Rudderless Republicans Up A Tree on Infrastructure/Jobs Bill

Now try getting out of the tree.

Guys, President Handsome Joe Biden and the Democrats did something kinda brilliant! They released state-by-state fact sheets that tell us what the Jobs/Infrastructure bill will do for us where we live.

And this puts the GOP directly up the tree. The Coup Klux Clan can moan that senior care isn’t infrastructure but they cannot moan it is unneeded, and if they do moan about it, it comes across as being anti-senior. And that’s just one topic in each of the fact sheets; other topics:

  • Roads and Bridges
  • Public Transportation
  • Resilient Infrastructure
  • Drinking Water
  • Housing
  • Broadband
  • Caregiving
  • Child Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Home Energy
  • Clean Energy Jobs
  • Veterans Health

Just to show you the level of detail, in WA state I learned:

  • In Washington there are 416 bridges and over 5,469 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 12.7% in Washington and on average, each driver pays $659 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nations’ transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.

Anyway, imagine your Representative trying to say that this is unneeded. The commute time really makes this personal, and let’s face it: no one loves their commute. Some of the states fact sheets include car repair costs because the roads are so bad that they damage the cars.

This argument is the one that Mayor Secretary Pete made on the Sunday Talkies. I guess it takes a mayor!

It’s brilliant. Go see what’s in it for you.

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7 Responses to Rudderless Republicans Up A Tree on Infrastructure/Jobs Bill

  1. It’s kind of jarring to be constantly reminded that we now have Cabinet members chosen for their competence at the task, rather than their ability to destroy their Departments.

    And it is entirely refreshing to see Pete happily and cheerfully and oh-so-Minnesota Politely go on Fox and eviscerate their talking points like a freshly caught walleye.

    It’s almost enough to make be briefly consider the remote and low odds possiblity of a flitting thought during an idle moment of watching Fox News…

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  2. beckymaenot says:

    Nothing like competence to renew your faith in what government that works for the people can actually do.

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  3. lisahgolden says:

    Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.
    Good paying jobs.
    Union jobs.
    (I’m honing the messaging I need around here when arguing with doubters and Republicans.)

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  4. MDavis says:

    Ah, the Metro Seattle commute. I have seen people waving their cell phones out of their car windows while periodically-parked on 405. Wasn’t sure if they were taking pics or just frantically showing someone what it was like. One memorable occasion I had to call in to work that I would be late because I was stuck behind a house travelling up that highway. Another time it took an extra hour and a half to get home because of snow, less then a half inch of snow. FIE on Metro Seattle commutes!
    When people complain about rush hour around here I bite my tongue and laugh softly inside my head.
    In this state, based on what I know of this county, I expect some favorites to be elder Caregiving (a lot of people retire here, apparently, or came when the cost of housing was lower), Veteran Health (the VA hospitals and clinics flat out suck) and Clean Energy Jobs (includes both jobs and the endless supplies of both sun and wind – also the stranglehold of the electric company, which once demanded that we pay the previous tenant’s electric bill in arrears before they would turn the electricity back on – and never paid back our “deposit”). The heat and cold will be selling points, but I think the hostility toward anyone lower income than you might damper the enthusiasm for Home Energy fixes.
    We’ll see. Which is already a dam site better than “we’ll see in two weeks”, that never-ending two weeks.

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  5. Dennis Cole says:

    TG – I applaud your cunning, lingual abilities! Here at MPS, we mostly enjoy our metaphors mashed, mangled, or just plain mixed.

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  6. spotthedog says:

    Well there’s the disastrous liberal agenda the GQP and TFG have warned us about; more bills aimed at directly improving everyone’s daily life in many ways, how terrible!

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