Chuck Schumer appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday morning to say that Democrats sent Donald Trump an infrastructure plan two months ago and so far “haven’t heard a peep.”
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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 24, 2017
As Peter Roff writes at The Hill,
He [Trump] said repeatedly during the campaign the nation’s infrastructure is a disgrace. The roads and highways are full of potholes. There are bridges literally rusting away. Our airports are third class, the electric grid needs to be hardened and modernized, and our water systems are suffering from years of neglect.
So where is Trump’s plan, and why is he ignoring the Democratic Party’s offering?
We were told back in March by The Wall Street Journal that Trump’s team was hard at work on a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.
Obama assistant and Clinton adviser Robert Klain warned us almost immediately that Trump’s sketchy plan was no plan at all, but a trap:
“Trump’s plan is not really an infrastructure plan. It’s a tax-cut plan for utility-industry and construction-sector investors, and a massive corporate welfare plan for contractors.”
However, later in that same month we saw the first Trump budget and found out he had not increased but cut infrastructure spending, including key federal programs.
Naturally, this is the Trump administration we’re talking about and we’ve heard a lot of different things.
We have heard a lot, but we have seen very little. No plan to defeat ISIS, no healthcare for all, no Mexico paying for a wall – and no infrastructure spending.
For a president with such big plans who likes to complain about Democrats refusing to work for him to ignore a proposal from those same Democrats without even a comment, is certainly suggestive of a president who, in infrastructure as in so many other areas, has nothing to offer Americans but lies.
And if we do eventually see a plan, it will be not only a tax break for corporations but a plan for privatization, not a plan to fix our infrastructure.
If you want to know when you drive over a bridge over one of America’s many rivers that it won’t collapse, don’t hold your breath. Or rather, do. There is a lot of water below and you’re more likely to see that up close than a viable infrastructure plan from Donald Trump.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.