. They don’t want to fix the things wrong with America because they want us to slide into chaos because it makes it easier to implement authoritarianism, which is their real goal. It’s why they allow #COVID19 to ravage the country. Anything that makes us more dysfunctional is better for them.

      The deal they’ve made with their base voters is that they’ll live in Cancer Alley, drink Flint water, use Texas utilities, and die quickly and quietly after they can no longer contribute more to the 1% than they cost if they can be as racist and misogynist as they wanna be.



  5. Wesley Sandel says:

    Abandoned mine restoration? The rich thieves destroyed the environment and then dissolved their companies, wiped their hands and denied responsibility. Tax the mining companies for this money.

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      And save them a place for their eternal slumber, as well. At a certain point, you have to stop digging, and then begin backfilling….

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