Just to be clear, proposals to spend on infrastructure are not new. President Obama's $447 billion second stimulus (the Jobs Bill) in 2011 was defeated by Republicans. Why? Politics. Mitch McConnell said it was a "charade that’s meant to give Democrats a political edge in an election that is 13 months away."
Harry Reid countered with, "Republicans think if the economy improves it might help President Obama. So they root for the economy to fail, and oppose every effort to improve it. And they resist anything the President proposes no matter how common-sense, including this plan to create 2 million jobs."
In March of 2015, Democrats led by Bernie Sanders tried again to push through a $478 billion package of infrastructure spending. It too was defeated by Republicans.
“It is disgraceful,” Sanders said Tuesday. “No one denies our roads, bridges, waste water plants, water systems and rail are in a state of collapse. We used to lead the world in infrastructure, but now we’re in 12thplace.”
He added, “This amendment proposed $478 billion over a six-year period, which would not only rebuild our crumbling infrastructure but would put some nine million people back to work for the creation of new jobs. That’s a big deal at a time when real unemployment is at 11 percent."
Now the Donald proposes even bigger infrastructure spending, and progressives get wide eyed and fall in love with him?
Sorry, I am not impressed by Donald Trump's proposed infrastructure spending proposals. Are we suddenly to feel enamored with the guy to be seemingly able to do something the Democrats could not do...but in a much bigger way? Wow. Let's vote for Trump!
Everything Donald Trump proposes is a sham. I doubt that he pulled out his calculator to do any budget planning. He knows that the lack of infrastructure spending is a sore point with many blue collar construction workers so he pulls some big grandiose plan (twice as big as Hillary's proposed plan) out of his ass to pander for their votes. What did he do? Take a quick look at Hillary's proposed infrastructure spending and just doubled it? He doesn't know math and doesn't give a shit about anyone except himself.
One more point though on infrastructure spending. Much like the initial stimulus, there was a limited ability to spend money quickly on new projects because they were not "shovel ready" as the expression goes. Furthermore, what will limit our ability to rebuild our infrastructure in a big way is skill shortages. We have lost our ability to do these things on a massive scale. Projects will have to be designed. Workers will have to be trained. We will be physically limited by manpower shortages to do much more than the Sanders proposal spread over a six year period.
One of the trump cards that McConnell and other Republican carry in their pockets is their ability to block any infrastructure or jobs bill out of spite. The Party of No in 2011 is still the Party of No in 2015 and 2016 and beyond. Why change a good strategy that works? No, no, no is all they have to say...and then blame Obama...or Hillary Clinton if she is elected.
Both of the Dem proposals cited above had revenue components.
Trump is proposing deficit spending for infrastructure. His stated position puts him to the left of Hillary and the Democrats, let alone his own party.
I'm not suggesting anyone should vote for Trump.
It is a damn shame that it takes this asshole to say this stuff.